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Arreola: I've nothing to lose

Last Updated: 16/06/16 12:27pm

Chris Arreola is ready to get down and dirty with Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is ready to get down and dirty with Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is ready to get down and dirty with Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola says he has “nothing to lose” when he challenges Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title in Birmingham, Alabama next month.

Two-time previous world title challenger Arreola (36-4-1-KO31) meets the champion in his hometown on July 16, after Wilder (36-0-KO35) saw a clash with Alexander Povetkin postponed last month when the Russian failed a drugs test.

“I’m ready for this opportunity to fight Deontay. I’m going to get up there and give everyone in Birmingham a great show,” Arreola said.

“That is my job. I always come ready to fight. I always come ready for a brawl.

Arreola fight will be Wilder's third title defence in his home state of Alabama

Arreola fight will be Wilder's third title defence in his home state of Alabama

Arreola fight will be Wilder’s third title defence in his home state of Alabama

“I have to approach this fight different than any others. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Deontay has a lot to lose.

“I have to make the best out of this opportunity. He is doing what he is supposed to do as a champion. He is defending his title. He is going to come prepared. He knows what kind of fighter I am. I am going to give it my all.”

The clash with Arreola is Wilder’s fourth defence of the WBC title he won after beating Bermane Stiverne at the beginning of last year.

Arreola has lost twice to Bermane Stiverne - once for the WBC title

Arreola has lost twice to Bermane Stiverne - once for the WBC title

Arreola has lost twice to Bermane Stiverne – once for the WBC title

The American admitted his frustration at seeing last month’s clash with Povetkin fall through but is now keen to look to the immediate future, against a fighter he knows will bring everything to the ring on July 16.

“Of course everyone knows what happened with Povetkin with my last fight,” Wilder said.

Alexander Povetkin tested positive for banned substance meldonium ahead of Wilder clash

Alexander Povetkin tested positive for banned substance meldonium ahead of Wilder clash

Alexander Povetkin tested positive for banned substance meldonium ahead of Wilder clash

“I was super-prepared and everything, travelled to a whole other country and continued training. I was a different fighter – a different Deontay with everything I did.

“I was ready to represent my country, too. Things happen. This is boxing. It is a business. The saying is, ‘One door closes and another one opens.’ This is a prime example of that.

“I understand being patient and patience is a virtue. I’ve been patient all my life.

Wilder is convinced Arreola will fight with heart when they meet in July

Wilder is convinced Arreola will fight with heart when they meet in July

Wilder is convinced Arreola will fight with heart when they meet in July

“As you see Chris Arreola stayed patient. You wonder why he continued to get title fights. It is his time. Some guys get chances after chances and some don’t. You can’t deny him. You can’t look past him.

“With the circumstances that we were facing, to come back and do a short notice-type fight, as far as looking for opponents, we knew it had to be the right person.

“We needed a fighter that would fit the description that he would fight with his heart, give it his all.”

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Burns eyes big-name rematches

Last Updated: 15/06/16 9:24pm

Ricky Burns admits he still can't believe he's a three weight world champion

Ricky Burns admits he still can't believe he's a three weight world champion

Ricky Burns admits he still can’t believe he’s a three weight world champion

WBA world super-lightweight champion Ricky Burns is chasing rematches with Terence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin.

The popular ‘Rickster’ (40-5-1-KO14) became the first Scot to win world titles in three weight divisions in April when he stopped Michele di Rocco and is now assessing a host of options at both 135lbs and 140lbs.

Burns suffered consecutive defeats in Glasgow two years ago, losing his WBO lightweight crown to Crawford (28-0-KO20) via unanimous decision and then suffering a split decision reverse to Zlaticanin (22-0-KO15), who has subsequently become Montenegro’s first world champion.

After watching Zlaticanin win, I was straight on the phone to my management team.

Ricky Burns

Burns exclusively told Sky Sports: “If I’m staying at super-lightweight, then the biggest name is Terence Crawford. I fancy him to get the job done in the unification fight against Viktor Postol. What a fight that would be. If I’m going to go back to lightweight then it’d be the rematch with Zlaticanin.

“Eddie Hearn says September or October back in Glasgow and there’s also talk of going back out to the States again. I’m willing to stay at super-lightweight but I can do lightweight as well and if there’s a big fight there then I’ll drop down.

