Friday, December 13, 2019

Ortiz-Soloman Weights

The official weigh-in for Friday night’s Boxing card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, headlined by a twelve round Welterweight bout between undefeated rising contender Vergil Ortiz and Brad Soloman, took place on Thursday in Indio, CA. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: Welterweight  - 12Rds.

Vergil Ortiz 146 3/4lbs. vs. Brad Soloman 146 3/4lbs.

Super-Middleweight - 10Rds.

Bektemir Melikuziev 167 1/2lbs. vs. Vaughn Alexander 166 1/2lbs.

Lightweight - 10Rds. 

Alberto Merchado 135 1/4lbs.  vs. Luis Porozo 134lbs. 

Welterweight - 10Rds.

Alexis Roacha 146 1/2lbs. vs. Roberto Valenzuela 146 3/4lbs.

North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Jr. Welterweight championship - 10Rds. 

Luis Feliciano (Champion) 140lbs. vs. Herbert Acevedo 139 1/4lbs.

Ortiz vs. Soloman takes place Tonight (Friday, December 13th) at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA. The card can be seen on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN in the United States and several international countries beginning at 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT (U.S. Time.)

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Ruiz-Joshua II: Boxing 101


The circumstances that led to the rematch between unified IBF/WBO/WBA/IBO Heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz and former champion Anthony Joshua had intrigue from start to finish. It began with Ruiz scoring an improbable upset by stopping the previously unbeaten Joshua in June in Madison Square Garden. An upset alone often warrants a rematch on its own, but the circumstances that led to that first encounter as well as what led to the immediate rematch were as much a part of the story as what took place inside the ring.

Circumstances that saw Ruiz a top contender and former world title challenger step into a world championship fight on limited notice was at the core of the story back in June of this year. The question of how prepared Ruiz would be after taking the fight on limited notice was logical to ask. What did not get much attention prior to that fight was the effect a change of opponent had on Joshua and the stresses the then champion had to endure before facing Ruiz.

First, Joshua was making his United States debut and had  chosen to do so in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden. This alone is enough to elevate an athlete’s stress level, but when one adds the contributing factor of an originally scheduled opponent was pulled from the fight following testing positive for banned substances, it is not hard to understand how a fighter may not be focused after a change in opposition is made.

As most know, it was Andy Ruiz who was able to capitalize on the biggest opportunity of his career in stopping Joshua in seven rounds. Although it was known almost immediately that Joshua would invoke his immediate rematch clause, there was a question as to whether or not that would be the case in part due to Ruiz’ promotional ties being under the banner of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) brand as well as his initial rejection of the rematch taking place where it ultimately would, Saudi Arabia.

Fortunately for the fans of the sport, the fighters themselves, as well as the intention of exposing Boxing to a new audience, the politics of the sport did not play much of a factor in determining if the rematch would be an immediate one. The second encounter between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua took place on December 7th in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia at the newly opened Diriyah Arena. An outdoor venue that held 15,000 spectators.

Despite consistent rain throughout the evening, it would not have a factor on the fight. This rematch centered on one person in this observer’s eyes, the former champion Anthony Joshua. Those who read the preview of this rematch penned byyours truly in the days before the fight, I stated that it was my view that Joshua needed to fight a tactical fight from start to finish in order to be successful.

While this differed significantly from the norm for Joshua, who had prior to the first fight had scored knockouts in twenty-one of twenty-two professional fights prior to the first fight, it was something I felt was necessary and if it could be executed well would only benefit him in his career going forward. This of course is often easier said than done and the question was if this were Joshua’s strategy this time around, whether he would be able to maintain a disciplined approach for the entire fight.

What was immediately evident was Joshua used more side to side movement than was the case in the first encounter. Although an approach where a fighter chooses to use their physical advantages to their advantage does not always translate into entertaining bouts to watch, Boxing purists likely enjoyed the way Anthony Joshua fought this fight. By understanding the physics of the fight and knowing the if he used his height and reach advantage over the champion, it allowed Joshua to control the combat. Working behind a consistent jab and using lateral movement to avoid being a stationary target, Joshua was able to execute his fight plan extremely well.

An element of this rematch that received significant attention centered on the weight of the champion going into this fight. Ruiz, who weighed in at 268lbs. for the first fight, had said that he intended to come in lighter for the rematch. This was not the case however, as the champion weighed in at 283lbs. fifteen pounds heavier than when he won the title in the first fight.

