ONE: Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan song

first_imgView comments Champions League: Sevilla draws after Liverpool wastes 3-goal lead It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set That’s why Askren did not hesitate to take on the the former ONE Lightweight World Champion for his swan song on Friday in the ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Indoor Stadium.“Shinya is a really good final opponent. Obviously, he is a legend of the sport, and he is a really big challenge on the ground, which is where I like to compete, personally. I am excited for this bout,” said Askren of the ONE Weltwerweight clash.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe former Beijing Olympian is looking to walk away from the sport with a spotless record, but that’s going to be easier said than done against of the best mixed martial artists in Asia.But that challenge of going out with a victory against a legend like Aoki, who touts an impressive resume of submission victories earning him the monicker of “Tobikan Judan,” is what drew the American fighter to the World Championship bout. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He is a grappler and has a great skill set that I respect, so I think it will be a great battle,” Askren said of Aoki, who is his teammate at EVOLVE MMA.Expect the 33-year-old Askren, an outstanding wrestler in his college days, to take the fight to the ground, where he has earned a living through his undefeated eight-year career as pro.“I said from day one that I am the best in the world at what I do, and this is what I am going to do every single time. I have been saying that since I started in 2009, and I believe it more strongly than ever because I have proved it 17 times now, and I am pumped to prove it again,” he stated.“He’s going to stick around until I put him out.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SINGAPORE — Ben Askren couldn’t shy away from Shinya Aoki’s legend.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

The big fight: In Fury, Wilder faces true heavyweight equal

first_img9-year-old girl helps Stephen Curry fix online shoe access Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fury has enough fame and success in boxing-mad England to match up favorably outside the ring with Wilder, and the Manchester native sees this matchup in quite different terms.“Wilder needs me, make no mistake,” Fury said. “He’s been champion since 2015, he’s made seven defenses, but he’s still unknown. So what do they need to do? Bring in a big-mouthed Brit, the best fighter in the world, and let him get his (tail) kicked. He’ll become known. He’ll get a good hiding from Tyson Fury, and he can rebuild himself. … Everyone will love the story, but he’s just not ready to get past me. This is too much for him.”Fury has fought twice since his 2 ½-year ring hiatus, both times against overmatched foes. But he is reinvested in his career after moving his training base to California, and he radiates confidence as he resumes his pursuit of the title belts he lost during his absence.Wilder sees Fury as a heavyweight whose record was even less impressive than his own before that shocking victory over the 39-year-old Klitschko.“You only have confidence because Klitschko didn’t throw punches,” Wilder said to Fury during their final news conference.Wilder and Fury seem almost certain to put on an entertaining show, and not just because of their compelling public appearances — the most recent of which ended with Fury ripping off his shirt after nearly coming to blows with Wilder on stage.Wilder’s style is occasionally awkward, but he loves action and realizes his best chance to win every fight is with the knockout power in his heavy hands.Fury is an excellent boxer who could frustrate Wilder for long stretches, yet he also loves to discard caution in favor of a good brawl.“I’ve been looking for somebody to knock me out my whole life,” Fury said. “I haven’t found him yet. I don’t think I’ll find him Saturday night.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Yet even the 32-year-old Wilder agrees he had never fought anyone approaching his own stature — not in physical size, but in boxing achievement — until quite recently. He has built his career with sometimes confounding deliberateness, taking his time to learn the sport he only picked up as a 20-year-old after moving on from football and basketball in his native Alabama.“Everybody has their appointed time,” Wilder said this week. “My time is now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhen Wilder steps into the Staples Center ring to defend his WBC title against Britain’s Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) on Saturday night, he finally has the right opponent on the right stage at the right moment. Fury is the lineal champion of the heavyweight division, thanks to his shocking victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, and his showdown with Wilder is probably the most important heavyweight bout since.The pay-per-view Hollywood spotlight encapsulates everything Wilder has craved for years, even when he knew he wasn’t ready. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “So much emotion is running through my body right now,” Wilder said. “I was ready for this 10 weeks ago. We only went through a training camp because we didn’t want to get stale. I didn’t need it. I’ve been ready for so long.”The 6-foot-7 American is actually the smaller man in this bout against the 6-foot-9 Fury, whose pure bulk obscures his nimble feet and excellent technique.Punching up is a new feeling for Wilder, both inside and outside the ring, but he can’t wait to try it.“This is bringing me close to my goal to be the one face, the one voice of the heavyweight division,” Wilder said. “America has needed a heavyweight champion like me for years. This is my time.”Wilder took another big step toward his ultimate goal earlier this year when he came back from an early knockdown to stop highly regarded Luis Ortiz in an entertaining finish. When British three-belt champ Anthony Joshua refused his advances this summer, Wilder booked a bout with the resurgent Fury, whose career foundered amid drug abuse and depression after his victory over Klitschko.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Boxers Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury exchange words as they face each other at a news conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. The pair are slated to fight Saturday night for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Deontay Wilder has waited a decade for the chance to pick on somebody his own size.Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is the most accomplished American heavyweight boxer of his era, a superb athlete with vicious punching power and a reckless streak. The Olympic medalist has stopped every man who ever stepped in the professional ring with him, following up his lone decision victory with a knockout in the first round of the rematch.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more