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August 18, 2018
August 18, 2018
KRONK maroon

Erik Mokonzo models the Kronk sports-fit t-shirt

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YET another top-notch product from KRONK is this sport-fit maroon t-shirt.

Soft to the touch, it fits any body shape like a glove, though those with a physique to match this handsome garment will be delighted with how it compliments their bumps and grooves.

Emblazoned with a vintage-style KRONK logo with a nod to their Detroit roots, this, like all KRONK gear, brings to mind the myriad stars that operated out of the famous gym back in its 80’s heyday.

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The t-shirt – unlike so many on the market – oozes quality that you can feel. Made from 95 per cent cotton, with incorporated spandex, it allows for ease of movement whether you’re putting your pedal to the metal in the gym, jogging in the park, or just stumbling back from the pub.

Another feature that sets it apart from other gym-wear is the built-in ‘bio-wash’ material, which fends off sweaty odours which are an inevitable result of going hard in the gym.

But wherever you wear this tee, and because of its stylish design and iconic branding, it is at home pretty much everywhere, you’ll feel slick and sharp.

Available now for just £19.99, in the full range of sizes, and from a special range of KRONK sports-fit t-shirts. Check out the range and order yours now at kronk.co.uk

August 18, 2018
August 18, 2018
Nigel Benn

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TWENTY-eight years ago today (August 18, 1990), Britain’s Nigel Benn scored one of his most thrillingly quick wins at world level. Benn, making the first defence of his newly won WBO middleweight title, met the seasoned, tough and dangerous Iran Barkley. What followed in Las Vegas was a three-minute fight crammed with drama and plenty of controversy.

Having won the belt with an impressive eight round stoppage of the always-tough Doug DeWitt, “The Dark Destroyer“  signed up to put it on the line against “The Blade.” This was no easy first defense for Benn, but going into the bout Barkley had a serious problem. He had needed surgery on his left eye after his fight with Michael Nunn (a losing effort for the IBF middleweight title) a full year before. So not only would he be ring rusty against Benn, the former conqueror of the great Thomas Hearns would also be participating in his first fight since having undergone treatment for a detached retina. A tune-up bout would certainly have been a good idea for the 30-year-old.

The fight turned into a disaster for Barkley almost immediately. Before the sound of the first bell had even faded, he was knocked down in his own corner by a devastatingly quick attack from the champion. The former middleweight king bounced back up straight away, having clearly been surprised by the swiftness of the onslaught. Then Benn clipped him with another punch before referee Carlos Padilla could get in to administer the mandatory eight count. Once the action resumed Barkley was under fierce pressure again as Benn, 26 and at his peak, was slinging absolute haymakers in an effort to spectacularly finish the fight at the moment. Benn’s eagerness gave Barkley a chance and, showing incredible grit, the older man came back with his own shots. The fight had turned into a slugfest and now it was Benn who had to take some hurt.

Benn was badly stunned by two left hooks from his challenger and driven across the ring into the ropes. Somehow, though, he survived and came back at Barkley, decking him for a second time – this time in ring centre – with a crunching left of his own. Then, while the former gang member was still down, Benn hit him with an illegal right hand. Barkley’s fans were not happy. At the very least, Barkley should have been given time to recover, but referee Padilla gave him nothing, not even appearing to warn Benn with any severity. The bout resumed once more and Barkley was quickly down for the third time, and although he was again up very quickly, this time the fight was stopped on the three knockdown rule. Then the arguments started. Barkley was definitely hurt, but he wasn’t out…should he have been stopped?

After the fight Barkley’s manager, John Reetz, protested and said he would file a complaint to the Nevada State Athletic Commission; while Barkley demanded a rematch, all to no avail. Despite the controversy, Benn had scored one of his biggest career wins. The fight that took place 28 years ago today also ranks as one of the best “away” wins for a British fighter.

August 18, 2018
August 18, 2018
Fury-Pianeta: fight time

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Fury-Pianeta: Fight time, Live stream, full bill and more


When is Fury-Pianeta?

