It was a big weekend in boxing, so catch up with anything you may have missed.
Hey it was a busy weekend, here’s what you might have missed.
Deontay Wilder was the biggest story of the weekend, knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round on a monstrous right hand to retain his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night.
Obviously everyone wants to know what’s next for Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KO), and we reckon it’s going to be Luis Ortiz, though Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel says he’ll meet with DAZN this week.
The other big Saturday fights were from Glasgow in the World Boxing Super Series, with Naoya Inoue trucking Emmanuel Rodriguez in two, and Josh Taylor outfighting Ivan Baranchyk over the distance. We know what’s next for those two: tournament final matchups against Nonito Donaire and Regis Prograis, respectively.
For all the rest of the results from May 13-18, at least that we were able to get in by the early Sunday morning deadline, check out the results roundup, which includes a title win for Billy Joe Saunders, a title defense by Gary Russell Jr, and much, much more.
- This week’s TV schedule is up. There’s not a single standout Big Fight or even Big Star Fighting, but there are three (3) shows running at the same time on Saturday, so that’s something. The headline fight, I suppose, is the WBO super featherweight title fight Saturday night on ESPN between Masayuki Ito and Jamel Herring.
- Tyson Fury figures anyone who stands in front of Wilder will get knocked out, which is why he doesn’t plan to stand in front of him. You have to like Fury’s approach here, which a lot of fighters could take a note from — Fury believes he beat Wilder in December, but you never see him crap on Wilder, either, because he wants what he feels was a win to mean something.
- Julian Williams says anyone who faces him has to do 90 days of random VADA testing.
- Felix Alvarado retained his IBF 108-pound title on Sunday in Japan, beating Reiya Konishi.
- One PPV undercard fight is set for the Pacquiao-Thurman show on July 20, as Sergey Lipinets will face John Molina Jr in a welterweight fight. Should be an entertaining battle at the very least.