WBSS – THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BOXING’S BIGGEST EVER UPCOMING TOURNAMENT

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This article will bring you an in-depth breakdown of the upcoming ‘World Boxing Super Series’. The highly anticipated tournament will carry two major talking points. A $50 million investment worth of prize funds and the Muhammad Ali trophy. 

The only thing ever replicating anything similar was the famous super middleweight “Super Six” tournament in which pound for pound star Andre Ward left victorious in 2011. The World Boxing Super Series will work in a similar format, although the carrot at the end of the road is unparalleled to any boxing prize ever seen before.

A masterclass event being ran by Richard Schaefer and the Sauerland brothers, you can expect the biggest match ups in recent years. It will work in a knockout style format in which the looser of each fight will be eliminated from the tournament immediately. Below is an image of what you will be seeing when the tournament commences in September.

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Two weight divisions have been chosen to take part in the tournament and they are both the cruiserweights and the super middleweights. The cruiserweight division has ended up with all four boxing organisations taking part meaning the winner will be crowned the undisputed cruiserweight champion.

Any boxing fan will know that the cruiserweight lineup beats anything you could possible put together in any other sport. All four undefeated champions will face four world-class opponents, two of which were former world champions themselves. Below is the quarter-final schedule for the 200lbs fighters.

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  • Oleksander Usyk 12-0 (10ko’s) v Marco Huck 40-4-1 (27ko’s) Usyk’s WBO title will be on the line.
  • Murat Gassiev 24-0 (17ko’s) v Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 53-3-1 (37ko’s) Gassiev’s IBF title will be on the line.
  • Mairis Briedis 22-0 (18ko’s) v Mike Perez 22-2-1 (14ko’s) Briedis’s WBC title will be on the line.
  • Yunier Dorticos 21-0 (20ko’s) v Dmitry Kudryashov 21-1 (21ko’s) Dorticos’s WBA Regular title will be on the line.

That is a star-studded line up if ever you’ve seen one. All four of these quarter final match ups will bring pain and punishment. Usyk v Huck will make for some extremely exciting entertainment.  Marco Huck is the former WBO cruiserweight champion, reigning for over 6 years and looking to regain himself amongst the top of the crop.

Murat Gassiev is up against one of Poland’s best world champions. Wlodarczyk is the former two-time world champion, holding both the IBF and WBC cruiserweight belts throughout his illustrious career. In 57 fights, the Polish fighter has never been stopped which makes this even more interesting as Gassiev has shown us some of the most brutal knockouts in his rise to the top.

Latvian superstar Mairis Briedis has his hands full against an unknown quantity in the cruiserweight division. Cuban fighter Mike Perez has spent all of his career at heavyweight, however he recently came out of the woodwork looking incredibly trimmed down, ripped and ready to announce himself down a weight class. He showed himself to be top class at heavyweight, but a focused and motivated Perez down at 200lbs could be a world beater.

The final quarter-final of the cruiserweight division is probably the most sensational clash you could hope for. Cuban world champion Yunier Dorticos will face Dmitry Kudryashov. In both of their records combined, they have had 43 fights, 42 wins and 41 of them coming by knockout. Undefeated Dorticos has only ever seen the bell once when he was taken the distance, however Kudryashov has never seen the final bell. Someone is going to get seriously hurt, and your quids in if you lump a good sum of money on this one not going the distance.

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  • George Groves 26-3 (19ko’s) v Jamie Cox 23-0 (13ko’s) Groves’ WBA Super title will be on the line.
  • Callum Smith 22-0 (17ko’s) v Erik Skoglund 26-0 (12ko’s) The vacant WBC diamond title will be on the line.
  • Winner of Chris Eubank Jr / Arthur Abraham v Avni Yildirim 16-0 (10ko’s) The IBO title will be on the line.
  • Jurgen Brahmer 48-3 (35ko’s) v Rob Brant 22-0 (15ko’s)

Moving on to the super middleweight division. These matchups are not quite up to the cruiserweights standard, but they are still very exciting. Hosting 5 undefeated fighters and 3 career world champions, its oozing with top talent.

George Groves will face off against fellow Englishman Jamie Cox with his recently acquired WBA title on the line. The pair met amicably when the draft gala took place, however Cox was not so polite in an interview afterwards. This all British clash is expected to take place in the UK.

Callum Smith will get the chance to show us if he really has what it takes to mix with the big names of the sport. Touted to be the future ruler of the division and the bookies favourite, he faces off against unbeaten, yet slightly unknown Erik Skoglund.

