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Tyson Fury calls out Deontay Wilder for bareknuckle brawl in Times Square

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Tyson Fury 27-0-1 (19) has claimed he would happily fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 41-0-1 (40) in a bareknuckle brawl and would happily do so in New York’s famous Times Square.

The 30-year-old Brit was held to a controversial draw against Wilder in Los Angeles last December in a fight that most pundits believed he won.

The WBC ordered an immediate rematch but the bout was scuttled when Fury signed with broadcast giant ESPN. Wilder’s fights are telecast on rival network Showtime.

Fury labelled Wilder a “bum” after his one-round demolition job on Dominic Breazeale on the weekend.

“Wilder is a bum, he’s got a puncher’s chance – that’s it,” Fury said to TMZ Sports. “Like I said, Wilder is a massive dosser, and he works for me.

“That’s all Wilder is, he’s a big bum dosser, bum city – anytime, any place, anywhere.

“When we fight again, I promise he’ll be looking at the stars.”

“If he’s got anything to say, come see me. We’ll have a bareknuckle fight in Times Square this evening.”

Asked if he had a message for Wilder, Fury was typically forthright in his reply.

“Deontay Wilder, go suck my nuts,” he said.

Fury, who is preparing to face little-known German Tom Schwarz 24-0 (16) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 15, insists the Wilder rematch will take place although maybe not until next year.

“This rematch has got to happen, but it won’t be in May, June, July or August,” he said. “This fight, I’m being told, is likely to happen in March or April next year.”

Keith Thurman: “Fighting Manny Pacquiao is a dream come true”

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman 29-0 (22) says facing Manny Pacquiao 61-7-2 (39) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 20 is a dream come true.

“We’re ready. This is a blessing to be here and a dream come true. I started boxing at the age of seven. I worked hard to be a champion and I’ve always wanted to fight the greatest names in the sport,” Thurman said.

“Pacquiao wants a challenge and I’m very grateful to be sharing a ring with a legend. If you understand boxing history, you know that times change. I believe boxing is in a new era. Come July 20, Pacquiao will disappear. He’ll always be remembered in the sport, but I’m doing to Manny Pacquiao, what he did to Oscar De La Hoya.

“This is a big fight. I’ve waited 22 months to get back in the game. We had our ups and downs, but Keith Thurman is back on the rise. I’m going to make a big statement.

“This training camp is going to start this Saturday. Once I get home, it’s grind time and on July 20, it’s going to be my time.

“July 20 is 23 years in the making. I’ve dedicated myself to this beautiful sport of boxing for so long and my first trainer Ben Getty told me that I had what it takes to be a great champion. I’m truly looking forward to having another chance to show it.

“We definitely had a stretch with a lack of activity. Not everyone knows who Keith Thurman is today. You could see that I wasn’t at my best in January. But on July 20, ‘One Time’ is back. I’m getting ready to have one of my best training camps for this fight.

“I had the knockdown in my last fight that was a reminder of what ‘One Time’ is all about. We brushed the dust off and we’re taking that momentum into this fight.

“I’m excited to be the guy who shows Manny Pacquiao where the exit is. He’s a legend who’s done great things. But I’ve never lost to a fighter who’s lost seven times. I have no intention of losing this fight and I don’t see him winning in any shape or form.

“Speed, power and overall ring IQ will be the difference. I’m one of the smartest fighters in the sport. I always find a way to win. I know Pacquiao comes in shape, but he’s going to fall short of that finish line.”

Dominic Ingle unimpressed by Josh Warrington’s best wins

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Kid Galahad’s trainer Dominic Ingle has said that IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington’s signature victories over Carl Frampton and Lee Selby came when the pair were on the downside of their careers.

Warrington, 28, defeated Selby for the IBF strap by split decision in May last year and defended the belt against Frampton by unanimous decision in December.

The undefeated Galahad 26-0 (15) is set to battle Warrington 28-0 (6) at First Direct Arena in Leeds, England, on June 15.

“Warrington has had success with Frampton and Selby by jumping on them full steam ahead and they have been unable to keep him off. Maybe that is down to Selby and Frampton being past the sell-by date,” Ingle said.

“I think Galahad has got more ambition than Selby and Frampton. Those results complimented Warrington. What he has with Galahad is a kid who is unbeaten, fresh, and fought himself into the mandatory position by going over to Boston and beating Toka Kahn Clary.

“Josh beat up a washed-up Dennis Ceylan in his final eliminator, we went into someone’s backyard and won it.