Watch the moment Ricky Burns beat Michele Di Rocco

Watch the moment Ricky Burns beat Michele Di Rocco

Watch the moment Ricky Burns beat Michele Di Rocco

“I said before the Di Rocco fight that if I won, it would open up so many more options for me at both weights so we’ll wait and see what they come up with.

“After watching Zlaticanin win, I was straight on the phone to my management team to ask if they’d seen it and telling them to get on the phone to Eddie and seeing what the chances of making that fight would be. I’d love to fight him again.

“It would be a totally different outcome but fair play to him – he’s got a couple of big wins and he’s got that world title. I’d be more than happy to fight him again.

Jamie Moore said Dejan Zlaticanin will cause problems for any lightweight

Jamie Moore said Dejan Zlaticanin will cause problems for any lightweight

Jamie Moore said Dejan Zlaticanin will cause problems for any lightweight

“Crawford is another name to mention. He’s got a unification fight coming up against Postol. Eddie also mentioned Adrien Broner after the Di Rocco fight but I think he’s moved back up to welterweight, which would be one step up too far for me.

“I was surprised to see John Molina get the job done against Ruslan Provodnikov but fair play to him because he went out there, stuck to the tactics and got to the win. If that fight were to happen, I’m sure it would be a hard night’s work but I’d be confident.

“If you look at Provodnikov’s record, too, the times he’s lost have been to world-class fighters. That’s down to his style as well. I saw he said before facing Molina he’d like a fight with me and he keeps coming at you. It’d be good to watch but for me, I’d just keep hitting him and he’d keep walking forward.”

Crawford has held WBO world titles at lightweight and super-lightweight

Crawford has held WBO world titles at lightweight and super-lightweight

Crawford has held WBO world titles at lightweight and super-lightweight

After a lengthy training camp ended in a 46th professional bout yielding an historic victory, Burns would have been forgiven for granting himself some time off to indulge.

But he joked: “I ended up in the gym the Monday morning after the fight because I’d eaten too many cakes and my stomach wasn’t coping very well!

“I’ve been ticking over. I never let myself go too much because if I keep training, I can eat more.

“I’m always saying that when I stop boxing I’m going to stay in the gym because I like eating too much. If I wasn’t in the gym, I’d end up the size of a house! If I’m running and punching every now and again, it means I can keep eating.”

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Whyte wanted Allen clash

Last Updated: 10/06/16 2:57pm

Dillian Whyte is set to face Sam Sexton for the British belt

Dillian Whyte is set to face Sam Sexton for the British belt

Dillian Whyte is set to face Sam Sexton for the British belt

Dillian Whyte admits it’s a “massive disappointment” not to be facing Dave Allen for the British title but remains equally confident of beating Sam Sexton.

‘The Bodysnatcher’ (16-1-KO13) makes his return from shoulder surgery on the Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale undercard on June 25 – live on Sky Sports Box Office – and is likely to fight twice before bidding for the British heavyweight crown.

Unbeaten Allen (9-0-1-KO6) had seemed set to be the opponent but the British Boxing Board of Control confirmed on Thursday that former Commonwealth champion Sexton (22-3-KO8) is the man who’ll be handed the opportunity.

Dave Allen had seemed sure to face Whyte this year

Dave Allen had seemed sure to face Whyte this year

Dave Allen had seemed sure to face Whyte this year

Whyte told Sky Sports: “The board have messed up the British title thing a bit and I’m not going to be fighting Dave Allen now.

“It’s a massive disappointment because I was looking forward to bashing the cr*p out of Dave Allen. He’s not really funny – he’s just deluded. It’s a disgrace calling himself ‘The White Rhino’. He’s not a rhino.

“Sam Sexton is alright. I’ve known him for a while and I’ve seen him get knocked out in training camp a few times. I’ve seen him getting beaten up by Dereck Chisora, David Price and other British guys.

Allen: I’m devastated

Dave Allen unhappy with decision to grant Sam Sexton shot

“He’s better than Dave Allen in that he’s been a Commonwealth champion. Allen was ready to step up and fight because he’s young, ambitious and would have come to fight.

“We’ll see (if I defend the title against Allen) because I will fight anybody and I was really looking forward to smashing his face in. He didn’t get under my skin but some people have no manners and you need to show them.”

After a memorable British title fight against world champion Anthony Joshua in December, Whyte underwent shoulder surgery and is realistic over the time it will take to get back to peak condition.

