Efe Ajagba Vs. Frank Sanchez, Adam Kownacki Vs. Robert Helenius Rematch And Jared Anderson Appearance Round Out Deontay Wilder Vs. Tyson Fury III Undercard

By: Hans Themistode The third installment between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury has officially been transformed into a night of heavyweight boxing. With both Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Top Rank hosting the card, they have decided to put their talent in the ring against one another. According to their contractual agreement, both sides have the right to put one fight on the undercard as well as a joint bout. For Top Rank, they have decided to showcase the talent of rising heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson (9-0, 9 KOs). The undefeated Toledo, Ohio native will open the pay-per-view card against an opponent yet to be named. Following that bout, heavyweight contenders Adam Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) and Robert Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) will have their long-awaited rematch. In March of 2020, Kownacki walked into their showdown as the prohibited favorite. While he was dominating the action early on, Helenius floored his man in the fourth round before finishing him off. The loss for Kownacki represents the only blemish in his young career. With Top Rank and PBC announcing bouts within their own stable, both sides have reached an agreement for the final undercard contest that will see both sides trek out an undefeated prospect. Newly signed Top Rank prospect Efe Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs), who once partnered with PBC, will take on fellow undefeated prospect, Frank Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs). For Ajagba, he made his Top Rank debut in September of 2020, easily outpointing Jonathan Rice. He then followed that up with a knockout of the year candidate over Brian Howard in April of this year. As for Sanchez, after working closely with Eddy Reynoso, trainer of pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez, the Cuban born native has continued to look more and more impressive. In early May of this year, Sanchez extended his knockout streak to three in a row with a sixth-round stoppage win over Nagy Aguilera. The long list of heavyweight bouts on the night will come to an end with Fury and Wilder. After settling for a split decision draw in their first contest in December of 2018, Fury made a huge statement in dismantling Wilder via seventh-round stoppage in their 2020 rematch. The loss for the Alabama native ended his five year title reign. The night of heavyweight boxing goes down on July 24th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on pay-per-view. The post Efe Ajagba Vs. Frank Sanchez, Adam Kownacki Vs. Robert Helenius Rematch And Jared Anderson Appearance Round Out Deontay Wilder Vs. Tyson Fury III Undercard appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Efe Ajagba Vs. Frank Sanchez, Adam Kownacki Vs. Robert Helenius Rematch And Jared Anderson Appearance Round Out Deontay Wilder Vs. Tyson Fury III Undercard

By: Hans Themistode

The third installment between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury has officially been transformed into a night of heavyweight boxing.

With both Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Top Rank hosting the card, they have decided to put their talent in the ring against one another. According to their contractual agreement, both sides have the right to put one fight on the undercard as well as a joint bout. For Top Rank, they have decided to showcase the talent of rising heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson (9-0, 9 KOs). The undefeated Toledo, Ohio native will open the pay-per-view card against an opponent yet to be named.

Following that bout, heavyweight contenders Adam Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) and Robert Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) will have their long-awaited rematch. In March of 2020, Kownacki walked into their showdown as the prohibited favorite. While he was dominating the action early on, Helenius floored his man in the fourth round before finishing him off. The loss for Kownacki represents the only blemish in his young career.

With Top Rank and PBC announcing bouts within their own stable, both sides have reached an agreement for the final undercard contest that will see both sides trek out an undefeated prospect.

Newly signed Top Rank prospect Efe Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs), who once partnered with PBC, will take on fellow undefeated prospect, Frank Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs). For Ajagba, he made his Top Rank debut in September of 2020, easily outpointing Jonathan Rice. He then followed that up with a knockout of the year candidate over Brian Howard in April of this year.

As for Sanchez, after working closely with Eddy Reynoso, trainer of pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez, the Cuban born native has continued to look more and more impressive. In early May of this year, Sanchez extended his knockout streak to three in a row with a sixth-round stoppage win over Nagy Aguilera.

The long list of heavyweight bouts on the night will come to an end with Fury and Wilder. After settling for a split decision draw in their first contest in December of 2018, Fury made a huge statement in dismantling Wilder via seventh-round stoppage in their 2020 rematch. The loss for the Alabama native ended his five year title reign.

The night of heavyweight boxing goes down on July 24th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on pay-per-view.

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Keith Thurman: “I Do Respect Pacquiao, But I Still Do Favor Spence.”

