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Wilder ready to put on a show

Last Updated: 16/07/16 7:13am

Chris Arreola (left) and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola (left) and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola (left) and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder says he is hoping to put on “a show” with Chris Arreola in their WBC world heavyweight title fight.

Wilder (36-0-KO35) is a big favourite going into the fourth defence of his crown, which will be shown live on Sky Sports on Saturday night, while Arreola is hoping to cash in on an unexpected opportunity.

Wilder was scheduled to fight in Russia against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in May, but that fight fell through when Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

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“We needed a guy that was going to come and fight,” Wilder said ahead of the bout in Alabama. “We needed a guy that wasn’t going to come and make excuses. He may still make excuses at the end talking about weight.

“But we mainly needed a guy that was going to come and give the people of Alabama a show, and worldwide.

“There’s no other guy that we could have had that was going to give me the fight that I was looking for out of a fighter than Chris Arreola. That’s why we chose him.”

Arreola and Wilder used their weigh-in to make a social statement

Arreola and Wilder used their weigh-in to make a social statement

Arreola and Wilder used their weigh-in to make a social statement

Wilder said he needed a quick fight after being down following cancellation of the fight with Povetkin, who has denied any wrongdoing.

“I can’t wait because I’ve been wanting to pound something,” Wilder said. “I’ve been wanting to pound something since May. I got teased a little bit. I don’t like to be teased. I got teased a little bit and now it’s time.”

On Saturday Wilder takes on Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title, which you can watch live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm

On Saturday Wilder takes on Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title, which you can watch live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm

On Saturday Wilder takes on Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title, which you can watch live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm

Arreola (36-4-1-KO31) is a big underdog going into the bout, with some oddsmakers installing Wilder as a 1/30 favourite. Arreola has lost in previous world title shots to Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder beat to claim the WBC crown in January 2015.

“I told my wife before she got here to make sure she gave $1,000 to one of my cousins to go put at least $1,000 on myself,” Arreola said. “That’s $30,000. I’ll take that all day every day.

“To me, that’s very disrespectful. Extremely disrespectful. Those are almost Buster [Douglas] odds.”

The 6ft 7in Wilder has knocked out every opponent except Stiverne, but his three title defences have all gone at least into the ninth. Wilder is coming off a ninth-round knockout of Artur Szpilka in January.

Arreola hasn’t fought since December, when he won a split decision over Travis Kauffman. It was declared a no contest because Arreola tested positive for marijuana.

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TNA Impact Results For August 4th & TNA Xtravaganza PPV Results (SPOILERS)

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TNA held taped more episodes on Thursday night from Universal Orlando. They taped for One Night Only Xtravaganza PPV as well as matches for the August 4th edition of Impact Wrestling.One Night Only Xtravaganza PPV Results Night 1 Spoilers Suicide defeated David Starr Eddie Edwards defeated Caleb Konley Crazzy Steve defeated Zenshi Shynron Braxton Sutter earned a future X Division Title shot by defeating Crazzy Steve, DJZ, Chuck Taylor, Eddie Edwards, Suicide and Marshe Rockett in a Ladder Match Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett defeated BroMans in Ultimate X with an assist from Shane HelmsImpact Wrestling Tapings Airing August

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Eric Bischoff Talks His New WWE DVD, How He Would Book Roman Reigns and Pro Wrestling's Future

Eric Bischoff was special guest on episode 125 of The Ross Report on which he discussed a number of topics including his new WWE DVD, Eric Bischoff: Sports Entertainment’s Most Controversial Figure, how he would book Roman Reigns, and the future of professional wrestling.

On His New WWE DVD:

“I was tentative at first because, as we all know, history is written by the victors and WWE has their own point of view about history, as they should. And we’ve all heard it. We’ve all seen it. But I was a little reluctant to just kind of completely open up and particularly bringing in my personal life to the extent that I did and my family and not having any control at all over anything, just hoping for the best and hoping that it would be a well balanced and thoughtful documentary and it was more than I could have hoped for. I think the WWE and the entire team that worked on the project really made an effort to produce something that was a little different than what the audience has seen before, at least when it comes to my career, so I texted Vince [McMahon] after I saw it, the final cut, and told him that I was both very proud and very grateful that they produced it because it’s something that’ll live, it’ll be around long after I am.”

