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Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz ready for the weekend

World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder defends his WBC title in a rematch versus Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas this weekend. 

The undefeated American came within seconds of being stopped by the Cuban veteran in the pair’s first bout before rallying to win via TKO.

Wilder has since knocked out Dominic Breazeale and then retained his belt in a controversial draw versus Tyson Fury. 

If Wilder defeats Ortiz, he’s expected to rematch Fury in February. 

If the Cuban known as King Kong goes one mighty blow better than in their first fight, Wilder will have thrown away at least one, possibly two, massively enriching rematches versus Tyson Fury, as well as the prospect of a one hundred million dollar mega-fight versus Anthony Joshua.

‘Some people think I got a lucky escape and I want to prove that wrong. But also because Luis has spent his career being denied opportunities by the other top heavyweights. And still is. So I want to give him, at 40, this present of a last opportunity of a big pay-night.’ says Wilder.

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Now Wilder has to avoid anything resembling the seventh round of his first fight against Ortiz, in which he was stunned by a monstrous left hook and somehow staggered through a storm of punches long enough to be saved by the bell.

It will calm a lot of frayed nerves in this business if Wilder connects first and early with his freakish KO power. That would clinch his deal for a February 22 rematch with Fury.

Next, on December 7 in Saudi Arabia, the tension will be even greater as Joshua strives to regain the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring magazine belts ripped from him by Andy Ruiz Jnr in that New York upset of this century… so far.

Wilder is a firm 1-7 on for a second victory over Ortiz, who is offered at 9-2. Fury has his own typically different evaluation of the odds: ‘Ruiz to win again, one million per cent.’

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Manny Pacquiao planning to return to ring in 2020

Welterweight world titlist Manny Pacquiao plans to be back in the ring in the first third of 2020.

Pacquiao, who serves as a senator his native Philippines, will next fight in “in late March or April” in the United States, said Sean Gibbons, the president of MP Promotions and a longtime close adviser to the eight-division world champion.

Gibbons also said that the two rivals on the short list for Pacquiao to face are former welterweight and junior welterweight world titlist Danny Garcia and the unrelated Mikey Garcia, who has acquired world titles in four weight classes. All three of them fight under the Premier Boxing Champions umbrella.

Danny Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs), 31, of Philadelphia, rebounded from a closely contested decision defeat to Shawn Porter for a vacant welterweight title in September 2018 to win his last fight, a seventh-round knockout of Adrian Granados on April 20 in Carson, California.

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Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), who has won belts from featherweight to junior welterweight, moved up in weight to challenge welterweight world titlist Errol Spence Jr. on March 16 in a major pay-per-view fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in an attempt to win a belt in a fifth weight division but suffered a shutout decision defeat and has not boxed since.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), 40, is coming off a remarkable decision victory over Keith Thurma.

A man 10 years his junior, whom he knocked down in the first round en route to taking his title July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao has won three fights in a row, all between July 2018 and the Thurman fight, since returning from a year layoff following a highly controversial decision defeat to Jeff Horn that cost him a welterweight title in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia in July 2017.

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Canelo stops Kovalev to win historic title

Canelo stops Kovalev to win historic title

Canelo Alvarez used a big punch to defeat a big fighter. Alvarez landed a left-right late in the 11th round Saturday night, dropping Sergey Kovalev to the canvas and finishing their light heavyweight title fight. Kovalev was left on his knees, his arms draped over the middle ring rope as the fight was stopped at 2:15 of the round.

It was a dramatic end for a fight that had little drama up to the knockdown. Kovalev was more than holding his own late in the fight and hadn’t been hurt when Alvarez landed the left followed by a right.

The Mexican great, who moved up two weight classes, acquired his fourth title in as many weights.

He celebrated by kissing the glove on his right hand as Kovalev’s handlers jumped into the ring to see if their fighter was OK.

Both fighters fought cautiously for the most part, with Kovalev content to use his jab from long distance and Alvarez looking to land hooks to the body. The fans at the MGM Grand booed on several occasions, unhappy with the lack of action.

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Both fighters fought cautiously for the most part, with Kovalev content to use his jab from long distance and Alvarez looking to land hooks to the body. The fans at the MGM Grand booed on several occasions, unhappy with the lack of action.

Alvarez was a 4-1 favorite despite moving up two weight classes to fight for a piece of Kovalev’s 175-pound title. He took the fight versus Kovalev rather than a third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin as part of a $365 million deal he signed with the streaming service DAZN.

