Wilder Quizzed Ahead of Fury Rematch

By Robert Ecksel on February 20, 2020

He has experienced several wonderful years in succession. (Amanda Wescott/Showtime)

“The first fight was an amazing fight. It was a very controversial fight. We left people confused about what happened or who won. This is where we come and settle everything. This is judgment day...”

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The tug-of-war moral ambivalence of boxing is one reason why media coverage of boxing goes well beyond sport pages and Ring Magazine…

Boxing by the book, Garcia schools Redkach

January 25, 2020

"A lesser man than would have hightailed it out of there once the beating began. Not Redkach. He stuck it out to the bloody end..."

Matchroom lock out the Heavys?

January 6, 2020

The sport was mocked as being the stomping ground of morons. There is a special sneer reserved for boxing, generally speaking…

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Chavez Jr. flops in “No mas” against Jacobs

December 21, 2019

Security pushed Chavez through the crowd by forming a phalanx to protect him. The guards used round cards to shield the fighter from incoming...

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When Tyson dissed Mayweather

December 19, 2019

"Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people. It's being accepted by the people. He's a little scared man. He's a very small, scared man..."

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Quarry Family Values

December 20, 2019

Boxing, it seemed, was the only Quarry family business. The patriarch, Jack, who was 81 when I spoke with him, wouldn’t have had it any other way…

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Jack Johnson vs. James J. Jeffries

December 22, 2019

With 10–7 odds favoring Jeffries, 20,000 fight fans crammed into a specially built arena in downtown Reno to watch history being made...

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Charlo blisters "Super Bad" to regain title

December 22, 2019

The fight changed hands several times. Sometimes it seemed Harrison wouldn’t be denied. Other times Charlo’s single-mindedness was flammable... 

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Long Count Broadcast Surfaces

December 23, 2019

We hear a man describe this historical event as it unfolds in front of him, just a few feet away from the microphone. He has no idea what’s going to happen... 

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Tank Davis to the Rescue

December 24, 2019

"I’m always going to be me in the ring and do what Gervonta Davis does. That’s be explosive, be fast, and if we go 12 rounds, I’m definitely here for it..." 

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Jermell Charlo Wants to Make History

December 25, 2019

He wanted no judges involved in the decision and decided to throw as many ineffectual punches as he could hoping he might miss the air... 

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Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston

December 24, 2019

Sonny Liston came up the hard way. He thought Clay was soft, the pampered fair-skinned momma’s boy from the other side of the tracks.... 

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The Pope Is Dope

December 25, 2019

"Every time I go to another country, the people are so passionate, they embrace you. They lift you up. It’s almost like the opposite back home…" 

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Crawford nixes Shawn Porter...for now

December 27, 2019

"If we had to fight and if it made sense, then that would be a fight that we would both agree upon. But right now, I feel like that’s not something we should discuss..."

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It's Official! Wilder-Fury II on February 22

December 28, 2019

"I proved myself the first time and I’m ready to do it again. It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one..."

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Vitali Klitschko Is Santa

December 28, 2019

Klitschko can be seen riding through the streets of Kiev on a quad bike dressed as Santa Claus, his long white beard flowing in the wind...

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Gervonta smokes Gamboa in final round

December 28, 2019

"I couldn't put pressure on it. I wanted to keep going. I told my corner it was a problem, but I wanted to keep going because I'm a warrior...”

Chavez Sr. and Jr. unite to fight "haters"

January 2, 2020

"I don’t eat meat, clenbuterol or [fail] doping exams for my fight—myself. That’s not legal! They are natural and do not come from meat…"

The loaded handgun and Errol Spence Jr.

January 2, 2020

The cops failed to determine, according to a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department, whether it belonged to Spence or not.

Is greed good?

