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'Dangerous' Wilder warns Hearn

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Monday, 14 August 2017 19:51

Deontay Wilder has warned promoter Eddie Hearn about his "dangerous" power after the WBC heavyweight champion was offered a fight against Dillian Whyte.

The American urged Hearn to arrange a unification clash with Anthony Joshua on social media after Wladimir Klitschko decided to retire instead of taking a rematch with the WBA 'super' and IBF champion.

"Hearn is running all the fighters over there and he feels that he wants to put me against some of his other guys before Joshua," Wilder told Premier Boxing Champions.

"I think he's trying to get a valuation of me to really figure me out a little bit more, because I am a dangerous fighter.

Deontay Wilder

I'm a dangerous fighter to anybody that steps in the ring, because I have two things you can't teach, and that's explosive power and awkwardness.

"I'm a dangerous fighter to anybody that steps in the ring, because I have two things you can't teach, and that's explosive power and awkwardness."

Wilder believes he has overcome his hand injury and hopes to make his next title defence against Cuban Luis Ortiz, who carries a reputation as one of the most avoided men in the top division.

Ortiz has already lined up a fight against Joshua as the WBA's mandatory challenger, but Wilder wants to offer him the next shot at his WBC belt.

"My coming back, I would love to have the Ortiz fight," said the 'Bronze Bomber.' "I would love to have that and get that going.

"Ortiz is considered the 'Boogeyman' of the sport, whatever that means? I'm the one that's calling him out. I'm the one that wants to see him in that ring, and I do mean soon.

"If you're the 'Boogeyman' of the sport, if people are scared to fight you, let me tell you who ain't."

Jones dethrones Cormier

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 16:37

Jon Jones marked his return to the octagon with a devastating third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier in their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 214.

Defending light heavyweight champion Cormier looked on course to avenge his unanimous decision defeat to Jones at UFC 182 after appearing to take the opening two rounds in Anaheim.

However, Jones - who originally held the undisputed title from 2011 to 2015 - produced a stunning head kick in the third round which eventually forced the referee to call a halt to the fight with Jones raining down punches on his prone opponent.

Jones (23-1) regains the light heavyweight belt just two years after he was first stripped of the title following his involvement in a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"I made it back," Jones told the UFC after the fight. "It's such a beautiful moment. I did a lot of right things to get back in this position. Anybody at home who let yourself down, you let your family down, you let your parents down or your co-workers down, you let yourself down, it's never over.

"As long as you never quit, it's never over. I'm back here."

Cormier, whose MMA record now reads 19-2, struggled to come to terms with the manner of his defeat in the post-fight interview.

"I thought the fight was going well, I don't even know what happened," said Cormier. "They said I got kicked in the head.

"That was so disappointing. I guess if you win both fights, there is no rivalry."

Meanwhile on the undercard in California, British fighter Jimi Manuwa suffered a shock first-round knock-out defeat to Switzerland's Volkan Oezdemir, while Tyron Woodley defeated Demian Maia by unanimous decision.

Big Baby stops Washington

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 16:23

Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller claimed an eighth round stoppage win over Gerald Washington in their heavyweight clash at the Barclays Center.

The fast-talking Brooklyn heavyweight announced himself on the world scene and backed up his brash pre-fight antics, forcing a retirement of Washington at the end of the eighth round.

Miller, 29, who weighed in 50lbs heavier than Washington, extends his unbeaten record to 19-0-1 and will now be hoping for a shot at the heavyweight world title.

The hometown fighter marched his opponent down form the opening bell, but apart from a heavy right hand, Washington boxed well on the back-foot working behind his jab.

'Big Baby', crude at times, upped the work-rate in the second though and started to find a home for his heavy hands, landing a barrage of punches as he took control of proceedings.

Despite Washington trying to bring his jab into play, Miller continued to make his physical presence felt in the following stanzas, walking in with a high guard, looking to land that powerful knockout blow, undeterred about what was coming back at him.

In the sixth, Washington gambled and backed up Miller, letting his hands go to try and put a dent into his younger opponent.

Despite having some success, Miller was able to quickly regain the upper-hand, finishing the round with a heavy-handed assault on a tiring Washington.

As the fight reached its second half, it became target practice for 'Big Baby' as Washington, 35, struggled to answer the crushing blows coming his way and after a punishing eighth for the Californian, the referee waved off the contest.

