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23 Jan 2021 12:28:05
Did you hear that WBC president Sulaiman wants to create a new division called 'Bridgerweight', a division capped at 224 pounds in between Cruiserweight and Heavyweight?
I have mixed thoughts on it. The name is ridiculous and it does dilute the sport even more, this will be boxing's 18th weight class. Fighters will have the choice to compete at Heavyweight or this new weight class if they weigh lighter than 224lbs. WBC say it's in the interest of safety to introduce this and this does make sense compared to the amount of different weight classes there are at the lower weights, although the main reason for its introduction is probably to provide the WBC with another platform to showcase that green belt and line its pockets.
I do think it will provide a lot of smaller heavyweights with an opportunity to fight for or win a world title that they would never get at heavyweight. Fighters like Hughie Fury imo r simply to small to ever do anything in your heavyweight division although maybe he's just not good enough. Be interesting to see if the new division takes off and what fighters opt to participate in it.

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23 Jan 2021 14:22:37
Yeah this has been talked about for a while and has even been made official as far as I'm aware
wbcboxing.com/en/bridgerweight/

I have mixed feelings about it too mate. On one hand I think it's a good idea because there is quite a gap between the size of some heavyweights. Also it can aid with cruiserweights making the jump to heavyweight as a stepping stone division.

On the other hand it's just a way for the WBC to get more sanctioning fees and to give them more power within Boxing.

I think you're mistaken about Hughie Fury mate, he's regularly over 230 lbs and is 6'6". The likes of Usyk, Babic, Hunter and Gassiev would be perfect for the division, as they either look out of shape or lose a lot of speed when they go above 220.

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23 Jan 2021 23:40:29
Yeah agree mate it's very interesting. My point on Hughie is he is never going to win a world title at heavyweight, maybe I should of said he doesn't hit hard enough to trouble the big men. Although at 224 the night before what will most these men be entering the ring? 240,250 maybe? I see the positives of of it mate tbh give fighters an opportunity but could be seen as the poor mans heavyweight?

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20 Jan 2021 14:33:09
Joshua vs Fury looks to be announced very soon, as the WBO have contacted Usyk informing him that he may have to wait for a title shot.

It also looks like Usyk will face Joyce in a final eliminator. This could be interesting if Joyce wins, as I can see them rematching for the vacant WBO belt.

Across the pond it looks like Wilder is set to face Charles 'walk like a god' Martin. This could be over in seconds or end up being a really good fight, it all depends on what Martin turns up and whether Wilder has any confidence left.

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21 Jan 2021 17:37:07
Hope they announce it soon mate. WBO had to do that imo to have any credibility.

I hope Wilder takes Martin's head off tbh, Wilder is delusional but your man Martin was something else. Lol.

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21 Jan 2021 19:09:15
Yeah I think there was a real risk of them losing their 'major' title status, and being back down with the IBO.

At least we finally get a chance of undisputed, especially as that muppet Wilder can't force a fight through any more.

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21 Jan 2021 20:28:53
Spence Oliver said today that Whyte v Povetkin is mostly likely going to happen outside the UK, possibly Monaco or Gibraltar.

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19 Jan 2021 18:04:43
The mediation stage for Fury vs Wilder III has ended without conclusion. Deontay Wilder and his team will now sue Fury in Arbitration.

I'm not well versed on law or anything like that, however what I was reading is that this means Fury is free to go and fight Joshua, as arbitration is solely about financial issues.

I know Ed002 doesn't frequent the Boxing site, but would be interested to know if I'm on the right lines.

{Ed001's Note - he won't know about boxing regulations mate, he doesn't follow or like the sport.}

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19 Jan 2021 21:22:32
I figured he may know about the legal side, not to worry.

There are a lot of youtubers saying that during the mediation, Wilder wanted $32 million from Fury who in turn offered him $10 million.

I'm assuming this is either over a loss of earnings or some contract loophole, but from what I remember when Povetkin sued Wilder for loss of earnings, he was 'only' awarded $3 million in compensation. Now granted that wasn't as big as Fury vs Wilder 3, but 10 times the compensation? Have a day off, $10 million seems very generous if you ask me.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate as it will come down to what the contracts say and I have not seen them.}

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15 Jan 2021 09:39:45
With Fury vs AJ most likely going to Dubai and Texas getting a lot more big US fights, have we seen the end of Vegas as the top destination for big fights?

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16 Jan 2021 03:32:55
Maybe but I doubt it. The casinos make so much money from the fights.

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17 Jan 2021 19:36:26
They do that's true, although with the amount of money the Middle East is throwing at fighters these days and the talented crop coming out of Texas with their huge venues could take a lot of the bigger fights in the coming years.

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14 Jan 2021 20:34:59
Kovalev failed drugs test.

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14 Jan 2021 22:37:19
Synthetic testosterone. I think he realised he's done and needed some help.

Having said that, have you see his rap sheet in recent years?

He punched a woman and kicked her dog because she rebuffed his advances and plead guilty to the offence (2020).
Arrested for driving under the influence (2019).
Kicked off a plane for sexually harrassing someone (2020).
Caught hosting an illegal Canelo vs Smith stream (2020).

I heard that he has a bit of a drinking issue, but I didn't realise he was like that lol.

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15 Jan 2021 09:37:41
He seems to have badly went off the rails. He did not seem to be like that when he first came on the scene. GBP owed him a fight worth 2.5million because of the canelo fight, that's gone now too just like his career.

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11 Jan 2021 17:54:38
Boxing in the UK can resume next month, the British Boxing Board of Control has confirmed.

