The Fight Before Christmas: Daniel Dubois, Tommy Fury discuss Dec 21

Tommy Fury Daniel Dubois

Promoter Frank Warren today revealed details of Queensberry Promotions’ bumper ‘The Fight Before Christmas’ show at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday December 21.

The world’s number one heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois (13-0, 12KOs) tops the bill when he defends his WBO International heavyweight title against Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1, 13KOs).

The WBC Silver belt will also be on the line giving Dubois an opportunity to win a ninth professional title in his 14th professional fight.

Dubois has already captured WBC Youth, Southern Area, English, WBO European, WBO Global, British, WBO International and Commonwealth titles, but faces a hard night against the world ranked Japanese star.

Unbeaten light-heavyweight hopeful Tommy Fury (2-0, 1 KO) returns after his successful stint on Love Island where he finished runner-up with his girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague.

Details of further brilliant fights will be announced in the coming days.

“I am very happy. My career has been perfect so far and I have progressed in and out of the ring,” said Dubois. “I am with Frank Warren who is one of the best promoters ever.

“There is also my Dad, Martin and Tony Bowers. We are going all the way.

“My trainer Martin has organised so much and puts in so much hard work. I am going to make sure I become a success.”

Fury stated: “It is good to be back after Love Island and life is good. I feel at home when I’m in the squared circle.

“Fame is one thing, but it is how you cope with it. You can let it go to your head and run around thinking you’re too good for everybody. But, you are the same as everybody.

“It’s just that a few more people want to take your picture or get a signature. I am still the same man as I was before Love Island.

“The same lad who was boxing on the Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton undercard.”

Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions are heading to the Copper Box Arena to stage a bumper night of boxing on December 21st.”

Unbeaten Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) looks to continue his path of destruction against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1). The WBC Silver Heavyweight championship and the WBO International Heavyweight belts will be on the line.

Light Heavyweight prospect and Love Island star Tommy Fury (2-0) makes his long awaited return to the boxing ring after winning the hearts of the nation on the popular ITV reality television show over the summer.


Tickets from £40 are now on sale via Seetickets and will be available via Ticketmaster on Wednesday.

Ticket prices:

£250 – Hospitality
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor
£75 – Floor
£50 – Lower Tier
£40 – Upper Tier

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Deontay Wilder’s brother Marsellos to feature on MGM Grand undercard

Marsellos Wilder

Cruiserweight Marsellos Wilder will fight on big brother Deontay Wilder’s undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena next week in  Las Vegas.

The 30 year-old, who is 5-1 as a pro, is pencilled in to fight Dustin Long in a four-round attraction.

Wilder’s addition means there are now eleven bouts on the bill.

Making the announcement, Wilder said: “I got word on Nov. 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand I have been offered an opportunity to showcase my talents on the undercard of my brother big rematch fight Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz.

“The first fight was historic and ended in a booming fashion, so you don’t wanna miss this here. Get your tickets or order on FoxPPV.

“I have been chilled out for a min patient, hustling, grinding and most importantly stayed prayed up.

“Now, my name has been called and I will show up and handle my business at any means necessary. Let’s get it, let’s go. Let’s do this s***. Victory!”

Two unanimous victories have been recorded by Wilder in 2019 since a shock first defeat and a no contest at the beginning of the year.

This all happened either side of a three-month suspension placed on Wilder for recreational drugs showing up in a test sample.

Recent confirmation of further bouts means Wilder vs Ortiz 2 is a stacked event taking place on the famous strip.

WBN will also be live in the arena to provide a live scorecard from the headlining match-up.


PRELIMS

Undefeated Cuban contender Leduan Barthelemy will square off against former title challenger Eduardo Ramirez in a 10-round super featherweight rematch.

This bout headlines the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Prelims on FS2 and FOX Deportes.

Barthelemy and Ramirez go toe-to-toe again after originally fighting to a split-draw in their 2017 duel.

Prelims begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and will also feature 17-year-old sensation Vito Mielnicki Jr. in a four-round welterweight bout against North Carolina’s Marklin Bailey.

Plus rising super lightweight prospect Omar “El Relámpago” Juarez battling Michigan’s Kevin Shacks in a six-round attraction.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com.