Tyson Fury meets Francesco Pianeta [below] tonight (Sat, August 18) at Windsor Park in Belfast. An expected 25,000 fans will be there to see the card headlined by Carl Frampton vs Luke Jackson. The show is promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions.

Fury-Pianeta: fight time


What time is Fury-Pianeta likely to start?

Tyson Fury is expected to make his way to the ring at around 8.45pm (3.45pm ET) for a possible 9pm start.


How to watch Fury-Pianeta

The show will air on BT Sport 1 HD and in ultra-high definition on BT Sport 4K UHD from 7.45pm in the UK. The live stream will be available on BTSport.com.

Showtime will stream live exclusively to US audiences on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel beginning at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT. SHOWTIME will air an encore presentation later that evening on SHOWTIME EXTREME® (10 p.m. ET/PT).

Studio coverage of Showtime’s coverage from New York begins at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT with host Brian Custer and analyst Steve Farhood providing pre-and post-fight analysis. Live coverage from Belfast, which will be provided by BT Sport, will begin with the Pianeta ring walk shortly after 3:30pm ET.

John Rawling will call the action with Barry Jones providing analysis, and Ronald McIntosh conducting post-fight interviews for Fury-Pianeta.


Tale of the tape

Tyson Fury

Age 30

Record 26-0 (19)

Stance Orthodox

Height 6′ 9″

Reach 85″

From Wilmslow, Cheshire

Francesco Pianeta

Age 33

Record 35-4-1 (21)

Stance Southpaw

Height 6′ 5″

From Calabria, Italy via Gelsenkirchen, Germany


Who else is on the bill?

Featherweight star Carl Frampton tops the show in his hometown against Australia’s unbeaten Luke Jackson over 12 rounds for Frampton’s interim WBO belt.

Popular Belfast flyweight Paddy Barnes challenges WBC champion Cristofer Rosales in just his sixth contest.

Steve Collins Jnr – son of Irish legend Steve Collins – meets undefeated Steven Ward over eight rounds at crusierweight.

At welterweight Lewis Crocker meets William Warburton, super-featherweights Marco McCullough and Jordan Ellison square off, talented scouser Sam Maxwell faces Chris Truman at super-lightweight, Conrad Cummings and Nicky Jenman are matched at middleweight, super-welterweight Steven Donnelly makes his pro debut against veteran Kevin McCauley and lightweight Sean McComb also makes his pro bow – he meets Reynaldo Mora.

Luke Keeler and Isaac Lowe should also see action in separate bouts.

 


Fury on Pianeta

“Southpaws are a lot more awkward because there’s less of them in the division. You don’t get too much work with southpaws other than when you’re fighting with them. It’s hard to get southpaws to spar in training because there aren’t many heavyweight southpaws around the world. But I do have one interesting fact, every southpaw amateur or professional I’ve ever faced I’ve knocked out. That’s not good for Francesco.”


Pianeta on Fury

“I have a high opinion on Tyson. I was very impressed with his win over Klitschko, I rate him very highly. He says that he’s knocked out every southpaw he’s ever faced, but we’ll see if he is able to do that Saturday night.”

August 18, 2018
August 18, 2018
frampton-jackson: fight time

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Frampton-Jackson: Fight time, Live stream, undercard and more


When is Frampton-Jackson?

Carl Frampton meets Luke Jackson [below] tonight (Sat, August 18) at Windsor Park in Frampton’s hometown of Belfast. An expected 25,000 fans will be there to see Frampton defend the WBO interim featherweight title. The show is promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions.

frampton-jackson fight time


What time is Frampton-Jackson likely to start?

Carl Frampton vs Luke Jackson is the main event and should start around 10pm.


How to watch Frampton-Jackson

The fight will air on BT Sport 1 HD and in ultra-high definition on BT Sport 4K UHD from 7.45pm in the UK. A Frampton-Jackson live stream will be available on BTSport.com.

