BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After Deontay Wilder had vanquished his latest opponent Gerald Washington on Saturday night, just as he had vanquished 36 men before him — by way of vicious knockout, this one in the fifth round — “The Bronze Bomber” turned introspective in his post-fight news conference. Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), fighting in his home state for the fourth time as the WBC heavyweight champion, and for the third time at Legacy Arena, not to mention before a prime-time national television audience on Fox, addressed his greatest fear as perhaps the most feared puncher on the planet. “On the outside of the ring, I’m a gentleman,” he said. “On the inside of the ring, I’m the Bronze Bomber, don’t care
There will be no more personal or more vicious fight in Europe this year than the one between Tony Bellew and David Haye when the pair go toe to toe in London on Saturday night. The Liverpudlian Bellew, responding to Haye’s hugely controversial comments in The Sunday Telegraph, hit back at what he called Haye’s “disgusting attitude”, labelling his rival “a scumbag”, “a gobs---e” and “a bad human being”. Haye’s comments that he intends to “hospitalise” his foe are now the subject of an investigation by the British Boxing Board for which the former world champion could yet be sanctioned ahead of one of the biggest grudge fights in British boxing history.
Max Holloway has revealed he will not be one to beg for a money fight with lightweight champion, Conor McGregor. The interim featherweight champion is set to face champion Jose Aldo at UFC 212 to unify the belts in a fight between the two best in the division. Aldo, his McGregor loss withstanding, is still considered one of the best fighters of all time while Holloway is on a 10-fight winning streak.