Wilder blames Whyte for lack of WBC title shot

Wilder says Whyte has four strikes against him.

By now we should all be well aware that Dillian Whyte is unhappy with the WBC because they haven’t enforced a mandatory title shot for him. In fact, the WBC isn’t all that happy with Whyte either, with the way he’s been throwing the sanctioning body under the bus in public over his situation.

Whyte has been the WBC’s #1 contender for quite a while, but as he continues to seek a shot at champion Deontay Wilder, Wilder says Whyte only has himself to blame for the position he finds himself in.

“I told Dillian Whyte, I gave him two options. I told him to sign with the PBC (Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions) when he came from over here network shopping or whatever he was over here doing. So I told him, ‘yeah just sign with us, a one-fight deal. Then no problem we’ll get that fight on.

“We can get it on, I’ll give you that shot’. But that was one time – STRIKE.”

The next ‘strike’ came when Wilder says he told Dillian Whyte to face Luis Ortiz, giving him his word that if he did he would fight Whyte afterwards. Wilder emphasizes that he’s a man of his word but that Whyte passed on that opportunity as well.

Wilder continued by saying that the WBC then ordered Whyte to face Ortiz in a title eliminator match, another fight Whyte declined. ‘Strike three,’ says Wilder. And, finally, Wilder says the ‘strike four’ came when he told Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn that he would fight Whyte if he was guaranteed a fight with Anthony Joshua immediately after. That obviously didn’t happen either.

“I don’t want people to feel sorry for him I really don’t. I know I came out and said it’s a shame with what’s going on. But it’s a shame what’s been going on because of his own actions,” pointed out the undefeated puncher.

“I want to clear that up. It’s because of his own actions. He allowed himself not have this opportunity because he had three times, really four.”

As of now Whyte is scheduled to face Oscar Rivas on July 20, with his promoter believing that fight will likely end up being for the WBC’s interim title.

Tramaine Williams wants ‘major fight’ following latest win

On Saturday June 29th, Roc Nation Sports junior featherweight prospect Tramaine Williams (18-0, 6 KOs), defeated durable world class opponent Neil John Tabanao (17-6, 11 KOs) of the Philippines in a 10 round bout at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. to keep his record unblemished.

Williams fought a near shutout over Tabanao and won by unanimous decision via scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92.

“Saturday was amazing,” said Williams. “The fans came out and showcased how much love there still is in New Haven. Thanks to all of them for keeping the energy up!”

A New Haven, Conn. Native, Williams — a former 10-time national amateur champion — proceeded to win in his home state during his third and most impressive fight of 2019.

Broadcasted on Facebook’s Fight Night Live, the Williams-Tabanao fight was part of “Homecoming Kings,” the Live Championship Boxing event presented by CES Boxing

This victory is the third of 2019 for Williams who is hoping for a major fight against a world ranked opponent as soon as possible.

“After three fights in the last 4 months to get back on track, Tramaine is now ready for a major fight,” said Roc Nation Sports boxing promoter Dino Duva.

“He has worked hard to prove he is the best 122 lb. prospect in the world, and he is ready to step up to the world stage. Expect a major fight announcement very soon. Tramaine’s time is now.”

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Five Potential Opponents For Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

With a date of September 14 locked in for Mexican superstar Saul Alvarez, the hunt for an acceptable dance partner continues. The 28-year-old – who recently overcame IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas – has been linked with a host of world-class names across several weight divisions in recent weeks. Who seems likely to secure a showdown with boxing’s biggest money generator? We assess five different avenues that Canelo could be heading down in the near future.

Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KO’s)

After making a series of successful WBO super welterweight World title defences in the last twelve months, could Munguia be moving up a division for a blockbuster all-Mexican showdown? The 22-year-old – who won his WBO crown back in May 2018 with a four-round demolition against Sadam Ali – has spoken of his desire to secure a big fight in the coming months.

Fernando Beltran – co-promoter of Munguia alongside Golden Boy – publicly revealed that an offer had been put forward for the 154lb champion to face boxing’s marquee name, though nothing has been agreed or signed as of yet. With Munguia fighting under the same banner as Alvarez, and seemingly keen to take the challenge, the Tijuana native is definitely a front-runner in the race to take on the unified middleweight champion.

Should Canelo pursue other avenues for September, a DAZN bout with Gennady Golovkin remains a realistic option for Munguia later in the year. Regardless of whether it happens next, however, a future meeting between the Mexican pair seems an inevitability.

