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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Boxing

Adrien Broner refuses to take questions from Al Bernstein at press conference

Adrien Broner

Adrien Broner got personal at his press conference on Wednesday and refused to take questions from a specific boxing commentator.

Broner and Manny Pacquiao met with the media ahead of their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday in Las Vegas. Al Bernstein, a veteran boxing commentator who serves as an analyst for Showtime, was serving as a moderator of sorts. He stood at the podium asking some questions, but was rebuffed when he tried asking Broner some questions.

Broner repeatedly told Bernstein “I don’t f— with you.” He said Bernstein talked too much s— about him on Twitter.

“I already feel like you against me. I’d rather Roy Jones or Stephen A. Smith ask me some questions,” Broner said.

The behavior from Broner was unprofessional, but within character. The 29-year-old fighter has constantly been in trouble with the law, though he’s always good at generating attention and publicity, which helps sell fights. Acts like this help create more buzz and is part of the show for him.

As for what Berstein has said about him – nothing too bad seems to stick out, though he’s been critical of Broner’s behavior in the past when necessary.

Bernstein, who works for the network that is televising the fight on pay-per-view, seemed to take things in stride like a pro.

Manny Pacquiao not overlooking Adrien Broner for Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is not overlooking Adrien Broner despite talks of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr percolating.

Pacquiao is in Los Angeles this week to train and meet with the media ahead of his fight with Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 19. He was asked by a reporter about the drama surrounding Broner ahead of the fight and said he is not focusing on that.

“I’m not taking this fight lightly. I don’t listen to any gossip about Adrien Broner, I just focus on my training,” Pacquiao said. “I want to be in 100 percent condition and ready for the fight on January 19.”

Pacquiao attended Tuesday night’s Clippers home game for Filipino Heritage Night. Mayweather was also there, and the two exchanged pleasantries. That led to a question about a potential fight with Mayweather.

“My plan is to take it one fight at a time. I can’t talk about future fights until I do what I have to on January 19. You can ask me again after this one,” Pacquiao said Thursday.

Prior to his New Year’s Eve exhibition with Tenshin Nasukawa, there was talk that Mayweather would have one fight before a rematch with Pacquiao. That seems to be the direction we’re heading.

Adrien Broner arrested again for failure to appear in court

Adrien Broner mug shot

Adrien Broner is preparing for his big fight against Manny Pacquiao that will take place in less than a month, but it sounds like he has some more legal trouble to sort out first.

Broner, who is certainly no stranger to run-ins with the law, was arrested earlier this month over a warrant that was issued stemming from him failing to appear in court. According to TMZ, the court appearance had to do with Broner’s December 2017 arrest for driving without a license, speeding and having no proof of insurance. He was also arrested back in July for failing to show up to a court date related to the same case.

Court records show that Broner was booked by county jail and released.

TMZ reported recently that Broner is also being sued by a jeweler over a balance of more than $1 million that he supposedly has not paid. While he has a big payday coming after his Jan. 19 fight against Pacquiao, the jeweler claims Broner already ducked out on a bill in the past after a big bout.

Broner has been arrested and sued multiple times, and some of the allegations against him are quite disturbing. Despite that, the 29-year-old was still able to land the big fight with Pacquiao.

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury both want rematch

Deontay Wilder

Both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury were talking rematch after fighting to a draw on Saturday night.

Wilder scored two knockdowns of Fury during their heavyweight fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles. One judge still scored the fight in favor of Fury (114-112), while another had it even (113-113) and the third gave it to Wilder (115-111). The result was a split decision draw.

Both fighters welcomed a rematch in comments made after the bout.

“I would love for it to be my next fight (on the rematch). Why not? Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a a great fight and let’s do it again. It doesn’t matter to me where we do it,” Wilder said after the fight.

“We’re the two best in the world and we proved it tonight. When you get two warriors you get a great fight. That’s what we proved tonight and I’m ready to do it again.”

Fury called himself and Wilder the two best heavyweights in the world and said they would do a rematch.

“One hundred percent we’ll do the rematch. We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”

Showtime will have to sort out the pay-per-view numbers from the fight and decide whether the next bout would be aired for free or once again aired on pay-per-view. The hype from this fight plus the crazy ending should generate more buzz for a rematch.

Tyson Fury pulls stunner like Undertaker, somehow gets up after 12th-round knockdown

Tyson Fury knockdown>

Tyson Fury somehow got up after a monster 12th-round knockdown by Deontay Wilder during their heavyweight fight on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fury, by many accounts, had fought a strong fight most of the way and avoided many of the big shots the Bronze Bomber had taken at him. However, Wilder caught him with a punch for a knockdown in the 9th. Then in the 12th, Wilder crushed Fury with a two-punch combo to send him to the canvas.

Fury looked like he was out for the count, but he suddenly sat up out of nowhere to beat the count.

Fans were stunned, with many comparing his response to The Undertaker.

Fury beating the 10-count and making it up to finish the fight allowed him to change the outcome from a loss to a draw. One judge had the fight scored in favor of Wilder (115-111), another for Fury (114-112), and a third had it as a draw (113-113), making the result a draw.

Fury looked like a magician with the way he bounced off the canvas after that knockdown.

With the draw, both fighters remain unbeaten, paving the way for a rematch.

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fight live blog

Deontay Wilder

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.

Larry Brown Sports is in attendance for the fight and will provide coverage of the main event and some undercard fights. Continue refreshing this link to read the latest updates from Staples Center.

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Deontay Wilder trash talks Tyson Fury at weigh in, predicts KO

Deontay Wilder

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.