Boxing

Boxing

The World Boxing Super Series continues this Saturday night with WBC cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis fighting Mike Perez with the winner of his match to face WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs in the semifinals the first quarter of 2018.

You can say that Briedis-Perez winner will have the toughest fight in the tournament in battling Usyk. Recently, Usyk defeated Marco Huck by a 10th round knockout in his quarterfinals fight in the WBSS tournament on September 9th in Berlin, Germany. The win took the 30-year-old 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk to the next round of the $50 million WBSS tourney.

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Despite Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) testing positive for 2 banned drugs in his pre-fight test by VADA, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) says he’s still going to be fighting on November 4th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Wilder, 31, doesn’t know who he’ll be fighting, but he would prefer that it be Ortiz if possible. However, it’s not up to him, Wilder admits. It’s up to the World Boxing Council to make the decision. The WBC is not likely to let Ortiz go ahead and fight Wilder after he tested positive on his A-sample by VADA during his pre-fight testing.

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Up-and-coming Filipino boxer Michael “Hot & Spicy” Dasmarinas, is all set for his boxing debut for Singapore-based sports management and boxing promotions outfit, RingStar Boxing.  His fight is set to take place on October 20 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, for the much anticipated ‘The Roar of Singapore III - The Chosen Wan’. 

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Promoter Eddie Hearn is ready to match his fighter IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) against the winner of the Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz fight. Hearn feels confident enough to want to pit Joshua against the Wilder-Ortiz winner in February or March of 2018.

Rushing Joshua into a fight against the winner of the Wilder-Ortiz fight could be a recipe for disaster for him. Hearn needs to take a hard look at Joshua’s last fight against Wladimir Klitschko to see how green the kid is right now. Joshua still has a lot to learn before he is ready to take on the big guys in the heavyweight division.

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Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) might take a tune-up fight in December before facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 2 KOs) in a rematch in May of 2018, says trainer Abel Sanchez. He says he heard Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler and Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez talking about both fighters potentially taking a tune-up fight in December before fighting in May.

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Cuban Heavyweight Luis Ortiz looks likely to lose his WBC title shot against American Deontay Wilder after failing a drug test with a little over a month to go until the event. Ortiz previously failed a drugs test following his initial TKO victory over Lateef Kayode of Nigeria in 2014. The result of the bout was later overturned and declared a no contest after his urine sample tested positive for the banned steroid nandralone.

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WBC World junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) will be defending his title for the second time next month against his mandatory Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) on October 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Charlo, 27, took exception to Lubin criticizing his recent opposition in defeating Charles Hatley in his first defense of his title last April. Charlo says he’s never heard of the opponents that Lubin has fought before during his 4-year pro career.

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Miguel Cotto and David Lemieux could be facing each other on December 2 on HBO at Madison Square Garden in New York, according to Dan Rafael. If Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) and Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) don’t face each other on that date, then Lemieux will still wind up on the undercard in the co-feature.

Cotto, 36, would obviously be in the main event still, but against another opponent. This would likely be on HBO pay-per-view for the Cotto vs. Lemieux fight.

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