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Murata, Brant make weight

Ryota Murata 159.2 vs. Rob Brant 158.4
(WBA middleweight title)

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Maxim Dadashev 138.6 vs. Antonio DeMarco 139.6
Esquiva Falcao 160.4 vs. Guido Pitto 158.6
Michael Conlan 126.4 vs. Nickola Cipolletta 125.4
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 139.8 vs. Wilberth Lopez 138.4
Joseph Adorno 132.8 vs. Kevin Cruz 134

Venue: Park Theater at Park MGM, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN+

Ryota Murata 159.2 vs. Rob Brant 158.4 (WBA middleweight title) Maxim Dadashev 138.6 vs. Antonio DeMarco 139.6 Esquiva Falcao 160.4 vs. Guido Pitto 158.6 Michael Conlan 126.4 vs. Nickola Cipolletta…
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Murata-Brant press conference

There has been a lot of talk about future big-name opponents for WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata. For now, he’s focused on the task at hand, Saturday’s title defense against Rob “Bravo” Brant at MGM’s Park Theater in Las Vegas.

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Ryota Murata: “Everything will happen after the result of this fight, so I’m not thinking ahead. I am looking forward to getting the victory on Saturday.”

Rob Brant: “We knew that Murata would be the challenge of a lifetime being an Olympic gold medalist as well as being a world champion. I knew I’d have to be here early working with {trainer} Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. We’re training specifically for Murata. I feel good. I feel confident.”

There has been a lot of talk about future big-name opponents for WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata. For now, he’s focused on the task at hand, Saturday’s title defense against…
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Fielding vows to derail Canelo

WBC, WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) just signed the most lucrative deal in all of sports, but WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) plans to send Canelo’s stock crashing down on December 15 in Madison Square Garden.

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“I went to Germany and fought for the world title,” said Rocky. “People wrote me off and didn’t give me a chance. But I won the world title and it only took me five rounds. I worked my whole life to be on the biggest stages, and now I’m fighting the biggest name in the sport at Madison Square Garden. It is every fighter’s dream. I know Canelo is an elite fighter, but I’m going in there as a champion to defend my title and walk away with the victory.”

Fielding’s trainer Janie Moore added, “[Rocky] has all the attributes to give Canelo problems. Canelo has never fought at super middleweight and he’s never fought anyone with the size that Rocky Fielding has. Rocky has come a long way. He has had setbacks, but they have taken him to where he is today. We will walk away with the victory on December 15.”

WBC, WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) just signed the most lucrative deal in all of sports, but WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) plans…
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Murata targets Canelo and GGG

WBA “regular” middleweight champion Ryota Murata, one of Japan’s most revered sporting heroes, is ready to make his debut as a Las Vegas headliner. Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will defend his WBA title against Rob “Bravo” Brant (23-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday at MGM’s Park Theater. Murata-Brant will stream live in the United States on ESPN+.

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“I am happy to be a headliner, but there is more to come,” said Murata. “I think there are bigger and better fights for me. This is just a start. I would like to fight Canelo Alvarez, but without the Mexican beef!”

On a potential Gennady Golovkin fight, he stated, “It would be nice if it happens. It would be especially nice because it would be good for boxing. Yes, I think it would be a war. I think it would be a real exciting fight.”

Murata is a 5:1 favorite to retain his title.

WBA “regular” middleweight champion Ryota Murata, one of Japan’s most revered sporting heroes, is ready to make his debut as a Las Vegas headliner. Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), a 2012…
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Canelo, Fielding hit New York City

WBA/WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding pose in New York City in advance of their fight on December 15 at Madison Square Garden.

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WBA/WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding pose in New York City in advance of their fight on December 15 at Madison Square Garden.

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Bivol-Pascal set for Nov 24 on HBO

Dmitry Bivol will defend his WBA light heavyweight world title against former Olympian and former WBC champion Jean Pascal on November 24 as boxing returns to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. The event will be promoted by Main Events and World of Boxing, Bivol’s promoter, in association with Jean Pascal Promotions. The bout will be televised live on HBO. The network plans to leave the boxing business after this year.

Dmitry Bivol will defend his WBA light heavyweight world title against former Olympian and former WBC champion Jean Pascal on November 24 as boxing returns to Hard Rock Hotel &…
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Canelo-Fielding Ticket Alert

Tickets for the showdown between WBC, WBA middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBA super middleweight world champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) will go on sale this Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT. The special 12-round super middleweight attraction will take place Saturday, Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

Tickets for Canelo vs. Fielding go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced at $1,000, $500, $300, $200, $150, $100, $75 and $50 plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges.