Sam Sexton has been named by the BBBofC as a challenger

Sam Sexton has been named by the BBBofC as a challenger

Sam Sexton has been named by the BBBofC as a challenger

Whyte added: “Everything is all good. I feel good but it will take a while because I’ve been off for a long time. I’m coming off a massive shoulder surgery.

“It’ll take a while for me to feel 100% but I’m feeling good and strong. I need a couple of fights back and I’ll be ready to rock. I’ve been doing things I’ve never done before in this camp and it’s paying off.

“Cyril Leonet has bottled it. He’s cancelled that fight so I don’t know who I’m fighting now. He just called up yesterday and bottled it.

I’m fighting again on July 30 in Leeds and the plan is to keep stepping up. I’m probably going to be fighting four or five more times before the end of the year but we’ll see how my body holds up and what shows Eddie Hearn has got.”

Watch Whyte’s return on the undercard of Joshua v Breazeale at The O2 on June 25 – live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book online now.

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The Gloves Are Off

Last Updated: 09/06/16 7:16pm

A look ahead to the eagerly anticipated latest edition of The Gloves Are Off, featuring Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale

A look ahead to the eagerly anticipated latest edition of The Gloves Are Off, featuring Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale

A look ahead to the eagerly anticipated latest edition of The Gloves Are Off, featuring Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale

Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale go face-to-face in the latest war of words in Sunday’s edition of The Gloves Are Off.

The heavyweight rivals will be out to land some punishing shots when they fight on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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But to kick off the countdown, you can watch IBF heavyweight world champion Joshua and his first challenger, unbeaten American Breazeale, getting up close and personal.

Johnny Nelson is the man in the middle as the latest heavyweight enemies go to verbal war, with the following battles breaking out…

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King Charles dethroned: Breazeale is a proud American and certainly wasn’t when he saw Charles Martin stopped in the second round by Joshua.

Joshua top of the tree: The new IBF world champion tells us what it means to be champion and if he has changed since winning the crown.

Cammarelle the Italian, he won that gold medal. Fighting in your back yard, leaving things up to the judges, you’re gonna get that nod. I do not believe Joshua is a gold medallist. Cammarelle won that fight.

Dominic Breazeale on Joshua’s gold at London 2012

No golden glory: Breazeale makes it clear he was far from impressed when Joshua struck gold at London 2012.

Belt up, Breazeale: Joshua is in no mood to surrender his world title and tells the challenger that it will be worse than just losing.

People love it, man. You’ll see when you’re in that arena. People pay to see blood, people pay to see war. That’s why people are supporting me along my journey, because I’ve delivered every time I’ve stepped in the ring.

Anthony Joshua

To hear more from them both and to see if they shake hands at the end of the show, watch at 7pm on Sunday on Sky Sports 2 HD.

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Maccarinelli quits boxing

Last Updated: 11/06/16 10:08am

Enzo Maccarinelli has called time on his 17-year career

Enzo Maccarinelli has called time on his 17-year career

Enzo Maccarinelli has called time on his 17-year career

Enzo Maccarinelli has retired from boxing after suffering a brutal first-round defeat to Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher on Friday.

The former WBO world champion was stopped in the opening round by Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher in their EBU European cruiserweight title clash at London’s York Hall.

Maccarinelli suffers crushing defeat

Enzo Maccarinelli’s bid to win vacant European title ends in first round

Maccarinelli had been hoping to get back in the world title mix but a strong left wobbled the 35-year-old before further lefts and rights sent him crashing to the canvas.

Trainer Garry Lockett prepared to throw in the towel as Maccarinelli struggled to make it to his feet but Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone called a halt after two minutes and 48 seconds.

Maccarinelli's bid to unify the cruiserweight division was ended by David Haye in 2008

Maccarinelli's bid to unify the cruiserweight division was ended by David Haye in 2008

Maccarinelli’s bid to unify the cruiserweight division was ended by David Haye in 2008

Maccarinelli, who lost his cruiserweight crown to David Haye in his fourth defence in 2008, brings the curtain down on a 17-year career in which he secured 41 victories in 49 fights and suffered eight defeats, all by stoppage.

“Sorry guys felt OK in there then got tagged absolutely devastated I had to end my career like that,” Maccarinelli

WATCH: 'Facing Ali was amazing'

Last Updated: 05/06/16 3:02pm

Richard Dunn says facing Muhammad Ali was phenomenal

Richard Dunn says facing Muhammad Ali was phenomenal

Richard Dunn says facing Muhammad Ali was phenomenal

Muhammad Ali finished his boxing career with 56 victories and five defeats.

