Mauricio Sulaiman Addresses Daniel Kinahan Situation, Joshua vs Fury, and Much More on Boxing Insider Radio
For this week’s episode on Boxing Insider Radio, the crew welcomes WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman as he calls in to talk with our panel on some of the topics that have grabbed boxing by the throat over the past few days.
With Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury reportedly coming to an agreement for a two fight deal in 2021, how realistic is that contest? Also the man behind the deal in Daniel Kinahan finds himself in legal trouble due to his questionable past. Sulaiman gives his thoughts on the situation. How about Dillian Whyte? Where does WBC interim champion fit into the Heavyweight landscape? Sulaiman addresses it all and more on this weeks podcast.
For the first time in roughly four months, boxing fans had a smile on their face. They sat back and watched as COVID-19 took away their 2020 boxing schedule after a promising start. Thoughts of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3, Leo Santa Cruz vs Gervonta Davis and Canelo Alvarez vs Gennadiy Golovkin 3 all fell by the wayside.
Now, fans were given no choice but to enjoy the grotesque mismatches of Shakur Stevenson vs Felix Caraballo. The frown that accompanied the faces of fans grew to anger. But with one announcement, it was turned upside down.
Fans of the sport broke their chairs, smashed their telephones and screamed uncontrollably as unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) and WBC belt holder Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) informed the public that they agreed on a two fight showdown in 2021.
But things quickly became strange when the man behind the scenes who helped broker the deal in Daniel Kinahan, is said to have a hand in more than just boxing.
Drugs, illegal firearms sales and a long list of other crimes now accompany the name of Kianhan. Which in turn, makes Fury vs Joshua a moot point. Fans of the sport became confused as to what his alleged illegal associations meant for the biggest fight in quite some time. Joining fans in their confusion is WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. Much like the fans who read the headlines all across the Internet, a puzzled Sulaiman scratched his head.
“I have no idea,” admitted Sulaiman on Boxing Insider Radio. “Since we have had his pandemic, I have chosen to keep a very clean, mental health. And to do that, I avoid anything that creates anxiety. So I don’t really follow much of what goes on unless it’s something positive or inspires me. I choose not to listen to gossip or whatever is not official. I have followed very little. And I have no interest in getting involved in what is not for the betterment of the sport.”
Kinahan and his current legal troubles aren’t the only thing that is in the way of the mega showdown between Joshua and Fury though. While the rest of the world marks Joshua vs Fury and their collective calendars, Deontay Wilder paces back and forth in his palatial estate. Seething, fists clenched and smoke fuming from the top of his head. With a title reign that stretches five years and the most devastating right hand in boxing history. Wilder is incredulous to the conjecture of most counting him out of their upcoming third clash.
Sulaiman however, is not. The WBC President is quick to remind everyone that although he is unsure of when, their third contest will certainly happen.
“Right now we don’t know when boxing is going to resume for some specific fights such as the rematch between Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury. We don’t know if that fight will happen October, November, December, next year. We cannot control that. But for the WBC there is a legal contract that they signed for a third fight.”
Wilder and Fury of course, gave the fans one of the most dramatic heavyweight contests in history when they battled to a highly controversially draw in 2018. There was nothing contentious in their rematch however, this past February as Fury dropped Wilder twice before ultimately stopping him. One more contest now awaits both men. But while COVID-19 has made awaiting their third contest painfully difficult with no date set in stone, interim WBC titilst Dillian Whyte has been waiting even longer for his own shot at a world title.
It’s been five years since Whyte suffered his lone loss to Anthony Joshua. Since then, Lebron James added another NBA title to his resume, Jay-Z dropped the 4:44 album and Tom Brady grabbed two more Super Bowl titles to give him a grand total of six. During that span, Whyte hasn’t just sat back on his laurels either. He’s taken down three undefeated fighters, two former world champions and won every possible title eliminator thrown in his direction.
With everything completed on his end, Sulaiman believes that he cannot make the British born fighter wait any longer.
“For the WBC there is a mandatory title defense that the champion has to make. The mandatory challenger is the interim champion Dillian Whyte. He has the right to enforce his title shot after the Wilder vs Fury third fight. Fury vs Joshua is just speculation. They have both come out and said that they have a deal which is very good. But there are many things that must take place before it actually happens.”
Tyson Fury Tabbed as Early Favorite Against Both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder
By: Hans Themistode
When Tyson Fury made the claim that he was the best fighter in the world several years ago, he was met with laughs and smart remarks. Now however, there isn’t a smile in sight when those words are uttered.
If you’re looking for a seat at the table for a date with Fury in the coming years, it’s best that you take a rain check. The current WBC Heavyweight titlist has three candle lit dinners with some of the best fighters that the division has to offer in Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
A win in the sport of boxing is never guaranteed, but in the case of Fury, the betting market seems to believe that the outcome will be the same regardless whom he faces. Which is to say, Fury’s hand will be raised in victory while his opponent is either slumped over the bottom rope or left scratching their head trying to figure out what went wrong.
Believers in both Wilder and Joshua could rake in the big bucks if they side with either man as they’ve been given +175 and +275 odds respectively. Those looking for even better better numbers, can throw a few dollars on the chances of a draw. Whether fans decide to take the +2500 odds associated with Wilder vs Fury 3 or the +3000 odds linked to Joshua vs Fury, the outcome of a draw will leave bettors planning an early retirement.
With Fury becoming the man to beat in the division, it’s a position he isn’t familiar with. In his 2015 title fight against Wladimir Klitschko, Fury was expected to become victim number 23 on Klitschko’s long title reign. But at +350, someone cashed in big time as the British born big man won an ugly unanimous decision.
At +105 odds for his rematch with Wilder, Fury once again rewarded someone’s bank account with another stellar win. Now that he’s in the favored seat though, bettors could still cash in with him. Just not as much as they’ve grown accustomed to.
Wilder vs Fury 3 has a tentative date set for December of 2020 while Joshua will get his crack in back to back fights in 2021. Provided of course, Fury gets by Wilder again and Joshua takes care of his IBF mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev.
Tyson Fury Believes Deontay Wilder Opting For Rematch Only For The Money
By: Hans Themistode
When Deontay Wilder was left on the opposite end of a stoppage loss at the hands of Tyson Fury on February 22nd, 2020, a rematch seemed to be out of the question. The contest between them was built up to be larger than life, but from a competitive standpoint, it fell short.
Wilder didn’t just take a hit to his undefeated record, but he also took one to his pride. Through 41 contests, the former WBC titlist had always found the mark with his right hand. This time however, he simply couldn’t find the target.
