The Friday Five: October 4th, 2019

1. Wilder Out For Blood

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Deontay Wilder continues to focus on the right eyebrow of Tyson Fury, even though a potential fight between the two is over four months away.

Wilder, who fights Luis Ortiz in a rematch on November 23rd, claims that if they both make it to February 22nd, vowed to reopen the cut Fury suffered in September against Otto Wallin.

“I’m going to open [the eye] if it ain’t right. I don’t know how many rounds it will take — depends on how good his plastic surgeon was,” said Wilder of the cut that needed 47 stitches to close.

When asked if Wilder is planning to fight Fury this winter, the WBC champ said, “Most definitely. If everything is good with him. He says he wants to fight. I try to give these fighters what they want. I understand the sport, and how hard it is for us to make it.”

2. Hardy Tests Positive

Heather Hardy and Amanda Serrano made history last month when the two featherweight fighters committed to being the first female title fight to undergo strict drug testing.

Per a report from Boxing Scene, Hardy tested positive for a banned substance known as Lasix, in the course of the random drug testing for her September 13th loss to Serrano inside the Hulu Theater in their native New York City.

The fight was the first female boxing event to have random drug testing through VADA, which Hardy championed along with being a part of the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program.

“My VADA test results just came back, negative for Performance Enhancing Drugs, but detected a prescription drug used to treat kidney and heart problems,” Hardy announced on her Twitter account. “I told the testing & [medical] professionals what I took heading into the fight, a prescription [medication] for period symptoms.

“They acknowledge this, and my now team is getting to the bottom of the findings.”

3. McGregor Has Court Date

Earlier this year Conor McGregor punched an older man in the face for not drinking his Proper Twelve Whiskey.

McGregor will report to Dublin District Court on October 11th on assault charges stemming from an April incident that saw the former UFC double champion chin check a pub patron who was not a fan of McGregor nor his whiskey.

McGregor will answer to charges under Section Two of the Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person Act, which can mean a heavy fine or a maximum of six-months in jail.

While McGregor has landed his shots in at pubs and outside of hotels, he’s not returned to the Octagon since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2018.

4. Saunders: Derevyanchenko Will Age GGG

It has been a while since Gennady Golovkin has been tested. Many say the Canelo fights were the key bouts. While he is choosing GGG to beat Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Billy Joe Saunders believes it will come with a heavy price.

The WBO Super Middleweight Champion spoke to Sky Sports about the upcoming fight inside Madison Square Garden. While a true battle between two solid fighters is expected, Saunders sees more than that.

“It’s a fight that, you could say, will not be skillful. It will be a scrap,” Saunders stated. “This fight is not about standing back technically, ping ping ping. This will be crash, bang, wallop. It will be over quickly. Whoever the winner, it will be a war. This is a fight for Golovkin which will take the edge off him. It will put a bit more age on him.”

Golovkin (39-1-1) is coming off of a round-four knockout of Steve Rolls back in June. The 37-year-old faces Derevyanchenko (13-1), a man who beat Jack Culcay back in April via unanimous decision. Prior to that, he fought in a very close matchup against Daniel Jacobs, losing via split decision.

The fight between GGG and Derevyanchenko takes place on October 5 in New York City. Both will be fighting for the vacant IBF and IBO Middleweight Titles.

5. More Than History Awaits Shields

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Claressa Shields may walk away with not one, but two more world titles on Saturday night in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.

Shields, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, faces off against Ivana Havazin for the WBO super welterweight title, but on Wednesday the WBC officially announced that their super welterweight title will also be on the line.

Shields not only looks to add a third world title in as many weight classes but be the fastest fighter of any gender to do so in just her tenth pro fight.

“The WBC is proud and happy to be part of this herstoric event”, said WBC Women’s Championship Chairman Malte Mueller-Michaelis. “Both Shields and Habazin are outstanding athletes so we are looking forward to an exciting bout.”

Fighting for the first time in her hometown, Shields most recently became the first undisputed middleweight champion in women’s boxing history, defeating Christina Hammer in April of this year.

“October 5 will truly be a memorable event and we are delighted that the fight will now be for both the WBC and WBO World Championships,” said Dmitriy Salita. “Claressa is aiming for historic nights every time she gets into the ring and it is exciting that the victor of the fight on Saturday will be a Unified 154-lb World Champion.”

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