Friday, July 22, 2016

Crawford-Postol Weigh-In Results


The official weigh-in for Saturday’s World Jr. Welterweight unification bout between undefeated WBO world champion Terence Crawford and undefeated WBC world champion Viktor Postol took place earlier today in Las Vegas, NV.  The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: WBO/WBC World Jr. Welterweight Unification Bout – 12Rds.

Terence Crawford (WBO champion) 140lbs.  vs. Viktor Postol (WBC champion) 139 1/2lbs.

Vacant WBO Featherweight world championship – 12Rds.

Matias Rueda 125lbs.  vs.  Oscar Valdez 126lbs.

North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Light-Heavyweight championship – 10Rds.

Tommy Karpency 174 1/2lbs. vs.  Oleksandr Gvozdyk 175lbs.

Super-Middleweight – 10Rds.
Ryota Murata 161lbs.  vs.  George Tahdooahnippah 161 1/2lbs.

Welterweight – 12Rds.
IK Yang 143lbs.  vs.  Lenny Zappavigna 143lbs.

Welterweight – 10Rds.
Jose Benavidez 146 1/2lbs.  vs.  Francisco Santana 148lbs.

Welterweight – 6Rds.
Christon Edwards  144 1/2lbs.  vs.  Edward Williams 144 1/2lbs.

Jr. Middleweight – 6Rds.
Hakim Bryant 155lbs.  vs. Stanyslav Skorokhod 155lbs.

Light-Heavyweight – 4Rds.
Tim Meeks 171lbs.  vs.  Steve Nelson 173lbs.

Crawford vs. Postol takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, July 23rd) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The card will be televised in the United States and Canada on a pay-per-view basis by HBO Pay-Per-View for $59.95 HD/$49.95 Standard Definition. The pay-per-view broadcast will begin at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Contact your cable/satellite provider for ordering information. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the card will be televised by BoxNation at 2AM (Sunday July 24th Local UK Time). For more information on HBO Pay-Per-View and HBO Boxing please visit: www.hbo.com/boxing. For more information on BoxNation please visit: www.BoxNation.com. Check your listings internationally.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Brief Update

We would like to let our readers know that a preview of Saturday's Jr. Welterweight unification clash between world champions Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol is in the works and will be released on Friday, July 22nd. Stay tuned "And That's The Boxing Truth."

Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control the planned preview for Crawford-Postol will not be released as planned. There will however, be weigh-in information released for the card up on the website shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

After Another KO Win, What’s Next For Wilder?


Unbeaten WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder has continued dismantling nearly all opposition that has been placed before him. After three successful title defenses including one earlier this year over Artur Szpilka, Wilder would make the fourth defense of his world title against former world title challenger Chris Arreola on July 16th at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL. Arreola, who was making his third attempt to win the WBC Heavyweight crown was brought into the picture following current WBC number one contender Alexander Povetkin testing positive for the banned substance Meldonium, which led to the cancellation of what would have been a mandatory title shot against Wilder back in May.

Although some might have thought that the circumstances which led to the fight against Povetkin falling through may have had an effect on Wilder’s performance against Arreola, the champion would produce one of his best performances. For eight rounds, Wilder largely dominated Arreola with his jab and kept him at distance. Wilder scored a knockdown of Arreola in round four with a combination to the head of the challenger and was in command from start to finish.

What impressed me about Wilder’s performance in this fight in particular was how he was able to remain disciplined in his approach and did not go too aggressively for the knockout. Wilder instead controlled distance and used lateral movement to keep Arreola from being able to get on the inside and land anything effective. Seeing their fighter suffering the effects of a gradual one-sided beating that was dished out by the champion, the fight was stopped after the eighth round by Arreola’s corner to prevent the “Game” longtime contender from suffering further punishment.

For Wilder, it was his fourth successful title defense and his thirty-sixth stoppage victory in thirty-seven professional fights. In some ways, this fight was similar to a recent World Heavyweight championship fight between current undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) world champion Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale on June 25th.

Much like Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, a knockout artist dished out significant punishment to Breazeale over six and a half rounds before knocking the previously undefeated challenger down twice to force a stoppage in the seventh round. Although Wilder was not able to get the referee to stop the fight as Joshua was able to do when he fought Breazeale, Wilder’s performance against Arreola was no less dominant as his IBF counterpart.

