How Mixed-up Are the Heavyweight Champions?
How Mixed-up Are the Heavyweight Champions?
By: Ken Hissner
Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko, 64-4 (53), of the UKR, lost for the first time in eleven years, to Tyson Fury, 25-0 (18), in November of 2015 losing his three titles. Fury retired in 2016 making all the titles vacant. Klitschko for some reason is only ranked by the WBA and WBO. The 40 year-old former champion is scheduled to fight IBF champion Anthony Joshua, 18-0 (18), of the UK, on April 29th in London. Not only is Joshua’s IBF title on the line but so is WBA Super World title. Klitschko is not ranked by the IBF but is No. 2 in the WBA and No. 3 by the WBO.
Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 37-0 (36), of ALA, holds the WBC title. After winning the title two years ago he has made four title defenses and not one with one of the top four contenders. At this time he awaits the winner of the former WBA World champion Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin, 31-1 (23), of Russia, and the former WBC champion and No. 2 contender Bermane Stivern, 25-2-1 (21), a Haitian out of Las Vegas, who lost to Wilder being the new champions only decision win in 37 fights. Povetkin has failed two of three drug tests but that didn’t stop the WBC from approving Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola who failed a drug test, to challenge Wilder in the champion’s last fight in July. The elimination match is on hold at this time. Povetkin has been the No. 1 contender for some time and it seems has been avoided by Wilder. Wilder’s next opponent is No. 12 Andrew Wawrzyk, 31-1 (19), of Poland whose only loss is to Povetkin. The site is in Birmingham, AL, where Wilder is from on February 25th.
The vacant WBO title was won by Joe Parker, 21-0 (18), of New Zealand, winning a majority decision over Andy Ruiz, Jr., in December. The former champion Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev, 34-3-1 (21), of UZB, now out of GER, lost this title to Australian Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne, 24-0 (21), in March of 2016. Browne failed his drug test and the title was declared vacant. No decision for the bout to be reversed or Chagaev retaining his title at this time. Both Browne and Chagaev have been dropped from the ratings. Former WBA champion David “Haymaker” Haye, 28-2 (26), of the UK, is the No. 1 contender and has a match scheduled in March against newly crowned WBC Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, 28-2-1 (18), who is on a eight fight winning streak since moving up to cruiserweight.
The WBA title is vacant and this writer is awaiting an answer from the WBA to who will be fighting for that title. Rumors are No. 4 former WBO champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs, 60-6-1 (53), of Brooklyn, who came back in 2014 after a three and a half lay-off, and has won nine straight over non-contenders. The opponent mentioned is former WBC champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall, 57-14 (37), of VA, who is ranked No. 5. This writer questioned why McCall who hasn’t fought in two years can even still be in the ratings. Both Briggs and McCall are 45.
How the WBA would overlook No. 1 contender and former interim WBA champion Louis “King Kong” Ortiz, 27-0 (23), a Cuban out of Miami, and the No. 3 contender Alexander “The Great” Ustinov, 33-1 (24), a Russian out of Belarus, makes no sense. Though Ustinov didn’t fight in 2016 he has been able to hold that high ranking. Since No. 2 contender Klitschko chose to fight for the IBF title he is not being considered.
There are once again too many champions among the four organizations. Boxing does not need four boxers being called “the world heavyweight champion!”
Boxing Insider Notebook: Tyson Fury, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, George Foreman, and more…
Boxing Insider Notebook: Tyson Fury, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, George Foreman, and more…
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of October 4th to October 11th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
TMZ Sports Reports: WBO Threatens to Strip Tyson Fury
TMZ Sports has reported that the WBO has given Tyson Fury ten days to explain hiself before they strip him of his title.
Tyson Fury has ten days to “show cause why your title should not be vacated due to inactivity, breach of contract and performance enhancing drugs and stimulants.” The WBO delivered the letter on October 7th and Fury has until October 17th.
It appears likely that Fury will be stripped. Read more at http://www.tmz.com/2016/10/10/tyson-fury-boxer-wbo-title-belt/
Mike Tyson Says Donald Trump Had Sex with his Wife
The Hollywood Gossip recently quoted Mike Tyson as stating that Donald Trump had sex with his wife.
