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Daniel Dubois Gives His Prediction On Joe Joyce Showdown: “It Will Be A Devastating Finish”

By: Hans Themistode

Whether he’s preparing for a contest or simply hanging out, heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois can always be found smiling. Yet, with his all-British showdown with fellow prospect Joe Joyce only a few days away, the 23-year-old Dubois is all business.

“I’m done playing games,” said Dubois to IFL TV during a recent interview. “I’m ready to cause him some serious pain.”

Joyce, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, has taken the same approach for all of his fights whether it’s in the pro’s or the unpaid ranks, which is to come forward and dictate the pace from the opening bell. While Joyce (11-0, 10 KOs) has been relentless with the sort of pressure that he has placed on his opponents, Dubois won’t allow his 35-year-old opponent to push him back all night.

Instead, he intends on fighting fire with fire.

“I’m going to go out there and meet him. I’m going to need everything that I got in the arsenal. All the weapons have been sharpened so I need to go out there and use them all. It’s not just boxing but will power and whatever he hits me with, hit him back twice as hard.”

The trash talk between both has been on display from the moment their contest has been announced. In short, neither man has been fond of one another. While most have a difficult time picking a winner, Dubois (15-0, 14 KOs) is confident that not only will he stop Joyce in his tracks in impressive fashion, but also that a win over his fellow Brit will launch his career into a completely different stratosphere.

“It would be a massive win. Onwards and upwards to glory and to the big fights. It would be moving really to the big world title fights. This is the biggest fight of my career easily and I one hundred percent believe that I will be victorious and it will be a devastating finish.”

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Gabe Rosado On Daniel Jacobs Clash: “I Want To Give Him A Rude Awakening”

By: Hans Themistode

Former middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs has always expressed a desire to win another world title in now his second weight class. Matchups against current champions such as Billy Joe Saunders, Caleb Plant and David Benavidez are exactly what he intends on pursuing. But before he sets his eyes on any of those aforementioned champions, Jacobs must first get past fringe contender Gabriel Rosado this Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Although the New York native has said that he is fully focused on Rosado, the Philadelphia product isn’t buying it. Whether Jacobs admits it or not, Rosado can sense how dismissive he is as a threat.

Regardless of Jacobs using Rosado as more of a stepping stone as opposed to a legitimate challenger, the 34-year-old is simply fixated on giving Jacobs hell in just a few more days.

“My job is to give him a rude awakening,” said Rosado during a recent zoom interview. “I’m not going to fight him like a challenger, I’m in this to win it. I don’t want to just make it to the 12th round, I’m in it to win it. If I don’t get a knockout then I want to win it on the scorecards decisively. I want to give him a rude awakening and just let him know that you thought this was just a tune-up fight but you’re in a real fight now.”

With one glance at his record, it’s easy to dismiss Rosado’s chances come fight night. The 34-year-old has fought some of the very best in all of boxing, yet, he has seldom been rewarded for the risks he’s taken. Outside of his well known brawls against current IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin and former belt holder Peter Quillin, Rosado (25-12-1, 14 KOs) has also fallen short against relative unknowns such as Derek Ennis, Joshua Onyango and Chris Gray.

During a three year stretch which began in 2013, the 34-year-old Rosado failed to register a single win despite stepping into the ring five times during that span.

It’s his heavily skewed record along with his failures at the championship level that has led him to believe that Jacobs has let his guard down. But with the end of his career racing towards him, Rosado believes he’s ready to take full advantage of a more relaxed Jacobs.

“I think sometimes you get caught up feeling yourself too much. You don’t put in the work that you think you’re putting in and you think you’re going hard but you’re really not. That’s just how I read Dan right now. I think he’s in a situation where he’s feeling himself and he’s looking past me. I been there before so I understand that. At this point in my career, I can’t afford to make any errors.”

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Danny Garcia: All Or Nothing

By: Hans Themistode

Nobody expects him to win.

For former two-division world champion Danny Garcia, that has been a consistent theme throughout his career.

On December 5th, Garcia faces that same narrative once again as he takes on unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Oddsmakers have tabbed the Philadelphia native as a 3-1 underdog. A familiar position once a big fight comes knocking at his door.

In July of 2012, the first Garcia underdog train came strolling by. The Philadelphia product was fresh off a unanimous decision victory against hall of famer Erik Morales and was defending his WBC super lightweight title for the first time. His opponent in Amir Khan was a megastar. He was an Olympic silver medalist, a former unified champion and despite coming off the heels of a loss, Khan was viewed as a 7-1 favorite.

