Demetrius Andrade’s promoter Eddie Hearn says VADA couldn’t ignore the positive test for Billy Joe Saunders for his failed test for the drug oxilofrine while training for his title defense on October 20 at TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) blew his chance of winning on Saturday night when he was knocked down hard in the 12th round by Thomas Dulorme (24-3-1, 16 KOs) and had to settle for a majority draw at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The vacant WBC Silver welterweight title was on the line tonight. It remains vacant for the time being.
IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-2, 20 KOs) is ready for a unification fight against WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KOs).
Ancajas joined Rungvisai inside the ring after his 12 round unanimous decision win over Iran Diaz last Saturday night. The two of them are expected to meet each other soon. How soon will be up to their management as well as them.
Callum Johnson (17-0, 12 KOs) says he’s ready to pull off a big upset on Saturday night by beating IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) and taking his title home from him when he returns to the UK.
Johnson, 33, and Beterbiev will be fighting on DAZN in their kickoff card at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. At Friday’s weigh-in, Johnson looked shorter, smaller and not confident when the two of them stood during the face off.
Matchroom Boxing USA promoter Eddie Hearn’s DAZN card last Saturday had three good efforts by IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev, heavyweight contender Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller and WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman and one bad effort from welterweight Jessie Vargas.
Unfortunately the fights weren’t likely high profile enough to attract a lot of American subscribers into paying $10 to subscribe to DAZN to see those guys fight last Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Hearn still needs to sign a major star or two like Mikey Garcia, Saul Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin for him to get boxing fans to subscribe in huge numbers.
Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz has a chance of facing Dillian Whyte on December 22 if Dereck Chisora doesn’t want the fight for if it can’t be negotiated, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Hearn says he must know by week which of the two heavyweights that will be facing Whyte on December 22. Hearn likes Ortiz or Chisora for Whyte. It’s just whichever makes the most sense.
The 317 pound force of nature Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller (22-0-1, 19 KOs) is looking unbeatable after knocking out Tomasz Adamek (53-6, 31 KOs) in two rounds last Saturday, and he now wants Anthony Joshua to add his name to his growing resume of wins.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t about to make the fight with Miller. He wants to let the fight marinate until next year, and even then it’s not for sure he makes it. If Miller continues to fight the way that he’s been showing lately, he may find himself in the back of the long line with Deontay Wilder waiting for a fight against Joshua.
In what could be a complete waste of time and breath, the World Boxing Council at their 56th annual convention this week voted to have former four division world champion Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner to face Jorge Linares in a WBC final light welterweight title eliminator to select a mandatory to face WBC 140 pound champion Jose Ramirez (23-0, 16 KOs).