“Galahad is very controlled and precise. The accuracy will keep Warrington off. He can’t keep walking into those type of shots and that is basically what Warrington is going to do.

“He is going to box the same way he has always had success at and hope for the best.

“But, for once he is getting someone who is fitter than him, fresher than him who can box and slow that pace down.”

Manny Pacquiao unfazed by underdog status against Keith Thurman

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Manny Pacquiao 61-7-2 (39) is relishing the role of underdog ahead of his WBA welterweight title challenge against Keith Thurman 29-0 (22) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 20.

“I’ve never been scared of a challenge. I’m so excited for this fight against an undefeated champion. He’s the kind of fighter that you can’t underestimate. His record and success gives me more motivation to work hard,” Pacquiao said.

“I will make sure that I’m 100 percent and ready for this fight. We’ll find out what happens on July 20, but it’s going to be exciting. I like being the underdog for this fight because that gives me more focus in training.

“I’ve been careless and over confident in some fights, but this time around it’s different. Keith Thurman is a good fighter and we’re going to make sure the fans are happy on July 20.

“I chose Keith Thurman because he’s undefeated and I want to prove that at age 40 I can still beat a great fighter like Keith.

“My time is not yet over. My journey is continuing. I’m going to prove that and more on July 20 against Keith Thurman.

“I’m the kind of fighter that I don’t talk too much. I do my talking in the ring. I can do a lot of things in that ring. He can prove his words in the ring. I’m going to be a warrior on July 20 and show Keith Thurman what it’s like to be in the ring with me.

“I will work hard for this fight. I haven’t felt this motivated and excited since the Oscar De La Hoya fight. I feel like I’m back against the best fighters in the world.

“Our focus in every fight is on the speed and footwork, because those are advantages for me. We’re going to work on avoiding Keith’s offense.

“Fans should watch this fight because it’s a once in a lifetime showdown. We’re going to bring action and I’m confident I will be victorious.”

‘Past Pretend:’ Ricky Hatton v Junior Witter

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Ricky Hatton and Junior Witter can retire and look back upon their illustrious careers full of British, European and World titles. But, despite the demand, there was one much heavily anticipated domestic dust-up that boxing and the fans never saw. And that was the pair facing one another inside the ropes.

The flashy Yorkshireman, who fought out of the famous Ingle gym led by the legendary late trainer Brendan Ingle, possessed quick reflexes and an awkward style for anybody who fought him. That includes such names as Zab Judah, who was the then reigning IBF light-welterweight champion back in 2000 when the Englishman and the American clashed. Judah was taken the full 12 rounds before winning a unanimous decision to inflict the first loss on Witter’s career.

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After his first unsuccessful world title attempt, “The Hitter” racked up a series of low key wins which included obtaining the British, Commonwealth and EBU titles. Hatton was also keeping himself busy during this time by making defenses of his WBU title. Witter would make appearances at a number of his fights and vocalize his desire to fight the Stockport born “Hitman.” But one of the main issues as to why he was never granted the opportunity was most likely to do with the fact that he was not a big ticket seller. His boxing style could be frustrating to witness since Witter liked to clinch when his opponents went on their attacks and he did not have huge punching power despite being a half decent counter puncher. What can be added to these factors was that Junior could pose more problems than his stock was worth. A case of high risk, low reward.

Nevertheless, Witter finally became a world champion when he beat DeMarcus Corley in 2006. But he was still unable to tempt Hatton for a showdown since his rival had plans in place to take America by storm and aim to fight the very best of the division which eventually resulted in a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr in December, 2007. This fight shattered several UK Pay Per View records.

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Meanwhile, Witter was confined to making two successful defenses of his WBC crown in England before finally coming unstuck against the unbeaten Timothy Bradley, losing by a split decision. While Hatton was still having some success at world level over the likes of Paulie Malignaggi, Junior never regained the momentum he had earlier in his career although he did regain the British crown in 2012.

Ricky was a devastating body puncher in his prime, finding all kinds of openings from different angles that halted many in their quest to prevent him from having the glory that he attained. His work rate was phenomenally high, even during the later rounds. And while he did not have concussive power, the volume of his punches were such that they overwhelmed 32 of his 45 victims. He had a fan friendly style that made him popular wherever he fought, whether it was in the US or in the UK.