There are two questions that surround Deontay Wilder coming out of this fight. The first question is what will happen with regard to the World Boxing Council (WBC) and its designation of Alexander Povetkin as its current number one contender. Even though the WBC has yet to make a determination with regard to its number one ranking in the Heavyweight division as of this writing, this observer believes if Povetkin is deemed ineligible due to the failed drug test, which led to the cancellation of his title shot against Wilder that a logical solution would be to hold an elimination tournament of sorts with the second, third, fourth, and fifth rated contenders in the WBC’s Heavyweight ratings to determine a new mandatory challenger for Wilder. Two of those fighters, current WBC number two rated contender and former world champion Bermane Stiverne and number five rated contender Johann Duhaupas have both faced Wilder before and it would be interesting to see if a fight between the two could lead to a potential rematch for one of the two down the line. The number three and four rated contenders Kubrat Pulev and Joseph Parker could each pose an interesting challenge for Wilder if either of them were to emerge out of a tournament like scenario as the new number one contender.

The second question is obviously what is next for Wilder? For his part, the champion stated after his victory over Arreola that he broke his right hand as well as suffered a torn right bicep during the fight. Although it is unclear as to how severe those injuries are as of this writing, it is important to remember that Deontay Wilder has been a fighting champion since winning the WBC world title from Berman Stiverne in January of last year. It is rare to see a world champion in any division defending their title four times in a little more than a year regardless of how quick those title defenses might be in terms of how long those fights last.

Even though Boxing fans are likely looking for unification of the Heavyweight division, I believe Wilder should take time and let his injuries heal fully before planning his fifth title defense. Whomever that defense will be against is anyone’s guess, but in this observer’s eyes, if a new mandatory challenger in the WBC Heavyweight ratings has not been determined, a possible option could be a potential unification clash with IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

For a division that has lacked excitement for some time in the eyes of some, there is not a more “Exciting” scenario than for two fighters, both unbeaten, both of whom are knockout artists, each with a claim to the World Heavyweight championship being pitted against each other. It is something that would be welcomed by Boxing fans.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Update


We would like to let our readers know that new material will be released on Tuesday, July 19th. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Wilder-Arreola Weigh-In Results

The official weigh-in for Saturday’s WBC Heavyweight world championship fight between undefeated champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Chris Arreola took place earlier today in Birmingham, AL. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: WBC Heavyweight world championship – 12Rds.

Deontay Wilder (Champion) 226lbs. vs. Chris Arreola (Challenger) 246lbs.

Welterweight – 10Rds.

Sammy Vasquez 146lbs.        vs.        Felix Diaz 145lbs.

Welterweight – 10Rds.

Jamal James 146lbs.             vs.        Wale Omotoso 146lbs.

Jr. Featherweight – 10 Rds.

Vic Darchinyan 123lbs.           vs.        Enrique Quevedo 121lbs.

Heavyweight – 10Rds.

Ray Austin 270lbs.                 vs.        Gerald Washington 243lbs.

Jr. Middleweight – 10Rds.

Erickson Lubin 155lbs.            vs.        Ivan Montero 153lbs.

Women’s Welterweight – 8Rds.

Layla McCarter 142lbs.          vs.        Melissa Hernandez 138lbs.

Middleweight – 6Rds.

Kenneth McNeil 160lbs.         vs.        Robert Burwell 159lbs.

Heavyweight – 6Rds.

Jamal Woods 233lbs.             vs.        Robert Alfonso 251lbs.

Middleweight – 6Rds.

Tyrone Selders *                     vs.     KeAndrae Leatherwood 160lbs.

(* Weight for Selders unavailable as of this writing. Fight scheduled to take place as of this writing.)

PBC: Wilder vs. Arreola takes place Saturday, July 16th at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL. The fight can be seen in the United States on Fox at 8PM ET/5PM PT. Check your local listings for time and channel in your area. The fight will also be streamed online via Fight Tyme. For more information please visit:www.fighttyme.com. Check your listings internationally. For more information on the Premier Boxing Champions series please visit: www.premierboxingchampions.com

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wilder-Arreola Preview


In January of this year undefeated WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder successfully retained his title for the third time by scoring a devastating ninth round knockout over a “Game” Artur Szpilka. Following what was a difficult title defense over a determined opponent in Szpilka, Wilder was to have made a mandatory title defense against WBC number one rated contender Alexander Povetkin in May.

