by Alex Neely
Tyson Fury is the great heavyweight on the planet. Go ahead. Ask him. He’ll tell you.
Fury’s mouth, which has always been a conveyor belt of quotes, has been scrutinized by not only Steve Cunningham, who he will fight Saturday, but now by other boxers.
Former four-time world champion Amir Khan, in an interview with The Daily Mail, has asked Fury to stop his trash talk before the fight.
“I think it would be wiser for Tyson to cool it in these last few days, especially as the fight is in America,’ said Khan. “Over there they don’t react well to people talking themselves up before they achieve something big. The danger for Tyson is that Americans – both the public and the boxing people – will hit on him before and during this fight.
“‘It’s true that I have hyped myself up,” said Khan, speaking from his own experiences, “but not before I won my first world title and not when I first fought in the US. When I got there I was the quiet one and concentrated on showing the Americans my skills and what I am capable of.”
Khan finished by saying he is confident Fury will win Saturday. However, none of us are too confident Fury will actually heed Khan’s advice.
Donaire to make comeback in different weight class
According to Nonito Donaire’s wife, Rachel, the “Filipino Flash” will look to fight again this fall, but not at super bantamweight. He will move up to the featherweight division (126-pound) following his 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux April 13.
Mayweather, Guerrero tested for PEDs
WBC Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his opponent Robert Guerrero were tested for performance enhancing drugs April 3. Both boxer’s tests came up negative for prohibited substances.
Kevin Bizier replaces Kell Brook for IBF title shot
Kevin Bizier is the new IBF mandatory challenger to face IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander. Golden Boy is hoping to put that fight on the May 18th date in Atlantic City originally scheduled for Alexander’s defense against Kell Brook, before that bout fell through for the third time.
WBC approves Periban-Bika for vacant title The World Boxing Council has officially approved the bout between Marco Antonio Periban and Sakio Bika for the WBC Super Middleweight title. Golden Boy Promotions had made a request for the sanctioning of the fight, and the WBC approved their application.
London will be at a pugilistic fever pitch Saturday. Don’t believe us, watch this fight trailer.
Boxing and trash talk have been linked since the crowning of the first heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan. But, in the clip below, ESPN wonders whether they need to be.
Take two minutes out of your day, and allow the former IBF Light Heavyweight champion Glen Johnson teach you how to properly wrap your hands.
For today’s small dose of knockout violence, we head to the “Great White North.”