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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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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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Murray open to Eubank Jr war

Last Updated: 15/07/16 2:58pm

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is looking to face Chris Eubank Jr after the British middleweight champion failed to finalise a deal with Gennady Golovkin.

St Helens’ Murray (33-4-1-KO16) was most recently in action on June 25 when he was outpointed by fellow former world title challenger George Groves at super-middleweight.

Although both men billed that clash as a last-chance saloon in terms of world title ambitions, Murray’s desire still seems to be burning brightly enough. Certainly more brightly, he claims, than Eubank Jr’s desire to face Golovkin ever did.

No hurry for Murray

Glenn McCrory believes Eubank Jr should face Murray

He told Sky Sports: “Everyone keeps telling me they’d like to see me in with Eubank Jr and it’s a great fight I’d like to be involved in. I’m putting it out there that I’m ready and available if he wants to fight.

“I said it all along that he wouldn’t fight Golovkin. I said it was a publicity stunt and it turned out that way. It’s quite clever how they’ve done it because they were never going to fight him but they’ve talked the fight up and if and when he does fight him, it’s even bigger now.

Eubank is a very good fighter and he’s improving all the time but someone like myself – an experienced, strong middleweight, he’s not ready for.

Martin Murray

“He won’t fight me either, even though it’s a fight everyone wants to see. He won’t fight me, because if he does then he’ll lose and he’ll never get that Golovkin fight then.

“Barring Golovkin, I’ve said for years that I don’t think there’s anybody out there at middleweight who’d beat me. I think Eubank Jr is a good fight for me but I think it’s one I’d win very comfortably, if I’m honest.

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

“I rate Eubank Jr. He’s a very good fighter and he’s improving all the time but someone like myself – an experienced, strong middleweight, he’s not ready for in my opinion. He likes standing toe to toe and he likes having a go and I like having a fight so it’d be a great one to watch.?

“I can mix it with the super-middleweights but I feel like I’ve got more advantage at middleweight. I moved up because I found it hard to make but also, I didn’t know where I was going to go. Now there are big fights out there.”

Murray remains the man to have taken WBA Super, WBC and IBF champion Golovkin (35-0-KO32) the furthest, lasting until the 11th round in Monaco in February 2015.

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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?

Find out by watching the first Golovkin v Brook press conference. Just click the video.

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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.

Eric Molina

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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.

Stiverne: I’m in camp for Joshua

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Brook aiming for greatness

Last Updated: 14/07/16 11:47pm

Kell Brook says he never backs down from a challenge and cannot wait for his London bout with Gennady Golovkin.

Kell Brook says he never backs down from a challenge and cannot wait for his London bout with Gennady Golovkin.

Kell Brook says he never backs down from a challenge and cannot wait for his London bout with Gennady Golovkin.

Kell Brook believes moving up to middleweight to face Gennady Golovkin is a gamble that can lead him on the road to boxing greatness.

The IBF welterweight champion is stepping up two weight divisions to take on the Kazakh, who is putting all three of his middleweight world titles on the line for a Sky Sports Box Office card on September 10.

Brook (36-0-KO25) agreed to take on Golovkin (35-0-KO32) after a potential fight between ‘GGG’ and Chris Eubank Jr did not materialise.

Eubank Jr has since branded Golovkin-Brook as ‘a joke‘, but the Sheffield fighter says it is a fantastic way for him to earn recognition as one of the best fighters in the world.

Talking about the move up the weights, Brook told a news conference in New York: “Sugar Ray Leonard boxed Marvin Hagler and beat him.

Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he fights Golovkin

Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he fights Golovkin

Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he fights Golovkin

“My favourite fighter, Sugar Ray Robinson, has done that and to be a great fighter you have got to to do great things.

“For me, a welterweight, to step up and take on the most feared fighter in the world in Golovkin – to take this fight, it’s going to be hard.

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin’s best knockouts

“Everything is going to have to be spot on in training, I’ve got to do everything right. Anything short of that I am not going to come up with the goods.

“We’re going to put the hard work in with the training, we’re going to go through hell in this training camp. But that’s what you need to do to reach greatness.”

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Eubank Jr taunts Brook & GGG

Last Updated: 10/07/16 10:51am

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr and Kell Brook became embroiled in a war of words on social media on Saturday, as the fall-out to Brook’s highly-anticipated Sky Sports Box Office fight with Gennady Golovkin continued.

British champion Eubank Jr was expected to fight? Golovkin,? but weeks of contract talks did not result in an agreement,? allowing Brook to jump the queue.

The WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Golovkin? tweeted: ‘Up early, time to run. #Respect to @SpecialKBrook for taking this fight. Excited to show the #UK who I am.’

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

But Eubank Jr took exception to the Kazakh’s post and replied: ‘@GGGBoxing You’re so called P4P but fighting a guy 2 weight divisions below u!? Nobody in the UK or anywhere else is going to respect you.’

He continued: ‘@GGGBoxing after you’re done bullying @SpecialKBrook & you’re ready for a fight with a real middleweight, I’ll be there #PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize’

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Brook himself then weighed in, posting: ‘@ChrisEubankJr you never wanted the fight I’ll show you how to deal with @GGGBoxing’.

Watch the video above to find out how the feud concluded.

Kell Brook will challenge for Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight titles on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Nelson: 'Hunted' Kell can win

Johnny Nelson

Boxing Expert & Columnist

Last Updated: 10/07/16 7:49am

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Johnny Nelson knows exactly what fellow Sheffielder Kell Brook is capable of, and believes he can upset the odds against Gennady Golovkin…

Brook to fight Golovkin

Blockbuster bout to be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office

It’s another Amir Khan-Canelo Alvarez shocker, isn’t it? Kell, an unbeaten welterweight world champion, wants to risk it all like Khan did.

People said Kell hadn’t fought anybody then, boom, he’s fighting one of the most ferocious punchers out there. He’s stepped up two weights to do it.

Kell needs a fight that captures his imagination, puts him on fire, and gives him the ‘hunted’ mentality rather than the ‘hunter’ mentality.

Johnny Nelson

Like I said with Khan, this isn’t an impossible task. He has to stick to a game-plan. Kell is, without a doubt, the better technical fighter, Golovkin is clearly the bigger puncher. It’s a hard slog for Kell but it’s a possibility.

Kell is very strong at middleweight, people don’t realise that, and that’s why he’s so successful at welterweight. Probably, this will be a gradual progression for him to step up the weights because he could do that pretty easily.

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Kell needs a fight that captures his imagination, puts him on fire, and gives him the ‘hunted’ mentality rather than the ‘hunter’ mentality. Therefore, I expect to see something outstanding from Kell.

Without a doubt he has more to gain than to lose. Kell will still have his IBF welterweight title. He loses his undefeated record if he does lose but what could he gain? Go back in history and look at fighters that have stepped up these weight divisions – Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard. Kell can punch, Kell can box, Kell can move, Kell is hungry. Anybody that fights Kell will tell you his punches are like a stun gun.

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

If you compare this to Khan-Canelo, nobody thought Khan would have the punching power to hurt Canelo – he had speed and boxing ability. I believe Kell has the punching power, the speed and the boxing ability.

The people around Kell know he needs somebody that will set him on fire and give him a fear factor. Kell jumped at the opportunity.

If Kell pulls this off, he will be rated pound-for-pound among the best because he will have pulled off a feat that nobody else has done.

Kell Brook will challenge? WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Campbell: I'm no choir boy

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:18pm

Luke Campbell won't lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell won't lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell won’t lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell is keen to continue belying his boyish looks by showing true grit in the ring when he meets former world champion Argenis Mendez.

The Hull lightweight (13-1-KO11) takes on Mendez (23-4-1-KO12) on the undercard of Josh Warrington v Patrick Hyland in Leeds on July 30 and says spirit as much as technical skill will help propel him to world level.

‘Cool Hand’ told Sky Sports: “A hell of a lot of people will underestimate me because I look like a little boy but I’ve got a big heart. Not only that, but I’m really dedicated to this sport. I’m in it for one reason; to be the best.

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

“There’s no way I’m going to go in there and back down for anybody. I don’t train for that. I would live in regret for the rest of my life if I ever thought I’d backed down or given up against anybody. It’s not in my nature. I believe I’ve got a bigger heart than anyone.”

Campbell, who won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games as a bantamweight, was beaten for the first time as a professional in December 2015 when Yvan Mendy knocked him down on the way to a points upset.

However, far from that defeat damaging confidence, Campbell insists he learned a great deal on that disappointing night at The O2 and plans to leave it behind as his sole career loss.

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

“You don’t achieve what I’ve achieved and won what I’ve won without mental toughness and heart. It was a defeat I shouldn’t have faced because I shouldn’t have been in there that night but everything happens for a reason.

“I can still sit here with a smile on my face, taking the positives from that fight. There have been a lot of changes made since then, too.”

Watch Campbell v Mendez as part of Warrington v Hyland live on Sky Sports on July 30.

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