Fury to Wilder: ‘Let’s make it a Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns type of fight’

When Deontay Wilder(42-0-1, 41 KOs) and Tyson Fury(29-0-1, 20 KOs) talk, people listen. These are two of the best personalities in the sport of boxing, and on Monday in Los Angeles, the two came together at a press conference to promote their rematch on February 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The first fight, which happened in December 2018, was very compelling, especially the 12th round, where Wilder knocked Fury down, but somehow, someway, Fury was able to get up and have some success later in that round. Ultimately, the fight ended in a draw.

Other than the two Wilder knockdowns, it was more boxing than fighting, and Fury did most of the boxing, but this time around, Fury wants to go toe-to-toe with Wilder.

“The consensus is either he knocks me out, or I win on points,” Fury said. “Usually, when people have that opinion, it goes the opposite way around. Expect him to box and me to be looking for the knockout.

 “He thinks I’m going to come out herky-jerky with my famous style, but I want him to meet me in the center of the ring and have a slugfest, best man wins. I didn’t have the gas to finish him in the last fight, but this time I can turn that screwdriver until he’s gone. Let’s make it a Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns type of fight. I’ll meet you in the middle of the ring on February 22. Just watch out for the right hand, because you’re going to sleep in two rounds.”

Now, there is no way Fury will fight Wilder the way Hagler and Hearns fought each other, which was one of the greatest fights in boxing history.  At this point, Fury is trying to sell the fight, but if they were to fight toe-to-toe, we also might be calling Wilder-Fury II one of the greatest fights in boxing history.

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Charles Oakley makes debut in LA; highlights of Week 8 in the BIG3

The BIG3 was in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday. More than 10,000 plus fans saw the debut of Charles Oakley. Oakley, 53, has coached the whole season for the Killer 3’s. On Sunday, he decided to get on the court. Oakley finished the game 0-3 from the field, with zero points in eight minutes.

Also, we saw an epic four-point shooting contest between LaVar Ball and BIG3 founder Ice Cube. The rap legend beat Ball 2-1.

Here are highlights of the four-point shooting contest between LaVar Ball and Ice Cube:

Here are the sights and sounds of Week 8 of the BIG3:

GAME 1

Power (4-4) 42 vs. Tri-State (3-5) 51

 

GAME 2

Killer 3’s (2-6) 41 vs. Trilogy (8-0) 50

Watch Oakley as he gets physical with Al Harrington:

 

GAME 3

Ball Hogs (2-6) 50 vs. 3’s Company (3-5) 47

 

GAME 4

3 Headed Monsters (6-2) 33 vs. Ghost Ballers (4-4) 50

 

The playoffs start next week in Seattle.

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Smith-Barrera set for July 15 in Los Angeles

NEW YORK CITY:  “The Common Man”, Joe Smith Jr., (23-1, 19 KO’s), boxing’s best story of 2016, will make his first start of the new year, defending his WBC International Light Heavyweight Title against world ranked Sullivan Barrera, (19-1, 14 KO’s) on Friday, July 15 from the iconic, Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles and live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (9:50 p.m. ET/PT).

Smith vs. Barrera is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing® in association with Main Events.

The 27-year-old Smith of Long Island, New York said, “I’m thrilled to be back on HBO against another top light heavyweight, Sullivan Barrera, I’ve already started training and will be ‘more than ready’ on July 15. There’s a number of great fighters in our division and I’m looking forward to another victory on my way to a world title shot.”

“This is a great opportunity for me. I want to thank my entire team for making this happen. I respect Joe for taking this fight. He is a great fighter and I have a tough test on July 15. I will work hard to put on a great show for all the fans,” stated Barrera.

“This should be a spectacular fight,” said Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star Boxing. “Over the past few months many have refused to fight Joe Smith Jr., so I give credit to Sullivan Barrera, who, like Joe, is a tough fighter willing to fight anyone. Joe’s captivating rise as a humble working-class ‘Common Man’ has resonated with sports fans all over the world and I look forward to being at the Forum on HBO as Joe and Sullivan battle for the future.”

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, stated, “This is a really interesting fight. It is a can’t miss because Barrera and Smith are both finishers. We are all eager to see how this plays out and I give credit to both men for wanting a challenge.”

Smith bursted onto the international boxing scene last June, knocking out the highly favored, former world title challenger, Andrzej Fonfara in the first round of a nationally televised contest from the Pole’s hometown of Chicago.

Six months later Smith challenged future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins at the Fabulous Forum and live on HBO. Dominating the legend on December 17 through the first seven rounds, the construction laborer Smith drilled Hopkins to the canvas and out of the ring earning the knockout in the eighth round.

Barrera is riding a two bout knockout streak with victories over Paul Parker on April 15 and Vyacheslav Shabaranskyy on December 16, 2016. His only loss was to light heavyweight champion Andre Ward in March 2016.

Matt Barnes on hanging out Utah: ‘There’s no nightlife in Utah’

The Utah Jazz are off to the second-round of the Playoffs after dispatching the Clippers in seven. Good news for them, but bad news for the Warriors; at least, when it comes to partying. When asked to compare the party scene in Utah to Los Angeles, Matt Barnes had this to say to ESPN

“No comparison. There’s no such thing, man. There’s no nightlife in Utah. Obviously, as players, you want to be able to have a little bit of a nightlife, but the main focus is winning games. Me personally, I want to get out there because I want to beat the Clippers. That’s my former team, and my kids are out there. But as far as nightlife, there’s no comparison to nightlife in Utah and L.A.”

Kevin Durant gave his take:

“I’m sure it’s probably clubs, but I’ve never been to one in Utah,” Kevin Durant told ESPN. 

Fortunately for the Warriors, they probably won’t have to be in Utah very long. Warriors will beat the Jazz in six.