But if we could go back in time and change history to the extent that Ricky could have been persuaded to take the Witter fight then would it have lived up to the hype? I do not mean to be hard on Junior, but there is a high chance that the contest would have been a laborious fight to watch. Ricky would be trying again and again to keep the punches coming but he would find himself being tied up repeatedly throughout. “The Hitter” would occasionally get through with the odd clean counter punch but his power would not be enough to deter the ever determined Hatton. The difference in the level and class between the two would evidently show.

It would have been a match with an immense amount of build-up. But it sadly would not live up to the hype as both guys would make it to the final bell with Ricky a clear winner by a unanimous decision. After some contemplation, Junior Witter would probably go his way to continue his hunt for world honours which would have been just as likely to have been as successful as the way things really turned out the way they have. His spirit would not have been wilted, and that could only have been a good thing for him.

Tyrone McCullagh in the mix to face WBO champion Emanuel Navarrete

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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WBO number 13 super bantamweight Tyrone ‘White Chocolate’ McCullagh 13-0 (6) is in discussions about a possible world title fight against WBO 122-pound champion Emanuel Navarrete 27-1 (23).

It comes after and online spat between McCullagh and former IBF super bantamweight champion TJ Doheny saw the pair trade insults on social media.

“I’d mentioned in a previous interview I had other options bar TJ, well here it is,” McCullagh told Irish-boxing.com. “F*ck him saying I’m beneath him.”

Navarrete, who is coming off a 12th round knockout of Isaac Dogboe earlier this month, will be a big step up for McCullagh but the 28-year-old southpaw from Derry in Northern Ireland insists he is ready.

“I’ve always believed in my capabilities; I knew I’d be here,” he said. “Okay, fair enough this time last year. I hadn’t even won my first title and now less than a year later I’m close to fighting for a world title so it might be a bit sooner than expected, but I’m more than up for it.”

McCullagh rates the rangy 24-year-old Mexican champion as the best boxer in his weight class.

“I believe Navarrete is the best out of all the 122-pounders and beats every other world champion at this weight,” he said.

“Technically he’s undefeated and his KO ratio is very impressive. But look, I wouldn’t take the fight if I didn’t think I could win if it happens. I’ll be a massive underdog but that suits me to a tee.”

McCullagh couldn’t resist the opportunity to send another barb Doheny’s way.

“I’ll beat him, then if TJ asks really nicely, I might give him a shot,” he said.

Tyson Fury insists he wants Deontay Wilder rematch early next year

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Tyson Fury is confident that he will get the opportunity to settle his beef with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, but it won’t be happening this year.

Fury and Wilder fought to a disputed draw in Los Angeles last December in a fight that most pundits felt the big Brit deserved to win.

“This rematch has got to happen, but it won’t be in May, June, July or August. This fight, I’m being told, is likely to happen in March, April of next year. That’s the dates I’ve been given,” Fury explained on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

“I’ll probably have another couple of fights in between then if all goes well. I want to be active. I’m not playing anyone else’s games.

“I’ve got to think about me and my career, and my family, and my life. I’m not going to put my career on hold to wait for X, Y, Z people to take fights, no. I’m taking my career and destiny and holding them in my hands and when the time is right, we’ll do the fight.”

Fury added that the rematch was on the verge of being signed when he received an offer he couldn’t refuse from broadcast powerhouse ESPN.

“We were very close to a rematch. We had contracts, they had contracts, we were trying to agree terms and then all of a sudden, I had a massive deal from ESPN. They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. That would have been in May,” Fury said.

“Deontay Wilder apparently signed a three-fight deal before I signed an ESPN deal. He signed a deal to fight Dominic Breazeale, Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki. So this is all done before we even put pen to paper.

“If the fighters are willing to fight then why should a network get in the way? Fighters use that as an excuse, aka Anthony Joshua. He uses that a lot as an excuse. But I believe if the fighters really want to fight each other [it can happen] as I proved.

“I was on BT Sport, I came over to the United States and boxed on Showtime. These fights can happen, why can’t they do a dual broadcast? It’s been done before, it will happen again. Deontay Wilder cannot run from Tyson Fury forever. The fight has to happen.”

Dillian Whyte slams contradictory Tyson Fury

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte 25-1 (18) has criticised Tyson Fury for his contradictory statements on a potential fight.

The Brixton bomber has been linked with Fury after the WBC said a fight between the duo would serve as a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger to champion Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, who drew with Fury last December, knocked out Dominic Breazeale in a single round in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old Whyte said Fury’s comments often make little sense.

