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Deontay Wilder – Eric Molina quotes for Showtime

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 10, 2015) – Unbeaten Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder, heavyweight challenger Eric Molina, along with co-headliners Puerto Rican junior lightweight Jose Pedraza and Russian amateur standout Andrey Klimov, kicked off fight week working out for the press at Round 1 Gym in Birmingham, Ala. in advance of their SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® bouts this Saturday, June 13, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

Also in attendance Wednesday were, undefeated world-ranked contenders Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach and Dejan “El Dinamita” Zlaticanin, who will square off in a 12-round eliminator earlier that night in the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME® (7 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Continue reading

Catching Greatness

The inception of narrowed weight classes, stemming from the 1960’s, has long since occupied the list of accusations that in some peoples eyes have diluted big time boxing and the achievements of its best fighters.

The list is long and arduous, with some of its entries more valid than others and a discussion for another time. However, when it comes to weight classes, the debate is best kept to the era in which it belongs. Continue reading

Adrien Broner – Shawn Porter quotes

LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2015) – With just over a week until the Premier Boxing Champions on NBC showdown between Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), takes place on Saturday, June 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, both fighters met with the media in Los Angeles Wednesday to discuss the matchup.

Coverage on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT with a welterweight clash between undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) and bruising veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 20 KOs). Continue reading

Walters v Marriaga / Selby Keeping An Eye On Things

Jamaica’s “Axe-Man” Nicholas Walters puts his unbeaten record and WBA 126lb strap on the line on Saturday night when he takes on Colombian Miguel Marriaga at Madison Square Garden.

With 18 early finishes from 20 fights, Marriaga presents a significant danger to the dominant Walters – and holds a notable amateur victory of the Jamaican champion – something he will be looking to repeat at the weekend. Continue reading

Paul Smith On Andre Ward: I Can’t Let Him Be His Best

Liverpool’s super middleweight contender and former world title challenger Paul Smith goes into the lion’s den on June 20th when he travels to California and attempts to upset the returning Andre Ward in a fight many are viewing as an uphill struggle for the Brit – who is coming off back-to-back losses against Germany’s Arthur Abraham.

Speaking to fighthype.com, Smith was honest in his appraisal of his chances in the fight and clearly recognises he is a big underdog. However, he believes he can upset the odds if he boxes a smart fight – and is buoyed by the American’s inactivity – Ward last stepped through the ropes back in November of 2013. Continue reading

Dillian Whyte Unfazed By Anthony Joshua

The hype surrounding big punching British heavyweight Anthony Joshua shows no signs of abating, with the debate and speculation surrounding his next potential opponent thriving across social media.

One name repeatedly linked to the knockout artist is Brixton heavyweight Dillian Whyte, who floored Joshua 6 years ago in their amateur days, en route to earning a scrappy points decision over four undisciplined rounds.

It was “The Villain’s” first amateur contest – and since that evening in 2009, the two men’s careers have gone in contrasting directions, yet now look set to come full circle later this year, possibly in September on Eddie Hearn’s O2 Arena show. Continue reading

Beterbiev Signs With Al Haymon

He may have had only 8 fights but Artur Beterbiev – the man who beat Sergey Kovalev twice in the amateurs – is already talked about as a future world champion – and in pursuit of that goal he has inked a deal with influential advisor Al Haymon. He will continue to be promoted by Yvon Michel.

Beterbiev boxes this Friday as part of the Premier Boxing Champions broadcast from Chicago, against Alexander Johnson – and following the news of the Haymon link up – it would seem a fight with WBC 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson has inched a little bit closer. Continue reading

Robert Garcia : Unhappy With Brook v Rios – ‘They Think They’re Mayweather’

If trainer Robert Garcia is to be believed, then the proposed Kell Brook v Brandon Rios dust-up could have hit the skids already. The proposed fight for the Brit’s IBF 147 lb title is ostensibly on course for August 29th in Sheffield – and all the noises from Rios himself and both Matchroom Sport and Top Rank have been positive thus far as negotiating the fight goes.

So it’s probably a good job that Brandon’s trainer Robert Garcia isn’t in charge of making it happen, as following his disappointing trip to England 10 days ago, in which his fighter Evgeny Gradovich dropped his IBF 126 lb strap to Lee Selby , the Oxnard based trainer has spoken to fighthubtv to accuse Brook’s handlers – Eddie Hearn & Matchroom Sport – of diva-ish behavior saying that from his experience of dealing with them things weren’t positive. Continue reading

Born To Be Wilder: 10 Things You Should Know About Heavyweight Champ Deontay Wilder

Unbeaten Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., risks his perfect record and title against Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), of Raymondville, Texas, this Saturday, June 13, in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

To kickoff fight week events, below are 10 fast facts you should know about Deontay Wilder (with his comments):

1. He has spent more than 1,000 hours getting tattoos covering his body, including one of the WBC heavyweight championship belt on his left thigh … Continue reading

Team Fury Full Of Belief : Klitschko v Fury

It’s a fight we are going to see sooner rather than later – and with Wladimir Klitschko’s trainer James Ali Bashir expressing concerns earlier this week regarding the danger Tyson Fury presents the giant Ukrainian champion in the Autumn of his career, a tweet from Fury’s trainer and Uncle Peter Fury, last night summed up the belief that evidently exists in camp ahead of the fight – writing the following;

“You will see the best @Tyson_Fury ever. The world will awake to a new era in boxing & the new undisputed champion of the world!” Continue reading