Sergey Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KO’s)

Talk of a potential clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and multi-weight kingpin Saul Alvarez started to gather pace earlier in the week, with Canelo supposedly eager to try his luck against the Russian at 175lbs. Kovalev – who avenged his loss at the hands of Eleider Alvarez back in February – has been long-linked with a title defence against number one-ranked contender Anthony Yarde. After their discussed June meeting never materialised, the pair looked set to square off later in the year.

Reports suggest an offer has been made to Kovalev to face Canelo in September, however, which could leave Yarde on the sidelines with a step-aside fee to show for it. Talks remain ongoing, but if Kovalev-Canelo does not materialise, the self-proclaimed ‘Krusher’ could yet face the unbeaten Yarde on August 24 in Russia.

Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KO’s)

With Saul Alvarez only one belt away from becoming undisputed champion at middleweight, could Demetrius Andrade be in his crosshairs? WBO middleweight champion Andrade also has ties with US broadcaster DAZN, and successfully defended his crown last weekend with a comprehensive points win over Maciej Sulecki in Providence.

In spite of talk of a daring trip up to light heavyweight for Canelo, the lure of crowning an undisputed 160lb champion could prove enough to get this fight made in the coming months. Andrade was quick to call out the Mexican (as well as Gennady Golovkin) following his shutout win over Sulecki, and after a stop-start few years at the top level, ‘Boo-Boo’ seems determined to secure a career-defining fight in the near future.

Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO’s)

Trilogy, anyone? Though negotiations for a September clash appear to be strained, a third potential meeting between Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin remains one of the biggest money fights in boxing. Alvarez – who many felt fortunate to get a split draw in their first encounter – claimed a majority decision victory in the rematch, in what was another ultra-competitive contest.

Golovkin has since bounced back from losing his unified middleweight crown with a 4th round knockout victory over the previously-unbeaten Steve Rolls on DAZN, and the Kazakhstan native remains determined to reach the sport’s pinnacle once again by claiming a world title. Should Jaime Munguia not secure a bout with Canelo on September 14, ‘GGG’ could face the 22-year-old before the turn of the year, ahead of a potential trilogy showdown with his long-standing Mexican rival in 2020.

Callum Smith (26-0, 19 KO’s)

Also in the hunt for a marquee fight is Liverpool’s WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith. Having dethroned George Groves to win the World Boxing Super Series back in September, Smith has since defended his world title against Hassan N’Dam on the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz bill in New York. The 29-year-old Smith dropped his opponent in each session en route to an impressive 3rd round stoppage victory.

Smith – as well as coach Joe Gallagher – have publicly spoken of their desire to face Saul Alvarez following the N’Dam win, with the Merseyside man on the hunt for a big-money showdown. ‘Mundo’ confirmed he had received an offer to face newly-crowned WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in an all-English affair, though his priority remains securing a lucrative clash with the 28-year-old Canelo.

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Pacquiao vs Thurman Promises to be an All Action Fight

By: Rahat Haque

It was music to all of our ears when we heard Manny Pacquiao would fight Keith Thurman on July 20th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Both fighters took a step down in competition in their last matches in facing Adrien Broner and Josesito Lopez respectively. Obviously, this irked many fans who do not want the stars of the game to partake in any fights that may remotely resemble a warm up or tune up. In their eyes, every star of the boxing game should keep taking leaps in the level of opposition fought. Even if Manny cleaned his division in the past, that did not excuse him from fighting the best out there at present. In Thurman’s case, even if he was on a steady progress to fight the best out there, such as getting the W versus Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia in recent memory, it was high time for him to fight the main man at 147 or an active legend in Pacquiao. As he is doing the latter, all fans’ wants have been met!

The result of this fight definitely means more to Keith “One Time” Thurman than it does to Pacquaio. Pacquiao’s motivations remain the same as it had been during the Broner fight. He loves fighting, wants to stay sharp, and possibly entice Mayweather out of retirement for one more gratuitous payday. Nobody will bat an eyelid if the 40 year old senator loses. It is not the same for Thurman, who has taken a lot of heat already for being relatively inactive compared to his compatriots at 147. A loss here would further plummet his stock by taking away the undefeated chip from his table. We have seen many arrogant undefeated fighters get used to defeat very quickly after they have tasted their first loss. That is not a road Thurman would like to embark on. Especially with much tougher challenges in Errol Spence and Terrence Crawford on the horizon.

