Eye on The Heavyweights – More From The Most Chaotic Division in Boxing

Heavyweights – Late yesterday, June 24, the news that Tyson Fury had an ankle injury bad enough to push back his July 9th rematch with Wladimir Klitschko until October seemed to be the perfect story to cap a chaotic week in the heavyweight division. The two first met last November 28th, so the delay means that both men will have been out of the ring for close to a year. The exact date in October is yet to be announced.

Just hours away and possibly already in the books when you read this is today’s Anthony Joshua versus Dominic Breazeale IBF world heavyweight title fight in London. For the good of boxing, this will hopefully be a competitive bout and not another gross mismatch. The numbers at the sports books and the talk around the fight all point to an easy fight for Joshua.

Earlier, the WBC and their heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder announced a revamped title defense in Alabama against Chris Arreola with a date of July 16th. Earlier this week, however, Alexander Povetkin and his promoter Andrey Ryabinsky filed a lawsuit against Wilder and promoter Lou DiBella, asking for damages upwards of $30 million dollars. Though FOX has signed up to air Wilder versus Arreola and the fight is still officially on, Ryabinsky’s lawsuit, filed in New York State,  could gum up the works.

More on the legal front, as Australia’s Lucas Browne is patiently awaiting his day in court. He and attorney Leon Margules will be in Tacoma, Washington on July 21st for the first court hearing. Browne won the WBA heavyweight title in March with a win over Ruslan Chagaev in Russia, but was subsequently stripped of it by the WBA due to a failed drug test. He is attempting to get the WBA belt returned to him because he feels he was stripped without due process. He is also seeking damages to his reputation. Browne is also on a six month suspension retroactive to March 5th, the day of the fight, so he will be eligible to fight again in September.

Joseph Parker (19-0) of New Zealand is back on the calendar, as he faces Solomon Haumono (24-2-2) in Christchurch on July 21st. Parker, coming off a May 21st win over France’s Carlos Takam (33-2-1) that was his biggest win to date, likes to stay busy.  The 24 year old logged five fights in 2015 and the July engagement will be his third of 2016.

September 16th in Las Vegas sees Golden Boy putting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on HBO PPV against England’s Liam Smith. The co-feature on that card sees WBA interim titleholder Luis Ortiz (25-0) putting his belt on the line against mandatory challenger Alexander Ustinov (33-1). Many consider Ortiz the best heavyweight of them all, but at age 37 he’s fighting Father Time.

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-deepwater2 :

The heavyweight division is not chaotic at all. One champ. A bunch of belt holders. Fury has an ankle injury. Better off postponing the fight instead of pulling a Haye and claiming broken piggy toe. Hey Haye, this little piggy had none and went we we we we we all the way home. Briggs knockouts Haye in 8 at MSG. Or Free England. Down with the communist Euro.


-Radam G :

DB can really take a shot. And AJ was doing too much posing and picture taking. He is not ready for the big boys. Tyson "Fists of" Fury is da MAN! AJ should fight "Big Daddy" Browne next. D-Wild would catch him in a pose, and put him into deep sleep. I don't believe Joe Parker can give AJ much of a challenge. Holla!


-oubobcat :

DB can really take a shot. And AJ was doing too much posing and picture taking. He is not ready for the big boys. Tyson "Fists of" Fury is da MAN! AJ should fight "Big Daddy" Browne next. D-Wild would catch him in a pose, and put him into deep sleep. I don't believe Joe Parker can give AJ much of a challenge. Holla!
Breazeale showed a ton of heart. He tried his best and gave it everything he had. He did not come to lay down or for a payday. He came to win and gave us all a good show. Joshua is a work in progress. This was exactly the type of fight he needed at this point in his career and one he will certainly learn a lot from. Its hard to learn a lot knocking everyone out early. One name to watch out for next is Eric Molina. Joshua is clearly on a collision course for Wilder at some point in 2017 and Molina of course was stopped by Wilder in 9 last year. Molina also gave Wilder some tough moments and is coming off a win against Adamek. He is an opponent that Joshua should handle and probably ko before Wilder. And would be the start of the Joshua-Wilder promotional tour over in the UK for a fight at Wembly.


-Radam G :

Breazeale showed a ton of heart. He tried his best and gave it everything he had. He did not come to lay down or for a payday. He came to win and gave us all a good show. Joshua is a work in progress. This was exactly the type of fight he needed at this point in his career and one he will certainly learn a lot from. Its hard to learn a lot knocking everyone out early. One name to watch out for next is Eric Molina. Joshua is clearly on a collision course for Wilder at some point in 2017 and Molina of course was stopped by Wilder in 9 last year. Molina also gave Wilder some tough moments and is coming off a win against Adamek. He is an opponent that Joshua should handle and probably ko before Wilder. And would be the start of the Joshua-Wilder promotional tour over in the UK for a fight at Wembly.
For sure it is a collision course between AJ and D-Wild. The odd man out is "Fists of" Fury. He will end up scrapping with "Let's go, Champ!" Shannon. Holla!


-DaveB :

Wheweeee! DB has the reflexes and speed of a 50 year old man.


-Radam G :

Wheweeee! DB has the reflexes and speed of a 50 year old man.
Dat sucka was slower than a B-Hop or late, great Archie Moore. His reflexes and speed were more like an 80-year old.


-miguel1 :

Wheweeee! DB has the reflexes and speed of a 50 year old man.
LOL about two rounds in i was like "Breazeale reminds me some of Tony Thompson"


-Bernie Campbell :

Complete Bull Sh with Fury. He was in no shape to fight Wlad at this time! Since the bout will probably be rescheduled well after the summer, I propose Wlad fight Luis Ortiz whose both schedules coincide! Why should the boxing fan suffer through this crap? If Wlad still has it and is the true champion of the division, I propose he fights Ortiz in the mean time for the Fury match!


-brownsugar :

Wlad dont want that work, it's not like he wouldnt fight him after Fury if he had to, but if the awkward slap happy Fury gave WK hell in a minimum contact fight what do you suppose Ortiz would do to Dr SteelHammer? Only in a perfect world.


-Radam G :

Complete Bull Sh with Fury. He was in no shape to fight Wlad at this time! Since the bout will probably be rescheduled well after the summer, I propose Wlad fight Luis Ortiz whose both schedules coincide! Why should the boxing fan suffer through this crap? If Wlad still has it and is the true champion of the division, I propose he fights Ortiz in the mean time for the Fury match!
B-Camp, it ain't gonna happen. Holla!