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BROOKLYN — Deontay Wilder said before last night’s rematch he feared for Bermane Stiverne’s life. Two minutes and 59 seconds later, we found out why as Stiverne failed to land a single punch and was on the receiving end of three knockdowns before being left motionless at the Barclays Center.

At 39 years old and having not fought in two years, most weren’t expecting much from Stiverne. Wilder wisely pounced on him early, showing a sharp jab. As Stiverne tried to plod in, his guard was split by an accurate straight right that put the former titlist on the seat of his pants. Any semblance of fighting spirit left Stiverne as he vainly claimed it was a rabbit punch. Wilder taunted him with a statue pose before unleashing two haymaker left and right hooks for another knockdown seconds later.

With under 10 seconds left, Wilder landing a sliding right hook and two left hooks that put Stiverne out cold against the bottom of the ropes.

Wilder’s win now gives him the distinction of knocking out every man he’s ever faced. In the post-fight interview, he challenged Anthony Joshua, who he accused of using performing enhancing drugs. Wilder also rebuffed the public offer from Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing, who want him to face Dillian Whyte to earn a Joshua unification.Wilder did acquiesce that he would be willing to travel to the UK for Joshua.

Last night’s knockout was Wilder’s sixth successful defense of the WBC heavyweight title.

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A good knockout can make you forget the details. Stiverne was a dead man walking the minute this fight was announced. Shopworn, 39 years old, and inactive for two years (and in his last fight, was dropped), Stiverne was facing a man in Wilder at the peak of his physical powers and it showed quickly.

But the fact Wilder scored a huge KO, and Joshua seemed to “struggle” a week ago vs. Carlos Takam, has led some to claim not only will Wilder win, but that AJ is ducking the American champion.

When comparing resumes, Joshua holds the clear advantage. If Wladimir Klitschko was washed up, then Stiverne was the walking dead. And even more ironic is that Wilder’s next opponent is likely Dominic Breazeale, a man Joshua easily knocked out in seven rounds last year.

Now make no mistake, the fight needs to happen to unify the division. But Wilder has to realize he has zero leverage. Last night’s win was not even a sellout, while Joshua easily filled and set an indoor boxing record of over 70,000 with a replacement opponent in Takam. Much like Canelo-GGG, Joshua has all the cards and can delay the fight or have Wilder jump through as many hoops as he pleases.

Don’t expect this fight to happen until late 2018, early 2019 at the latest.

 

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Check out the live stream of today’s weigh-in for the Wilder-Stiverne rematch. The event takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and airs on Showtime Saturday night (November 4).  Wilder is making the sixth defense of the WBC title he won from Stiverne two years ago. Stiverne, who hasn’t fought since 2015, is looking for revenge and redemption after claims of dehydration from the first bout.

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After the success of the first Underground Showdown in July, promoter Terri Moss and the Buckhead Fight Club are back tomorrow with a public press conference and weigh-in for Underground Showdown 2 at the Atlanta Buckhead Marriott.

“Our first show July 1 was a success, totally sold out, with great action, and we’re expecting more of the same November 4,” said Moss. “I’m bringing back some local favorites, Deonte Brown (1-0) who fights out of Buckhead Fight Club, and Ray Barlow (2-0), and I’m thrilled to have a women’s WBF bantamweight title between Helen Joseph (14-3-1) and Elizabeth “Betty” Anderson, (5-8-0) as our main event. Don’t blink when these ladies get in the ring because they’re ready to battle for this title!”

The full card features Deonte Brown vs. Gabriel Braxton, (2-18-0), Ray Barlow vs. Lloyd Wright (0-1-0), Pablo Batres (9-15-1) vs. Patrick Riley (11-0), Jesus Almonte (1-0) vs. Joe Ryan Montgomery, (0-3-0), and Jeremiah Williams (3-11-1) vs. Sugi Foxx (1-13-1).

The weigh-in takes place at Friday 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Although tickets for Underground Showdown 2 are sold out, BeatsBoxingMayhem will provide live coverage starting Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Twitter at @Ismael_BBM_NYK.

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Watch the live stream for the final press conference for Anthony Joshua’s fourth title defense against challenger Carlos Takam.  The bout takes place on Showtime on Saturday October 28 at 5 p.m. ET.

BANG! Jim Lampley Resigns with HBO for Multi-Year Deal

Posted: October 9, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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Four-time Sports Emmy winner Jim Lampley will continue his tenure as HBO’s lead boxing voice with the network announcing a new multi-year deal with the veteran broadcaster.

The news was confirmed today via Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports.

“For nearly three decades, Jim has been the most prominent television voice in boxing,” said Nelson. “His work is universally recognized as the standard in the sport and we are thrilled to know he will continue in this high visibility role for years to come. Jim’s high journalistic standards, historical knowledge of the sport and enthusiasm for sharing the backstories of the fighters who enter the ring enriches the broadcast experience for the HBO audience.”

Lampley, who called his first HBO bout in 1988 when Mike Tyson faced Tony Tubbs, has been the dramatic voice that’s accompanied some of boxing’s seminal moments, including Gatti-Ward I, Foreman-Moorer and Pacquiao-Marquev IV.

“I’m very lucky to have spent nearly three decades working in HBO’s unique culture, and grateful for the chance to keep doing it,” said Lampley in a prepared statement.  “It’s always been my natural home.”

Under the new deal, Lampley’s will continues his duties doing play-by-play for World Championship Boxing, Boxing After Dark, HBO Pay-Per-View, and The Fight Game.

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As much as we joke about Jim’s excitement and catchphrases coming from phantom punches, the man knows how to add to the drama of a fight. Many of us were raised on his commentary and I welcome having him around a few more years. There’s no one else left that has his flair and we’ll definitely miss him when he decides to hang up the mic. Until then, let’s enjoy the HARD RIGHT HANDs! and BANGs! while we can.

Former middleweight titlist Danny Jacobs meets with the NYC media today to discuss his big free agent signing with Matchroom Boxing. The presser will be streamed live and begins at 12:30 p.m.

Andre Ward Ends Career with Surprise Retirement

Posted: September 21, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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After cementing his place as the Pound 4 Pound best fighter in world with a decisive June stoppage over Sergey Kovalev, Andre Ward is now walking away from the sport. The veteran made the shocking announcement today that he will be retiring after a 13-year, undefeated career.

Ward, who has dealt with shoulder and knee injuries for the last five years of his career, confirmed those issues played heavily into his decision.

“I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,” said Ward in a statement. “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the Glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.”

Ward won the last Olympic gold medal for the American men’s team in 2004. He turned pro to much fanfare and made his mark as an elite fighter by dominating the super middleweight Super Six tournament with dominant wins over Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch.

From late 2013 through early 2015, Ward would see his career sidelined by contract issues with promoter Goosen Tutor. After signing with Roc Nation in January 2015, Ward would jump to light-heavyweight and an eventual showdown with feared unified champion Sergey Kovalev. Ward would climb off the canvas to win their November 2016 encounter by split decision. In the rematch last June, Ward silenced critics by stopping Kovalev in the eighth off a series body shots.

Andre Ward leaves the sport with a record of 32-0 (16 KOs).