Another Thrilla in Manilla in Vegas
Sophia Douglas posted 1.15.15
It might be miles away from the Philippines, but if all goes well for the current heavyweight champion of the world, iconic boxing promoter Don King will be on the verge of what some could consider a sports renaissance.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, reigning WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane Stiverne will face Deontay Wilder, who is described as “power puncher” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
According to television producer Valerie McConnell of Cox 48 in Las Vegas, this fight could be the one to re-establish King’s profile as a promoter, something that King has not had since his heyday.
“It’s been forty years since King put together the Rumble in the Jungle. This would complete a unique global presentation of an American heavy weight champion, “ said McConnell. “From a lot of respects, Bermane is putting King back in the spotlight, by having a heavy weight champion back in the United States. ”
McConnell has spent years following the career of King, and she says this could be likened to the “Thrilla in Manila,” the epic 1975 battle that pitted boxing great Muhammad Ali against Joe Frazier.
As of now, no one can accurately predict the outcome of this fight, as both men are considered to be the crème de la crème of boxing. Stiverne has an impressive record of 24-1, with 21 of those being knockouts.
Wilder is a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who boasts a 32-0 record with 32 knockouts, including 18 of them within the first round.
The importance of this fight is also evidenced by the interest it has garnered amongst the heavy-hitters in boxing promotions, namely Kelly Swanson, who has been profiled by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful women in boxing. Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications was the premier publicist credited for the highly-publicized Mayweather-Canelo fight in 2013, one of the highest-grossing pay-per-view fights of all time.
McConnell believes that if this fight is well-received by boxing fans, it could set the stage for a possible Mike Tyson return to contention for the WBC heavyweight title.
The bout will also be televised live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7p.m. PT). For more ticket and viewing information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com . The fight can also be viewed live at www.Sports.SHO.com/live.
Visit http://www.boxinginlasvegas.com/upcomingevents.html for ticket information.
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