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We surveyed members of our writing community to get their predictions on Saturday’s big fight between undefeated heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Consistent with the odds (at last glance Wilder was a consensus 17/10 favorite), the tilt was toward Wilder but the Brit had his supporters.

Comic book cover artist ROB AYALA, whose specialty is combat sports, provided the graphic. Check out more of Rob Ayala’s illustrations at his web site fight posium. The correspondents are listed alphabetically.

MATT ANDRZEJEWSKI — Fury is an exceptionally skilled boxer who is very slick inside the ring. He will use constant movement with a well timed precision jab to keep Wilder off balance and frustrated. Fury is also a master of closing distance and a better infighter than he is given credit. He will smother Wilder’s power while on the inside and lean on the smaller Wilder wearing him down. Wilder’s one shot is to catch Fury clean but Fury is not easy to hit clean and for all the above reasons I see Fury winning by unanimous decision.

RICK ASSAD — Wilder is one of the hardest hitters in the sport today. He will use his overwhelming power and hand speed to halt his British opponent late in the bout. This knockout victory will catapult him to true superstar status.

BERNARD FERNANDEZ — My initial inclination was to pick Deontay Wilder by mid- to late-round knockout. That might have owed to wishful thinking on my part, Wilder being an American, a huge puncher and the guy most fight fans (well those of us in the U.S., anyway) want to see paired up with Anthony Joshua for all the titles. But then I remembered that hoary axiom that styles make fights, and I began to have a nagging suspicion that Fury’s odd ring style might be all wrong for the “Bronze Bomber.” Eliminating personal feelings from the equation, I’m reluctantly calling it Tyson Fury on points, which, if that turns out to be the case, should mightily please folks on the other side of the pond.

JEFFREY FREEMAN — I predict Tyson Fury will steal a decision from Deontay Wilder to become the new WBC heavyweight champion. That doesn’t mean the official judges will be wrong when they add up their scores though. It means only that while Wilder looks for a wild knockout, Fury slowly tames his quarry with hypnotic boxing. In the end, Fury’s patient strategy takes the fire out of Wilder. Fans complain about another boring Tyson Fury “fight” but the better man will have won. Get ready for Joshua-Fury, the biggest bout in boxing.

THOMAS HAUSER — Wilder by knockout. Fury might outbox Deontay for a while. But after abusing his body for years, Tyson won’t be in condition to go twelve rounds. And he doesn’t have the power to knock Wilder out.

ARNE LANG – To me this is a no-brainer. Wilder has quicker reflexes and he has one-punch fight altering power, something that Fury lacks. If the Brit had a fearsome left hook that would give me pause — a fearsome left hook is the equalizer when one’s opponent has substantially more checks on the handicapping checklist (think Tommy Morrison vs. Razor Ruddock) – but Fury fights from an orthodox stance and there’s no evidence that he has this weapon in his repertoire. I don’t envision the fight lasting more than eight rounds.

KELSEY McCARSON — I’ve gone back and forth in my mind about this fight since it was announced. Fury is a fantastic boxer. He’s outstanding at disrupting his opponent’s offense and he has exceptionally fast hands for a man his size. But Wilder is a freak athlete that is so very difficult to game plan against that I really think Wilder ends up winning. Fury will probably make Wilder look bad at times, but somewhere in the middle of the fight both big men will tire and it will make Fury just hittable enough for Wilder to start landing. Wilder doesn’t get the stoppage but nabs the best win of his career by UD.

MATT McGRAIN — In making a pick here I’m reminded of Sam Peter-Vitali Klitschko, not stylistically but circumstantially. The fighter making the comeback – in that case Vitali, in this case Fury – would be a prohibitive favourite for me in a confrontation where both fighters were at their very best. Making the pick, for me, is a matter of adjudging how much Fury has left after his spell of inactivity and self abuse. If he’s at 95% he should win at a canter, coupling size and stylistic advantages to clearly out-box his crude but dangerous opponent. If he’s at 70%, Wilder is going to enjoy himself. And so on.

There’s no way to know, for sure, what Fury will bring to the championship ring. He hasn’t looked good enough to beat Wilder in his two stumbling comeback fights but Fury always – always – boxed to something like his opponent’s level. On balance, though, I think he loses. 150lbs and a healthy cocaine and alcohol habit are anathema to long term excellence. Wilder to knock out a gassing Fury late.

