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Billy Joe Saunders has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.

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By: Hans Themistode The 2019 boxing calendar has been filled with big fights, and even bigger upsets. Fighters who are expected to lose should never be counted out. With that being said however, that sentence takes a whole new meaning this year. Remember when multiple division world champion Jorge Linares decided it was time to move up to the Super Lightweight division? He was fresh off a competitive loss to the consensus best fighter in the world in Vasiliy Lomachenko and his stock was never higher. Photo Credit: Premier Boxing Champions Twitter Account His introduction to his new weight class was against veteran fighter Pablo Cesar Cano. It was a fight which on paper, was an easy one for Linares. Cano after all, was never known as a great fighter and failed each and every time he stepped up in opposition. None of that mattered as he scored a first round brutal stoppage win over Linares. How about Julian Williams shocking unanimous decision win over then undefeated unified Jr Middleweight titlist Jarrett Hurd? Williams was a great fighter in his own right, but a previous stoppage defeat in his lone attempt at a world title prior to his contest against Hurd, seemed to spell out another loss would be on the docket for him once again. Instead, Williams dropped and subsequently won a fairly wide decision over Hurd. The Heavyweights have received their fair share of upsets as well. Earlier in the year, fringe Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings was on his way to a decision victory over Oscar Rivas until a miraculous twelve round onslaught by Rivas sent Jennings down to the canvas and out. The biggest upset of not only 2019, but also quite possibly of this decade occurred when former unified Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua was dropped four times en route to picking up his first career loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. With so many upsets happening around him, the question for Ortiz is, can he follow in the footsteps of those who came before him and become the first Cuban born Heavyweight champion in their storied history. Not only does he believe that he will get the job done this time around, but he also has no intentions of allowing this contest to make it to the judges scorecards.“I have plans to finish all of this before the final bell ends,” said Ortiz. “But if I need to go the distance, I'm also ready to reach the end of the fight.”A win over Wilder doesn't seem likely. Ortiz might be a great fighter, but Wilder has been one of the most dominant champions in recent memory. With that being said however, did any of you expect any of those outcomes from the upsets that took place earlier this year? I doubt it. It won't come easy, but Ortiz has the opportunity to join the long list of 2019 fighters who upset the apple cart.The post Luis Ortiz Looks To Continue The 2019 Upset Trend appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

By: Hans Themistode When Logan Paul and KSI, two social media stars, stepped into the ring against one another in late August of 2018, it was something of a mockery and intriguing all wrapped into one. Both men were by no means considered actual fighters, but their social media followings made it a must see contest. When the event came to a close, it left a sour taste in the mouths of many as the contest ended in a majority draw. Fast forward one year later and the pair decided to do it again. On November 9th, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California, the surprisingly, yet also unsurprisingly highly anticipated rematch took place. Promoting the contest was none other than Eddie Hearn. He did a great job of putting together a championship level undercard which would include WBO Super Middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders and WBC Lightweight belt holder Devin Haney. Still, Hearn would say again and again that this contest between Youtubers would be just a one off. Now that the event has come and gone and the numbers have been tallied, Hearn suddenly has a change of heart.“It has actually changed my stance,” said Hearn. We’re numbers people in this game. Everyone is. Anything that delivers is good news for everybody. What we can’t do is turn into a circus and have random people fighting each other all over the place. It’s a one off in that respect for me in terms of headlining a card, with a world championship undercard. I don’t think you’re going to see that a lot. Will you see other YouTubers fight on undercards moving forward? Much more likely.”This isn't exactly the sort of news that older boxing fans wanted to hear. Many of the older fans of the sport felt that two fighters who haven't had any serious experience in a boxing ring shouldn't have been headlining such a major card in one of the most famed arenas in the world. Yet, it happened and those same fans are hoping to never see it again. Don’t hold your breath. We could be headed for more of these celebrity style matchups in the not so distant future. Don’t simply cast aspersions on Hearn. These high profile contests could come from just about every promoter down the line. “If it’s thrilling, if it’s exciting, you’re going to see many more of these, and it won’t just come from me,” said Hearn. “It will come from other promoters who look at the numbers and say, ‘we’ve got to do this.’ We can’t satisfy the demand of all of these celebrities and YouTubers.”It might not be what fans wanted to hear, but it is a reality they will now have to deal with. The post KSI vs Logan Paul Was Just The Beginning appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

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