Wilder Win With Bum Right Arm

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By Seamus McNally

Deontay Wilder (37–0, 36 KOs) kept his unblemished record intact by stopping Chris Arreola (36–5–1, 31 KOs) at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on FOX.

Wilder gave the raucous hometown crowd another thrilling victory, scoring the third knockout win in his home state of Alabama in the last thirteen months. This was only possible because Wilder’s fight on May 21st in Russia against perennial contender Alexander Povetkin was canceled due to a positive drug test from Povetkin.

The opening round of the fight was largely void of action. Wilder established his jab and stayed outside of Arreola’s punching range. The second round was fought much the same way until Wilder opened up late in the round, causing a cut on the bridge of Arreola’s nose with a powerful straight right hand.

Arreola was able to get inside for the first time in the third round and do some work to Wilder’s body along the ropes. Wilder continued to find a home for the right hand. In the fourth round, Wilder was able to put Arreola on the canvas for the first time. He wobbled Arreola with a 1-2 combination and put him down seconds later with a flurry. Wilder tried to finish off his opponent with a barrage of heavy punches but Arreola was saved by the bell.

Wilder looked like he was going to end the fight early in the fifth with some sharp jabs to the face and left hooks to the body that shook Arreola but Arreola was able to weather the storm. It was a continuance of the status quo in the sixth round with Wilder continuing to dominate on the outside.

Wilder was goofing off while pinned in the corner during the seventh round when Arreola landed a low blow that pissed Wilder off. Wilder got back to business, snapping out his jab and landing thunderous shots to Arreola’s soft body and battered face. Wilder landed a crushing left hand in the final seconds of the round that rocked Arreola but he was once again saved by the bell. Arreola’s face showed signs of the beating he was absorbing as his left eye was nearly swollen shut.

Wilder continued to punish Arreola in the eighth round, rocking him around the ring while mostly using his jab. In between the eighth and ninth rounds, Arreola’s corner decided it had seen enough and stopped the fight.

After the fight, Wilder revealed why he did not use his trademark right hand as much as customarily seen, saying he broke his hand and distal tear in his right bicep. Wilder’s performance was already impressive and now knowing he did it without his dynamite right hand that is cause of most of his knockouts made it even more impressive.

Wilder called to unify all the belts with Anthony Joshua and heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Hopefully we get to witness these match ups of undefeated behemoths to determine heavyweight supremacy in 2017.

Chief Support Announced for Deontay Wilder vs Alexander Povetkin from Moscow, Russia

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BoxNation will broadcast exclusively live in the UK Deontay Wilder’s WBC World Heavyweight title defence against Alexander Povetkin from Moscow, Russia, on Saturday 21st May.

The undefeated American superstar puts his title on the line for the fourth time against the Russian mandatory challenger and former WBA World Champion at the Khodynka Ice Palace.

In a real life re-enactment of the iconic Rocky IV movie that saw Rocky Balboa head to Russia and face the indestructible Ivan Drago, Wilder must enter hostile territory after Povetkin’s promoters won the purse bid to stage the fight on home soil.

The dynamite-punching and brash Wilder, 30, has lit up the heavyweight division with his explosive performances that have seen him stop all but one of his 36 opponents with a staggering 28 coming inside three rounds.

Since winning the WBC crown from Berman Stiverne in January last year, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has  made title defences against Eric Molina, Johann Dhaupas and Artur Szpilka and won all by stoppage, but now faces the most difficult challenge of his career.

Povetkin, 36, a former world class amateur winning Gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2003 World Championships, won the WBA World title in 2001 by defeating Ruslan Chagaev in 2011 and made title defences against Cedric Boswell, Marco Huck, Hasim Rahman and Andrzej Wawrzyk – winning three out of four by stoppage.

A unification showdown against then division king Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF, WBO, WBA Super World Champion followed in October 2013 and despite being floored four times in the fight, Povetkin took Klitschko the full distance only to lose on the judges’ scorecards, which remains his sole career defeat.  Since then he’s knocked-out his last four opponents to earn his world title shot.

Chief-support on the card sees two-time WBA World Cruiserweight Champion Dennis Lebedev in a unification battle against IBF World Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez.

Further big live world title action coming up on the Channel of Champions in April sees Eduard Troyanovsky and Cesar Rene Cuenca clash in a highly anticipated rematch on Friday 8th April from the Krylia Sovetov in Moscow, Russia.

Russian Troyanovsky beat Argentinean Cuenca last November, halting him in six rounds with many feeling that the fight was stopped too early and now they collide again with the IBF and IBO World Super-Lightweight titles on the line.

On Saturday 16th April live coverage comes from The Barclays Centre, New York, when WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Glowacki makes the opening defence of his title against former two-time IBF World Champion Steve Cunningham.

Glowacki won the title in a thriller in his last fight against Marco Huck last August when he stopped the German based Serbian in the eleventh round, live on BoxNation.

Huck dropped Pole Glowacki in the sixth round and was ahead on the scorecards before Glowacki found a big punch to floor Huck in the eleventh, it could have been stopped by the referee, but he was given a chance to continue and Glowacki steamed in to get the stoppage.

Also on the card fast rising star and 2012 U.S Olympian Errol Spence aims to become the first fighter to stop former world champion Chris Algieri in a 10-round welterweight showdown.

Julius Long Steps In as Replacement for Lucas Browne. To Be Televised Free Across Australia.

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LUCAS “BIG DADDY” BROWNE will now face giant American Julius “Towering Inferno” Long next Friday night (August 14) due to Icho Larenas pulling out as a result of legal problems.
 
Larenas was himself a replacement for Gonzalo Basile, but Hatton Promotions’ international matchmaker Philippe Fondu received word late on Thursday that it was unlikely that the Canadian former MMA star would be allowed to leave Argentina, where he is now based.
 
After working through the night, Fondu, Browne’s manager Matt Clark, and agent Juan Pablo Manfredi, managed to secure a deal with 7ft 1in Long, who is a very experienced pro and has fought a who’s who of the heavyweight division.
 
The fight will be a ten round non-title contest and is being televised live free to air across Australia on Channel 9.
 

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Browne said: “It’s part of boxing and again, I’m used to it. I just worry about my performance and I’m happy my team has again secured an opponent. I can’t wait to put on a show.
 
“Much respect to Julius for taking the fight at such short notice, that’s the sign of a warrior. He’s a big man so it’ll be like I’m preparing for Wilder or Fury!”
 
Matt Clark added: “A huge thanks to Julius for taking the fight. He is a huge man who is very, very durable. He’s been a pleasure to deal with and he always puts up a great show.
 
“Replacing fighters at short notice is the hardest thing about boxing and the past 48 hours have been a nightmare. Thankfully the show is going on!
 
“A massive thanks to Ricky Hatton for his continued support and to Brian Amatruda for placing the fight on live television here in Australia.”