“He says one thing today then he says something else tomorrow,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “He went from saying ‘I’m not fighting Dillian, the WBC should give him his chance, he’s done everything he needs to do.’ The next he says ‘Yeah, I’ll fight him and knock him out in six rounds’.

“He’s always contradicting whatever he says. He says ‘I’m the lineal heavyweight champ, I don’t not need no belt, no sanctioning body, I’ll fight any man, anywhere’, then now he’s saying ‘Give me the WBC ‘Diamond’ belt and I’ll fight Dillian.’ He makes no sense.

“He needs something about him on his feed every day, so he just says some random stuff to get a bit of traction.”

Whyte will return to the ring when he takes on fellow contender Oscar Rivas at The O2 Arena in London on July 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

“It’s dangerous,” said Whyte. “It’s everything I’ve worked for my whole career. I’m right on the crest now. I just need to be careful.

“I’ll just go out there and deal with these guys one by one.

“I know how to become a monster and he’ll understand that on July 20th when he’s standing in front of me.”

Eddie Hearn praises Deontay Wilder, says Anthony Joshua fight “must happen next”

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn has responded to Deontay Wilder’s brutal first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale by calling for the WBC heavyweight champion to step into the ring with his fighter Anthony Joshua.

The much-ballyhooed match-up would pit the undefeated American against the reigning IBF, WBA and WBO champion from Britain.

“That was an impressive win for Deontay – he’s exciting to watch. He has taken care of business, now AJ needs to do the same against [Andy] Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on June 1,” Hearn said to Sky Sports.

Wilder 41-0-1 (40) needed just 137 seconds to knockout Breazeale 20-2 (18) with a single right hand in the ninth defence of his title at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday night.

Breazeale’s only previous loss was to Joshua at the O2 Arena in London three years ago when he was stopped in seven frames.

The 33-year-old Wilder believes a fight with Joshua is worth $100 million and has previously walked away from fight negotiations amidst allegations Hearn was lowballing him.

But with his explosive victory over Breazeale on the weekend it seems that both sides are willing to enter into negotiations again for what would be arguably the biggest fight in boxing right now.

“The fight with AJ and Wilder is the biggest fight in the sport and all being well in two weeks’ time it must happen next – no excuses, this is the fight that will change the sport globally.,” Hearn said.

“It’s a legacy fight and AJ wants it so bad. Two big, fast, dangerous and fearless world heavyweight world champions that can turn the lights out with a blink of the eye – it’s a must. First things first, taking care of business on his American debut on June 1 and send a message straight back.”

Inoue and Taylor advance to the finals after Monster night in Glasgow

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‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue stops IBF champ Emmanuel Rodriguez to set up Nonito Donaire showdown and Josh Taylor dropped Ivan Baranchyk twice on his way to winning the IBF world title and booking his place in the WBSS final.

Japan’s phenomenon Naoya Inoue needed just two rounds to blast his way past Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight semi-final at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

The ‘Monster’ lived up to his reputation and added the IBF title and Ring belt to his WBA strap after sending Rodriguez to the canvas three times in the second round.

“I always felt like I could knock him out and that’s what I fought for,” said Inoue.

His mind-blowing performance sets up a clash with the ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire in the WBSS bantamweight final.

“Nonito Donaire is a terrific fighter. He can box well, he can punch well. I’m confident I will beat him, although I’m not quite sure of my strategy just yet.”

“It was an incredible fight,” said Donaire on Inoue’s show. “I am looking forward to the final, this is the type of fight that I wanna be in. I always seek to fight the best of the best. The one with the best game plan wins the final.“

Scotland’s ‘Tartan Tornado’ Josh Taylor earned his first world title after producing a career-best performance against the tough Belarusian, ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk, and the unanimous decision verdict via scores of 117-109 and two times 115-111 means he is on to face WBA titleholder Regis Prograis in the super-lightweight final of the WBSS.

“I took more risks than I should have,” said Taylor. “And I could have made it easier on myself. If I had more time in the sixth round I would have stopped him. It was easy peasy.

“I’m so delighted of winning a world title and I can’t wait for the final now. I think I’m the best, Regis Prograis thinks he is the best. I am confident of going all the way.”

“It was an excellent fight,” said Prograis, who was watching from ringside. “But I am the best in the division and I will beat Taylor and take home the Ali Trophy.”

The WBSS returns on June 15 with a sensational doubleheader at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia: Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti for spots in the cruiserweight final.

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6

18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland

Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk – Taylor W UD12
Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez – Inoue W KO2

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

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