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WBC Clean Boxing: One positive, 11 negative, Canelo, Pacquiao pending

The World Boxing Council’s Clean Boxing Program has released its findings for January following a busy start to the year.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman made it one of his main goals to have a system implemented once voted in five years ago.

For the past couple of years, the CBP has grown and is a fully functioning part of the rankings.

Any fighter not enrolled faces removal from the Top 15. They would then miss out on a potential voluntary shot at the title.

Last month, 22 tests were carried out. Only one came back negative.

Marc Vidal’s January 3rd specimen returned an adverse finding for benzoylecgonine.

Announcing their results, the World Boxing Council stated: “The CBP Program is implementing a variety of necessary actions to keep the boxing community fully appraised about the activity of this unique and vital program.

“Its main objective, apart from conducting tests, is to educate athletes about the extreme dangers. Also, the considerable disadvantages that doping can cause.

“This is in addition to the penalties for positive tests detecting prohibited substances, inside or outside a competition.

“The program that has been planned, designed and developed with countless hours of hard work, expertise and dedication. Many dedicated members of the WBC and VADA are involved.

“Basically it`s divided into three main objectives categories:

– Prevention: To educate and advise boxers about the very real dangers of prohibited substances and the tragic effects leading to consequences they may bring about, short and long term. This is done through tutorials, seminars, and forums.

– Random tests out of competition

– Voluntary registration for fighters

During the month of January VADA carried out the following tests. This is the activity report:




PACQUIAO / CANELO

Tests for some of the biggest names in the sport are due back from the lab in the coming weeks.

Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner are among them.

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Rob Brant Defends Title In Dominant Performance Over Khasan Baysangurov

On Friday, February 15, 2019, Rob Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) put on an absolute clinic as he dominated Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) and stopped him in the 11th round in his home state of Minnesota.

For Brant, it was the first defense of his WBA regular Middleweight title.

Brant got off to a quick start to begin the contest. He put his hand speed on display in the opening round. The second round showed his power as he knocked Baysangurov down with a right hand that clipped him on the side of the head.

Brant looked much more confident in the ring in comparison to his opponent. He also connected with the more eye-catching shots as well.

Baysangurov began to find a bit of success in the fifth round. Brant began to lunge in and paid the price as Baysangurov began to land a few good shots. That round however was about as much success as Baysangurov had as Brant boxed circles around him. 

It seemed as though the champion was on his way to a clear decision victory. To Brant’s credit he wanted to put an exclamation point on his performance.

He did exactly that in the 11th. In what would end up being the final round, Brant let off a combination of punches that had his man badly hurt.

A few more punches followed and the challenger hit the deck. It seemed over, but somehow he managed to get to his feet. Brant wasted little time jumping back on his opponent. A right hand by the champion staggered Baysangurov to the ropes and the referee stepped in to stop the contest.

It was a terrific performance by Brant who fought like a man who wanted to prove he belongs among the elite of the Middleweight division. If he continues to string together performances like this, then he will make a strong case to be ranked higher among his peers.

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Fan responses to the Joshua v Miller announcement have been brutal

Anthony Joshua finally announced his next move this week as the four-belt heavyweight ruler heads stateside to fight Jarrell Miller.

In one of the most long-awaited moves in UK boxing, Joshua is finally ready to dip his toes into the American market.

On June 1, Joshua will take a bite out of the ‘Big Apple’ when he defends his belts against Miller at Madison Square Garden.

Promoters at Matchroom and streamers DAZN are already in the midst of doing the groundwork to secure a sell-out.

Whilst Sky Sports Box Office are to broadcast the fight on British shores in the early hours of the morning.

Upon making the confirmation though, some fans chose to use the social media platform to protest the fight completely.

Others made it clear they don’t think UK punters should have to fork out almost £20 for a clash taking place potentially at around 3am.

Looking through the responses, the vast majority were negative towards Joshua v Miller.

To the Matchroom confirmation:

The least anticipated fight ever.

AJ 1st round KO. Number 1 bulls***

“We wont have to go to the United States anymore, everyone will have to come and fight us here” hmmmmmm…suuuurrreeee.

