Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko spread their news in old New York

Anthony Joshua, left, and Wladimir Klitschko were in New York City on Tuesday to promote their April 29 heavyweight title fight in London/Photo by Ed Mulholland


Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of England has an objective – to be the best ever.

“That’s my obsession,” he said Tuesday in New York City, where he and former champion Wladimir Klitschko hosted a news conference promoting their April 29 fight at Wembley Stadium in London, where a sellout crowd of 90,000 is expected.

“I’m a man who likes to perform and entertain and that’s always been there. I’ve always wanted to take on the best,” Joshua said.

Since Klitschko will be 41 by the time this fight happens – his birthday is March 25 – Klitschko may not be “the best” at this point. That’s not to mention he’s coming off a loss to Tyson Fury that took place in November 2015. That’s another thing. Klitschko will have some 17 months out of the ring by fight night.

“I believe this man has a lot of skills,” Klitschko said of Joshua. “Maybe yes, maybe not he will be the biggest star in boxing. I know there are plans to fight (Deontay) Wilder after me.

“It’s good to be young and ambitious, but I believe this fight has a lot of questions. Is it too early for him, too late for me?”

Joshua, 27, is 18-0 with 18 knockouts. Klitschko, of Ukraine, is 64-4 with 53 knockouts.

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Tyson Fury relinquishes remaining major belts he won from Wladimir Klitschko

Challenger Tyson Fury, right, and world champion Wladimir Klitschko, left, stand on the podium after the Official Weigh-In in Essen, Germany, prior their heavyweight boxing fight, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The title clash will take place in Duesseldorf's LTU arena on Saturday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissne

Tyson Fury, right, and Wladimir Klitschko pose after weighing in for their heavyweight title fight this past November in Germany/Associated Press photo by Martin Meissner


The much-maligned Tyson Fury on Wednesday gave up the two remaining major heavyweight championship belts he won from Wladimir Klitschko this past November in Germany.

Fury since has twice pulled out of scheduled rematches with Klitschko, and recently Fury admitted to doing cocaine. He is also reportedly suffering from depression.

His promotional company, Hennessy Sports, released a statement. It read, in part, that Fury was giving up his titles “to fully focus on his medical treatment and recovery.”

Fury said, “I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when I defeated the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko. I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which, I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.”

Fury, 25-0 with 18 knockouts, won three major titles from Klitschko. Fury, 28, had already been stripped of one of them for agreeing to fight Klitschko in a rematch rather than his mandatory challenger – Vyacheslav Glazkov.


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Tyson Fury for the second time pulls out of rematch with Wladimir Klitschko

Tyson Fury/Photo courtesy of Hennessy Sports


The heavyweight championship rematch between Tyson Fury of England and Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine on Friday was called off for the second time. The two were to tangle Oct. 29 in England, but a statement from Hennessy Sports, which promotes Fury, indicated it won’t happen.

The two first fought this past November in Germany, Fury winning a unanimous decision and Klitshcko’s three belts. They were slated to go at it again in July, but Fury claimed to have a sprained ankle.

Here is the today’s statement, verbatim, from Hennessy Sports: “It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that the World Heavyweight Championship rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, scheduled to take place on the 29th October 2016 at the Manchester Arena, will not be going ahead.

“Tyson has, this week, been declared medically unfit to fight. Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery.

“We and Tyson wish to express our sincerest apologies to all those concerned with the event and all the boxing fans who had been looking forward to the rematch. Tyson is understandably devastated by the development.

“We will be making a further statement in due course. Until then, we ask that Tyson and his family be given the privacy and the space he needs to recover during this difficult time.

 The statement did not include what is wrong with Fury. A story on that cited sources suggested mental health issues might be at the forefront.
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Chris Arreola’s heart not nearly enough in eighth-round TKO loss to Wilder

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder, left, throws a jab at Chris Arreola during their heavyweight title fight Saturday in Birmingham, Ala./AP photo by Brynn Anderson


Chris Arreola of Riverside on Saturday showed the courage he typically does in a fight, but it wasn’t nearly enough in his challenge to heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Wilder decked Arreola in the fourth and otherwise battered Arreola for eight lopsided rounds, Arreola’s trainer Henry Ramirez asking referee Jack Reiss to stop the fight before the ninth at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) gets credit for an eighth-round TKO and has now made four successful title defenses. Wilder apparently broke his right hand in that fourth round and also tore his right biceps.

Arreola (36-5-1) for the third time failed to become the first boxer of Mexican descent to win a major title in the heavyweight division. He was also stopped inside the distance by Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and by Bermane Stiverne in 2014.

Shortly after the bout had ended, Ramirez responded to a text message to say that Arreola was “in good spirits” and that he was getting “stiched up.” Arreola was cut and his left eye was nearly shut.

Wilder says he now wants the other champions.

“My goal is to unify the division, so whoever got those belts, that’s who I want,” he said. “Yes, I want the (Tyson) Furys. Yes, I want the Anthony Joshuas. The question is, do they want me?”

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Tyson Fury defeats Wladimir Klitschko and is new heavyweight champion

Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Tyson Fury pose during the promotion for Saturday’s fight/Photo by Martin Meissner, Associated Press


Wladimir Klitschko’s long reign as heavyweight world champion ended Saturday when he lost a unanimous decision to Tyson Fury in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Klitschko (64-4) simply could not get his punches going and was a mere shadow of the fighter who had not lost since April 2004 when he lost via 5th-round TKO to Lamon Brewster.

Fury (25-0) won by scores of 115-112, 115.112 and 116-111. Fury lost a point in the 11th round for rabbit punches.

Klitschko is 39, Fury 27.

Fury won three championship belts.

The fight was televised by HBO.


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David Haye cut over left eye in sparring, bout with fellow Brit Tyson Fury postponed

Former heavyweight champion David Haye was cut over his left eye during sparring and his showdown with fellow Brit Tyson Fury slated for next Saturday in Manchester, England has been postponed, reported.

The bout was to be televised on HBO. No new date has been established.

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Heavyweight David Haye tweets he has signed to fight fellow Brit Tyson Fury

David Haye of England is one of the biggest trash-talkers in boxing. Fellow Brit Tyson Fury talks a lot, too. Haye on Monday tweeted that he has signed to fight Fury, who, like Haye, is a top 10 heavyweight contender.

“I’ve just signed to fight Fury on Sep 28, lets hope he finally agrees (and signs today) and he doesn’t keep delaying. Word around ‘Camp Fire’ is Fury is looking to duck me and fight Toney ‘The Tiger’. Lets hope they are just to rumours….” Haye tweeted; the latter fighter to whom he was referring is Tony “The Tiger” Thompson.

Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) is a former heavyweight champion. He lost his belt in a title-unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011. It was a lackluster performance by Haye, to say the least. Haye has fought just once since then, stopping Dereck Chisora in the fifth round in July 2012. In other words, he talks more than he fights.

Fury, who is 6-foot-9, is 21-0 with 15 knockouts. He is coming off a seventh-round knockout of Steve Cunningham in April at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


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