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Anthony JAnthony Joshua MBE will defend his World Heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua returns to the ring following his epic battle with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April where the Brit added the WBA strap to his IBF belt in an enthralling contest with the future hall-of-fame legend, climbing off the canvas to record an 19th straight KO win in front of a record-breaking crowd in London.

The unbeaten Olympic gold medal hero will now tackle his IBF mandatory Pulev, the Bulgarian rated number one in the IBF facing his second World title challenge having faced Klitschko for the IBF title in November 2014. ‘The Cobra’ became a two-time European champion after the fight with a win over Dereck Chisora, and the 36 year old picked up and defended the WBA Inter-Continental title with wins over two former World title foes of ‘Dr Steelhammer’ in Samuel Peter and Kevin Johnson.

“October 28 can’t come soon enough, I have been eager to get back in the ring since Wembley and now we are confirmed and ready,” said Joshua. “I’ll be locked away focusing on fight number 20 for the next eight weeks. I am excited to experience the atmosphere in a sold out Principality Stadium and aim to give the fans a spectacular night.”

“Anthony is a formidable opponent,” said Pulev. “We will not hug and hold, we will not run; we will stand and fight. His style fits mine perfectly and in boxing, styles make fights. My preparation will be very intense, and I will be perfectly ready when I enter the ring so that he will have no chance to beat me.”

“I’m delighted that we will be in Cardiff at the magnificent Principality Stadium for the next step of the AJ journey,” said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Nearly 80,000 will gather on October 28 to create another unforgettable night of boxing. Anthony will meet his mandatory challenger, number one ranked Kubrat Pulev and the card will be stacked with World championship action, domestic title fights and the very best young stars in the game. Get ready for the next episode from the biggest star in World boxing.”

“Anthony is a great champion and his last fight ignited the division,” said Pulev’s promoter Kalle Sauerland. “However, by his own admission, he is still learning and Pulev is not the sort of opponent you want to learn against. Kubrat and his train Uli Wegner – Europe’s most successful professional coach – have studied every weakness for the Cobra to strike victoriously.”

Mark Williams, General Manager at Principality Stadium which is owned and operated by the Welsh Rugby Union, said: “Our national stadium is a true Heavyweight when it comes to bringing major events to Cardiff and today’s announcement strengthens our status as a year-round, multi-events arena, in the heart of a city-centre renowned for delivering a Welsh welcome to visitors from around the world.

“This year we’ve hosted 400,000 plus visitors across UEFA Champions League Final, Speedway and the RBS Six Nations; two sell-out Coldplay gigs and Robbie Williams and Justin Bieber concerts. The Joshua-Pulev fight is guaranteed to another spectacle which, thanks to our Terraplas pitch covering, brings another world-class event to town two weeks before Wales’ Under Armour Series.”

An announcement on ticket prices and on-sale dates will be made this week and the first undercard fights will be released in the coming days. (more…)

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Story by: Robert Uzzell

Sources tell me negotiations have heated up between WBC World heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and WBC interim and intercontinental champion (if either matters to you) Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs).

 

If this match takes place in New York as it is rumored, then the heavyweight picture will become clearer.   Wilder, maybe the most protected champion in boxing, needs to add a real name on his resume outside of Bermane Stiverne. And to be honest, do we really know how good Stiverne is? He beat the overrated and overweight Chris Arreola twice. Big deal. He also beat the world renowned Ray Austin. Whoopie!

 

Wilder had a much easier time disposing of Malik Scott, scoring a KO in the first round. Ortiz, a monster many fighters have continuously ducked, couldn’t catch up to Scott and settled for a disappointing twelve round decision.

 

On the other hand, Wilder has regressed since beating Scott and Stiverne. He struggled with household names such as Gerald Washington, Arthur Szpilka, and Eric Molina. Molina came within a punch or two of knocking Wilder down and maybe out.

 

Ortiz looked unbeatable in winning by knockout over Tony Thompson and Bryant Jennings. However at age 38 and being off a year when the proposed fight takes place, this matchup turns out to be interesting.

 

Wilder won’t have to worry about much movement as Ortiz will stalk and try to get inside or at comfortable range from the outside. Ortiz is an exceptional inside fighter and Wilder definitely struggles in that area.

In this fight, Wilder needs to watch tape. He should watch tape of himself, not Ortiz. There’s only one fight he should observe and that’s his fight with Stiverne. It’s almost as if that Wilder showed up for one night and we haven’t seen him since. Deontay should use his superior athleticism to beat the slower, sometimes plodding Ortiz to the punch. Deontay must jab as often as possible and fight big, as his frame suggests. He had problems with Szpilka’s rough inside tactics and I’m sure Team Ortiz is aware. If Ortiz is rusty or if he’s lost a step, he could be tailor made for Wilder’s athleticism and lateral movement. Wilder needs to clinch every time Ortiz gets inside. One thing Wilder has is possibly the best right hand in the division, if not it’s in the top three. He needs to throw it from different angles and show Ortiz who is boss. He should also beware of Ortiz’s good counterpunching.

