Boxing

On September 15th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a genuine Mexican Style fight will take place but there is a big chance that it won’t take place between the big name boxers heading the event, but instead by the undercard fight between super welter WBO belt holder Jaime Munguia and Brandon Cook. It is fair to say that the David Lemieux vs. Gary O´Sullivan could as well keep the fight fans on the edge of their seats.

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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.

LAS VEGAS (Aug. 30, 2018) — Ryota Murata, the fighting pride of Japan, will take his world championship show on the road to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Murata will make the second defense of his WBA middleweight world title against Rob “Bravo” Brant on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Park Theater at Park MGM.

Murata-Brant will stream live in the United States beginning at 10:30 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.

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Daniel Dubois (8-0, 8 KOs) has flown over to Moscow, Russia to assist Alexander Povetkin prepare for his title fight against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on September 22 at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. The 6’5” Dubois will work as a sparring partner for the 38-year-old Povetkin to get him ready for what he’ll be dealing with when he gets inside the ring with the 6’6” Joshua next month.

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Bangkok, Thailand — Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin grabbed his 51st straight victory Wednesday in a long but lop-sided bout against a fighter from the Philippines, defending his WBC title and surpassing the undefeated record of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The 105-pound minimumweight champion, nicknamed the “dwarf giant” for his compact build and heavy hitting style, won on points after a bruising 12 rounds against Pedro Taduran in the Thai city of Nakhon Sawan.

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Hughie Fury will be trying to place himself in line for a world title shot against Anthony Joshua on October 27 when he takes on Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) in an official International Boxing Federation heavyweight title eliminator in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Fury-Pulev winner will be Joshua’s IBF mandatory challenger.

The fight will be aired on Channel 5 in the UK. This will allow Hughie to be seen by a lot of boxing fans. It’s now up to him to make sure he doesn’t blow it and look bad like he did in losing to Joseph Parker in 2017.

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GLENDALE, Ariz (Aug. 25, 2018) — Jose "Sniper" Pedraza is now a two-weight world champion. Pedraza scored an 11th round knockdown and won a unanimous decision to dethrone WBO lightweight world champion Ray Beltran on Saturday evening at the GIla River Arena.

Scores were 117-110, 117-110, and 115-112 for Pedraza, who was previously the IBF 130-pound champion of the world.

With the victory, Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) is expected to fight WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko on Dec. 1 to unify two of the division's titles. Pedraza returned from a 14-month layoff in March and won two bouts to earn the shot at Beltran.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2018) — IBF super middleweight champion José Uzcátegui, the power-punching boogeyman of the 168-pounders, will face Ezequiel Maderna in the 10-round, non-title main event on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

And, in the co-feature, Jerwin Ancajas, the world’s longest-reigning 115-pound world champion, is ready to add another defense to his résumé. The southpaw Filipino sensation will make the sixth defense of his IBF junior bantamweight world title against the hard-charging Alejandro Santiago.

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David Lemieux is projecting a victory for Gennady Golovkin in his rematch with Saul Canelo Alvarez in less than three week from now on September 15. Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) sees the Canelo-Golovkin 2 fight being a close one, but he expects Golovkin (38-0-1, 33 KOs) take the victory in their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Last Friday, the Matchroom Boxing USA/DAZN revealed their Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade card for October 20 at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. This is the card that Machroom promoter Eddie Hearn hopes to American fans to want to subscribe to DAZN by paying $10 per month, but unfortunately the card is not a good one once you look beyond the main event fight between Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) and former junior middleweight champion Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs).

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