The winner of Chris Eubank Jr v Arthur Abraham will face undefeated Turkish fighter Avni Yildirim. Eubank Jr enters his fight with Abraham as the 1/5 favourite, so expecting the expected, Eubank Jr will be the man facing Yildirim. Yildirim is by no means a bookies favourite, however I personally think he could be a dark horse. He has looked destructive in his rise through the professional ranks and is potentially being overlooked.

Longtime German fighter Jurgen Brahmer will be coming down from light heavyweight to campaign at super middleweight after becoming a two-time world champion. He will be facing Rob Brant, who by the bookies expectancy, is the least likely to win. Brant was voted the USA’s hottest prospect.

So there you have it. The first stages of this tournament are expected to give us fireworks, and the fact that it will be 8 back to back weeks is sensational. The tournament will be all over the world, although Europe and New York have been the most talked about places to host these fights.

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JAKE BEST ‘HONOURED’ TO FIGHT AT THE ICONIC YORK HALL

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Jake Best will return to the ring on July 23rd, as the Bournemouth super-welterweight has been added to the Dove Box Promotions show ‘Make or Break’ at York Hall.

Best, who originally hails from Poole, Dorset is looking forward to fighting in the iconic York Hall for the first time, after his first four professional bouts have come down on the south-coast.

‘‘It is a massive honour and privilege to be fighting at the home of British boxing, York Hall. It’s venue where all of the major UK’s greats have fought at some point in their careers, and I get to tick it off the list. Getting a convincing win there is hugely important to me’’.

Best, who has really taken training up a notch in the run to the fight has said he hopes to work towards honours later, saying he’s as hungry as any boxer out there.

‘‘Since my last win over experienced Willy Warburton I’ve adapted my training, focus, and been endlessly practising new skills under the watchful eye of our new assistant trainer Kev Thorniley’’.

Best, was last in action back in May, where the Assassin Boxing fighter defeated William Warburton to claim his third win on an Al Siesta show at The Guildhall Southampton, which was headlined by Stephen Danyo, who fought for the WBO European Title.

The 23rd of July will see a return of Sunday boxing to York Hall, a special novelty, away from the norm.

The stacked card hosted by Tommy Dove, features the likes of Dominic Akinlade who makes his return to the ring following a defeat to Frank Warren`s latest signing, Nathan Gorman.

Also on the bill is Onder Ozgul, Angel Banev and John Harding Jr who faces Sonny Whiting.

Tickets for the action packed show are now available through Jake Best, who can be contacted on 07857355453.

Kaz Evans, founder of Assassin Boxing Promotions said,

‘‘This is a great opportunity for Jake Best to pick up another win, on a great show. Everyone knows Jake lives the life, and is as dedicated to this sport as anyone. We have seen how well Jake can box, and we are looking forward to seeing him back out again’’.

Jake Best added.

‘‘I’ve always known I would fight anyone and I honestly believe there is not a man at my weight division at any level in the UK that can hurt me or knock me out.  Having said that, to compete with these boys in a boxing ring I need to drop my macho style and develop the art of boxing, I’m learning quick and I believe with hitting six rounders getting three or four more wins under my belt then the title chances will start to come. I’ve been watching the likes of Grant Dennis and Asinia Byfield and neither of these phase me in the slightest, and I’m looking forward to progressing to a southern area title, at either of their weights’’.

CONFIRMED – CALLUM SMITH BOOKS IN DATE TO FIGHT ANTHONY DIRRELL

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Trainer Joe Gallagher recently announced on Twitter that Callum Smith will fight for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title against American Anthony Dirrell on September 9th in Los Angeles.

The Liverpudlian has held the mandatory spot for the WBC since beating Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi in April 2016, but has finally booked in his title shot after months of intense negotiations with the Dirrell camp.

The 27-year-old was set to fight the winner of James DeGale and Badou Jack’s contest in January, but the fight ended in a majority draw with Jack subsequently vacating his title after moving up to Light Heavyweight.

Promoter Eddie Hearn did claim that there was a chance for Smith to challenge DeGale for the IBF title, but vowed they wanted to continue going down the WBC route.

It will be Smith’s first outing in 2017, having not been in action since his vicious knockout victory against Luke Blackledge at the end of last year, whilst Dirrell has been out of action since his sixth-round stoppage against Norbert Nemesapati in January.

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The 32-year-old American is a previous holder of the WBC crown after he beat Sakio Bika on the second time of asking in 2014, before losing his title to Jack in a majority decision loss.