But wheres the fights that the fans want? FURY, WILDER? More will watch a rematch with Fury and Wilder, too many fans getting fed up with the circus and the obvious avoidance of the better fighters.

And fact that every single fight is PPV – got bored with it a long time ago.

Wouldn’t go to America to fight Wilder but will go to America to fight Miller.

Mugging the British fans here surly you should do this on sky sports and not box office to say it could be his first and only fight in U.S

100% will not watching this walkover

Shocker of a fight.

To the Sky Sports Box Office announcement:

First time in 10 years i will be looking at teletext to see the result

There’s no wonder people are resorting to illegal streaming sites. £20 for a 4am fight against a guy who’s only got the fight because he’s American!

Better be one hell of an undercard considering the circumstances.

Surely this nonsense isn’t gonna be pay-per-view?

I can honestly say I will not be paying for this! What a bum fight. Surely if your that confident of winning a fight then agree a winner takes all v wilder or fury. 1st AJ fight I’m not bothered about.

More excited about next episode of eastenders.

To Eddie Hearn:

I won’t even stream this illegally it’s that much of a farce.

Absolute stinker of a fight.

Money Snatching Git?

I pay £80 a month for sky, no danger I’ll be forking out another £20 to watch an out of shape 30 stone heavyweight get sparked in about 3 rounds!

Could be in my back garden Eddie and I’d close the curtains… Stop robbing the public and ruining the sport with lies.

I only came to see Hearn get roasted in the comments, they didn’t disappoint.

Wembley sales have dropped since Klitschko through to Povetkin so don’t wanna be seen to only sell out half the stadium this time. No risk in moving it to America and attempting to crack the market there which is smart, however AJ and Matchrooms UK bubble has finally burst.

The fight nobody wanted. Well done Eddie.

Embarrassing Eddie.

Cheating the fans. Lucky this fight is at MSG, the honeymoon period is well over and your not filling Wembley with the likes of Miller. Give the fans the fights they want. AJ slipping down the pecking. Fury & Whyte giving better value for money.



COMMENTS

Those mentioned are just from the first scroll of the Twitter feed. Around one in ten were positive with the rest in the same vein.

It’s obvious the fans aren’t happy and won’t be until a bigger name is secured.

But whilst Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury continue their saga, there’s not much Joshua or Hearn can do.

Any slight slip-ups against Miller will now result in an even bigger backlash. Joshua has to win and he has to win well on June 1.

The turnaround in the perception of Joshua since the Wladimir Klitschko, and even Joseph Parker fight has been astonishing.

Joshua is now under immense pressure to excite the US audience. And in the process, keep his hopes of facing the winner of Wilder v Fury alive.

In stark contrast, Miller has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Mykal Fox Official Weights, Quotes and Photos

SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV vs. MYKAL FOX OFFICIAL WEIGHTS, QUOTES AND PHOTOS FOR SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION TOMORROW LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

Rising Prospect Ergashev To Face Fellow Unbeaten Fox at 10 p.m. ET/PT

MULVANE, Kan. – February 14, 2019 – Unbeaten super lightweight and rising star Shohjahon Ergashev and fellow undefeated Mykal Fox made weight just a day before their ShoBox: The New Generation main event headlines a doubleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan.

The 10-round clash between Uzbekistan’s power-puncher Ergashev (16-0, 15 KOs) and Fox (19-0, 5 KOs) will follow the 10-round co-featured super bantamweight fight pitting 28-year-old ShoBox veteran Jesse Hernandez (11-1, 7 KOs) against WBO No. 4-ranked Thomas Ward (25-0, 4 KOs) in what will be the toughest test of Hernandez’s career.

Here is what the fighters had to say on Thursday from the Kansas Star Casino.

FINAL WEIGHTS, REFEREES AND JUDGES

Super Lightweight 10-Round Bout

Shohjahon Ergashev – 142* lbs.

Mykal Fox – 142* lbs.

Referee: Bill Clancy (North Carolina); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Mike Contreras (Nebraska)

*–Fight contracted at a catchweight of 142 pounds.

