Paulie Malignaggi EXCLUSIVE: I expect Anthony Joshua to win Andy Ruiz Jr rematch, don’t judge Tyson Fury until he fights Deontay Wilder again

20 Sep

Paulie Malignaggi has exclusively told talkSPORT.com that he believes Anthony Joshua will exact revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr when they meet again on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

The entire boxing world was stunned earlier this year when the Mexican-American dethroned the British champion in New York, though a rematch is now set for the end of the year.

Paulie Malignaggi held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight, but is now retired
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Saudi Arabia’s selection as the venue has attracted some criticism over human rights concerns.

Malignaggi is unfazed by this though, and told talkSPORT.com: “It’s whoever pays, right? This is boxing.

“If we’re gonna start judging everybody then we can talk about the Europeans had colonisation and the Americans went over to North America when the Indians were there.

“If we’re gonna start judging everybody on their human rights actions we can just go on and on and on.

“Not to say that any of this is right, but if you start to judge and not deal with people based on human perspective of the way they run their government, you’re gonna lose out on a lot of places to hold these events.”

Ruiz and Joshua will meet again in Diriyah
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As for the fight itself, the former two weight world champion predicts both men will improve and provide an even better contest in December.

Malignaggi continued: “I feel like Joshua’s gonna make some adjustments and I feel like Ruiz is gonna also show us the best of him as well.

“The fight came so easy to Ruiz that I don’t think we got to see all of Ruiz either.

“If I had to pick, I’d probably expect Joshua to pull it out, but I think it’s gonna be a good fight.”

If all goes to plan, Wilder and Fury will meet again next year
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Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are being lined up for a rematch early next year.

America’s WBC champion must first defeat Luis Ortiz again, while the ‘Gypsy King’ survived a serious cut scare and came through his assignment against Otto Wallin on Saturday.

“I think there’s a consistency to Tyson Fury and the consistency is this – he’s consistently inconsistent,” Malignaggi concluded.

“Before the Klitschko fight I don’t think he gave any impression from any of his performances prior that he would be able to do that to Wladimir Klitschko and the bookmakers made the odds accordingly.

Fury’s cuts were gruesome and he could have been stopped
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“Before the Wilder fight, he had a long layoff, two relatively pedestrian performances going into the fight. Again we wouldn’t really expect him to give a performance that he gave in the Wilder fight and most people thought he won the fight.

“You kind of see him lower himself or rise to the level of opposition, but then he looked great [against Tom Schwarz] in June.

“With the Wallin fight, and you’ve gotta give Wallin credit, but it’s also down to Tyson as well. He also doesn’t get up as much for opponents that on paper are not supposed to pose a threat to him.

“I think at this point you don’t judge Fury for that, he’s done this in the past and then he’s put on great performance against great fighters.”

Boxing news: Andy Ruiz Jr and Tyson Fury called out by 54-year-old former champion Oliver McCall because Ruiz Jr beat his son

20 Sep

Andy Ruiz Jr has received a surprise call-out from 54-year-old former heavyweight world champion Oliver McCall.

The Mexican-American shot to stardom when he dethroned Anthony Joshua to win the unified WBA, IBF & WBO titles on June 1 and is now set for a rematch with the Brit on December 7.

Oliver McCall won the WBC title 25 years ago
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However, after that it appears he will be the subject of interest from a surprising contender.

America’s McCall is an ex-WBC champion who famously knocked out Lennox Lewis to hand him his first defeat back in 1994.

Although he ended up losing the title to Frank Bruno and later suffered a mental breakdown in the ring during his rematch loss to Lewis, the ‘Atomic Bull’ is still fighting to this day.

The 54-year-old surprised boxing fans late last year as he returned to the ring after four-and-a-half years out – at which point many thought he’d finally retired.

Andy Ruiz Jr is now the heavyweight world champion
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McCall has now scored two consecutive wins over very limited opposition, having been licenced in Texas, and claims he wants one final unlikely title run.

He told BBC Sport: “The older I get, the better I feel.

“The trials and obstacles I have been through and overcome… I want to be able to finish the sport better than when I started.”

