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The Manny Pacquiao I once knew used to be a tireless unstoppable force of nature leading his opponents to complete exhaustion. The Manny that I now see has changed not necessarily for the better. Pacquiao’s defeat at the hands of Australian champion and now new welterweight champion Jeff Horn earlier this month on July 2 was an unsuspected one and yet whoever watched that fight was kind of expecting it.
Now that the fight between AJ and Wilder is not the next one but potentially next year let’s look at the options available. Using a basis of 2 fights a year I will speculate as to what could happen and the impacts on each of the fighters career over the potential next 3 fights if they avoid each other.
A name that has gone under the boxing radar for a good number of months is that of Dominic ‘Trouble’ Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs): a fighter that in 2016 was on the tongues of a lot heavyweight boxing fans as the next challenger and potential threat to the IBF champion ‘AJ’ Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs).
In today’s combat sport landscape, many things have been said about the prevalence of MMA and various organizations like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Many think boxing is a dead sport and point out the viewership of MMA events both on free TV and on PPV along with the popularity of their stars. This is a case of being a big dog in a very small pond, if given the chance many in MMA would gladly switch over to boxing if they could with the same kind of success.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to build up Dillian Whyte starting this Saturday in his fight with Malcolm Tann for an eventual big money rematch with IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs) is only a handful of fights away from rematch with the unbeaten Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) if he keeps winning.
Heavyweight Dillian Whyte is giving former heavyweight title challenger Hughie Fury a take it or leave it offer to fight him on February 3 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. That’s when Whyte plans on fighting again. Hughie (20-1, 10 KOs) wants a full training camp to get ready for the Whyte fight, but that’s not going to be possible.
The 23-year-old Hughie is interested in fighting Whyte on the undercard of the Tony Bellew vs. David Haye card on May 5. Unfortunately, Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) is not interested in staying out of the ring for the next 5 months waiting for a fight with Hughie. Whyte wants to fight in February and then in April.
Dillian Whyte is not a happy person right now with Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder choosing to reject the $3 million offer from Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight between them. Whyte, #5 WBC, wants a crack at Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. The unbeaten Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) would fight Whyte for the right amount of money, but the offer that was made by Hearn was $4 million too little.
Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Nicholas Walters and Shakur Stevenson will all be fighting on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo card on ESPN on August 19 at the Pinnacle Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. In terms of sheer names, this has got to be one of the best fight cards thus far in 2017.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) is close to agreeing to step aside so that WBC champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) can face #1 WBA Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Wilder-Ortiz fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) finished their three-city news tour in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday with a mini-brawl on the stage. There was some pushing and shoving involved with the two large heavyweights, which led to both of their teams streaming forward to separate them.
Deontay Wilder is once again talking about killing Bermane Stiverne inside the ring this Saturday night. Wilder says Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) started it when he said he was going to kill him, so now he’s playing by the same rules by going out to try and kill him in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) says the two of them are going to have a “killing spree” when they get in the ring in televised fight on Showtime Boxing.
Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel says they have no problems fighting Anthony Joshua in the UK. That’s not a show stopper in putting the fight together. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is willing to fight Joshua on his home turf if that’s the only way it can get made.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) will be looking to make a statement against Cuban Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) on November 4 to send a message to IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs0 that he’s for real, and that he’s coming for him in the near future.
Wilder and Ortiz will be battling on Showtime Championship Boxing on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This is a make or break fight for Wilder. He’s seen as a paper champion by a large segment of the boxing community. This is Wilder’s chance to show that he’s a real champion.
By now the fans have seen the incredible transformation in Saul Canelo Alvarez’s physique in going from a little tank-like junior middleweight to a fighter that could now be weighing in the 180s for his fight in 10 days from now against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
As I expected, former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has chosen to retire and end his long 21-year pro career rather than fight a rematch against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is still sparring at 42-years-old despite having been retired for a year. Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) posted a short video on his social media site on Friday, showing himself sparring an unnamed fighter and looking really good for someone who hasn’t fought since April of 2017.
Wladimir is seen in the video stalking his opponent around the ring, hitting him with shots to the head and body while neatly avoiding the return fire coming back. This is the way that Wladimir needed to fight in his last two bouts against Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. Had Wladimir fought like that, he would have beaten both of those heavyweights.
Last year, Wladimir had more hand speed, power, stamina, boxing skills and mobility than Joshua. That was plain to see for everybody. Joshua looked like an oaf inside the ring with Klitschko. It was like a teacher with an unskilled pupil. Joshua didn’t belong in the ring with Wladimir. It was that much of a mismatch. We’ll never know for sure why Wladimir didn’t finish Joshua off after he knocked him to the canvas in the 6th. Joshua was fighting on shaky legs after that knockdown and looking like he had completely emptied his gas tank. All it would have taken was one straight right or left hook from Wladimir and Joshua would have been done for the night. Was it mercy on Wladimir’s part in allowing Joshua to survive? A lot of boxing fans believe that to be the case. They think Wladimir felt sorry for Joshua and didn’t want to wreck his career by knocking him out. Wladimir was on his way out of the sport, and he didn’t need the ego high of beating the novice-like Joshua.
If Klitschko does come back, a fight between him and former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) would be a must. Wladimir has unfinished business from his loss to Fury in 2015. If Wladimir were to come back right now, he might even have the chance of taking the Fury fight right out from the nose of Deontay. Wladimir vs. Fury 2 is a bigger fight than Wilder-Fury.
The way that Wladimir looked in his sparring video, you would have to make him a huge favorite to beat the likes of Tyson Fury, Jarrell Miller, Kubrat Pulev, Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte. Wladimir would likely clean out the top contenders in the heavyweight division. The only guys that would be a threat to Wladimir is Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. Those would be the tough guys for him to fight.
The magical question that boxing fans want to know is whether Wladimir will be making a comeback. It’s believed by many that the 6’6” Klitschko retired much too early in walking away from the sport last year at age 41. Wladimir looked better than Joshua, and he could have knocked him out. The difference in boxing skills between Wladimir and Joshua was embarrassingly wide. Joshua looked like an unskilled bodybuilder with just a punch inside the ring with the Ukrainian talent. I think it goes without saying that Wladimir would have knocked Joshua out in the 6th or 7th round if he had pressed him after he had him hurt and exhausted.
Wladimir Klitschko badly wants to beat IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua next month to become a three-time world champion. According to Wladimir’s trainer Jonathon Banks, he’s obsessed with beating Joshua to become a world champion again. Banks sees the 41-year-old Klitschko as this era’s version of George Foreman.
For the boxing fans that don’t remember, Foreman retired from the sport for 10 years and then came back at age 39 and toiled away until winning a world title at age 45. Wladimir isn’t quite as old or as overweight as Foreman was, but his accomplishment will be somewhat similar.
(Oct. 18, 2018) — One of the heaviest hitters in the light heavyweight division, Anthony Yarde, will play the role of headliner on Saturday when he defends the WBO Intercontinental title against Walter Gabriel Sequeira at the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England. Yarde-Sequeira highlights a stacked card of boxing that will stream live in the United States beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN + — the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.
In a shocking defeat, former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (26-2, 17 KOs) quit on his stool after the 7th round in his fight against 35-year-old journeyman Robinson Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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