By: Sean Crose While working out at at the gym, Keith Thurman took a few minutes to talk to FightHype about the upcoming Errol Spence-Manny Pacquiao match. "I fell short," Thurman said of his own quest to become a three belt champion. "I say I fell about fifteen punches short (while fighting Pacquiao)." With Spence now fighting Pacquiao for a variety of welterweight titles, Thurman weighed in with his prediction. "I do respect Pacquiao," he said, "but I still do favor Spence." Thurman's reasons for favoring Spence are simple: "size, youth and then ultimately when was the last time we saw Pacquiao against a world class southpaw?" he asks. "Styles makes fights, especially against Manny Pacquiao." Not that Thurman feels Pacquiao has no chance against the bigger, younger Spence. "His number one attribute," Thurman says of the forty-plus year old Filipino legend, "is that speed and that power and coming in, that awkward little angles with that burst of energy. I do believe that's something that Errol has not seen in his career." In other words the fighter known as One Time isn't going to write Pacquiao off. "I'm not saying Pacquiao's out of it," Thurman says. "He's a legend for a reason." Give Thurman this - he knows how to be a good sport. While acknowledging the greatness of Pacquiao, who bested him for his WBA title in 2019, Thurman also took the opportunity to speak well of Spence's skill set - even though the two men haven't always seen eye to eye. "Errol knows how to sit down on his punches," said Thurman. "I think one of the hardest things when facing Errol Spence is to not fight his fight." Sure enough, both Pacquiao and Spence excel at keeping their opponents off their game. "I just want to see who dominates first," Thurman said of their impending match. As for Thurman himself, he looks to be in good shape and is obviously back in the gym. He also speaks armed with his usual confidence and well of knowledge. When the man will fight again, however, remains to be seen. Covid and injuries have clearly kept the fighter out of the ring for some time. It has now almost been two years since Thurman has been in action, however, and fans are curious as to when they'll see the guy return. In the meantime, fights like Spence-Pacquiao will certainly be generating interest. Still, it's worth wondering when One Time will be back in action himself. The post Keith Thurman: “I Do Respect Pacquiao, But I Still Do Favor Spence.” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Keith Thurman: “I Do Respect Pacquiao, But I Still Do Favor Spence.”

By: Sean Crose

While working out at at the gym, Keith Thurman took a few minutes to talk to FightHype about the upcoming Errol Spence-Manny Pacquiao match. "I fell short," Thurman said of his own quest to become a three belt champion. "I say I fell about fifteen punches short (while fighting Pacquiao)." With Spence now fighting Pacquiao for a variety of welterweight titles, Thurman weighed in with his prediction. "I do respect Pacquiao," he said, "but I still do favor Spence."

Thurman's reasons for favoring Spence are simple: "size, youth and then ultimately when was the last time we saw Pacquiao against a world class southpaw?" he asks. "Styles makes fights, especially against Manny Pacquiao." Not that Thurman feels Pacquiao has no chance against the bigger, younger Spence. "His number one attribute," Thurman says of the forty-plus year old Filipino legend, "is that speed and that power and coming in, that awkward little angles with that burst of energy. I do believe that's something that Errol has not seen in his career." In other words the fighter known as One Time isn't going to write Pacquiao off. "I'm not saying Pacquiao's out of it," Thurman says. "He's a legend for a reason."

Give Thurman this - he knows how to be a good sport. While acknowledging the greatness of Pacquiao, who bested him for his WBA title in 2019, Thurman also took the opportunity to speak well of Spence's skill set - even though the two men haven't always seen eye to eye. "Errol knows how to sit down on his punches," said Thurman. "I think one of the hardest things when facing Errol Spence is to not fight his fight." Sure enough, both Pacquiao and Spence excel at keeping their opponents off their game. "I just want to see who dominates first," Thurman said of their impending match.

As for Thurman himself, he looks to be in good shape and is obviously back in the gym. He also speaks armed with his usual confidence and well of knowledge. When the man will fight again, however, remains to be seen. Covid and injuries have clearly kept the fighter out of the ring for some time. It has now almost been two years since Thurman has been in action, however, and fans are curious as to when they'll see the guy return. In the meantime, fights like Spence-Pacquiao will certainly be generating interest. Still, it's worth wondering when One Time will be back in action himself.

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