• Wladimir Klitschko postpones fight with Tyson Fury due to injury

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 9 days ago

    The highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury has been postponed after Klitschko suffered a tendon tear in his left calf during training.

    The bout, which was scheduled to take place on Oct. 24 in Düsseldorf, Germany in front of an expected sold-out crowd in the vicinity of 55,000, will be rescheduled once Klitschko’s injury heals and he's cleared to train.

    The postponement of the fight comes when the build was at its hottest. A bizarre press conference in London, where Fury arrived dressed as Batman, made waves and set the tone for what would have easily been the most anticipated fights in recent heavyweight memory.

    Klitschko's injury was diagnosed on Thursday as a partial musculotendinous tear of the left calf and will seek medical treatment from Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, who is also the physician for the German national soccer team. Klitschko's promotional company, K2 Promotions, announced that the tickets that were already purchased will remain valid and a new date for the fight would be announced next week.

    Klitschko made the announcement via his Instagram account.


  • Why Deontay Wilder is smart to wait on potential Wladimir Klitschko fight

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 9 days ago

    For an individual that picked up boxing at the age of 19, perhaps the urge to rush Deontay Wilder into a fight with Wladimir Klitschko should be tempered a bit.

    Many fighters who started lacing up the gloves before they learned to ride a bike haven’t come close to accomplishing what the 29-year-old known as “The Bronze Bomber” has since he started boxing in 2005. In ten short years Wilder has won an Olympic bronze medal, amassed an immaculate record of 34-0 with 33 wins coming by way of knockout and is the reigning WBC heavyweight champion.

    But since he won that title in a stellar performance against Bermane Stiverne in January, critics have started to lose their patience with Wilder. A fight against unheralded Eric Molina followed in June – where Wilder showed some vulnerability before scoring the 9th round KO in front of his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama – and his upcoming fight with another virtual unknown in Johann Duhaupas on September 26 have drawn the ire of fans who want Wilder to step into the ring with Klitschko sooner rather than later.

  • Wladimir Klitschko's opponent turns press conference into carnival with Batman-Joker gimmick

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 10 days ago

    Wladimir Klitschko has already gone on record suggesting that his opponent on Oct. 24 is both “psychologically unstable” and “bipolar.” Rather than be upset about the claims, Tyson Fury decided to play into Klitschko’s accusations during an absolutely bizarre news conference in London on Wednesday.

    After the current IBF, WBO, WBA (Super) and The Ring heavyweight champion took his seat with his titles spread across a table in front of him, Fury made a grand entrance that would have made Adam West proud.

    Dressed in full Batman attire, Fury’s 6-foot-9 frame entered the room to the theme song from the 1966 TV series much to the surprise of all in attendance. Once seated, and the press conference got started, things took another turn for the outlandish. After Klitschko was introduced, the Neal Hefti-composed theme began playing again when a man dressed like the Joker interrupted the proceedings and approached Fury.

    The 27-year-old unbeaten contender got to his feet and motioned to Team Klitschko, who all seemed dumbfounded by what was taking place.

    ''You’re next!” Fury shouted, still in semi-character. “He is a fool, just like you are.”


  • Mayweather-Berto PPV comes in well under 1 million in sales

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 18 days ago

    Floyd Mayweather's Sept. 12 bout with Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden sold roughly 400,000 pay-per-view units, a source told Yahoo Sports. That number, the source said, includes about 145,000 sales from DirecTV, which is almost always the first distributor to report a figure.

    Another source close to the promotion of the fight said the figure was higher and estimated it between 500,000 and 550,000.

    In any event, the result will be the lowest figure since Mayweather sold 325,000 while fighting Carlos Baldomir on HBO Pay-Per-View in 2006.

    Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza said he did not plan to release the results. Espinoza said his default position is not to release the figures and only does when there are other parties involved who ask that it be released.

    He would not speak in specifics but agreed to talk to Yahoo Sports about the difficulty in promoting the last fight of Mayweather's legendary career.

    Cable systems tend to sell a bit more than 50 percent of the total sales of a show. The telephone companies generally account for eight percent or less. The satellite companies, DirecTV and Dish, make up the rest.

  • Wladimir Klitschko jumps into the trash-talk game for Tyson Fury fight

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 18 days ago

    Wladimir Klitschko believes that he’s become a magnet for fighters who will say and do anything to promote a fight.

    With his Oct. 24 heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury a little over a month away, Klitschko figures that he may have met his wackiest opponent yet.

    “I am seriously stunned with my conditions that I face all the time,” Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) said while reflecting on the treatment he has received from the likes of David Haye and Shannon Briggs. “I don’t know why boxers completely lose their minds when promoting themselves.”

    In a recent interview, Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) went so far as to say that he’d lay some leather on the referee should he interfere in the fight too much.

    “I couldn’t give a [expletitve],” Fury said in an interview with Boxing News Online. “I’ll hit him and all."

    Hitting a referee? That certainly outdoes Shannon Briggs’ global pursuit of the champ and David Haye’s T-shirt that pictured the decapitated heads of the Klitschko brothers.