The target of Ruiz Jr stems from Oliver’s son, Elijah, who was also a professional heavyweight until retiring in 2013.

McCall knocked out Lennox Lewis to win his belt, but lost their rematch in 1997
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Elijah McCall fought Andy Ruiz Jr back in 2012, when the current champion was just 16-0, and lost by third-round knockout.

Oliver recalls: “After he knocked out my boy, I jumped in the ring and I looked at Ruiz and I said, ‘Fight me.’

“That was years ago and it never materialised. But this will be a comeback story for me.

“I will be the only person in boxing history to avenge the loss of his son and become unified heavyweight champion. People will want to see that.”

Frank Bruno beat McCall to claim the title in 1995
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McCall concluded by stating that he believes ‘lineal’ champion Tyson Fury to be the best heavyweight in the world today.

He added in a slightly tongue-in-cheek manner: “I know I will stop Tyson with body shots which will make his liver quiver and his whole body shiver…

“The major motivation for me is that I just love the sport of boxing.

“I want to make history.”

Boxing news: Shocking pro vs amateur KO, Canelo and Sergey Kovalev face-to-face, Gervonta Davis next fight

19 Sep

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Deontay Wilder reveals three-fight plan

He’s already announced that his upcoming contest at the end of this year will be the second fight with Luis Ortiz.

When asked for his three-fight schedule, Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice: “After Ortiz, it’d be Fury. Then after Fury, s***, it’d be Ruiz.

“I’m gonna call it into existence, I think Ruiz gonna beat [Anthony] Joshua. And when he do, it’ll be me and him.

“I’m looking for Ortiz, Fury, Ruiz and that’s how I’m willing to go – back to back to back.”

If all goes to plan, Wilder and Fury will meet again next year
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Uproar as amateur boxer is ‘brutally and criminally’ KOd by pro, stretchered out of ring

There was a moment of massive controversy at the AIBA World Boxing Championships on Wednesday as a professional boxer brutally knocked out an amateur.

Since the 2016 Olympics, pros have been allowed to enter some of the competitions traditionally belonging only to amateurs and this has led to continuing debate over safety with headguards also recently removed.

This debate has now intensified following the super-heavyweight quarter-finals.

Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov is 6-0 (6 KOs) as a rising professional and scored a huge KO of highly-touted American starlet Richard Torrez, who is yet to turn over.

Torrez had to be stretchered out of the ring as a result and was tended to by medical professionals.

Paulie Malignaggi still wants Conor McGregor fight

When asked if he’d still be willing to settle their feud in the ring, Malignaggi told Jim White on talkSPORT: “Yeah, course. Totally, I’d fight him winner takes all, I’ve said that for years.

“Whoever loses doesn’t get a penny, I’d be all for that.

“In the Octagon he beats me, come on. We can do it bare-knuckle, we can do it boxing.”

Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev come face-to-face

The pair met for the first time at the press conference ahead of their fight on November 2.

Deontay Wilder reveals questionable way he plans to stream Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua rematch

When asked if he’d be attending the bout in Saudi Arabia, the American told ThaBoxingVoice: “Nah, I ain’t gonna be able to attend. I got a lot of s*** going on.

“I’mma try to watch it, we’ll see what happens. I don’t have – what is it going to be on? DAZN?

“My homeboy’s probably gonna call me and we’ll FaceTime each other.”

Wilder will find a way to watch the rematch
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Tommy Fury updates on boxing return plans

“Hopefully I’m looking to get out again before Christmas but there are a lot of opportunities on the table and we have to assess everything as it comes.

“I’ve got far more opportunities from a boxing perspective now.

“Before I went into Love Island, nobody cared. Even with my surname, I had done nothing as an amateur so nobody cared and I’m well aware of that.

“Now it’s different because the following is there and I’m known quite a lot.

“Love Island has been a game changer for my boxing career but I just need to keep my feet on the ground and head screwed on. That’s the trick to being successful.