Nothing about their second contest was competitive, but then again, outside of two knockdowns in their first showdown in December of 2018, it wasn’t exactly close as well.
Still, Wilder was contractually owed a rematch and so, here we are. The chances of the former titlist might be slim according to most, but Fury believes that only matters if Wilder was actually looking to win the trilogy bout.
“There’s all these words about Joshua and the others but Deontay Wilder has his third fight to take,” Fury told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. “He’ll take the fight for one pure reason. And it’s called money. And there’s a lot of money on the table here and he’s got eight or nine kids to feed. So he’ll definitely take the rematch.”
To his credit, Wilder has always found success when facing the same opponent on multiple occasions. In 2015, Wilder was forced to go the distance for the first time in his career against Bermane Stiverne. Things were completely different the second time around two years later as he needed only one single round to get Stiverne out of there.
Wilder pulled off similar magic against Luis Ortiz. Stopping him in the tenth round in early 2018, but needing only seven rounds to get the job done in 2019.
His success in rematches coupled with his knockout power has Fury believing that although it is clearly a money grab from Wilder, that he still has a puncher’s chance.
“It’s heavyweight boxing, anything can happen especially with a dynamite puncher like Wilder.”
Mike Tyson Eyeing Boxing Exhibitions, Former Trainer Believes He Can KO Wilder Right Now
By: Hans Themistode
At one point in time, former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson did not need to be referred to by name. Simply say “the baddest man on the planet” and everyone knew exactly who you were talking about. Before James “Buster” Douglas pulled off the biggest upset in boxing history in 1990, no one ever thought he could lose.
It wasn’t just that he was winning, but how he was doing it. Once Tyson stepped foot inside of the ring, it didn’t make sense to leave your seat for a bathroom break. The match wasn’t going to last very long.
It’s been 15 years since Tyson last entered the ring, and 24 years since he looked like the man who could take down a Rhino. But even as his grey hairs have mellowed him out, Tyson has the fight itch again.
“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week,” Tyson said recently on Instagram Live with rapper T.I.
At 53 years of age, Tyson doesn’t have his eye on fighting for a world title. Instead, he’s getting himself in respectable shape to compete in a charity matchup. But the former world champ is finding out that getting himself even halfway ready for a fight isn’t as easy as it used to be.
“That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts. I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring. I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape. I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf***ers like me.”
Matchups against your normal average Joe is the only agenda for Tyson. In his prime, he would love to jump into the ring against names such as unified champion Anthony Joshua or WBC belt holder Tyson Fury. But this isn’t the mid 90s.
While Tyson doesn’t have unrealistic championship expectations, his former trainer believes there’s nothing unrealistic about it at all.
“Boxing’s not the same now. I’d guarantee that if Mike Tyson trained for six weeks, he’d knock Deontay Wilder out in a minute,” Fenech told The Sporting News
“He would hit them. If these guys are getting knocked out by Tyson Fury – who’s a great fighter, but not a huge puncher – Tyson would kill these guys. They’re not on the same level today. Mike today, I reckon if he trained he could still beat these guys. Fury’s got these other skills, but Deontay Wilder’s got a punch and nothing else. If you punch him, it’s over. And Mike don’t miss.”
Fenech may have all of the confidence in the world in his former fighter but at the moment, Tyson is just simply trying to whip himself into decent shape.
“I do two hours on cardio. I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 250 to 300 reps,” said Tyson. “Then I start my day with the boxing thing. I go in there and hit the mitts, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.”
Deontay Wilder: “I’m Coming Back Stronger Than Ever”
By: Hans Themistode
Everything seemed off on February 22nd for Deontay Wilder. The former WBC Heavyweight champion was brutally knocked out in the seventh round against Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The loss wasn’t an easy pill for Wilder to swallow as he lashed out at corner man Mark Breland for stopping the fight. The two have since worked things out and appear ready to address where he went wrong during the fight.
The loss for Wilder wasn’t as simple as Fury being the better fighter. It actually had everything to do with his pre fight costume. Since black history month takes place for the entire month of February, Wilder wanted to play his part by wearing an all black costume decked out in black diamonds and red eyes that glowed.
Wilder got plenty of cool points, but his performance in the ring suffered.
“My uniform was way too heavy for me,” said Wilder during an interview following the loss. “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. But I’m a warrior and people know that I’m a warrior. It could easily be told that I didn’t have legs or anything. A lot of people were telling me, ‘It looked like something was wrong with you.’ Something was, but when you’re in the ring, you have to bluff a lot of things. I tried my best to do so. I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.”
The ridicule and vitriol came nonstop in the direction of Wilder. Now, roughly two months later, Wilder isn’t pointing the finger at his costume. Instead, he grabbed the closest mirror he could find and took a hard look at himself.
“The thing about it that it’s easy to understand, you know, what type of person Deontay Wilder was in that moment in time, you know,” Wilder said. “Even when I took off my mask, and the things that I was doing, you know, I’ve been in this sport for a very long time, people have seen me fight, you know, all over the world for a very long time. So, people automatically knows, you know, how I am and, you know, how I should look. And people that know boxing know that wasn’t Deontay Wilder that night. I was a zombie that night.”
“It was something, like I said, I can’t talk about a lot of things, but it wasn’t Deontay Wilder [that] night. You can tell from the mask, my reaction to certain things that I was doing in the ring. You know, you can look from the first fight, into the second fight, and you can tell it was two different people, you know, that night. From a guy that from the first start of the bell was in retreat mode. The first fight, when the first [bell sounded], I was on the hunt. You know, you don’t go backwards. You go forward. And that night I wasn’t myself. I felt like a zombie in there.”
Whether he was a zombie or not, Fury came out and did exactly what he said he would. He came forward, pushed Wilder back and knocked him out. The world may have been shocked but not Wilder.
“No, I wasn’t surprised,” Wilder said regarding Fury’s approach to their rematch. “It’s hard to explain. [From] the first sound of the bell, it’s like I was more in retreat mode. It’s like I wasn’t even there for real. I don’t know how to say it without – I wasn’t there. That’s all I can tell you, I wasn’t there. From the first start, I wasn’t there. You know, my whole body, everything, you know, but it’s gonna be all right.”
“Everything’s gonna be all right, trust me, you know. And I’m just looking forward to coming back in there and doing what I gotta do. I don’t wanna say too much. I don’t wanna feel like I’m making any excuses or anything like that. I just want the people to know that I’m happy, I’m in full health and I’m coming back stronger than ever.”
Roy Jones Jr Addresses Deontay Wilder About Tyson Fury: “The guy Beat You”
By: Hans Themistode
Tyson Fury wears a few different hats.