The Wilder-Povetkin fight, which was to take place in Moscow, Russia was cancelled the week of the bout due to it being revealed that Povetkin had tested positive for the banned substance Meldonium as part of testing conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). While the World Boxing Council (WBC) has yet to decide as of this writing the status of Povetkin as its mandatory challenger for its version of the World Heavyweight championship, Wilder was granted permission to make a voluntary defense of his title while the situation with regard to Povetkin is resolved.

Wilder’s fourth title defense will come on Saturday night as he will face former two-time world title challenger Chris Arreola for the WBC Heavyweight world championship. The fight, which will take place at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL will headline a card presented by the Premier Boxing Champions series and will be televised by Fox in the United States.

Arreola, who has been a longtime contender in the Heavyweight division will be challenging for the WBC championship for the third time after previously coming up short against Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and in his rematch against Bermane Stiverne in 2014. Two fights where Arreola was stopped inside the distance. Since losing his second fight against Stiverne, Arreola has gone 1-0-1, with one no decision. In his last fight against Travis Kauffman in December of last year in a bout that Arreola was originally declared the victor by twelve round majority decision, the result was changed to a no decision following Arreola failing a post-fight drug test when he tested positive for marijuana and was subsequently suspended for ninety days by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Although some could say that the choice of Arreola as the challenger for Wilder is a curious one, Arreola has been a contender in the Heavyweight division for several years and stylistically this looks to be an intriguing fight as both fighters are offensive-minded and are both capable of getting an opponent out of there should the opportunity arise. Even though some may choose to criticize Arreola for getting this title shot, due in large part to the fact that he is coming off of a suspension, it is important to remember as this observer has said over the years that Boxing is a sport of opportunity and one could make an argument that Alexander Povetkin by testing positive for a banned substance prior to what would have been a mandatory challenge of Wilder’s title could well have blown that opportunity depending on what the WBC decides in the near future. This opportunity for Arreola is not only another chance to win a World Heavyweight championship, but also offers a chance for redemption.

A chance for redemption not only given that he is coming off of a suspension for a failed drug test, but more specifically a chance to redeem himself following two previous failed attempts at a world championship. Arreola is a fighter who comes forward and will likely be right in front of Wilder for as long as this fight lasts. The key to this fight in my eyes will be whether or not Arreola can get the respect of Wilder from the outset. Wilder has knocked out all, but one of his thirty-six opponents in his professional career registering a career knockout percentage of 97%.

It will be interesting to see both given the circumstances that led to the cancellation of his title defense against Alexander Povetkin, but also knowing that Arreola has been stopped in his two previous title shots, if Wilder will look to end this fight early. Although only Bermane Stiverne was able to take Wilder the full twelve round championship distance thus far in his career, both Artur Szpilka and Johann Duhaupas were able to have periods of success against the champion in their fights against Wilder.

Chris Arreola is certainly not a fighter to take lightly as he has knocked out thirty-one opponents in his thirty-six career victories registering a knockout percentage of 72%. The physics of the fight will favor the champion as the 6’7 Wilder will have a four inch height advantage and a seven inch reach advantage of 83” over the 6’3 Arreola, who has a 76” reach. In thinking of how this fight might be fought, I believe it is crucial that Arreola not only find a way to get the champion’s respect early in this fight, but also he needs to find a way to get on the inside of Wilder’s longer reach without sustaining much punishment as he comes forward. It will be interesting to see if Arreola can implement head movement into his strategy for this fight as lack of head movement has been a problem for him in the past. Arreola certainly has the punching power that should be taken seriously, but the key will be whether or not he can get close enough to the champion to land his offense more than occasionally.

A question that some may have as this fight approaches is whether or not what had to be a stressful situation regarding the fight with Alexander Povetkin being cancelled as well as wondering what the WBC will decide with regard to Povetkin’s standing as its mandatory challenger will have some effect on Wilder as he prepares for this fight. Although Wilder has been an active champion since winning his world championship in January of last year and has continued to win, it is important for him to remember that Alexander Povetkin is not the fighter who will be standing across the ring from him on fight night.