Super Bantamweight 10-Round Bout

Jesse Hernandez – 121 lbs.

Thomas Ward – 121 ¾ lbs.

Referee: Kevin Champion (Missouri); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Jeff Sinnett (Nebraska)

FINAL QUOTES:

SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV:

“I know the odds are against me because of his height. He says he’s 6-foot-4 and the tallest fighter I’ve fought was 6-foot-1.

“I just have to be the smarter fighter tomorrow. My limited English skills has never hurt me in the ring and communicating with my corner. Fighting is a universal language. My English is a little bit better; it’s getting better.

“I trained for this fight both in Detroit and some in Florida and sparred with bigger guys like Anthony Dirrell and Leon Lawson at the Big Time Boxing Gym in Boca Raton. I had my conditioning coach B.B. Hudson in Florida with me too. So we are more than ready to go come fight night.

“I’m not eyeing one particular fighter; I just want to fight for a title. It’s been a year since my ShoBox debut against Sonny Fredrickson and I’ve improved a lot. I can’t wait to show my skills tomorrow night.

“I have some surprises that I’ll show on my way into the ring. I like to make it fun, and the fans will see that when I enter the ring.”

MYKAL FOX:

“This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. We’ve been trying to put this fight on for a long time. We tried to do it last year, but it didn’t work out. I decided to fight someone the caliber of Ergashev because he’s undefeated, and I’m undefeated. We have similar records, so why not?

“I’ve been watching [Ergashev] fights every day on YouTube. There is some danger in that, but I feel like I the more I can study what he does in the ring, the better prepared I will be.

“I don’t know what comes next for me. I’m still young. I’m just focused on tomorrow night.

“Right now, my brother [ShoBox alumnus Alantez Fox] thinks I’m the better fighter than him, but that’s only because I’m fighting tomorrow. I bet after the fight he will go back to thinking there’s no one better than him.”

JESSE HERNANDEZ

“Eventually, I’ll be a featherweight, but I think I can make this weight [122 pounds] for another year, year and a half.

“I’ve studied him on YouTube. I know what to do tomorrow night. I know how to exploit my advantage. He has a No. 4 ranking by the WBO so if we get the win we can get his rating, if not better.

“He’s never seen a fighter like me; never fought in the States, or against a Mexican fighter. So I know I have the advantage. I have the ring IQ, and am the smarter fighter.

“I have 10 rounds as my mindset. Last time I was on ShoBox I wanted to get my opponent out of there. But not this time. Of course, if I hurt him in the first round I will try to get him out of there. But it’s OK to win by decision too.”

THOMAS WARD

“I was offered this fight and it’s a nice opportunity for me. It’s live on SHOWTIME, so why not? This is a great stage and it’s a very winnable fight for me.

“Eventually we will get a world title shot. I just have to keep winning. I know I have the ability and the time is now. If the opportunity is right, we will take whatever is put in front of us.

“He’s supposed to be an aggressive fighter and I’m a boxer so it will be a good mix of styles. I know that he’s a good, strong fighter, but I’ll be ready to handle whatever he gives me.

“Of all the rounds I’ve boxed in 25 victories, I’ve only lost four or five rounds. If you’re not getting hit, you’re not losing.

“I’m a family man and don’t go out. I’ve just been focused 100 percent on my boxing career.

“I’ve been in the States since February 6. We stopped in New York on our way here and trained for a few days. I trained at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan and also trained at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.”

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Robert Whittaker Suggests Adesanya, Gastelum To Fight Romero While He’s Recovering

Robert Whittaker Advises Israel Adesanya And Kelvin Gastelum To Meet Yoel Romero If They Get Bored While He Recovers From Surgery Less than 24 hours before the UFC 234 event, reigning UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker pulled out of the title fight against Kelvin Gastelum due to hernia issue. Later ‘Reaper’ underwent surgery to repair a […]

Jarrell Miller tells ‘Barbie’ Anthony Joshua where to shove his ‘humble s***’

Jarrell Miller wasted no time firing a warning to Anthony Joshua on the back of confirmation the pair will collide on June 1.

The American gets home advantage as he challenges for Joshua’s clutch of title belts at Madison Square Garden.

