Zlaticanin returns with quick KO

Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Former WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (23-1, 16 KOs) blew away journeyman Hevinson Herrera (22-14-1, 16 KOs) in the first round on Friday night as Broadway Boxing returned to BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. It was Zlaticanin’s first fight since losing his title to Mikey Garcia in January.

A clash between unbeaten lightweights Wesley Ferrer (12-0-1, 7 KOs) and Will Madera (11-0-1, 5 KOs) ended in an eight round draw. Scores were 77-75 Ferrer, 77-75 Madera, 76-76.

In an exciting battle between unbeaten welterweights, Larry Fryers (6-0, 2 KOs) defeated Charles Natal (9-1-1, 3 KOs) via six round unanimous decision.

A fight featuring popular female middleweight Alicia Napoleon (8-1, 5 KOs) fell through.

Former WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (23-1, 16 KOs) blew away journeyman Hevinson Herrera (22-14-1, 16 KOs) in the first round on Friday night as Broadway Boxing returned to BB…
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Mayweather-McGregor numbers finally released

Showtime Sports confirmed today that the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This includes traditional television distribution and online portals such as the new SHOWTIME PPV app and SHOWTIMEPPV.com as well as UFC.TV in U.S. and Canada.

Mayweather vs. McGregor, a four-fight SHOWTIME PPV boxing event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, officially stands as the second largest pay-per-view event of all time behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which set the North American pay-per-view mark at 4.6 million buys in 2015. The SHOWTIME PPV totals for Mayweather vs. McGregor far exceed the now third best event in history—nearly doubling the 2.48 million buys for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007. Continue reading “Mayweather-McGregor numbers finally released”

Showtime Sports confirmed today that the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This includes traditional television distribution…
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Povetkin: I don’t care about his weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I can be smaller but still be the better, faster and smarter fighter,” said former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin who is giving away 35 pounds against Christian Hammer Friday night in Ekaterinburg, Russia. “I don’t care about his weight…I know that I’m in the optimal condition. I have no idea, what kind of tactics he will employ fighting with this weight. I know what I want to do. Win,” said Povetkin in an exclusive Fightnews.com interview.

Povetkin (32-1, 23 KO) meets Hammer (22-4, 12 KO) for both the WBA Intercontinental and WBO International belts.

The “Russian Knight” dismissed the notion that new heavyweight era is only for giants and called his VADA doping disqualification “unjust” and “unfair.” Povetkin and his promotional company World of Boxing also made it known very well who their main target is for 2018: undefeated WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KO).

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I can be smaller but still be the better, faster and smarter fighter,” said former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin who is giving away 35 pounds against…
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Boxing Buzz

Tonight’s scheduled ESPN2 junior featherweight clash between Diego De La Hoya and Jose Salgado was canceled after De La Hoya weighed in 4.5 pounds heavy. Junior lightweights Carlos Morales and Dardan Zenunaj will now meet in the main event. The ESPN2 telecast begins at 10:30PM ET/7:30PM PT.

Due to a technical error, a re-air of the title fight between boxing’s Cinderella Man, Jeff “the Hornet” Horn and Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran did not air in its entirety last night on ESPN. The WBO Welterweight championship fight will re-air Friday, December 15 at 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and is currently available to stream on the ESPN App.

Tonight’s scheduled ESPN2 junior featherweight clash between Diego De La Hoya and Jose Salgado was canceled after De La Hoya weighed in 4.5 pounds heavy. Junior lightweights Carlos Morales and…
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Mendoza enters 3rd year as head of the WBA

Gilberto Jesús Mendoza is celebrating two years as the head of the World Boxing Association (WBA). He was unanimously elected, on December 14, 2015, at the WBA 94th Convention, which was held in Panama City. Mendoza, who has devoted much of his life to boxing, has vowed to reduce the number of champions per division that the WBA has, and emphasized that this change would not be made from one day to another.