On Booking Roman Reigns:

“I’d like to think that what I would do is I would watch the reaction, much like I used to do when I’d sit up in the stands, behind the curtain, kind of find the cheapest seat in the house and just try to feel like a fan is, I would sit back and I would try to watch it and then I would react to it, but I would react to it in a very seamless way that felt organic and natural as possible and I would let the story and character go where the story and character needed to go based on the kind of social interaction that I was seeing even if it was not the direction I wanted to go in in the first place. You have to adjust. At some point, you’ve got to go, ‘okay, I wanted to go left, but I kind of need to go right,’ but I’d do it slowly and gradually and make it feel organic.”

On The Future of Professional Wrestling:

“When we reach that point where all that ‘highspotitis’ as I like to call it, has kind of come and gone, because that’s what’s en vogue right now. Everybody wants to see that crazy crap. It doesn’t matter if there’s a story. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense. They just want to see Cirque du Soleil. That’ll run its course and it always comes back to story. So here’s where I think the future is bright: when it comes back to story, and it will, and when we’ve adjusted to the fact that our big time characters don’t need to be 6’6″ [and] 350 lbs., you’re going to find a lot more talent that can deliver because they won’t be doing six hurricanranas in a row and taking 15 dropkicks to the skull and getting up and doing a backflip. I mean, they won’t be doing that anymore because that will have run its course. Look, everything comes back to story. Shakespeare is still Shakespeare because story rules. It’ll come back to that.”

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Ward-Townend on GGG-Brook bill

Last Updated: 15/07/16 4:07pm

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward and Andy Townend will contest the vacant British super-featherweight title on the Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook bill.

Ward (14-0-2-KO7) will defend his unbeaten record against the dangerous Townend (16-3-0-KO11), who has not lost for more than two years and has twice stopped challengers for his English title.

The fight is the latest announced for the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office? card which features three world title contests and the latest step in Conor Benn’s professional career.

“This is another outstanding match-up on an already packed night of boxing,” promoter Eddie Hearn said.

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

“Martin has done his apprenticeship and is now ready for the Lonsdale Belt against a very dangerous Andy Townend – it’s a real ‘pick em’ championship fight.”?

Ward said: “I can’t wait to finally get in the ring and fight for the British title. It’s the belt that all British fighters want to win and to fight for it on such a huge bill is great.

“Andy has been in great form and shown he has got power at the weight, but I believe I’ll have too much for him and it promises to be a great fight.”

London’s O2 Arena will host a bill topped by Brook’s challenge for Golovkin’s three middleweight titles.

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Lee Haskins defends his IBF bantamweight belt against Stuart Hall, while? Charlie Edwards fights Johnriel Casimero for the IBF flyweight title.

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Huck wants Bellew in Britain

Last Updated: 15/07/16 1:13pm

Marco Huck is determined to make it back to the top quickly

Marco Huck is determined to make it back to the top quickly

Marco Huck is determined to make it back to the top quickly

Former world champion Marco Huck is hoping to regain a cruiserweight title against new WBC king Tony Bellew.

The Serbian-born German (39-3-1-KO27) equalled Johnny Nelson’s record of 13 consecutive WBO world cruiserweight title defences before a shock 11th-round stoppage defeat to Krzysztof Glowacki in August 2015.

Now, having bounced back with a stoppage defeat of Ola Afolabi, Huck has told World Boxing News: “I would be willing to take on Tony Bellew immediately, I mean why wait until October?

Huck equalled Johnny Nelson's record of WBO defences

Huck equalled Johnny Nelson's record of WBO defences

Huck equalled Johnny Nelson’s record of WBO defences

“Fighting in Britain has always been a dream of mine, anyway. But to be honest, I doubt it will happen anytime soon. He knows I would smash him to pieces. He is scared of me and will take easier options to hold on to his belt for a while.

