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.

Shafikov Shines Against Herring

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By Seamus McNally

Lightweight prospect Jamel Herring (15-1, 8 KOs) of Cincinnati, Ohio suffered the first defeat of his career at the hands of Russian Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 20 KOs) at the Sandater Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania in the main of event of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised on ESPN.

Herring was the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team captain and a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq. He was making a huge step up in competition and it showed as he took a hellacious beating in route to a tenth-round technical knockout loss against the two-time world title challenger Shafikov.

Herring, the taller man, did a good job keeping Shafikov on the outside by establishing his jab and controlling range with nice footwork in the opening frame.

In the second round, Shafikov did a better job getting inside on Herring. He slipped the jab and landed strong body blows and short shots over the top to the head of Herring. In the final seconds of the round, Shafikov caught Herring walking straight back with a flush right hook that dropped him.

Shafikov had more success in the third round landing power punches on the inside to the head of Herring. He stunned Herring in the round with a left cross that landed flush on the chin. Shafikov was once again the aggressor in the fourth round and landed the much heavier leather.

In the middle of the fifth round, Shafikov stunned Herring with a flurry upstairs and followed it up with a barrage of punches. Herring survived the onslaught and stayed on his feet. Shafikov continued his aggressive attack in the second half of the fight. He capitalized on Herring’s tendency to keep his hands low. Shafikov landed several hard shots every round that shook Herring.

He opened a cut over Herring’s right eye in the seventh round. He had Herring badly hurt in the ninth round and the end came shortly after. Shafikov landed a huge three punch combination in the opening seconds of the tenth round and the ringside doctor jumped to the ring apron and referee Gary Rosato stopped the beating 36 seconds into the final round.

 

 

 

Derevyanchenko and Soliman to Headline PBC on ESPN 7/21

Rising middleweight contender Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) will take on former world champion Sam “King” Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes on Thursday, July 21 from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a middleweight showdown between hard-hitting Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs) and California’s Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs) in 10-rounds of action.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to headline against an experienced former champion,” said Derevyanchenko. “Soliman has accomplished a lot, but right now he is standing in the way of me being a world champion. You will see the best version of me on July 21 and I will show why I am a dangerous fighter in this division.”
“This is a crossroads fight so I am leaving nothing to chance and will do every bit of training needed to win this fight,” said Soliman. “We are both fighting for world title position and I know Sergiy will fight hard for this win. This all makes it a great contest.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $150, $75 and $45 not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods’ Box Office. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
“On July 21, PBC on ESPN will feature two Ukrainian amateur prodigies and former Olympians who are now tearing through the middleweight division,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Sergiy Derevyanchenko, just eight fights into his pro career, will meet the experienced former champion Sam Soliman in a world title eliminator. The explosive Ievgen Khytrov, known as the ‘Ukranian Lion’, will open the telecast facing contender Paul Mendez in the toughest test of his career.”
“Foxwoods Resort Casino continues to offer the most compelling nationally-televised boxing events, featuring the very best fighters in the world,” said Felix Rappaport, President & CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “For nearly 25 years, Foxwoods has been considered the ‘Fight Capital of the Northeast,’ and our Summer Boxing Series will only build upon that fact. In true Foxwoods fashion, boxing fans can expect non-stop action and excitement from the moment the bell rings.”
A highly decorated amateur who represented his native Ukraine in the 2008 Olympics, Derevyanchenko now lives and trains in Brooklyn. The unbeaten 30-year-old defeated a slew of experienced contenders in 2015 with wins over Elvin Ayala, Alan Campa, Vladine Biosse and a thrilling third-round stoppage of Jessie Nicklow. He began 2016 by stopping Mike Guy in March and will look to keep that momentum going on July 21.
An experienced fighter who was once a kickboxing champion, Soliman won his middleweight world title in 2014 when he defeated Felix Sturm in Germany. Representing Melbourne, Australia, Soliman owns a victory over former world champion Sakio Bika in addition to triumphs over veterans Enrique Ornelas, Les Sherrington, Giovanni Lorenzo and Sean Sulivan.
Another Olympian who represented his native Ukraine, Khytrov also won an Amatuer World Championship before turning pro in 2013. Since then, the 27-year-old has dominated on his way to stopping contenders Josh Luteran and Nick Brinson in addition to previously unbeaten fighters Maurice Louishomme and Aaron Coley. Now training out of Brooklyn, his last outing saw him dominate Kenneth McNeil in his first 10-round bout.
Fighting out of Delano, Calif., Mendez is undefeated in his last 15 bouts including four victories in 2015. A pro since 2009, the 27-year-old will be making his east coast debut on July 21 after stopping Andrik Saralegui in August and defeating veteran David Alonso Lopez.