Both fighters took naps in their dressing rooms as they waited some 90 minutes from the last undercard bout before entering the ring. The delay was for DAZN, which wanted to wait until the UFC card in New York was over before the fight began. Fans at the MGM Grand arena watched the UFC main event on big screens in the arena while the fighters waited.

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Antoine Douglas vs. Les Sherrington

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When: Friday, November 6 at 10 p.m. ET

Where: The D Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Antoine Douglas (18-0-1. 8 KOs), a world-ranked rising middleweight prospect, will put his undefeated record on the line against veteran Les Sherrington (35-7, 20 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the WBA and WBO International titles, on Friday, Nov. 6, at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), across from the D Las Vegas in iconic Downtown Las Vegas.

Antoine’s fifth ShoBox appearance will tie him with eight other fighters for second place on the all-time list (the ShoBox appearance record is held by Chris Avalos with six appearances). All of the fighters with five or more ShoBox appearances went on to challenge for a world title, five triumphed –Andre Ward, Ishe Smith, Robert Guerrero, Kendall Holt and Badou Jack—and three fell short –Avalos, Mike Arnaoutis and Sechew Powell. A sixth five-time Shobox participant, Lateef Kayode, is scheduled to challenge WBA Cruiserweight World Champion Denis Lebedec on Nov. 4.

Douglas, of Burke, Va., is the WBA’s ninth-ranked contender. He will enter the 10-round bout for the WBA and WBO International 160-pound titles with a record of 18-0-1, 12 KOs. Australia’s Sherrington, the WBA’s No. 12th-rated contender, is 35-7, 30 KOs.

Douglas, 23, has been impressive in four consecutive victories since he boxed a draw with former world title challenger Michel Soro in an eight-rounder that was part of the 200th ShoBox telecast on July 25, 2014. Douglas has won his last two starts by knockout: on July 17, a third-round TKO over Istvan Szili and on March 13, a sixth-round TKO over Thomas LaManna.

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Sherrington of Burleigh, Gold Coast, Australia, will be fighting outside of his native land for the first time in this, his U.S. and 2015 debuts. He’s won two in a row and is 8-1 in his last nine fights, the loss coming to former IBF World Middleweight Champion Soliman in December 2013.

Since the bitter defeat to Soliman that knocked him out of the world rankings, Sherrington has been looking to redeem himself in a major matchup in a major stage. This is his opportunity.

The well-conditioned 6-foot, 33-year-old Sherrington turned his career around after losing his pro debut in April 2002 and going 4-3 in his first seven starts. Since March 2006, he’s 25-3 while winning several minor titles. In his last start on Dec. 2014 he captured the WBA Oceania Middleweight Title with a shutout 10-round decision over Samir Santos Barbosa.

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Douglas

In an exemplary performance, Douglas walked through Istvan Szili in three rounds. The 23-year-old’s speed, power and punching accuracy proved to be too much as he dropped Szili three times before securing the victory. The win was Douglas’ fourth straight since his majority draw with Michel Soro in July 2014.

The KO was his second straight and third in the last four fights.

 

Sherrington

Sherrington has been around the block a few times. The 33-year-old from Australia has bee a pro since 2002. In his last fight, he won a lopsided unanimous decision over Samir Santos Barbosa. Sherringtondominated the fight, but then again, he should have considering Barbosa has a record of just 36-13-3.

Sherrington hasn’t faced top-notch competition throughout much of his career. The most recognizable name on his resume is Sam Soliman, but Sherrington lost that fight via ninth-round TKO. He might be battling some ring rust since his last bout took place almost a year ago.

Aside from that, Douglas is the most skilled young fighter Sherringtonhas ever faced. To a degree, simply going the distance would be an accomplishment for the Aussie.

 

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Tony Thompson vs. Malik Scott

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44-year-old #9 WBC heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to add another scalp to his resume this Friday night against 35-year-old Malik Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 10 round fight on free television in the main event on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV at The Venue at UCF, located behind the CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla.

With the heavyweight division labouring slightly and both men clearly far from finished, the contest holds some interest with the winner surely not too far from a world title shot of some sort.

The older man by nine years, Thompson is coming off one of his best wins in his 40-5 (27) career. Facing old foe Odlanier Solis in Turkey, Thompson took full advantage of the younger man’s dubious conditioning and put a beat-down on the Cuban who eventually refused to box on after eight one-sided rounds.