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Thousand illegally stream YouTube boxing through GLASSES reflection

Thousands of fans managed to capture the YouTube boxing fight on Saturday night, potentially costing hundreds of thousands of pounds to Sky Sports Box Office.

Viewers, many from the UK, watched the fight through man’s glasses as the reflection gave them an almost perfectly flipped view of the action.

DAZN, the US network provider, would also have been out of pocket due to subscribers not signing up for access they gained from the live feed.

Two world champions featured on the undercard of what was a disappointing event in the end. Billy Joe Saunders and Devin Haney.

Both won in out-of-sorts performances, calling out the top two pound for pound stars after having their hands raised.

” l got the win, on to the next. In 2020 I want all the top guys. I want to unify. Vasyl Lomachenko and I can get it done. I can see what Lomachenko does,” said Haney.

“2020 I want to start off with a bang with all the big fights.”


“The performance was not worthy Canelo or Jacobs, but I came here five days before. I knew in my head I had to get him out of here,” stated Saunders.

“I’ve been in big fights, needed to stay cool. As being champion you know when to step on the gas, and you need to step on the gas at some point. It’s the difference between winning and losing.

“Canelo, if you want to become four-weight champion, take me now because this is the time to make it happen. I want Canelo. I respect you, you’ve done big things for the sport.”

Despite Haney and Saunders not being at their best, fans in the arena – most of whom were teenagers, were only there for one thing.

LOSERS

That was a six-round farce between two YouTubers who can’t box. The pair will now be out of pocket with what transpired online.

It’s rumored many others chose to live broadcast the fight to their friends, family and strangers too.

At the time a screenshot was taken of the event, the main event was in the ring. There were already 11,000 people watching the stream.

That number would almost certainly have risen as the bout continued.

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Jamel Herring impresses in title defense, Kubrat Pulev wants Ruiz vs Joshua 2 winner

Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, retained his WBO junior lightweight world title with a Veterans Day Weekend unanimous decision (115-113 and 117-111 2X) win over top contender Lamont Roach Jr. in front of 7,412 fans at Chukchansi Park.

Herring controlled the action early, but Roach landed a hellacious right hand at the end of the 11th that nearly sent Herring through the ropes. Roach pressed the action in the 12th, but it was too little, too late, as “The Fighting Marine” made his first successful title defense.

“I won {the title} on Memorial Day Weekend and I defended it on Veterans Day Weekend, so it definitely means a lot to all of our troops out there defending our country and still in harm’s way,” Herring said. “This is for ya’ll. I couldn’t lose it on our weekend. It means a lot to still be a world champion.

“Like I said, Miguel Berchelt is considered number one, the best super featherweight in the world. In order to be the best, you have to keep testing yourself.”

Said Roach: “We knew we had to dig down. When I hurt him, all that was on my mind was finishing him. I’m coming into unchartered territory.”

Pulev Decisons Booker

IBF No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) had his way against Detroit-based veteran Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs), winning a clear unanimous decision (99-91 and 98-92 2X) in the co-feature. Pulev, who challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the unified heavyweight title in November 2014, moved one step closer to potentially challenging the winner of the upcoming Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch.

After the fight, his message was clear. He wants to fight for the title next. Pulev has now won eight in a row since the Klitschko defeat.

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“It’s been eight months from my last fight. I think my opponent was not bad,” Pulev said. “I respect him. It was a very nice fight.

“I controlled the whole fight, and I was the much better boxer. I showed everyone I’m at the world level, and I must fight the winner of Joshua and Ruiz.”

— Former world title challenger Amir Imam (22-2, 19 KOs) returned from a nearly two-year layoff, knocking out Marcos Mojica (16-5-2, 12 KOs) with a right hand in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Imam hadn’t fought since challenging Jose Ramirez for the vacant WBC super lightweight world title in March 2018.

“I just have to be consistent at this point in my career. I’m coming back in January, and I need to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to me,” Imam said.


— Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs), the 19-year-old sensation from Stockton, Calf., dominated Aelio Mesquita (19-5, 17 KOs) over the eight-round distance, winning by identical scores of 80-72 in a lightweight bout.

— Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas middleweight titles, stopping Albert Onolunose (24-3-1, 8 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-rounder.

— Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (1-1, 1 KO) rebounded from the shocking loss in his pro debut to stop Fernando Ibarra (2-2, 0 KOs) in the sixth round of a featherweight tilt.

“I have a new trainer, Ismael Salas, and we worked hard in the gym together,” Ramirez said. “What happened in my pro debut is in the past. I am looking forward to a bright future.”

— Undefeated middleweight contender Esquiva Falcao (25-0, 17 KOs) knocked out veteran Manny Woods (16-9-1, 6 KOs) in the third round.

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Distraught Michael Zerafa opens up on death of ‘mate’ Dwight Ritchie

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Australian Michael Zerafa has poured his heart out over the tragic death of long-time friend Dwight Ritchie during a sparring session between the pair.

Zerafa and Ritchie were training together for their upcoming bouts when the incident happened. Ritchie sadly never recovered.

At just 27, Ritchie’s life was cut short. Zerafa has now paid tribute to the former Aussie middleweight title holder.

“There are simply no words to describe how I am feeling right now,” Zerafa said in a column on exclusiveinsight.com.

“Dwight was one of the most humble people I have ever met.

“We had known each other since we were teenagers when we were just starting out in the sport. And for the past 10 years, Dwight and I had been supporting each other inside, and outside of the ring.

“There had always been a professional and mutual respect between us.

“Yesterday, was an absolute tragedy, and as tough as it is right now for myself, I can only imagine how difficult the past 24 hours has been for Dwight’s family.

“My heart bleeds for his three children and his beautiful partner. I have spoken to the family and given my deepest condolences.

The boxing community has lost a truly great person. I have lost a mate.

“I appreciate all the messages of support that I have been receiving from family, friends, media and the boxing community.

“Dwight’s passing is a further reminder of why we can’t take life for granted. Nothing in life is guaranteed. Dwight lived his life with purpose. Those in the boxing community that came to know him will forever cherish the positive memories we had with him.

“He taught me so much, not just as a boxer but as a person, and I will always be thankful for the lessons Dwight shared with me about life.

“Dwight, you will always be remembered. Rest in Peace mate.”

Regards,

Michael Zerafa.


DANGERS

Tributes to Ritchie came thick and fast after news filtered out on Sunday.

Ritchies became the fifth boxing death since the summer and proves not only fight nights are dangerous.

Promoter Lou DiBella had pointed this out to WBN just days before the incident.

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Floyd Mayweather BLAMED for ‘joke’ YouTube Boxing bouts in mainstream

Floyd Mayweather

The debate rages on as to why YouTube boxing has been allowed into the mainstream, with even the great Floyd Mayweather cited for the beginning of a worrying trend.

Saturday night’s fight being given such a platform has become a massive sore point for boxing fans around the world.

Those passionate about the pure form of the noble art are dead against YouTube presenters with absolutely no skill being allowed to box in the top venues. And on the move lucrative networks.

Some professional boxers can fight their whole careers, putting their lives of the line against dangerous opponents every fight, and they still don’t manage to get there.

Having 40 million followers on a social media channel where most of your subscribers are kids, has somehow become a right of passage for these ‘stars’.

But now, as the gripes continue in the aftermath, a former world title challenger has laid the blame at the door of Mayweather.

Tureano Johnson, a middleweight contender from the Bahamas, says the ‘Money’ man began the trend in 2017. The year before the YouTubers entered the fray.

Mayweather fought Conor McGregor in what became the second highest-grossing event of all time.

Boxing’s biggest earner against MMA’s champ, champ was a crossover clash of the new era.

It allowed Mayweather to move to 50-0 with relative ease. Not to mention the American made a tidy nine-figure sum into the bargain.

Johnson now believes this moment was the catalyst for the money-grabbing we see today. Made worse by Floyd fighting and battering a kickboxer in a New Year’s Eve 2018 exhibition.

Massively out-weighed, Tenshin Nasukawa was taken out in one round of a complete mismatch.

“It became a joke when Floyd fought Conor. And again when Floyd fought a kick Boxer in a boxing match. Yep, it’s been (become) a joke,” said Johnson in response to multi-weight world champion Abner Mares, who also labelled the encounter a joke.