At 23-0-1, 20 KOs, Miller has been calling for a British scalp ever since he went face-to-face with Joshua. The heavyweights clash during a heated exchange at the launch of DAZN’s streaming service in the U.S. in July last year.

The undefeated 300lbs giant is promising to turn AJ’s American dream into a living nightmare as he looks to announce himself on the biggest stage of all.

“AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard,” said Miller. “He wants to announce himself on the American stage but all he’s doing is delivering me those belts by hand.

“Its dog eat dog in the ring and this dog has got a bigger bite, he’ll be leaving New York empty-handed.

“This is the fight that I’ve been chasing all my life. And on June 1 I’m going to achieve the thing I was born to do. I’ll win the Heavyweight Championship of the World.

“That punk AJ is standing in the way of my dreams and on June 1 he’s getting run the hell over.”

‘Big Baby’ took his threat a step further by saying: “Now it’s time! Tell AJ (to) take all the humble s*** put it on ice cream cone and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

“You sweet and low Barbie doll. Welcome to my city. Where rats and roaches steal your pocket money. This is my city!”


UNDEFEATED

Miller earned his shot at Joshua with successive wins over former World title challengers. He beat Gerald Washington, Mariusz Wach, Johann Duhaupas and Tomasz Adamek. The latter he crushed inside two rounds on his Matchroom Boxing USA debut at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago in October.

He followed this up with another big stoppage win. This time steamrolling Bogdan Dinu in four rounds to claim the interim NABA Heavyweight title at the Kansas Star Arena.

Now Miller returns to his home city to fulfil a lifelong dream of fighting for the World Heavyweight crown.

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Anthony Joshua to Face Jarrell Miller in U.S. Debut at Madison Square Garden

AJ’ Defends Wba Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Titles Against ‘Big Baby’ on June 1

Historic clash screened live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK

Heavyweight boxing’s biggest star Anthony Joshua OBE will defend his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO World titles against Jarrell Miller in his long-awaited U.S. debut at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, June 1, live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.

Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), defended his World titles with a devastating knockout of dangerous Russian Alexander Povetkin last time out at Wembley Stadium in September in what was the Olympic Champion’s fourth straight stadium fight in front of over 80,000 fans.

It was a crushing return to the scene of his historical triumph over legendary Champion Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017, where he produced the performance of a lifetime to claim the WBA crown in an unforgettable battle in front of a post war record crowd of 90,000 at England’s National Stadium.

The British sensation blasted Povetkin to the canvas with a brutal assault in the seventh round and then floored the WBA mandatory challenger again to signal a sudden and dramatic ending to his 22nd professional victory in his home city.

And now sport’s biggest name will follow in the footsteps of Heavyweight greats such as Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield and Muhammad Ali when he crosses the Atlantic to silence Brooklyn’s brash ‘Big Baby’ Miller at ‘The Mecca of Boxing’.

“June 1st I am heading to The Big Apple and I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more,” said Joshua. “I will be fighting Jarrell Miller at the legendary Madison Square Garden. It has been an honour and a blessing to fight at some of the best venues in the World at home in the UK, not least Wembley Stadium, but the time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my Heavyweight titles in the USA. I am looking forward to taking on another challenge with a good boxer & a brilliant talker, it will be an exciting fight, I will leave nothing to chance and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark.”

Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs), has been calling for a British scalp ever since he went face-to-face with Joshua during a heated exchange at the launch of DAZN’s streaming service in the U.S. in July last year, and the undefeated 300lbs giant is promising to turn AJ’s American dream into a living nightmare as he looks to announce himself on the biggest stage of all.

Miller earned his shot at Joshua with successive wins over former World title challengers Gerald Washington, Mariusz Wach, Johann Duhaupas and Tomasz Adamek, crushing the latter inside two rounds on his Matchroom Boxing USA debut at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago in October.

He followed this up with another big stoppage win, this time steamrolling Bogdan Dinu in four rounds to claim the interim NABA Heavyweight title at the Kansas Star Arena, and now Miller returns to his home city to fulfil a lifelong dream of fighting for the World Heavyweight crown.

“AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard,” said Miller. “He wants to announce himself on the American stage but all he’s doing is delivering me those belts by hand. Its dog eat dog in the ring and this dog has got a bigger bite, he’ll be leaving New York empty-handed. This is the fight that I’ve been chasing all my life and on June 1 I’m going to achieve the thing I was born to do and win the Heavyweight Championship of the World. That punk AJ is standing in the way of my dreams and on June 1 he’s getting run the hell over.”

“It’s been an eventful few months but I’m delighted to finally announce that Anthony Joshua will make his American debut at the iconic Madison Square Garden on June 1,” said Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing Managing Director. “AJ has created an incredible ‘Lion’s Den’ atmosphere in the UK and we plan to bring that energy to New York on a card that will be stacked with British vs. American talent. When you look at the Heavyweight greats that have graced the renowned ‘Mecca of Boxing’ the names of Ali, Frazier, Marciano and Tyson stand firm and June 1 will be a moment when the World will witness AJ’s turn.

“Jarrell Miller is someone I know well having been involved in his last 4 fights in America. I know how much he wants this fight and I know the belief that him and his team have in beating AJ. He is a mountain of a man with an incredible work rate and he will get the chance to challenge for 4 World Heavyweight belts in his backyard this summer. They went to head to head for all the wrong reasons last summer and next week they will do it again as we get ready for the big build up for a momentous moment on June 1st at MSG.”

“Anthony Joshua is the number one Heavyweight in the World and DAZN is excited to deliver the British star’s much-anticipated U.S. debut at the iconic Madison Square Garden,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN Executive Vice President, North America. “In New York awaits a hometown fighter in Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller who has been quite vocal about his plans to spoil Joshua’s stateside arrival. He poses a real threat to dethrone the Heavyweight king in what will undoubtedly be a major international attraction and we are eager to see what will unfold June 1 on DAZN.”

“We are delighted to be showing this massive occasion on Sky Sports Box Office and our team will provide every step of an enticing build up,” said Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing. “Every boxer wants to conquer America and the time has come for AJ at the iconic Madison Square Garden. It’s been the home of countless classics, from Ali vs. Frazier to the controversial bout that was called a draw between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis 20 years ago. It’s another chapter in the Joshua story.”

“The World Heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Garden is unlike any setting in the World and we couldn’t be more thrilled to host Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller,” said Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President, MSG Marquee Events. “The legacy of Heavyweights at ‘The Mecca of Boxing’ that began with the likes of John L. Sullivan, Gene Tunney, ‘Jersey’ Joe Wolcott, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Evander Holyfield, Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox Lewis will continue when Joshua and Miller step into the famed Garden ring in front of a packed house on June 1.”

“On June 1 Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller will fight in the World’s greatest city for boxing’s greatest title — the Heavyweight Championship of the World — on boxing’s biggest stage — ‘The Mecca of Boxing’ Madison Square Garden,” said Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions. “It is a dream come true for Jarrell, but it is exactly what we envisioned and what I promised him when I began working with Jarrell in his second professional fight. He is on the verge of making history and I am proud to have been there since the beginning. On June 1 Jarrell follow in the footsteps of Brooklyn Heavyweight greats Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe to bring the Heavyweight World title back to its rightful home NY.”

“It is incredible to be a co-promoter of Jarrell Miller’s World title challenge against Anthony Joshua on June 1st streamed live on DAZN,” said Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions. “The fact that this event is taking place at Madison Square Garden makes it extra special as it’s a home game for Team Miller. I can’t wait to hear Michael Buffer announce, “And the NEW…!”

JOSHUA VS. MILLER TICKET SALES ANNOUNCEMENT

Important information for fight fans on tickets for the New York blockbuster

Tickets for Anthony Joshua’s long-awaited American debut against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1 will be available to purchase from this Friday!

Madison Square Garden Pre-Sale begins at Midday ET (5pm GMT) on Friday 15th February via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com)

Fight Pass Pre-Sale begins at Midday GMT (7am ET) on Monday 18th February via StubHub (www.stubhub.com)

General Sale tickets are on sale at Midday ET (5pm GMT) on Tuesday 19th February via Madison Square Garden and StubHub (www.stubhub.com)

Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.MSG.com.