Showtime will stream live exclusively to US audiences on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel beginning at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT. SHOWTIME will air an encore presentation later that evening on SHOWTIME EXTREME® (10 p.m. ET/PT).

Studio coverage of Showtime’s coverage from New York begins at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT with host Brian Custer and analyst Steve Farhood providing pre-and post-fight analysis. Live coverage from Belfast, which will be provided by BT Sport, will begin with the Pianeta ring walk shortly after 3:30pm ET.

John Rawling will call the action with Barry Jones providing analysis, and Ronald McIntosh conducting post-fight interviews for Fury-Pianeta.


Tale of the tape

Carl Frampton

Age 31

Record 25-1 (14)

Stance Orthodox

Height 5′ 5″

Reach 62″

From Belfast, Northern Ireland

Luke Jackson

Age 33

Record 16-0 (7)

Stance Orthodox

Height 5′ 6 1/2″

Reach 68″

From Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Who is on the undercard?

Heavyweight star Tyson Fury has his second fight in less than 75 days after a near three-year hiatus. He meets German-based Italian Francesco Pianeta over 10 rounds.

Popular Belfast flyweight Paddy Barnes challenges WBC champion Cristofer Rosales in just his sixth contest.

Steve Collins Jnr – son of Irish legend Steve Collins – meets undefeated Steven Ward over eight rounds at crusierweight.

At welterweight Lewis Crocker meets William Warburton, super-featherweights Marco McCullough and Jordan Ellison square off, talented scouser Sam Maxwell faces Chris Truman at super-lightweight, Conrad Cummings and Nicky Jenman are matched at middleweight, super-welterweight Steven Donnelly makes his pro debut against veteran Kevin McCauley and lightweight Sean McComb also makes his pro bow – he meets Reynaldo Mora.

Luke Keeler and Isaac Lowe should also see action in separate bouts.

 

August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018
Tyson Fury

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SPARE a thought for Italy’s Francesco Pianeta.

The 33-year-old is in Belfast preparing for a fight he cannot possibly win on Saturday (August 18) at Windsor Park, and is, rather than an opponent for Tyson Fury, a mere inconvenience at this stage.

Get rid of him, Fury knows, and a fight, a much better one, against WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is all but guaranteed for November in either Las Vegas or New York. The hard-hitting American will even be sitting ringside on Saturday; waiting for his moment, waiting for Fury to dispose of Pianeta and invite him in. 

Tyson Fury

The Big One, it would seem, is now an inevitability. The two of them, Fury and Wilder, have already been caught trading verbals inside a Belfast hotel, and the next stage requires Fury, 26-0 (19), beating Pianeta, as straightforward as it sounds, and Wilder then vaulting the top rope and invading the Englishman’s post-fight interview.

After that, expect a press conference to be held in London on Monday. That’s the word on the street at least.

“Me and Tyson Fury will definitely be fighting,” Wilder, 40-0 (39), said yesterday. “It will seal the deal if he can get a win come Saturday night. Then it will definitely be even more realistic.

“I have no doubt in my mind that he’s going to do what he’s got to do and get the job done and get this fight out of the way so we can get into camp and get ready to train for the battle of the real kings of the heavyweight division.

“Fury has always been welcome in my home and I think now, finally, these guys have grown some balls and now he’s ready to fight me.

“It’s going to be a good fight while it lasts. He’s definitely going to be in shape.

“People don’t think he’ll be in shape and he needs more tune-ups and stuff, but he’s a champion. He’s a professional fighter. He knows what he needs to do to get in shape.

“When guys know they have to face me, they get in the best shape of their life.

“And they should because I’m a very dangerous guy.”

It’s all well and good being a dangerous guy, but what Deontay Wilder has shown in travelling to Belfast, seemingly to rubber-stamp this Fury fight, is that he also has no qualms about taking dangerous fights. For that, we should be thankful.

Deontay Wilder


If Wilder vs. Fury is a fight the whole world wants to witness, Gervonta Davis taking on Abner Mares is a fight few outside Mayweather Promotions feel is necessary.