Things played out just as expected as Garcia was being thoroughly out-boxed. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Garcia planted his feet and fire his left hook and down went Khan in the third round, and once again in the fourth, this time for good.

It was rinse and repeat for Garcia three fights and one year later as he took on Lucas Matthysse. Just as he did in the past, Garcia made someone a rich man as he dropped the hard hitting Argentine before winning a close unanimous decision and making oddsmakers look silly for listing him as a 3-1 dog.

Fast forward seven years later, and those who are dubious of his success continue to follow him. But as he continues to train for his showdown with Spence Jr., those who continue to shout to him that he has no chance, fail to realize that it doesn’t unnerve him, it places him in a more comfortable position.

“I been the underdog my whole career,” said Garcia to Ray Flores during a recent interview. “When I’m not the underdog I don’t feel right. I’m right where I want to be right now. I’m in my comfort zone.”

Garcia may have gotten his fair share of credit for the wins he’s accumulated in big fights, but he’s also received a perpetual amount of flak for the names that he’s fought before reaching that point. Although names such as Erik Morales and a 2013 win over former undisputed welterweight champion Zak Judah buffer his resume, those once great fighters were seemingly past their primes by the time Garcia got his hands on them.

Still, even with his wins somewhat diminished over two former champions who were identical in age at 36, the in-ring experience was far more valuable than any criticism he received for facing them.

“I been in there with some wizards,” explained Garcia. “Erik Morales was a wizard, Zab Judah too. They were in their late 30s but their experience was something you could learn off. You’re going to school that night. I definitely been in there with some legends and I learned a lot from those guys. Everything that I learned has been leading me to this fight.”

“This fight,” that Garcia alludes to is the crescendo in his 13 year boxing career. In Spence Jr., Garcia faces who many believe is not only the top dog in his division, but one of the very best in all of boxing. Big fights and intimidating opponents is nothing new to him though. Garcia has shown up in big spots several times over in his career and left the squared circle with his hand raised. He’s also come up short. Memories that still haunt him to this day.

In August of 2015, after unifying titles at 140 pounds and winning every meaningful bout placed in front of him, Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) made the more comfortable trek north to 147 pounds. With a fresh face in the welterweight waters, Garcia was called out by seemingly everyone and it didn’t take long before he answered the call.

Roughly one year after winning another world title in his second weight class, Garcia came face to face with fellow champion Keith Thurman. An average of 3.74 million viewers and a peak number of 5.1 million, tuned in to witness Garcia’s first defeat, something he would later admit hung over his head for an incredibly long time.

With a Brandon Rios knockout win serving as the precursor for what would be yet another loss, this time at the hands of Shawn Porter in 2018, Garcia is currently riding the high associated with a two fight win streak, albeit against lesser opponents.

For the now 32-year-old, he’s always taken the “every fight is a big fight,” approach. All of the wins that he’s accumulated throughout his career have led to what he believes will be a hall of fame ending. Whether or not he does in fact end his career with a hall of fame enshrinement is both yet to be determined and inconsequential at this time. Garcia knows his contest with Spence Jr. isn’t simply another fight. This is the one. This his moment. A time where he won’t forget and one that will be looked upon for years to come.

For the former champion, everything is riding on this contest and he refuses to let history remember him as a fighter who fell short.

“This is it. This is the fight you got to win. This is for your legacy. This is a fight that I have to win. I’ve been working hard for one goal and that’s to win.”

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Boxing Overseas Recap: Conor Benn, Alen Babic And Fabio Wardley Pick Up One-sided Wins

By: Oliver McManus

Conor Benn vs Sebastian Formella

A quieter week of boxing in comparison to the crammed schedule beforehand saw Conor Benn topping Matchroom Boxing’s latest offering in a ten round contest against Sebastian Formella. 

The 24-year-old Brit has marked himself out as one of the most improved boxers of the past couple of years – certainly at ‘prospect’ level, anyway – and that shone through on Saturday night. Quite often a lot gets made of his life-and-death six rounder with Cedrick Peynaud in 2017 but he’s comfortably beyond that blip now.

Formella is an experienced boxer having won various minor titles but too much was made of the fact he went 12 rounds with Shawn Porter in August. A Shawn Porter who has only registered four knockouts since 2012. The German started similarly sluggishly to his contest with Thulani Mbenge – which always seemed a more comparable fight – and that allowed Benn to gain an instant foothold.