One of those would be the one that he wears at home as a husband and father. Another, is one that names him one of the best Heavyweight fighters in the world. His most recent hat, which calls him the WBC Heavyweight champion, is one that he wears daily, but not everyone believes he should be sporting it.
“It’s not over,” former champion Deontay Wilder told The PBC Podcast. ‘In my eyes I don’t see Fury as a champion. It’s still going, he ain’t the champion yet, we’ve got one more fight left.”
The scoreboard might be tilted in Fury’s favor at 1-0-1, through two fights with Wilder, but most of the world believes that Fury is the better fighter. Regardless, Wilder is right. The two have one more fight which was scheduled to take place in mid July. But with COVID-19 pressing pause on all sporting events, their rematch has been pushed back tentatively to October.
But forget about their third contest for a moment. Wilder not viewing Fury as a champion doesn’t sit well with someone who knows a thing or two being one.
“The guy beat you,” said hall of famer Roy Jones Jr. “You fought a seven-round fight and a 12-round fight, that’s 19 rounds and the guy probably won 14 or 15 of the 19 rounds, so how can you say he’s not a real champion? He beat you and took you out for your title, so how can you say he’s not a real champion? You can’t call him nothing but a real champion.”
Wilder may not have the boxing skills that Fury does, but he does have a right hand that no one else in boxing has either. With that being said, the former champ is being overlooked as the boxing world looks toward a more interesting contest.
Anthony Joshua is an enigma. On one end he’s a unified champion with a great resume. But on the other hand, something seems to be missing. Joshua was on the wrong end of a knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June of 2019 before bouncing back six months later. He’s a great fighter, but the best in the world? That’s a tough question to answer.
Joshua believes so, and he’s spent a bit of time recently calling out Fury in every single interview. It’s come to the point where if Joshua is asked what time it is, he is likely to bring up Fury’s name instead.
A win over Wilder isn’t a given for Fury, but he has called Wilder one of the easiest fights he’s ever had. A matchup with Joshua though, could be the real test he’s looking for.
“It’s going to be a good fight,’ said Jones. ‘I think it’s going to be a tougher fight for him [Fury] than Wilder was because Joshua has more weaponry in terms of what he can bring to the table. He’s already brought a few plans to the table, so it’ll be tough.”
Anthony Joshua Praises Tyson Fury: “He Annihilated Deontay Wilder”
By: Hans Themistode
While the rest of the world collectively picked up their jaws from the ground due to the shock of how dominant Tyson Fury was against Deontay Wilder in their February rematch, unified Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua wasn’t.
With Fury and Wilders first contest in 2018, ending in a close split decision draw, it was anyone’s guess as to who would win the rematch. Whomever you decided to side with wouldn’t have been argued as both men had a great chance of winning. But no one, maybe outside of Fury, saw how easy that match turned out.
Fury dropped Wilder twice throughout, and pounded on him for seven rounds until his corner screamed “no mas” and threw in the towel.
Wilder has always been a bit one dimensional in his career. But that dimension is arguably the best in the entire sport. His right hand. Yet, when he couldn’t find a home for it, a beatdown ensued.
Their contest may have taken place roughly two months ago, but most fans and media pundits are trying to make sense of it. Wilder was as dominant as they come. And before that match, he had always been the hammer and not the nail.
Although Joshua is enjoying his second reign as champion, his true calling could be in fortune telling as he saw what happened to Wilder coming a mile away.
“I believed Tyson Fury could potentially do what he done,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “I just felt like, Deontay Wilder is a formidable ex-champion. He has a chance to come back as well. But I just knew that when he gets to the top level, it will be difficult. It’s one thing getting there and it’s another thing staying there.”
“We’ve seen in some of his fights, it’s been difficult for him. But then he lands his punch and he’s been victorious. But I always believe that when you go to war, you can’t have one weapon in your arsenal. Which was his right hand.”
“Once that was taken away from him, which Tyson Fury did, I’m not going to go into tactics, but he was able to annihilate Deontay Wilder and expose him for some of his weaknesses. Tyson Fury did a great job tactically and I’m looking forward to their rematch.”
A third fight with Wilder and Fury was originally set to take place sometime in July. But with COVID-19 interfering with every sport around the world, a tentative date in October has been made.
Tyson Fury Looking Forward to Another Fight With Wilder: “You Never Tire of Beating Deontay Wilder”
By: Hans Themistode
The entire boxing world stood with both their eyes and jaws wide open as Tyson Fury did exactly what he said he would against Deontay Wilder.
Fury not only warned everyone who listened that he was going to stop Wilder, but he also said he was going to make it look easy.
Check and check.
Fury dropped and stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their contest at the MGM Grand Arena, in Las Vegas Nevada.
There were a bevy of scenarios that many people believed would happen.
A Tyson Fury decision win, a Deontay Wilder stoppage victory or maybe another draw. Anything but what actually happened. But with the reality of what actually occurred finally settling in, fans buckled up and prepared for them to do it again.
July 18th, was the chosen date for the third and what many believe would be the last fight between them. But with this Coronavirus pandemic wiping out every sport for the time being, their contest has been pushed back to roughly October.
Technically on the scoreboard Tyson has one win and one draw against Wilder, but many believe he should have two wins against no losses. Regardless of the actual score, if it was up to Fury he could spend the rest of his career beating Wilder over and over and over again.
“I’ll be obliged to give him a bit more,” said Fury. “You never tire of beating Deontay Wilder, it’s one of those things you take great pride in doing. I really did what I said I was going to do. Not many people, in boxing especially, say something and then do exactly what they were going to do. So I was quite proud of the performance. I’m really looking forward to getting all this coronavirus out of the way and the world getting back on track and getting back to my job.”
Zab Judah Stops by Boxing Insider Radio to Give His Take on Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2
The crew over at Boxing Insider Radio, was gifted with a special present when former multiple division world champion and former undisputed Welterweight titlist Zab Judah stopped by. The Brooklyn, New York, native gave his take on Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2, as well as who he believes is going to come out with the victory in their third contest.
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When former WBC Heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder was knocked out during his Heavyweight rematch against Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 22nd, it felt like the entire world stopped. Even if you believed Fury was going to win, in no way shape or form could you have anticipated the beatdown that was going to take place.
Regardless of the outcome, the majority of the world got this one wrong. Wilder didn’t just lose, he got destroyed. The predictions of a Wilder victory via stoppage or a Fury win on points were valid, but of course, all wrong.
If you were amongst those who believed that Wilder was going to get the job inside of the distance, don’t feel too bad. Your prediction couldn’t be nearly as bad as former undisputed Welterweight champion Zab Judah.
