Boxing

Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) opened on IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua with both barrels in criticizing him for saying he’s not sure if he’s ready to face him now. Wilder took that to mean that the 27-year-old Joshua is getting cold feet about wanting to fight him.

Wilder, 31, says Joshua is talking about not wanting to fight him until 2010. Wilder sees that as a ploy to try and wait him out until he gets old before he faces him in 3 years from now. Wilder says he won’t be old anytime soon. Wilder says isn’t sure if Joshua is scared or using performance enhancing drugs.

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Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) says open to fighting British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) on October 28 on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev card in Cardiff, Wales. Breazeale is more than a handful for a good but flawed heavyweight like Whyte. I consider Whyte vs. Breazeale as a 50-50 fight, especially given the small amount of preparation time for both guys to train.

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Paulie Malignaggi says Conor McGregor is nothing more than a con that has tricked the “idiot fans” into believing in him as a fighter, and he’ll knock him out in the 10th round just like Floyd Mayweather Jr. did. Malignaggi sees McGregor as a phony that looks to quit in fights when the going gets tough.

Malignaggi is McGregor’s ex-sparring partner. He helped him for a very short period of time prepare for his fight against Mayweather last August. Malignaggi bailed training camp in a huff after sparring photos were leaked to social media. The photos, which weren’t flattering to Malignaggi, spread like a wildfire.

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The November 25th undercard fights for the Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy fight on HBO is still being worked on at this time. Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) has been added to the card. Barrera, 35, will be fighting an opponent still to be determined in a 12-round match in the co-feature.

Kovalev-Shabranskyy card will be televised on HBO Boxing at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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