Official Ticket and Travel Packages, including the opportunity to travel on the Official Charter Plane, are available to purchase via Sportsworld (www.sportsworld.co.uk) Prices start at £1,095. Reserve your seat today.

Tickets are priced, $106, $156, $206, $306, $406, $506, $756, $1,006, $1,256 and $2,506 plus applicable booking fees.

Wheelchair seats, companion seats, aisle seats and Assistive Listening Devices are available to purchase by calling 212-465-6034

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Cain Velasquez Trolls Francis Ngannou’s Punching Power

Cain Velasquez Offers A Hilarious Reply To Francis Ngannou’s Punching Power Comparison: “Weak Ass Ford Escort S*cks!” After a long break, Cain Velasquez (14-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) finally returns to Octagon this Saturday night. He will meet one of the greatest African-born mixed martial artists Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC On ESPN […]

Pictured: James DeGale in amazing shape for Chris Eubank Jr. PPV bout

Two-time world super-middleweight champion James DeGale has whipped himself in magnificent shape ahead of his showdown with Chris Eubank Jr.

‘Chunky’ is finishing off training camp with trainer Jim McDonnell. DeGale collides with Eubank on February 23rd at the O2 Arena.

There’s been no love lost between the pair in the build-up. As a result, everything is now set for a monster clash in London on Saturday week.

Training pictures by Lawrence Lustig

INFO

Tickets for the fight are on sale. Tickets available from www.AXS.com and Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality from www.sportandmusic.co.uk.

This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com.

The buy window to register and buy this event to view on Sky is now open. For complete clarity, customers who will need to register and buy in advance are:

This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com


PPV INFORMATION

  • Customers new to ITV Box Office who have not previously registered and bought an event to view on Sky
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  • The price is £19.95 (€22.95).
  • Virgin customers will be able to book the event via their remote controls, 5 days prior to fight night (Monday 18th Feb).
  • For more information on purchasing for PlayStation4 and TVPlayer head to itvboxoffice.com
  • Furthermore, customers buying the DeGale v Eubank Jr event will get access to the WBC Super Middleweight title fight between Anthony Dirrell v Avni Yildirim, live from Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a result, the programme start time is 03:00 24th Feb.

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Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer Set for April 13 in Atlantic City

CLARESSA SHIELDS vs. CHRISTINA HAMMER UNDISPUTED WOMEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 13 LIVE ON SHOWTIME® FROM BOARDWALK HALL IN ATLANTIC CITY

IBF, WBA And WBC Champion Shields To Meet WBO & WBC Champion In Recess Hammer In Arguably The Most Significant Women’s Boxing Event In History

SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION® Live At 9 p.m. ET/PT

NEW YORK – February 12, 2019 – Undefeated middleweight world champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer will meet on Saturday, April 13 live on SHOWTIME to crown the women’s undisputed 160-pound world champion. The blockbuster unification from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. will be the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live at 9 p.m. ET/PT and is arguably the most significant women’s boxing event in history.

Shields vs. Hammer features two of the consensus top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world squaring off to crown only the second undisputed champion in female boxing history. The fight, originally scheduled for November 2018, was postponed due to a now-resolved medical issue suffered by Hammer.

The 23-year-old Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) is a two-division champion who holds the IBF, WBA and WBC 160-pound titles. The 28-year-old Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) owns the WBO belt, is the WBC Champion in Recess, and has dominated the women’s middleweight division for more than eight years. Shields and Hammer fought on the same card last June on SHOWTIME, with both fighters winning impressively to set up the first undisputed showdown in the women’s 160-pound division.

The winner of Shields vs. Hammer will join Terrence Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and women’s welterweight Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four major world titles in any weight class.

Shields vs. Hammer is promoted by Salita Promotions. Ticket prices and on-sale date will be announced next week by Boardwalk Hall.

