According to a recent report in Tuscaloosanews, Deontay Wilder will now have one of the most influential people in boxing as part of Team Wilder, and that person is no other than Al Haymon.
“The heavyweight champion is the man in the sport. He sees Deontay as a guy who can win the heavyweight championship of the world. He thinks he can help him get there. We do too. That’s the main interest. He has some of the best fighters in all of boxing, and that gives him a lot of influence with television networks,” Deas said. “His guys seem to be on TV all the time. His guys seem to be in big, important fights all the time. That’s what he brings to the table. He’s the final piece of the puzzle. With the combination of me, Al and Shelly, Deontay has every opportunity to make it to the top,” stated Wilder’s co-manager Jay Deas.
I happen to agree that knowing the right people is by far the most important thing in any kind of business, especially in sports. Of course having the right team is not everything, it’s the winning of the fights that get’s a fighter to the top. But winning the right fights is something that the team can help with.
Haymon is well known in the boxing community, and all know that he is capable of turning things around and negotiating fights that others would not be able to. Deontay has shown that he is a formidable opponent and that he has the potential to go all the way to the top, and with Haymon on his side, I believe this route will be accelerated if all goes according to plan.
Now that Alexander Povetkin has knocked out Andrzej Wawrzyk, his bout against Wladimir Klitschko is secured. As a matter of fact, via numerous reports as well as Boxrec.com, the fight has been scheduled for October 5th of this year at the Olympiyskiy (Olympic) stadium in Moscow, Russia.
This is going to be the biggest fight in Povetkin’s career If he is able to pull of a victory, he will instantly become the center of attention, being targeted for most financially healthy fights. Dethroning one of the most dominant heavyweight boxers in our time is would be an achievement of a lifetime, and there are a lot of Russian boxing fans who believe that this will be the case come fight night.
While I can see why Povetkin is well respected, and I enjoy watching him fight, I do not think that his style will be effective again Wladimir and his thundering jab. Aggression used to work against him, but Wlad has learned a lot since, and uses his jab in the most masterful way I have ever seen a heavyweight boxer use this punch.
This will be one of the more exciting match-ups of the heavyweight division in a very long time, and I am looking forward to this fight. This being said, I am expecting roadblocks along the way, but hoping that the money being pumped into this fight will fix everything and push the fight through.
20 1986-05-03 215 James Tillis 207¾ 31-8-0 Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York, USA W UD 10 10
19 1989-07-21 219¼ Carl Williams 218 22-2-0 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA W TKO 1 12
18 1996-09-07 219 Bruce Seldon 229 33-3-0 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W TKO 1 12
17 1996-03-16 220 Frank Bruno 247 40-4-0 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W TKO 3 12
16 1991-06-28 216 Donovan Ruddock 238 25-2-1 Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W UD 12 12
15 1987-08-01 221 Tony Tucker 221 34-0-0 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W UD 12 12
14 1987-10-16 216 Tyrell Biggs 228¾ 15-0-0 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA W TKO 7 15
13 1987-03-07 219 James Smith 233 19-5-0 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W UD 12 12
12 1986-07-26 217 Marvis Frazier 210½ 16-1-0 Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York, USA W TKO 1 10
11 1989-02-25 218 Frank Bruno 228 32-2-0 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W TKO 5 12
10 1987-05-30 218¾ Pinklon Thomas 217¾ 29-1-1 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W TKO 6 12
With Bermane Stiverne’s recent victory over Chris Arreola, Vitali Klitschko’s next move has been coming up a lot on various boxing forums. Some people are suggesting that Vitali will face Stiverne as his farewell fight, while others suggest that he might want to stick around boxing for a little while longer
Ever since Vitali hinted the possibility of his impending retirement, boxing fans have assumed that he is ready to leave the sport right then.
“In the next few weeks I will officially address any issues. Many of my fans are awaiting my decision. Just a little while ago, after some things that I may have said, people made an elephant out of a fly. I first have to decide whether I will resume my career, and if so, I will decide when and where. Time is passing by, but until recently I had no one to defend my title against. I am in a great physical shape and am feeling great. Every morning at 7am I arrive at the gym and spend one hour exercising. By 9am I am already at the office. And this I do 6 days a week. I can say one thing: Boxing will forever be in my heart and until now nobody can beat me,” stated Vitali.
Vitali has a very mysterious character, and rarely stated anything solid until the very last minute. Truth be told, I don’t see him retiring anytime soon, as not only is he making a ton of money, but is doing so with ease. His opponents don’t seem to be giving him the run for his money, and in Stiverne’s case, everything will be the same, with Vitali dominating the fight suing his size and experience.
Have any of you guys seen that horror movie, A Nightmare onElm Street? The villain, Freddy Krueger, was terrorizing the kids in their dreams?
Well there is a living nightmare in the world of boxing as well, and his name is Guillermo Rigondeaux. He is an awkward fighter, with an absolutely mind dazzling offensive and defensive maneuvering, making him nearly impossibly to hit, while being pummeled by his punches from an entire spectrum of angles.
After he made Nonito Donaire look like a glorified sparring partner, the boxing forums began buzzing with an always popular question in cases like this: who can beat this guy?
Generally, this question is asked when a fighter in question is above his competition, and is expected to dominate whoever is next.
I would not want to fight this guy if it was up to me, and neither would I want my fighter to be the next in line if I was a manager or a promoter.
According to a recent report, ‘The Nightmare’ (what I think I will call him for now) is targeting Abner Mares:
“It was an easy night’s work beating the 2012 fighter of the year Nonito Donaire on April 13th but beating Mares will be even easier. I have already beaten Mares in the Pan American Games by a wide points margin of 17-7 but with the headgear off and these small gloves I will knock him out. However, if he wants to step up to the big time he should take this challenge. I’m sure my promoters can make it financially worthwhile for him and for Golden Boy. Of course, if he simply wants to be an undercard fighter and not rise to this challenge, that is his right but all will know then that he is afraid to fight me,” stated Rigo.
Truth be told, I think that most boxing fans would support this fight and would love to see what Mares does against one of the most evasive fighters in the sport.
Will Mares take this challenge or will he try to avoid it?