In December 2015, the organization had 42 champions and it currently has 25 champions. Resolutions are constantly emitted from the Championships Committee to carry out mandatory fights in order to obtain one champion per division. Continue reading “Mendoza enters 3rd year as head of the WBA”

Gilberto Jesús Mendoza is celebrating two years as the head of the World Boxing Association (WBA). He was unanimously elected, on December 14, 2015, at the WBA 94th Convention, which…
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Garcia-Lipinets collide Feb 10

Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia will attempt to win a world title in a fourth weight class when he challenges unbeaten IBF 140-pound world champion Sergey Lipinets on Saturday, February 10 live on SHOWTIME. The matchup of top-5 ranked junior welterweights will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and is presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy will face Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their May showdown on SHOWTIME, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title. The doubleheader of title bouts in the wide-open 140-pound division sets the stage for a potential unification match. Continue reading “Garcia-Lipinets collide Feb 10”

Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia will attempt to win a world title in a fourth weight class when he challenges unbeaten IBF 140-pound world champion Sergey Lipinets on Saturday,…
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Saunders: I’m too slick and too good for him

WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to put David Lemieux ‘out like a candle’ when the bitter rivals square off at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec this weekend. Saunders will be fighting overseas for the first time in his professional career when he makes the third defense of his crown against the hard-hitting Lemieux in his own backyard, and is unfazed by fighting in hostile territory.

“I’m a fighting man, a gypsy warrior, and I’ll travel anywhere on the planet to defend my World Title,” said Saunders. “I’m heading into the lion’s den this weekend, Lemieux will have the whole arena behind him but that won’t make one ounce of a difference, I’ll thrive off their hate for me. Once that bell goes it’s just me and him stood in that ring, he’s in for one hell of a tough night. Continue reading “Saunders: I’m too slick and too good for him”

WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to put David Lemieux ‘out like a candle’ when the bitter rivals square off at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec…
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Povetkin-Hammer weights from Russia

By Przemek Garczarczyk at the scale

Alexander Povetkin 222.8 vs. Christian Hammer 256.3
(WBO International title)
(WBA Intercontinental/heavyweight eliminator)

Venue: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Promoter: RCC Boxing Promotions
TV: Match (Russia)

By Przemek Garczarczyk at the scale Alexander Povetkin 222.8 vs. Christian Hammer 256.3 (WBO International title) (WBA Intercontinental/heavyweight eliminator) Venue: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia Promoter: RCC Boxing Promotions TV: Match (Russia)


Teddy Atlas Update

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Famed boxing analyst Teddy Atlas has been missing in action for two major ESPN boxing telecasts this month (Lomachenko-Rigondeaux and Horn-Corcoran). LA Times boxing writer Lance Pugmire tracked him down to get the latest. Atlas confirmed that after 21 years at ESPN, he has been taken off the live telecasts, but still has three years left on his contract.

The normally outspoken and highly opinionated Atlas told the Times that the move wasn’t his decision. “I wish I was able to speak more on it, but I gave my word that I wouldn’t,” he stated.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Famed boxing analyst Teddy Atlas has been missing in action for two major ESPN boxing telecasts this month (Lomachenko-Rigondeaux and Horn-Corcoran). LA Times…
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Tete is Supersport Boxer of the Year

By Ron Jackson

Zolani Tete from the Eastern Cape who had an outstanding year is the Supersport.com boxer of the year for 2017, after claiming the WBO interim bantamweight belt when he beat Arthur Villaneuva on April 22 and then two days he was elevated to full champion by the WBO to become only the sixth South African to hold a WBO belt.

Tete finished the year in sensational style when he knocked out fellow South African Siboniso Gonya in defence of the WBO belt, in a world record eleven seconds to retain the belt. Continue reading “Tete is Supersport Boxer of the Year”

By Ron Jackson Zolani Tete from the Eastern Cape who had an outstanding year is the Supersport.com boxer of the year for 2017, after claiming the WBO interim bantamweight belt…
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Judge Schreck’s Undisputed Champions Program

The Undisputed Champions Program, a unique non-contact boxing program for kids with autism and other disabilities, will be holding a showcase Thursday, December 14 at 1:00pm at SCHOTT’S BOXING, 21 Vatrano Road in Albany NY. Continue reading “Judge Schreck’s Undisputed Champions Program”

The Undisputed Champions Program, a unique non-contact boxing program for kids with autism and other disabilities, will be holding a showcase Thursday, December 14 at 1:00pm at SCHOTT’S BOXING, 21…
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Arum: Crawford-Horn will be competitive

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was in attendance for WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn’s eleven round stoppage of WBO challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on Wednesday night. He will now move ahead with plans to stage a clash between Horn and WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford. While Crawford will certainly be a heavy betting favorite, Arum isn’t dismissing the possibility of Horn winning.