    Being the heavyweight champion with a degree in sports medicine, Klitschko thinks he has the remedy for Fury’s “mental issues.”


  • Many elite choices to replace 'Money' as boxing's next pound-for-pound king

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 21 days ago

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roy Jones Jr. have held a stranglehold on the mythical position as boxing's pound-for-pound champion for more than 20 years.

    Jones elevated to that status by at least 1994, when he routed James Toney in one of that year's most anticipated fights. Jones, who was coming off a wide 1993 victory over Bernard Hopkins, won the super middleweight title on Nov. 18, 1994, by topping Toney at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

    That earned him widespread acclaim as the best fighter in the world, which he held until Mayweather ascended to that throne. Mayweather didn't widely become recognized as the best until 2007, when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya, but those who watched closely knew that he was No. 1 for at least six or seven years prior to that.

    His reign ended a little after midnight Eastern time on Sunday, after he blew out Andre Berto and announced his retirement with a 49-0 professional record.

    Mayweather sat atop the rankings for so long that after a while, it almost seemed his birthright to be called the pound-for-pound best.

  • Mayweather Promotions fighter goes on the offensive to defend Floyd

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 24 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – It’s been a topsy-turvy past few days for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    From the lack of interest in his Sept. 12 fight with Andre Berto to the usual criticism of how the pound-for-pound king conducts his business to a recent report that alleges Mayweather is bigger than the drug-testing system, it has certainly been a tough week for Team Mayweather.

    And now a member of his team is taking on the media as if he were in the squared circle.

    At Thursday’s news conference for the Mayweather-Berto undercard, Mayweather Promotions fighter and former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith was supposed to discuss his upcoming fight with Vanes Martirosyan that will air on Showtime before the pay-per-view starts. Instead, Smith took the time to stick up for his promoter.

    “I may say some things that will offend people, but I really don’t care,” Smith said. “I feel like some of you guys are like leeches. You leech on to fighters, suck what you want out of us and then you’re done with us.”

    “All you’ll talk about is the negative and not appreciate what the man has done for boxing,” Smith said. “You have a job to do, but report on some of the positive.”

  • Showtime's Stephen Espinoza: Mayweather deal a resounding success

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 24 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – There are few fans or media excited about Floyd Mayweather's choice of Andre Berto as an opponent for their welterweight title bout on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden, which Mayweather says will be the last match of his illustrious career.

    Berto is an unbelievably high 35-1 underdog in some sports books, and there is less buzz surrounding the final fight of Mayweather's career than there has been in years.

    Tickets still remain for the fight and Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, concedes the pay-per-view sales aren't likely to hit 1 million. He did say that there are conflicting trends, but said it would not be a shock were it to finish below 1 million. If it comes in at less than 1 million, it will be a decline of more than 75 percent from Mayweather's May 2 bout with Manny Pacquiao.

    Espinoza said sales of that fight are now up to 4.6 million, which is where he expects them to settle.

    But Espinoza, who is the man who led the successful efforts to bring Mayweather to Showtime in 2013, said the six-fight deal which concludes on Saturday, "was overwhelmingly successful," for his company.

  • Timothy Bradley’s wild ride continues with fight against Brandon Rios

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 25 days ago

    The past 18 months have certainly been full of twists and turns for Timothy Bradley.

    In April 2014, Bradley was unable to prove that his 2012 victory over Manny Pacquiao was a fluke and was soundly beaten in a rematch. Then, Bradley ended up with a split draw against Diego Chaves in a fight that many observers thought he handily won. And in his most recent bout, Bradley looked dominant for 11 and a half rounds before an out-of-nowhere punch in the final minute nearly ruined his victory over Jessie Vargas, which earned him the interim WBO welterweight title.

    Just when Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) thought he was off the roller coaster, he sought a fight with Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) only to be told by the WBO – who had promoted Bradley to full-time champion – that his mandatory challenger was to be Sadam Ali (22-0, 13 KOs). Bradley, from Palm Springs, Calif., opted to not accept the mandatory fight and finalized a deal to face Rios in an exciting bout at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Nov. 7.

    Bradley addressed the issue and wanted to quell rumors that his wife was the cause of the split from his longtime trainer.

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  • Jen Welter under fire for accepting Floyd Mayweather's fight night invite

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 27 days ago

    Floyd Mayweather’s history of domestic violence is not something he’s able to dodge like the punches that are thrown by his opponents. Even on the (possible) cusp of retirement, a seemingly more mature Mayweather has found himself right back in deep water as his past has once again made its way to the forefront.

    Late last week, a report by TMZ Sports surfaced that boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter reached out to Jen Welter – the NFL’s first female coach – to extend an invite for her to attend Mayweather’s showdown with Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on September 12. Welter confirmed the report and accepted the invite that came with ringside seats from Mayweather, who says he is a big fan of Welter. Not only that but Mayweather is rumored to be considering involving the former Arizona Cardinals inside linebackers training camp intern coach in a bigger role, such as Welter escorting the undefeated fighter to the ring, something that celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and WWE’s Triple H have all done in the past.

    Welter accepted, calling the invitation “an honor.”

    And that is what has caused an uproar in social media.