‘Mundo’ is the last member of the Smith brother clan to challenge for world honours, with elder brothers Stephen and Paul unsuccessfully challenging for world titles whilst Liam had an 11-month reign as WBO Light Middleweight champion between October 2015 and September 2016.

Smith could become the third British world title holder in the current Super Middleweight division by September, with DeGale as IBF champion whilst George Groves is challenging for the WBA (Super) title next week against Fedor Chudinov.

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IS 2017 BECOMING AN ICONIC YEAR FOR WORLD BOXING? NO SIGNS OF DECLINE

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Boxing is on the up, no questions. We have lacked blockbuster showdowns for years and 2017 has proved to be a year to never forget. This is a perfect time to take an interest into boxing as it seems its going to continue getting better and better. 

There have always been the names available, but politics involved have meant they have never faced each other. However when the superstars of the sport have collided in recent years, we have been left disappointed and frustrated.

We will never forget the anti climax we had when after 6 years of talking up a fight, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally got it on in the biggest and most expensive fight of boxing history. It stunk the world out and left a permanent scar on the sport as it seemed even the very best couldn’t deliver what we all expected.

Taking a look at the year on a whole, it has surpassed our expectations and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down at all.

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January 2017 – 

  • James DeGale v Badou Jack
  • Gervonta Davis v Jose Pedraza
  • Leo Santa Cruz v Carl Frampton II
  • Mikey Garcia v Dejan Zlaticanin.

February 2017 – 

  • Zhanat Zhakiyanov v Rau’shee Warren
  • Lamont Peterson v David Avanesyan
  • Deontay Wilder v Gerald Washington

March 2017 – Keith Thurman v Danny Garcia

  • Tony Bellew v David Haye
  • Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Jacobs
  • Roman Gonzalez v Srisaket Sor Rungvasai
  • Jorge Linares v Anthony Crolla

April 2017 – 

  • Mairis Breidis v Marco Huck
  • Vasyl Lomachenko v Jason Sosa
  • Liam Smith v Liam Williams
  • Julius Indongo v Ricky Burns
  • Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko

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May has already bought us Julio Cesar Chavez Jr v Canelo Alvarez and for the rest of the month we have Gervonta Davis v Liam Walsh and Kell Brook v Errol Spence Jr.

Billy Joe Saunders v Avtandil Khurtsidze adds to a cracking year so far but there is two more fights that are going to make 2017 one of the best. Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev II and the biggest fight in world boxing, Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez.

There is no reason why fans should not be tuning in to watch these huge fights. There is more outlets than ever to watch the sport with HBO, CBS, Showtime, Sky Sports, BT Sports and various other channels. You can also watch boxing via facebook pages, free streams and so on.

Talk of an Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko rematch is already underway with Deontay Wilder v Joseph Parker also following suit. The Gypsy King Tyson Fury is also expected to return later this year meaning this could be one of the best we have seen in years.

Everyone is stepping up to the plate this year, even Channel 5 and ITV are showing free to air boxing. It’s also a great time for the UK as well as we currently have multiple world champions in multiple divisions as we continue to grow our stable of world-class boxers.

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IS THE UK BRINGING BOXING BACK TO IT’S ROOTS? NEW DOORS OPENING

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Boxing originated in Britain way back in 1867 where people would compete for small winnings and take part for fun. Decades later the U.S reformed it into the mega money scene we now see, but is the U.S losing its charm?

A fighters dream will always be to make it big in your home town, represent your country and then travel across the pond and conquer America. Madison Square Garden, MGM Grand & the Thomas & Mack Center are iconic to championship fighting when boxing is considered, but how do they compare to today’s generation?

Vegas has been built on fortune and fame since the beginning of time, casino’s and gambling have assembled a recognizable hot-spot for the rich and famous. Ticket prices, TV broadcasters & celebrity status demand the highest level of social status when events are involved.

Historically the U.S have been home to the most notorious fighters but we are entering a new subculture that has boxing rolling back the years and returning to its roots. Money can buy you a ringside ticket in the MGM Arena, it can buy you a VIP entry at the Madison Square Garden but it can’t buy atmosphere, and the little island of the United Kingdom is demanding the sport comes home.

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Gone are the day’s of Don King’s iconic figure guiding the sport into corruption and turmoil. We no longer seek direction from the promoters as much now we have the power of social media.

The art of self promotion is a thing fighters have taken by storm, and trash talking has enabled fighters to give themselves a noticeable platform that fans can interact with them. This isn’t a thing of the past, and the money is no longer the key factor needed to make fights happen.