From initial study of the tape, Thurman has his work cut out for him. He is undefeated, but not invincible. He took a lot of punishment versus Porter, Garcia and Lopez. He does not have the best defense, and he himself will tell you that he is not a defense oriented fighter. But yet he can box on the outside, as he had shown against Jan Zavek. But that was only because the seasoned Slovenian was extremely one dimensional and clearly was not ready for Thurman’s athleticism and range. When Porter matched Thurman’s athleticism, or when Garcia posed an element of danger with equivalent power, Thurman’s real instincts as a boxer came out. He edged both of those fights, but not without losing multiple rounds, and moments of vulnerability in almost every round. Manny Pacquiao, despite being 40, is more like the two aforementioned fighters, and less like Jan Zaveck. He will switch angles on you, he will look to pounce when he can, and so Thurman’s lack of defense may be unveiled once more.

But what Keith has going for him is that if there is another fighter of his caliber who also does not care about defense, it’s Manny. Indeed if Thurman has taken punishment, Pacquiao has taken hellish torture throughout his career. This makes the fight next month all the more fan friendly. It will be action packed, and it could come down to a battle of attrition. In which case, it is unbelievable to predict the different outcomes of the match, as all of which are wild! Thurman has looked vulnerable plenty of times, and it is not hard to envision him suffer technical knock out (TKO). Pacquiao on the other hand has been knocked out clean, and it is not hard to envision him suffering the same fate against Thurman.

Pacquiao’s straight left could debilitate him, and if he freezes up like he has shown to do in occasions versus Porter or Garcia, he could be in for a long night. Alternatively, engaging with Pacquiao is not any better for the Florida pugilist. Taking that road could leave him badly exposed. If Lopez could hurt him, so can Pacquiao. Keith has talked about that not materializing, because of Pacquiao’s shorter reach. That invariably gives away his gameplan, though it was not difficult to guess to begin with. Keith “One Time” Thurman, will be very patient staying on the outside, cocking his head back as needed to evade all of Pacman’s power shots. He will commit on his own shots, but only when Manny is lunging in. He won’t commit at the same level when he is being the aggressor.

From Manny’s point of view, he cannot afford to be passive. The shorter man never outboxes the vastly lankier man, not just in height, but reach. But he can hurt him with power or speed. On July 20th, the Filipino slugger will try to do what he does best, i.e., turn the match into a slugfest. If he is successful in doing that than he has a shot. Otherwise, Keith is the favorite. It may be an unpopular opinion right now, given how easy Manny is to root for, and how everyone is cheering for the active legend. But at the same time, Keith has quietly taken too much flack for his inactivity. Arguably, the third best fighter at 147 is being talked about like he won’t even graze the top five. He will want to make a decisive statement. The world awaits. What a treat this fight is going to be!

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UFC 239 Preview: Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos

By: Jesse Donathan

This weekend’s UFC 239 is one of the best cards of the year, available on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) it features a stacked lineup of fights sure to deliver plenty of bang for your buck to those who enjoy watching the best athletes in the sport of mixed martial arts today compete. The main event features the unstoppable Jon Jones versus the feared KO artist Thiago “Marreta” Santos in a showdown for the light heavyweight crown. The co-main event features women’s two-division champion Amanda Nunes versus the legendary Holly Holm in a bantamweight championship affair. Also on the card is undefeated wrestling sensation Ben Askren who will take on the bruiser Jorge Masvidal and Luke Rockhold debuts at light heavyweight to challenge All-Violence First Team selection Jan Blachowicz.

A battle between the Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight tournament winner Diego Sanchez and The Ultimate Fighter: Live winner Michael Chiesa is also set to take place at UFC 239. Sanchez is enjoying a two-fight winning streak in a long, storied career while Chiesa last tasted victory in his late 2018 welterweight debut against the always tough Carlos Condit by submission following a tough run in the UFC’s lightweight division. The card is scheduled to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada July 6th, 2019 with the main card kicking off at 10pm.

Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos

Seemingly, the only man that can beat Jon Jones in the light heavyweight division is Jon Jones (24-1, 10 KOs). Perhaps the greatest fighter the sport has ever known, Jones’ career has been riddled with troubles both in and out of the ring including a series of performance enhancing drug failures which will forever haunt the light heavyweight kings enduring legacy. Though officially there is no news of a current Jon Jones positive drug test result, there are many on social media who believe it’s only a matter of time before news breaks of an impending positive test for Turinabol metabolites in Jones’s system. While we all certainly hope that isn’t the case, anything short of a dominant performance against the challenger Thiago “Marreta” Santos will come as a surprise to many.