Elsewhere on the card, former IBF super-welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo made a successful step up to the middleweight division, stopping Jorge Sebastian Heiland in the fourth round of their WBC world title eliminator.

The Argentinian appeared to have a debilitating injury to his left leg from early on in the fight as Charlo comfortably extended his unbeaten record.

Taylor ready for 'dream' NY debut

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 11:36

Katie Taylor says fighting in New York is "the stuff of dreams" as she counts down the hours to her American debut.

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist has made a faultless transition to the paid ranks, winning five out of five, and next up is Jasmine Clarkson on the undercard of Mikey Garcia's super-lightweight showdown with Adrien Broner.

Taylor could tap into New York's Irish-American boxing base and become a superstar in the United States, according to Matthew Macklin, but her priority is putting on a professional performance against an opponent beaten eight times but never stopped.

"It's been a busy few days," Ireland's unbeaten lightweight said. "But this is the stuff of dreams, being over here.

"It's my first time boxing in New York so I can't wait, and I hope I build a good fanbase and put on a performance that people want to see again.

 "She's definitely very tough, very durable. I hope I'm the first one to stop her, but I'm going out to produce a good performance and if the stoppage comes I'll take it."


Big Baby: I want Wilder next

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:28

Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller is hopeful that victory over Gerald Washington this Sunday morning will lead to a fight with Deontay Wilder.

The unbeaten and fast-talking heavyweight takes on Washington in his hometown of Brooklyn on the undercard to Adrien Broner's super-lightweight showdown with Mikey Garcia.

Miller, never shy of a word or two, is intent on getting a stoppage victory before chasing a fight with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.

"I can't wait to get in the ring in my hometown. There's going to be great energy and great excitement.

"Gerald Washington is a good opponent for me coming back from a layoff. Most people wouldn't go right into a fight so challenging, but I'm warrior-built and I've been doing this for a long time.

"My main thing is to go in there and knock him out. However the knockout comes, it comes. This is boxing so anything can happen in there. Deontay Wilder is different to me and I'm going to show that.

"I hope that I can get a fight with Wilder after this one. If he'll come to New York, then even better. I think my progression is ahead of where he was. We're going to keep fighting, getting knockouts and eventually a world title fight."

Washington "inspired" by Klitschko

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:21

Gerald Washington says that he had a "great" training camp with Wladimir Klitschko ahead of his bout with Jarrell Miller this Sunday morning.

Washington, 35, returns to the ring after falling short in his first tilt at a heavyweight world title, stopped by WBC titlist Deontay Wilder in the fifth round back in February.

The Californian will now face fellow contender 'Big Baby' Miller in the latter's hometown of Brooklyn as part of the undercard to Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia's super-lightweight clash.

Washington, a US Navy veteran, has been training alongside former unified champion Wladimir Klitschko ahead of the contest and is confident that the hard work will pay off.

"I had a great training camp. We put in all the work and pushed ourselves. I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one and we're ready to rock.

"I did a training camp with Wladimir Klitschko, which was amazing. I learned so much from watching him train. The focus that he has and the dedication that he shows is inspiring. It was a great experience to be there and soak it all up.

"I'm just looking to keep focused on fight night. I'm going to fight hard from bell to bell to get the win.

"Miller is a big tough guy. We expect that from him. We're in his backyard so I know he's going to come in 100 percent. We're here to handle business. All I'm thinking about is Jarrell Miller and taking him out."

Tyson Fury announces 'The End'

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:27

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury appeared to announce his retirement on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old has made similar announcements previously, announcing last October that he had quit the sport, which he described as "the saddest thing I ever took part in".

But hours later he recanted, saying: "You think you will get rid of the Gypsy King that easy. I'm here to stay."

This time, Fury wrote on Instagram: "been very blessed in my life & career achieve the upmost in boxing, was a epic journey along the way. Thanks to all the fans that supported & believed in me along the way.

"Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. THE END."

Fury has not fought since his surprise win over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015, due to a combination of drug issues and mental health concerns.

He vacated the WBA and WBO titles he held last October after admitting using cocaine to cope with depression, after which the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) suspended his boxing licence.

The Manchester-born fighter has been charged with the use of a prohibited substance by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). In May, his National Anti-Doping Panel hearing was postponed, delaying a possible comeback.

The panel was due to rule on allegations Fury and his cousin and fellow heavyweight Hughie Fury tested positively for nandrolone in 2015.