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Gervonta Davis hints at December return

Davis recently vacated his WBA super-featherweight title, moved up to lightweight and has been linked with a fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Boxing news: Shocking pro vs amateur KO, Canelo and Sergey Kovalev face-to-face, Gervonta Davis next fight

19 Sep

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Deontay Wilder reveals three-fight plan

He’s already announced that his upcoming contest at the end of this year will be the second fight with Luis Ortiz.

When asked for his three-fight schedule, Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice: “After Ortiz, it’d be Fury. Then after Fury, s***, it’d be Ruiz.

“I’m gonna call it into existence, I think Ruiz gonna beat [Anthony] Joshua. And when he do, it’ll be me and him.

“I’m looking for Ortiz, Fury, Ruiz and that’s how I’m willing to go – back to back to back.”

If all goes to plan, Wilder and Fury will meet again next year
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Uproar as amateur boxer is ‘brutally and criminally’ KOd by pro, stretchered out of ring

There was a moment of massive controversy at the AIBA World Boxing Championships on Wednesday as a professional boxer brutally knocked out an amateur.

Since the 2016 Olympics, pros have been allowed to enter some of the competitions traditionally belonging only to amateurs and this has led to continuing debate over safety with headguards also recently removed.

This debate has now intensified following the super-heavyweight quarter-finals.

Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov is 6-0 (6 KOs) as a rising professional and scored a huge KO of highly-touted American starlet Richard Torrez, who is yet to turn over.

Torrez had to be stretchered out of the ring as a result and was tended to by medical professionals.

Paulie Malignaggi still wants Conor McGregor fight

When asked if he’d still be willing to settle their feud in the ring, Malignaggi told Jim White on talkSPORT: “Yeah, course. Totally, I’d fight him winner takes all, I’ve said that for years.

“Whoever loses doesn’t get a penny, I’d be all for that.

“In the Octagon he beats me, come on. We can do it bare-knuckle, we can do it boxing.”

Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev come face-to-face

The pair met for the first time at the press conference ahead of their fight on November 2.

Deontay Wilder reveals questionable way he plans to stream Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua rematch

When asked if he’d be attending the bout in Saudi Arabia, the American told ThaBoxingVoice: “Nah, I ain’t gonna be able to attend. I got a lot of s*** going on.

“I’mma try to watch it, we’ll see what happens. I don’t have – what is it going to be on? DAZN?

“My homeboy’s probably gonna call me and we’ll FaceTime each other.”

Wilder will find a way to watch the rematch
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Tommy Fury updates on boxing return plans

“Hopefully I’m looking to get out again before Christmas but there are a lot of opportunities on the table and we have to assess everything as it comes.

“I’ve got far more opportunities from a boxing perspective now.

“Before I went into Love Island, nobody cared. Even with my surname, I had done nothing as an amateur so nobody cared and I’m well aware of that.

“Now it’s different because the following is there and I’m known quite a lot.

“Love Island has been a game changer for my boxing career but I just need to keep my feet on the ground and head screwed on. That’s the trick to being successful.

Tommy is looking to win world titles like his older brother
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Gervonta Davis hints at December return

Davis recently vacated his WBA super-featherweight title, moved up to lightweight and has been linked with a fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Paulie Malignaggi EXCLUSIVE: Retired fighter still wants Conor McGregor and would come back for ‘winner takes all’ bout

19 Sep

Paulie Malignaggi insists his feud with Conor McGregor is still not over and he would be willing to come out of retirement to finally settle it.

The two-weight boxing world champion quit the sport in 2017 before returning to combat earlier this year for a bare-knuckle fight against McGregor’s friend and teammate Artem Lobov.

Paulie Malignaggi held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight, but retired in 2017
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Although he wholeheartedly refutes the decision, Malignaggi lost to Lobov by UD.

Regardless, he is still willing to compete again as he is adamant his feud with the Irishman is not over.

Malignaggi told Jim White on talkSPORT: “The thing that bothers Conor about me more than anything is the fact I pulled his card before everybody else realised it.

“The whole having no guts and being a quitter. Nobody knew that and in the past few years all he’s done is prove me right.

“I think he knew subliminally that I was always right about him and I think he didn’t like it.”

