The Friday Five: March 1st. 2019

1. GGG To DAZN

Gennady Golovkin had made his choice, and will join fellow middleweights Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs, and Demetrius Andrade on DAZN.

Per a report from World Boxing News, the former unified middleweight champion will sign for a minimum of two-fights, with an option for potentially five or six.

The first fight for Golovkin will be a warm-up fight either in May or June, and if Canelo Alvarez defeats Daniel Jacobs on May 4th, the two will have a trilogy fight.

In regards to the rematch, Golovkin is allegedly pushing for the fight to be anywhere but Las Vegas, with New York, Los Angeles, Texas, or even a potential stadium fight in Europe being eyed for September.

2. VanZant Refractures Arm 

Paige VanZant’s return to action has been put on pause again, as the UFC flyweight has re-fractured her arm.

VanZant, who initially fractured her arm in 2018 in the first round of her decision loss to Jessica-Rose Clark, forcing her to undergo surgery. The initial surgery would see complications, halting VanZant’s return to action and forcing a second and successful surgery.

Sitting out for a year, VanZant returned in January for the UFC’s debut on ESPN+, taking a submission win over Rachael Ostovich, setting up for a return at UFC 236 next month.

This week without warning or reason, VanZant was pulled from her UFC 236 fight with Poliana Botelho, and admitted on Thursday that it was due to “12 Gauge” breaking her arm again.

 

3. Wilder Eyes May 18th Return

No matter who it is, Deontay Wilder will be defending his WBC world heavyweight championship on May 18th.

Speaking with Boxing Scene, Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel confirmed Wilder’s rematch with Tyson Fury will not happen, but while his fighter is “disappointed,” but ready to move on.

“Deontay will be OK. He’s obviously disappointed, but otherwise he’s fine,” Finkel said of Wilder. “We had our hopes up and figured (Tuesday) was the declare whether to go to a purse bid. If Fury still wanted the fight, we were prepared to make a (new) offer. If not, there’s no reason to send anything. Now we will look to finalize plans for his May 18 return.”

The top target for Wilder’s next defense is WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale, who in 2017 nearly brawled with Wilder and his team in the lobby of an Alabama hotel following Wilder’s win over Gerald Washington.

“I’m excited. That was the biggest thing that’s happened in the last 15 months,” admitted Breazeale. “A situation like that, where Fury kind of pulls out of his situation with the rematch is the best thing for the WBC mandatory.”

4. ESPN Advised Fury To Wait On Wilder Rematch

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Tyson Fury’s co-promoter, Frank Warren has made it clear that it was not the “Gyspsy King” who pulled out of his WBC world heavyweight title rematch with Deontay Wilder.

Warren intimated in a new interview that it is Fury’s new network partner ESPN, who decided they wanted Fury to wait on the rematch of their draw in December of last year.

“ESPN are insisting that he has a fight on there before he fights Wilder,” Warren told BBC Radio 5 live.

“(It) will give him bigger exposure, and thus make pay-per-view a bigger attraction when they do the pay-per-view.

“Tyson wanted the fight (with Wilder). I certainly wanted it. A little bit disappointed in some ways, but that’s the decision they’ve made.”

5. Patricio Pitbull Wants Michael Chandler’s Head, Not His Belt

Patricio Freire has wanted to shut up Michael Chandler for years, and now at Bellator 221, he moves up to lightweight and gets his chance.

Speaking with MMA Fighting about their Superfight on May 11th, Freire admits he’s not doing this to stay at 155 pounds and become a double champion like Daniel Cormier or Conor McGregor.

”The only difference is that those guys moved up to have the belt. I don’t want the belt, I want Michael Chandler’s head,” Freire said. “I want a win over him. His belt is not my goal. His belt will be the consequence of my win. My goal is to beat him up, make him feel pain.”

While his brother Patricky has been making a name at 155-pounds, and aiming for another title shot, Bellator’s featherweight champion does not want to keep the title, looking to vacate it the same night he’d win it.

”The best moment is right now,” Freire said. “I’m the champion, I cleaned my division, and he’s the lightweight champion again. It’s the perfect moment (to make this fight) because of the rivalry and because now it’s a superfight between champions.”

”I was Michael Chandler twice. I had to do his game twice,” Freire said of training Patricky for his two losses to Chandler. “We’ve deciphered him, but he’s still a very dangerous opponent. He’s very strong with the takedowns, his knockout power is violent, but he’s not a complete guy. He fights well, has good takedowns and heavy ground and pound, does well on the ground. He’s not fantastic in the jiu-jitsu area, but he does well, and that’s why he’s the lightweight champion.”

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