“I always seek the biggest challenges and set the highest goals. I will be ready like never before and will defeat Christina Hammer on April 13,” said Shields. “Nothing will stop me from becoming undisputed champion and continuing my journey to carry women’s boxing to never-before-seen heights. I want to be the greatest of all time and change the game forever for all women in sports, and April 13 is an important step on that road to history.”

“I have waited a long time for this moment,” said Hammer. “I am bigger, stronger and more experienced than Claressa Shields. I am undefeated and have been a champion for over eight years. I can’t wait to show the world that I am the best and undisputed middleweight champion of the world.”

“SHOWTIME Sports has a long history of featuring the best in women’s combat sports, whether it was with Laila Ali and Christy Martin in boxing, or Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey in MMA,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION. “More recently, since 2016 we have featured today’s elite with Claressa Shields, Christina Hammer, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano appearing in an industry-leading 10 presentations of women’s boxing. Male or female, SHOWTIME has delivered the best fighters in their toughest matchups, and April 13 will be no different. We have two of the best pound-for-pound female fighters in the world facing each other with all four middleweight titles at stake. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

“The biggest women’s fight of all time is set to take place on April 13 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,” said promoter Dmitriy Salita. “Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer, both champions, both in their prime, are not only taking on the biggest challenge in their respective careers by meeting each other in the ring, but are breaking barriers for boxing and for women in sports. April 13 is destined to be an electric and historic night of boxing live on SHOWTIME.”

“Shields vs. Hammer is the biggest and most important fight in women’s boxing history – two undefeated unified champions in their prime battling for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world,” said Shields’ manager Mark Taffet. “Christina Hammer is indeed a very good fighter and champion, but Claressa Shields is once-in-a-lifetime. The same intense focus and determination that got Claressa through life, earned her two Olympic gold medals, and won her five world titles in eight pro fights will carry her to victory on April 13.”

“We are very excited to bring world-class championship boxing back to Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall,” said Matt Doherty, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. “This reinforces the CRDA’s commitment to attract world-class sporting events and increase visitors to our destination.”

Shields was the first American boxer in history – male or female – to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. The Flint, Mich., native turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and became unified women’s super middleweight world champion in just her fourth professional fight. Shields moved down to middleweight for her June 22 headliner on SHOWTIME, defeating Hanna Gabriels to win the IBF and WBA titles and become a two-division champion in just her sixth professional contest. After Hammer was named WBC Champion in Recess due to her medical issue, Shields picked up the vacant WBC title last November with a unanimous decision over Hannah Rankin. She most recently defended all three titles in December against Femke Hermans.

Hammer, of Dortmund, Germany, has been the dominant force in the women’s middleweight division since winning the WBO title in 2010. Hammer became unified champion in 2016 with a unanimous decision over WBC titlist Kali Reis and made four defenses as unified champion. In her eight years as champion, Hammer has lost just a handful of rounds across 16 world title fights. Hammer, who also models professionally and was recently featured at Fashion Week in New York City, made her U.S. debut on June 22 after campaigning mostly in Germany since turning professional in 2009. After being forced to withdraw from the November unification due to the health issue, Hammer won a non-title fight via second round knockout last Saturday, February 9 in Germany.

The undercard for the SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Cain Velasquez to Fight This Weekend, Then Disappear Again Into the Netherworld

Like some sort of primeval beast of legend, long lost heavyweight star Cain Velasquez will emerge from the shadows to face Francis Ngannou at UFC on ESPN+2 this weekend. Then, no matter the outcome, he once more disappear into the netherworld, invisible but for the highlight reel clips.

I mean, that’s at least what it feels like.

Thanks to a never-ending slew of injuries, the dude has been on the sidelines far more often than in the Octagon since, well, since forever. Velasquez was even the champ – more than once – and he rarely fought.

So yeah, we’re getting him in the main event of the UFC’s next big ESPN bash. But you can bet it will be years before Velasquez is in the cage again. If ever.

Anyway, here’s a video of Velasquez in action. Because you probably forgot what that looks like.

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Pics: Pretty fit Mirko Cro Cop is probably clean, right?

