LOS ANGELES — Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are meeting at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday evening for a clash between two unbeaten heavyweights. The fight will be televised by Showtime pay-per-view and marks Wilder’s first time fighting on pay-per-view. Wilder enters the fight 40-0 with 39 knockouts, while Fury is 27-0 with 19 KOs. On the line is the Bronze Bomber’s WBC heavyweight championship belt.
Wilder, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has won his last seven fights by knockout, including a first-round knockout two fights ago. There have been questions about the quality of his opponents, so Fury is arguably his toughest opponent yet. Fury is fighting for the third time this year after a three-year hiatus from the sport following his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. He is 6-foot-9, weighed in at 256.5 pounds, and will physically match the 6-foot-7 Wilder.
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Deontay Wilder trash talked Tyson Fury at their weigh-in on Friday ahead of Saturday’s fight.
The two will square off at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday evening on Showtime pay-per-view. Wilder, who is 40-0 with 39 knockouts, is looking to retain his WBC heavyweight title. He doesn’t think too highly of Fury.
“It’s definitely the most important, but definitely not the most difficult,” Wilder said of the upcoming fight from Friday’s weigh-in. “I fought way tougher guys than him. My opponent last fight was way tougher than him.”
Asked for a prediction, Wilder said he would knock Fury out.
“I’m gonna knock him out.”
Wilder weighed in at 212.5 pounds and Fury was 256.5. Fury also enters the fight undefeated at 27-0.
Las Vegas – A Canelo Alvarez lookalike fan stole the show at Friday’s weigh-in before Saturday’s fight between Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
A man dressed in all white who had a similar facial structure, skin tone, and manicured beard as Alvarez was seen walking around. He was mobbed for attention and posed for pictures. He was accompanied by a larger man and young girl, almost as if he was trying to make it seem like he was Canelo, traveling with a security guard and the Mexican fighter’s young daughter.
Oddly, the lookalike was wearing a hat representing Alvarez’s opponent for Saturday night’s fight, GGG. You can see a photo here.
Alvarez weighed in at 159.4 pounds, while Golovkin was 159.6 pounds. The two are set to meet on Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch of last year’s fight, which was controversially ruled a draw. You can read our fight preview and prediction here.
- Canelo Alvarez
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will meet on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for what will be the most significant boxing match of the year. This is a rematch of last year’s fight, which was controversially called a draw, paving the way for the 2018 rematch. Larry Brown Sports will be on hand to provide coverage of the rematch, and we’re already thinking there could be a third match between the men.
Here is our preview of the major boxing match.
The first fight between Canelo and GGG did 1.3 million pay-per-view buys. While an $84.99 HD price for the fight is high, this fight should sell well thanks to the popularity and skill of both participants.
The hate is real after positive PED test
While the two fighters may have been faking any dislike in order to sell the first fight, that no longer appears to be the case. There is a genuine dislike between the fighters owing to the events that transpired since their first fight. Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol in March, which he blamed on eating contaminated meat. GGG then accused the Mexican fighter of using PEDs before their first fight. Alvarez received a six-month suspension that put their plans to fight on Cinco de Mayo on hold, pushing the fight back to the current September date.
Alvarez’s rust and knee
Not only is Canelo returning from a suspension, but there are two other issues to watch. Alvarez was wearing a knee brace during training because of a knee surgery he underwent earlier in the year. He also has not fought since their first bout, which was a year ago on Sept. 16, 2017. His time out of the ring could be a factor. By comparison, GGG kept his scheduled May 5 fight date and beat Vanes Martirosyan.
GGG’s trainer Abel Sanchez also has made it known that he has issues with the wraps Alvarez used in the first fight. He does not want Alvarez to “stack” when he gets wrapped. Sanchez also complained about referee Tony Weeks, who was initially recommended to officiate the fight. Instead, Benjy Esteves Jr. was selected to be the referee in the ring.
Each fighter’s keys to victory
Canelo has to be aggressive and smart. His best course of action would be letting GGG chase him and punch himself out. Alvarez needs to keep his emotions in check if he wants to win. If Canelo gets knocked out early, he’s out hundreds of millions in future fights/endorsement money. This is for the legacy of his career, so he has to do his best to go the distance. He also cannot afford to give up the middle rounds.
Golovkin has to attack the body even more. His jabs were great in the first fight; he needs to add more body shots and take counter-shots by Canelo. Cutting off the ring to prevent Canelo from running will be crucial.
GGG wins in a decision. I don’t think anybody is getting knocked out.
Danny Garcia created some fireworks during his knockout win over Brandon Rios on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and the fireworks continued in the ring even after the fight.
The 29-year-old from Philadelphia ran his record to 34-1 after his 9th-round TKO of Rios on this huge shot:
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) February 18, 2018
The referee stopped the fight after determining Rios could not continue. Garcia was leading 7-1 on two cards and 6-2 on the third judge’s card at the time of the stoppage.
After his win, Garcia was interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray. He expressed interest in fighting Keith Thurman in a rematch, but then Shawn Porter came in and interrupted. The two exchanged some serious trash talk that included harsh language:
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) February 18, 2018
The Showtime video cuts out before the real gem, which was Garcia declaring, “This is the Danny Garcia show! Get the f— out of here!”
At 28-0 and having secured wins over both Porter and Garcia, Thurman is sitting on the top of the mountain at welterweight. He’s set to fight next in May. Porter, at 28-2-1, is not as attractive as an opponent as Thurman despite his best trash-talking efforts.
Las Vegas – Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios are meeting on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay, and LBS is on the scene. Garcia is 33-1 and lost to Keith Thurman last March. Rios is 34-3-1 and has lost three of his last six fights, including defeats to Mike Alvarado, Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
We will be providing coverage of the main event with analysis from ringside combat reporter Arsen Dadyan.
Keep refreshing the post for commentary and updates as the event continues.
Rory MacDonald was taken to the hospital after his win over Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 on Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
MacDonald won the fight by unanimous decision to capture the Bellator Welterweight Championship. He suffered a massive hematoma on his left shin that was visible and clearly bothering him in the fourth round.
— JASON (@sevenxenemies) January 21, 2018
Before the fifth round began, MacDonald was checked by a cageside doctor who forced him to stand on his leg to prove he could continue. He was able to pass the test, and then he was able to score a takedown on Lima in the final round, which helped him get the victory.
After the fight, MacDonald’s leg was so bad that he had to be carried into the locker room. He joked in his postfight interview that it felt like he had another person growing inside his leg.
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Aaron Pico is quickly establishing himself as a fighter to watch in Bellator.
The 21-year-old world-class wrestler defeated Shane Krutchen in 37 seconds at Bellator 192 in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday night. Pico needed only a few seconds to show his dominance of Krutchen. He quickly dropped his opponent with some vicious body punches that had fans buzzing.
— Simon Head (@simonhead) January 21, 2018
The win helped Pico improve to 2-1.
Twitter was incredibly impressed by the knockout. Take a look at the great reactions:
— Dave Madden (@DaveMMAdden) January 21, 2018