Although Andy Ruiz has never had the physique that would suggest that he is a top Heavyweight, let alone a world champion, I do not believe that the issue of weight was the overriding factor in his performance in the rematch, which was not similar to the one that we saw in the first encounter. The champion had trouble cutting the ring off and neutralizing Joshua’s movement and despite maintaining a hand speed advantage over the former champion, he simply could not get into a consistent rhythm.

While some have said since the fight took place that this could be attributed strictly to Ruiz’ weight, in this observer’s eyes it has more to do with the difference in Joshua’s performance and strategy as compared to the first fight. Perhaps Ruiz felt that Joshua was not capable of making adjustments for the rematch and may have expected a similar style to be standing across the ring from him as was the case back in June. This obvi,ously is purely speculation, but it would not be the first time that a world champion would make an assumption prior to a rematch.

Despite having moments periodically throughout the twelve round bout, Ruiz was unable to force Joshua to break from his disciplined approach and that is what ultimately led to Anthony Joshua winning the fight with a convincing twelve round unanimous decision to regain his unified World Heavyweight championship and become a two-time world champion in the process.

For his part, Ruiz now the former champion stated almost immediately after the fight that he could have been better prepared and did not make excuses. Although in a world where just about anyone can share their opinion with the world on any given subject and there was no shortage of criticism and/or ridicule directed toward Ruiz following the fight, it was refreshing to see a fighter not make any excuses and accept the defeat with class. The former champion also suggested that he would want to face Joshua for a third time to make the series of fights between them a trilogy.

Some may not believe that a third fight is warranted, but the facts are that each man holds one win each and that alone usually is enough justification for a third fight. Whether or not a third encounter between the two will take place within a relatively short time frame as the first two fights did remains to be seen.

This observer believes it is more likely that Joshua will likely look to make a mandatory title defense to begin his second reign as a unified world champion as undefeated former World Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is currently the number one contender in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight ratings and per the four world championships Joshua currently holds being unified, Usyk is the next contender in line for a world championship shot. There is also the possibility assuming that Joshua does choose to fulfill his mandatory defense obligations that if he is successful and retains the championship that he will then look to face undefeated WBC world champion Deontay Wilder in a fight to fully unify the Heavyweight division, assuming of course that Wilder retains his portion of the World Heavyweight championship in his upcoming rematch against undefeated former Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury.

For now, Anthony Joshua has answered some of his critics and frankly should take time to enjoy his victory after producing a near flawless Boxing performance. Even in an era where there are five major world championships per weight class and the sport is always subject to criticism/ridicule, it is not an easy task to win a world championship, let alone to do it twice. Where Anthony Joshua ultimately will rank in the book of Boxing history is unknown, but having shown the ability to bounce back from defeat and regain his crown, his stock has definitely gone up as 2020 approaches.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Update

We would like to let our readers know that new material will be released here on the website on Thursday, December 12th with a feature discussing the recent Heavyweight World championship rematch between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Ruiz-Joshua II Weights From Saudi Arabia


Press Release: By DAZN – RIYADH, DECEMBER 6, 2019 – The biggest fight of the year is now just over 24 hours away. Ahead of tomorrow’s much-anticipated rematch between Andy Ruiz, Jr. and Anthony Joshua OBE, both fighters tipped the scales in front of a raucous crowd in Saudi Arabia. At 283.7 pounds, Ruiz came in at his heaviest weight in many years and 15 pounds heavier than he was for the first fight in June. Meanwhile, Joshua came in at 237.8 pounds, which is 10 pounds lighter than he was in June and the lightest he has been for any fight since 2014. The main event is expected to begin at approximately 4 p.m. following a stacked event featuring four additional heavyweight fights. The event is live exclusively on DAZN in the United States.  
Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing 

In the evening’s chief support bout, Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) will square off against Michael Hunter (18-1, 12 KOs) in a 12-round affair. The main card will also feature Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) against Mariusz Wach (35-5, 19 KOs) in a 10-round fight, Filip Hrgovic (9-0, 7 KOs) against Eric Molina (27-5, 19 KOs) in a 12-round scrap andMahammadrasul Majidov (1-0, 1KO) against Tom Little (10-7, 3 KOs) in an scheduled 8-round heavyweight bout.

Five heavyweight fights, topped by Ruiz vs. Joshua 2, will stream live exclusively on DAZN at 12 p.m. ET with the main event starting at approximately 4 p.m. ET. 