Yes, Benn was taking some punches from Formella but at no point did he look troubled or fazed. It quickly became apparent that his older opponent didn’t possess the power to stop Benn and nor was he throwing enough quality in volume to edge ahead on the cards.

Benn ploughed forward and tested the chin of Formella – who handled the shots well but dispiritedly engaged – but, likewise, couldn’t do enough to force the stoppage. A very good performance from Benn, who boxed with real maturity and showed he’s been learning on the job tremendously well.

Anyone for the Josh Kelly fight next?

Alen Babic vs Tom Little

Alen Babic went 6-0, and with it, a sixth stoppage in a row, by stopping Tom Little in the third round. It was a fight that taught us nothing new about Babic but you can’t deny he’s entertaining and good value for money. The Croatian swings wildly and when he misses he misses by a mile: against a quality operator he’d likely get tagged but it would be fun whilst it lasted. That’s the main attraction to Babic. He’s got an enjoyable personality and is easy on the eye to watch fight. I’m not entirely sure what Tom Little’s selling point and his last five fights have all been heavy stoppage losses: there are fights out there for him just not at this level.

Fabio Wardley vs Richard Lartey

Fellow heavyweight Fabio Wardley made quick work of Richard Lartey within two rounds to make it 10-0 for the youngster from Suffolk. Wardley is a heavy puncher – we’ve known that for a while – and his KO of Scott Saward in 2017 is well worth looking up. Lartey is becoming the Wish version of Kevin Johnson (as Ryan pointed out on Twitter) but it was clear that Wardley didn’t fancy hanging around and duly set about constructing the Ghanaian’s downfall. A wide snapping right hand caught Lartey around the temple to scramble his senses. 

The Rest Of The Undercard

On the undercard Liam Davies became English champion with a points victory over Sean Cairns. Same for Jez Smith who defeated Ben Riddings in a six rounder. I’d like to see Jez face Brad Rea next.

Attention turns to Church House, in Westminster, on Saturday night (November 28th) for a fascinating heavyweight grudge match between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce. Four belts are on the line – European, Commonwealth, British and WBC Silver – for one of the most highly anticipated domestic matches in a long, long time.

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Tim Bradley Sides With Errol Spence Jr. Over Danny Garcia: “Garcia To Me Is Tailor-made For Him”

By: Hans Themistode

A Danny Garcia vs Errol Spence Jr. matchup is one that the boxing public struggles to predict. Those struggles only increased following Spence Jr.’s car wreck in October of 2019.

Garcia, a former two-division world titlist is set to face unified champion Spence Jr. in just a few more weeks on December 5th. Question marks surrounding Spence Jr.’s health and ability to take a punch have pushed many to view his contest with Garcia as a 50/50 matchup. But the growing notion that Garcia has a legitimate chance to pull off the upset has become laughable to former multiple division champion Timothy Bradley.

“Garcia to me is tailor-made for him,” said Bradley to Fight Hype during a recent interview. “Tailor-made.”

Garcia, 32, has always been viewed as the full package. The Philadelphia native has been praised for his punching power and timing over the years but more than anything, his “no look,” left hook has received more than its fair share of credit. The unconventional punch has left former great fighters such as Erik Morales and Amir Khan unconscious in the blink of an eye.

Although it’s a shot that carries a lot of power, to Bradley, you must be out of your mind if you believe he’ll be able to land it against Spence Jr.

“You think Spence is gonna run into that?” Said Bradley as he imitated Garcia’s left hook by closing his eyes, tucking his head down and throwing violently. “He got timing but he’s not landing that against Errol Spence. He’s too smooth for that.”

For Bradley, a current ESPN boxing analyst after hanging up the gloves in 2016, he’s watched Garcia for most of his career, including his 2014 matchup against Mauricio Herrera. In that contest, Garcia was heavily favored but barely scraped by with a majority decision win. On the night, the Philadelphia native found it difficult getting past the strong jab of Herrera. To Bradley, if Garcia couldn’t formulate a game plan to deal with the fringe contender, then in no way, shape or form will he be able to deal with the sort of heat that will be coming his way from Spence Jr.

“Garcia is going to have a hard time getting past the jab. He eats jabs. Remember Mauricio Herrera? He landed the jab on him and contained. Spence is gonna control him all night, back him and beat him on the inside.”

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Deontay Wilder: “You Can See Me Back In The Ring Sometime In The first Week Of January, The Latest, Early February”

By: Hans Themistode

Deontay Wilder has been both uncharacteristically quiet outside of the ring, and inactive inside of it.