“I predicted that Deontay Wilder would win within three rounds by knockout,” said Judah on Boxing Insider Radio. “So I was surprised to say the least. Tyson Fury made me eat my words.”
Even with Fury leaving him with egg on his face, the multiple division world champion isn’t changing course on the outcome for a third contest that is set to take place in July, later on this year.
“I’m taking my last pick for the third fight, so if anybody asks me for my pick this time, just remember the pick I made last time. That’s what I believe is going to happen.”
So essentially Judah is expecting Wilder to get the job done this time around. Unlike his prediction for their second contest, Judah will be on an island all by himself. Not many are expecting Wilder to regain his championship status in the next few months.
At the moment, oddsmakers have Fury as a -275 favorite. Meaning, to win $100, you would have to risk $275. Wilder on the other hand comes in at +235. So with a $100 bet, you could bring back $335 total.
Zab has always been known as a bit of a gambler. His infamous Miami Beach dice game fight will live on the internet forever.
A 20 something year old Zab Judah, made his way down to Miami Beach to enjoy himself as he served a one year suspension during the mid 2000s. What was supposed to be a night of fun, turned out to be a night of fighting and gambling, which is exactly the way Judah likes it.
At the time, a young woman and what appeared to be her boyfriend at the time, attempted to hustle Judah out of a few thousand dollars. Let’s just say it didn’t end well for the pair. When you’re from Brooklyn, New York, you see the hustle coming a mile away.
So yes, when it comes to gambling, Judah takes pleasure in doing it, so if given the choice, the former champ will place it all on the line in favor of Wilder.
But before he does, he gave a bit of advice, from one former champion to another.
“Don’t think. Go in there and push two jabs in his face then throw that right hand like you’re in the strip club throwing money,” said Judah while he burst out in an uncontrollable laughter. “Fast and hard.”
Aside from handing advice on what to do inside of the ring, Judah also had a few words for Wilder in terms of what to do outside of it.
By now, you’ve all seen it. From the moment Wilder suffered the first defeat of his career, he chose to skip over accepting the responsibility of accepting the blame for himself. Instead, he pointed his fingers square in the direction of his pre-fight outfit which reportedly weighed more than 40 pounds. Judah, like everyone else, isn’t exactly falling for it.
“I mean first off, I’m not paying $40,000 and not trying it on but that could have been a downfall. But that is the wrong excuse. He lost his undefeated record and Heavyweight title because of his 40 pound suit? Nah.”
Although Judah did critique Wilder for his pre-fight outfit choice, he went in the opposite direction in terms of the stoppage which occurred during the seventh round. During the period, Wilder was taking an absolute pounding. The reprieve for the former champion came in the form of a white towel which was thrown in by cornerman and former Welterweight titlist Mark Breland. The backlash quickly followed as many questioned Breland’s decision.
With all due respect to those with a negative opinion for the choice that Breland made, you have no idea what you’re talking about.
“As a fighter who had brain surgery last year due to a dirty fighter, I’m all about safety. After my brain surgery I sat down with a lot of doctors and I learned about the brain. The brain is not meant to be hit on. So every time a fighter takes a shot to the head it’s not good. So for Mark Breland to sit back and watch Deontay Wilder take numerous shots to the head and jump in to stop it, then hey you can’t blame him.”
If anyone understands the frustrations of Wilder after losing the first fight of his career, then it would be Zab Judah.
In 2001, Judah was on top of the boxing world. He was a perfect 28-0 and held the WBA, WBC and IBF Super Lightweight world titles. He looked just about unbeatable. But then, out of seemingly nowhere, his aura of invincibility vanished into thin air.
A 2001 contest against Kostya Tszyu looked like an easy matchup on paper for Judah. The first round played out like most of his contest as Judah dominated. The second round however, saw him get caught with a clean shot and never recover.
The number one spot, along with his fame and money was all momentarily snatched from under him. When most fighters pick up the first loss of their careers, they either cry or sulk around in disbelief. Judah did neither, he went completely berserk.
“Man before I lost I always thought they would have to kill me before I allowed that to happen. When I lost that fight to Kostya Tszyu I went crazy. Remember I threw the chair across the ring, I wasn’t with any of that,” said Judah as he could stop himself from laughing as he recalled one of the most chaotic moments in boxing history. “No disrespect to the ref but I went after him when he stopped my fight. When he said the fight was over I said no, no, no, no, no the fight just started. Now it’s between me and you.”
Moments like the 2001 incident between Zab Judah and one of the referees is what helped make the multiple time champ an icon in the sport. He may have taken a brutal loss against Tszyu, but he managed to bounce back to not only win multiple titles in several weight classes, but also to become an undisputed Welterweight champion. So it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about bouncing back from defeat.
With Fury holding onto both the WBC and Lineal titles, many have him as the best in the Heavyweight division. But not Judah. He believes that another Heavyweight titlist is currently being slept on by everyone else in the division.
“Right now Joshua beats Tyson Fury. Anthony Joshua went through the worst embarrassment of his life in New York City at the hands of Andy Ruiz. He’s never going to let that happen again. So I think that loss made him a better fighter.”
Bernard Hopkins Gives His Take On Wilder vs Fury 2 and Offers Wilder Advice
In an interview that was aired on Boxing Insider Radio, newly inducted hall of fame boxer Bernard Hopkins, sat down with the crew to give his take on Wilder vs Fury 2. He also gave his opinion on what Wilder has to do in order to win the trilogy. To tune into the conversation, make sure you subscribe to Boxing Insider Radio on iTunes, Spotify or simply head to Boxinginsider.com. Every Tuesday, some of the biggest names associated with the sport, drop by to give their take on some of the most interesting topics in the boxing world.
When it comes to big fights and the bright lights that are associated with it, not many are more familiar with that setting than former multiple division world champion Bernard Hopkins.
In a career that stretched over four decades, it’s safe to say that Hopkins has seen and done it all. From his wins over Roy Jones Jr and Oscar De La Hoya to becoming the oldest man in boxing history to win a world title at the age of 48, Hopkins knows a thing or two when it comes to not only participating in big fights, but also winning them.
Speaking of big fights, just a few short weeks ago, boxing was treated to one as a rematch took place between former WBC Heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder took on Lineal champion Tyson Fury.
For years, the boxing world has gotten accustomed to focusing their attention on the smaller weight classes. Hopkins, a champion in both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions, enjoyed plenty of the spotlight as well. Yet, now that the limelight has returned to boxing’s glamor division, Hopkins believes it is exactly where it should be.