Both men have strongly denied any wrongdoing and they were not charged with an anti-doping offence until June 24, 2016, the same day Tyson Fury postponed a rematch with Klitschko because of a sprained ankle.

Davies out to take Farrell's title

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Monday, 24 July 2017 20:47

Ohara Davies will look to return to winning ways as he takes on unbeaten Tom Farrell for the WBA International super-lightweight title in Liverpool.

Davies suffered the first defeat of his professional career last time out against Scot Josh Taylor in Glasgow on July 8, and is set about getting straight back on the title hunt on Saturday, September 30 against local boy Farrell.

The 27-year-old Scouser is unbeaten in 13 fights to date, and will face Hackney's Davies on the undercard to Paul Butler's world title eliminator against Stuart Hall.

Davies, 25, had won 15 straight professional fights until his defeat to Taylor and has vowed to take Farrell's belt from him.

"These things happen, you win some and you lose some. I'm back in the gym already and I'm working hard," Ohara said.

"I'm used to getting stick wherever I go, I'm going to go in there and take his belt and that's it.

"I did a lot of things wrong in the Taylor fight but I'm going to put that right. This is a must-win fight and I will win, I need to get back to what I used to do, my mind wasn't in the right place last time out but I've learnt from that."

Farrell had other notions at the Matchroom press conference, adding: "When you first start boxing these are the nights that you want to be in. He's got to where he has by opening his mouth.

"This is a real 50-50 fight and he rubs people up the wrong way but he needs to know his place: I'm the champ, he's the challenger and I'm at home.

"It's going to be hostile in there and it will remind him of a few weeks ago in Glasgow."

GB Olympian Natasha Jonas will make her home debut at the event as she fights professionally for the second time having beaten Monika Antonik in her first fight in June.

"It's brilliant to be out in Liverpool and I can't wait for all the fans to come out," Jonas said.

"They all supported me as an amateur and I am sure they will as a pro. It's always nice to box at home, there's added pressure but I love performing in Liverpool."

Sanchez: How Conor can win

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Monday, 24 July 2017 20:42

Abel Sanchez believes Conor McGregor needs to make things "uncomfortable" for Floyd Mayweather in their August 26 Las Vegas encounter.

Both fighters are preparing for their super-welterweight showdown after completing the 'May-Mac World Tour', and respected trainer Sanchez feels the Irishman needs to get himself in the best shape possible if he is to have a chance of causing an upset at the T-Mobile Arena.

"He has to make Floyd uncomfortable, and the only way he can make Floyd uncomfortable is to throw shots," Sanchez said to UFC.Com.

"They say (McGregor) is a big puncher, and if he waits for an opportunity to land a shot, he's gonna get drilled by Floyd while waiting.

"So what I would try to do is get him to understand that he's got to work three minutes out of three minutes and move his hands.

"Obviously he's got to be in great shape to do that, so that would be part of it, and that's why I'd worry about having enough time to get to that point."

Sanchez has guided the career of pound-for-pound star Gennady Golovkin to 37 straight victories - including a knockout victory over Britain's Kell Brook last year when the Sheffield fighter jumped up two-weight divisions to fight 'GGG'.

But he says McGregor cannot rely on his own size advantage in this fight and needs to utilise other areas of his arsenal if he is to cause Mayweather problems on the night.

"He's a bigger guy than Floyd, but if he's waiting to land one on the chin, it may be all night," he said.

"The only chance he's got is to move his hands and be faster than Floyd and be first before Floyd and just touch him.

"He needs to hit him anywhere and hopefully, while you're moving your hands, he makes a mistake and you catch him.

"The more rounds he goes, the better it is for Conor McGregor."

McGregor gets back to work

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Friday, 21 July 2017 22:39

Conor McGregor has taken to the swimming pool after starting his training camp for the long-awaited clash with Floyd Mayweather next month.

After last week's whistle-stop tour to promote the August 26 date with one of boxing's biggest stars, McGregor is stepping up his preparations in Las Vegas.

He is spending time at the city's state-of-the-art UFC Performance Institute and dropped in earlier this week to try out the water treadmill.

McGregor appears set to spend the majority of his five-week training camp in Las Vegas ahead of the fight at the city's T-Mobile Arena.

The UFC Performance Institute will also give him chance to step back into the Octagon as well as a conventional boxing ring, and he will also have the chance to make use of their hydrotherapy and cryotherapy areas.

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