Fans in the United States can sign up for a full year of DAZN for the low price of $99.99 to catch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 and a highly-anticipated 2020 boxing schedule, or $20 for an action-packed December which also includes Daniel Jacobs vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on Dec. 20. 

Official Weights from Saudi Arabia

Andy Ruiz, Jr.: 283.7 lbs.
Anthony Joshua: 237.8 lbs.

Alexander Povetkin: 229.3 lbs.
Michael Hunter: 226.8 lbs.

Dillian Whyte: 271.1 lbs.
Mariusz Wach: 270.0 lbs.

Filip Hrgovic: 241.1 lbs.
Eric Molina: 248.0 lbs.

Mahammadrasul Majidov: 231.0 lbs.
Tom Little: 250.1 lbs.

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Fight Season on DAZN continues on tomorrow with the highly-anticipated rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua. Check out ONE NIGHT - the captivating oral history-style documentary that looks back at June 1, the night Ruiz Jr. pulled off the biggest boxing upset in decades by stunning then-undefeated heavyweight champion Joshua with a seventh-round TKO.

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Ruiz vs. Joshua II takes place on Saturday, December 7th in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The fight as well as it’s full undercard can be seen in the United States and several international countries on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 12PM ET/9AM PT (U.S. Time.) For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the card can be seen on Sky Sports Box Office Pay-Per-View for £24.95. The card will begin at 5PM (Local UK Time.) For more information, availability in your area, and to order please visit: https://www.sky.com/boxoffice. Check your local listings internationally.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Ruiz-Joshua II: Repeat Or Redemption?


A saying that is overused throughout all of sports is the cliché that anything can happen. In regard to combat sports, it is especially true that no matter what one may think might happen when two fighters square off, you can never truly discount the possibility of something unexpected happening. One of the biggest stories of 2019 in the sport of Boxing took place in June of this year when undefeated unified IBF/WBA/IBO/WBO Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua made his United States debut in “The Mecca Of Boxing” Madison Square Garden. A debut that was highly anticipated, but one that saw a significant change.

As most Boxing fans know, Anthony Joshua was to defend his unified world championship against undefeated Heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller, who at the time was rated number one in the world in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight ratings. This however, would change in the weeks leading up to the fight as Miller tested positive for several banned substances resulting in his removal from the bout and subsequent suspension. Enter top contender and former world title challenger Andy Ruiz.

Despite having only been defeated once in his career prior to agreeing to step in and face Joshua, Ruiz was treated with little regard, particularly among casual Boxing fans. In his previous world title shot prior to taking the Joshua fight, Ruiz lost a close twelve round split decision to Joseph Parker in a fight that frankly could have gone either way. Most of the criticism from the casual Boxing fan of Ruiz as the opposition stemmed from Ruiz’ physique, which does not give the appearance of an athlete much less what one would think of when they think of a top contender.

Those within the sport and knowledgeable fans however, knew the credentials that Andy Ruiz brought with him into the ring and knew that this was not a pushover for the champion. It was nevertheless a difficult task to step into a world championship fight on limited notice to prepare and it was appropriate to ask just how prepared Ruiz would be come fight night. The night came on June 1st and as much as it was a difficult task for the challenger stepping in on short notice, it was also difficult for the champion in having to adjust to a different opponent with the same limited time to prepare.

Although this observer does not want to completely rehash my coverage of that fight, I do want to touch upon some of the key elements of it. The primary thing that stood out in my eyes that worked to Joshua’s advantage was when he was able to use his height and reach to control distance between himself and Ruiz. It appeared as though if Joshua were able to maintain a distance where the physics of the fight were in his favor that he could theoretically box his way to victory. 

As most know however, the ebb and flow changed significantly in the third round. Joshua scored a knockdown of Ruiz with a left hook to the head. Though this was a clear knockdown, Joshua was reckless in his follow up attack following the knockdown and was hit by a left hook on his temple by Ruiz, which sent him down to the canvas. Ruiz was able to score a second knockdown of Joshua before the end of the round. By this point in the fight, the dynamics had completely shifted.

Joshua never seemed to fully recover from the initial shot to the temple in round three and even though he seemed to win the fifth round in my estimation, his ability to absorb punches from Ruiz was compromised and following two additional knockdowns in round seven the fight was stopped giving Ruiz the victory in what some have called one of the biggest upsets in the Heavyweight divisions in many years. Although it is not uncommon to see a world champion like Joshua opt to take some time to both recover physically and mentally from a knockout loss loss like the one he suffered at the hands of Andy Ruiz and then look to gradually rebuild before seeking a rematch, Joshua instead opted to invoke his immediate rematch clause. The second encounter between Ruiz and Joshua will take place on Saturday in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia in a custom built outdoor stadium that was constructed specifically for this fight.