“The Heavyweight division had been sort of in a coma for quite some time,” said Hopkins on Boxing Insider Radio. “Even though Fury dominated the fight, until the fight became final, there was plenty of drama and suspense. It brung the Heavyweight division back into the spotlight. It lived up to all the expectations. It was a great success based on getting boxing back into the forefront of sports.”
The hype surrounding the contest was about as high as any other contest in boxing history. And no, that isn’t hyperbole either. With both FOX and ESPN backing the promotion, it was billed as one of the biggest fights in Heavyweight history.
By all accounts, it lived up to the hype. At least numbers wise. Fury vs Wilder 2 broke the all-time Heavyweight gate in Las Vegas, Nevada, with $16,916,440. The pay-per-view numbers were impressive as well. With nearly one million buys, it’s safe to say that the world fell into the hype.
But in terms of the contest itself, it was a one-sided affair that lacked any real drama. Fury pummeled Wilder to the run of two knockdowns and a seventh round stoppage. That aforementioned stoppage however, came with a ton of backlash.
Fingers of criticism were pointed in the direction of Wilder’s assistant coach Mark Breland. While many placed the blame right on his shoulders, don’t count Hopkins amongst them. Not only does Hopkins believe he did nothing wrong, but he also fully understands the game plan that Fury went into the ring with.
“I agreed with the stoppage. I thought Mark Breland did the right thing. Lemme tell you, I picked Wilder to win a decision but Fury proved a lot of people wrong. He had a game plan to put pressure and come forward. Make Wilder smother that right hand. He didn’t try to box him, he came forward and Wilder had to try to keep him off him and he couldn’t.”
Whenever a fighter suffers defeat for the first time, particularly one with the stature of Wilder, it can be devastating. An undefeated record can become the entire identity of a fighter, so bouncing back isn’t easy. While many fighters do their best to hold onto their precious zero in the loss column, Hopkins didn’t care much about his.
Hell, Hopkins lost the very first fight of his career anyways. But unlike most fighters who would have lost their way the moment they received their first loss, Hopkins not only rebounded from it, but he also managed to carve out a hall of fame level career as well.
Wilder, in his own right, has built up an impressive resume that could very well land him in the hall when he decides to hang up the gloves for good. So it came to the surprise of no one when he activated his rematch clause less than 24 hours after his brutal loss.
Wise? Maybe not so much.
Rematches are always tricky to call. Just because one fighter wins the first contest, it doesn’t exactly mean that history will repeat itself. If anyone can provide an educated guess as to how the third contest will go between them, then it’s Bernard Hopkins.
Forget about the multiple world titles he’s won. Also cast aside his recent hall of fame induction. Simply take a look at track record in rematches.
In 1993, Hopkins lost a lopsided decision to Roy Jones Jr, 17 years later, Hopkins cruised to lopsided win of his own. In 1994, Hopkins took on the unheralded Segundo Mercado. Surprisingly, Mercado managed to pull out a split decision draw. The next contest however, Hopkins took care of business by knockout. In 1998, Hopkins took on Robert Allen. The results? A no contest. In the very next fight, Hopkins went on to win via stoppage. Jean Pascal was yet another former champion who fell victim to Hopkins after their first contest was ruled in a draw.
So what does all of this say about Hopkins? He flat out knows how to dominate when he’s in there with a familiar face. With that being said, Wilder is no Hopkins.
So if Wilder could is down and talk to the hall of famer, what type of advice would he give him?
“If you ask me do I think he should have exercised it now? I would say no. I would say let him fight Joshua and you fight the winner. Now you get two instead of one. I’m not surprised he took the immediate rematch because Wilder wants to get back in the mix and he wants to redeem himself, but I would have advised against it. I just think he has Wilder’s number.”
Having someone’s number happens sometimes in the sport of boxing. But that doesn’t mean Wilder can’t call up his service provider and request a number change.
Even Bernard Hopkins dealt with fighters that seemingly had his number such as Jermain Taylor who defeated him in back to back contests in 2005.
Yet, according to Wilder, he doesn’t have a matchup problem with Fury. The former champion has been adamant that the reason behind his loss was simply his 40 pound pre-fight costume. If you are currently shaking your head at Wilder’s excuse, then you aren’t the only one.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me. But nevertheless, excuses weigh thin after the fact. You can go to any fitness group or any fitness facility and find a trainer. But a teacher? A teacher that can teach you the sweet science? Wilder didn’t have a teacher there. There is no way in the world that a teacher would let you come out with a costume that heavy and go in there and fight 12 rounds with a guy that can fight. Not only can Fury fight but he’s also 6 foot 9 and weighs 270 pounds. He’s gonna lean on you and you’re gonna go in there with all of that armor?”
“You’re not fighting with that stuff on,” continued Hopkins. “You got that armor stuff on like you’re going to be taking bullets or something. This is insane. There is just no way he should have picked out an outfit like that anyways, and it isn’t just because it weighed too much either. It just costs too much damn money. I guarantee you that outfit costs at least six figures.”
With Wilder reportedly making more than 25 million for his fight against Fury, a measly six figure check won’t hurt his pockets too much.
Whether Wilder chooses to wear a pre-fight outfit that weighs 100 pounds or if he simply decides to wear nothing at all, Hopkins believes that Wilder is against the best Heavyweight boxer in the world.
“I think Fury is probably the best boxer, puncher in the Heavyweight division. He’s tall and he’s the biggest Heavyweight that I’ve seen in a long time that can move like a Cruiserweight. I think he’s the frontrunner to be the face of the Heavyweight division.”
Difficult is one thing, but impossible is another. Hopkins here, seems to be saying the latter. The game plan is an easy one to follow for the former champ, but will he try to reinvent himself? Or revert back to his old self.
“Wilder must be first, be in position to hit and not get hit. He must use his small frame and athletic ability to make Fury miss. He must get Fury frustrated. He must do a little bit of what Fury did to him. Make Fury feel that he must win by knockout. He has to take him out of his game plan but it is going to be very, very, very difficult to do this. Especially at this stage in his career.”
Wilder Viewed as Underdog For The First Time in His Career in Fury Trilogy
The ink has barely dried on the agreements for the third contest between former WBC Heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder and newly crowned champ Tyson Fury. Yet, oddsmakers have already tabbed Fury as the early favorite.
When Tyson Fury dropped Deontay Wilder twice and ultimately stopped him during the seventh round of their February 22nd encounter at the MGM Grand Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada, many couldn’t believe what they had just seen. Wilder was a dominant champion who had become known for putting his opponents to sleep.
Fury on the other hand, although also dominant, was thought to be much more of a pure boxer. No one could have predicted the one-sided beating that was soon going to take place. At the moment, Fury leads the scoreboard with one win to go with one draw against Wilder. But many believe that it should be 2-0 in his favor.
