The Friday Five: March 23rd, 2018

1. Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne look for respect

While he considers Browne a formidable opponent, Dillian Whyte’s sights are set on the current WBC world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. Wilder, who has allegedly turned down offers from Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight later this year, has been calling for the winner of Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker’s title unification fight taking place a week after Whyte faces Browne.

Whyte told FIGHT SPORTS that its an “honor” to be the WBC’s number one ranked heavyweight, and when he beats Browne on the 24th…

“I want Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua next.”

And in regards to Joshua, who he faced in a losing effort in 2015, Whyte told FIGHT SPORTS that he is looking at a rematch against the popular British boxer following his fight against Australian Lucas Browne.

Whyte would be looking to avenge a TKO loss to Joshua in December 2015, when both were still heavyweight contenders.

Yet, it’s Deontay Wilder and not Anthony Joshua who most people are matching with Whyte. If the Jamaican born heavyweight walks out of the O2 Arena with a win on March 24th, he would remain the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight championship.

When asked if he minds being looked past, Whyte’s opponent Lucas Browne told FIGHT SPORTS that he doesn’t mind.

“It takes a lot of pressure off me,” said the Australian heavyweight who has spent the past two weeks training in Manchester with Ricky Hatton.

“It’s (Whyte’s) fight night, he’s in the main event.. He’s Eddie (Hearn)’s boy, all the pressure’s on him”

2. Anthony Joshua could make $500 Million With The UFC

Photo Credit: Matchroom Boxing/ Lawrence Lustig

In a new piece for the Telegraph,  Gareth Davies hypothesizes a $500 million dollar deal if Joshua worked out a deal with Dana White and his slowly burgeoning UFC boxing arm.

And while many in the UFC, including heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, want to face Joshua, the boxer told Davies that he would only stick to boxing if approached and poached by White.

And Joshua in a conversation with Dan Rafael, Joshua claims that he and promoter Eddie Hearn would be interested in a potential partnership…  “We’ll listen, and 100 percent if it makes sense, we’re all in,” Joshua said t to Rafael.

“So I’m happy that Dana’s (White) coming into the game, hopefully we can add some excitement and we can progress forward and make some more money and make some good fights.”

3. Canelo Alvarez Clenbuterol Saga Continues

Following comments made by Gennady Golovkin, claiming that Canelo Alvarez has cheated multiple times prior to his most recent failure for Clenbuterol, Alvarez decided to reply in his own way with an expletive laden attack towards Golovkin.

What drew Alvarez’ ire was Golovkin’s claims about Alvarez and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya being “dirty,” telling reporters that,  “I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. … Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening.”

Golovkin also told reporters, that he believes that Alvarez has been using performance enhancing drugs for a few years, and claimed that Oscar De La Hoya, is dirty.

“It was pretty obvious when (Canelo’s) muscles were all (enlarged) … and with the traces of injections, which were visible,” Golovkin said. “I can talk about Oscar De La Hoya, too. He is also not clean. He’s dirty.

“You should take a look at the photos and ask a doctor. Ask any doctor. Let him explain what those (muscles) are. It’s better even to use the lie detector. Then there wouldn’t be any silly questions about meat or fruits or chocolate.”

4. Pacquiao claims he’s no longer under contract to Top Rank.

A few weeks ago, the boxing world was shocked to hear that Manny Pacquiao was signed to fight WBA welterweight champion, Lucas Matthysse in June.

The most shocked was Bob Arum, who claimed that he still had contractual ties with Pacquaio and the financial backers of the fight had not come through yet.

Now, according to a report by the Phil Star, Arum’s contract with Pacquiao expired in 2017, when the Filipino star lost to Jeff Horn.

According to Pacquiao’s lawyer Eldibrando Viernesto, “I reviewed the contract and I found out that Bob Arum has no more say even in the rematch, should there be any, between Manny Pacquiao and Australian boxer Jeff Horn.”

Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s media officer, claims that Arum has attempted to”sabotage” Paquiao’s attempts at fighting outside the United States.

“The first one was the planned Pacquiao Dubai fight then the other was the fight supposed to be staged either in Macau or Hong Kong,” Zonio wrote.

“In two separate occasions, Arum called up Pacquiao’s financiers threatening to file a lawsuit if Top Rank is not included in the promotion. They cowed in fear resulting to the scrapping of the fight.”

Zonio claimed that this was attempted by Arum for the June fight, and the backers resisted.

5. Woodley claims Mayweather needs one thing to be successful in UFC.

Credit: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

As Floyd Mayweather prepares for an alleged debut in the UFC,  UFC Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley claims he has the strategy for victory.

Woodley, who volunteered his services to Mayweather claims that all Mayweather would need to do is learn to stuff the takedown, and learn proper defense.

“(If Mayweather can) eliminate all different martial arts, he forces an opponent to fight a stand-up fight with him, what fighter in the UFC is going to outbox Floyd?” explained Woodley.

“”At the beginning of every round, how does the fight start? Standing up. I have to teach him how to keep it there,” he continued.

“I think three or four months training just to make people go out there and fight a stand-up fight, six to eight months if he wants to go out there and start throwing kicks and takedowns.”

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