Social media has also allowed fans to chuck their 2 pence in and extreme pressure from the paying public have sculpted a demand for fighters to give in to their calls. The UK is home to trash talking, and it’s one of the things we do best.

We currently have an incredible stable of British fighters and although the broadcasters and promoters are rivaling each other, they have accumulated some extreme talent and are now holders of multiple world champions.

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With world titles bring celebrity status, with status brings recognition and with that brings a line of fighters wanting to take what you have. We no longer find ourselves in a situation where to become a world champion, you have to travel over see’s to take on the big boys in America.

We have champions in lots of division’s on home soil, and many have looked in the saucepan and liked the look of what’s bubbling. We no longer here the phrase “Come and fight in America” but we now have fighters saying “I’ll come to the UK” as recent years have seen it Britain raise the roof on boxing.

Passionate fans sell out arena’s and provide memorable nights. Memorable nights bring iconic moments that all fighters want a slice of. It’s no secret that we may not have the most talented fighters in the world, but we have the locations that everyone wants to fight in.

Not only is England thriving, but Nothern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are also lining up some huge future events. Carl Frampton has single handedly taken Nothern Ireland into new heights, taking thousands of fans with him to America this year showed us the power he possesses, but now we have people desperate to come to NI.

Ricky Burns, admittedly is looking to be on his way out but brings a huge noise every time he fights at the SSE Hydro. Homegrown fighters coming out of Scotland are making huge noise and Edinburgh fighter Josh Taylor is expected to take over Burns’ spot.

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Fighters from all over the globe are queuing up to fight here. WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is eyeing up a fight on British soil as he hopes to entice Tony Bellew or Anthony Joshua into a bout.

Anthony Crolla regularly packs huge numbers into the Manchester Arena time and time again as he continues Manchester’s iconic boxing hotspot. Jorge Linares has travelled twice here to fight, receiving a handsome purse in front of thousands of screaming fans.

Last year we saw global sensation Gennady Golovkin head over to the UK to face Kell Brook in a middleweight showdown, the first time the Kazakh king has fought on British soil. Once again, money can buy you tickets but it can’t buy you the atmosphere and the memories.

Tony Bellew is another figure who is making a lot of noise whether you love him or hate him. The Liverpudlian always does huge numbers at the Echo Arena and we recently saw him put on a blockbuster performance at Goodison Park, the home of Everton Football Club. Love him or hate him, he is a wizard at self promotion.

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I feel now more than ever that the state of world boxing is shifting from the US, and entering the UK. We have always had fighters, but never the noise. Recent unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has shown the pulling power he brings as 90,000 fans gather to sell out the historic Wembley Stadium.

Wales currently has Lee Selby and Nathan Cleverly holding world titles in their honor with potential fights at the millennium stadium on the horizon. The same venue has been rumored to host a number of Anthony Joshua’s future fights.

We could potentially see Vasyl Lomachenko making his way over to Manchester to face Terry Flanagan, last year we had Guillermo Rigondeaux over to face Jazza Dixens. South African world champion Zolani Tete has adopted the UK as his new home and continues to fight under Frank Warren picking up the nickname, “The Scouse African”.

Floyd Mayweather heads over here at the end of the month with his latest protegé, Gervonta Davis as he defends his world title against Liam Walsh at the London Copper Box Arena. Kell Brook also defends his 147lbs IBF title at Bramall Lane this month, bringing undefeated Olympian Errol Spence Jr over from America.

Boxing has been missing a Ricky Hatton type figure for years, a man who could bring a nation together to watch him fight. I’m convinced America is on thin ice if it continues to lack in atmosphere and passion. The UK is thriving at the moment and we should expect some incredible few years to come.

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So many names I could have mentioned here that I haven’t, but it’s definitely a promising time.

HEAVYWEIGHT HOROSCOPE – WHO CAN KNOCK JOSHUA OFF THE TOP

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The heavyweights are thriving again in light of Anthony Joshua becoming the new unified heavyweight champion of the world, but do people really think Anthony Joshua is untouchable? 

Last Saturday we learnt a handful of things. Wladimir Klitschko is still a contender, Anthony Joshua is not invincible and there is also definitely a blueprint to dethrone the new king of the beasts.

It’s hard to predict the success of an unknown entity, and Anthony Joshua was certainly that prior to last Saturday. How good really was he? did he have the stamina, did he have the chin and did he even have the heart? so many unanswered questions, so many doubts.

We all knew Joshua had power, we all knew he had the potential, but did he really have what it takes to come back from the trenches and ride a shit storm? Sure, he looked good knocking out nobodies, but Wladimir Klitschko was certainly not that.