Simply put, when the two met for the very first time on December 1st, 2018, hardly anyone could believe that the three judges scoring the contest ruled it a draw.
Regardless of the outcome of their first contest, not many believed Fury had much of a chance in the sequel. According to several betting sites, going into both matchups, Wilder had the clear edge. But not anymore.
With Wilder exercising his right to a third contest with Fury, bettors have officially turned their backs on him.
Currently, Fury is being tabbed as the -200 favorite. Wilder, contrarily, comes in at +150. In other words, laying down $100 on Fury to win their July 18th, contest will bring you back a profit of $50, while laying $100 on Wilder will net you healthy profit of $150.
In comparison, Wilder was a -160 favorite while Fury was a +130 the first time around. Even with Wilder getting what many believed was a questionable decision, he was still given the slightest of edges in the rematch. Most betting sites pegged him as a -130 favorite while Fury came in as a +110 underdog for their second fight.
Now, with many believing that Fury has Wilder’s number, it is virtually impossible to find a sports book that will give the edge to the former champion for their third contest.
For those who are wondering what are the odds of another draw happening, well, oddsmakers believe that’s a long shot to say the least. Bettors that wanted to lay down $100 on a draw taking place could bring back a cool profit of $2,500.
Throughout the entire career of Wilder he has never gone into a contest as an underdog, no matter the opposition. With the majority of fans and the betting public counting him out, Wilder will get his chance to prove everyone wrong come July 18th.
Tyson Fury: The Return Of The King
By: Sean Crose
The hype seemed legitimate, organic even. Unlike most major events in contemporary boxing, Wilder-Fury 2 didn’t have a corporate feel to it. There was nothing about the promotion that felt market-tested, there was no air of fashion week pop culture shallowness about it. The excitement wasn’t stemming from a “Big Event.” It was stemming from a scheduled bout between two undefeated, highly skilled, completely bombastic heavyweights who were about to meet for the second time for divisional supremacy.
The first time Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury met in the ring, the two men gave the world a classic throwdown. Fury may have dominated most of the match, but Wilder, being Wilder, put his man on the mat. Twice. The second knockdown, which occured in the final round, seemed like the end of things. Fury, however, was able to get to his feet and fight well to the final bell. Needless to say, the fight was ruled a draw, controversial to be sure, but a draw nonetheless. Fortunately for fans, both men wanted a rematch enough to make a second go round a reality.
And so, on Saturday night in Vegas, Wilder and Fury met for the most highly anticipated heavyweight bout since Lewis-Tyson. Needless to say, it was nothing like the first fight. Fury, true to his word, went for the kill. Moving forward on his man, smothering him, and landing thunderous shots, Fury dropped Wilder twice and severaly beat Wilder up for over six rounds. He even licked Wilder’s blood off Wilder’s neck. It was vicious, disturbing stuff. Fortunately, Wilder’s team was wise and empathetic enough to end things on their own.
“I’m doing good,” Wilder said after the bout. “Things like this happen,” he admitted gamely. “The better man won tonight.” Fury, of course, was in his glory. “He is a warrior,” he said of Wilder. “The king,” he added, “has returned.” Fury then, being Fury, led the audience in singing “American Pie.” One thing was certain…there was only one Tyson Fury. What’s more, the man is once again at the top of the heavyweight division, something he hasn’t been since shortly after he defeated Wladimir Klitshcko in 2015. Call it the return of the king.
For there is now no mistake who the ruler of the heavyweight division is. Anthony Joshua may have more titles…but Fury is now the boss. The question now is where to from here? Word is that Fury may be contractually required to face Wilder a third time. Wilder, though, seemed to be badly hurt on Saturday. It’s never good, after all, to start bleeding from one’s ear. No one knows, then, what the immediate future may hold. Many are salivating for Fury to now meet Joshua in the ring in a very British heavyweight unifier.
One thing is certain – Fury should continue fighting under the tutelage of Sugar Hill Steward. For Steward seems to have turned the man from a boxer into a genuine boxer-puncher.
Boxing Insider Notebook: Dana White, Floyd Mayweather, Deontay Wilder, Danny Jacobs, Claressa Shields and more…
Boxing Insider Notebook: Dana White, Floyd Mayweather, Deontay Wilder, Danny Jacobs, Claressa Shields and more…
Compiled By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of February 7th to February 14th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Photo Credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions
Dana White Tells TMZ There is No Deal Between Mayweather and McGregor
Speculation has been running rampant on social media that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are closing to finalizing a deal to have McGregor face Mayweather inside a boxing ring.
However, McGregor is under contract to the UFC and Dana White told TMZ Sports that there is no deal in place for Mayweather to fight McGregor.
Read more at: http://www.tmz.com/2017/02/14/dana-white-mayweather-mcgregor-no-deal/
Deontay Wilder Media Workout Quotes
Unbeaten heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder discussed his upcoming world title defense and more on Wednesday in New York ahead of his showdown with unbeaten Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington Saturday, February 25 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
Televised coverage on FOX and FOX Deportes begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and also features a pair of exciting matchups as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd meet in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus hard-hitting Dominic Breazeale battles undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in heavyweight action.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TBG Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com.
Here is what Wilder had to say Wednesday:
“There are a lot of heavyweights who say they want me, but at the end of the day, do they really want this? Everybody knows that Deontay Wilder comes with power.
“I fight for the people, that’s what I’m all about. I like to give the fans a great fight at a reasonable price. Each fight I’m in I’m always exciting and well-prepared. I come to give people what they want to see when they see a heavyweight, and that’s a knockout.
“Gerald Washington is a big guy I’ve seen fight a few times. I don’t think he’s ready to fight me, but he thinks he is. We’ll find out on February 25. I chose him because he’s always been respectful while always wanting the opportunity. He’s going to come ready to fight.
“My preparation stays the same, even with the opponent change. I’ve been in situations where I’ve had to change a lot after an opponent dropped out, but Gerald being as good as he is and similar to Wawrzyk makes it easier. They have different styles but we’ll work on how to break him down.
“When I knocked out Artur Szpilka, I thought he was dead for a few seconds. That’s just from natural, Alabama country power.
“I’m still training while I’m here in New York. I have Mark Breland here with me helping me get a lot of good work in. I’m staying focused. When February 25 comes, I’ll be ready.
“I definitely feel 100 percent, but we’ll see what it’s going to feel like in the ring when I apply this force to a human skull. When I’m in the gym doing work, I feel great.
