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Warrington: This is crucial

Last Updated: 31/08/15 4:01pm

Josh Warrington expects a tough fight when he faces Joel Brunker for the the WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles

Josh Warrington expects a tough fight when he faces Joel Brunker for the the WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles

Josh Warrington expects a tough fight when he faces Joel Brunker for the the WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles

Josh Warrington knows beating Joel Brunker on Saturday may prove pivotal in his bid to earn a world title shot at Lee Selby.

Speculation that Wales’ Selby will put his IBF featherweight strap on the line at Warrington’s beloved Elland Road next year is continuing but the Leeds fighter is fully focused on Australia’s Brunker.

Selby beat Brunker (28-1-KO16) via a ninth-round stoppage in October and the unbeaten Warrington (21-0-KO4) knows he is expected to make a statement at the weekend in front of his adoring home fans.

Speaking at a public workout in Leeds, Warrington told Sky Sports News HQ: “Just turning up today and seeing how many people have turned up for a public workout gives me a little taste of what it’s going to be like on Saturday.

We’ll take every fight as it comes but hopefully down the line, that’s what we’re aiming for. Every fight at this level is a big fight.

Warrington on Selby ambition

“I’m dead excited and it’s going to be a busy crowd. It’ll be a good fight as well. I’m expecting a tough fight. Joel’s a good kid and you don’t get a record like his without being a decent prospect.

“I’ve trained hard for it and I’m ready for whatever he brings.”

On the possibility of facing Selby, the 24-year-old added: “It’s what keeps getting mentioned and I’m not going to turn around and say I’m not interested in the fight. It definitely whets the appetite but I’ve got to get through this one on Saturday.

Tale of the tape: Josh Warrington v Joel Brunker

Tale of the tape: Josh Warrington v Joel Brunker

Tale of the tape: Josh Warrington v Joel Brunker

“We’ll take every fight as it comes but hopefully down the line, that’s what we’re aiming for. Every fight at this level is a big fight. There are no easy fights so I’ve got to be at my best on Saturday.

“Camp has gone well. Joel is not an easy opponent so I’ve got that fear factor back in training. It’s made me train harder. If I want to progress to world titles, then I’ve got to win on Saturday.”

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Brunker ready for redemption

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Joel Brunker is looking to bounce back after his defeat to Lee Selby

Joel Brunker is looking to bounce back after his defeat to Lee Selby

Joel Brunker is looking to bounce back after his defeat to Lee Selby

Joel Brunker is confident he can shake off October’s defeat to Lee Selby and destroy the hype surrounding Josh Warrington on Saturday night.

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The Australian (28-1-KO16) returns to the UK for the first time since the ninth-round stoppage loss in London to take on Warrington (21-0-KO4) for the Commonwealth featherweight title in Leeds – live on Sky Sports.

Lee Selby halted Brunker in the ninth in London back in October

Lee Selby halted Brunker in the ninth in London back in October

Lee Selby halted Brunker in the ninth in London back in October

Having warmed up for the bout by recording a second round stoppage victory over Rey Laspinas in New South Wales in February, Brunker is relishing the prospect of fighting in front of British fans again.

The 29-year-old told Sky Sports of his disappointment after the Selby fight: “I’ve come back and got another opportunity to fix up what I didn’t do right last time. Hopefully we can get that done right next weekend.

“I just didn’t throw any punches. I went to chase him down and he was quick, moving and catching me with everything. I didn’t let my hands go.

I imagine it’s going to be a great fight. We both like to throw and be busy. It’s going to go for longer on the night. That’s what it’s all about.

Brunker on Warrington

“He’s good at what he does. His style works perfectly against my style because I’m an aggressive-style fighter and he’s a back-foot fighter and got rid of me.”

Looking ahead to facing Warrington, he added: “I imagine it’s going to be a great fight. We both like to throw and be busy. It’s going to go for longer on the night. That’s what it’s all about.

“It’s all about the fans. It’s about great fights and that’s what we’re coming to give them. The atmosphere is great. It’s great to see people here supporting boxing, which is the sport I love. Who can beat that?”