What can we expect from the rematch? The main story going into this fight is Anthony Joshua and more specifically what effect the knockout loss had on him. It is understandable how some might question the wisdom to have the immediate rematch only six months removed from the first fight given the severity of the knockout Joshua suffered. There is one specific similarity that does come to the mind of yours truly and coincidentally brings back memories of two World Heavyweight championship fights I covered back in 2001. I am referring to the two encounters between Lennox Lewis and Hasim Rahman.

In April of that year, Rahman scored an upset of Lewis, knocking the then two-time Heavyweight world champion out in the fifth round in South Africa. Although the business elements of the sport emerged in the months following that fight and for the purposes of this column will not be touched upon, the two met in an immediate rematch seven months later in November of 2001. In the rematch in Las Vegas, NV, it was Lewis who scored a knockout of Rahman in the fourth round to regain his unified world championship and became part of a select group of fighters to have won portions of the World Heavyweight championship on three separate occasions.

Even though this should not be viewed as a direct comparison, it does show that sometimes there is wisdom in getting a rematch after suffering a knockout loss sooner rather than later. How can Joshua flip the script the second time around? In my mind, he made one critical mistake in the first fight that led to his downfall and that was the reckless way in which he went after Ruiz after Ruiz had gotten up from the knockdown in round three.

Joshua must fight a disciplined fight from start to finish if he wants to be successful this time around. One of the main obstacles that the former champion must deal with in addition to attempting not to be reckless in his approach should he hurt Ruiz as he did in the first fight will be the champion’s hand speed. Part of the reason why Joshua got caught shortly after knocking Ruiz down was Ruiz’ ability to remain calm and look for an opening as Joshua pressed forward in an attempt to finish the fight.

Even though there is nothing that will draw the attention of both the Boxing enthusiasts as well as the casual fan like a knockout, Joshua must not allow the idea of wanting to be entertaining to influence his approach in this fight. Simply put, the challenger must be tactical and do what he has to do to win. Whether that means Boxing from start to finish in a not so crowd pleasing fashion remains to be seen, but if he approaches this fight in a similar way as he did the first time he faced Ruiz, the rematch could well have a similar outcome.

As for the champion, the challenge will be for him not to become complacent in this fight. It is important to remember that Ruiz showed in the first fight that not only could he get up from a knockdown at the hands of Joshua, but he also dropped the previously undefeated champion four times to win the championship. For Ruiz now as the champion must keep in mind that his victory in the first fight is now in the past and it is crucial in my eyes that he not approach this rematch with the mentality of looking to steamroll past Joshua.

What worked to the champion’s advantage in the first fight could also play into the strategy for the champion in what will be his first title defense. Ruiz is a first class counter puncher and if Joshua intends to play the role of a tactical boxer this time Ruiz must find a way to close the distance between himself and the challenger and wait for Joshua to leave openings to exploit.

While Joshua may still be regarded as having an advantage in terms of power, despite what happened in the first fight, Ruiz has a clear advantage when it comes to hand speed and even though the punch that turned the momentum in the first fight came shortly after Ruiz was knocked down, if he can time Joshua this time around, the champion does have the skill set to win a fight by executing his offense in short compact spurts. It may come down to whether or not Joshua can control distance that ultimately could determine who wins this rematch.

Although Ruiz was viewed as a significant underdog the first time around, I believe part of the reason for that was both the champion’s physical appearance as well as the fact that Ruiz took the fight on limited notice. This time there are no circumstances that should negatively impact either fighter in terms of preparation and barring something controversial, there should be no excuses.

In regard to who the favorite is in this rematch, you are likely to see a wide range of opinions from both fans as well as those involved in various capacities in the sport. As for the exact odds as this fight approaches it appears that Joshua is favored to regain the championship.

While it's likely that Anthony Joshua boxes somewhat conservatively in his rematch with Ruiz, keeping the champion at a distance with his 8-inch reach advantage, the best prop bet for this fight is Joshua to win by (T)KO. Joshua to win outright is -227; Joshua to win by stoppage is -111. To take advantage of these unique prop bets be sure to check out MyTopSportsbooks.com , that have a list of sites peer reviewed for all your betting needs. In their first bout Joshua showed he has the power to put Ruiz on the mat, The pair have exactly two 12-round decisions between them, and both came against the durable Joseph Parker. Whether or not the odds hold true once the fighters are inside the ring remains to be seen.