Being one of the 90,000 fans that was fortunate enough to attend last weekend,  it’s hard to explain to people who watched it on TV the moment when the nations beloved AJ hit the canvas for the first time in his professional career.

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In a pub full of punters, a house full of your family and friends or on a dodgy stream on your laptop, that moment in the 6th round captivated millions. But the reaction of the crowd when it happened, really put the magnitude of the moment into perspective.

Simultaneously, 90,000 stood up and you could hear the shock from everyone. Screams in disbelief were apparent for about 2 seconds, but an immediate silence followed for the rest of the referees count. A pin drop could be heard in that stadium whilst we waited for AJ to resurrect from the canvas, and then we finally realised, he had the heart.

He demonstrated his power in the round prior, he demonstrated his heart when he suffered Klitschko’s audacious right hand to the head but he was now forced to show whether he had the gas tank, and he didn’t. Had it not been for Klitschko’s age and vulnerability, AJ would have lost that night.

The Ukrainian hall of famer we all knew, had he have been 4 years younger, would have seen Anthony Joshua crumble and suffer. So yes, I feel Anthony Joshua is the man in the driving seat, but he showed vulnerabilities that night, so lets take a look at the possible successor’s to his empire.

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Wladimir Klitschko – Do not be too quick to write the Ukrainian off. There was a rematch clause in the contract when the pair of them met, and it still seems likely that Klitschko will exercise the chance to get revenge.

He stated on his social media accounts “I’ll Be Back”, and I do feel like Wladimir walked away from that fight with confidence and probably would end up kicking himself that he let his foot off the gas in the 6th round.

Despite being 41 years old and inactive for almost 2 years prior to this bout, he keeps himself in immaculate shape and he showed on Saturday, he poses a threat for any heavyweight out there. Experience is everything in boxing and they do say that power is the last thing to leave a fighter, Wlad still has the credentials in his locker and I still give him a good chance of winning that rematch.

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Deontay Wilder – The undefeated WBC champion is a mystery man. With an outstanding record of 38-0 (37ko’s), he gives the public what they want to see and that is knockouts and pain. But is he a ticking time bomb ready to be exposed?

Deontay has shown on numerous times that his boxing ability is very questionable. Had it not been for his bullet hands that he possesses, he could have been found out on many occasions. He has relied on his power to many times to get him out of sticky situations, I suppose that’s the aim of the game but he is yet to face anyone that can withstand his power.

We know he is easy to outbox, but we know it’s also nearly impossible to come back once he lands his bombs on your chin. Joshua has shown he can be a tentative fighter when he needs to be, and with power that matches Deontay, I feel the winner of that fight would be the man to land the first clean right hand.

On boxing ability, you would pick Joshua hands down every time. But we can’t forget AJ was very lucky to be let of the hook last weekend when he was knocked to the canvas. If that was Deontay Wilder in the other corner, he would have not been allowed to see it through the round, but unfortunately I think Deontay is not the man to beat him.

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Joseph Parker – The undefeated WBO heavyweight champion is another face who has been causing a storm since turning professional. The 24-year-old New Zealand hitter is certainly a promising prospect, but does he have a Wladimir Klitschko on his resume?

He has Carlos Takam and Andy Ruiz Jr, but no veterans. With a record of 22-0 (18ko’s) we definitely know he can throw a bang, but we don’t know if he can hold up the power of the big boys. Out of the three champions that currently hold belts, he is the smallest standing at 6ft4.

This doesn’t really mean anything, but he is dwarfed in body mass when you compare him to the two others. Parker showed signs of exhaustion in the latter rounds of his fight with Carlos Takam, you can’t help but think he would have been absolutely cleaned out if Wilder or AJ was in front of him.

Parker was set to defend against Hughie Fury this month, but Fury pulled out on medical injuries. That would have been a big test for Parker as both undefeated youngsters are hungry for success. Although I don’t think he is the man to stop Joshua either.

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Tyson Fury – I can’t dwindle on about the thought of a match up with Fury and Joshua because it’s hard to see Fury ever returning to the fighter he was when he beat Wladimir Klitscho.

Ballooning up in weight to 25 stone, Fury is missing out on the peak years of his career. I do think that Fury is the man to beat Joshua though as the vulnerabilities and flaws that AJ showed against Klitschko would be dealth with swiftly by the undefeated Gypsy King.

Fury is only the second heavyweight in history to have retired with an undefeated record. He boasts a short-lived resume of 25-0 (18ko’s) and had his professional legacy cut short due to mental health problems outside of the ring. He does however possess the footwork to trouble any heavyweight on the planet, and his boxing ability towers over the rest. He is one of two men I think would take Joshua’s undefeated record.

