This weekend was a bona fide boxing bonanza for fight fans. Inside the ring we had a heavyweight slugfest between Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora and then we were treated to two stunning knockouts within the space of just over ten minutes courtesy of Gervonta Davis and Naoya Inoue. The action wasn’t dull outside the ring either, with some absolutely sensational comments from Deontay Wilder keeping us entertained.
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Deontay Wilder Breaks Silence On Defeat And Accuses Fury Of Cheating
Deontay Wilder has been relatively quiet since succumbing to defeat to Tyson Fury in Vegas back in February but the American returned with a sensational video on social media at the weekend, accusing the Briton of cheating in both of their fights.
The former world champion went on to say that Ricky Hatton, who was working Fury’s corner in the first fight, tampered with Fury’s gloves in between rounds. “I saw in the first fight when Ricky Hatton was pulling down your gloves to put your fist in the improper position,” Wilder said.
“You tried the same method the second time but this time you scratched flesh out of my ears which caused them to bleed.
“It’s impossible for a brand new 10oz glove to bend, to keep a smushed-in form or to have loose space. I highly believe you had something hard in your glove, something the size and the shape of an egg-weight. It’s the reason why the side of my face swelled up in an egg-weight form. And it left a dent in my face as well.”
Also in the video, Wilder brands his trainer Mark Breland as disloyal for throwing in the towel in the rematch and claims that he turned down a big money offer to fight Anthony Joshua, choosing to fight Fury again instead.
Since releasing the video, Wilder has doubled down on his claims of foul play and is even suggesting Breland was in on it. Speaking to 78SPORTSTV, Wilder said, "My water was spiked as if I took a muscle relaxer or something like that. My water was tampered with… It was like I had no control over my body, my legs were weak… I think he [Mark Breland] has got something to do with my water as well too."
Meanwhile, Frank Warren has revealed that 28-year-old unbeaten German Agit Kabayel is the chosen opponent for Fury's next fight and has now been sent a contract to fight on December 5th.
Naoya Inoue Lives Up To ‘Monster’ Moniker, Casemiro Isn’t Impressed
Japan’s Naoya Inoue improved his record to 20-0 (18) on his American debut this weekend after stopping Australia’s Jason Moloney with a savage stoppage in the seventh round. ‘The Monster’, whose KO rate stands at 85%, might have impressed a brand new American audience with his win but it wasn’t enough to impress fellow bantamweight and WBO title holder Johnriel Casimero, who was meant to unify with Inoue in April before that was cancelled due to Covid.
Taking to social media, the Filipino wrote, "They said you're strong but you were not even able to hurt your opponent. Guys, now you know why Bob Arum and Inoue are afraid. Only Casimero is strong."
Arum, Inoue’s promoter, believes a fight between the two could take place in early 2021. Sign us up!
Dave Allen Shows Why He Is One Of The Most Likeable People In Boxing Once Again
Yorkshire heavyweight Dave Allen is undoubtedly one of the most likeable fighters on the British boxing scene so it’s not surprising that ‘the Doncaster De La Hoya’ has been a thoroughly top bloke once again, this time helping out German boxer Eva Hubmayer.
Hubmayer, who fought debutant Ramla Ali on the Usyk vs Chisora undercard this weekend, had to travel to the UK alone and without a team - fortunately Allen, whose own fight on the undercard had been cancelled, stepped in to train with her. Speaking on Instagram, he told his followers, “She came over, no trainer, no manager or nothing. So I helped her do the weight, chucked on the pads, just kept her company really - which is a big thing for her. And hopefully she does alright tonight.”
Sadly it wasn’t to be with Hubmayer losing on points despite a spirited performance. Hopefully we’ll get to see her in the UK again soon.
No Retirement Plans For Dereck Chisora After Usyk Defeat
It was a brave performance from Dereck Chisora, 36, against Ukrainian fistic wizard Oleksandr Usyk at the weekend, who, despite losing, certainly put a shift in and left questions over his opponent’s future among the heavyweights, especially against the division’s real giants.
There’ll be no questions over Chisora’s future though, who says he isn’t going anywhere just yet, “It's the fight game, he took shots, everyone can. I'm basically gutted. I'll make Hayemaker [David Haye] go for the rematch.
“I'm just gutted for myself, everyone stay safe, we'll go back to normal soon.”
As for Usyk, who is now mandatory for Joshua’s WBO belt, he says he doesn’t just want to be heavyweight champion, he wants to be undisputed champion. Watch out AJ!
Terri Harper Called Out By New Champ Mikaela Mayer
Californian Mikaela Mayer became the WBO super-featherweight champion with a unanimous decision victory in Las Vegas on Saturday night and immediately turned her attention to a thrilling unification bout with Yorkshire’s Terri Harper.
Speaking after her win over Poland’s Ewa Brodnicka, the former US Olympian said, "I don't want to wait around. I don't want to take a couple of years to do it.
"So, [WBC champion] Terri Harper told me to get a belt. [Harper's promoter] Eddie Hearn told me to get a belt. I have the WBO belt now, so let's make that fight happen. I want Terri Harper next."
Terri Harper defends her WBC title against Katharina Thanderz on November 14.