SEAN NAM — Although the dexterous, shifty Fury bamboozled his way past dangerous Wladimir Klitschko, he accomplished that feat in 2015 when he was still in his prime. Fury’s return this year — two exhibition-worthy tune-up fights — revealed a man who had to pay dearly for the two years spent in debauchery. Rarely do fighters get away with such a profligate lifestyle without repercussions. Trying to avoid Wilder’s fearsome right is like walking on the bike lane on 5th Avenue during rush hour; at some point, you’ll get hit. As difficult a task it may be for Wilder to find an opening for his thundering right, one imagines it will be an even tougher assignment for Fury to avoid it.

TED SARES — Wilder’s many flaws are his greatest assets. Fury will be somewhat confused by them and will also have stamina issues. His loss of weight reminds me a bit of Roy Jones coming back from the Ruiz fight. If Cunningham can deck him, Wilder can sedate him. This all said, I see Wilder catching Fury with a wild right that will concuss The Traveler and end the fight. Wilder by stoppage.

PHIL WOOLEVER — While the primed Fury whose movement befuddled Klitschko may have been capable of doing the same against Wilder, this year’s model will be fortunate and unlikely to make it through 12 rounds. Credit Fury for facing Wilder at this point, but after 2 1/2 years off and limited rust-removing opposition, it’s too much too soon for the Traveler’s comeback.

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Tyson Fury Blasts Out Germany’s Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS-In his first Las Vegas show Great Britain’s Tyson Fury showcased a neon light kind of performance with a second round knockout over Germany’s Tom Schwarz to retain the lineal heavyweight world championship on Saturday.

“I came to put on a show for Las Vegas and I hoped everyone enjoyed it,” Fury said.

Though facing an undefeated fighter like himself, Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) proved to Schwarz (24-1, 16 KOs) and the more than 9,000 fans at the MGM Grand there are elite levels in the prizefighting world with a quick, decisive knockout victory.

The heavyweight known as the “Gypsy King” had recently signed with Top Rank after giving a riveting and inspiring performance last December against WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder. Both electrified the crowd in Los Angeles and around the world proving the heavyweight division is alive and well.

It had been decades since heavyweights had sparked interest outside of Europe. But Fury and Wilder’s performance proved exciting despite ending in a majority draw after 12 rounds.

On Saturday, Fury met Schwarz and in his first fight in Las Vegas and easily out-classed Schwarz with his ability to use distance, slip punches and basically hit the German fighter with ease, even as a southpaw.

“Key tonight was telling myself to use the jab, and slip to the side,” said Fury.

After a rather tepid first round Fury changed to a southpaw stance and invited Schwarz to try and hit him. In one flurry the German fired a six-punch combination and every blow was slipped by the smiling Fury. He then smoothly slipped around Schwarz and fired his own six punch combination and capped it with a right to the chin that dropped the German to his knees. Schwarz got up and was met with another dozen blows that forced referee Kenny Bayless to end the bludgeoning at 2:54 of the second round. Fury was declared the winner by technical knockout.

“I put on an extra 12 pounds. This time it was only a few months out of the ring and I’m back,” said Fury. “I came here a southpaw and I hoped everybody enjoyed it.”

When asked if a Wilder rematch was on tap Fury was effusive and declared that promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank assured it would be in September or October.

“I’ve never seen promoting like this,” said Fury. “God bless America.”

Once again the heavyweights seem to be the darling division with Fury, Wilder, Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua the leading heavyweights.

Mikaela

Mikaela Mayer (11-0, 4 KOs) started slowly but once she figured out the awkward aggressiveness of Lizbeth Crespo (13-4, 3 KOs) she slipped into overdrive with the right cross and right uppercuts and rolled to victory by unanimous decision after 10 rounds. The former American Olympian retains the NABF super featherweight title.

For the first two rounds Crespo scored well with overhand rights and constant punching. Though Mayer scored with solid left jabs, she was countered by looping rights and lefts that caught the taller American fighter pulling out.

Adjustments were made and by the third round Mayer was staying close and using lethal right hands that boomed off Crespo’s head and body. After charging hard for two rounds those blows suddenly slowed down the Argentine’s attack.

Mayer took over after the third round and kept the momentum going with that lethal right and check left hook. Crespo tried but couldn’t solve the right of Mayer.

After 10 rounds the judges scored it 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92 for Mayer.

“Crespo was a tough challenge, but I got through it and I’m ready to move on to bigger things,” said Mayer. “I am ready for a world title fight next. It’s time for the champions to step up and get in the ring with me.”

