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  1. If he gets past Klitschko then could have a unification against Wilder according to eddie Hearn. Not be long before Fury starts spouting off about being true champ (which he rightly is) - would love to have someone beat him.
  2. Patrick McKendry is a rugby and boxing writer for the Herald. Boxing: Unbeaten Hughie Fury shaping up for title fight against Joseph Parker Joseph Parker's handlers say they aren't in any hurry to make a decision on their heavyweight world champion's future, but it appears increasingly likely that he will fight in Dunedin in March or April. His opponent is likely to be Hughie Fury, the cousin of Tyson, whose drugs test failure and mental health issues opened the way for Parker to claim the vacant WBO title with his majority decision victory over Andy Ruiz jnr at Vector Arena on Saturday. If so, it would be a good fight for Parker. The undefeated Hughie Fury, 22, is a big man at 1.98m, 5cm taller than the 24-year-old Parker, who will be in the unusual position of fighting a younger opponent. Parker's best victories have come against bigger men, and he must once again get ready for fighting the giants of the division. Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, potential opponents next year, are the same height as Fury. WBC champion Deontay Wilder is also tall at 2.01m. A rematch against Ruiz is not on the agenda, but it appears inevitable that the pair will meet again at some stage. While Parker's next opponent is yet to be confirmed by Duco Events, one thing appears certain - he won't be kept on the same schedule which has seen him fight 15 times in three years. The workload has taken its toll, mentally and physically, on Parker and he is in dire need of a break. He is likely to remain in New Zealand for six weeks to two months before returning to Las Vegas. Trainer Kevin Barry, too, is due for a rest, and will remain here on holiday with wife Tanya and daughter Jordy before returning to his base on January 22. Barry admitted that Parker had been on a "very, very ambitious schedule", over the past three years. He has been a professional for a little over four years. Asked whether that would continue, Barry said: "Not a chance." "The truth is, we've had a very, very busy three years and Joe's body is a little tired now. He needs this break, his trainer needs the break." Asked about Hughie Fury as a potential next opponent, Barry said: "He's definitely one of the options. Right at the moment we're not planning the next fight. We're just celebrating this victory and having some time off. "Right now we're reflecting on the last four years and what we've achieved as a team together," he said. Hughie Fury. Photo / Getty Images Tyson Fury and David Haye, whom Parker was due to meet in a mandatory challenge to his WBO title before the Englishman decided to take what many regard as an easier fight against cruiserweight Tony Bellow, sent Parker messages after his victory, saying "there were big things ahead". For Barry, there must also be improvement, saying that Parker did not quite follow the specifics of a game plan which targeted Ruiz's ample body. "There are a couple of things that I was asking him for in the fight yesterday that he didn't deliver - one was a straight right hand to the body and left hook that we have worked multiple times in training. And it works beautifully off the double jab. He was setting the double jab up but he wasn't giving me the third and fourth punch. I asked for that many times during the fight. Duco's Dean Lonergan on Joseph Parker's next move "I know that Joe has a really nice liver shot and I thought that Andy might have been the guy that we could have really executed that on, but we didn't. "As nice as Joe's jab was on the outside, next year I need that jab even stronger and to be thrown more often, because when he's throwing that jab he's in total control. When he doesn't use it, he allows other people to close the distance. "Now that's he's a world champion, those standards have to be higher now. We have to take it to a whole new level. This is not the end of four years, this is the beginning of Joe's career now." Like Parker, Barry brushed off the criticism about the decision of the judges to either score the fight a draw or a win for his man. Salven Lagumbay (Philippines) scored it 114-114, with Ramon Cerdan (Argentina) and Ingo Barrabas (Germany) giving it to Parker 115-113. "I thought it was a very close fight," Barry said. "I thought that Joe scored with a lot of clean punches with his left jab from the outside. We had three independent judges from three different countries around the world that we had no affiliation with." - NZ Herald Must say I don't like the Fury's at all