Tickets for the showdown between WBC, WBA middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBA super middleweight world champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) will go on sale…
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WBA 160lb champ Murata departs for Las Vegas

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

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Japanese national hero, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and currently WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata left for Las Vegas today (Saturday) to put his belt on the line against mandatory challenger Rob Brant at the Park Theater next Saturday (October 20). Murata, making his second defense, is highly anticipated to show a good performance before the US audience. Good luck!

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Japanese national hero, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and currently WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata left for Las Vegas today (Saturday) to put his…
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Pacquiao inks with Haymon

WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao has signed with manager Al Haymon according to the Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco, the top boxing scribe in the Philippines. Haymon, of course, is also connected to Pacman’s archrival Floyd Mayweather, so the move sets up a potential rematch of the most lucrative fight in boxing history. According to Giongco, Pacquiao is likely to first face Adrien Broner in January 2019.

WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao has signed with manager Al Haymon according to the Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco, the top boxing scribe in the Philippines. Haymon, of course, is…
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Flanagan-Goularmirian clash Oct 20 for WBA title

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #10 cruiserweight Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (24-5, 17 KOs) will clash with WBA #1 Arsen Goularmirian (23-0, 15 KOs) for the WBA interim world title at the Pailsis des Sport, Marseille, France on October 20. Flanagan is training in Philadelphia and talked to Paul Nasari on Radio 2BACR.

“My preparation has been good in Philadelphia,” said Flanagan. “Everything is looking on track. I’ve got some good sparring partners. We’ve got Steve Cunningham former world champion helping us. I’ve got a good mixture of sparring partners. All the fighters here are hungry. When you walk in the gym they all have that grimace look on their face. It’s all about training hard and work-work-work. The preparation for this fight is much better this time than when I challenged Dennis Lebdev for the world title. I’m confident I will be victorious and become the WBA cruiserweight champion on October 20 in France!”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #10 cruiserweight Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (24-5, 17 KOs) will clash with WBA #1 Arsen Goularmirian (23-0, 15 KOs) for the WBA…
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Fielding on the phone call that changed his life

WBA world super-middleweight king Rocky Fielding has recounted the story of how he learned of the dream fight against ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. ‘Rocky from Stocky’ will venture to Madison Square Garden as the defending champion to face Mexican legend Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) on December 15 and, like many after him, couldn’t quite believe his ears when he heard the news.

Fielding told MTK Global: “My trainer Jamie Moore phoned me at 9.30pm last Wednesday night. I was sitting in bed with the baby, who was having a night feed.

“Jamie said he had some news. I said: ‘Go on…’ He said: ‘Canelo wants to fight you.’ I said: ‘What?’ He repeated it. I told him we should do it. Continue reading “Fielding on the phone call that changed his life”

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More details on Canelo-Fielding

WBA and WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will make his New York City debut against WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden. Additional details for the event, including ticket information, will be announced shortly.

Canelo, the 28-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, who has captured world titles in the super welterweight and middleweight divisions, will look to capture a world title in a third division against Fielding.

“It has always been a desire of mine to fight in New York, and where better than at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden?” said Canelo Alvarez. “I look forward to exploring this 168-pound division against current WBA World Champion Rocky Fielding. I will be representing the WBC as its current middleweight world champion as I continue demonstrating to the world that I am the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.” Continue reading “More details on Canelo-Fielding”

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Relikh-Troyanovsky: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

More aggressive Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), 140, Belarus, kept his WBA super-lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs), Russia, 139.25, by a unanimous decision over twelve monotonous rounds on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. It was for the season 2 of World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) in the 140-pound division.
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The following judges identically tallied 115-113 for the defending champ Relikh: Luigi Boscarelli (Italy), Gustavo Jarquin (Nicaragua), Pawel Kardyni (Poland). The referee was Guillermo Perez (Panama). Continue reading “Relikh-Troyanovsky: Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda More aggressive Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), 140, Belarus, kept his WBA super-lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24…
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Monster Inoue flattens Payano, keeps WBA 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya “Monster” Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBA bantamweight belt as he so quickly flattened former titlist Juan Carlos Payano (20-2, 9 KOs), 117.5, Dominican Republic, at 1:10 of the first round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Naoya’s left-right combination was the haymaker. As soon as the fight started, it ended with the audience greatly stunned with such a quick demolition. As expected, Naoya’s punch was so devastating that the highly regarded Payano became a flattened pancake.