Josh Warrington goes up against Joel Brunker for the Commonwealth title

Josh Warrington goes up against Joel Brunker for the Commonwealth title

Josh Warrington goes up against Joel Brunker for the Commonwealth title

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Lesson learned: Four observations from the Fantastic Four fallout

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It will go down as the biggest bomb of the year, with the studio, actors, and even the director totally disowning it. In an era where comic book movies are frequently at the top of the box office charts, an adaptation of one of the original comic book teams, as well as the first Stan Lee/Marvel superhero property, had no reason to do so poorly. Yet here we are, at the end of August, after almost a month in theaters, and Fantastic Four is sitting at about 50 million dollars in domestic gross (with another 80 million or so in international markets). On the last Wednesday of the month, it made only 250,000 dollars. It’s one-month Friday totals have dropped from 11 million to 2 million to 1 million to half a million. That’s a staggering drop, particularly from the first weekend to the next.

For comparison, the biggest movie of the year (pre-Star Wars), Jurassic World, opened to an 80 million dollar Friday, then pulled in 30 million on its second Friday. It made 14 million on its third Friday and it wasn’t until it’s second month in theaters that it–on it’s fourth Friday–made as much as Fantastic Four did on its opening night. Jurassic World had it’s last million-plus day in theaters on August 2nd, a full two months after release. Fantastic Four stopped pulling in over a million dollars on August 24th, seventeen days after release.

Months ago, before the troubles in the film’s production started to dominate the trade papers, Fox announced a sequel to Fantastic Four was already greenlit and would be released in 2017. That seems beyond foolish at this point, and though the studio has not revised its schedule, it’s likely they haven’t publicly changed their plans as a face-saving move. Fox’s deal with Marvel means that the studio must release a movie based on the F4 property in a seven year window or the rights to the characters will return to its parent company. It doesn’t seem likely, however, that there will be any money in Fantastic Four any time soon, and certainly not within the seven year window that Fox has to work with.

Looking back at the disaster that the movie was, there are some lessons that can be learned. Fox was not the only party responsible for the failure of this production, both they and director Josh Trank share the burden. Nevertheless, the collapse of Fantastic Four reveals some hard truths that all studios in the comic business (namely Disney, Fox, and to a lesser extent Sony) need to realize going forward…

LESSON ONE: THERE NEVER WAS A COMIC BOOK MOVIE NOVELTY

Studio executives are a predictable lot: They are desperate to find something that will bring them a huge hit, but terrified to try anything new. They are quick to run down their competition, but they’re even quicker to copy the latest trend. Comic Book movies used to be a joke in tinseltown. Kevin Smith, who worked for a time on the ill-fated Superman Lives project, once remarked that Warners should bring in some of DC’s best writers to adapt Superman into a screenplay. The logic was sound: Warners owns DC, has access to all the best Superman stories and writers, so why not put them all together to make the best “Superman” movie possible? The studio’s response? “Yeah but those are comic book guys…” As though a comic book writer would be out of his element in writing a comic book movie. Times have changed, and that change happened because someone had the courage to do something different.

When Marvel studios launched Iron Man, and with it, their own film-making studio, the response from other studios was one of derision. No one had ever taken comic books so seriously before. Marginal improvements had been made, certainly (Fox’s X-Men movies were at least a “serious” take, and Sony made billions with their bright and lively Spider-Man movies), but nothing to the scope of Marvel Studios’ ambitions. Fox had already tried to launch a Fantastic Four series, with two films in the mid-2000’s, but their lukewarm response was shrugged off at the time (those were the pre-MCU days). It was assumed X-Men was the exception to the rule that comic book movies wouldn’t work. Iron Man and Marvel proved otherwise.

Once Iron Man became a success, suddenly everyone was on the superhero bandwagon. DC finally got off the pot and decided to kickstart their own universe, Sony rebooted Spider-Man, and Fox dreamed of their own shared universe between their properties: Fantastic Four and X-Men. No one stopped to consider the diminishing returns that come with derivative works. Chris Nolan’s Batman movies were hugely successful because they were well made movies. Marvel’s movies have likewise followed the pattern of “quality=profit.” A lesser movie like “Thor: The Dark World” under-performed compared to the sublime Guardians of the Galaxy, despite the former property being much more well known. Fans weren’t paying big bucks to see “comic book movies;” they were paying big bucks to see “GOOD comic book movies.”