“We did get in touch with them but never heard anything back and I think that pretty much says it all.

“I will return to the ring in August or September. I am ready to go and want to get back to doing what I do best.”

Another of Bellew’s possible future opponents is David Haye, and Huck accepted that a match-up between the two former sparring partners would make a lot of sense.

Tony Bellew with a textbook example of how to call out an opponent

Tony Bellew with a textbook example of how to call out an opponent

Tony Bellew with a textbook example of how to call out an opponent

The 31-year-old added: “Obviously, that would be an interesting fight. Two strong and powerful Brits facing each other is always an exciting fight. It’s one of those fights where I cannot pick either one. I would just enjoy watching the fight.”

Bellew (27-2-1-KO17) claimed the vacant WBC with a thrilling third-round stoppage of Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park back in May.

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WATCH: GGG v Brook press day

Last Updated: 15/07/16 2:43pm

Kell Brook and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin's first press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin's first press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin’s first press conference

Two undefeated world champions went face-to-face for the first time in New York. Watch the Gennady Golovkin v Kell Brook press conference.

Much has been made of IBF world welterweight champion Brook accepting the challenge of leaping up two divisions to face middleweight king Golovkin, who holds the WBA Super, WBC and IBF belts.

The pair boast flawless records with Brook 36-0-KO25 and Golovkin 35-0-KO32 – combining for a staggering 71 victories and 57 stoppages.

At The O2 on September 10, Brook has the big fight he’s always wanted even if many feel it’s literally too big. Can he avoid those heavy hands for long enough to register himself and upset the Kazakh? The world can’t wait to find out.

So with the fight less than two months away, the two met in New York for their opening press conference. Did the insults fly or was there an instant mutual respect?

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Does Deontay hit hard?

Last Updated: 15/07/16 1:02pm

Deontay Wilder has been preparing for his next world title defence and Eric Molina has felt the full force of his punches during sparring sessions.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ is one of the most dangerous punchers on the planet and will seek out a 36th stoppage win when he defends his WBC heavyweight title against Chris Arreola on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Eric Molina was halted by Wilder in the ninth round when they fought last June, but ‘The Drummer Boy’ was happy to help the champion prepare for Arreola and offered insight into their bruising sparring sessions in his Alabama gym.

What were your first impressions of Wilder’s gym?

It was very tough to train down there, different from down here in Texas. I used to training with an air conditioner and cooler, but in Wilder’s gym, he does train very hard.

He’s got a great team behind him and he loves the sport. You can definitely feel the energy from being around him.

How many rounds did you spar with Wilder?

It just depends. Anything from two to four rounds. Just depends on what type of day he was having.

On my part, I’m not one of those that likes to get too spicy as far as sparring goes. But I can say there were a couple of days where they were harder for him than others. That’s not just for him, that’s anybody in general. Every day is different.

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

What are his strengths?

It was one full year to the day that I got back in the ring with him. I feel in that year he’s calmer in the ring, more patient. His jab is sharper, his reflexes defensively have got better, his balance is better, and his power has got a bit stronger.

But all around, I feel that he’s improved.?

How hard does he hit?

All heavyweights hit hard, don’t get me wrong, but Wilder has the power naturally to knock anyone out at any given second with one punch.

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Wilder ready for Arreola

Last Updated: 16/07/16 1:07am

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday's heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday's heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder has vowed to take out the frustration of his postponed world title defence on Chris Arreola when the pair meet in the ring in Birmingham, Alabama at the weekend.

Wilder faces Arreola on Saturday night,? live on? Sky Sports, in the fourth defence of his WBC heavyweight title after a scheduled defence against Alexander Povetkin was called off due to a failed drugs test.

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

“I’ve wanted to hit somebody since May,” said the undefeated knockout specialist, who boasts a record of 36 wins, with 35 by stoppage.

