Boxing

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) says he’ll retire from boxing if he loses this Saturday night in his title defense against his mandatory challenger 38-year-old Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

A loss for Wilder, 31, against would result in him losing millions upon millions of dollars in his hoped for unification fight against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua going down the drain. That fight would definitely not be happening at that point because Joshua would go in another direction towards other fighters.

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If everything works out as planned against Robert Helenius (25-1, 16 KOs) this Saturday night, #3 WBC Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) says he wants fights against three heavyweights in his next 3 fights: Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker (25-0, 18 KOs). Whyte’s chances of getting the fights in that order is questionable at beat. Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn is still trying to get WBC heavyweight champion Wilder to agree to face Whyte on February 3.

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Former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (35-4-1, 24 KOs) says he wants to fight Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) in his next bout. Lee, 33, also is interested in fighting one of the champions, and he’d like to fight the winner of the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Saul Canelo Alvarez fight or the winner of the Billy Joe Saunders vs. David Lemieux fight for those titles.

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A day after beating WBA Super World bantamweight champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-2, 18 KOs) by a wide 12 round unanimous decision, IBF/WBA 118 lb. champion Ryan Burnett (18-0, 9 KOs) and his promoter Eddie Hearn are interested in fighting champions Jamie McDonnell and Zolani Tete in unification fights.

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