Other Bouts

Albert Bell (15-0, 5 KOs) proved a little too slick for Northern California’s Andy Vences (22-1-1, 12 KOs) and won the WBC Continental America’s super featherweight title by unanimous decision after 10 rounds. The scores were all 97-93 for Bell.

WBC International featherweight titlist Isaac Lowe (17-1-3, 6 KOs) won a boring unanimous decision over Wisconsin’s Duarn Vue (14-2-2, 4 KOs) after 10 rounds. Lowe ran and ran some more with occasional pot shots but there were long stretches where it was more a track meet than a prize fight. It was like amateur boxing for 10 rounds. The scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 99-91 for Lowe.

Italian heavyweight Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello (4-0, 4 KOs) showed off agility and power before knocking out Louisiana’s Keenan Hickman (6-4-1, 2 KOs). Vianello, who is trained by Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, floored Hickman three times before the fight was stopped at 2:22 of the second round.

Germany’s Peter Kadiriv (4-0) had no problems with Houston’s southpaw heavyweight Juan Torres (3-2-1) and won every round with a steady lead right and occasional combinations. All three judges scored it 40-36 for Kadiriv.

Philadelphia’s Sonny Conto (3-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Youngstown, Ohio’s Daniel Infante (1-2) with an overhand right at 2:08 of the second round of their heavyweight confrontation. Conto had floored Infante earlier in the round with a seven-punch flurry.

Fight of the Night

In the final fight of the night super middleweights Cem Kelic (14-0, 9 KOs) and Martez McGregor (8-2, 6 KOs) electrified the small audience remaining in the crowd with a memorable slugfest.

Chicago’s McGregor started quick and floored Los Angeles-based Kelic in the first round with a right cross. That was only the beginning.

For the next seven rounds the two 168-pounders blasted each other with blows that would have taken out normal human beings. Both gave super human performances until Kelic connected with a left hook that staggered McGregor forcing referee Tony Weeks to halt the fight at 1:45 of the eighth and final round.

It was truly the best fight of the night.

Photo credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

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Fast Results From Latvia: Mairis Briedis and the KO Doctor advance in the WBSS

Arne K. Lang

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The semifinal round of the Wold Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament played out today in Riga, Latvia, the hometown of Mairis Briedis who was matched against Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki. Both fighters had only one blemish on their ledger and in both cases their lone defeat came at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk.

The fans left happily after Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) knocked out Glowacki (34-2) in the third frame. But it was messy fight that invites a lot of second-guessing and likely a challenge from the Glowacki camp.

After a feeling-out first round, Briedis cranked up the juice. An errant elbow landed behind Glowacki’s head, putting him on the canvas. For this discretion, Briedis was docked a point. A legitimate knockdown followed — Glowacki was hurt — and then another knockdown after the bell had sounded. The referee could not hear the bell in the din. It was a wild scene.

The fight was allowed to continue, but didn’t last much longer. Coming out for round three, Glowacki wasn’t right and Briedis pounced on him, scoring another knockdown, leading referee Robert Byrd to waive the fight off at the 27 second mark. It wasn’t Byrd’s finest hour.

The tournament organizers anticipated the complication of a draw and assigned extra judges to eliminate this possibility. They did not anticipate the complication of a “no-contest.” If the outcome isn’t overturned, Briedis, a former WBC cruiserweight champ, is the new WBO title-holder.

Dorticos-Tabiti

In the co-feature, Miami-based Cuban defector Yunier Dorticos, nicknamed the KO Doctor, lived up to his nickname with a smashing one punch knockout of previously undefeated Andrew Tabiti. The end for Tabiti came with no warning in round 10. An overhand right left him flat on his back, unconscious. Referee Eddie Claudio didn’t bother to count. The official time was 2:33.

It was easy to build case for Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs). He was three inches taller than Tabiti, packed a harder punch, and had fought stronger opposition. But it was understood that Tabiti, now 17-1, had a more well-rounded game. Moreover, there were concerns about Dorticos’ defense and stamina.

Dorticos was ahead on the scorecards after nine frames. He rarely took a backward step and let his hands go more freely. And it didn’t help Tabiti’s cause that he was docked a point for holding in the sixth frame. Earlier in that round, an accidental clash of heads left Dorticos with a cut over his right eye. The ringside physician was called into the ring to examine it and let the bout continue.

