Malignaggi challenges Branco on December 12 – Joshua/Whyte Undercard

Paulie Malignaggi says he will fulfil a lifelong dream when he challenges Gianluca Branco for the European Welterweight title at The O2 on December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office. The Italian-American was born in Brooklyn but spent the his early years in Siracusa, Sicily before returning to the Big Apple, where he has become one of America’s most popular fighters.

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Fans Outraged at Joshua/Whyte PPV Decision

Fans Outraged at Joshua/Whyte PPV Decision

Just because UK fans knew it was likely coming, doesn’t make it any less a bitter pill to swallow, yet the [bad] news has finally dropped this afternoon [Fri] that Matchroom’s Dec. 12 show, headlined by the British heavyweight title clash between prospects Anthony Joshua (14-0, 14ko) and Dillian Whyte (16-0, 13ko) is to be a PPV event.

Promoters Matchroom and Sky Sports – their exclusive broadcast partner – are already taking an absolute hammering from angry fans on social media, dismayed at the prospect of shelling out for a PPV that includes NO genuine world title fights so close to Christmas, and only two weeks after Sky are set to charge fans for the Klitschko/Fury heavyweight world title fight on Nov.28.

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Bad Intentions: Joshua and Whyte go Head-to-Head

Bad Intentions: Joshua and Whyte go Head-to-Head

Unbeaten British heavyweight prospects Anthony Joshua (14-0, 14ko) and Dillian Whyte (16-0, 13ko) met head-to-head for the first time ahead of their Dec. 12 ‘Bad Intentions’ fight today in London, with Whyte placing his hand on Joshua’s heart, saying ‘we’re gonna do this.’

The two will square of on an as-yet-unconfirmed, though what’s expected to be PPV, bill from the O2 Arena, in what promoter Eddie Hearn today called ‘the biggest UK fight of the year.’

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Joshua: I Will Put Whyte Away & Get My Revenge

Joshua: I Will Put Whyte Away & Get My Revenge

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (14-0, 14ko) has predicted he will get his revenge on old rival Dillian Whyte (16-0, 13ko) on December 12th in London, and avenge his 2009 loss to the Brixton-based “Bodysnatcher” via knockout when the two go head to head at the city’s O2 Arena.

Joshua, who has so far destroyed all in his path since turning pro following Olympic gold in 2012, has acknowledged the rock and a hard place situation that has developed in his career, with him now more than ready to move on to the ‘next level’ of opponent – taking the very first step with this crunch bout against fellow big-hitting prospect, Whyte.

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Dillian Whyte: Looking Forward to December Anthony Joshua Clash

Dillian Whyte: Looking Forward to December Anthony Joshua Clash

After both men came through their respective fights in style last night in London, new Commonwealth heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and bitter rival Dillian Whyte, are all set to square off on December 12th at the O2 Arena.

Despite nursing a shoulder injury in his 3rd round stoppage of overmatched late notice opponent Brian Minto, the unbeaten Whyte confirmed that he will be fit for AJ, and the injury will not put the brakes on the big domestic showdown that will also be for the vacant British title.

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Joshua and Whyte Get Heated at ‘Heavy Duty’ Presser / ‘Stop Being a Fake’

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Provided they both come through their fights on Saturday night, against Gary Cornish and Brian Minto respectively, then unbeaten British heavyweight prospects Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, will clash in London on December 12th for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.

The eagerly anticipated dust-up between the old foes, largely stemming from an old amateur rivalry that saw Whyte beat Joshua in 2009, provided a taster of the bad blood to come at today’s presser to promote Saturday’s card, when Whyte told Joshua, ‘You’re getting hurt in December.”

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Dillian Whyte: Fights Brian Minto on Saturday / Calls Anthony Joshua a Fake Ahead of Their December 12th Clash

Dillian Whyte: Fights Brian Minto on Saturday / Calls Anthony Joshua a Fake Ahead of Their December 12th Clash

Provided both men come through their respective fights this weekend against Gary Cornish and Brian Minto, then unbeaten British heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte will indeed definitely be fighting on December 12th at London’s O2 Arena.

However, one is tempted to feel a little sorry for Whyte, who since signing to fight the Olympic gold medalist – and after being promised two decent warm up’s in preparation by promoter Eddie Hearn – has almost been treated as an afterthought in terms of getting him solid opposition, with a thrown together late notice opponent of Dominick Guinn being switched again last week to lower tier 40 year old cruiserweight, Minto.

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Dillian Whyte: Hunting for a Decent Test for Sep 12th / Would Like Erkan Teper

Dillian Whyte: Hunting for a Decent Test for Sep 12th / Would Like Erkan Teper

Boxing back on Sky Sports in the UK for the first time in a long time is bringing Dillian Whyte a whole new fan base keen to see the big hitting Brixton man square off against Anthony Joshua for the British heavyweight title in December.

Joshua boxes Scotland’s Gary Cornish for the vacant Commonwealth strap on September 12th and Whyte will feature on the undercard – certain that he needs a decent test after obliterating Irineu Costa Jnr within a round last weekend. Both New Zealand knockout artist Joseph Parker and the big-hitting David Price took longer to do the job against the Brazilian fighter.

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Dillian Whyte destructive in victory / Still on for Anthony Joshua fight, says Hearn

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Brixton’s Dillian Whyte, sporting his new “Body Snatcher” moniker disposed of Brazil’s Irineu Costa Jnr (now 17-5, 15ko) in effortless fashion last night ahead of his penciled in clash with old amateur rival and Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua later this year.

Joshua boxes Scotland’s Gary Cornish for the vacant Commonwealth title on September 12th in London, with Whyte scheduled also to box again on that date against a TBA opponent before their eventual November/December meeting.

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Campbell destroys Coyle; Rose beats Jones; Burns and Whyte both win

WBC #15 lightweight contender Luke Campbell (12-0, 10 KOs) totally dominated Tommy Coyle (21-3, 12 KOs) in knocking him down four times en route to scoring a 10th round stoppage tonight at the Craven Park Stadium in Hull, UK. Coyle was hurt with a body shot in the 9th, and then finished off with three knockdowns in the 10th. Coyle continually attacked the bigger and stronger Campbell, but he didn’t have the punching power to worry him.

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