The latest comes to us from Tim O’Brien’s book TrumpNation, which was first published in 2005, but saw a resurgence in popularity thanks to Trump’s 18-month Gas-Lighting America! tour.
The following excerpt from O’Brien’s book is simply too good to paraphrase:
“Mr. Trump, could I ask you a question?” Tyson asked.
“Whatever you want, Mike,” Donald responded.
“Are you f–king my wife?”
“Are you f–king my wife? Everyone’s telling me that you’re fucking my wife.”
Tyson then pulled out a copy of Vogue magazine that feature a picture of Ms. Givens wearing a Trump Princess hat from Donald’s yacht.
“Everyone’s telling me that you’re fucking my wife and I think you’re f–king my wife,” Tyson said.
“Mike, let me tell you something: I never ever even thought about it. And I heard those rumors and they’re disgusting.
“In fact, I called you a couple of times to tell you that I heard those rumors and it pisses me off. And I never, ever even thought about it. She’s your wife, she’s with you, she’s loyal to you, and it’s total bullsh-t.”
Read more at http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2016/10/mike-tyson-donald-trump-banged-my-wife/
George Foreman Youth and Community Center in Houston to Host Gulf Boxing Association Regional Championships
Starting with the ring of the bell on October 22nd, local area boxers will be fighting for a spot to represent the Gulf Coast Region at the USA Boxing National Championships & in International Travel.
Weight categories will include: Pee Wee 8-9, Bantam 10-11, Intermediate 12-13, Juniors 14-15, Youth 15-16, & Elite 18-40 in both Open and Novice divisions. Winners will represent the Gulf area at the 2016 USA Boxing Elite, Youth and Junior National Championships to be held in Kansas City Missouri December 4-10, 2016. This tournament is a sanctioned event through USA Boxing the National Governing Body of Amateur Boxing and is a feeder to National and Olympic recognition.
The George Foreman Youth and Community Center was founded 32 years ago in 1984 by Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time heavy weight champion George Foreman. The GFYCC is dedicated to providing a safe and secure location for youth to participate in sports and after school activities.
“This year for the first time in Houston boxing history, we are developing an elite international youth boxing team,” said George Foreman, IV. “The team will be selected for the sole purpose of training and traveling to other countries to gain experience on an international platform and promote cultural diplomacy! Utilizing grant and donor funding this team will be representing the George Foreman Youth and Community Center and will be announced Saturday October 22, at the Gulf Region’s Boxing Championship. The team will be reviewed by my father, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-Time Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman Sr. The first international trip for this new Houston team is scheduled for Jan. 2017.”
Doors open for the Gulf Gloves Championships on Saturday October 22nd at 11:00 am with announcements and the presentation of the colors by the United States Army Houston Recruiting Command Baytown Beaumont Company at 12:45 pm. The national anthem will be performed by the internationally acclaimed Houston Brass Quintet! Boxing will begin at 1:00 pm. Championship finals will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday October 23rd.
TGB Promotions Signs Adrian Granados
Sherman Oaks, California based TGB Promotions has signed world ranked contender Adrian “El Tigre” Granados to an exclusive promotional agreement it was announced by Tom Brown, the company’s President.
“We’re very excited to begin working with Adrian, he’s one of the premier talents in the junior welterweight division and one of the true Mexican warriors in boxing. He has a very bright future and we look forward to giving him fights with some of biggest names, and on some of the biggest platforms possible. ” said Brown.
“Having worked with numerous legendary Mexican fighters in my career including Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Adrian is exactly the type of warrior that boxing fans love,” continued Brown who has worked as a promoter and matchmaker for over three decades.
Said Granados, “I’m very excited to start this new chapter of my career. Tom Brown has built numerous world champions and I have faith that he will provide the right opportunities to me towards fulfilling my dream of becoming a world champion.”
“I’ve been training diligently in Chicago all year long and I’m ready to get back in the ring.”
Currently ranked #3 by the World Boxing Association and #7 by the World Boxing Council, the 27-year-old Granados has compiled a record of 16-3-1 (10 KO’s) over the course of his eight-year professional career. He is managed by Andy Zak of Journeyman Management.