Conor McGregor has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October
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The former boxer has a long running feud with the MMA star stemming back to a leaked sparring video from 2017 and debate over whether a knockdown took place in McGregor’s favour.

When asked if he’d still be willing to settle it in the ring, Malignaggi replied: “Yeah, course. Totally, I’d fight him winner takes all, I’ve said that for years.

“Whoever loses doesn’t get a penny, I’d be all for that.

“In the Octagon he beats me, come on. We can do it bare-knuckle, we can do it boxing.”

Malignaggi lost his bare-knuckle debut to Lobov
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The 38-year-old concluded: “He’s a massive flop in general, he’s a better salesman than he is a fighter.

“Has he ever defended a title in the UFC? What has he done.

“He’s shot at 31 years old. At 31 years old I won my second world championship.

“You can’t tell me the guy’s shot at 31 years old? Come on.”

Boxing news: Deontay Wilder reveals three-fight plan order for fights with Tyson Fury, Andy Ruiz Jr and Luis Ortiz

19 Sep

Deontay Wilder has already got his next three fights mapped out in his head, and they’re not going to be quiet ones.

The WBC heavyweight champion has two big rematches planned, plus a potential undisputed title bout to round off 2020.

Deontay Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz in a sensational fight last March
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He’s already announced that his upcoming contest at the end of this year will be the second fight with Luis Ortiz.

When asked for his three-fight schedule, Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice: “After Ortiz, it’d be Fury. Then after Fury, s***, it’d be Ruiz.

“I’m gonna call it into existence, I think Ruiz gonna beat [Anthony] Joshua. And when he do, it’ll be me and him.

“I’m looking for Ortiz, Fury, Ruiz and that’s how I’m willing to go – back to back to back.”

Fury and Wilder are set to clash again in February 2020
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Anthony Joshua will look to avenge his loss against Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch on December 7
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Providing he comes through the Ortiz rematch, it’s already well known that Wilder will get the Fury fight he desires.

It’s also been confirmed that a two-way rematch clause exists in this contract to guarantee a trilogy contest, so long as the loser decides to activate it.

However, Wilder doesn’t expect this to scupper his plans and continued: “Yeah it’s a rematch clause in there.

“But he ain’t gonna exercise that after I whoop his ass the second time and knock him out again. We ain’t have to worry about that.

“He don’t even wanna fight now, that’s why he ran from the rematch.”

Boxing news: Deontay Wilder reveals three-fight plan order for fights with Tyson Fury, Andy Ruiz Jr and Luis Ortiz

19 Sep

Deontay Wilder has already got his next three fights mapped out in his head, and they’re not going to be quiet ones.

The WBC heavyweight champion has two big rematches planned, plus a potential undisputed title bout to round off 2020.

Deontay Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz in a sensational fight last March
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He’s already announced that his upcoming contest at the end of this year will be the second fight with Luis Ortiz.

When asked for his three-fight schedule, Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice: “After Ortiz, it’d be Fury. Then after Fury, s***, it’d be Ruiz.

“I’m gonna call it into existence, I think Ruiz gonna beat [Anthony] Joshua. And when he do, it’ll be me and him.

“I’m looking for Ortiz, Fury, Ruiz and that’s how I’m willing to go – back to back to back.”

Fury and Wilder are set to clash again in February 2020
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Anthony Joshua will look to avenge his loss against Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch on December 7
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Providing he comes through the Ortiz rematch, it’s already well known that Wilder will get the Fury fight he desires.

It’s also been confirmed that a two-way rematch clause exists in this contract to guarantee a trilogy contest, so long as the loser decides to activate it.

However, Wilder doesn’t expect this to scupper his plans and continued: “Yeah it’s a rematch clause in there.

“But he ain’t gonna exercise that after I whoop his ass the second time and knock him out again. We ain’t have to worry about that.

“He don’t even wanna fight now, that’s why he ran from the rematch.”

Boxing news: Uproar as amateur boxer is ‘brutally and criminally’ KOd by professional then stretchered out of ring

19 Sep

There was a moment of huge controversy at the AIBA World Boxing Championships on Wednesday when a professional boxer brutally knocked out an amateur.