With a record of 21-6, the Rio De Janeiro, Brazil native Thiago Santos is a fierce striker with 15 KO/TKO victories to his credit. Santos comes to bang, a born finisher “Marreta” last tasted defeat just over a year ago at UFC Fight Night 128 in a middleweight contest to David Branch. A fighter you do not have to look for in the cage, Santos went out on his shield against the always dangerous Branch, losing by KO to the Team Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu competitor. Whether or not the weight cut had an effect on Santos’s performance remains to be seen, but since that time the Brazilian dynamo has rattled off four straight victories to earn his turn in the Jon Jones demolition rodeo.

Viewed by many as a lamb being led to slaughter, Santos’s style is custom made for the mobile and diversified striking master Jones who should be able to pick Santos off with relative ease. Likely not news to Thiago Santos, we can expect a game plan from the Brazilian that centers around closing the distance and sealing the deal early against Jackson-Wink MMA representative. Otherwise, look for Santos to fade early and become ripe for the picking to a Jon Jones who will look begin to look like the Predator out there in the cage. It doesn’t take Ms. Cleo to predict someone is going to the hospital after this fight and there is a pretty good chance its not going to be Jon Jones.

Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm

Ric Flair once said, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.” And that is exactly what UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (17-4-0, 12 KOs) did in stopping the sports most feared female competitor Cris “Cyborg” Justino in just under a minute at UFC 232. It was as emphatic as it was convincing, Nunes left no doubt who the better fighter was that night in capturing Justino’s featherweight title in route to becoming the sports first female two-division champion. Since that time, Nunes has been showered with praise as perhaps the sport’s greatest of all-time competitor, despite the fact “Cyborg” went undefeated and was feared in the sport for an unparalleled 13-year run. Nunes will meet “The Preachers Daughter” Saturday night; former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm in UFC 232’s co-main event.

A member of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame, Holm is among the most decorated boxing champions the sport has ever seen who ended her career with an impressive 33-2-3 record. Holm is the real warrior princess, most notably associated as the woman to dethrone UFC superstar Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. This feat alone will forever immortalize “The Preachers Daughter” as a UFC legend in her own right. It was a fight that saw Holm enter the Matrix, outclassing Rousey in the standup department in route to the shot heard around the world that sent Rousey crashing to the canvas, unconscious. The victim of a perfectly executed Holm left high kick.

Though Nunes is capable of stopping Holm, “The Preacher’s Daughter” is a professor of the sweet science and comes well prepared to handle her business in the ring or cage. A Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt, it will be to Nunes’ advantage to make this a mixed martial arts contest instead of attempting to outpoint Holm in a standup contest. The fight will be contested in the UFC’s 135-pound bantamweight division, the champion Nunes opened up as the betting favorite to bring both of her titles back home to Florida when its all said and done.

Ben Askren Vs. Jorge Masvidal

A 2008 Olympian, Ben Askren is Dan Hodge Award winner and the undefeated former ONE Championship welterweight champion. Askren arrived in the UFC via a ground breaking, blockbuster trade with ONE Championship that saw the now former UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson traded to ONE in exchange for the rights to Askren. A dominant wrestler who will drag you into deep waters before drowning you, Askren is one of the greatest collegiate wrestlers of our time with a style custom made for mixed martial arts.

In his way is perennial welterweight bad boy Jorge Masvidal. A no nonsense kind of guy, Masvidal is perhaps best known as a street fighter who bested Kimbo Slice protégé Ray in a street fight video that went viral over a decade ago. A top welterweight competitor, Masvidal will stand and bang with anyone in the welterweight division and possesses an impressive defensive submission ability once the inevitable takedown occurs from his often times outmatched opponents. Unfortunately for Masvidal, the kind of grappling Askren brings to the table is not a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu based style of attack, but instead a unique version of American folk style wrestling that has served Askren well in bending his opponents will to his devices. It’s a classic striker versus grappler matchup with title shot implications.