The true boxing fans have been forced to defend their position on social media against the millennial generation who are all for the glitz and glamour of celebrity.

Those who support boxing week in and week out at small hall shows are frustrated that a group of youngsters just uses the sport for one night only every now and then.

Keeping the YouTube, Instagram, Twitch and Tik Tok generation as avid viewers was never going to happen. So to hope for it leading into the event was wrong on every level.

We all know it was two ‘presenters’ capitalizing on their popularity the only way they know how. By doing what anyone on earth could do, extend your arm forcefully to another person’s face.


PROFESSIONAL

But actually packaging it as ‘professional boxing’ is where the whole situation veered off in another direction entirely.

Let’s get the facts straight. This is NOT professional boxing. It never will be. It should not be given the kudos.

If it was labelled accordingly and not taken seriously, as in statements like; ‘I could even beat a boxer now’ – then it surely wouldn’t be this hard to swallow for most.

We live in hope for the future. But it could be a long wait.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News and an Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay 

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Haney eyes Lomachenko, Saunders wants Canelo after weekend victories

Devin Haney Canelo

In front of a raucous crowd of 12,137 fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and live on DAZN, lightweight world champion Devin Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) defended his belt with a dominating performance over Alfredo Alvarez Santiago (12-1, 4 KOs).

Also, in a 12-round bout, Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) earned a stoppage victory over Marcelo Coceres (28-1-1, 15 KOs) in a tough battle during his United States debut.

Haney defended his WBC strap at 135 pounds, whilst Saunders kept hold of his WBO super middleweight belt.

Post-fight, both discussed their wins.

Devin Haney

“I feel alright. In one of the rounds I dislocated my right shoulder. I’m a true champion and still won every round. Not sure what round, but he was on the ropes, I threw a right and over extended. Like I said I’m a true champion, fight through everything. On to the next.

“He was very crafty. I went in there and was able to adjust. I got this opponent on week notice. I’m a true champion and can fight through everything. It’s all experience, and it all comes with the fight game. l got the win, on to the next.

“In 2020 I want all the top guys. I want to unify. Vasyl Lomachenko and I can get it done. I can see what Lomachenko does. 2020 I want to start off with a bang with all the big fights.

On fight with Ryan Garcia: “I think that’s a big fight. Boxing fans would love to see that fight. Hope we can make it happen in 2020 or 2021. I’m ready to make that sooner rather than later.”

Billy Joe Saunders

“There’s no excuses. The performance was not worthy Canelo or Jacobs, but I came here five days before. I knew in my head I had to get him out of here. My timing was off my, movement was off, everything was off. I wanted to impress the crowd. Hopefully you enjoyed the KO, all I could do tonight.

“I had a chesty cough, but no excuses. You know, I was not 100% fighting mentally. I was tired, but needed to get him out in the ninth. I just needed to look calm and needed to let him gas. This is the experience I’ve had before. Had to let him gas. Continue to follow me, this wasn’t the best of me.

“I’ve been in big fights, needed to stay cool. As being champion you know when to step on the gas, and you need to step on the gas at some point. It’s the difference between winning and losing.

Canelo

“Canelo if you want to become four-weight champion, take me now because this is the time to make it happen. I want Canelo. I respect you, you’ve done big things for the sport.”


RESULTS

12-Round WBC Lightweight Championship Bout @ 135 lbs.

Devin Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) defeated Alfredo Santiago (12-1, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision

(120-107 X3)

12-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 168 lbs.

Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) defeated Marcelo Coceres (28-1-1, 15 KOs) at 1:59 by TKO of Round 11

4-Round Cruiserweight Bout @ 200 lbs.

Josh Brueckner (1-0) defeated Tyler Smith (0-1) by unanimous decision

(40-36 X3)

6-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 168 lbs.

Diego Pacheco (7-0, 6 KOs) defeated Aaron Casper (5-5, 4 KOs) at 2:49 by TKO of Round 4

12-Round Super Bantamweight Bout @ 122 lbs.

Ronny Rios (32-3, 16 KOs) defeated Hugo Berrio (28-8-1, 18 KOs) at 1:42 by TKO of Round 2

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