  3. Dillian Whyte beats Dereck Chisora on split decision after epic fight • Whyte wins 114-115, 115-113, 115-114 • British heavyweight title not on line because of pre-fright fracas Kevin Mitchell at the Manchester Arena Sunday 11 December 2016 11.10 AEDT Somehow, against the odds, defying all fears, Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte, sworn enemies from either side of the Thames, produced a memorable heavyweight contest of considerable nobility to wipe away the rancour that had poisoned not only their relationship but the sport. The split decision after 12 rounds of high-grade brawling, went the way of the younger, fitter Whyte, 114-115, 115-113, 115-114, because he kept his shape in the key exchanges, but Chisora, an oak that would not be cut down, won the Manchester crowd over with possibly his bravest performance in 33 contests. They may even do this again; if they can just find a table around which to negotiate that is also nailed to the floor. Anthony Joshua beats Eric Molina to retain IBF world heavyweight title – as it happened Anthony Joshua swatted Eric Molina aside in three rounds to set up his next defence against Wladimir Klitschko, who stepped into the ring afterwards, while Dillian Whyte edged a classic against Dereck Chisora Whyte’s British title was not on the line because of his part in their fracas at a press conference, but, curiously – or not; this is boxing – the bout was declared an eliminator for the WBC title owned by Deontay Wilder. On a night that entertained all sizes, theirs was probably the most dramatic: two big, hard men swinging from the hip with nary a nod towards the consequences. In a long queue of contenders and dreamers for a shot at a version of the world title, Chisora and Whyte are near the back but maybe edging their way towards the front. Chisora threw no tables this time, but quite a lot of quality shots in a lively, even opening. Injured pride, perhaps – after taking a two-year suspended sentence and a £25,000 fine for furniture rearrangement – put steel in his work as he battered Whyte in the fifth. Battling fatigue, he had him going again in the eighth, and kept his cool when Whyte gave him some afters. From there to the closing bell, theirs was a mutual blur of desperation, as one haymaker after another whistled through the night air, many landing with full force. Neither man would go down, though. Cue the rematch. Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, the unbeaten 37-year-old Cuban with the tools and experience to make a dent in the heavyweight division, took seven rounds of the scheduled eight to quell the enthusiasm of Doncaster’s exhausted David Allen. It was Ortiz’s 26th win, 24th early (with two no-contests) and it kept him in the mix for bigger things. Callum Smith has cemented a world title shot, having idled as a mandatory WBC contender at 12st for longer than he would like, and should meet the winner of the James DeGale-Badou Jack unification fight, to be held in Brooklyn next month, some time in the summer. The unbeaten Liverpudlian had Luke Blackledge down and dazed in the third, and again in the eighth. But the Lancastrian, inordinately strong and willing, was knocked cold when he ran on to a perfect left hook in the 10th. Full Fight
  4. Anthony Joshua dominates Eric Molina to set up Wladimir Klitschko showdown • British fighter defends IBF heavyweight title in Manchester • Molina knocked down in third round before referee stopped fight Kevin Mitchell Sunday 11 December 2016 11.28 AEDT Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina, a 34-year-old Texan of quiet disposition and scant achievement, said before he stepped into the ring with Anthony Joshua here on Saturday night that he considered the WBC champion, Deontay Wilder – who stopped him in nine rounds – to be the best heavyweight in the world. As he sank towards the canvas here in round three, he was probably reassessing that judgment. On a night that threatened to test boxing’s capacity to accommodate bad behaviour on the undercard, two gentleman heavyweights did their thing in the main event with all the quietude of a Sunday church service until Joshua exploded a venomous right on Molina’s chin in the third round. One more assault forced the American to spin into his own corner and he was taking further punishment when the referee called a merciful halt. Molina more timid, even, than Charles Martin, the American from whom the Londoner ripped away the IBF title in April, and someway short in ability of another horizontal heavyweight from across the seas, Dominic Breazeale, who at least lasted into the seventh round two months later. Now Joshua has to step up. There will be no more soft touches, no more learning fights with a world title belt around his waist. The promoter Eddie Hearn, grabbed to microphone to tell the 21,000 fans who had stayed after midnight: “I’d like now to bring Wladimir Klitschko to the ring, and I’m officially announcing the fight against Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium on 29 April.” Klitschko asked the audience: “Do you want to see a big fight? Do you want to see two Olympic champions in there? You got it.” The reception was rapturous. There was heavyweight royalty everywhere in the house: Klitschko and Tyson Fury – one waiting for a last hurrah with Joshua, the other maybe already having bid us adieu – as well as the ever-loved Frank Bruno. David Haye was here for Sky, his loud irritant, Tony Bellew, about 10 yards away for the BBC; they kept their distance. In America, Wilder manned the Showtime microphone. Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko face each other down in the ring after Joshua’s victory. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA The champion, the owner of a perfect 18-0 record, all of them by stoppage, said of his public spar with Molina: “I just had to be patient.” It was a job of work safely completed – at odds with the excitement that followed. Katie Taylor, the decorated Irish amateur in her second professional bout, had the experienced Brazilian lightweight Viviane Obenauf blinking and blowing. She put Obenauf down in the second and won comfortably on points over six rounds. British boxing is enjoying a long and glittering run, with 12 world champions of varying status. Khalid Yafai became the latest – and Birmingham’s first – when he outclassed Luis Concepcion 120-108, 119-108, 117-112 to send the 31-year-old Panamanian home without the WBA super-fly belt he had surrendered on the scales on Friday. A neat left hook put the exasperated visitor over in the 10th for a quick count, and Yafai controlled nearly every exchange in the bout with crisp counters and superb movement. Scott Quigg, a super-bantam champion until he lost to Carl Frampton in this ring in February, showed the benefit of moving up to featherweight, and stopped the difficult Jose Cayetono in the ninth round. The Mexican is another of those little man who have struggled to make weight, hitting the limit at the second attempt, yet Quigg looked bigger and stronger, finishing his comeback with a well-weighted shot to the chin in a neutral corner. His own jaw, broken in the Frampton fight, seemed to hold up nicely. Just about any of the score of right-hand bombs Hosea Burton landed on Frank Buglioni’s chin from the first round to the 12th might have taken out his challenger for the British light-heavyweight title. Instead, Buglioni, rebuilding his career under the guidance of Chisora’s former trainer, Don Charles, soaked it up and, bleeding heavily from midway, rumbled through the storm to wreck the Mancunian’s unbeaten record and leave him battered on the ropes for a last-gasp stoppage, with 64 seconds left. Video
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    Primo Carnera

    Primo Carnera: Heavyweight Champion or Mob Creature? Rich Thomas, Yahoo! Contributor Network - Nov 30, 2009 Primo Carnera was born in Sequals, a small Italian town north of Venice, on October 26, 1906. He grew up training to be a carpenter, moving to France at the age of 14. Even in his teens, however, Carnera was already developing the substantial physique that would go on to earn him international fame, so by the age of 16 he had joined the circus as a strongman. It was there he was noticed by French boxing promoters, and by 18 he had switched professions and become a professional pugilist. Carnera's strong point as a boxer was also his biggest selling point: his size. In an era when a good heavyweight was about 6 foot and 200 lbs., Carnera was almost 6' 6" tall and weighed around 265 lbs. He was a big, well-muscled man, and had a sideshow appeal akin to today's Nikolai Vaulev. Like Vaulev, he was very strong, but was ponderous and his main advantages in the ring were long reach, height, and heavy, thudding shots. Drawing crowds on the basis of his big, buff body, Carnera racked up a 14-1 record before meeting his first serious heavyweight contender in 1929, Young Stirbling. Stirbling took the bigger, but poorly schooled Italian to school, scoring with hard body shots and making Carnera look foolish. Then Stirbling hit Carnera below the belt, resulting in a Disqualification when Carnera could not continue. This was the first fight that some dubbed as "fixed," but was it? Probably not. Stirbling was relying heavily on body shots, after all, so that he crunched Carnera's family jewels is easy to believe. Even if Carnera were faking, which is a big if, it does not take a dirty referee to issue a DQ under those circumstances. A foul is a foul is a foul. The two met again in Paris roughly three weeks later. Stirbling was once again outclassing the inexperienced and unskilled Italian. As Stirbling turned to return to his corner after the 7th, Carnera hit him on the back of the head. This time is was Carnera who was disqualified for flagrant fouling. Strangely, some historians say this fight was fixed too, even though it was Carnera who lost it by DQ. However, the Stirbling bouts had attracted the attention of American boxing promoters, and soon Carnera was on his way to the States. It was here that his management came under the influence of Owney Madden, a British-born gangster who was involved in bootlegging, boxing promotions, as well as running the famed Cotton Club. Only in America Carnera's boxing career in America was almost immediately dogged by allegations of corruption. His second bout in the U.S. was in Chicago in January 1930 against Elzear Rioux. Rioux was knocked down six times in the 1st Round, with many in the audience swearing they never saw Carnera land a single clean punch. Worse is that Chicago was one of the most mobbed-up cities in the country at the time. The Illinois Boxing Commission let Carnera go, but fined Rioux and revoked his boxing license. It is clear that Rioux was a tomato can who did a very poor job of taking a