 

Ortiz’s job is to put Wilder on his back foot and keep him there. Jab and double and triple it up. Follow with big left hands. The key is if he can’t get in range to land the big left hand, Ortiz needs to make it a rough inside fight. Wilder will be out of his element and this is right up Kong’s alley. Kong also should work the body to break Wilder down. Wilder has the body of a god, but the legs of a lightweight. A good shot to the chin should drop him, but working the body will slow those legs down and lead to positive results. If Ortiz is rusty or slow, he can still survive with the slightest movement. The key is not to be a stationary target. Also, look to slip the wide shots of Wilder and counter them, which is Ortiz’s strength.

 

There are many questions to be answered in this matchup. Will Ortiz come up clean before and after the fight? Has his age and inactivity caught up with him? What has Deontay Wilder done to improve defensively? Is he ready for a step up against a fearsome puncher like Ortiz?

 

In the end, this fight is great for boxing and a continuation of a fantastic 2017. Deontay Wilder is frighteningly easy to hit. And this is by C+ and B- fighters he’s been with in the ring. While he has a three inch height advantage on Ortiz, Kong has a one inch reach advantage. Kong fought three times in 2015 and three times in 2016. He hasn’t fought at all in 2017 and this fight is slated for November. This could even the odds in Wilder’s favor. Wilder fought three times in 2015, twice in 2016, and beat Washington in February of this year.

 

I hope this fight is made. The heavyweight division is exciting again with the mix of youth and experience:

 

Deontay Wilder

Luis Ortiz

Anthony Joshua

Wladimir Klitschko

Tyson Fury

Bryant Jennings

Alexander Povetkin

Joseph Parker

Andy Ruiz

Kubrat Pulev

Adam Kownacki

Jarrell Miller

Amir Mansour

 

Let’s continue to fight the fights and let’s hope Bermane Stiverne takes step aside bread so Wilder/Ortiz happens on November 4 in Brooklyn, NY.

Kal Yafai defends WBA Super Flyweight title against Suguru Muranaka This Saturday, May 13th on AWE-A Wealth of Entertainment

 

 SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – May 9, 2017 – Kal Yafai says Anthony Joshua MBE has set a new benchmark for British fighters to follow as he prepares to make the first defence of his WBA World Super-Flyweight title against Suguru Muranaka at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday LIVE on AWE- A Wealth of Entertainment at 3 PM ET / 12 Noon PT.

 

For boxing fans who don’t have access to AWE, the fight will be available on the AWE channel on www.klowdtv.com

Yafai and Joshua are close from their days as Team GB teammates, and Yafai won the crown he defends on home turf this weekend on the undercard of Joshua’s win over Eric Molina in Manchester in December.

Yafai was unable to attend Joshua’s epic win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium last weekend, but the 27 year old was bursting with pride as Joshua KO’d the Ukrainian in the 11th round, and believes that Joshua has raised the bar higher than ever for British fighters.

“I was unbelievably proud and happy for Anthony Joshua,” said Yafai. “When he got put down I was very nervous, I was praying for him to get up and recover and that’s what he did. It showed what a World Champion needs to do when it gets tough in there.

“He has completely smashed it now, onto bigger and better things for him. The world is his oyster. It was such a hard and big fight. I’d like to see him fight Tyson Fury but it doesn’t sound like that’s possible to happen next. If he can get a defence for one of his Titles against a contender then move onto one of the other Heavyweights like Wilder would be great.

CANELO vs Chavez RECAP:  The Las VEGAS Weekend COLLAGE!!!

Check out the Recap and the Vegas weekend as fighters gave their picks for the fight.

 

Included are a few comical stare-downs from Joel CASAMAYOR and Shawn Porter. 

 

Plenty of fun in Vegas!  Check it out…

 

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Anthony JOSHUA TKO-11 over Wladimir KLITSCHKO:  AJ, the World is Yours!!!

In one of the best heavyweight fights of all time, Anthony “AJ” Joshua defeated Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko in front of 90,000+ fans at London’s (UK) Wembley Stadium.

The fight featured knockdowns of each fighter, with Klitschko up 95-93 on TheFightJournal.com’s scorecard at the time of stoppage.

Joshua, (19-0, 19 KOs), defended his IBF World heavyweight title and also captured the vacant WBA title.  Klitschko, (64-5, 54 KOs), was seeking to become a three-time World heavyweight champion with a win.

Joshua:

“I’m not perfect, but I’m trying.”

“I got a bit emotional because I know I have doubters. I’m only going to improve.”

“Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer, but boxing is about character.”

Klitschko:

“The best man won tonight, and it’s an amazing moment for boxing.”

“Anthony was better today than I. It’s really sad that I didn’t make it tonight.”

“I was planning to do it. It didn’t work. But all the respect to Anthony.”

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JOSHUA VS. KLITSCHKO: THE WEIGH-IN AND WHAT IT MEANS

Anthony “AJ” Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) and Wladimir “Dr Steelhammer” Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) recently completed their weigh-in for tomorrow’s long anticipated showdown.

AJ came is at 250.1 and The Old Man tipped in 10 pounds lighter at 240.4.