It is a myth to say that comic book movies were a novelty that has now worn off. No. Comic book movies were never popular just for being comic book movies. Green Lantern, the aforementioned Fantastic Four and F4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man films are proof of that. If anything has worn off, it is the derivative “they did this, let’s do that too” mindset from lazy studio executives. Buyers never saw comic movies as a novelty; studio heads saw them as a novelty. And despite the aforementioned lesser failures over the years, it has taken the huge failure of this movie to show that you can’t just toss out a movie with the title of a comic property (in the last year you have the rights to that property) and expect ticket buyers to shell out money to see it.

It doesn’t work like that. You need a plan. You need a focus. You need a vision…

LESSON TWO: IF YOU HIRE A GUY WITH A VISION, YOU ARE HIRING A VISION

So Fox, seeing the dollars being generated by Marvel’s films,

WWE SmackDown Results: August 27, 2015

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Unstoppable Force.

Four nights after SummerSlam, the 836th edition of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown came to you from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. On RAW this past Monday night, the entire tag team division was turned upside down with the return of The Dudley Boyz! Appearing on WWE television for the first time in ten years, the most decorated tag team in WWE history would waste no time in making an impact as Bubba Ray & D-Von would take it to the new WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, putting Xavier Woods through a table with the 3-D! Now, on SmackDown, the legendary team would return to action as The Dudley Boyz would compete in tag team action. After a decade away from WWE, how will the eighteen-time former tag team champions fare in the match? Will Bubba Ray & D-Von send another strong message to WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day and the rest of the tag team division?

Match Results

  • The Dudley Boyz def. The Ascension by Bubba Ray Dudley pinning Konnor following the 3-D.
  • Kevin Owens def. Neville by pin following the Pop-Up Powerbomb.
  • Charlotte & Becky Lynch def. The Bella Twins by Charlotte rolling up Brie Bella.
  • Ryback & Dolph Ziggler (with Big Show & Lana) def. Big Show & Rusev (with Summer Rae) by Dolph Ziggler pinning Rusev following the Knockout Punch by Big Show.
  • Sheamus (with The Wyatt Family) def. Dean Ambrose by pin following the Brogue Kick.

See page 2 for detailed results.

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Matches Taped for the WWE NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament

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Matches Taped for the WWE NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament
By Marc Middleton
Aug 26, 2015 – 9:43:34 PM

– Regarding the WWE NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament that kicks off next Wednesday with Rhyno and Baron Corbin vs. The Ascension, matches for the tourney were taped at the most recent NXT TV tapings from Full Sail University. Here are confirmed matches:

* Samoa Joe and Finn Balor vs. The Lucha Dragons
* Rhyno and Baron Corbin vs The Ascension
* Jason Jordan and Chad Gable vs. Solomon Crowe and Neville
* Tyler Breeze and Bull Dempsey vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

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Matches Taped for the WWE NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament

Update on the WWE NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament

– WWE NXT General Manager William Regal announced tonight that the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament will kick off next week.

The opening match will be Rhyno and Baron Corbin vs. The Ascension.

We know that Samoa Joe and NXT Champion Finn Balor vs. The Lucha Dragons was previously taped for the tournament. It appears Neville and Tyler Breeze will also be getting partners soon. We’ll keep you updated.

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Spoilers On First Round Matchups For NXT's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

As we mentioned earlier, William Regal announced several competitors for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, which will start on next week’s edition of NXT. As it turns out, NXT taped several of the matches for the first round during last week’s tapings, prior to Saturday’s announcement.

You can see several of the matchups below.

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Neville & Solomon Crowe vs. Chad Gable & Jason Jordan

The Ascension vs. Baron Corbin & Rhyno

Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Tyler Breeze & Bull Dempsey.

In addition to these matches, apparently Samoa Joe & Finn Balor vs. Lucha Dragon was also taped this past Tuesday for the tournament. You can see a photo from the match below.

Balor & Samoa Joe vs. Lucha Dragons right now live in Providence! #WWE #wweprovidence #mainevent #Smackdown #NXT pic.twitter.com/jOWORqLmn8

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– We noted earlier this week that King Barrett changed his Twitter name to his real name, Stu Bennett, and flew back to the UK to prepare for filming of WWE Studios’ action-thriller Eliminators. This is why Stardust attacked Barrett on RAW. Regarding Barrett’s status with the company, WWE noted to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that it has not changed.

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