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Luis Ortiz – Cuban heavyweight sensation Luis Ortiz is on burrowed time and I think this may be a really unfortunate situation for him. A record of 27-0 (23ko’s) stands him in good stead, but being a ripe age of 37 leaves him stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Known as the boogey man of the division and nicknamed ‘King Kong’ Ortiz is the fighter most boxing fans believe would punish Anthony Joshua. Should AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn hold out till it’s too late, fans would always say Ortiz was too old anyway.

No one wants to face Ortiz, and at the pinnacle years of his career, he is in desperate need of someone stepping into the ring with him. He hasn’t been impressive in his last two fights, but we think we know what he is holding in the closet.

One of the most powerful and dangerous men on the planet, Ortiz has shown he has the potential to be the ruler of the roost. After AJ defeated Wladimir, he took to the microphone to call out Tyson Fury but forgot to mention Luis Ortiz’ name conveniently enough.

Luis Ortiz is the mandatory challenger to whoever won between AJ and Wlad, however neither him or his promoter Eddie Hearn have expressed an interest in fighting him. I’ll chuck my two pence in, I feel Tyson Fury takes AJ to school with a comfortable points decision and I think Luis Ortiz knocks him out.

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To conclude, he is not invincible, but it will definitely take something incredible special to stop the wrecking ball on his path to history. Unfortunately, the chances of him facing Luis Ortiz are incredible slim so it’s up to the Gypsy King to reclaim his throne!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW! A COMPLETE GUIDE TO CANELO V CHAVEZ JR

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This Saturday, on the 6th May 2017 we see two Mexican fighters come together on an extremely important day for their culture. It’s the Cinco De Mayo weekend, also known as Mexican independence day.

We will see boxing’s biggest name as 26-year-old, three-time world champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 48-1-1 (34ko’s) will be taking on 30-year-old former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 50-2-1 (32ko’s) over in America in an all Mexican showdown.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is the son of former six-time world boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez, one of the all time Mexican greats who retired with a record of 107-6-2 (86ko’s) with a career spanning from 1980-2005.

The faces of Chavez Jr and his younger brother Omar Chavez have long been in the face of the media, with their father often taking them into the ring before and after his fights with questions always surrounding when the second coming of the family heritage would be. Chavez Jr would then go on to have his first professional fight aged 17.

Also growing up at the same time as Chavez Jr in Mexico was another future world champion and star in the making as Canelo Alvarez was establishing himself as one of the sports brightest prospects, making his professional debut in 2005, aged just 15.

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Canelo was born into a family of 7 brothers and 1 sister and is the youngest. his older brother Ramon Alvarez has actually faced Chavez Jr’s young brother Omar Chavez in 2014, beating him by unanimous decision over in Chiapas, Mexico.

In 2011, aged just 20 Canelo became a superstar with a unanimous decision victory, picking up the vacant WBC World Super Welterweight title against Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of hall of fame boxer and 3 weight world champion Ricky Hatton.

In the same year Julio Cesar Chavez Jr aged 24 earned his first world title with a record of 42-0,  and successfully captured the WBC World middleweight title against an unbeaten Sebastian Zbik who at the time had a record of 30-0.

Despite being two Mexican world champions and only being a weight division apart, a super fight between the two seemed to be growing more distant and distant as both men couldn’t cement a place in a certain weight division, with both of their bodies fluctuating in and out of different weights.

On September the 15th 2012, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr entered the ring with a record of 46-0 against fearsome Argentinian world champion Sergio Martinez, 49-2-2 at the time and put his WBC World Middleweight title on the line. Chavez Jr suffered his first professional loss and also lost his world title belt.

In 2013 an undefeated Canelo Alvarez with a record of 42-0 and just aged 23, entered the MGM Grand to face undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr, now retired with a record of 49-0. The pair accumulated the third highest pay per view buying numbers in boxing history with 2.25 million people paying to watch the fight.

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As both fighters continued their path to once again become a world champion, their careers were going in different routes. Canelo went on to secure three back to back wins and earned himself a world title shot in 2015 against the Puerto Rican boxing legend Miguel Cotto.

Canelo was successful in stepping up weight class and became the new WBC World Middleweight Title aged just 24 with a close victory over one of boxing’s most valuable and marketable fighters.