January 3, 2020

Paying $50 a month for that which rarely feels like a deal at $19.99 a month seems like a boondoggle, given the hit or miss quality of the fights DAZN streams…

Tortoise vs. Tortoise: Wilder stops Ortiz again

November 24, 2019

Today’s boxers live in fear. They are afraid of stiff competition; they are afraid of losing; they are afraid of getting hurt...

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles! (Part 1)

January 3, 2020

The ring is a violent place where skin, bone, and brain are damaged. But it is also a place where a boxer discovers, deep down, who he, or she, really is…

Broner's Solution

January 4, 2020

Only one current boxer’s name springs out from the garbage heap when I think about dumbness in all its crass and predictable and foul forms: Adrien Broner…

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Friday Night Fights: Jacobs vs. Chavez

December 17, 2019

"This is the right fight to get me back to the top. It’s a big risk because of the activity he’s had, but I am not a steppingstone for him…"

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Preview: Harrison vs. Charlo II

December 18, 2019

"I don’t want it to go the judges. That’s my worst nightmare. If it does go 12 rounds, he’s going to be very injured at the end..."

Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. 1

January 6, 2020

On June 1, 2019, WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defended his titles against last minute replacement Andy Ruiz Jr…

Just Another Travesty

January 6, 2020

There are no words to describe Bob Lafrate. I refuse to use the title “judge” with him. To use the term judge implies some kind of competence, something he lacks...

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Mick Conlon's Revenge

December 15, 2019

He was redeemed by earning a 10-round unanimous decision over Vladimir Nikitin to retain his WBO Intercontinental featherweight belt...

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Crawford-Kavaliauskas tonight on ESPN

December 14, 2019

"They can criticize me all they want. I’m going to get that. I’m not worried about what the critics say, or how they feel I should go with my career..."

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I’m Dreaming of a Whyte Christmas

December 11, 2019

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) withdrew its accusation against Whyte, who failed a pre-fight urine test when trace amounts of a banned substance were found...

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George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle

December 9, 2019

"The media had said so many bad things about me and I kept trying to defend myself. What better way to defend yourself than to prevail in a fight like that?"

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Joshua outpoints Ruiz to regain titles

December 7, 2019

"I think the partying and all that stuff got the best of me. I gained too much weight. It affected me a lot. Next fight I’m going to be prepared..."

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Preview: Joshua vs. Ruiz 2

December 5, 2019

Ruiz has been feted for striking a blow for fat men around the world. Everyone said it could be done and he proved everyone wrong…

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Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran 1

December 3, 2019

The difference between the two men, in and out of the ring, couldn't have been more stark, and the result shocked the world...

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George Foreman ranks Deontay Wilder

November 26, 2019

"He’s good, but he hasn’t approached Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson—no, he hasn’t approached that type of recognition yet. No way..."

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Tortoise vs. Tortoise: Wilder stops Ortiz again

November 24, 2019

Today’s boxers live in fear. They are afraid of stiff competition; they are afraid of losing; they are afraid of getting hurt...

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Revisiting the Heartbreak of Sonny Liston

November 20, 2019

"Someday they’ll write a blues song just for fighters. It’ll be for slow guitar, soft trumpet, and a bell."—Charles "Sonny" Liston...

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Jack Dempsey vs. Luis Angel Firpo

November 18, 2019

Jack Dempsey defended his heavyweight title against Luis Angel Firpo on September 14, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York City...

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A dull fight for fans, a great fight for Canelo

November 7, 2019

"He was defensive, he was closing up his guard. All he was doing was trying to establish points, but we knew what was coming..."

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Crawford Dismantles Kavaliauskas

December 15, 2019

Kavaliauskas came to fight and came to win and gave as good as he got during the back-and-forth exchanges in the first half of the bout...