The former WBC heavyweight belt holder was last seen inside of a boxing ring earlier this year in February. Unlike the vast majority of his career in which he was able to produce an eye-catching knockout, Wilder found himself on the wrong end of one.

With a worldwide pandemic slowing down his comeback process, as well as a legal battle with Fury to enforce what he believes is a mandated third fight, Wilder has stood on the sidelines.

With that being said, he doesn’t plan on staying there much longer.

“You can see me back in the ring sometime in the first week of January,” said Wilder to Brian Custer on The Last Stand podcast. “The latest, early February. We’re looking through opponents now. We’re not going sit around and wait on no coward that has an obligation to fulfill but ran away from it. We gotta get back in the ring. I have a lot of fans that’s looking forward to me stepping back in the ring and doing what I do best.”

Although the now 34-year-old Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) would love to settle the score with Fury, it appears as though he is moving on. The road to winning another world title could be near impossible at the moment though. Anthony Joshua, the only other heavyweight titlist, is solely fixated on his mandatory title challenger in Kubrat Pulev and has said on numerous occasions that once he dispatches of him on December 12th, that he will place all of his attention on an undisputed showdown with Tyson Fury.

Wilder may find himself out of the championship mix in the immediate future, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a long list of contenders that he wants to make his comeback against.

“Dillian Whyte, I want Dillian Whyte and Dillian Whyte,” said Wilder when asked to choose his next opponent. “Dude upsets me man. He acts like we went together and we had a bad break up and he can’t get over me. Ruiz would be one on the list. As far as hype, Helenius could be another one. You got the Parkers and Usyk, I would love to fight him.”

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Derrick James Rips Terence Crawford’s Resume: “On The Pound For Pound List He Has The Weakest Resume, They’re Matching Him Like A Prospect Still”

By: Hans Themistode

Derrick James, trainer of unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., isn’t amongst those heaping praise on Terence Crawford for his latest performance. The WBO welterweight belt holder made it look easy in his fourth round stoppage win against former titlist Kell Brook last weekend.

Crawford, 33, struggled with Brook in the first two rounds before dropping and pounding him out shortly after. Following the win, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) received loads of praise for his handiwork. Yet for James, although Brook was a former champion, he wasn’t the same.

“I watched the fight,” said James on Fight Hub TV. “But to be honest, I don’t know how to take it. Kell looked pretty decent but he was kind of shot and going in, they had to know that.”

Before James considered Brook a broken fighter, his champion in Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) fought the best version of him in 2017. Up until that point, it was by far the toughest challenge of Spence Jr.’s career but one that he passed with flying colors as he picked up the IBF title via 11th round stoppage.

The win by Crawford three years later isn’t viewed as impressive in the eyes of James. But even with the addition of Brook to Crawford’s ledger, it doesn’t compare much to whom Spence Jr. will be facing on December 5th.

“Even when you add Kell Brook to his resume, it still doesn’t add to what Danny Garcia has done. Danny Garcia has the deepest resume other than Manny Pacquiao and this is in boxing period.”

For James, resume and who you fight, along with when you fight them, is important. Because of that, he doesn’t believe that Crawford deserves to be considered the best fighter in the world, a distinction that has become the consensus in boxing circles.

“On the pound for pound list, he has the weakest resume. All of these other guys are fighting champions and they’re matching him like a prospect still.”

As of late, Crawford has received a ton of flak for the names plastered across his record. James struggles to remember any of the opponents that Crawford has fought during the course of his career. To the highly touted trainer, most of those names are unrecognizable.

“It’s apples and oranges. One guy has proven himself, the other guy tells you who his opponents are. With the Russian kid, Postol, we didn’t know who he was. They told us who he was. Then he fought the other guy after that, Indongo, we had no idea who he was. We still don’t know who he is.”

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Angel Garcia On Terence Crawford’s Performance Against Kell Brook: “They Act Like He Just Beat Superman”

By: Hans Themistode

Fans and media members continue to play matchmaker. Fantasy matchups between unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and fellow belt holders Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao, continue to be on mostly everyone’s mind.

While it’s fun to discuss who would win those contests, the never-ending discussions have become disrespectful in the mind of Angel Garcia. The continued conversations essentially mean that his son, former two-division belt holder Danny Garcia, has no chance of dethroning Spence Jr. when the two face off on December 5th. While Angel respects Spence Jr. as a fighter, he believes that his team is looking way too far ahead.

“Right now they counting their chicks without hatching,” said Angel to Fight Hub TV. “Talking about fighting Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao. They counting their chicks before it hatches.”