One of those wins was against Britain’s

Bellew 'in talks' with Haye

Last Updated: 05/06/16 7:28pm

WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew gives his thoughts on the passing of Muhammad Ali and the situation at his beloved Everton

WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew gives his thoughts on the passing of Muhammad Ali and the situation at his beloved Everton

WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew gives his thoughts on the passing of Muhammad Ali and the situation at his beloved Everton

Tony Bellew says talks are underway with David Haye over a potential blockbuster British showdown between the two fighters.

Bellew enjoyed the greatest moment of his career, becoming WBC cruiserweight champion with a third-round knockout of Ilunga Makabu

Vargas, Salido draw in classic

Last Updated: 05/06/16 12:16pm

Orlando Salido (L) lands a powerful left hand to the head of Francisco Vargas

Orlando Salido (L) lands a powerful left hand to the head of Francisco Vargas

Orlando Salido (L) lands a powerful left hand to the head of Francisco Vargas

Francisco Vargas retained his WBC super-featherweight title in California on Saturday night after his bruising encounter with Orlando Salido was scored by the ringside judges as a majority draw.

Vargas was making the first defence of the title he won last November after beating Takashi Miura in a contest widely regarded by boxing pundits as the 2015 fight of the year.

And the 31-year-old’s eagerly-anticipated clash with fellow Mexican Salido could be an early 2016 fight of the year contender after the pair went toe-to-toe for 12 rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Vargas and three-time former world champion Salido slugged it out until the final bell, exchanging more than 2,000 punches in the bout, which was scored by two judges as a 114-114 draw, and 115-113 in Vargas’ favour by the other.

Vargas (L) was making the first defence of the the title he won against Takashi Miura last year

Vargas (L) was making the first defence of the the title he won against Takashi Miura last year

Vargas (L) was making the first defence of the the title he won against Takashi Miura last year

The result meant Vargas kept his WBC strap and after the bout, the undefeated fighter insisted he was happy with the judges’ verdict.

“I think it was a great fight and a fight that the fans liked. I feel really good about this decision,” Vargas said.

“I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent. We never give up. I’m very happy. This is what they wanted. I’m happy I was able to face this skilled warrior. I’m looking for more challenges.”

Salido acknowledged the pulsating encounter was a close one but admitted his disappointment with the final outcome.

“It was a close margin but I felt I won,” he said. “It was a tough fight. We fought like Mexicans in the ring, but I thought I won.”

Artur Beterbiev impressed on ring return in Montreal

Artur Beterbiev impressed on ring return in Montreal

Artur Beterbiev impressed on ring return in Montreal

The undercard saw Abraham Lopez maintain his unbeaten record after claiming unanimous points win over Julian Ramirez.

Meanwhile, Canada-based Russian light-heavyweight Artur Beterbiev made a victorious return after shoulder surgery against Argentina’s Ezequiel Maderna in Montreal.

The 31-year-old extended his perfect record to 10 wins from 10 fights after Maderna’s corner threw in the towel following a heavy knockdown in the fourth round. The Argentinian had been floored twice by Beterbiev in the third.

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Kentucky farewell for Ali

Last Updated: 05/06/16 9:12am

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

The funeral of Muhammad Ali will be on Friday with the family revealing he died of a “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes”.

The ceremony at 2pm local time (7pm BST) will be preceded by a procession through his hometown of Louisville starting five hours earlier.

In the coming days, Ali’s relatives will accompany his body as it travels to Kentucky from Phoenix in Arizona, where the three-time world champion died on Friday night aged 74.

A private service will be held a day before the public memorial, which will be streamed online to fans around the world.

George Foreman says Muhammad Ali was 'bigger than boxing'

George Foreman says Muhammad Ali was 'bigger than boxing'

George Foreman says Muhammad Ali was ‘bigger than boxing’

Family spokesperson Bob Gunnell said:

Obama: Ali was the greatest

Last Updated: 05/06/16 12:54pm

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Muhammad Ali on Saturday, praising the boxing great’s lasting contribution to American society.

Three-time heavyweight champion Ali died late on Friday night after being admitted to a Phoenix hospital on Monday night.

Ali’s stunning upset win over then-heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in 1964 turned him into a household name worldwide. He then famously defeated