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LONDON — The weights are official for tomorrow’s big heavyweight showdown between IBF titlist Anthony Joshua and former undisputed champion Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua’s weight of 250 is the highest of his career. Over his previous five fights, the champion has tallied an average of 246. Klitschko’s two years away from the ring has resulted in his lowest weight since 2009. The former champ tipped the scales at a trim 240, five pounds less than in his 2015 title loss to Tyson Fury.

Klitschko vs. Joshua airs live Saturday on Showtime at 4:15 p.m. ET.

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We’re just days away from the biggest heavyweight matchup of the year in undefeated IBF titlist Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) taking on former undisputed champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs). BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of today’s open workouts starting at 4:14 p.m. ET.

Joshua vs. Klitschko takes place this Saturday (April 29) on Showtime at 4:15 p.m. ET.

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This HBO 30-minute documentary delves into the cultural backgrounds and upbringings of Canelo Alvarez and Julio Chavez Jr. We see young Mexican fighters being indoctrinated with the “warrior spirit” and learn why the stakes are so high for next weekend’s pay-per-view showdown.

Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. happens live May 6 at 9 p.m. ET.

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BROOKLYN, NY — The weights are in for tomorrow’s welterweight showdown between Shawn Porter and Andre Berto, and the junior middleweight title clash of Jermell Charlo against Charles Hatley.

Porter had to strip down to make the 147 limit. Berto came in at 146.5.

PREDICTION: Mark me down as one who feels Porter is catching Berto at the perfect time. The 33-year-old former titlist has a lot of wear and tear on him via his brutal wars (Ortiz I, Soto Karass, Guerrero) and injuries. Despite his chiseled frame, Berto has always been undersized at 147 and prone to getting bullied by bigger fighters. Porter and his “bull in a china shop” style fits the mold. Berto doesn’t have the footwork to keep Porter on the end of his counters and the Ohio native displayed a formidable chin in the Thurman bout.

I see an early frenetic pace where both men land heavy before Porter’s mauling takes its toll in the second half. A stoppage is possible, but the more likely outcome is a Porter UD.

CHARLO VS. HATLEY: Jermell Charlo is making the first defense of the vacant WBC title with a come from behind KO over John Jackson last May. Charlo should have a much easier time against Hatley, who is shorter, has less reach, and tends to telegraph his shots and leave his chin the air. CHARLO BY MID-ROUND KO.

Rounding out the card will be Amanda Serrano vs. Dahiana Santana, and Juan Miguel Borrego vs. John Delperdang.

The card airs on Showtime at 9:30 p.m. ET.

[Video] 2 Days: Vasyl Lomachenko

Posted: March 28, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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On this edition of HBO’s 2 Days, the documentary series gives us a behind the scenes look at Vasyl Lomachenko’s dominating win over Nicholas Walters last November. Lomachenko returns to the ring on April 8 against Jason Sosa.

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IBF welterweight titlist Kell Brook and Errol Spence exchanged pleasantries for the first time at today’s UK press conference for their May 27 showdown. Brook is returning to welterweight to defend his belt after a moving up two weight classes to face middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin last year. Spence is receiving his first title shot following a sixth round KO of Leonard Bundu last August.

From the assorted trash talk, the most interesting thing to note is Spence’s camp repeatedly telling Brook to make weight. This could be a legitimate concern as Brook outweighed Golovkin on fight night.

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Before the “Big Drama Show” commences, BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of the full untelevised undercard. Starting at 7 p.m. ET, you’ll be able to watch the following fights for free:

Serhi Bohanhuk (2-0) vs. Yasmani Pedroso (1-1) – Welterweights, 4 Rounds

Jay McFarlane (2-0) vs. Matt McKinney (3-2-2) – Heavyweights, 4 Rounds

Andy Lee (34-3-1) vs. KeAndrae Leatherwood (19-3-1) – Middleweights, 8 Rounds

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