To the chagrin of Angel, a showdown between Crawford and Spence Jr. only intensified with the Nebraska native’s latest performance. Just last weekend, the WBO belt holder dropped former champion, Kell Brook, before ultimately stopping him dramatically shortly after. Since then, Crawford has received his fair share of praise.

Brook, 34, was beaten twice before in 2016 and 2017. Once at the hands of middleweight belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin (GGG) in the fifth round of a contest where Brook moved up two weight divisions and again, one year later. This time to Spence Jr. in the 11th round.

Still, Brook was competitive in both of his losses and never received the sort of beating that Crawford dished out to him before. While the performance may have been impressive to most, Angel simply doesn’t understand why he’s receiving all of this praise and attention.

“Terence Crawford just finished fighting Brook and they act like he just beat superman. GGG put the icing on the cake. He was never going to be the same after the ass whopping GGG gave him. He’s like Khan, he’s a big name in Europe. They love him and he sells tickets but his chin is done.”

Beyond Angel’s issue with Crawford receiving a disproportional amount of credit for what he believes was an easy fight, he also takes umbrage with the lack of respect that his son has received over the course of his career.

“Danny was unified champion. Ring magazine. When he unified titles they said Danny just know how to win. They said he was never pound for pound number one ever. But you got somebody else that wins one fight and they say he’s number one in the world.”

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Errol Spence Jr: “This Is One Of The Best I’ve Ever Felt, I’m Going To Make An Impactful statement”

By: Hans Themistode

Vulnerability and Errol Spence Jr. has never been associated with one another. Yet, following a horrific car wreck in October of 2019, Spence Jr. found himself inside of a hospital room with a boxing ring the further thing from his mind.

As the days turned to weeks and the weeks into months, Spence Jr.’s health status became a constant question mark. Now, with over a year to train both his body and mind, the Dallas native believes he’s beyond ready to take on Danny Garcia on December 5th.

“It was a lot of uncertainty,” said Spence Jr. as he recalled how he felt following his accident with Ray Flores. “I didn’t know what I was going to do but I just knew that I was going to keep training. Now, I feel ready to go. This is one of the best I’ve ever felt.”

Although Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) says his health is 100 percent back to where it once was, he’ll receive an immediate test from Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs). The hard hitting Philadelphia native has expressed his desire to rip away both the IBF and WBC welterweight world titles away from Spence Jr. in just a few more weeks.

The eyes of the boxing world are anxious to see just how Spence Jr. intends on approaching his first fight in nearly a year in a half. Those plans however, will remain under wraps until December 5th.

“My coach has a great game plan. I’m just going to feel him out. I don’t know how the first round is going to go. If I can press him then I’m going to press and do what I do.”

Once the 30-year-old Spence Jr. was given a clean bill of health, many expected him to take on a soft touch. Those thoughts though, never crossed his mind. To the powerful southpaw, there was no point in taking a step back.

“He’s a tough opponent with a granite chin. He’s always in tough fights and he’s going to bring the best out of me. I think if I took a tune up fight I wouldn’t have been 100 percent focused. I’m going to make an impactful statement. I guarantee there will be highlights everywhere. I’m going to put on a great show and performance and I will get that W come December 5th.”

For Spence Jr., a win is nothing more than a mere formality. The current unified welterweight titlist believes he’s as good as he’s ever been. Whilst he isn’t overlooking the former two division champion, Spence Jr. is not only confident of continuing his title reign but also in beating everyone that’s put in front of him.

“Line em up. Whoever else is in my way let’s get it.”

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Terence Crawford Gives His Criteria For The Pound For Pound List And Defends His Resume: “The Guys That I Fought Are World Class Fighters”

By: Hans Themistode

Pound for pound lists are subjective to each individual. Not everyone views things the same. Some may value a person’s resume and the level of opposition they have fought, while others are more fixated on the length of a particular fighter’s title reign.

For WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford however, he has a different view on what constitutes a fighter’s placement on the pound for pound list.

“For me, when I think of pound for pound, I look at it as, how would you be in another weight class? That’s pound for pound,” said Crawford to Fight Hype during a recent interview. “Not if you just dominate one weight class. How would you do in the weight class above you or below you?”

Currently, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is in the midst of a two and a half year title reign. At no point has Crawford struggled with any of his opponents, including former belt holder Kell Brook last weekend. Crawford, 33, was given a bit of trouble during the first two rounds but quickly adjusted to hand Brook a trip to the canvas in the fourth round.