Plotting the Rise of Gervonta Davis

January 6, 2020

There has been talk of a possible unification bout with WBA/WBO champion Vasiliy Lomachenko or IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez. …

Plant vs. Feigenbutz Preview

January 6, 2020

On Saturday, February 15, IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title against Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs)…

The Great Rollino, Strongest Man in the World

January 8, 2020

Rollino’s love affair with boxing reached its apex in 1919, when his brother took him to Toledo, Ohio, to see Jack Dempsey knock out the gargantuan Jess Willard

Conflict (Cash with no questions)

January 8, 2020

Eddie Hearn says the “Hospitality out there (Saudi Arabia) is first class…” He doesn’t seem to be a man to ask questions while the drinks stay iced…

Friday Night Fights: Shields vs. Habazin

January 9, 2020

“She talks about disrespect, but doesn't have a clue what that means. Every time she opens her mouth, she's disrespectful. In fact she's all bark and no bite…”

Jesse Hart vs. Joe Smith Jr. Preview

January 10, 2020

“That shit was hurtful to me. This is not business. This is not for bragging rights neither. This is something that my family put on me…”

Claressa clobbers Habazin, makes history

January 11, 2020

As history has shown, patriarchy has its limits, and anything which keeps women down needs to be dispensed with while there’s still time…

Munguia TKOs Spike O'Sullivan

January 11, 2020

Jaime Munguia, in his debut at 160, stopped Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan via 11th-round TKO to capture the vacant WBO Intercontinental middleweight title…

The Grinch Can Fight

January 11, 2020

Steve Nelson is another Midwest boxer, the new hotbed since Bud Crawford proved one does not have to be born in L.A., New York, or Las Vegas…

Joe Smith Jr. wins Philly grudge match

January 12, 2020

The judge who scored the fight for Hart needs to have his head and eyes examined. Seeing the fight as close is bad enough. Scoring it in Hart’s favor was still worse…

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles! (Part 2)

January 13, 2020

Boxing is a bloody ballet—a compelling, captivating, and enthralling business. The reporting of this insane sport goes well beyond sport pages and The RING…

They came; they saw; they concurred

January 14, 2020

Wilder,'s power is primordial, the stuff of the gods. Fury is an anomaly. He’s as big as a tree but emulates Ali and Willie Pep...

Dannie Williams on the Comeback Trail

January 17, 2020

Keys clearly had the better skills. Trouble was, he did not throw enough of them. Someone forgot to tell him that throwing punches is a big part of boxing...

Muhammad Ali Goes to Mars

January 15, 2020

During the interview Ali riffed on going to Mars, how boasting got him to his first title, and why he first learned how to box....

Shock Upset! Rosario dethrones J-Rock

January 17, 2020

"The cut blurred my vision a little bit, but it wasn't the reason why I lost. He was the better fighter tonight. We've got a rematch clause. I'll see him again soon..."

Charlie Chaplin vs. Buster Keaton

January 20, 2020

The filmmakers' parodies of the sport are flawless. Boxing is no laughing matter, were it not for slapstick, were it not for old masters...

Saturday Night Fever: Garcia vs. Redkach

January 21, 2020

“I know Ivan is coming to fight. We’ve followed each other’s careers. I know he’s hungry and he wants to show the fans that he belongs on this level...”

Coach Kay Koroma: Training Jarrett Hurd & the USA Amateur Boxing Team

January 25, 2020

Koroma and Hurd completed part of their training camp in Colorado Springs, at the Olympic Training Center...

Seen But Not Hurd

January 25, 2020

Santana thought an upset was in the cards. He was sure he was catching Hurd at the perfect time. Look what happened when he fought J-Rock...

Tyson Fury—The Boxing Superhero

January 28, 2020

Someone like Tyson—brave, dedicated, skilled, tough, talented—is paid millions to show us all that superheroes might just exist for real…

Wilder-Fury 2: Knock Yourselves Out

January 29, 2020

“I’m the Gypsy King. There’s only been one and there’s only likely to be one going forward. That’s one belt that Deontay Wilder can’t ever win...”

