Saturday, 18 February 2017

Boxing shorts, Wilder, Jones jr, Joshua and Michael Watson.

This coming weekend sees the return of WBC World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) as he defend his title against undefeated Californian Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the PBC main event on Saturday in Alabama..  Washington replaces Andrzej Wawrzyk of Poland, who twice failed mandatory drug tests.. Deontay is returning from hand and bicep injuries and is looking to make a statement to all concerned that he is back..

A version of Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) last night returned to the ring in Wilmington Delaware, carrying an overmatched Bobby Gunn (21-7-1, 18 KOs) for seven rounds, before several carefully selected shots signalled the beginning of the end, a right hand, left hook combination at the end of the round physically hurt the game Gunn, who's very wise seconds called a halt several seconds into the 8th of a scheduled 12 round cruiserweight bout.  The win earned Jones the lightly regarded WBF cruiserweight title.  Jones looked clinical in spells, but looked like he barely got out of first gear by an opponent who self admittedly didn't belong in the same ring as any version of Roy Jones.. The bout was promoted by David Feldman Promotions, Kings Promotions and Nelson Promotions, in association with The Casino at Delaware park.

Anthony Joshua overcame a personal hurdle this week by finally securing a United States visa, despite his previous drugs conviction.
If Joshua defeats Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, it's a distinct possibility that he could make his US debut, later in the year in Las Vegas..  The Visa application did raise some concern for Anthony, taking into consideration his 2011 arrest in the UK for possessing cannabis and intent to supply. Joshua was actually suspended from the Team GB boxing squad, sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours of unpaid labour, leaving his future dreams of starring on the Las Vegas Strip a huge question mark...  
Before his conviction, Joshua did make a sole appearance there as an amateur for Team GB, but en route to Cologne via private jet on Wednesday's for a press obligation with Wladimir Klitschko, AJ admits that appearing in Vegas is very high on his wish-list, following Iconic fighters of the past like Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali towards fulfilling his own legacy..
"I had to go to the embassy like everyone else, queue up and wait around all day," said Joshua, 27, who recently visited New York with Klitschko to promote April's fight. "It was a long day.
"I had to get a lawyer to get all the paperwork done so it was a long process but we got there in the end.
"I had long meetings about my visa. I haven't been there on holiday yet but it meant a lot to me to get it. They accepted me in even though it's harder to get into countries at the moment."

Terrible news today concerning former world title challenger Michael Watson and his carer, Lennard Ballack, who were last night hospitalised following an incident in Chingford where the former world title challenger was dragged out of his car.
According to witnesses, the 51-year-old Watson was in the passenger seat, with Mr Ballack driving, when a Volkswagon Golf slammed into the back of their vehicle.
The unknown assailants sprayed a substance into Mr Ballack’s eyes before punching him, and pulling Watson out of the car, dragged him along the street.
It is believed the attackers were attempting to steal the car, but fled the scene.
Watson suffered burns to the skin as a consequence of being dragged along the street, but both he and Mr Ballack were released from hospital today. The attack is unforgivable considering the struggles Michael has had to overcome so far, just to get to where he is today, it's just a blessing that both men are reasonable fine.