Much like his previous two title reigns in separate weight classes, Crawford continues to dominate. That consistent pattern is exactly why he believes he’s pound for pound number one in the sport.

“I done traveled from 135 to 140 to 147 and still dominated. That’s pound for pound for me.”

For as great as Crawford has been throughout his career, the former three division titlist has had a long line of detractors. The growing narrative surrounding his career is that he hasn’t fought anyone of note. Although his knockout win over Brook was highlight worthy, many have pointed to other stoppage losses in his career to Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Brook, along with various other names on his resume, have continued to receive a ho-hum reaction when a showdown with Crawford is announced. The nonstop criticism, however, doesn’t bother the slick switch hitter. In actuality, he finds it hilarious.

“When these people say he hasn’t fought anybody, I just laugh because they don’t know anything about boxing. The guys that I fought are world-class fighters. Just because you’re not a fan of that fighter and you don’t know too much about that fighter, he’s not world-class. You put Mean Machine (Egidijus Kavaliauskas) or the Kell Brook that I just fought in the ring with any top welterweight and they would give them fits, if not beat em. When you’re this good they try to downplay you.”

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Bob Arum: “I Don’t Give A Shit If Team Crawford Got Mad At Me”

By: Hans Themistode

Bob Arum was all smiles when his WBO welterweight star Terence Crawford scored a fourth round knockout win over former belt holder Kell Brook this past weekend. Yet, Arum was apparently fuming behind the scenes.

Crawford, 34, has never been loquacious. The soft-spoken Nebraska native has always been content with letting his hands do the talking for him. So it came as no surprise that he didn’t go on an adamant rant over who he would like to face next. Crawford simply stated that he would like to resume talks to face Manny Pacquiao while also reiterating that if a fight with unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. did not come to fruition, then he would have no problem with it.

Arum now, is sick and tired of being the mouthpiece for his fighter, and he’s tired of watching his bank account dwindle away because of his lack of star power.

“He’s got to promote like (unified lightweight champion Teofimo) Lopez does,” said Arum following Crawford’s victory. “He’s got to promote like (former featherweight champion) Shakur (Stevenson) does. Like (Floyd) Mayweather did. Like (Manny) Pacquiao did. If he doesn’t, then who the fuck needs him? He may be the greatest fighter in the world, but, hey, I ain’t going bankrupt promoting him.”

The words of Arum weren’t taken too well by team Crawford and his star has since fired back.

“If he feels that way then he can release me now,” said Crawford on the Ak and Barak show. “If he feels like I’m not an asset to his company then he can release me now.”

The hurt feelings and sideway glances coming from both parties is something that Arum could care less about. Business is business and the 88-year-old doesn’t believe he did or said anything wrong.

“I don’t give a shit if team Crawford got mad at me,” said Arum to The Athletic. “This business is not about getting mad. This business is about facts and the reality of the situation. What’d I say that was wrong? I’ll show him how much we’ve lost on his fights.”

For years now, Crawford has asked to face some of the bigger names in the welterweight division including Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and of course, Errol Spence Jr. Crawford though, has settled for the likes of Jeff Horn, Jose Benavidez and most recently, Kell Brook.

More than any of those matchups, fans have been begging for a showdown between Spence Jr. and Crawford. Yet, with the unified titlist currently associated with Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon, the road to their contest has been an arduous one. With that being said, Arum is still willing to put up a significant amount of money in order to make the contest happen. And although he has always believed that Crawford is the best fighter in the world, if his promotional rival in Al Haymon decided to snatch Crawford away from it, then he would have absolutely no problem with that.

“If we did this fight with Spence and put our money in for half of the risk, and Crawford wins and Haymon wants to sign him be my guest for Christ’s sake! I don’t have to make a lot of money with him on this (Spence fight). I know I’ll break even or make a couple dollars. In other words, I am not going to go in my pocket anymore for Terence Crawford. I’m no longer in the business of losing money on Terence Crawford.”

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Deontay Wilder Back Tracks From Previous Costume Claims: “It had a little weight on it, But It wasn’t enough to cause me to not have my legs”

By: Hans Themistode

For Deontay Wilder, losing was never an option. The six-foot-six-inch former heavyweight titlist felt he was unbeatable in the ring. Yet, after seven one sided rounds earlier this year against Tyson Fury, the Alabama native found his aura of invincibility shattered.

Following the loss, Wilder offered an explanation as to why he stumbled across the ring for most of their contest and hit the deck on multiple occasions.