“I never really let my hand properly heal until this injury, because the bicep takes longer to heal than the hand. The time gave me an opportunity to really improve my left hand. I feel more polished now than I’ve ever been.
“You have to have patience in this sport. The big fights that people want to see will be coming. I’m not scared of anyone and I won’t run for anyone. My team is on the same page and we’re going to keep working together and moving forward.
“It’s all about adjusting. Each and every time I go through something inside or outside of the ring, it just makes me better and better.
“Chris Arreola’s style was perfect for mine. Even with the injuries that I was suffering, I could still get the job done. I also had to fight through the injuries with Stiverne, because I hurt my hand in the third round of that fight. Being able to have these experiences has made my confidence even higher.”
Daniel Jacobs Media Day Quotes
WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) held court with the Northern California media at his training camp in Oakland yesterday in preparation for his highly anticipated showdown with Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) on Saturday, March 18 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
“Gennady is a great fighter; we’ll have multiple game plans to approach the fight. They can plan ahead or overlook me but I’m coming to be victorious on March 18..”
“Getting away has been great for me, there’s a lot less distractions in Oakland than if I stayed in Brooklyn.”
“I’ve been down twice in my career but I’m but not worried about my chin. He’s a very strong guy but it’s up to me to prove I’m quicker and better.”
“I don’t know how hard he punches, I’ve never faced him but anybody can be hurt and I’m confident in my power that I can hurt him. All the questions about my chin and heart will be answered on March 18.”
“I’m really a boxer, I’ve just become known as a knockout artist with all my stoppages.”
“Having Andre Ward here in my camp is terrific. I have a great deal of respect for him, he’s a role model for me, we’ve known each other since the amateurs. I greatly appreciate his support.”
“It’s the biggest fight of my career so I have to make sacrifices by leaving home and coming here, there’s too many distractions in New York. Being away adds to that motivation, it’s a sacrifice missing my 8-year-old son, but it makes me know that everything is worth it.
“Being around so many world class fighters here at Virgil’s gym helps push me and focus. We have smart sparring sessions, not wars.”
“In addition to having Andre Rozier as my trainer, bringing aboard Chris Algieri was a great addition. He’s able to help with my nutrition plus he’s fought on the biggest stages in the biggest fights which helps me.”
“It feels like home out here, I’ve been here for so long. It won’t feel like home during fight week, I won’t be in Brooklyn before the fight. I’m a true underdog fighting at Madison Square Garden, although I’ve fought there in the past it’s really Gennady’s home.”
“I have no idea how it ends, whether by decision or knockout but I will be victorious.”
Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields to Make Professional Television Debut
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields will make her professional television debut on ShoBox: The New Generation, a series that has sparked the careers of 67 future world champions, on Friday, March 10, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from MGM Grand Detroit Event Center in Detroit, Michigan.
Shields (1-0) is facing Hungary’s Szilvia “Sunset” Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs), a former world title challenger, in the first women’s boxing match to headline on premium television. The fight will take place down the road from Shield’s hometown of Flint, Mich.
Shields is the most accomplished amateur boxer in U.S. history – male or female – and the only American boxer to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games.
“It is a dream come true to be the first woman to headline a boxing card on premium television,” said Shields. “March 10 will be a historic night for boxing and all of the women who give so much to advance our sport.
I am proud to be fighting for the NABF title in my second pro bout. I want to thank SHOWTIME, MGM Grand Detroit and Salita Promotions for this opportunity, and I will do everything to give my home state fans and the viewers a night to remember.”
Szabados said, “Fighters always say their next fight is the most important one of their career, but you get an opportunity like this, and it really is. This is an unbelievable dream. I am very happy to be receiving this opportunity. I know this fight is important for Claressa also, and I don’t really know what will happen in the ring. We both want to win. Claressa has more amateur experience, but I have more experience as a professional. It’s going to be an exciting night.”
Caribe Promotions and Warriors Boxing Announce Co-Promotional Agreement with WBA Interim Cruiserweight World Champion Yunier Dorticos
Warriors Boxing and Caribe Promotions proudly announce they have teamed up to sign Miami via Cuba’s interim WBA World Cruiserweight Champion, Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos, to a co-promotional agreement.
The power-punching Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), originally from Cienfuego, Cuba, won his interim championship with a “Fight of the Year” candidate TKO 20 over France’s tough Youri Kayembre Kalenga in May of last year.
In his seven-year career, the 30-year-old slugger has also held the WBC Latino, WBA Fedelatin and USBA Cruiserweight Championships. Dorticos was also a heavily decorated amateur before defecting to the United States and had 257 bouts. He stands 6′ 3″ with a massive 80″ reach.
“I have worked hard in my career and Caribe Promotions has helped get me to where I am now. I am a world-class fighter, and that comes with making choices to benefit my career and my team,” said Dorticos. “I am excited to join Warriors Boxing as my co-promoter along with my Caribe Promotions, because it gives me to opportunity to be under the guidance of a world-class championship team and take my career to new heights. Together with Caribe Promotions and Warriors Boxing, I will become the best 200-lb undisputed Cruiserweight Champion in the World.
Dorticos is slated to further legitimize his title by facing the WBA’s “Regular” World Cruiserweight Champion Beibut Shumenov in his next fight. “My exiting fighting style and punching power will once again show all my fans and the world why I’m called ‘The KO Doctor’ and my next patient that I will prescribe my medication to is Beibut Shumenov!”
“We are very happy to be working with such a top talent like Yunier Dorticos, whom I consider to be the closest thing to the great Joe Louis in boxing today,” said Luis DeCubas, Chief Operating Officer of Warriors Boxing. “I’d like to thank our partner Boris Arencibia for trusting Warriors Boxing to help guide his career. Dorticos will beat Shumenov. He’s another terrific Cuban fighter with a very bright future.”
“Caribe Promotions is proud to sign Yunier Dorticos to a co-promotional partnership with Warriors Boxing,” said Boris Arencibia, President of Caribe Promotions. “With the knowledge, experience and boxing network of Luis DeCubas and Warriors Boxing, we will be able to put our champion Dorticos on top of the world. ‘The KO Doctor’ is coming to clean up the cruiserweight division and will be recognized has one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world very soon!”
Dominican Boxers Payano, Marrero and Vicente Sign Long-Term Agreements with King Kong Boxing Management
Well-known Florida-based manager/trainer Herman Caicedo proudly announces the signing of three of his world-class Dominican fighters, former WBA Super World Bantamweight Champion and WBA #2, WBC #11 contender Juan Carlos Payano, WBA #3 featherweight Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero, and well-respected featherweight contender Yenifel “The Lightning” Vicente, to multi-year managerial agreements with Jay Jimenez of King Kong Boxing Management.
