Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) weighed in at 134.5 pounds for his fight this Saturday night against former lightweight belt holder Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs) for their fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Crolla weighed in at 134.9 lbs.
It was a calm weigh-in. Neither fighter tried to use intimidation tactics, nor there was zero jawing back and forth the way you sometimes see at weigh-ins between fighters that dislike each other. Burns and Crolla appear to be on friendly terms.
The heavyweight division is not stacked right now, certainly not as thick with talent as some of the lighter weight classes. Alexander Povetkin’s potential matchup with Deontay “the Bronze Bomber” Wilder was scratched due to a failed drug test; Tyson Fury’s rematch with Wladimir Klitschko was also cancelled for a failed drug test (among other issues). The first match between Fury and Klitschko, while an upset in Fury’s favor, wasn’t much to write home about. Despite these drawbacks though, there is still enough going on in the division to excite the diehard fan.
The future of heavyweight boxing appears to belong to Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs).
The 27-year-old ascendant superstar answered plenty of tough questions from Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) in the biggest fight of his career on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, earning a technical knockout victory in the 11th round to win the IBO, IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles.
Eddie Hearn has confirmed Anthony Joshua's next fight will be on November 26, 2016.
And the IBF world heavyweight champion will fight away from London's O2 Arena for the first time in five bouts.
Joshua revealed the date while at the Rio Olympics watching Joe Joyce claim silver in the super-heavyweight final and Hearn confirmed to Sky Sports on Sunday: "November 26 is the date for your diary. We are changing city. The opponent and venue will be confirmed in the next few weeks."
Joshua successfully defended his IBF heavyweight belt in June with a seventh-round stoppage win over Dominic Breazeale, after which it was confirmed he would not fight again until the end of the year.
The Watford-born heavyweight's opponent has not yet been decided but Hearn has been drawing up a list and in July he added the names of Kubrat Pulev and Joseph Parker to Bermane Stiverne, who has been training for a possible Joshua bout.
Negotiations for Joshua's mandatory title defence against Parker are also not due to start until November, but his promoter Dean Lonergan insisted in June the 24-year-old would accept a fight date that month.
Lonergan told Sky Sports: "We're ready now. If Eddie Hearn rang me up tomorrow and says we want to fight in the mandatory period, we want to fight November or December - that would be fantastic."
Parker is also being lined up to face Alexandar Dimitrenko on October 1 but his last two fights have been just eight weeks apart.
Joshua has boxed in Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool twice, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Sheffield, as well as Wembley Stadium and York Hall.
Well, we now know where IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) will be making his next title defense of his International Boxing Federation title on November 26. The 26-year-old Joshua will be fighting against an opponent still to be determined at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
For the boxing fans that were hoping to see unbeaten Hughie Fury as the next opponent for IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for his fight on November 26, it’s not going to happen. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says that he’s far apart in the negotiations for what Fury wants and what he’s willing to give for a fight against Joshua on November 26.
Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) will be defending his IBF/WBA heavyweight straps on October 28 against his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) at the Millennium Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales.
Pulev is a 2008 Olympian from Bulgaria with good size at 6’4 ½”, 250 lbs. and an excellent jab, but not much else going for him. He’s not a power puncher by any means, and he’s slow on his feet. Pulev can take a decent punch, but he doesn’t great punch resistance, as we saw in his 5th knockout loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. It seemed like every time Wladimir would touch Pulev with a shot, he’d go down. It was comical to watch.
The Wladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua rematch appears to be headed towards the States at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
A bulked up 254 pound IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) insists his career high weight won’t impede his performance tonight against 36-year-old challenger Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) in their fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Anthony Joshua took to his social media site today to post a photo of himself upside down, saying that he’s still waiting for a signature. IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and his wily promoter Eddie Hearn are both waiting for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to agree to the $15 million flat fee offer given to him, which he’s no longer interested in accepting for a fight next year on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Antonio Margarito (41-8, 27 Kos) kept his remote hopes for a third fight against Miguel Cotto alive with a 7th round technical decision win over journeyman Carson Jones (40-12-3, 30 KOs) on Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round fight at the Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre, in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Margarito, 39, suffered a cut to his right eyelid in the 2nd round from a clash of heads and this eventually led the fight being stopped in round 7. The cut appeared to come from a punch, not a clash of heads, but referees sometimes make mistakes.
Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will be back inside the ring on September 2 in facing 30-year-old journeyman Carson Jones in a scheduled 10 round fight in Chihuahua, Mexico. The Margarito-Jones fight will be televised on beIN Sports Espanol.
Antonio Margarito will be back inside the ring this Saturday night on August 13 against Ramon Alvarez, the brother of Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez, at the Centro De Convenciones, in junior middleweight action in Tijuana, Mexico. Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) is hoping to beat Alvarez and use the victory to get a bigger fight against the likes of Canelo.
Manny Pacquiao’s old strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza believes that he’s making a mistake in fighting WBA World welterweight champion Lucas ‘La Maquina’ Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) in their fight on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev will be defending his title against #8 IBF Callum ‘The One’ Johnson on October 6 in a fight that will be staged in the United States, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
It’s now confirmed that Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) and Enrico Koelling (23-1, 6 KOs) will be battling for the vacant IBF World light heavyweight title on November 11 at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.
Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) says he’s signed a contract to face Germany’s Enrico Koelling on July 29 in Quebec City, Canada. This will be an IBF light heavyweight eliminator bout with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Andre Ward. Beterbiev, 32, says the venue and the date of the fight could change in the future. The two-time Russian Olympian Beterbiev is currently in the process of splitting with his promoter that he’s been with since he turned pro in 2013.
Beterbiev is ranked #2 by the International Boxing Federation and his opponent Koelling is ranked No.5. Koelling was the first contender in the IBF’s top 15 rankings that was willing to face Beterbiev in the IBF 175 pound eliminator fight after Sullivan Barrera pulled out of his fight with Beterbiev.
The WBA regular middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam and number one contender Ryota Murata signed their official fight contract today at the Hotel Grand Palace ahead of their rematch taking place at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sunday.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was overjoyed with his fighter WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko’s victory over Miguel Marriaga last Saturday night in saying he hasn’t seen anyone like him with his skills since Muhammad Ali. The fight between Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) and Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) was televised by ESPN in front of a small crowd of 4,102 boxing fans at the Microsoft Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum denies giving him “cold treatment” following his loss to Jeff Horn last Saturday night in Brisbane, Australia. Arum says he’s friendly with Pacquiao, and he doesn’t know how the talk of him being cold got started.
Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Horn in losing a 12 round unanimous decision at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
According to the Manila Times, Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s media relations head, said that Arum had given “cold treatment” during the fight with Jeff Horn.
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