“My uniform was way too heavy for me,” said Wilder shortly after his defeat. “I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through. It weighed 40-some pounds with the helmet and all the batteries. I tried my best but I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.”

Wilder’s excuse for the lone defeat in his career was viewed as erroneous and nonsensical, yet, he stuck to his guns. Recently however, with more time to reflect on his defeat, Wilder is now back-peddling from his original thought process.

“That wouldn’t have been the case,” said Wilder to Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast when asked if he believed his costume cost him his world title. “I’m not excusing the costume. It had a little weight on it but it wasn’t enough weight to make me feel the way I felt in that ring. It wasn’t enough to cause me to not have my legs. It’s like having sex and going to have basketball.”

Wilder’s recent dismissal of his costume costing him both his unblemished record and his world title doesn’t mean he believes he lost fair and square. On the contrary, the Alabama native is under the belief that Fury pulled off a sly move or two and if you don’t believe him, just look at his track record.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“He cheated,” said an exasperated Wilder. “He flat out cheated. That wasn’t the best man, that was a coward. He’s a known cheater. We can go back to the rap sheet of his history, even with the Klitschko fight. He definitely wasn’t the better man.”

In November of 2015, Fury pulled off what many thought to be impossible when he dethroned long standing unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko who’s reign lasted nearly a decade. Fury’s victory was short-lived though as he failed multiple drug tests for cocaine use, and would later admit to his transgressions.

Both Fury and Wilder were drug tested during the build up of their contest. That however, hasn’t stopped Fury from cheating according to Wilder. The 34-year-old isn’t accusing his rival of taking a banned substance though. Instead, Wilder believes he used other methods to pull off the victory and claims to have a mountain of evidence to back his claims.

“I still haven’t heard valid proof of how gloves keep a smushed in form. How a glove flap all the way back? Why is your hands in the bottom of the glove? Why did my ear have scratches in it? It was because of your nails. There are so many facts and different proof that we have.”

Those bullet points, along with what Wilder believes was disloyalty from his now fired co-trainer Mark Breland, has left wilder fuming.

Just a few weeks ago, after spending several months sequestered from social media, Wilder posted a video placing the blame squarely at the feet of both Fury and Breland. The former trainer’s role in his truncated championship reign is believed to be through his water. Wilder is under the assumption that Breland spiked his drink which ultimately led to his unstable legs and lack of aggression. Since then, the boxing public has pushed back on his claims, believing that they are ludicrous and unfounded.

Despite the push back, Wilder won’t waste his time fulminating with those who don’t agree with what he believes is the truth.

“When I took my costume off you seen my eyes bugging. Over these five years of people seeing me fight they know when I’m ready and when I’m not. When people seen my face people were saying something was wrong with him. A lot of people just don’t want to believe because they don’t want to.”

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Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta In Play For December 18th, Trilogy Bout With Alvarez Eyed For Spring Of 2021

By: Hans Themistode

With Canelo Alvarez officially returning to the ring On December 19th, against WBC super-middleweight belt holder Callum Smith, it appears that a familiar face will align himself with a close date as well.

According to reports, former unified middleweight champion and current IBF titlist Gennadiy Golovkin, is working on making his return to the ring on December 18th, one day before Alvarez. His opponent on the night would be the undefeated Kamil Szeremeta.

A contest between the two was thought to take place several months, however, due to a calf injury and the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, their bout has taken a backseat. Now though, it appears that they are back on track. A location hasn’t been set in stone just yet but sources familiar with the situation believe that Florida or Texas, where fans have been allowed into boxing venues, would be the likely play.

The thought process behind scheduling Golovkin near the end of the year not only stems from his injury woes and lack of a fight date this year, but also because the streaming service DAZN is eyeing a trilogy bout between the pair for May of 2021.

Both Golovkin and Alvarez share a long history with one another. After spending years calling for a showdown with the Mexican native, Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) got his wish in September of 2017. Following 12 rounds of nonstop action, a crowd of 17,318 was incredulous as a majority decision was announced. Having believed he did more than enough to score the victory, Golovkin lobbied for an immediate rematch and was rewarded with one nine months later.

Unfortunately for the long reigning champion however, he would be forced to wait an additional four months as Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) was given a six month suspension for testing positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol.

Going into their rematch in September of 2018, Golovkin was seen as a slight favorite to continue his middleweight reign which was one win shy of breaking the all-time title defense record.