Since the 2016 Olympics, pros have been allowed to enter some of the competitions which traditionally belong to amateurs and this has led to continuing debate over safety, with headguards also recently removed.

This debate has now intensified following the super-heavyweight quarter-finals.

Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov is 6-0 (6 KOs) as a rising professional and scored a huge KO of highly-touted American starlet Richard Torrez, who is yet to turn over.

Torrez had to be stretchered out of the ring as a result and was tended to by medical professionals.

He later confirmed he was okay with a message on social media.

The incident provoked two different reactions with some furious at the pro/amateur contest and others defending it.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman declared that the fight was ‘brutal and criminal’.

However, he was contradicted by those who pointed out that Torrez was far from inexperienced himself.

Boxing news: Deontay Wilder expected Tyson Fury to lose after Otto Wallin cut, promises to ‘pop it right back open’ in their rematch

19 Sep

Deontay Wilder has declared that he was shocked Tyson Fury emerged victorious from his fight with Otto Wallin on Saturday night.

The ‘Gypsy King’ survived a big scare to beat the valiant Swede despite suffering a massive cut and fighting most of the bout with his vision severely impaired on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Despite being knocked down twice, many felt Fury outboxed Wilder in their draw last December
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When established that the horrific gash – which came about in round three – was caused by a punch, it became apparent that Fury was on the verge of defeat.

Watching on from home, Wilder feared their plans for a rematch were about to collapse.

He admitted to ThaBoxingVoice: “Otto Wallin was doing a great job, especially when he cut him over the eye.

“I thought he was going to get a stoppage. It looked like it was three inches wide and two inches deep.

“That’s the worst cut besides the [Vitali] Klitschko and Lennox [Lewis] fight. That was the worst cut I’ve seen in my life.”

Had Fury’s cuts forced a stoppage, he would’ve lost
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In the end, Fury made it to the final bell and won by unanimous decision, setting up a second fight with Wilder next year.

The WBC heavyweight champion continued: “I can’t wait. I hope they heal well, and I can’t wait to see Mr Fury.

“That’s not my problem if he’s ready or not. He signed the contract. That’s his problem. He better get ready.

“No matter what he does, when he fights me, it [the cut] is going to open right back up. I’m going to pop it right back open.

“He can get plastic surgery, duck tape or staples, super glue or hot glue, cement glue. S***, he can go get some of that flex glue. It ain’t even going to matter.”

Boxing news: Deontay Wilder reveals he plans to stream Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua rematch via friend’s FaceTime

19 Sep

Deontay Wilder has revealed he plans to watch the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch via alternative means, as he still hasn’t downloaded DAZN.

The new US streaming service, which launched with Eddie Hearn’s stable of boxers last year, are direct competitors to Wilder’s broadcasters and even tried to sign him earlier this year.

Deontay Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight title
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However, the WBC heavyweight champion ultimately stayed loyal to Al Haymon’s PBC broadcast partners Showtime/FOX amid a tense landscape in boxing politics.

AJ’s rematch with Ruiz Jr is the biggest fight on DAZN at the end of this year and bares massive relevance to Wilder as the winner will be his fellow heavyweight champion.

When asked if he’d be attending the bout in Saudi Arabia, the American told ThaBoxingVoice: “Nah, I ain’t gonna be able to attend. I got a lot of s*** going on.

“I’mma try to watch it, we’ll see what happens. I don’t have – what is it going to be on? DAZN?

“My homeboy’s probably gonna call me and we’ll FaceTime each other.”

Joshua will seek revenge over Ruiz when they go head to head once again in Saudi Arabia on December 7
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Pressed further on the questionable way he plans to witness the fight, Wilder explained: “Nah, it’s just, I say that because it’s been the routine ever since it came out.

“I never thought about downloading it because every time the fight comes somebody will hit me who already has got it on.

“I’ll be watching it through that. When you get into a habit of some s*** you already know what to expect, like, ‘Alright, they’re gonna call me.’

“I’mma keep the tradition alive, why change it?”