A statement on Monday read: "The British Boxing Board of Control will be resuming boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction in the middle of February.

"Dates and venues to be confirmed in due course. "

copied from skysports.

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12 Jan 2021 18:42:16
Herring vs Frampton in UK for February. Hopefully Whyte v Povetkin is still UK.

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04 Jan 2021 07:55:04
British Boxing Board of Control has postponed all upcoming Boxing events in the UK due to C.V. This will be reviewed on January 30.

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08 Jan 2021 13:14:18
Not looking good for February aswell mate. Fights like Whyte vs Povetkin, Avanesyan vs Kelly and Josh Warrington vs Can Xu could all be moved to a different country. Possibly Carl Framptoms shot against Herring could be moved aswell.

On a slightly different topic. Matchrooms contract with Sky sports runs out this year around April/ May time alongside Ajs contract with Sky sports box office. With the launch of DAZN UK last month we are already seeing a lot of fights being shown on that platform. Then u have fighters like Smith and Campbell annoyed that their fights r not being broadcast on Sky in the UK. I think this is going to end in tears for one of them. Streaming a fight might be popular among todays younger fans but would not appeal to the majority imo.

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08 Jan 2021 20:03:01
At first I was totally confused as to why they were suspending Boxing in the UK. It's not because of the amount of people involved or the fact that it's super spreader events. It's because they need medical personel in attendace, which isn't possible with the NHS at critical mass in some parts of the country.

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08 Jan 2021 23:07:12
Hopefully it starts to ease and they can get afew on in February.

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03 Jan 2021 00:27:59
Garcia fight was good fight,
Would like him to take more fights before Haney.

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03 Jan 2021 16:25:10
Was a good fight, has chin questions now though. Luke Campbell isn't a big puncher and it's not like he caught him with a shot he didn't see.

He's in the right place to get better though, training with Canelo etc.

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08 Jan 2021 12:52:23
Only seen highlights last night on YouTube. Agree that questions will now be asked of Garcia's chin, although fair play to him getting off the canvas to show a champions heart.

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01 Jan 2021 07:42:39
AJ amatuer footage from the 2009 National Novice championships. This is the 91KG final. He was 20 years old at the time.

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27 Dec 2020 21:18:49
Other than fury vs AJ, What fights do you what to see in 2021?
Spence vs Crawford is the standout but I want to see Whyte vs Wilder.

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28 Dec 2020 00:12:06
Off the top of my head:

Joshua vs Fury - I think Fury wins personally, but not as easily as many think. Wouldn't surprise me if Fury had to get up off the canvas to win.

Crawford vs Spence - This is a genuine 50/ 50, I have no idea how this will end. Spence has the resume that suggests he will win, but Crawford is special.

Lopez vs Lomachenko II - I want to see if Teo is real, Loma will come back with a much more aggressive game plan and it will be interesting to see if Teo can combat it.

Davis vs Haney - This won't happen because Floyd won't let it happen. But I think Haney wins vs points.

Whyte vs Ortiz (should he beat Povetkin/ it fall through) - Ortiz has only fought Wilder but he can definitely box, this would probably end up being a good fight and I doubt it would go the distance. 50/ 50 imo.

Joyce vs Usyk - Usyk made a fool of Joyce in the WBS over 5 rounds, but it would be interesting to see how it would pan out over 12. I think Joyce may well stop Usyk.

On Wilder, I think he's done and good riddance to be honest with you. The guy held the WBC belt hostage for 4 years, came out with disgusting statements about wanting 'to catch a body', accused anyone and everyone of being against him in the Fury rematch and to top it all off, he's not even very good. I'm done with this utter moron.

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28 Dec 2020 12:49:18
I like Joshua but a lot of the time he does my head in. He takes too much of the money from sky sports boxing and when he fights his undercard shows this. They r terrible. Plus all that dressing as member of the black Panthers and telling people to not shop in certain stores then telling anyone who criticized him to go f**k themselves, he went down in my eyes. I think Fury beats him and maybe even stops him late as Joshua runs out of steam.
I'd love to see Davis vs Lopez although I think Lopez would be too big.
Spence vs Crawford is good scrap like u said a 50/ 50. I would like to see that fight happen at end of year, think it's a fight that will only get bigger over time. Think Spence is too big wins close spilt decision although I'm cheering on Crawford, even if his Ma does piss me off lol.
The whyte vs Wilder match, the reason I want to see that is because the two of them do some talking. And it's mostly rubbish they talk all the time. I like Whyte but at the same time he annoys me because he's been played by Eddie Hearn and now he's in limbo. Povetkin prob knock him out again then he's really in trouble.
In the domestic scene I'd love to see Joshua Buatsi win a world title and then face Callum Smith at light heavy.

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29 Dec 2020 18:33:41
I usually pick a side but when it comes to Crawford vs Spence, I will just sit back as a neutral and enjoy it.

Would like to see Buatsi against Kovalev or something before he goes for a world title. I say Kovalev as he currently has no title and is fading fast, but he's still good enough to beat prospects who aren't ready to step up yet. However, Kovalev is scheduled to fight 6-0 (5 KO) Bektemir Melikuziev, so maybe he's already joined the Journeyman club.

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30 Dec 2020 18:39:01
Off the canvas? lol 😂.

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30 Dec 2020 19:40:39
Yes, he's been down a few times in his career and Joshua is very good. Stop fanboying Fury and look at it objectively.

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02 Jan 2021 17:34:28
Fury will school him, watch for some one handed showboating.

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