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya “Monster” Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBA bantamweight belt as he so quickly flattened former titlist Juan Carlos Payano (20-2,…
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Relikh defeats Troyanovsky, keeps WBA 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

More aggressive Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), 140, Belarus, kept his WBA super-lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs), Russia, 139.25, by a unanimous decision (all 115-113) over twelve monotonous rounds on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. The referee was Guillermo Perez (Panama). Relikh kept taking the initiative, stalking the defensive Russian all the way. Troyanovsky looked to have failed to bring his fighting spirit from Russia, but he started his engine down the stretch at last. But we saw Relikh’s victory was more unanimous than the official tallies, and it was surprising that the scores were identically so close.

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By Joe Koizumi More aggressive Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), 140, Belarus, kept his WBA super-lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs), Russia, 139.25, by…
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Canelo to fight for WBA super middle title

WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez said Friday on social media that he will stop up to the 168lb division to challenge WBA champion Rocky Fielding.

Canelo: I’m very excited to announce my next fight. Next December 15th at the New York MSG. Taking a big challenge in my career and representing the WBC as 160 lbs champion, now I will fight for the 168lb world title vs Rocky Fielding current WBA champion! 🥊🥊

WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez said Friday on social media that he will stop up to the 168lb division to challenge WBA champion Rocky Fielding. Canelo: I’m very excited to…
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Joshua, Canelo share WBA Boxer of the Month

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Classifications Committee announced its rankings for September, which includes the 15 best boxers in the 17 weight divisions. Only these boxers have the possibility of aspiring to a WBA world title fight within their respective divisions.
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The “Boxer of the Month” distinction was awarded to both Anthony Joshua and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Anthony Joshua beat Alexander Povetkin to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World Heavyweight Title while Saul Alvarez beat Gennady Golovkin to win the WBA Super World Middleweight Title.

Joshua became the first man to stop Alexander Povetkin inside the distance, with the fight taking place at Wembley Stadium on the new DAZN streaming network. It was Joshuas third successful defense of the title which he won from Wladimir Klitschko in 2017’s fight of the year.

As for Canelo, he became the first fighter to beat Gennady “GGG” Golovkin as he won a majority decision over the longtime WBA middleweight champion.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Classifications Committee announced its rankings for September, which includes the 15 best boxers in the 17 weight divisions. Only these boxers have the possibility of…
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Callum Smith: I have waited so long for this

“I have waited so long for this,” said newly crowned WBA super middleweight champion Smith after dethroning George Groves with a dramatic seventh round knockout in the World Boxing Super Series final in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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“I’m a big believer in my own ability and I knew I was good enough to become the best on the planet. I’m not a man who shows a lot of emotion, you never see me ecstatic, but you saw it tonight because it’s a lifetime ambition fulfilled.”

Groves showed grace in his defeat. “Embarrassing,” said Groves.“I’ve never been hurt by a body shot before this in my entire career. But all credit to Callum. He deserves this night.” Continue reading “Callum Smith: I have waited so long for this”

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Smith KOs Groves for WBA title, WBSS Ali trophy

Unbeaten Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) scored a devastating seventh round knockout over “Saint” George Groves (28-4-2, 20 KOs) to claim the WBA super middleweight world title on Friday night at the King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Smith staggered Groves with a left hook then launched a furious assault that battered him to the canvas. With the win, Smith wins World Boxing Super Series Ali trophy.

In the co-feature, super middleweight Chris Eubank, Jr. (27-2, 21 KOs) was victorious when J.J. McDonough (16-5, 8 KOs) couldn’t continue after three rounds citing a shoulder injury.

Unbeaten Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) scored a devastating seventh round knockout over “Saint” George Groves (28-4-2, 20 KOs) to claim the WBA super middleweight world title on Friday night…
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Groves-Smith will finally fight tonight

At long last, British super middleweight stars “Saint” George Groves and Callum “Mundo” Smith are set to fight tonight, not in England, but in the unlikely location of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Their clash will be the long-delayed World Boxing Super Series Season 1 final. Groves will also be defending his WBA super middleweight championship.

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George Groves: “It’s fight time now. I’m ready to go,” said Groves. “All the talking is done. I’m sick of talking. I’m ready to fight. This is the most prestigious fight I’ve ever been involved in. It’s a must win for me. An absolute must win. Experience is going to count for a lot. I don’t necessarily require it, as I believe I’m a better fighter than Smith, but it’s going to count for a lot. It’s a massive advantage that I have.”

