De La Hoya Says Deontay Wilder Is A Heavyweight Thomas Hearns!

Boxing News boxing image / photoBy James Slater: Fans have been waiting, and waiting for promising, talented heavyweight contender/prospect Deontay Wilder to step it up in terms of quality of opposition, and now, in speaking to Ringtv.com, Golden Boy head Oscar De La Hoya says that this is just what he plans to have “The Bronze Bomber” do next.

So far, aside from the odd decent opponent, the 26-year-old sole American boxing medallist in Beijing has fought guys Gene Wilder could defeat – but all that has now come to an end says De La Hoya.

“The plans are that it’s time to step him up,” Oscar said to Ring.tv. “It’s time to take him to the big stage – the HBOs and the Showtimes. It’s time to unleash Deontay Wilder, and he will be a serious, serious threat to the heavyweight division.

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Timothy Bradley Wonders If Manny Pacquiao May Be “Scared” Of A Rematch

Boxing News boxing image / photoBy James Slater: With his likelihood of getting a lucrative return fight with Manny Pacquiao looking ever more doubtful (Bob Arum has said a rematch of the controversial June 9th fight does not appeal to enough fans willing to part with pay-per-view cash), unbeaten Tim Bradley has publicly asked whether or not the man he shocked and out-pointed just over two months ago is “scared” of facing him again.

Speaking exclusively with Mydesert.com, “The Desert Storm” said he needs to know if he’s going to get the rematch or not, that way he can get busy planning his next move. Bradley’s preferred option is definitely a return with Pac-Man, though – and Bradley feels he can do oh, so much better with two healthy legs.

“To be honest with you, I think a lot of people on that side are scared,” Bradley said. “He couldn’t KO me with two peg legs. Me healthy, I’m going to beat him worse. If Manny wants to do it, let’s do it. I’ve been sitting around here waiting. I want the fight, but he hasn’t decided yet.

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“Big” George Foreman and what awaited him after his Olympic triumph in 1968

by James Slater: Back in 1969, a young fighter who had managed to capture an Olympic gold medal was not assured the million dollar contracts that abound for such talent today. No, the sport was different to young talent such as Cassius Clay, Joe Frazier and George Foreman – to mention three Olympic gold medallists from the swinging sixties. Back then, a young Foreman was paid a few hundred bucks (if that) for his debut – far, far less than guys and gals like Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams, Katie Taylor and Jose Ramirez (who failed to win a medal) can look to pocket should they go pro.

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Arum Says Pac-Bradley Rematch Unlikely, Says It Will Be Cotto Or Marquez On Nov. 10th – And Then A Mayweather Showdown Next April?

By James Slater: According to Top Rank boss and promoter of superstar Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley is out of the running as far as Manny’s November 10th opponent goes. As quoted by The Manila Times, Arum said there is simply not enough fan interest in a Pacquiao-Bradley II, despite, or maybe because of, the controversial nature of the June 9th fight that Bradley somehow won via decision.

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Italian Giant Roberto Cammarelle To Turn Pro; Can The Olympic Gold Medallist And All-Round Amateur Great Achieve Success In The Paid Ranks?

Boxing News boxing image / photoBy James Slater: While London 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua says he will stay an amateur and shoot for more gold in Rio in 2016, the man who was closely, controversially out-pointed by the Londoner says he plans to join the pro ranks soon.

Italy’s amateur great Roberto Cammarelle, still angered and dismayed at the countback decision that went against him this past Sunday, would possibly make an exciting addition to today’s heavyweight ranks. As experienced as they come at amateur level – with a bronze, a gold and, most recently, a silver medal being claimed at Olympic games; along with a number of honours at European and world amateur level also won – Cammarelle has already shared a ring with a few recognizable pro names.

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Will Pacquiao and Mayweather EVER fight?

By Robert Jackson: 3 days and counting to Money Mayweather’s release from Las Vegas County Jail…unless he beats up a guard between now and then. Well anyway, upon Mayweather’s release the boxing world will be wondering whom Lil Floyd will fight next, and whether he’ll be fighting again in 2012.

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