In addition to the intrigue this rematch has, it has been a fight that has also seen some criticism from both fans and some within the sport due to the decision to stage the rematch in Saudi Arabia. While some may choose to focus on the negative, this observer will focus on the good that will come from that decision. Much like Muhammad Ali’s battles with George Foreman and Joe Frazier in 1974 and 1975 respectively, which took place in Zaire, Africa and Manila, Philippines respectively, this fight could represent much more than determining who will emerge as the unified Heavyweight world champion. 

Both of those battles that featured Muhammad Ali, first regaining the championship from George Foreman then defending the title the following year against Joe Frazier in their third and final encounter will forever be known by their promotional monikers “The Rumble In The Jungle” and “The Thrilla In Manila.” Two legendary battles that will forever be etched in the history of Boxing. The two fights also exposed the sport to new eyes and arguably helped grow both interest and participation in Boxing by staging those bouts in previously not sought after locations. Much like this fight, both of those bouts faced criticism beforehand due to the locations where they took place.

 Boxing is a sport that much like all sports, is constantly looking to expand its audience and constantly looking to grow. It is unclear whether this rematch titled “Clash On The Dunes” will be as regarded as “The Rumble In The Jungle” and “The Thrilla In Manila”, but if it helps grow the sport by opening it to new eyes, it should be viewed as a win for Boxing.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

Ruiz vs. Joshua II takes place on Saturday, December 7th in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The fight as well as it’s full undercard can be seen in the United States and several international countries on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 12PM ET/9AM PT (U.S. Time.) For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the card can be seen on Sky Sports Box Office Pay-Per-View for £24.95. The card will begin at 5PM (Local UK Time.) For more information, availability in your area, and to order please visit: https://www.sky.com/boxoffice. Check your local listings internationally.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ruiz-Joshua II Final Press Conference Quotes

Press Release By DAZN – RIYADH, DECEMBER 4, 2019 – Andy Ruiz, Jr. and Anthony Joshua OBE addressed the media for the final time ahead of their Saturday rematch, a fight that has been lauded as the most significant heavyweight title fight in more than a decade.Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 will take place this Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at a purpose-built arena with an expected sold-out crowd of more than 15,000 fans. The fight is available exclusively on DAZN in the United States with the main card beginning at 12 p.m. ET and the main event expected to commence shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET. 
Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing 

The rematch is a result of the shocking upset in June by Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) who became the first professional fighter to ever best Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) after taking the fight on just five weeks’ notice. Their first fight is leading contender for 2019 ‘Fight of the Year’ honors for the unexpected drama that unfolded at Madison Square Garden. Ruiz’s IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles are at stake when the two men enter the ring this Saturday. 

Fans in the United States can sign up for a full year of DAZN for the low price of $99.99 to catch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 and a highly-anticipated 2020 boxing schedule, or $20 for an action-packed December which also includes Daniel Jacobs vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on Dec. 20. 

Quotes from Today’s Press Conference

Andy Ruiz, current unified heavyweight world champion

On being prepared for Saturday: “It’s been a long three months of camp. I’ve been training really hard for this fight. Like June 1, I made history, and I think the importance is to remake history on Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia. Not much to say, but I’m ready to rock and roll, I know AJ is going to come in with a different game plan. I know he’s prepared, motivated, being more cautious - I know he’s going to try and box me around. My job is to prepare for whatever comes my way.”

On whether he is motivated: “Of course, I don’t want these beautiful belts to go away. Remember I’ve been doing this since I was six, it’s finally paying off, and no way I’m going let these belts go. I’m going to die trying, and do anything that’s possible to get that victory. It’s been a long journey, long roller coaster in my life, and no way I’m going to let these go Dec. 7. Let the best man win.”

Anthony Joshua, former unified heavyweight world champion

On this being a great opportunity: “It’s interesting to be on this side of the table, as you said in my 16th fight, I challenged for the world title, challenged for the title again with Klitschko, then Parker, and now I’m challenging again, so this is my fourth title challenge in a short space of time. I’m used to being in this position, and even when you’re champion, I think Andy being a respected heavyweight he knows you have to have the challenge and mindset. All these quotes that these fighters come up with is reality, challenger mindset. I’ve said that previously when I had the belts around my waist. Now I’m speaking this into existence, this is my challenge and mindset. So I’m going back to my 16th fight, focused and determined on the goal.”