Luke Rockhold vs. Jan Blachowicz

A former KSW light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz (23-8, 5 KOs) is a fighter’s fighter who won the KSW 9 tournament, defeating three opponents in one night to take home the tournament crown. Before falling to challenger Thiago Santos in February, Blachowicz was on a four-fight win streak in the UFC’s light heavyweight division and is looking to rebound Saturday night against former middleweight contender Luke Rockhold (16-4, 6 KOs). Not a fighter to be taken lightly, Rockhold will have his hands full in dealing with a Jan Blachowicz who hasn’t lost back-to-back fights in over two years.

A Ralph Lauren cologne model, Rockhold is making his UFC light heavyweight debut after a career in the middleweight division that saw the American Kickboxing Academy representative fight some of the best in the business. With his eye on Jon Jones, Rockhold faces Blachowicz in a litmus test to see how Rockhold fairs in a new division without the dangerous and taxing weight cuts that accompanied his time in the middleweight division. With his eye on Jon Jones, Blachowicz will essentially be filling gatekeeper duties in order to find out what if anything Rockhold has left in the tank in a bid for light heavyweight title contention. A complete mixed martial artist with a nasty ground game, Rockhold possesses the ability to compete anywhere Blachowicz wants to take the fight. It should be a competitive contest that answers a lot of questions about Rockhold’s future in the promotion. If Rockhold can’t get it done at light heavyweight after fleeing the UFC’s middleweight division, taking super fight’s against elite UFC competition may be among the only options Rockhold has left outside of hanging them up and looking for a cage side commentary position.

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EXCLUSIVE: Deontay Wilder faults Dillian Whyte on WBC shot, ‘He had four strikes!’

World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has opened up exclusively to WBN on a potential fight with Dillian Whyte.

Wilder has lined up his next two fights, despite Whyte and his promoter Eddie Hearn bemoaning the fact the Briton has been mandatory with the WBC for over 600 days.

Recently completing a WBC stipulation against Dominic Breazeale in devastating fashion, Wilder has a voluntary period. The American is using that time to take on former opponent Luis Ortiz this fall.

Following the Ortiz rematch, Wilder has then set up a second outing with Tyson Fury. A fight the WBC has given its blessing so since the initial battle in December.

This means Whyte will be forced to wait until the summer of 2020, at least, for a crack at the green and gold belt.

Wilder believes the long delay is firmly the Silver title holder’s fault. Whyte has been offered numerous chances by Wilder and his team since becoming number one, as the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has moved to explain in explicit detail.

“At the end of the day, Dillian Whyte could’ve been given that opportunity,” Wilder exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I told Dillian Whyte, I gave him two options. I told him to sign with the PBC (Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions) when he came from over here network shopping or whatever he was over here doing. So I told him, ‘yeah just sign with us, a one-fight deal. Then no problem we’ll get that fight on.

“We can get it on, I’ll give you that shot’. But that was one time – STRIKE.

“Then I told him to fight Luis Ortiz. ‘You fight him and you got my word, you got me’ – I said. And everybody knows when I speak, that’s my word, that’s my bond and I don’t go back on it.

“That’s why when I say things, I own up to all responsibility because I mean what I say. I mean it and I told you, ‘you got it if you beat Ortiz’.

“What did he do? He didn’t want to fight him – STRIKE TWO.”

“Then the WBC came and ordered him to fight Ortiz, they ORDERED him to, and he didn’t want the fight – that’s STRIKE THREE.”

Gaining considerable support for his cause in the UK, Whyte and Hearn have been applying pressure to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.

A scheduled clash with Oscar Rivas is approaching on July 20, something Hearn wants the WBC to make an official final eliminator.

Even if that’s ratified, the WBC would almost certainly sanction the Fury rematch due to their policy of making the best fights for the fans.


STRIKE FOUR

Adding a further swing and miss to his discussion on Whyte, Wilder is adamant the ‘Bodysnatcher’ has nobody else to blame but himself.

“I don’t want people to feel sorry for him I really don’t. I know I came out and said it’s a shame with what’s going on. But it’s a shame what’s been going on because of his own actions,” pointed out the undefeated puncher.

“I want to clear that up. It’s because of his own actions. He allowed himself not have this opportunity because he had three times, really four.

“But I’m not going to bring up the situation of when I was going back to the Joshua because that’s where I told Hearn to put him on before that fight.

“I said, ‘If you give me Dillian then put Joshua on (straight after in the next fight). So that’s a solid STRIKE FOUR there,” he concluded.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay (article transcribed by Assistant Editor).

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