The deal frees Caicedo, who formerly held both duties with the three fighters since their amateur days, to focus solely on training, while Jimenez takes the reins over furthering their careers in the professional boxing business.
32-year-old southpaw Payano (18-1, 9 KOs) won the WBA strap in September 2014 by stopping long-time world champion Anselmo Moreno. He then defeated and lost a rematch to Ohio’s Rau’shee Warren. He was last seen scoring a TKO 7 over Isao Gonzalo Carranza in January of this year.
“King Kong Boxing exploded on the scene with (former interim WBA Heavyweight Champion) Luis Ortiz and has fast-tracked the careers of several Cuban fighters,” said Payano. “I am very happy to be working with Jay Jimenez. And my trainer Herman has always been very honest with us and protected us from the sharks in boxing. Through his philosophy of hard work and dedication, I became a world champion. I am happy he will now be able to concentrate on training, which he is the best in the world at.”
Marrero (21-1, 15 KOs) will face Peru’s Carlos Zambrano for his interim WBA World Championship, as well as the IBO World Championship, on February 24 in Palm Springs, California.
“Joining the King Kong team is great, but as we see it, we have been part of this team for some time,” said Marrero. “Jay has always helped us with anything we needed. It’s just official now. King Kong Boxing Management is looking to bring more superstar elite fighters to boxing’s forefront, through aggressive marketing and strategic alliances with top promoters in the business.”
Vicente (30-3-2, 22 KOs) is one of the world’s most exciting fighters. Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, the power-punching 30-year-old is a television favorite for his all-action fighting style.
“Herman has done a great job with my training and my career,” said Vicente. “He has worked very hard for me and all his fighters. Now he will get some expert help from King Kong Boxing Management. I am looking forward to a very bright future working with these two great men.”
Payano, Marrero and Yenifel Vicente are superstar, elite-level fighters,” said Jimenez. “Payano is a former champion, Marrero a soon to be champion and Vicente on a fast track to becoming a champion as well. This is exactly what King Kong Boxing is interested in signing: the very best. I have no doubt that Payano will once again become champion this year. Working with Herman is easy and inspiring. He brings the same approach to his training that I do to management. He is professional, smart, and a no-nonsense worker.”
“I am very sad and ecstatic at the same time,” said Caicedo. “I have been a trainer/ manager for over 23 years and believe that the only way to develop a champion is to avoid the distractions in boxing, such as when some managers change coaches like they change underwear. Unfortunately, most of the time fighters don’t have a say due to financial restraints or influence the manager might have. I did away with that as much as possible by doing most of the managing myself. King Kong Boxing is, by far, the best management team in the business. These three fighters are special to me because we debuted as pros and became champions together. But I have zero doubt I made the right decision for the guys’ career and future. I want to thank Jay from King Kong Boxing for the trusting in me to work with his fighters over the past few years and for having the vision in the signing of his newest additions.”
Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne Rips Deontay Wilder’s Mediocre Showing Against Jason Gavern
by Johnny Walker
Does anyone remember Seth Mitchell?
Boxing fans can have very short memories when it comes to “next big things” who fall short of the mark.
But it wasn’t that long ago that ex-football player Mitchell was being billed by many as the the man to bring the heavyweight titles back to America, vanquishing the near decade-long reign of the Ukrainian Klitschko brothers.
As it turned out, Mitchell has a chin of glass, and has been dismissed and forgotten already by title-hungry American boxing fans.
Next up: Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, who to this date has stopped all 32 of his opponents.
The problem this time is, the skill level of many if not most of those opponents has been on the level of the proverbial boxing “tomato can”: these include a pro caddie, a failed NBA player with no trainer, a buddy who fell down seemingly from fright when Wilder hit his gloves and rolled around like he’d been hit by a freight train, and a decent journeyman who was out of shape and fighting with 6 days notice.
That Wilder tried to tell the media that that his most recent opponent represented a “big risk” on his way to a title fight with WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne only shows that he is either delusional, or knows that his resume is, to put it politely, very weak.
Last Saturday night in Carson, California, it appeared that not too many boxing fans rushed down to the outdoor stadium to see the man hyped as the savior of American heavyweights, as Wilder took on Jason Gavern in front of a mere smattering of fans at the StubHub Center in a bout broadcast on Showtime Extreme. Apparently Wilder still has some convincing to do in his own country.
Gavern was out of shape and already gassing out by round two, but even the mild step up in boxing skill he brought to the table seemed to be giving Wilder some problems. Wilder looked very vulnerable to an overhand right, that, if it were landed by a guy named Klitschko, Stiverne, or even Haye or “Big Daddy” Browne, would likely see Wilder’s hype machine malfunction instantly the way Seth Mitchell’s did.
Alas, it appeared that, with no time to train, Gavern only intended to go four rounds, take his paycheck and go home — and that’s what he did, while not getting badly hurt in the process, other than taking a few rabbit punches from Wilder. He can be forgiven, as he has taken some big punishment from top contenders while giving his all in the past.
Sydney, Australia’s undefeated, 6’4″ Lucas Browne (21-0, 18 KOs), who has been aching to get in the ring with a man he views as a product of careful matchmaking, said via a press release that he was totally underwhelmed by what he saw on Saturday from “The Bronze Bomber.”
The hulking Browne had taken on a much fitter version of Gavern back in 2012 and in round three hit him with an explosive right hand bomb that left a disoriented Gavern on his knees, desperately hanging onto the ropes, gasping for air. The referee immediately called a halt to the fight.
Browne now believes that he hits much harder than Wilder, and would love to prove it in the ring.
“I was recently asked what my dream fight would be and I said Wilder straight away,” says Browne.
“I think the Gavern fight showed that Wilder may not be all people say he is.
“Gavern wasn’t in great shape and it took Wilder four rounds to get rid of him. When I boxed Gavern he was younger and fitter and I still took him out earlier and in better fashion.
“I know comparing results doesn’t tell the full story, but I honestly believe I hit harder than Wilder and I could knock him out.”
Browne is also not impressed by Wilder’s personal style of arrogant mouthing off–a type of behavior that seems to have become mandatory for many American heavyweights–believing that “The Bronze Bomber” hasn’t as of yet earned the right to brag.
“I don’t know him personally so I can’t really say I don’t like him, but I’m not a fan of his persona,” says the mild-mannered Big Daddy.
“The truth is, [Wilder’s] never had to fight his way through a war and his chin is yet to be tested. I think if I fought him and I landed on his chin, it would all be over.
“He’s ranked number one by the WBC without him really having to fight anyone of note so well done to him and his team for that.”