“Does he deserve the title shot, no he doesn’t,” added Wilder about replacement Arreola, who is attempting to win a world title at the third time of asking.

“But for this situation that we’re in with the short notice, is he the perfect guy? You’re right, he is.”

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Arreola (36-4-1-KO31) returns to the ring for the first time this year after his December win over Travis Kauffman was changed to a no decision following a positive test for marijuana.

The 35-year-old battled to a draw against Fred Kassi in his previous fight and beat Curtis Harper 15 months ago in his first bout after losing a title contest to Bermane Stiverne.

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

“This is my third opportunity,” said Arreola, who was stopped on his stool after 10 rounds by Vitali Klitschko in 2009 in his first title shot. “I can’t let this opportunity slip away.

“I respect Deontay. But once the bell rings, it’s time to go fight and it’s time to get that title. I want that title.”

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Wilder agreed a voluntary defence against Arreola in a bid to stay active in his quest to unify the division and to distance himself from the legal fallout that followed the postponement of the Povetkin bout.

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

The Russian, who tested positive for a trace of newly-banned drug meldonium, claims a new test has proved he was clean and his camp are now threatening to sue.

Wilder knocked out Polish challenger Artur? Szpilka in his last fight in January.

Wilder polishes off Polish challenge

Deontay Wilder destroys Artur Szpilka with a stunning knockout

“This is the longest stretch that I’ve been out of the ring and I’m anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” added Wilder.

“This is another fight in that process.”

Wilder, however, is not planning on taking challenger Arreola for granted.

“When you’re in the hurt business, you have no choice but to stay focused on the test that lies at hand because if you’re not focused, you can get knocked out.”

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Stiverne: Wilder avoiding me

Last Updated: 15/07/16 6:43am

Bermane Stiverne (right) cited health issues for losing to Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne (right) cited health issues for losing to Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne (right) cited health issues for losing to Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne has criticised Deontay Wilder’s decision not to offer him a rematch.

Wilder won the WBC heavyweight title with a unanimous decision against Stiverne in January 2015 and will put the belt on the line against Chris Arreola on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm.

Stiverne, the first man to take Wilder the distance, had previously earned the title after twice beating Arreola so believes he should have been picked as the next challenger.

He knows he dodged a bullet when he fought me and now he’s got the title, he’ll just run with it.

Bermane Stiverne

“We all know Deontay doesn’t want it, he isn’t interested,” Stiverne told Sky Sports.

“He knows he dodged a bullet when he fought me and now he’s got the title, he’ll just run with it.

“It’s disappointing to see a champion like Wilder taking these opponents. I’ll make my decision about what’s going to happen once Arreola weighs in. It all depends on the number on his scales.”

Stiverne (right) owns two wins over Wilder's next opponent Chris Arreola

Stiverne (right) owns two wins over Wilder's next opponent Chris Arreola

Stiverne (right) owns two wins over Wilder’s next opponent Chris Arreola

Haiti-born Stiverne cited severe dehydration, which later hospitalised him, for the performance against Wilder which led to him losing his world title.

Now fully recovered, the 37-year-old told Sky Sports he has started preparation to possibly fight Anthony Joshua before the end of the year because he rates the IBF champion above Wilder.

A look back at Wilder’s brutal first round knockout win over Siarhei Liakhovic back in 2013

A look back at Wilder’s brutal first round knockout win over Siarhei Liakhovic back in 2013

A look back at Wilder’s brutal first round knockout win over Siarhei Liakhovic back in 2013

“The Wilder fight – I didn’t lose because his skills were better than me,” Stiverne said. “I lost the fight because of my health, that’s the only reason. It was like having a gun loaded but you can’t pull the trigger.

“Deontay is not going to fight any real fighters that will be a threat to him. This is the different between Wilder and Joshua – I think Joshua would take the risk, Deontay would not. That’s two different men we’re talking about.”

Watch Deontay Wilder’s latest defence of the WBC heavyweight championship against Chris Arreola on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm.

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