The Wladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua rematch appears to be headed towards the States at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
A bulked up 254 pound IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) insists his career high weight won’t impede his performance tonight against 36-year-old challenger Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) in their fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Anthony Joshua took to his social media site today to post a photo of himself upside down, saying that he’s still waiting for a signature. IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and his wily promoter Eddie Hearn are both waiting for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to agree to the $15 million flat fee offer given to him, which he’s no longer interested in accepting for a fight next year on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Antonio Margarito (41-8, 27 Kos) kept his remote hopes for a third fight against Miguel Cotto alive with a 7th round technical decision win over journeyman Carson Jones (40-12-3, 30 KOs) on Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round fight at the Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre, in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Margarito, 39, suffered a cut to his right eyelid in the 2nd round from a clash of heads and this eventually led the fight being stopped in round 7. The cut appeared to come from a punch, not a clash of heads, but referees sometimes make mistakes.
Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will be back inside the ring on September 2 in facing 30-year-old journeyman Carson Jones in a scheduled 10 round fight in Chihuahua, Mexico. The Margarito-Jones fight will be televised on beIN Sports Espanol.
Manny Pacquiao’s old strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza believes that he’s making a mistake in fighting WBA World welterweight champion Lucas ‘La Maquina’ Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) in their fight on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev will be defending his title against #8 IBF Callum ‘The One’ Johnson on October 6 in a fight that will be staged in the United States, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
It’s now confirmed that Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) and Enrico Koelling (23-1, 6 KOs) will be battling for the vacant IBF World light heavyweight title on November 11 at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.
Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) says he’s signed a contract to face Germany’s Enrico Koelling on July 29 in Quebec City, Canada. This will be an IBF light heavyweight eliminator bout with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Andre Ward. Beterbiev, 32, says the venue and the date of the fight could change in the future. The two-time Russian Olympian Beterbiev is currently in the process of splitting with his promoter that he’s been with since he turned pro in 2013.
Beterbiev is ranked #2 by the International Boxing Federation and his opponent Koelling is ranked No.5. Koelling was the first contender in the IBF’s top 15 rankings that was willing to face Beterbiev in the IBF 175 pound eliminator fight after Sullivan Barrera pulled out of his fight with Beterbiev.
The WBA regular middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam and number one contender Ryota Murata signed their official fight contract today at the Hotel Grand Palace ahead of their rematch taking place at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sunday.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was overjoyed with his fighter WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko’s victory over Miguel Marriaga last Saturday night in saying he hasn’t seen anyone like him with his skills since Muhammad Ali. The fight between Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) and Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) was televised by ESPN in front of a small crowd of 4,102 boxing fans at the Microsoft Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum denies giving him “cold treatment” following his loss to Jeff Horn last Saturday night in Brisbane, Australia. Arum says he’s friendly with Pacquiao, and he doesn’t know how the talk of him being cold got started.
Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Horn in losing a 12 round unanimous decision at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
According to the Manila Times, Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s media relations head, said that Arum had given “cold treatment” during the fight with Jeff Horn.
Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum still hasn’t given up on matching him against Australian fighter Jeff Horn IF the fight against Amir Khan fails to materialize. Arum said that if the deal for Pacquiao to fight Khan in the UAE gets done this weekend, then the fight will take place on April 22.
AFTER Filipino boxing superstar and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao threatened to hail them to court over unremitted share of the United States broadcast proceeds from his most recent fight, promoter Bob Arum and his Top Rank Promotions said the issue is now being resolved by both parties.
Speaking to ESPN on Tuesday (US time), Mr. Arum said their people have already reached out to Mr. Pacquiao’s group and that resolution on the issue is on sight.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum says super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is so good that he’ll make a joke out of WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia and WBA champion Jorge Linares when he moves up to the 135-lb. division in 2018.
Bob Arum of Top Rank believes the winner of the June 9 fight between WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford will be the next super star of the 147 lb. division. Arum promotes both fighters, and he thinks that their next fight in less than one month will create the new star at welterweight.
Former WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs) will be back inside the ring soon this month in challenging WBA World cruiserweight champion Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor card on August on Showtime PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Moments after stopping a WBA World light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) in the 5th round last Saturday night, Badou “The Ripper” Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) called WBC 175 lb. champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) for a unification fight. With his impressive win over Cleverly, Badou Jack stole the show from the main event fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.
Former super middleweight champion Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) trounced WBA World light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) in stopping him in the 5th round on Saturday night on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor card on Showtime pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jack, 33, battered Cleverly, bloodying his nose and hitting him at will until referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the slaughter at 2:47 of round 5. Cleverly was just covering up, taking shots and not letting his hands go nearly enough to keep Jack off him.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
JUST a win away from returning to the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, defending champions San Miguel Beermen go for the clincher when they collide with the Alaska Aces in Game Three of their best-of-five semifinal series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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