Modern boxing has a particularly glamorous spectator history, especially in the Rat Pack era, said Bloch. Think of movie stars such as Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and Jack Nicholson attending title matches in perfectly tailored tuxedos and ball gowns. And Jay wore a bow tie and tux.
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Up Next. The ringside style bar has been set high for Mayweather vs. McGregor Why big boxing matches are always the most glamorous sports night of the year. Up Next From Culture. The incident has left each man with a severe dislike for the other, so much so that when Marsellos Wilder, a cruiserweight, suffered a fourth-round knockout loss in January to William Deets, who was and supposed to be a soft touch, Breazeale sent Deets a congratulatory gift.
Wilder , 39 KO , 33, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is so amped up to get his hands on Breazeale that following a workout for the media this week, he intimated that he wouldn't mind killing him in the ring. I didn't seek him out.
He [came for] me," Wilder said. We don't ask to hit each other in the face, but we do anyway. If you ask any doctor around the world, he'll tell you the head is not meant to be hit. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It's legal.
So why not use my right to do so? Breazeale , 18 KOs , 33, of Eastvale, California, said the animosity would make a win -- and a knockout -- all that more satisfying for him. A win's a win, but at the same time, I want to impress the world. I want to impress the boxing community with a big knockout. When I say 'big knockout,' [I mean] one where my right hand, my left hand is going to make contact and he goes out. Doesn't get back up. You approach myself and my wife and kids in a situation that was not boxing-related.
The gratification -- and the fact that my personal revenge, knocking out Deontay Wilder -- is a lot bigger than just an actual win or KO. Wilder: 39 career knockouts, tied with Manny Pacquiao for most among active title-holders Wilder: Wilder: Connects on Olympian, got a shot at a world title when he challenged Anthony Joshua in London in It did not go well. Joshua overwhelmingly dominated the fight and knocked Breazeale down twice and out in the seventh round. But since suffering his only pro loss, Breazeale has stormed back with three victories in a row, each by knockout, even risking his mandatory status for Wilder's belt in the process.
Breazeale survived an incredible back-and-forth slugfest with Izuagbe Ugonoh to knock him out in the fifth round on a Wilder undercard. Then, Breazeale stopped former Wilder victim Eric Molina in the eighth round a round sooner than Wilder did in a title defense and former Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Negron in the ninth round in December with Wilder at ringside. But the question remains: If Joshua was able to so easily dispose of him, what makes Breazeale think he will be able to stand up to the power Wilder possesses?
The Joshua fight was an eye opener," Breazeale said. I learned then that I was standing there a lot more and taking some damage that I didn't need to take because of the big guy that I am.
Wilder's got a big right hand, but so do I, and I've got a big left hook. In the heavyweight division, if you don't have knockout power, you've got no reason to be in the division. Boxing, it's all about hitting and not getting hit. I don't plan on getting hit a lot, and if I do, I've been there. I've done that before. At the same time, I plan on putting on all the punishment. And if the right hand comes, so be it. I'll deal with it. It's part of boxing. In Breazeale's perfect world, he'll beat Wilder and eventually face Joshua in a rematch for the undisputed world title.
Breazeale said he suffered depression after the loss to Joshua but pulled himself out of it and went back to school on what he did wrong in the fight. I watched it in silence.
I watched it with people. I watched it without people.
And I guess I can say that's the quarterback background in me [as a former college football player]. I wanted to see everything that I did wrong.
I didn't want to see anything I did right because I understood there were things that were done right, but there were a lot more things that were done wrong. And lucky enough that we were fortunate enough to have three big KO wins, and here we are back again fighting for the world title. I learned a lot more from that one loss than I learned from all my wins in my whole boxing career and amateur career.
So that one lifetime experience in the summer of against Joshua was a lot bigger for my boxing career than anything could have been. Wilder, who took home a bronze medal from the Olympics, has made eight title defenses and is aiming for No. That's a notable number in heavyweight history. Should Wilder retain the belt, he will inch up the all-time heavyweight defense list and join four iconic heavyweight champions who also made nine defenses: Muhammad Ali during his first title reign , Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson in his first title reign and Lennox Lewis in his second title reign.
The all-time record for any division is 25 by Joe Louis. Others who would still be ahead of Wilder: Larry Holmes 20 , Wladimir Klitschko 18 in his second title reign , Vitali Klitschko 11 in his second title reign , Tommy Burns 11 and Ali 10 in his second title reign.
Chinese Sim. To taste this fruit is heaven; pleasing to the eye, taste, touch, smell, And I now breathe heavily! Up Next From Culture. They met six months later in an immediate rematch, also in Manchester, and Linares had a much easier time, knocking Crolla down in the seventh round and winning a more decisive decision , after which Crolla won three fights in a row to set up the Lomachenko fight. Channel 7 Boxing Stadium. Think of movie stars such as Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and Jack Nicholson attending title matches in perfectly tailored tuxedos and ball gowns. If he doesn't, that would leave his belt vacant and it's not out of the question that Lomachenko could fight for it or perhaps the winner of that belt.
It means a great deal to me," Wilder said.