With the victory, Dorticos became the IBF world cruiserweight champion and moved one step closer to acquiring the coveted Muhammad Ali trophy in what will be, win or lose, the most lucrative fight of his career.

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Angel Ruiz Scores 93 Second KO in Ontario, CA

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(Ringside Report by Special Correspondent Tarrah Zeal) ONTARIO, CA – “Path to Glory” featured some of Southern California’s hottest prospects carving their image into the boxing world through the Thompson Boxing Promotions platform at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA Friday night.

Undefeated welterweight prospect Angel Ruiz (14-0, 11 KO) of Maywood, CA finished veteran Miguel Zamudio (43-13-1, 27 KO) from Los Mochis, Mexico with an impressive stoppage at 1:33 in the first round scheduled for eight.

At 21 years young, Ruiz (pictured) came into the night with four KO wins in his last four bouts and looking to continue his streak. A second-round body shot win over Gerald Avila (8-17-3) on May 10th and first round KO win against Roberto Almazan (8-9) just this year.

Ruiz was just getting started in the ring using his long distance and power punches to punish Zamudio.

Twenty seconds into the opening round, Ruiz’ mouthpiece went flying out and a timeout was called. Once the mouthpiece was placed back in, Ruiz administered a quick flurry of punches but with no exchange from Zamudio, referee Raul Caiz stepped in and stopped the main event fight.

After the fight interview Ruiz was asked about what he saw in the fight, “I see this guy. He wants to fight. He was trying to fight but I’m too hard. I got you.” Ruiz said. “I feel ready. I want to fight with the best.”

With 89 amateur bouts under his belt, although not signed with any promoters, Ruiz is verbally challenging Vergil Ortiz, “Vergil if you see this video, remember me”.

Brewart

In he co-main event, a six round junior middleweight bout, Richard “Cool Breeze” Brewart (6-0, 2 KO) of Rancho Cucamonga, CA won a unanimous decision over Antonio “El Tigre” Duarte (2-1) of Tijuana, Mexico.

Brewart was coming into the fight looking like the faster, more technical fighter of the two. Duarte over-telegraphed all of his punches, allowing Brewart to use his overhand right and awesome agility to angle out of reach.

Even after Duarte checked Brewart on the chin with a strong punch, Brewart’s power punches always ended the rounds. The judges scored the bout 60-54 twice and 59-55 for Brewart.

Other Bouts

A victorious unanimous decision at the end of a six-round toe-to- toe bantamweight fight was given to Mario “Mighty” Hernandez, (8-1-1, 3 KO) of Santa Cruz, CA over lefty Victor “Lobo” Trejo Garcia (16-11-1, 8 KO) from Mexico City, Mexico.

Continuous hard punches were exchanged from both brawlers starting at the bell of round one. Fans were excited after a flurry of punches and then a clear push from Hernandez sent Trejo to the floor at the end of round three, giving the crowd excitement for the coming rounds.

It deemed to be a bit of a challenge for both, as orthodox Hernandez managed to match southpaw Trejo’s overhand right punches with his own in response. After six rounds of continuous action two judges scored the bout 57-56 and one 59-54 for Hernandez.

In what would be an exciting and entertaining four-round heavyweight bout, Oscar Torrez (6-0, 3 KO) from Riverside, CA took on Allen Ruiz (0-2) of Ensenada, Mexico.

A surprising uppercut from Ruiz, in the beginning of round one, put Torrez on the canvas and every eye in the room were all fixated on both brawlers. The look in Torrez’ eyes were more calculated, as he was careful from then on.

Wild punches were being thrown from Ruiz without fear of repercussion, but then a quick liver shot from Torrez sent him to his knees. After a couple of seconds to adjust back into the bout, Ruiz was then checked again by left hook to the chin knocking out his mouthpiece. There were 20 seconds left in round two and the round ended with no mouthpiece.

Torrez showed he was stronger and the more technical fighter and finally ended the bout by KO with a right hook to Ruiz’s body at 1:08 in the third round.

Jose “Tito” Sanchez, a rising featherweight prospect with two knockouts in his first two fights and training under star trainer Joel Diaz, out of Indio, CA, took on veteran Pedro “Pedroito” Melo (17-20-2, 8 KO). Even with his low experience in the professional boxing world, Sanchez showed his maturity in the ring by controlling the fight when following Melo around the ring and landing clean left hooks and powerful body shots. After four rounds Sanchez won by 40-36 on all three cards.

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