Good thing Bellator is known for their strict drug enforcement…..yeah, we’re not going to even pretend. Mirko Cro Cop is really healthy everyone. No need to worry. Nothing to see here. I mean who doesn’t get in the best shape of their life at 44? Our Uncle Cro Cop is just really into push-ups and […]

Nick Diaz Wants To Party, Turns Down Silva Rematch

Nick Diaz “Doesn’t Want To Hurt Nobody”, Not Keen On Fighting Anderson Silva At UFC 237 Conor McGregor and Anderson Silva recently talked about their plans to fight at UFC 237 in Curitiba, Brazil. Following his UFC 234 loss to Israel Adesanya, “The Spider” said his match versus Nick Diaz in Curitiba “made sense”. McGregor […]

Jose Ramirez Retains Title via Majority Decision in an Entertaining Scrap

In what turned out to be a great fight, WBC Super Lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (24-0, 16 KOs) edged out Jose Zepeda (30-2, 25 KOs) by majority decision in the Top Rank on ESPN main event on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Final scores for the contest were 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112, in favor of the champ Ramirez.

Zepeda came out of the gates very fast as he was landing a ton of shots early on. Ramirez just couldn’t get out of the way of the blows that were fired at him. Not only did Ramirez look poor defensively, but offensively he looked lackluster.

The champions signature pressure just didn’t have its normal effect. It was Zepeda who dominated most of the action for the first few rounds.

In the second half of the fight however, Ramirez got back to his normal self. Sensing he was down on the scorecards he began to land several hard shots on Zepeda that forced him back as the pressure he was trying to employ all night finally began to wear his opponent down.

Zepeda just couldn’t sustain his strong start and seemed to be fatiguing both mentally and physically as the bout continued.

The championship rounds is where Ramirez did his best work. The 12th and final round saw both men land plenty of heavy leather, but it was Ramirez who was clearly getting the better of the exchanges.

A combination by the champion pushed the challenger back to the ropes forcing him to hold on. Zepeda made it to the final bell and put up a great effort but it was the champion Ramirez who closed the contest extremely strong.

Zepeda came into this contest relatively unknown and really pushed the champion. Credit goes to Ramirez for weathering the attack of his opponent and coming alive in the end.

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Floyd Mayweather planning another beating for Tenshin Nasukawa

Former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather is already plotting another boxer versus kickboxer exhibition against Japanese star Tenshin Nasukawa.

Fresh from beating Tenshin up himself on New Year’s Eve, Mayweather plans to send over Gervonta Davis to potentially do a similar job on a RIZIN Promotions show.

Mayweather dropped Nasukawa three times in a one-sided demolition job in Tokyo on December 31. Afterwards, ‘Money’ promised his opponent he’d arrange another chance for redemption.

It’s not likely to come for Tenshin, though. As the man Mayweather is sending over can be just as daunting a challenge as the five-weight world champion himself.

At 41 and almost 42 years of age. Plus without hardly any training whatsoever, Mayweather battered Tenshin for the duration of the short fight.

With Davis being active only this weekend when taking out a world-rated star like Hugo Ruiz in one round, it doesn’t bode well for Tenshin when the pair eventually collide in the spring.

Confirming the news post-fight on the back of watching Davis defend his WBA super featherweight title at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Mayweather confirmed his blueprint for the coming months.

“We’re talking about May (for Gervonta Davis to return to the ring) if that’s okay with him,” said Mayweather (📸 Dave Mandel).

“(Before that) He’s got an exhibition bout with the guy Tenshin (Nasukawa) in Japan this April. He’s fighting Tenshin in an exhibition match in Japan, on RIZIN.

“I’m proud of Tank. He is going to stay active. So first it’s Tenshin in April and then in May it’s the real fight (possibly unification),” added the Mayweather Promotions Chairman.


MONEY TREND

Davis v Tenshin continues a worrying trend of exhibition bouts. The match-ups are all down to the paychecks on offer from companies like RIZIN and their sponsors.

It could become common-place to see big stars head overseas to participate in such bouts.

This comes after Mayweather made $9,000,000 for his brief comeback – which many believe won’t be his last.

Reports of a rematch with Manny Pacquiao have been muted of late. But this by no means rules out a possible return between the pair this year.

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