“Anybody who says that because of Terence’s skill set that Jeff doesn’t have a chance is crazy,” said Arum. “This is going to be a very, very competitive fight. As far as skill is concerned, I would favor Crawford, but as far as strength and size are concerned, you have to go with Jeff.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was in attendance for WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn’s eleven round stoppage of WBO challenger Gary Corcoran…
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Al Sands aims to continue Minnesota win streak

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Of course, the WBO International heavyweight bout (with very interesting implications for 2018) between Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KO) and Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KO) is the highlight of Friday’s World of Boxing and RCC Boxing Promotions event in Ekaterinburg, Russia, but the card is full of interesting bouts.

Minnesota-based, Haitian-born cruiserweight Al Sands (20-2, 18 KO) takes on undefeated Yuri Kashinsky (14-0, 13 KO) from Russia for the WBO Oriental belt. Continue reading “Al Sands aims to continue Minnesota win streak”

By Przemek Garczarczyk Of course, the WBO International heavyweight bout (with very interesting implications for 2018) between Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KO) and Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KO) is the…
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ESPN2 Weights from Indio, Calif

Carlos Morales 130 vs. Dardan Zenunaj 129
(NABA super featherweight title)

Raul Curiel 146.5 vs. Israel Villela 145.2
Marlen Esparza 111 vs. Karla Valenzuela 113.8
Ryan Caballero 125 vs. Franco Gutierrez 126
Ferdinand Kerobyan 148.6 vs. Tavorus Teague 148.6
Joet Gonzalez 125.8 vs. Isao Carranza 125.6
Joshua Franco 114.6 vs. Carlos Maldonado 114.2
Jonathan Navarro 141.8 vs. Nelson Lara 141.6

Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
TV: ESPN2

Carlos Morales 130 vs. Dardan Zenunaj 129 (NABA super featherweight title) Raul Curiel 146.5 vs. Israel Villela 145.2 Marlen Esparza 111 vs. Karla Valenzuela 113.8 Ryan Caballero 125 vs. Franco…
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Broadway Boxing Weights from NYC

Wesley Ferrer 135.8 vs. Will Madera 135.4
Alicia Napoleon 154 vs. Sydney LeBlanc 155.8
Dejan Zlaticanin 139.4 vs. Heivinson Herrera 137
Larry Fryers 146 vs. Charles Natal 144.2
Hurshidbek Normatov 153.4 vs. Nicklaus Flaz 151.6
George Arias 240.8 vs. Juan Goode 260

Venue: BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York City
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Live Stream: Facebook

Wesley Ferrer 135.8 vs. Will Madera 135.4 Alicia Napoleon 154 vs. Sydney LeBlanc 155.8 Dejan Zlaticanin 139.4 vs. Heivinson Herrera 137 Larry Fryers 146 vs. Charles Natal 144.2 Hurshidbek Normatov…
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Salido decides to continue boxing in 2018

Former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido has decided not to retire after all and will continue boxing in 2018.

“On Saturday night I let my feelings and frustrations make me say things I did not think through. It was a hard and difficult fight in which I couldn’t do the things I normally do in the ring, which I attributed to my age and the many wars I have had in my career. But when I returned home and examined my preparation and the fight, I realized that the weight was also part of the problem last Saturday. I arrived at the camp weighing a lot, the highest of my career and losing the weight became the focus of the training and getting ready for the fight was secondary. Continue reading “Salido decides to continue boxing in 2018”

Former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido has decided not to retire after all and will continue boxing in 2018. “On Saturday night I let my feelings and frustrations make me…
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Crawford: There’s a lot of holes in Jeff Horn’s game