On feeling less pressure without the belts: “I’ve been boxing a while now, and when I came into boxing I didn’t really come to take part, I came to take over. I came with full force, fully committed. The focus has already been there, but never had a chance to reflect. It was European Championships, Olympics Championships, British Title, World Championships. I’m not here to put on show I’m here to win. I’ve been around the block for a short space of time, so you have to understand I’m experienced and know what I’m doing. Through reflection in my own time, me and Andy are very different, but like everyone in this room we have time. I just have to use my time and as soon as I got back from New York I got that commitment back, got into shape, I didn’t lose any heart, didn’t lose any fire in my belly, started hitting the heavy bag, preparing for this day. I’m actually really looking forward to it. No fear in my heart, no fear in my eyes. I’m just looking forward to putting on a show, and I’m confident.”

On how special a win will be: “I was asked if this will be a special moment and I said no because I know I belong there. It’s not special, I’ve been there, I know what I’m doing. When I regain those belts I will probably keep calm and stay focused. It’s not a time to celebrate, it’s time to keep that challenge, mindset and find the next target, so one by one I’m picking them off. I’ve been doing that since I started boxing and Ruiz is just my next target on my list.”

On fighting in Saudi Arabia: “This the Mecca of boxing I’m hearing. The real Mecca of boxing. I’m going to turn this into something special, a real event. As you can see we have put together a great undercard and a great show. I went to the venue, its perfect, perfectly designed, said my prayers, I took time to really embrace what’s going to happen Saturday. I’m just going in with confidence, and I want everyone to have that same confidence and have a great time.” 

Manny Robles, Andy Ruiz’s trainer

On defending the belts: “It’s been three months of preparation which is something we didn’t have for the last fight. I’m very pleased to say we had a great camp, perfect sparring partners, perfect time, perfect time to prepare to come up with a better game plan. Understand we have a very difficult task in front of us. We respect him, and we know he’s a great fighter. We’re going to be ready for the task. Andy has a had a great camp, and mentally and physically prepared for the challenge. We look forward to it. I hope no one walks away disappointed Saturday night.”

On being this being a different fight: “Absolutely it will be a different fight. We worked hard, we’re ready for the challenge. We’re taking this fight very seriously, we’ve been very tough on him, Andy knows it. He’s been focused, ready to go every day. We’re up to the challenge.”

Robert McCracken, Anthony Joshua’s trainer

On Joshua’s mindset going into this fight: “Anthony is in a much better place than last time at this stage, and I’m much happier with where he’s at. Everybody has said his training camp has gone really well. We’ve been training well out here in Saudi. Anthony has been training at the British Embassy, he’s got his own facility, and able to train diligently and hard. Listen we know how good Ruiz is, we know he’s a top heavyweight fighter, and he’s the champion. We’re totally confident, completely different mood going into this fight than back in New York. And I think you will see the real AJ for sure.”

On having more time to train: “For Andy Ruiz we had about five week notice for the last fight, at the same time Anthony’s opponent pulled out, so we had to restructure and change things, but with Ruiz’s ability that isn’t easy to do, but that isn’t a excuse. The right man won on the night, they both had 12 weeks to prepare for this fight, I think it’s a level playing field now. I think Anthony knows exactly what is in front of him, the sparring partners have been tailored to suit what Andy does. I think it you will see the real AJ on Saturday night and see a great performance.”

Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing

“We talked about our friend Neil Leifer who is here with us in Riyadh. Neil was on the canvas taking photos for the “Thrilla in Manila” and the “Rumble in Jungle” and on Saturday, he will be there for “Clash on the Dunes.” It will be another historic night for the sport of boxing and a heavyweight that will go down as one of the biggest ever. Andy Ruiz shocked the world in New York in June and now they enter this fight totally differently – Ruiz is the champion and Anthony Joshua is the challenger. This fight has everything.

“We were very close to going to Cardiff, and very close to taking this rematch back to Madison Square Garden in New York. We even looked at Mexico. I had finally made the decision to keep the fight in the UK but then I got the call from Saudi. I think I was quite rude at first actually, I told them not to waste their time because we were taking the fight to Cardiff. But the passion they had to bring this fight to Saudi Arabia was unmatched and within four or five days, we have an agreement to stage this fight here. Sometimes there was shock and criticism, but this was an absolutely wonderful decision. The hospitality from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been incredible. The fighters have had an amazing experience here with first class facilities being specifically built for them to prepare. The is a new dawn for the sport of boxing.