Whilst Canelo had become a two weight world champion, in the same year Chavez Jr was battling issues in and outside of the ring. He had stepped up two weight divisions to Light Heavyweight to face Polish fighter Andrzej Fonfara and suffered his first knockout defeat in the 9th round.

Chavez Jr has been unable to make-weight numerous times in his career, and after swearing he would buckle down and take his career more seriously, he continued to upset his fan base and take his career lightly. He failed two drugs tests and also has a history of smoking marijuana.

Suffering two drug bans and taking a few layoffs from the sport, the main issue in Chavez Jr’s career is finding a weight he can comfortably make, and also finding the motivation to take his career seriously.

Chavez Jr has missed weight against Marco Reyes, 4 pounds over weight against Brian Vera, Chavez then missed weight against Fonfara and then went on to face Robert Garcia. He stated “I think 168lbs is a good weight class for me” Chavez said this a few days before he missed weight again.

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It was announced earlier this year that an all Mexican showdown between the two fighters would be happening on the Cinco De Mayo weekend!

After what seemed to be troubled negotiations between the two sides, they finally came to an agreement that the pair would face at a horrifically stupid catchweight of 164.5lbs, we also need to bare in mind that Chavez Jr hasn’t been that light since 2010.

Canelo Alvarez is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, who as it stands at the moment are up there with the top boxing promotional companies in the world. The CEO of Golden Boy Promotions is former boxing world champion and hall of fame fighter Oscar De La Hoya, who actually knocked out Chavez Jr’s dad Chavez Sr back in 1996, Chavez Sr entered the bout with a record of 96-1-1 and it was the first time he had ever been knocked out.

The negotiations between the two appear to have been completely one-sided, and with the Chavez family bowing down to all of the Golden Boy demands. Chavez Jr has stated that Canelo’s side will not allow him to have any of his fighters on their card, and he will also be fined $1million for every pound he is overweight.

Chavez Jr also stated the reason negotiations were taking so long is because the pair could not settle on the financials, with  Canelo wanting more than five times Chavez Jr’s purse. Unsure of the final agreement regarding to purses, but the fight was announced earlier this year.

Prior to this fight, Canelo Alvarez has been in the limelight for the wrong reasons as he spent all of 2016 being criticized for his choice of opponents. He bought Amir Khan up two weight divisions to fight him at middleweight, knocking him out in one of the punches of the year in the seventh round.

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Whilst Canelo was the WBC Middleweight champion, the undefeated Kazakh middleweight king, IBF, WBA & IBO champion Gennady Golovkin was chasing a blockbuster showdown with him.

After knocking out Amir Khan, Canelo then took to the microphone and invited Golovkin into the ring to call him out. When asked about a potential fight with GGG, Canelo replied with, “Us Mexican’s don’t fuck around” and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya told Golovkin they can expect the negotiations to start the morning after.

Much to nobody’s surprise, Canelo done one of the most shameful things a fighter could do, and vacated the belt in order to duck the fight with Golovkin, and decided he would move down in weight. This was the beginning of a hoard of Canelo fans turning their back on him, and for valid reasons!

Canelo is one of the most powerful and marketable fighters in the world. He is the face of boxing, and nobody quite comes close to him in outside of Anthony Joshua. Canelo often fights at a weight class extremely lower than he should be, and gets around it by ensuring in the fights that he has, he will be allowed to re-hydrate to any weight he wishes.

For those who aren’t aware of how that works, the day before the fight is scheduled to happen the two fighters have to weigh in to make sure they are within the weight limit agreed. Most fighters will starve their body of food and drink prior to the fight, and dehydrate themselves to make the weight limit easier.

After the weigh in and up to the fight, the fighters will spend their time rehydrating and putting the weight back on, providing they are within the weight limits the day before. If you were to take any normal fighter, they would normally weigh in within their weight category, and re-hydrate roughly an extra 10 pounds over night.

Canelo however will fight at a weight division such as 154lbs, and then will hydrate to a rumored weight of  anywhere in the region of 175lbs. To put that into perspective, the difference in between the two weights is exactly the same as a Super Welterweight facing off with a Light Heavyweight.

Not only is it bad for the sport of boxing, it is also extremely dangerous for someone of that size advantage to be throwing bombs at a fighter that is ultimately a much smaller fighter, as we saw when he fought Khan, and again when he knocked out Liam Smith.

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Another issue boxing fans aren’t happy with is the drug testing scenario. All boxers submit compulsory samples to drug testing authorities and some are undoubtedly stricter than others however the rumors surround Canelo are potentially harmful to boxing.