Undefeated two-division world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), boxing’s first undisputed world champion in 15 years, has been designated the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight world champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn. The two undefeated world champions will face each other next, in the spring of 2018. Here is what Terence had to say after watching the Horn defend against Gary Corcoran today on ESPN:

“Jeff Horn did what he had to do to get the job done tonight but I’m a totally different fighter than Gary Corcoran. I have more power and more speed than Corcoran. When he steps in to the ring with me, it’s going to be a very different story. When I move up to the 147 pound division, everyone is going to see a bigger, stronger fighter and a harder puncher than they saw at 140 pounds. I plan to do the same thing at 147 that I did at 135 and 140 and clean out the division. Continue reading “Crawford: There’s a lot of holes in Jeff Horn’s game”

Undefeated two-division world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), boxing’s first undisputed world champion in 15 years, has been designated the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight world champion Jeff…
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Claressa Shields ready to kickoff 2018

Photos: Terrell Groggins/Salita Promotions

Unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields met with local members of the media and took part in an open-to-the-public workout on Tuesday at Kronk Gym, exactly one month away from defending her 168-pound WBC and IBF titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME. A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) will face her second consecutive undefeated opponent in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Here is what the 22-year-old native of Flint, Mich., had to say on Tuesday:

Claressa Shields: “I am calm – focused – but still hungry like a challenger with the added confidence of being a world champion. I took some time off after my last win but I look forward to getting busy again in 2018. Continue reading “Claressa Shields ready to kickoff 2018”

Photos: Terrell Groggins/Salita Promotions Unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields met with local members of the media and took part in an open-to-the-public workout on Tuesday at Kronk…
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EBU Updates

By Marco Bratusch

Former titlist Alexander Dimitrenko (40-3, 26 KOs) has been appointed by the EBU board as the new mandatory challenger for European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (17-0, 12 KOs), who successfully retained his belt outpointing British brawler Dereck Chisora via majority decision after 12 rounds in Monte Carlo, providing a smart and tactical fight from his part during his first high-profile test of his career. Dimitrenko, who is now 35, already held the major continental title from 2010 until 2011, and is coming from a first-round stoppage over formerly undefeated Swede Adrian Granat last March in Malmoe, Sweden. However, before the negotiations with Kabayel’s people are set to begin, Dimitrenko is scheduled to fight on December 22nd in Germany. Continue reading “EBU Updates”

By Marco Bratusch Former titlist Alexander Dimitrenko (40-3, 26 KOs) has been appointed by the EBU board as the new mandatory challenger for European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (17-0, 12…
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Boxing back in Atlanta Friday

Following the sudden retirement of Andre Ward, Roc Nation Sports will keep on keepin’ on. They’ve announced a slate of upcoming bouts for its stable of unbeaten young boxers ­­on Friday night at the Riverside Epicenter in Atlanta, Georgia. Featherweight Tramaine “Mighty Midget” Williams (13-0, 5 KOs), junior welterweight Wellington “W.A.R.” Romero (13-0-1, 7 KOs), featherweight Tyler “Golden Child” McCreary (14-0, 6 KOs) and junior welterweight John “El Terrible” Bauza (7-0, 4 KOs).

Williams will be one of the headlining fights as he squares off against German Meraz (58-45-2, 35 KOs) and vies to cap 2017 with his fifth win of the year. During Williams’ last fight on Sept. 23, he defeated Derrick Murray at the Hartman Arena, scoring a 10-round, unanimous decision victory. Continue reading “Boxing back in Atlanta Friday”

Following the sudden retirement of Andre Ward, Roc Nation Sports will keep on keepin’ on. They’ve announced a slate of upcoming bouts for its stable of unbeaten young boxers ­­on…
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Horn: Crawford fight a big possibility

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

After stopping Gary Corcoran in his first world title defense Wednesday night in Brisbane, unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn is now setting his sights on former undisputed junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who has now invaded the 147-pound ranks.