“I’ve known Tom Brown for a longtime and trust him as a man and a promoter,” said Zak. “I’m confident that he will guide Adrian towards the best opportunities and look forward to a very strong working relationship with him on Adrian’s career.”
Last November, the Chicago native Granados traveled to Quebec City to battle undefeated and #1 ranked Amir Imam in a bout telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing. Despite getting dropped in the initial stanza, in the biggest fight of his career Granados turned the tables and dominated Imam over the next seven rounds to earn the stoppage in the eighth round of their scheduled ten rounder.
A fan favorite across the country for his “never say die” attitude, Granados has battled with numerous former world champions and contenders including Kermit Cintron, Felix Diaz, Frankie Gomez, Brad Solomon, Jaime Herrera and Lanardo Tyner. Among his three losses are two majority decisions and one split decision, all three to undefeated fighters.
Felix Jr. to Headline this Friday
World rated by two of the big four boxing organizations, at #3 WBO and #5 by the IBF, Los Mochis, Sinaloa’s own Jose Felix Jr. makes his third outing this year against Alan Herrera (34-8, 22 KO’s) this Friday night at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California.
Coming off, a stoppage over the tough-as-nails Robert Frankel last August, Felix Jr. knows the importance of staying busy, specially knowing that a potential second shot at a world title looms in the near feature.
”He’s ready for a title fight as soon as possible. As soon as Top Rank offered this fight, Jose Agreed to it without even knowing who the opponent was” said Jasmine Alcorta who advises Felix Jr.
” He has the old school mentality where he’s ready to fight anyone at anytime. He’s already made it known that he is not only willing but wants to go to England to fight Terry Flanagan.” Added Alcorta.
”He’s coming back from his TKO on August 27th so is fighting twice in less than two months. ”
”All great fighters hone their skills and stay on top of everything by fighting often.” concluded Alcorta.
In Herrera, Felix Jr. faces a tough cookie, who record does not reflect the toughness of the fighter.
Felix Jr. vs. Herrera is Scheduled for ten heats of action in the Lightweight ranks.
Fan-favorite, Egis “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas(14-0, 12 KO’s) co-features the card which will be televised through UNIMA
Russia’s, Maxim Dadashev (3-0, 3 KO’s) and Ukraine’sOleg Zubenko (2-0, 1KO) round out the Eastern block trio of fighters on the card.
In other action, Fresno’s Eric Altamirano (8-0, 6KOs), Coachella’s Alberto Fundora (8-0, 4KOs), and Victorville’s Ryan Garcia (5-0, 4KOs) will see action as well.
Valley Fight Night is presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing and takes place this Friday, October 14th at the World Famous Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California.
Free Agent Boxing Management Signs Former World Champ Jose Rodriguez
José A. Acevedo of Free Agent Boxing Management proudly announces the signing of former world champion Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez to a managerial agreement.
27-year-old Rodriguez (31-4-0, 19 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico, won the Interim WBA World Light Flyweight Championship on November 19, 2011, by upsetting then 27-1 Nethra Sasiprapa of Thailand. He also won the WBC Youth Intercontinental Light Flyweight Championship in 2009 and made four successful defenses. He is also a former sparring partner of Nicaraguan four-division and current WBC World Super Flyweight Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.
Currently looking for the third fight of his comeback after nearly two years off, 27-year-old Rodriguez plans to compete in the flyweight and super flyweight divisions.
“I am happy to sign with Free Agent Boxing,” said Rodriguez. “My career was on hold for a while, but I am back now and eager for my team to find me big fights. Taking some time off did me good. I have never felt this strong and healthy. I’m looking forward to getting a few more wins and then winning back my championship.”
Acevedo who has previously done well for his brother, former super middleweight contender Roberto, and middleweight puncher Jorge Melendez in advisory roles, says he’s beginning to work with Rodriguez at the perfect time.
“The flyweight and super flyweight divisions are red hot right now,” he said. “I am working to get Torito a ranking by the IBF and WBC. He said he wants to fight the best, so we are working to find him the fights that will get him to a title shot. One guy he really wants is (IBF Champion Jerwin Ancajas from the Philippines). We’re hoping to get him in the ring soon.”