TEN POUNDS LIGHTER!

Find out what it means by listening in:

The weigh-in:

Anthony Joshua 250.1 vs. Wladimir Klitschko 240.4
(For Joshua’s IBF World heavyweight title and for the vacant WBA heavyweight title)

The fight airs live at 4:15pm eastern on Showtime. The replay can be seen on HBO at 10:45pm.

Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) defends his WBA and IBF World heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) on Saturday afternoon (4:15pm eastern).  Also at stake is the vacant IBO title.

Is AJ being rushed into this fight with no world-class names on his resume?

Has the 41-year-old Dr. K too far gone at age 41 to compete or even dethrone Joshua?

Listen to concerns for each fighter leading up to Saturday’s mega-fight!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FITE TV streaming Kubrat Pulev vs. Kevin Johnson

This Friday on PPV live from Bulgaria

 

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(L-R) – Kevin Johnson & Kubrat Pulev from today’s final press conference (photo by LAP Images)

 

NEW YORK, NY(April 25, 2017) – FITE TV will stream this Friday’s (April 28) “Final Countdown” event, headlined by a heavyweight match of former world title contenders Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev and Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, live on pay per view, starting at 2 p.m. ET /11 a.m. PT, from Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria. Encore presentations will also be available to watch.

FITE TV is a Combat Sports Network that features boxing, MMA and wrestling programming.  FITE gives viewers the choice to watch the program on line at www.FITE.tv, on their mobile device or on their WiFi connected television using the FITE app.  The FITE app can be downloaded for free at Google Play or the iTunes app stores.

“Final Countdown: Pulev vs. Johnson”, promoted by Sauerland Promotions, is available to watch on the FITE app and website for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Boxing fans may watch the entire card simply by downloading the FITE app and then cast the fight to the big screen by using the instant stream-to-TV function.  The FITE app works with any Wi-Fi connected television around the world, iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast and more.  Fans may also watch the fights live on the FITE website at www.fite.tv from any computer.

Hometown favorite Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) will make the first defense of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Inter-Continental heavyweight title he captured this past December.  WBA No. 9 rated Pulev can position himself for another world title shot against the winner of Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, who handed Pulev his only pro loss in their 2014 International Boxing Federation (IBF) title fight.

“Kevin Johnson is a good boxer who will give everything but he will not succeed,” Pulev said at today’s press conference.  “My goal is to become World Champion.  I know a loss will set me back a long way, but I’m confident in my abilities.  My opponent is an experienced fighter who will be difficult to breakdown, but I’ve prepared for that.  On Friday, I want to pit on another great show for the Bulgarian people and then, I want my shot at the world title.”

Johnson (30-7-1, 14 KOs), fighting out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, has fought reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua – the only fighter to stop Johnson – former unified world heavyweight titlist Tyson Fury, former world title challenger Manuel Charr and current European champion Christian Hammer. In 2009, Johnson lost his lone world title fight by unanimous decision to undefeated WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, extending him the full 12-rounds.

“If Pulev thinks he’s in for an easy night,” Johnson commented, “he’s got another thing coming.  I’m not Samuel Peter. I’m not here to lie down and collect a check.  I’m here to cause an upset.  I’m going to take this boy to school and show the Bulgarians what a Jersey boy can do.  I’m going to give him an ass whopping on Friday, the likes of which nobody has seen before.  We’ve both been through the same obstacles and we’ve both fought for the world titles before, but only one of us is going to get that second shot, and that’s going to be me.

“The woman here are very beautiful and I’m looking to get married.  On Saturday, I’m going to be leaving with a new belt and new wife!”

It’s a great weekend for heavyweight boxing,” promoter Nisse Sauerland added.  “Kubrat is the mandatory challenger to face the winner of Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF World title.  Either they fight him or they vacate the belt.  He’s fought hard to get back into this position and he’s risking it all in this fight against a rejuvenated Kevin Johnson.  Kevin also knows what’s at stake and what a win would mean for his career.  Both men have been training hard and are ready to give it their all in the ring Friday night.”

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WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday, March 18, 2017

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

Tale of The Tape Gennady Golovkin Daniel Jacobs
Age 34/35 29/30
Current Status

WBA Super World middleweight champion;

IBF World middleweight champion;

WBC World middleweight champion;

IBO World middleweight champion

WBA World middleweight champion
Professional Record 36-0-0, 33 KOs 32-1-0, 29 KOs
Height 5 ft. 10 in. 6 ft. 1 in.
Reach 69 in. 73 in.
Knockout Percentage 92% 88%
Previous Fight 09/10/2016 09/09/2016

 

 “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” is showdown between Unified Middleweight World Champion (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS (32-1, 29 KO’s) set for Saturday, March 18 in The World’s Most Famous Arena.    The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.    Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle.

Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” priced at $1,000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or http://www.thegarden.com

Check my prediction out below:

 

Lewis vs. Briggs – 27:20 mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Jqmcj8OKI&t=1657s

 

Pirog vs. Jacobs – 1:47 mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzVqmon1XIU

 

Jacobs vs. Mora I – 0:00 to 0:17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtNCzp9c85w