That fight was back in February and one wonders how much longer “The Tiger” can continue mixing it with the best after 15 long years as a pro with around ten of those being spent somewhere around the world’s top ten big men.

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Malik Scott offers similar credentials to his older opponent with 40 bouts to his opponent’s 45. Scott is only an inch or so behind Thompson in the height and reach departments though could be around 20-25lbs the smaller man come fight night.

Scott, just like Tony, turned pro in 2000 and won every one of his first 35 pro contests. The Philly prospect made his name with terrific sparring of the world’s best men including Lennox Lewis. The problem was “King” never seemed to nail that meaningful fight that gets a guy’s status from prospect to contender.

After several low key victories, Scott disappeared after a win in December 2008 and wouldn’t resurface until early 2012. Credit where it’s due; Scott has faced far superior opposition since his comeback.

If Thompson looks good in beating Scott, he could have a chance of getting selected by Wilder’s adviser Al Haymon for Wilder’s next title defense. It’s not an ideal fight for Wilder though because he needs to face someone shorter to get him ready for his title shot against his WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Wilder needs to be ready for that fight because it’s potentially going to be a tough one.

“It’s great to be fighting on PBC on Bounce in a heavyweight fight like this,” said Thompson. “I’m not looking past Malik Scott because he’s an experienced and crafty fighter. I think most fighters will stay away from a style like Malik’s but everyone knows I will fight anyone. I’ll be looking to make a statement against him by pressing the action and keeping him out of his comfort zone.”

 

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Robin Deakin is Back in the Win Column

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“Rockin” Robin Deakin, cruelly branded ‘Britain’s worst boxer’ by the national press in the UK – before using the tag for his own promotional ends – has taken the first crucial step to regaining his British licence by getting a much needed win on Saturday, defeating Latvia’s Deniss Kornilovs by 4 round points decision at London’s famous York Hall, winning every round.

Having won on his debut in 2006, the 26-year-old proceeded to lose his next 51 fights, and was relieved of his British boxing licence as a result.

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But Robin, 29, from Tilbury, Essex, proved all his critics wrong by beating Latvian Deniss Kornilovs on points on Saturday night after four gruelling rounds.

After 17 months out of the ring, Deakin outpointed Latvia’s Deniss Kornilovs over four rounds at London’s York Hall on a show licensed by the Malta Boxing Commission.

Now Robin, whose speech is slurred because of too many blows to the head, said: “I’m a fighter. I’m going to fight my way back to the top – you’ll see.

“All those people that called me Britain’s worst boxer can eat their words – they just made me punch harder.

“People saying I’m the worst made me stronger.

“I did everything different this time and worked my hardest – and it showed.”

The lightweight, who was boxing under a licence from Malta because he wasn’t good enough to keep a British Boxing Board of Control licence.

He fought and won at York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London, the venue where he emerged victorious in his debut – and lost 13 other bouts.

Robin said: “I’m over the moon. My trainers Mike and Dave Jennings of Jennings’ Gym got me in the best shape of my life.

“They taught me a lot – and they knew I had the ability to turn my career around.

“I’ve been really unlucky in some of my fights – ones I deserved to win but didn’t.

“Saturday night was tough, don’t get me wrong. I got the chance to finally show what I can do.”

Journeyman Robin won on points at the end of the four, three-minute rounds, 46 to 43.

 

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Premier Boxing Champions 2015: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares

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Premier Boxing Champions has put together a highly-anticipated matchup between Mexican-born Los Angelinos Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares . One of the most anticipated featherweight showdowns will take place Saturday in Los Angeles. WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KO) is stepping up to featherweight to take on former three-division champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KO) in a battle of respected Mexican fighters.

While Santa Cruz and Mares were once darlings of the sport thanks to their potential and penchant for exciting fights, both have come under criticism of late for facing a string of soft opposition.

That changes here, as either Santa Cruz or Mares has the opportunity to propel himself back into the fans’ good graces. No matter the result, the Santa Cruz-Mares pairing has the potential for fireworks, and at the very least, it will be entertaining to see both boxers face a worthwhile test. The 12-round 126-pound contest takes place at the Staples Center on Saturday night

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Fighter backgrounds:

A two-division world champion with a fan-friendly style, the 26-year-old Santa Cruz won his first world title in 2012 before adding another belt in 2013, which he defended four times. Unbeaten as a pro, Santa Cruz moved up in weight in his last fight and handily defeated Jose Cayetano on the pay-per-view undercard of the record-breaking Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight. Born and raised in Los Angeles to Mexican parents, Santa Cruz faces the toughest challenge of his career when he squares off against the Mexican warrior Mares.

