Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz Drug Fiasco

By Jake Donovan There’s no positive spin on the possible cancellation of the scheduled November 4 heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz—but at present moment, there is also no need to yet hit the panic button. Because of the manner in which leaked drug results are handled, however, we are already at that point without cooler heads having a chance to prevail. An overnight breaking news item by award-winning ESPN senior writer Dan Rafael revealed that Ortiz had tested positive for banned substances chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide—both of which are used by drug cheats as masking agents to prevent detection of performance enhancing drug (PED) use). Such news was followed by the revelation that…

Gerald Washington Steps Last Minute In To Face Deontay Wilder

BIRMINGHAM, AL (January 30, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will now defend his title against unbeaten contender Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama. The opponent change comes after Wilder’s original foe, Andrzej Wawrzyk, tested positive for a banned substance. “I’m very happy to get this opportunity to fight for my first world championship,” Washington said. “I know that I’ll be fighting Deontay Wilder in his backyard, but that adds more excitement to the fight for me. I’m looking forward…

Deontay Wilder Without Opponent; Wawrzyk Tests Positive For PED

Deontay Wilder once again finds himself without a dancing partner after discovering his opponent Andrzej Wawrzyk’s positive test for performance enhancing drugs. According to BoxingScene.com, on Tuesday representatives from the World Boxing Council (WBC) informed Wilder’s promoter Lou DiBella that Andrzej Wawrzyk of Poland tested positive for an undisclosed PED. As a result, the heavyweight title fight scheduled for February 25 between Wilder and Wawrzyk will no longer move forward and the search is on for a last minute replacement. DiBella tweeted that he is proud to defend a clean champion and  is confident they will find a suitable replacement. Not just as of now, @BronzeBomber WILL defend @WBCBoxing HW Title in #Birmingham, 2/25. Stay tuned. Proud to promote…

Povetkin v Wilder Headed For Megasport Arena In Moscow

After Russian promoter Andrew Ryabinsky submitted the winning purse bid (7.15 million) guaranteeing him the rights to promote and control the upcoming match-up between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, there’s been wide speculation on where the event could land. Despite Team Povetkin pulling out the win, the possibility of a stateside title defense didn’t appear to be far-fetched, until now. On Tuesday, Jake Donovan of BoxingScene.com reported that the May 21st championship fight is headed to Russia’s MegaSport Arena in Moscow. According to the report, Ryanbinsky put and end to rumors of the fight landing at Barclays on his social media account on Monday. MegaSport reportedly holds just under 14,000 fans. To…

[Video] Tyson Fury Storms Ring After Wilder; Win Demands Fight

BROOKLYN, NY — While Deontay Wilder celebrated his devastating 9th round knockout victory over Artur Szpilka, WBA/WBO champion Tyson Fury decided to join him in the ring and express his desire to face him a la WWE style. No matter what you think of the two champions, you have to admit, this is some entertaining stuff.

Wilder Devastates Szpilka In 9; Martin Wins Title By Stoppage

Photos courtesy Stephanie Trapp/Showtime After more than a century, heavyweight championship boxing returned to Brooklyn with a vengeance. In front of a crowd of 12,000, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder earned a place in boxing’s history books as he defeated Artur “The Pin” Szpilka of Poland by knockout in the ninth round of action. In his third defense of the title, earned by defeating Bermaine Stiverne last year, Wilder looked to not only perform well in his Brooklyn debut but also to win in spectacular knock out fashion.  In the end those watching Wilder vs. Szpilka were treated to a highly entertaining fight that will surely be remembered. As for Wilder the win now…

Deontay Wilder vs Artur Szpilka Weigh-In Results

photos courtesy of @ShoSports NEW YORK, NY – The weights are in for Saturday night’s heavyweight double header in New York. In the main event, WBC champion Deontay Wilder makes his third title defense against Artur Szpilka. Weights are as follows: Deontay Wilder 228.75 pounds   Artur Szpilka 233.25 pounds In the co-feature event, Charles Martin and Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov face off for the vacant IBF heavyweight title. Weights are as follows: Charles Martin 249 pounds Czar Glazkov 218 pounds A sold-out crowd is anticipated for the heavyweight showdown which will take place at New York’s Barclay’s Center. For those tuning in at home who do not have Showtime, the channel is offering a free preview for…

[Photos/Quotes] Wilder vs Szpilka Media Workout

BROOKLYN (January 12, 2016) – A huge fight week featuring the first two heavyweight world title fights in Brooklyn in 115 years kicked off Tuesday with media workouts at world famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Photos From Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment   This Saturday, January 16 at Barclays Center, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will make the third defense of his title against Polish bruiser Artur Szpilka while unbeaten heavyweights Charles Martin and Vyacheslav Glazkov battle for the vacant IBF Heavyweight World Championship. The doubleheader will air live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.    Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Warriors Boxing and Sferis Knockout Promotions, start at $25, not including applicable fees, and…

[Audio] Deontay Wilder Joins The Ruckus Crew

Ahead of his upcoming heavyweight title fight against Artur Szpilka, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder took a break from a rigorous training camp to sit down with The Ruckus Boxing Podcast crew. Joining the crew at the 33:33 minute mark, listen in as a hilarious Wilder not only discusses his fight and the rest of the heavyweight division but serenades the desk, plays a game called “Chin Check” where he provides gut reactions to certain fighters and is surprised by a call from promoter Lou DiBella. Kicking off the top of the broadcast, Amir Mansour of Philadelphia who will battle against 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale on the upcoming Danny Garcia vs Robert Guerrero undercard on…

Amir Mansour Set To Battle Dominic Brazeale

With the retirement of Vitaly Klitschko and the defeat of Wladimir Klitschko, the heavyweight landscape has been evolving and changing at a frantic pace. On Thursday, Amir Mansour of Philadelphia announced via social media that his next opponent is 2012 Olympian Dominic Brazeale. According to the post, Mansour states the fight will take place on Janury 16th (on the undercard of the upcoming heavyweight clash between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Artur Szpilka). As an undercard, the victor potentially gets set up for a crack at Wilder for the title later in 2016. For Mansour, he once again finds himself on the big stage after a questionable decision result against Gerald Washington in October. Mansour, largely considered as winning…