You ever see a showboating fighter and say to yourself, “I wish someone would knock him out and teach him a lesson”? Well, your dreams have come true.
25-year-old French boxer Sabri Sediri was up big against Sam Maxwell during their super lightweight fight at Leicester Arena on Saturday before his carelessness cost him.
Sediri had already knocked Maxwell down twice in the fight and was a minute away from winning. He peppered Maxwell with a big left hook that left his opponent stumbling. Sediri mimicked taking a bow and then began dancing around with his gloves down as he dodged punches from Maxwell.
Then with 14 seconds left, as fate would have it, Maxwell finally connected and sent Sediri to the canvas:
Sam Maxwell was losing and being taunted by his opponent all fight and then did this with 10 second to go!
Incredible knockout pic.twitter.com/qM069RZnQK
— Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) March 23, 2019
Sediri was so dazed by the knockdown that the referee called off the fight, awarding Maxwell a TKO victory. The win gave Maxwell the vacant World Boxing Organisation European Super Lightweight Title, as well as one of the most satisfying boxing wins we’ve ever seen.
Deontay Wilder announced details on Tuesday of his next fight, saying he will be facing WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 18. The big revelation to come from his press conference on Tuesday was that the fight will be on Showtime and not on pay-per-view, which is a nice bonus for the fans.
Being able to watch Wilder’s fight without paying more than the price of a Showtime subscription is a plus for the fans. However, the deal is somewhat disappointing in general.
Wilder was in talks to face Tyson Fury in a rematch, but that fell through after Fury signed last month to fight under Top Rank on ESPN. He has gone back-and-forth with Anthony Joshua since last year, with the two sides unable to agree on a deal.
Joshua is signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and fights exclusively on DAZN. According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, DAZN made two multi-million dollar contract offers to Wilder to create a bout with Joshua, which Wilder rejected. The offers would have required three or four fight commitments.
Wilder says not locking himself into a deal so that he could maintain flexibility, and also fighting on networks with greater visibility than DAZN factored into his decision-making.
“The thing about having freedom is that it allows you to dictate your career,” Wilder said Tuesday. “When you sign with people, now they’re in control. We’ve seen many fighters get into situations with promoters and get put on the shelf. They have families they need to feed but they aren’t in control. You don’t want to be tied up for a long time.
“The more eyeballs, the better, especially because I give you your money’s worth. I’m the people’s champion. Some fail to realize that we have our own money, our own networks with a big audience, and a big stable of heavyweights. They always saying I’m stuck, what is my next move, but the question is, what are these other guys going to do? I’ve got a lot of options here with heavyweights at PBC.”
PBC is promoting Wilder’s fight with Breazeale, and their relationships are with Showtime and FOX. Breazeale is 20-1, with his lone loss coming against Joshua. Wilder really should be fighting Fury or Joshua.
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Dana White was among those who believed Mikey Garcia had a chance to overcome long odds and capture the IBF welterweight title on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the UFC president put his money where his mouth was.
Garcia, who entered Saturday’s bout having never lost a fight, was a +230 underdog against also-undefeated Errol Spence Jr. White bet $10,000 on Garcia for a chance to win $23,000.
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) March 17, 2019
Spence won the fight in dominant fashion with a unanimous decision. He outlanded Garcia 345 to 75, and he had a clear power advantage with 51 percent of power shots landed compared to just 18.5 percent for Garcia.
Simply put, the fight wasn’t close. Despite how confident Garcia was in calling out Spence last year, he was clearly outclassed. White and many others got burned by going for the big payday.
Shawn Porter made weight for his fight on Saturday by a literal hair.
Porter is set to defend his WBC welterweight title against Yordenis Ugas at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. The weight limit for the fight is 147 pounds, which posed a problem after Porter initially weighed in at 148.8 pounds on Friday.
With two hours left to make weight, Porter headed to a gym to do some exercise and sauna. He returned and weighed himself again but was still over. So as a last measure, he cut his hair. That took him under the mark so that the fight could qualify as a title defense.
. @showtimeshawnp’s father told me they went to a 24-Hr Fitness. He hit the treadmill, mitts, shadowboxed & sauna. #LAtraffic sucked up about half the allotted 2-hours. W/just minutes to spare, he stepped on the scale- still over. He cut his hair to w/ less than a min to spare.
— Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) March 9, 2019
Shawn Porter haircut, photo courtesy WBC… pic.twitter.com/shsmbVPmBv
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) March 8, 2019
— Sean Zittel (@Sean_Zittel) March 8, 2019
Porter officially weighed in at 146.8 pounds. The 31-year-old will look to run his record to 30-2-1 now that he has made weight.
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Gennady Golovkin is a free agent in the boxing world after his contract with HBO ended, and new sports streaming service DAZN may be in the lead to sign him.
Golovkin has been meeting with different boxing promotions/TV companies over the past few months. He met with DAZN and Premier Boxing Champions in December and also received an offer from ESPN/Top Rank. GGG seems to be getting closer to signing as he met with prospective companies this week.
Ring Magazine’s Mike Coppinger reported on Friday that DAZN is in the lead to sign him after offering a two-fight deal worth at least $40 million.
Sources: DAZN has emerged as the front-runner in the GGG sweepstakes. They offered a two-fight deal Wednesday that would pay GGG at least $40 million and a September bout with Canelo. PBC offered a two-fight deal that pays eight figures per bout and fall fight vs. Jermall Charlo
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) February 1, 2019
DAZN made a major splash last year by signing Canelo Alvarez to a $350 million, multi-fight deal. The problem is DAZN needs to find enough quality opponents who are available to fight him; many potential competitors belong to other promotions, like Top Rank or PBC.
Golovkin signing with DAZN would allow him and Canelo to meet for a third time, perhaps in September, and give DAZN a much more stacked roster of fighters.
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Adrien Broner’s legal woes continue to mount as he simply can’t bring himself to show up for his scheduled court dates.
A judge in Broward County, Florida issued another warrant for Broner’s arrest on Wednesday, according to TMZ, as the boxer failed to show for a court date stemming from a speeding incident in Dec. 2017.
This is the third time Broner has failed to report to court stemming from that incident. He was spotted at a Lakers game in Los Angeles on Wednesday night instead.
Broner was accused of speeding while driving without a license, registration, or proof of insurance. He most recently failed to appear in court at the end of December. He’s had other legal problems as well, and has lost decisively in a boxing match to Manny Pacquiao since that last arrest.
- Adrien Broner
Remember all that talk about what happened to Klay Thompson and his shot? Neither do I.
Thompson was on absolute fire during the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. In 27 minutes, Thompson was 17/20 from the field including 10/11 on threes for 44 points as he got the Warriors out to a huge lead. In fact, he began the game by making his first 10 three-point shots, which is an NBA record.
After one of his made threes during the third quarter, Thompson flashed a money sign at Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who was attending the game in Los Angeles.
Klay Thompson wildin’ now. Just threw up a money sign at Floyd Mayweather. pic.twitter.com/qWdrSmatzU
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 22, 2019
When Thompson is going that hot, there’s not much you can do except admire the show.
Since a cold stretch a month ago, Thompson has completely turned things around. He’s shooting nearly 53 percent from the field in January and making 44 percent of his threes. What do you think he’s saying to his hand now?
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