Callum Smith: “He’s a good fighter. I have a lot of respect for him but he looks like an old man. He looks like he’s had a very hard career. He’s had a very good career but there’s a lot of miles there and I just think I’m the younger, fresher, better fighter man, and I’m here to take his title. I can do a bit of everything. I can box. I can fight. I’m very big for the weight but I do the weight very well. I feel good, I feel strong and I’m here to do a job and that’s become world champion and I believe I’m going to do it. Continue reading “Groves-Smith will finally fight tonight”

At long last, British super middleweight stars “Saint” George Groves and Callum “Mundo” Smith are set to fight tonight, not in England, but in the unlikely location of Jeddah, Saudi…
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WBSS: Groves, Smith make weight

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George Groves 167.75 vs. Callum Smith 167.5
(WBA super middleweight title)
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Chris Eubank Jr 168 vs. JJ McDonagh 165.25

Venue: King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: DAZN (USA), Super Channel (Canada), ITV (UK)

George Groves 167.75 vs. Callum Smith 167.5 (WBA super middleweight title) (World Boxing Super Series Final) Chris Eubank Jr 168 vs. JJ McDonagh 165.25 Venue: King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah,…
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DAZN to pick up Groves-Smith WBSS final?

The postponed first-season finale of the World Boxing Super Series’ (WBSS) super middleweight division will take place this Friday when World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world champion “Saint” George Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) is challenged by undefeated Callum “Mundo” Smith (24-0, 17 KOs) live from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

According to a WBSS press release, fans in the U.S. can watch LIVE on the DAZN sports streaming platform, although DAZN to date has not promoted this event or even mentioned it on their website. Canadian fans can catch the action exclusively on Super Channel. Starting time is 2PM ET/11AM PT. Continue reading “DAZN to pick up Groves-Smith WBSS final?”

The postponed first-season finale of the World Boxing Super Series’ (WBSS) super middleweight division will take place this Friday when World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world champion “Saint” George…
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Usyk, Bellew Kickoff Press Conference

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A selection of quotes from today’s Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew press conference at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester. Usyk (15-0, 11 KOs) defends his WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts against former champ Bellew (32-2-1, 20 KOs) at Manchester Arena on November 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.

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“I’m sure it won’t be an easy fight for me and I’m really glad to come back to England, the country which gave me a chance to get some trophies already, that mean a lot in my life. I’m not thinking about Tony Bellew at this moment, I’m just concentrating on my training camp and thinking about how I will overcome all of the challenges ahead of me before the fight. I’m not a monster, I’m a white rabbit. I picked Tony Bellew because he is the man that takes the biggest challenges. He is not the usual type of fighter that will come, see how hard it is and quit. He will come to fight until the end. These are the kind of fights that the World wants to see.”

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“Everyone asks why. I was on my honeymoon and for one reason or another, I was stood there watching Oleksandr beat-up Murat Gassiev on a mobile phone. The fight stops, and then he makes the ultimate sin and he says my name, and it didn’t take long. As soon as he said my name I knew. When I was watching the phone, I knew. Continue reading “Usyk, Bellew Kickoff Press Conference”

A selection of quotes from today’s Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew press conference at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester. Usyk (15-0, 11 KOs) defends his WBA, WBC, IBF…
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And still…Joshua KOs Povetkin in seven

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular seventh round KO over former champion Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 80,000 at London’s Wembley Arena. Povetkin won round one, landing a good left hook late. Joshua may have sustained a broken nose. Povetkin rocked Joshua again in round two forcing Joshua to hold on. As the bout progressed, 39-year-old Povetkin began to slow down. The end came in round seven when Joshua stunned Povetkin with a left hook, then dropped him a crushing right hand. Povetkin struggled to his feet but Joshua finished him with a brutal right hand that sent him to the deck again as the fight was being waved off. Time 1:59.

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular seventh round KO over former champion Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 80,000 at…
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Wilder-Fury set for Dec 1

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against former WBA/IBF/WBO champion Tyson Fury in a blockbuster matchup of undefeated heavyweights Saturday, December 1 live on pay-per-view. The contracts have been signed and the promotional tour will kickoff in London on Oct. 1 and continue with stops in New York City and Los Angeles.

More details on the location, venue and the on-sale ticket information for the heavyweight championship battle will be released next week.

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against former WBA/IBF/WBO champion Tyson Fury in a blockbuster matchup of undefeated heavyweights Saturday, December 1 live on pay-per-view. The…
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