“It’s a big possibility and if that’s what everyone wants to see, then that’s what’s going to happen,” said Horn. “It’s the entertainment business isn’t it?” Horn-Crawford is expected to land in Las Vegas in April 2018. Continue reading “Horn: Crawford fight a big possibility”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing After stopping Gary Corcoran in his first world title defense Wednesday night in Brisbane, unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn is…
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Horn TKOs Corcoran, Crawford next?

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) retained his title with a hard fought eleventh round TKO over #10 rated Gary Corcoran (17-2, 7 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

It was a competitive fight early. Horn was cut over the left eye in round six. Corcoran was cut over the left eye in round eight. Horn took over down the stretch and referee Benjy Esteves waved it off at 1:35 the eleventh round due to the condition of Corcoran’s eye.

At the time of the stoppage, Horn was ahead 100-90, 99-91, 99-91. Next up for “The Hornet” is #1 rated Terence “Bud” Crawford in the Spring in Las Vegas.

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) retained his title with a hard fought eleventh round…
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Undercard Results from the Brisbane

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

A clash in Brisbane, Australia, between former heavyweight world challenger Alex Leapai (31-7-4, 25 KOs) and Roger Izonritei (12-6-1, 11 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw after Izonritei was cut over the left eye and it was ruled to be from an accidental headbutt. Leapai showing displeasure at the stoppage in a fight he was dominating.

Super middleweight Rohan Murdock (21-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Apti Ustarkhanov (15-3-3, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Oriental title. Scores were 99-91, 97-93, 100-90.

Featherweight Nathaniel May (19-1, 11 KOs) dropped previously unbeaten Aelio Mesquita (16-1, 14 KOs) twice in round four and again in round five to win the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title. May’s body attack broke down Mesquita.

Former welterweight contender Lenny Zappavigna (37-3, 27 KOs) stopped Nestor Faccio Cordozo (16-9-2, 9 KOs) in round three. Cordozo down multiple times.

Unbeaten super featherweight Paul Fleming (25-0, 17 KOs) halted Vergil Puton (17-9, 8 KOs) in round three.

Female bantamweight Shannon O’Connell (16-6-1, 8 KOs) scored a quick first round stoppage over Kleopatra Tolnai (14-14-1, 5 KOs).

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing A clash in Brisbane, Australia, between former heavyweight world challenger Alex Leapai (31-7-4, 25 KOs) and Roger Izonritei (12-6-1, 11 KOs) ended in…
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Melindo hopes to keep dream alive

Come New Year’s Eve, both IBF world light flyweight champion Milan “El Metodico” Melindo (37-2-0, 13KOs) and WBA world light flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12KOs) will get a crack at unifying both titles for the first time when they face each other for an IBF/WBA unification title in Japan.

While the fight could go as just another one of Taguchi’s title defenses, it could very well bring Melindo a step closer to his goal of dominating the 108-lb. division.

Having held the WBA strap since 2014, the Japanese world champion has successfully defended his title six times, with 5 wins and a draw against the undefeated Carlos Canizales of Venezuela. Taguchi has also been undefeated since 2013. Continue reading “Melindo hopes to keep dream alive”

Come New Year’s Eve, both IBF world light flyweight champion Milan “El Metodico” Melindo (37-2-0, 13KOs) and WBA world light flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12KOs) will get a crack…
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Saunders-Lemieux: More Verbal Fire Unleashed

On Tuesday, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout for their upcoming clash on Saturday at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Photo: Vincent Ethier/Eye of the Tiger Management

Billy Joe Saunders: “David has no chance of winning, and I’m convinced that he will not make the distance against me. I’m willing to bet part of my purse to charity if I lose and the winner will choose which charity to give it to. I’m not here for the money or anything like that, I’m here to make a statement. There’s no point in talking anymore, all that matters now is what happens on Saturday.”

Photo: Vincent Ethier/Eye of the Tiger Management

David Lemieux: “I’ve never said that I doubted his chin. Regardless he will hit the floor. And whether I win by knock out or go 12 rounds, it’s no matter. But I will drop him and I will hurt him. There are a lot of fans in England who’ve written to me because they don’t like Saunders, and they want me to get rid of him. I’ll do everyone a favor, I’ll take care of him.”

On Tuesday, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout for their upcoming clash on Saturday at Place Bell…
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