Fans have often questioned the way Canelo’s weight can fluctuate so easily without him seeming to encounter issues that most fighters would face. He has not enrolled for the VADA drug testing program, and chooses to enroll with drug testing programs that are extremely lenient, and are chosen by Golden Boy Promotions.

Canelo’s last fight was against Super Welterweight fighter Liam Smith in Texas, held at the AT&T stadium which can hold a capacity of over 100,000 people. Golden Boy Promotions said the reason they chose this stadium was because of the size of the capacity, and they would be selling every ticket.

As the fight drew closer it turned out Golden Boy Promotions were selling tickets for as low as $10 and then they were even giving them away for free. Mexican & American fans also stated they didn’t actually know who Liam Smith was and were unsure why a fight of that magnitude would be held in a stadium that big.

Canelo looked the bigger man by a country mile as he came into the fight, his back and shoulders looking huge compared to the smaller Liam Smith and eventually Canelo broke his opponent down by landing viscous body shots. It was then revealed in Texas there are very little, if no drug testing rules in the state and many believed that it was the reason Canelo was fighting over there, and this would be his last fight down at 154lbs as he was struggling to stay that low.

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As negotiations with Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler continued, it was revealed that the two reasons Canelo and Golovkin did not meet in the ring was down to the weight, and the purses.

Golovkin’s side weren’t asking anything unreasonable regarding to the weight, all they asked is the weight limit would be 160lbs. Now for those who don’t know, the middleweight limit is 160lbs and that was the weight that Canelo picked up the WBC belt at, beating Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan.

Canelo then said he wouldn’t fight Golovkin at 160lbs, which is the legitimate middleweight limit, and he wanted a catchweight of 155lbs, meaning he wanted to drain Golovkin down and ensure him a tough time making the weight. This doesn’t make sense to any boxing fan and GGG stuck to his guns and continued to fight at his weight class.

Then Golden Boy Promotions sent Tom Loeffler a purse offer which concluded a flat fee of $10million which is by far Golovkin’s biggest payday, however the fight would generate astronomical amounts of money and that would be a small percentage for Golovkin to take.

Canelo then stated the reason he didn’t want to face Golovkin up at 160lbs is was because he needed time to grow at the weight and he wasn’t ready to fight at that category, despite winning a world title and defending it at that weight prior.

So taking all of this into consideration, its puzzling to the mind as to why Canelo would vacate a title because his body wasn’t ready to fight at 160lbs despite being a world champion at that weight, and re-hydrating to 175lbs, but he would then go and sign to face Chavez Jr, a man known to miss weight and come in heavy at a weight of 164.5lbs.

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With all of this coming to light over the last year, Canelo’s fan base has dropped considerably and he has not only faced criticism from fans, but also many boxing critics have been on his back and voiced opinions of how poorly they think Golden Boy Promotions have guided his career.

Canelo will enter the fight as a 2/13 favourite and is expected to win quite comfortably. If Canelo wins there is now no possible way he can continue to avoid fighting Golovkin and it should set up a mega fight for them both in September.

However it Chavez Jr wins there is an immediate rematch clause in place put forward by Golden Boy Promotions, and the pair must go at it again. It has not yet been confirmed where about’s the fight will be held, but you can guarantee enough Mexican fans will be all over it, and it will probably to quite good pay per view numbers which Golden Boy will use when negotiating their fight in the future.

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Admittedly I was extremely disappointed when the fight was announced. There was no way I thought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr would make 164.5lbs and if he did, he would come in looking like a skeleton and would be blasted out of there by a very well conditioned Canelo Alvarez.

However, how wrong could I have been. Chavez Jr hired hall of fame trainer Nacho Beristain and took his training camp to high altitudes of Mexico and completely dedicated himself to this fight. Rumors have out of Chavez camp that he was making extreme progress and the weight was flying off, although it was hard to believe.

Nacho Beristain is a completely no nonsense coach who will not allow Chavez Jr to fall back into his usual bad habits. Photos surfaced the internet of Chavez looking extremely cut and in shape, which many have been surprised with. Knowing that Chavez is likely to make-weight comfortably, this completely changes everything.

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An overweight Chavez killing himself to make-weight would have been an awful waste of everyone’s time. But an in shape, healthy, dedicated and motivated former WBC world champion is a different animal altogether.

Many believe Golden Boy Promotions usual antics could finally hit a huge stumbling block. They have opted to take easy and big money fights for a while now even though Canelo has some seriously big options he could be taking. Chavez Jr was expected to be another routine money match-up, but boxing fans are no longer so sure.

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This is going to be huge if Chavez Jr can pull of the upset!