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whats been going on?
Carson & Shawn Zittel haven't been on, Carson and Zittel were the 2 who watched all of the fights and knew all the boxers/weightclasses. Ant don't know shyt and Shawn Porter barely watches the fights so the pod been extra dry and folks been letting them know in the comments
 

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Leo Santa Cruz-Leigh Wood Title Consolidation Fight Ordered - Again - By WBA​

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BY JAKE DONOVAN
Published Wed Nov 23, 2022, 01:30 PM EST
Leo Santa Cruz and Leigh Wood have been granted another two weeks to manipulate the sanctioning body whose featherweight titles they each hold.
Yet another round of negotiations has been ordered by the WBA for the long overdue featherweight title consolidation clash. A fifteen-day period has been assigned to the ordered fight, after which point it will head to a December 12 purse bid hearing during the WBA convention in Orlando, Florida.
The latest order comes after confirmation was received of Wood’s injury which prevented the Brit from moving forward with defending his secondary version of the WBA featherweight title.
“This report arrived on October 20, signed by Dr. Usman Rana, who said that the Briton should refrain from strenuous work with his left arm for a period of 4 to 6 to ensure a full recovery and avoid a relapse of the injury,” the WBA noted in its official re-ordering of the fight. “That 6-week period will expire next December 1, so the WBA championships committee carried out its analysis and considered that it is now time to restart the Santa Cruz-Wood negotiations.
“The 15-day period will be extended until December 7 and if there is no agreement by that time, the purse bid will be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, in the middle of the convention of the pioneer body.”
Wood was due to face Mexico’s Mauricio Lara on September 24, only for a biceps injury to cancel his planned hometown headliner in Nottingham, England. It came as plans fell apart for Santa Cruz (38-2-1, 19KOs) to unify his WBA ‘Super’ featherweight title against WBC titlist Rey Vargas, who has since pursued a shot at the WBC junior lightweight title.
Santa Cruz has held the WBA ‘Super’ featherweight title since January 2017, though he hasn’t fought at the weight in more than three years. The long gap between title defenses prompted the WBA to get a commitment out of the four-division titlist, whose last three fights have taken place at junior lightweight. Santa Cruz assured the sanctioning body in writing last December of his intention to return to featherweight.
The commitment put him on the hook to face the winner of the WBA ‘World’ (Regular) title fight between defending secondary titlist Leigh Wood and then-unbeaten Michael Conlan this past March 12 in Wood’s hometown of Nottingham. Their epic clash saw Wood recover from an opening round knockdown and a scorecard deficit to emphatically knock Conlan out in the 12th and final round. The win marked the first defense of the secondary title he claimed in a 12th round knockout of Xu Can last July 31 in Brentwood, Essex, UK.
Santa Cruz was waiting in the wings, having outpointed Keenan Carbajal in a non-title fight on February 5 in Las Vegas. The fight was his first since an October 2020 knockout loss to Gervonta Davis to end his WBA junior lightweight title reign after just one fight.
The WBA ordered the fight on April 6, with the 30-day period ending without TGB Promotions (Santa Cruz) and Matchroom Boxing (Wood) reaching a deal or even coming close. The fight was destined for a purse bid, though the process was delayed by months due to Wood’s side protesting the purse split.
Matchroom argued on Wood’s behalf that the Brit was entitled to something closer to a 50-50 split as the more active fighter and emerging as the bigger draw since entering the title picture.
The request was denied. So, too—at the time—was a special permit request from TGB to instead stage a Santa Cruz-Vargas title unification. A purse bid hearing was ordered but canceled when TGB and Matchroom informed the WBA that a deal was reached, insisting that the fight would take place on a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) show on either November 5 or November 12.
That never came close to happening, as both sides sought to stage separate fights. The WBA granted what was claimed as a one-time exception, though neither fight materialized which put this bout—that clearly doesn’t interest either side—back on the table.


somebody better call each other's bluff on this...im more disappointed in leigh wood than lsc...lsc acting funny is typical..but i would think leigh wood would want to not be a game stop champion any more...shyt let it go to a bid then
 

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Shakur Stevenson Eyes WBC Title Eliminator With William Zepeda​

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BY JAKE DONOVAN
Published Wed Nov 23, 2022, 02:30 PM EST


Shakur Stevenson is ready to call William Zepeda’s bluff.

The unbeaten former two-division titlist continues to explore a fight that will secure a place as the leading contender for the WBC lightweight title. The search began with the WBC order for Stevenson to face Mexico City’s Isaac Cruz (24-2-1, 17KOs) in a final eliminator, with the winner to be named the sanctioning body’s mandatory challenger for undisputed champion Devin Haney (29-0, 15KOs).

BoxingScene.com has learned that Cruz is more inclined to explore the IBF route. With the number two-ranked contender moving out the way, a path is cleared for Mexico’s Zepeda (27-0, 23KOs) to next receive an invitation to enter talks for a final elimination bout with Stevenson.

A proactive approach was already taken to help expedite matters.

“Yo, Wlliam Zepeda, offer was sent today,” Stevenson tweeted out, tagging Zepeda on the post after being called out by the red-hot contender.

Stevenson and Zepeda are ranked third and fourth, respectively by the WBC. Number one-ranked Vasiliy Lomachenko is reportedly in talks to challenge Haney for the undisputed lightweight championship in a fight targeted for next spring.

Stevenson (19-0, 9KOs)—an Olympic Silver medalist for the U.S. during 2016 Rio —officially moved up to lightweight immediately after his twelve-round points win over Robson Conceicao. The September 23 bout was intended as a lineal/WBC/WBO junior lightweight championship title defense, but Stevenson missed weight and was forced to vacate the titles.

The intention was to enter a fight that would ensure he would then challenge for the lightweight throne. Stevenson remains the highest ranked contender to fight for a final eliminator now that Cruz and his team have opted to go another route.

Zepeda is coming off a twelve-round, unanimous decision win over former IBF junior lightweight titlist Joseph Diaz. The unbeaten contender from San Mateo Atencio threw 100 or more punches in every round, throwing 1,536 total punches—a Compubox record for the lightweight division—in their October 29 DAZN headliner from Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California.

Stevenson is promoted by Top Rank and managed by J. Prince. Zepeda is co-promoted by Zanfer Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions.
 

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Carson & Shawn Zittel haven't been on, Carson and Zittel were the 2 who watched all of the fights and knew all the boxers/weightclasses. Ant don't know shyt and Shawn Porter barely watches the fights so the pod been extra dry and folks been letting them know in the comments

Lol I’m not surprised I can only tolerate small clips. As you said, Ant don’t know shyt. In all fairness, he always appeared to be there to represent the casual fan.

The thing about Shawn is that his predictions are so conservative and safe. He’s just going to pick the favorite every time. He’s not really a historian or anything, just knows about fighters from the amateur days.
 
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