dive. The big Italian met his next contender in June 1930 the form of George Godfrey, an African-American who was almost as big as Carnera and on a knockout streak. Godfrey was winning the fight when he was disqualified on a foul. In this case, the eye-witness reports are damning: the referee saved Carnera. Finally, in October 1930 Carnera was outboxed by a journeyman named Jim Maloney, and either because the Boston venue was beyond the reach of Owney Madden or because Madden had gotten lazy, Carnera lost the decision. In November, Carnera returned to Europe for a match in Barcelona with Basque fighter Paulino Uzcudun. Ringside observers say Carnera won only 2 Rounds, but he won the decision anyway. Then came a 1931 rematch with Maloney, which Carnera actually won fair and square. Perhaps chastened by the earlier loss, Carnera was clearly starting to learn something about boxing. In Contention By October 1931, Carnera was fighting Jack Sharkey, a future heavyweight champion and a man who had beaten Carnera's old rival Stirbling. Although he was smaller, Sharkey was a tough character who had gone 7 Rounds with Jack Dempsey. Sharkey knocked him down in the 4th and cleanly outpointed him, but Carnera was in the fight right up to the very end. He impressed many with his fortitude and improved ability. Carnera followed up on that momentum by meeting and defeating contender Kingfish Levinsky a month later. Carnera continued to fight and mostly win, drawing record-breaking crowds on the strength of his freakish size. In 1932 he knocked out the South African Heavyweight Champion, but then dropped two points losses before bouncing back to beat an undefeated Art Lansky (a fighter who would appear as a Braddock opponent in The Cinderella Man). Then he won a rematch with Kingfish Levinsky. Carnera's momentum was briefly interrupted by the unfortunate death of Earnie Schaaf, who had recently been savagely knocked out by contender Max Baer and should not have had medical clearance to continue fighting. Carnera's blows compounded the damage from the Baer beating, and caused an inter-cranial hemorrhage that resulted in Schaaf's death four days after the fight. Championship Jack Sharkey had previously announced that he would give a title shot to the winner of the Carnera vs. Schaaf bout. It has been rumored that this was arranged by Owney Madden, but it is just as likely that Sharkey was avoiding a fight with the incredibly dangerous puncher Max Baer. It is also rumored that Sharkey took a dive on orders from Madden, but keep in mind that Sharkey was 31 and had a lot of boxing miles on his body. In their June 1933 rematch, Sharkey made a lethargic, flat-footed effort that made him an easy target for the lumbering Italian, and Carnera gave him a bad beating, hitting with a right uppercut in the 6th that literally lifted Sharkey from the canvas. Sharkey denied taking a dive to his dying day, and certainly no sane man would deliberately catch an uppercut like the one that felled him. Now the World Heavyweight Champion, Carnera made the first defense of his title in Rome, in a rematch with Basque fighter Paulino Uzcudun. Fascist strongman Benito Mussolini was among those in attendance. That Carnera won on points is not disputed. His second defense was in Florida, against light heavyweight great Tommy Loughran. Loughran outboxed the plodding Carnera for several rounds, but Carnera fought a smart, yet rough and dirty fight that made the most of his size. He repeatedly stepped on Loughran's feet, pinning him down. Eventually Loughran broke a toe, further limiting his mobility. Carnera probably should have had points deducted, but as it was he won a gritty decision. In June 1934, Carnera defended his title for the third time against the feared funnyman of boxing, Max Baer. Baer's wild, aggressive assault felled Carnera eleven times en route to an 11th Round knockout. Carnera displayed great courage and stamina, getting up again and again just to be nailed by the hardest hitter in the game at that time. Even so, the big Italian was utterly demolished by the Clown Prince of Boxing. Former Champion Carnera started a comeback with a tour of South America, but in June 1936 met a rising, 19-0 Joe Louis. The backdrop for this fight was the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, so 62,000 people filled Yankee Stadium to watch another of what would be many racially-charged heavyweight bouts in the mid-1930s. Louis was even more dangerous than Baer, and reduced Carnera to utter helplessness in 6 Rounds. The fight ended with a crushing knockout. Carnera boxed occasionally after that, but was never again a serious world contender. In 1946 he turned to wrestling, where he once again became a star. He died in 1967 in his native Italy. Legacy Unfortunately, Carnera's name is bound up with shadowy mob dealings and allegations of corruption. Certainly there were Carnera bouts where officials were tampered with, and more where the opponent was either chosen because they were cream-puffs or were paid to take a dive. But how just how many allegations of fight fixing were true? In many ways, Carnera is the antecedent to today's Nikolai Valuev. Yes, Valuev undoubtedly robbed an aging