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Closing In On Deontay Wilder-Robert Helenius

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Closing In On Deontay Wilder-Robert Helenius

We’ve got a very busy boxing Saturday on tap with three significant cards on three continents and we covered it on the latest “Big Fight Weekend Preview” Podcast. The biggest show is the PBC pay-per-view headlined by the return of former heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder taking on Robert Helenius in a WBC title eliminator with former super middleweight titleholders Caleb Plant and Anthony Dirrell meeting in a WBC title eliminator in the co-feature at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Another huge bout is in Melbourne, Australia, as undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney faces George Kambosos Jr. in an immediate rematch of Haney’s victory to fully unify the division in June. And in London there is a highly significant all-women’s card headlined by Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall meeting to crown the undisputed middleweight champion and Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner squaring off in a three-belt junior lightweight unification fight. We previewed it all plus covered news of the week.

Here is what’s on the show (in order):

We discussed the latest fallout in the case of Conor Benn’s failed drug test that caused last week’s heavily hyped showdown with Chris Eubank Jr. to be canceled three days before the fight.

The formal announcement of a Dec. 13 fight in Tokyo matching three-belt bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue and titleholder Paul Butler for the undisputed title.

The deal that is being finalized for a junior welterweight fight between Teofimo Lopez and Jose Pedraza on Dec. 10 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and some talk about the guys who were also in the running to face Lopez.

A look at the mandatory fight between unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde, who are due to meet Jan. 28 in London after the bout was delayed due to Beterbiev’s summer knee surgery.

A preview of Wilder-Helenius, which will see Wilder fight for the first time since getting stopped by Tyson Fury in their third epic heavyweight championship fight a year ago.

Also a preview of the Plant-Dirrell co-feature and a look at the two other fights on the pay-per-view: heavyweight Frank Sanchez vs. Carlos Negron and the rematch between Gary Antonio Russell and former bantamweight titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez.

Discussion of the Haney-Kambosos rematch and what might be different than the first fight.

Previews of Shields-Marshall and Mayer-Baumgardner and my view on which fight I think will be better.

With all the fights and shows overlapping, how I am going to handle trying to watch all of it, especially since I will be ringside for Wilder-Helenius? I have a plan.

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Since 2000, award-winning reporter Dan Rafael has covered boxing full time and been ringside for thousands of fights, first for five years at USA Today and then for 15 years at ESPN, where he wrote and appeared on various television, radio and streaming programs. In 2013, Dan was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America with the Nat Fleischer award for career excellence in boxing journalism. Dan brings his great insight to the Big Fight Weekend site, podcast and more!

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