The potential WBA super-featherweight title scrap, semi-announced by Floyd Mayweather on Instagram this morning, would pit Davis, 20-0 (19), against the best opponent of his five-and-a-half-year professional career, yet, regrettably, one who has perhaps seen better days.

Mares, 31-3-1 (15), a former world champion at bantamweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight, recently lost a decision to Leo Santa Cruz in a WBA featherweight title fight. It was his second defeat to the Mexican, having lost a closer decision in 2015, and went some way to highlighting the 32-year-old’s ceiling in the nine-stone division.

There have been solid enough wins for Mares as a featherweight – ones against the likes of Daniel Ponce De Leon, Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar and Andres Gutierrez  – but there can be no disputing the fact his form has inevitably suffered as a result of moving through the weights.

It’s hard to imagine his fortunes will change by virtue of moving to yet another weight class, either. Not when confronting a physical specimen like Davis; someone whose aggressive, relentless style is liable to have a newcomer to the weight class, like Santa Cruz, thinking they’ve skipped not one but two divisions; someone no ageing former champion wants to contend with as their career winds down.

Sure, Mares remains skilled and experienced enough to pose questions, but it’s hard to see how he finds a way to turn back the clock, ignore the size difference, and upset a rambunctious 23-year-old known as ‘Tank’ for a reason.

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August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018
Deontay Wilder

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AS Deontay Wilder arrived in Belfast, he was interviewed and made it clear he’s here to secure a showdown with Tyson Fury. Below the WBC heavyweight champion outlines his thoughts on Fury and reveals how they made the deal to fight later in the year.

August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018
Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder

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DEONTAY WILDER stole the show as Tyson Fury weighed in today at Belfast’s Europa Hotel.

The pair are set to fight each other in New York or Las Vegas in November or December, with the WBC heavyweight showdown expected to be formally announced on Monday at the BT Tower in London. All Fury has to do now is take care of Francesco Pianeta tomorrow night at Windsor Park and look reasonable while doing so.

As Fury took to the scales in his pants, Wilder – already positioned at the side of the stage in a hoodie – cupped his hands and hurled his trademark shout, “Bomb Squad!” with all his might. Tyson’s father, John Fury, initially shook hands with Wilder and smiled, before getting increasingly irked with the American howling in his ear.

John, no doubt aware a confrontation like this is great publicity for his son, roared back at Wilder in pantomime style. Ben Davison, Fury’s trainer, stepped in and pulled Fury Snr away.

After Fury weighed in at an impressive 258lbs – 18 pounds lighter than when he took on Sefer Seferi in June – he joined in the fun outside. Fury shouted at Wilder, and Wilder shouted at Fury but, it must be said, neither man looked particularly angry while doing so. This is exactly the type of scene – loud, attention grabbing yet ultimately harmless – that promoter Frank Warren would have wanted when he invited Wilder over from America.

Wilder afterwards told BBC Sport: “As soon as he gets this guy out of the way, it’s done. That’s how simple it is.”

“It’s an excitement and is making the whole thing even better,” Wilder said about the ‘altercation’ at the weigh-in. “Fury has to do what he needs to tomorrow so that when we come to fight, that’s how much excitement and aggression there will be.”

Not so long ago, Wilder had been involved in long and drawn out negotiations with WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

“I have no words for Joshua, it’s solely on Fury,” Wilder continued. “Joshua is old news, there’s a new kid in town – Tyson Fury.

“The fight definitely will happen. Fury has to win tomorrow night and look good.”

Incidentally, Pianeta – barely even a member of the supporting cast during this afternoon’s production – weighed 254lbs 10oz.

Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson & Tyson Fury v Francesco Pianeta Weigh-In
 Atop the bill will be a bout for the ‘interim’ WBO featherweight championship and Carl Frampton [above, right] weighed in on the division’s limit of 126lbs with the unfancied Luke Jackson coming in at 124 3/4lbs.