“We are thankful for our friends at DAZN. Just one year in, they have completely changed the face of boxing in America. Look at the names they have already brought to their wonderful platform: Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz, Oleksandr Usyk, Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy Golovkin, and the list goes on and on. It is a wonderful time to be involved with the DAZN business and there’s such a bright future ahead for them.”

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Watch the official weigh-in this Friday at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT on live on DAZN’s YouTube.

Fight Season on DAZN rolls on this weekend with the highly-anticipated rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua. Don’t miss ONE NIGHT - the captivating oral history-style documentary that looks back at June 1, the night Ruiz Jr. pulled off the biggest boxing upset in decades by stunning then-undefeated heavyweight champion Joshua with a seventh-round TKO.

For more information, fans can follow DAZN’s U.S. social channels: @DAZNUSA on Facebook, @DAZN_USA for Twitter, and DAZN_USA for Instagram.                                                                                                           

About DAZN:
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming service. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded to nine countries across four continents with its app available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The service features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device – including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features The Pat McAfee Show, live MLB action each day of the season with its daily show ChangeUp and a growing number of projects from DAZN Originals.

Material Courtesy of: DAZN/ Photo Courtesy of Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing Used with permission.

For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com.

The Boxing Truth®️ is a registered trademark of Beau Denison All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Ruiz-Joshua II Open Workout Quotes From Saudi Arabia

Press Release By DAZN – RIYADH, DECEMBER 3, 2019 – Ahead of the highly-anticipated rematch between Andy Ruiz, Jr. and Anthony Joshua OBE this Saturday on DAZN, all fighters from the stacked card worked out in front a lively crowd in Riyadh. In June, Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) spoiled the U.S. debut of then-undefeated heavyweight kingpin Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs), leaving New York as the unified IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion. The upset is considered one of the largest upsets in heavyweight boxing history, drawing comparisons to other historic heavyweight upsets such as Buster Douglas’ shocking victory over Mike Tyson and Hasim Rahman’s knockout win over Lennox Lewis.

Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 will be streamed exclusively on DAZN in the United States, in addition to being available globally on DAZN in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.

Fans can watch the Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua workouts now on DAZN’s YouTube channel. 

The full main card features four heavyweight fights including the much-anticipated world championship main event. Opening the card is Filip Hrgovic (9-0, 7 KOs) against Eric Molina (27-5, 19 KOs) followed by Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) against Mariusz Wach (35-5, 19 KOs). In the evening’s chief support bout, Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) will square off against Michael Hunter (18-1, 12 KOs).

The full main card will begin on DAZN at 12 p.m. ET with the main event expected to commence shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET.

On fans loving him in Saudi Arabia: “It’s not going to be first or my last timing fighting here. They will see a lot more of Andy Ruiz here in Saudi Arabia.” 
Credit: Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing 

On keeping the same hand speed: “No, I didn’t want show off too much on what we’re working on. I wanted to give a little mix there. We’ve been training really heard, working on different stuff, so the speed, the pressure, the angles, everything we’ve been working on, hopefully Dec. 7 we will get that victory.”

On what he has does differently this time around: “The same thing, training, making some adjustments, but we got all the tools, all the same things, so we’re focused mentally and ready for Dec. 7.”

On having a psychological advantage: “I could but I don’t want to underestimate any fighter because I respect every fighter that comes into the ring. We all risk our lives here to provide for our loved ones, so I’m just excited for Saturday to have a really good fight.”

On confidence getting another KO: “I’ll never predict a KO, but if it comes it comes, I’m just prepared to win and use all the tools I have and take advantage of being here.” 

On being proud of bringing the belts to Saudi Arabia: “I’m really proud. I’ve been working really hard my entire life to become the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world. I came a long way, been through a lot of obstacles in my life. I just thank God, and I’m really excited to be here. Everybody please tune-in Dec. 7 this Saturday in Saudi Arabia. Get your app. Check out the channel on DAZN. Let’s do it baby, we’re going make history again!”

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On his preparations: “It’s been about being confident, about knowing my capabilities. I’ve had a great training camp, I am well prepared, and ready to showcase my skills.” 
Credit: Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing 

On what change we will see Saturday night: “I’m forever changing, that’s what training camp is about, evolution, like night and day. I shed the skin from last time, re-built myself, and all I’m doing is going to win, that’s what I’m focused on.”