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and fighting out of Downey, Calif., Mares first tasted world championship gold in 2011 when he beat Joseph Agbeko to win the bantamweight world title. He continued his rise up the pound-for-pound list with wins over Anselmo Moreno and Daniel Ponce De Leon to win world titles at super bantamweight and featherweight respectively. The 29-year-old has won three straight fights including his first PBC appearance in a victory over Arturo Reyes in March. He will look to add another career milestone and take hometown bragging rights by defeating the unbeaten Santa Cruz.

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Floyd Mayweather will retire after fighting Andre Berto

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Floyd Mayweather’s fight against Andre Berto in Las Vegas on September 12 will be the last of his career, according to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. But, Freddie Roach, the trainer of Manny Pacquiao, does not buy it.

“I don’t think he’ll stop at 49 fights, I think he’ll fight to 50. I’m hoping that he promotes himself, maybe if he does he can make more money,” Roach said.

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The undefeated welterweight will equal heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano’s long-standing unbeaten record of 49-0 if he defeats Berto.

Mayweather has the opportunity of further cementing his legacy as one of boxing’s all-time greats if he can surpass that record and extend his unbeaten record to 50 fights – but his trusted confidant Ellerbe is adamant this will be the final time the 38-year-old will enter the ring.

Mayweather is most likely capable of fighting beyond this September, but he recently cited his uncle Roger Mayweather’s worsening health as a motivation to hang the gloves up.

“My uncle Roger Mayweather has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing,” Mayweather told Fight Hype. “It’s sad that he’s only in his 50s, but he seems like an old man that’s in his 80s.”

His upcoming fight vs. Berto has been roundly criticized as a mismatch, but already there are seeds of a possible rematch vs. Pacquiao.

“Manny would do much better in a rematch, if the shoulder gets better,” Roach said. “We were doing well until the shoulder went in the fourth round and we had a tough time after that. I do think we can beat Mayweather 100 percent.” After his unanimous decision loss, Pacquiao revealed he was fighting with a torn labrum.

For now, all anyone can do is take Mayweather at his word, even if he has ended one retirement already

“September 12th is my last dance. On September 13 I just want to sit back and watch some football.”

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Floyd Mayweather and MMA

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Floyd Mayweather seems to have a hard time keeping his name out of the mixed martial arts landscape.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. spoke to the media following the press conference of his final bout, and he was asked about Mixed Martial Arts, and whether he would fight a top star like Ronda Rousey

His immediate response to the reporter: ‘You’re a comedian!’

When asked about fighting MMA fighters in general, he responded:

“I’m in the $100 million business, not the $100,000 business,” Floyd states. “I shouldn’t even be stooping to certain levels, because it doesn’t make any sense.”

“People that’s in MMA, I wish them nothing but the best. I don’t have anything negative to say about them. The hand I was dealt in life, I was dealt a royal flush and I just have to be thankful and appreciative of the hand I was dealt,” he continues. “I don’t have anything negative to say about anyone. I wish everyone of them nothing but the best.”

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WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has no idea why the critics are all over him for selecting Andre Berto as the opponent for his September 12th Showtime Pay-Per-View card from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The bigger issue with the Berto fight is that fact Mayweather claims it’s going to be the final bout of his pro career. Many in the industry don’t believe him, but if that’s the case than most would have rather seen him face Amir Khan or Keith Thurman.

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The WBO stripped Floyd Mayweather

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The WBO stripped Floyd Mayweather of his welterweight world title on Monday, because he missed a deadline to pay a $200,000 sanction fee.

He also failed to vacate his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles at junior middleweight. WBO rules state a boxer can only hold titles in one weight division.

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“The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests,” the WBO wrote Monday in its resolution.

Mayweather claimed the WBO welterweight title when he outpointed Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a 147-pound unification fight that shattered all financial records for a boxing match, including total gross, pay-per-view subscriptions, closed circuit revenue, live gate, foreign television sales and sponsorships.- espn.go.com

He has 14 days to appeal the decision.The title is expected to go to Timothy Bradley if the Mayweather issue is not resolved by then

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