Posts Tagged ‘Deontay Wilder’

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21 fights, 3 belts and one more to go. Anthony Joshua went the 12-round distance for the first time last night and taking a wide decision over formerly undefeated Joseph Parker before 80,000 fans at Principality Stadium.

Parker, playing the role of spoiler, fought exclusively off the backfoot while shooting multiple jabs and looking to steal rounds with isolated right hands. This allowed Joshua to methodically press the action behind sporadic straight shots to the body and clipping left hooks inside. Parker showed good defense in avoiding Joshua’s deadly uppercut, but couldn’t get anything going inside due to an inexperienced ref breaking action too quickly.

The slow action through four rounds made the stanzas close, but Joshua continually held the edge due to his aggression and harder shots, particularly when he forced Parker to give ground from jabs. Parker got more aggressive in the middle rounds, briefly stunning Joshua with a short right hook in the fifth and outworking his foe in the seventh. But Parker failed to take any risks afterward and seemed content to make it to the final bell.

The scores reflected this in Joshua winning unanimously 118-110 (twice) and 119-109.

The big news from the contest was the post-fight interview where Joshua declared he wanted Deontay Wilder. I’m still not convinced we get it next, but the public banter will continue building the hype internationally. My gut tells me Wilder does bite and take the Dillian Whyte fight while Joshua gets a massive domestic payday against Tyson Fury. Should Joshua and Wilder retain, we’ll finally get the final unification sometime around May 2019.

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The smoke has cleared and the winner of Wilder vs. Ortiz is onto bigger things. Check out this live stream of the post-fight press conference at the Barclays Center.

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The time for talk is nearly over. Watch the official weigh-in for Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz’s WBC title match taking place March 3 at the Barclays Center. The live stream opens on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream for Thursday’s (March 1) closing press conference between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. Wilder, who will be defending his WBC heavyweight title, has been very vocal about his vow to KO Ortiz and then target UK rival Anthony Joshua. Expect the Bronze Bomber to continue to be in rare form during this presser.

The live stream begins at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Luis Ortiz has cleared the way for another Deontay Wilder title match attempt with a second-round KO over Daniel Martz.

Although Ortiz came into the ring equaling a career-high weight of 242, he had no issues dominating the inside action against the towering 6’7, 260-pound Martz. The journeyman first went down from a left uppercut to the body, and for good in the same round off a counter straight left.

Ortiz immediately had words for Wilder, who was on ringside commentary. The WBC title-holder entered the ring and vowed to give Ortiz another title opportunity Their first attempt in November was canceled after Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance. He was fined $25,000 and banned for one year by the WBA.

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As speculated, the public barbs between Wilder and Joshua are for show. Neither fighter is in a hurry to make the fight when they can face lesser opponents and build to a bigger showdown in late 2018-early 2019. And while Joshua’s path until that fight is easier on paper (Parker, Fury), Wilder taking a loss against Ortiz is a legit possibility.

Despite this, Wilder is doing the right thing. He desperately needs high-level opposition to prepare him for Joshua. A fight against Ortiz does that way more than beating up on someone like Dominic Breazeale (who Joshua has already KO’d). And with Ortiz being 38 years old and having less than two rounds of action in the last year, the time for Wilder to strike is now.

 

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Photo Credit: Ryan Haney/Premier Boxing Champions

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.