Jarrell "Big Baby"Miller—Free at Last

January 30, 2020

When the news of his failed drug test originally broke, Miller, having forgotten that denial is the most sincere form of admittance, went on the defensive...

Toppenish—2020

January 31, 2020

Delgadillo has also fought mostly winning opponents, the bouts staged in Texas where tough boxers abound. This bout promised to be all action...

Duane Ford—a Lifetime in Boxing

January 31, 2020

A short, soft-spoken man with a lovely wife, he sits in the lobby of the Legends Casino in Toppinesh, Washington nursing a cup of coffee...

Ordenis Ugas TKOs Mike Dallas Jr.

February 2, 2020

“The most important thing was to get the victory. The main goal now is to keep winning and fight for a title. I’m ready for all of the top welterweights…”

Joe Louis vs. Jersey Joe Walcott 1

February 3, 2020

The Brown Bomber was approaching the end of his singular career and would retire, albeit briefly, after the rematch with Jersey Joe in June of ‘48...

Rigondeaux vs. Solis Preview

February 4, 2020

“I want to make a statement and solidify my legacy as one of the best Cuban fighters ever. I want the boxing world to be talking about me…”

Let your fists do the talking

February 6, 2020

“It’s me,” said Wilder. “I believe in myself, strongly. While I’m the heavyweight champion of the world, I display this to people. I lead by example...”

Saturday Night Live: Russell vs. Nyambayar

February 7, 2020

“I think Tug is a lot more technically sound than a lot of the guys who I have competed against. He’s another guy with everything to gain and nothing to lose…”

Russell outpoints game King Tug

February 8, 2020

“He is a great champion who fought a great fight. I made a mistake by waiting for him during the fight. I’d love the rematch if I can get it…”

Sugar Ray Seales: Blind Man's Bluff

February 10, 2020

“Sure, you can love to box but as a professional you need to earn a living wage. No one will take care of you in your old age. I learned that the hard way…”

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles (Part 4)

February 10, 2020

The sweet and sour science is omnipresent—universal—and comes with spiritual overtones; it touches upon science, and it is, arguably, an art form…

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February 11, 2020

Anticipating upwards of 2 million pay-per-view buys, if Wilder-Fury II achieves that lofty goal, it will be the highest grossing heavyweight fight of all time...

Boxing's Disinformation Dilemma

February 12, 2020

We’re heard the excuses for inexcusable decisions, which range from boxing is subjective to “Boxing is the red light district of sports,” a million times...

Plant/Feigenbutz Media Workout

February 13, 2020

“I want to be first undisputed super middleweight champion. I want to be pound-for-pound. I want to be an immortal in the sport, a name that never fades…”

The Meteoric Rise and Fall of "Big" John Tate

January 13, 2020

He wanted the world to know that beneath the great big welcoming Southern smile was a good and decent man who deserved another shot at life…

Plant/Feigenbutz Final Presser

February 14, 2020

“If you want to take the belt back to Germany, you have to kill me. I don’t think he’s man enough to do that. This belt’s staying right here in Nashville...”

Plant Devours German in Nashville

February 16, 2020

Music blares from every doorway. The siren song of commerce beckons. And in the midst of it looms Breakstone Arena…

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 1

February 17, 2020

The bull/matador, hunter/hunted comparisons still suffice when discussing the first fight as their different styles meshed as though made for each other…

Fury for the Win

February 18, 2020

We’re not talking about Nobel Prize winning lectures here. This is Sell, Sell Time and this is P.T. Barnum’s sexiest dream…”

Fury Talks the Talk before Wilder Rematch

February 17, 2020

“I learned he can be hit, and he can be hurt quite regularly. That's the biggest thing that I learned about Deontay Wilder. Nothing I didn’t already know…”

Rules of the Game: Jack Reiss Exclusive on Bryant Perrerra Stoppage

February 19, 2020

“I can’t say, ‘Let’s let the clock run out. Let’s go to the scorecards.’ I would be cheating the other fighter…”