Evander Holyfield in a bout in Switzerland in 2008. The political machinations that awarded him with the WBA title for a second time - a title he did not even win in the ring! - were pure farce. However, it is beyond doubt that Valuev beat guys like John Ruiz and Sergei Lyakhovich fair and square (if barely beat them). In many ways, it seems likely that Carnera's career is more tarnished than it deserves. After all, the aforementioned Holyfield robbed Lennox Lewis in their first bout (with the help of Don King), and no one thinks of him as a product of dirty judging. Carnera was an Italian boxer in the 1930s, the decade of the gangster. Viewed through that lens, conspiracy theories regarding the mafia come easy. Yet upon examining the facts, it becomes clear that Primo Carnera won plenty of real fights, and he did it the same way Valuev did: on the basis of sheer size, reach and strength. Sources:;; Joe Louis: The Great Black Hope. ****** vs Paulino Uzcudun I & II Film Vs Jack Sharkey II Film Vs Max Baer Film Vs Joe Louis Film ******* Another article Crumbling Mountain: The Body of Primo Carnera
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    Mike Tyson vs Mitch Green

    The guys squared off before Tyson won the title but are more well known for the street brawl afterward Tyson Hurts Right Hand In Scuffle With a Boxer By PHIL BERGER Published: August 24, 1988 Mike Tyson's Oct. 8 title defense against Frank Bruno was in jeopardy yesterday after the heavyweight champion sustained a hairline fracture of the right hand when he and another heavyweight, Mitch Green, scuffled in an early morning street brawl in Harlem. Tyson appeared at a news conference last night with his right hand in a cast. His manager, Bill Cayton, said that Tyson's hand specialist, Dr. David Chiu, had flown in from a vacation in Toronto to examine the hand and had determined there was a fracture of the third metacarpal. ''It is not of a serious nature,'' said Cayton, ''but it will be kept in a cast to make sure nothing happens to it. Dr. Chiu has said the cast will come off in three weeks, at which time he will determine if the Bruno fight can take place.'' Tyson was supposed to have begun training yesterday in Catskill, N.Y., for the Bruno bout, which is scheduled to be in London. But according to a police spokeswoman, Sgt. Diane Kubler, the incident with Green happened first, at 5 A.M. at 41 East 125th Street. All-Night Clothing Store The Manhattan phone directory lists that location as a business called Dapper Dan, which Tyson described as an all-night clothing store that caters to performers. Tyson said he had gone there with two friends, Walter Berry of the San Antonio Spurs, and Berry's cousin, Thomas Smalls, to pick up an $850 garment. He showed off that item - a white leather jacket with gold and black trim and the words ''Don't Believe the Hype'' on the back of it - at the news conference. As he was leaving Dapper Dan, Tyson said, he encountered Green. The fighters had different versions of what happened next. Green said in a telephone interview that the incident started with a conversation about their May 1986 fight, which Tyson won on a unanimous decision. ''I was telling him,'' said Green, '' 'You know I didn't really fight you 'cause Don King done took my money.' Tyson says, 'You tellin' me I didn't beat you? O.K. We could do it again now.' I says, 'Do what?' ''I seen him fixing the rings on his fingers, but I didn't think he'd stoop that low. But he did. He sucker punched me. And ran. And his boys that he was with held me, like they were breaking up a fight, while I was trying to get to him. They hit me cheap shots too. I was trying to get to my car and get a jack. But him and his buddies ran to their car and drove away. Mike Tyson. Heavyweight champion of the world. A cheap shot like that.'' According to Sgt. Kubler, Green required five stitches to close a cut above his nose and then filed a complaint against Tyson at the 25th precinct stationhouse. Det. Harold Dice of the 25th precinct said that Tyson was expected to appear there today to receive a summons charging him with simple assault, a misdemeanor. Green's attorney, Richard Emery, said: ''As Mitch described it to me, Tyson was moving the rings on his fingers around so they'd be there as part of the punch, to rip up his face.'' But Tyson and his two companions described different circumstances. ''We were sitting in the store,'' said Berry, a former St. John's forward, ''when Mitch Green came around and began harassing Mike about how Don King owed him money. When we got outside, Mike was going to the car. Mitch Green grabbed his shirt and ripped it. Mike shoved him down to the ground. Mitch come up swinging. Mike told him: 'I don't want to fight you.' '' Tyson 'Was Scared' Tyson said that Green threw a punch at him and he felt ''nervous.'' ''I haven't been in a street fight in seven years,'' said Tyson. ''I was scared. He hit me in the chest. I hit him over the eye or something. He came back again. I had no other choice but to defend myself. He was not in a good state of mind. He was upset.'' Smalls said that as Tyson left the scene by car, Green chased after the vehicle, beating on it with his hands.