Bob Arum Sticks It To Dillian Whyte: “Povetkin’s Uppercut, Knocked Him Cold On His Ass
By: Hans Themistode
Promoter Bob Arum apparently has no problem kicking a man while he’s down.
Top Rank’s CEO sat back in his palatial estate, kicked his feet up and watched a Saturday night filled with boxing. His promotional company had a headliner of light heavyweight contenders in Joe Smith Jr. and Eleider Alvarez. Premier Boxing Champions also had a slot which featured former welterweight champion Shawn Porter and the unheralded Sebastian Formella.
But before either of those shows came on, heavyweight contenders Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin clashed on the other side of the world in a world title eliminator.
Their contest went according to what most envisioned in the early goings. Whyte floored his man twice in the fourth and seemed to be on his way to a stopped victory. Then, out of nowhere, the dramatic theater of boxing struck as Povetkin knocked Whyte clean out in the fifth round.
There were some that felt bad for Whyte as he occupied WBC’s number one ranking for several years. Arum on the other hand, was not amongst them and piled onto the heavyweight contenders’ misery.
“Dillian Whyte was so busy fighting for his WBC mandatory position that he didn’t see Povetkin’s uppercut, which knocked him cold on his ass,” said Arum on his Twitter account.
Following a 2015 loss to current unified champion Anthony Joshua, Whyte, 32, went on a 11 fight win streak. But even with the victories piling up against former champions and current contenders, Whyte couldn’t sniff a crack at a world title.
Every chance he got, the British native called out the WBC sanctioning body for making him wait. Whether it was a rematch with Joshua or a shot against Tyson Fury, Whyte simply wanted his shot. Now, he’ll be forced to wait even longer as he has stated that he will pursue an immediate rematch with Povetkin.
Should he reverse the outcome the second time around, Whyte could have his long awaited rematch with Joshua. However, there won’t be any titles on the line. At least according to Arum.
At the moment, the long time promoter has his heavyweight in Kubrat Pulev sitting in the mandatory IBF position to face Joshua next. Their matchup is set to take place at the back end of 2020, although there has been multiple delays.
When the green light is given for Pulev and Joshua to step into the ring against one another, Arum is expecting the British empire that is Whyte and Joshua, to continue to crumble.
“Pulev will KO Joshua next,” said Arum. “London Bridges are falling.”
Bob Arum Explains Why Kubrat Pulev Will Knockout Anthony Joshua: “He Has No Chin”
By: Hans Themistode
The Heavyweight division has somewhat of an arbitrary list. But just about everyone views the top of the weight class the same. Former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, current WBC belt holder and Lineal champ Tyson Fury and unified champion Anthony Joshua are all at the top.
One name that is never mentioned amongst those three is Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev. Actually, forget about the top three, Pulev isn’t considered a top five Heavyweight. And seldom cracks the top 10. That is exactly why most are looking at Anthony Joshua’s upcoming match against Pulev as a gimme.
Well, almost. Had this matchup taken place one year ago in early 2019, then no one would think much of it.
At the time, Joshua was on top of the world. He was fresh off a knockout win over Alexander Povetkin and prior to that, he easily outpointed former champ Joseph Parker. To sum it all up, he looked unstoppable. He was six feet six inches tall and looked like you would need hands made out of steel in order to knock him out. If anyone had an aura of invincibility, it was Joshua. But things quickly changed when he got beat down and stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr.
Give Joshua credit though, he came back six months later and won the immediate rematch. But still, promoter of Pulev, Bob Arum isn’t buying it.
“He has no chin. I knew Andy Ruiz prior to his first fight with Joshua. Every one of Ruiz’s fights except the one previous to that [Alexander Dimitrenko] was promoted by us. So we are experts on Andy Ruiz. We know how good he is, what he lacks, we know he has fast hands, a pretty good chin, but he’s not a knockout guy,” said Arum.
“Trust me, look at his record. He fought a lot of ham & eggers and he couldn’t knock them out. The fact that he knocked out Joshua the way he did indicates to me that Joshua’s chin is very, very suspect. If you compare Ruiz with Pulev, Pulev is a much better fighter than Andy Ruiz. Therefore, what I’ve said is if Ruiz can knock Joshua out, then Pulev has an even better chance to knock him out.”
At one point in time, the words of the 88 year old Arum would be taken as gospel. If he said his man is going to win then that’s what’s going to happen. Now however, he seems to be on an island all by himself as oddsmakers all around the world have made Joshua a huge favorite. -1100 to be exact. Meaning you would have to risk $1,100 just to bring back $100. Pulev on the other hand, would bring back betters $700 for that same $100 bet.
The two are scheduled to face off on June 20th, but with this global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus, their bout has been pushed back. When will it take place is anyone’s guess. But when it does, Arum is fully expecting a Pulev knockout win.
Kubrat Pulev Stops Sascha Dimitrenko to Win European Heavyweight Title
By Johnny Walker
Bulgarian bad boy Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (16-0, 8 KOs) battered and stopped Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko of Germany (32-2, 21 KOs) today in an entertaining heavyweight scrap in Erfurt, Germany, to win the EBU European heavyweight title.
Pulev, 31, got off to a slow start, as the 6”7” tall Dimitrenko used his reach advantage, working behind a hard left jab and stinging Pulev with some nice body shots to win the first two rounds.
In round three, however, Pulev finally found his range, and never really looked back. A hard right from Pulev rattled the Ukrainian-born German citizen in round four, and Pulev began loading up and throwing haymakers as his confidence grew.
A hard right hand by Pulev cut Dimitrenko close to his left eye in round six, and from that point on it seemed only a matter of time, as Dimitrenko sporadically seemed unsure if he wanted to continue.
Round eight saw Pulev stun Dimitrenko with two hard right hands, which caused the German boxer to turn his back and stop fighting momentarily. Dimitrenko’s face was now a puffy, bloody mess – but he nevertheless attempted to fight back, scoring with some nice body shots near the end of the round.
Pulev continued to strafe Dimitrenko with a variety of shots, and the now demoralized German fighter answered “I don’t think so” between the ninth and tenth rounds when asked by his trainer if he could continue.
Nevertheless, Dimitrenko gave it another try, and in the tenth, both fighters appeared to be tiring, though Pulev landed a nice left-right combo near the end of the round.
The end for Dimitrenko came in round eleven: a hard right hand from Pulev shook Dimitrenko early, and the German was truly ready to go. A nifty up-jab from Pulev caught Dimitrenko square in the face, and the exhausted, beaten German hit the canvas. He had no intention of trying to continue, and after a ten count, Kubrat Pulev became the European heavyweight champion.
Overall, this was an excellent, career-highlight performance from Pulev, who is now a force to contend with in the heavyweight division.