 If the situation regarding Povetkin has had any effect on the champion in his preparation for this fight, it just might play into the hands of the man who will be standing across the ring from him. An opponent that will be challenging for the World Heavyweight championship for the third time, who has nothing to lose, but everything to gain. Any such fighter should be considered dangerous and not someone to take lightly.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

PBC: Wilder vs. Arreola takes place Saturday, July 16th at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL. The fight can be seen in the United States on Fox at 8PM ET/5PM PT. Check your local listings for time and channel in your area. The fight will also be streamed online via Fight Tyme. For more information please visit: www.fighttyme.com. Check your listings internationally.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Thoughts on Kovalev-Chilemba


As the Boxing world continues to wait for further unification of the Light-Heavyweight division with a highly anticipated battle between undefeated WBO/IBF/WBA Light-Heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev and WBC world champion Adonis Stevenson, Boxing fans continue to see the two best fighters in the division defend their respective world championships against opposition other than each other. Although most would say that a unification fight such as a potential Stevenson-Kovalev showdown should be made when anticipation is at its height, an interesting question that will surround both fighters is whether or not they can maintain their standing in the division as each continues to face other opposition while keeping the would be “Super Fight” for future consideration.

For Kovalev, a fighter who has established himself as one of the sport’s feared knockout artists, the question of whether he could maintain his position atop the Light-Heavyweight division was once again asked as the undefeated champion made the eighth defense of his world championship against WBO number eleven rated Light-Heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba on Monday night at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia. What made this fight interesting beyond the question of whether or not Kovalev could continue his dominance as one of three current world champions in the division was whether Chilemba, a significant underdog prior to the fight could provide some resistance against Kovalev, who had knocked out thirteen of his previous fourteen opponents.

An element that also made this fight intriguing was that if Kovalev were victorious, it would in part set up a battle against undefeated former Super-Middleweight world champion Andre Ward in November. A question that is asked whenever a world champion has a lucrative title defense lined up before making a scheduled title defense against an opponent that is in some ways treated as a “Tune up” for the big “Payday” on the horizon is whether or not the champion will underestimate the challenger who that champion must defeat before that lucrative encounter can take place.

Chilemba did have the type of style that could pose problems for a knockout artist like Kovalev. The challenger also had never been stopped in twenty-nine previous professional fights. Going into this fight I wondered whether or not Kovalev, who has been able to make relatively short work of most of his opposition would look to get Chilemba out of there quickly.

It was not surprising to see Kovalev look to impose his will on Chilemba from the outset and apply pressure on the challenger. In previewing this fight, this observer stated that I believed it was crucial for Chilemba to establish his jab early and look to keep Kovalev at distance by using his lateral movement to offset the champion’s pressure. The champion however, was able to take advantage of what appeared to be a small ring and almost immediately pushed Chilemba back and thus was able to limit the challenger’s movement.

Although Kovalev was clearly the effective aggressor throughout much of this fight, Chilemba was able to have periodic moments throughout particularly in landing his jab as well as landing occasional hooks and uppercuts to the body and head of the champion. It also should not be overlooked that Kovalev did have some difficulty in landing some of his power punches due in large part to the challenger’s ability to slip and use upper body movement to make the champion miss.

Kovalev however, was able to get to Chilemba late in the seventh round when he landed a left hook to the body followed by a straight right hand to the head that sent the challenger down to the canvas. Chilemba was able to get up and the fight continued. The challenger to his credit was not affected by the knockdown and continued to have sporadic success in landing offense in the later rounds. Chilemba however, simply could not land something significant to discourage the champion from coming forward in what amounted to a tactical Boxing match that Kovalev would ultimately win by convincing twelve round unanimous decision to retain his unified world championship.

Even though some might be critical of Kovalev’s performance in this fight as he was unable to gain knockout in a bout that he seemingly got the better of his opponent in almost every round, it is important to remember the old adage that styles make fights. Isaac Chilemba is not only a fighter who had never been stopped before his challenge of Kovalev, but he is also a fighter who has a style that is very difficult to look good against. This fight can best be described as Kovalev simply doing what he had to do and retaining his championship and position atop the Light-Heavyweight decision. Although this was not a victory that came in devastating fashion as most of Kovalev’s fights have, it was still decisive and the champion still got the job done.

Sergey Kovalev has now done his part to set up what would likely be one of the most anticipated fights of the year against Andre Ward in November. It will now be up to Ward to do his part as Ward will face Alexander Brand on August 6th in Oakland, CA. If Ward is successful and an eventual clash with Kovalev does take place in November, one can only hope that the winner of that fight will then face whomever the WBC world champion might be sometime in 2017 to further unify the Light-Heavyweight division. Whether or not Adonis Stevenson, who has a title defense later this month against Thomas Williams Jr. and assuming he retains his championship in that fight than has a mandatory defense against current WBC number one contender Eleider Alvarez at some point in the near future, will still be WBC world champion by the time a winner emerges from a potential Kovalev-Ward fight remains to be seen.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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