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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Boxing

Andy Ruiz Jr says Anthony Joshua is ‘not good at boxing’

Andy Ruiz Snickers

It’s safe to say that Andy Ruiz Jr is enjoying his victory lap.

Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Ruiz Jr, who stunned Anthony Joshua earlier this month in a huge upset to win the unified world heavyweight title, had some trash talk for Joshua in anticipation of their next meeting.

“The rematch is going to be the same. I am going to be more prepared and more ready,” he said, per BBC Sport. “I know his flaws. I can do a lot better. The only thing that he can do is just run around, he’s not good at boxing.

“People thought I wasn’t going to do anything, I was too big, too overweight,” Ruiz Jr continued. “I don’t want to say all the things I am going to change. There is going to be a lot of changing, I am going to come at a better weight this time. It’s going to be a hell of a fight.”

Joshua, who was a perfect 22-0 before his loss to Ruiz Jr, had many of his weaknesses exposed during the Jun. 1 bout, particularly his chin and stamina.

The rematch clause between the two has already been triggered, meaning that Round 2 will definitely happen at some point. There has been some haggling over where the rematch might take place, but Ruiz Jr is clearly relishing the moment for now.

Watch: Tyson Fury put on a defensive clinic against Tom Schwarz

Tyson Fury

Not only did Tyson Fury bust open Tom Schwarz’s nose, knock him down, and win via second-round TKO in their fight on Saturday night, but he showcased some next-level defense from a heavyweight.

Fury used his exceptional head movement to avoid about six straight punches from Schwarz. Take a look:

If you don’t get hit, you can’t get hurt.

Some fighters are defensive specialists and just avoid damage, but Fury also inflicted plenty. After his knockdown in the second, Schwarz’s corner was ready to stop the fight at the same time the referee stopped it.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights, including the knockdown that led to the stoppage:

Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs), is now targeting a fight later this year and rematch against Deontay Wilder some time next year.

Watch: Tyson Fury sings Aerosmith after TKO win

Tyson Fury sings

Tyson Fury showed off an array of talents on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Fury beat Tom Schwarz via second-round TKO in their heavyweight fight at the MGM Grand. Then after his fight, he grabbed the mic and proceeded to sing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

While this may seem out of the ordinary for many fans, it’s actually nothing new for Fury. He did the exact same thing after his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

Fury, 30, is now 28-0-1, with the draw coming in his previous fight against Deontay Wilder. He plans to fight on either Sept. 21 or Oct. 5 and then rematch Wilder next year.

Oscar De La Hoya throws shade at GGG after win

Oscar de la Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya saw Gennady Golovkin win on Saturday night against Steve Rolls and is still not impressed. De La Hoya decided to throw some shade at GGG instead.

Following Golovkin’s fourth-round knockout win over Rolls, De La Hoya told GGG to “fight a real fighter” and “win a belt.”

What’s the background? De La Hoya runs Golden Boy Promotions and makes Canelo Alvarez’s fights. Golovkin and Canelo have fought each of the last two Septembers, with the first being declared a draw and Canelo being awarded a majority decision win in the second fight. GGG was saying after the fight that he was ready for a third match with Canelo, but Oscar seems opposed. Golovkin also lost his middleweight title belts when he was beaten by Alvarez, which is why Oscar says GGG needs to win one.

Golovkin did not sign with DAZN to not face Alvarez a third time. The only question is when that fight will take place. Oscar seems to want to see GGG fight someone else before taking on Canelo.

Gennady Golovkin ready for third fight with Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin made a successful debut on DAZN Saturday night and is ready for his next fight, one that will be much bigger.

GGG knocked out Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden with a huge left hand in the fourth round to improve to 39-1-1. The fight was widely believed to be a tuneup before he completes his trilogy with Canelo Alvarez.

After the win, Golovkin was asked by DAZN’s Chris Mannix about his next fight and said he was ready for Canelo.

“Everybody knows, everybody knows. Of course I’m ready for September, I’m ready for Canelo. Just bring him, ask him. I’m ready,” GGG said.

“If you want Big Drama Show, please tell him. Why not?”

Here’s the video:

Canelo and GGG have met each of the last two Septembers. They fought to a draw the first time; Canelo won via majority decision in the second; and this September would complete the trilogy.

GGG signed on with DAZN with an eye towards the third fight with Alvarez. He reportedly will be paid $30 million for the battle.

Watch: Gennady Golovkin wrecks Steve Rolls with big knockout

Gennady Golovkin GGG

Gennady Golovkin did to Steve Rolls exactly what he was supposed to do.

GGG knocked out Rolls in the fourth round of their middleweight fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night with a huge left hand. Twice during the 20 seconds before the knockout, Golovkin cracked Rolls with overhand shots that left the Canadian fighter wobbly. GGG then put the finishing touches on with a huge left that kept Rolls down for the count.

Rolls tried to get up off the canvas but was incoherent and couldn’t stand up to beat the 10-count, ending the fight.

Golovkin improves to 39-1-1 with 35 knockouts, while Rolls has suffered his first career loss.

This bout was the first of a six-fight deal Golovkin signed with DAZN. He is expected to face Canelo Alvarez next to complete their trilogy.

Watch: Michael Seals put Christopher Brooker to sleep with this knockout

Christopher Brooker knockout

Michael Seals on Saturday picked up his 23rd career win, and he did so with a major knockout.

Seals was taking on Christopher Brooker during their light heavyweight fight at Reno-Sparks Convention Center. During the second round of their fight, Seals caught Brooker on the top of the head with a big right hand that dropped Brooker and ended the fight. Brooker was put to sleep by the knockout and ended up awkwardly laying on the bottom rope.

That looked painful.

Seals is now 23-2 with 17 KOs, while Brooker drops to 14-7.