On looking to have more speed in this fight: “I’m quick anyway. I’m not looking for anything except the win, that’s the objective. It’s about speed, it’s not about nothing else, the objective is just to win, win, win.” 

On how much Andy Ruiz had been on his mind since the first fight: “He’s been on my mind five weeks prior to June 1 because that’s when he came in as my replacement, and he will be on my mind forever. If Andy Ruiz is dedicated to the game we will see each other a third time down the line as well. This won’t be the last time I see Andy Ruiz in the ring.”

On a third match with Andy Ruiz: “Yes because I think we make for good fights. I think there will definitely be a knockout, and people want to see bloodshed and a knockout. I think we will see each other a third time.” 

On getting the victory: “If God calls it that’s what’s going to happen. I feel it in my heart, and believe in myself, so yeah I’ll be victorious. Shout out to all of my sparring partners for preparing me. You are going to see fireworks on Saturday. This is an important fight and like I said, this fight isn’t going 12 rounds.” 

FIGHT WEEK SCHEDULE
  
Wednesday, December 4
Undercard Press Conference
8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT

Main Event Press Conference – Streaming Live on DAZN’s YouTube
10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT

Friday, December 6
Official Weigh In – Streaming Live on DAZN’s YouTube
8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT

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Fight Season on DAZN rolls on this weekend with the highly-anticipated rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua. Don’t miss ONE NIGHT - the captivating oral history-style documentary that looks back at June 1, the night Ruiz Jr. pulled off the biggest boxing upset in decades by stunning then-undefeated heavyweight champion Joshua with a seventh-round TKO.

For more information, fans can follow DAZN’s U.S. social channels: @DAZNUSA on Facebook, @DAZN_USA for Twitter, and DAZN_USA for Instagram.                                                                                                           

About DAZN:
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming service. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded to nine countries across four continents with its app available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The service features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device – including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features The Pat McAfee Show, live MLB action each day of the season with its daily show ChangeUp and a growing number of projects from DAZN Originals.

Material Courtesy of: DAZN/Photos Courtesy of: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing Used with permission.

For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com

The Boxing Truth®️ is a registered trademark of Beau Denison All Rights Reserved. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

WEIGHTS FOR BRAWL AT THE MALL 14


Press Release: December 1, 2019 By Sanman Promotions – Sanman undefeated bantamweight prospect Judy Flores (W8 KO4 L0 D0) weighed in within the bantam limit tipping on the scales at 115 pounds. Meanwhile, his opponent Francis Jay Diaz (W8 KO1 L2 D0) came in a pound over weighing 119 pounds. The bout is set for ten rounds in the main event of fourteenth episode of Brawl at the Mall tomorrow afternoon December 2, 2019 at the Robinsons Mall Atrium in General Santos City. Below are the weigh-in results for the supporting bouts:  
Credit: Sanman Promotions 

Jhunrille Castino         122lbs        10 Rds Super Bantamweight
Jerry Pabila             121lbs

Jhunrick Carcedo         144 lbs        8 Rds Welterweight
Jose Ocampo             141 lbs

Undercards

Mark Antonio             118 lbs        8 Rds Bantamweight
Arnold batingal         117 lbs

Guillame Lorenzo         135 lbs        6 Rds Lightweight
Kim Lindog 132lbs

Adam Abdulhamid         149 lbs        6 Rds Welterweight
Richard Betos             144 lbs

Richie Mepranum         122 lbs        6 Rds Featherweight
Jetly Purisima             120 lbs

Michael Casama         127lbs        6 Rds Super Featherweight
Jun Eraham 128lbs

RV Feniega             115 lbs        4 Rds Super Flyweight
Mike Bacalso             115 lbs    

Ian Sampan             130lbs        4 Rds    Super Featherweight
Jessie Boyles             130lbs

Admission to the event is free and Sanman Promotions is inviting all local boxing fans within the City and its neighboring towns to come and witness non-stop boxing action featuring your rising local boxing prospects.

Material and Photo Courtesy of: Sanman Promotions Used with permission.

For more information about Sanman Promotions and to watch the Sanman Live/Brawl At The Mall Boxing series please visit Sanman Promotions’ official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SanmanPromotions

The Boxing Truth®️ is a registered trademark of Beau Denison All Rights Reserved.