Despite that, the Kazakhstan product would fall short on the cards, losing via majority decision. Since then, he has implemented several changes including axing his former head trainer Abel Sanchez and bringing in previous head man of long time heavyweight titlist Wladimir Klitschko, Johnathon Banks. Their new partnership has worked out fairly well as Golovkin has won back to back contest including a razor-close decision against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

As for Alvarez, he’s spent the better part of two years jumping from weight class to weight class and piling up the world titles.

In December of 2018, the pound for pound star made quick work of WBA regular super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding, stopping him in the third round. He would then move back down to the middleweight division five months later to unify titles with Daniel Jacobs. Six months following his win, Alvarez would jump up two weight classes to become the fourth Mexican born fighter to win world titles in four separate weight classes when he scored an 11th round knockout over Sergey Kovalev.

Although Golovkin hasn’t expressed an interest in moving up to the super middleweight division, a weight class where Alvarez is currently campaigning, the Mexican star is said to be able to make the 160-pound limit given more time, according to his trainer Eddy Reynoso.

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Canelo Alvarez Set To Return December 19th Against Callum Smith

By: Sean Crose

After months of fight fans wondering just who Canelo Alvarez would fight next, word has finally come out that the Mexican star will be facing the highly regarded WBA super middleweight belt holder Callum Smith on December 19th. Amid speculation, it was assumed Canelo would either face Smith or Caleb Plant next, the IBF champion. Now that it’s clear Canelo will be facing Smith, there is a bit of irony to the entire affair. For Canelo, he recently parted ways with Golden Boy Promotions and the DAZN streaming service. Now, less than a month after the break, it’s clear he’ll be back before DAZN cameras again when he faces Smith.

One of the biggest, if not the single biggest, attractions in the sport, Canelo has been a prominent player in the fight game since he faced Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. The red haired fighter lost that super fight, but went on to win and get better year after year. Now, with numerous championships and major bouts on his resume, Canelo can essentially pick and choose who his opponents will be. Smith, essentially, has won the Canelo sweepstakes. Not that he hasn’t earned it.

Boasting a perfect record of 27-0, Smith has worked his way to the top of the super middleweight division without an inordinate amount of fanfare. His last fight, which went down in November of last year, saw the Englishman best John Ryder. Smith, like so many fighters, has been waiting for a major fight. Now that the opportunity is here, Smith will unquestionably be at his best when he slips in between the ropes to face Canelo. Not that he won’t have some advantages walking in.

Smith, after all, will be boasting a close to six inch height advantage. That’s tough for any fighter to overcome, even one of Canelo’s pedigree. The man also has a championship pedigree and absolutely oozes confidence. Canelo, on the other hand, has engaged with one big name after another. Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, and Amir Khan have all been bested by Canelo. He even won a light heavyweight title in his last fight, which saw him best Sergey Kovalev in November of 2019. As of now, the man’s record stands at 53-1-2 with 36 of those wins coming via stoppage.

No location has been presented for Canelo-Smith as of yet.

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Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook Brings In An Average Of 1,758,000; Peaks At 2,078,000

By: Hans Themistode

The results are in, and by all accounts, all parties are fairly satisfied.

A peak audience of 2,078,000 tuned in to watch WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford outmuscle former titlist, Kell Brook, via fourth-round stoppage in their ESPN main event. Overall, an average of 2,029,000 flipped on their television screens to watch the event in its entirety.

Outside of ESPN’s recent telecast which was headlined by then unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and then, IBF belt holder Teofimo Lopez, Crawford vs Brook was the most watched bout on ESPN in several years. An average of 2,729,000 and a peak number of 2,898,000 boxing fans witnessed Lopez make history on October 17th, as he became the youngest undisputed champion in boxing history with his win over Lomachenko.

Crawford’s night at the office may be a massive success but it wasn’t his best showing in terms of the numbers. That would come three years earlier in June of 2017 when Crawford took on Jose Benavidez Jr. The two spent most of their fight build up exchanging verbal threats with one another and had to be kept apart on several occasions. Their words reached its crescendo during their weigh-ins when Benavidez pushed Crawford which resulted in the pound for pound star throwing a punch at his opponent. Just one day later, Crawford would make Benavidez pay for his actions with a 12th round stoppage victory.

Things weren’t nearly as tense during Crawford’s fight build up with Brook. With that being said, the pair exchanged heated words as Crawford became apoplectic with Brook’s threats that he would rip away his WBO title and bring it back home to England. Those words however, failed to materialize on the night.

Brook started well, jabbing his man and winning the early exchanges. Yet, it was Crawford who made several adjustments which resulted in Brook hitting the deck in the deck in the fourth round before he was subsequently stopped a few seconds later.

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