Frank Warren believes he can negotiate a mega-fight deal for former unified heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury to challenge WBC champion Deontay Wilder before the end of the year in November or December, according to Talksport.
MANCHESTER, England (Dec. 19, 2018) — Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (26-1, 15 KOs) is a former two-division world champion, while Josh Warrington (27-0, 6 KOs) is the undefeated IBF featherweight world champion looking to add a marquee name to his record.
Warrington, the newly minted champion from Leeds, England, will make the first defense of his title against Frampton on Saturday from Manchester Arena. In one of the co-features, former two-time Irish Olympian Michael "Mick" Conlan (9-0, 6 KOs) will battle veteran southpaw Jason Cunningham (24-5, 6 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the WBO Intercontinental featherweight title.
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• Josh Warrington 125.5 lbs vs. Carl Frampton 125.75 lbs(Warrington's IBF Featherweight world title - 12 Rounds) • Michael Conlan 125.75 lbs vs. Jason Cunningham 124.5 lbs(Vacant WBO Intercontinental Featherweight title - 10 Rounds) • Mark Heffron 158 lbs vs. Liam Williams 159.75 lbs(Vacant British Middleweight title - 12 Rounds)
The World Boxing Association president Gilberto Mendoza has elevated interim WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) to full WBA 175 lb. champion, according to Dan Rafael.
The WBA has ordered a WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) to face WBA World featherweight champion Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs). The management for the two fighters has 30 days to try and negotiate the fight before the World Boxing Association orders a purse bid. This move by the WBA is part of their efforts to decrease the amount of titles they have in each weight division.
In a not surprising move, on Thursday, the World Boxing Association has stripped unbeaten heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) of his mandatory status for WBA champion Anthony Joshua due to a recent positive drug test. Ortiz loses his spot in the WBA’s rankings for 1 year, according to ESPN.
During the drug screening on September 22 by VADA, Ortiz tested positive for the banned diuretics chlorothaizide and hydrochlorothiazide. Ortiz stated that he was taking the drugs as part of his treatment of high blood pressure. However, Ortiz failed to alert VADA that he was taking the drugs.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will have the privilege of fighting for the World Boxing Council Money Belt. The gold, diamond and emerald belt the WBC created just for the occasion of the Mayweather-McGregor fight. With no other world titles being on the line, the WBC stepped forward and created a special belt for the two popular fighters to battle over.
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).
The World Boxing Council has ordered a WBC middleweight title eliminator match between #1 Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) and #2 Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) with the winner of the fight to be the mandatory challenger to WBC 160 pound champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
The World Boxing Council have sent out a press release stating that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) must next face the winner of this Saturday’s contest between #7 WBC Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) and #11 WBC Eric Molina (26-5, 19 KOs).
The World Boxing Council will present a special belt to the winner of next month’s rematch between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin on September 15. Canelo (49-1-2, 34 KOs) vs. Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) will be awarded the Adolfo Lopez Mates belt.
The winner of the fight can hold it over their heads. It’s a beautiful belt, but it’s unknown whether there’s a sanctioning fee attached to the belt. Hopefully this isn’t another draw like the first fight. It’s unclear who gets the WBC’s special Adolfo Lopez Mates belt if it’s another tie between Canelo and Golovkin. It’s a different set of judges this time, so that at least minimizes the chances of another draw.
The World Boxing Council are saying WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) will face IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-0, 14 KOs) next in a unification fight. Mikey, 30, recently vacated his IBF light welterweight title and decided to move back down to 135 to defend his WBC title.
Due to the controversy surrounding Australian Jeff Horn’s controversial 12 round unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao on July 2, the World Boxing Organization will be re-scoring the fight. However, even if the WBO decides that the 3 judges that scored the fight were in error in giving the win to the 29-year-old Horn, it won’t lead to him losing the WBO welterweight title he won off of Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs).
This weekend in boxing was low on marquee names but still held plenty of action. Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) of Northern Ireland continued his ascent through the paid ranks, capturing the IBF Bantamweight title from England’s Lee Haskins. It was a dominating performance, with Burnett dropping Haskins in the 6th round and again in the 11th round. Unfortunately there has been more talk about the absurdity of judge Clark Sammartino’s scorecard than about the fight itself.
A full and delightful weekend of boxing this weekend. Pound-for-pound players Terrance Crawford and Naoya Inoue decimated their opponents as expected, with a handful of other bouts adding to one of the more packed weekends of quality boxing in recent years.
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs), reminded challenger Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KOs) of two time-tested adages. “Don’t tug on Superman’s cape”, and “Be careful what you wish for..you might get it”.
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(Dec. 14, 2018) — After heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois pulled out of Saturday’s main event with the flu, top welterweight contender Bradley Skeete was elevated to main event status. Skeete will take on southpaw Diego Ramirez in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO International title Saturday from the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England.
The Manny Pacquiao I once knew used to be a tireless unstoppable force of nature leading his opponents to complete exhaustion. The Manny that I now see has changed not necessarily for the better. Pacquiao’s defeat at the hands of Australian champion and now new welterweight champion Jeff Horn earlier this month on July 2 was an unsuspected one and yet whoever watched that fight was kind of expecting it.
Now that the fight between AJ and Wilder is not the next one but potentially next year let’s look at the options available. Using a basis of 2 fights a year I will speculate as to what could happen and the impacts on each of the fighters career over the potential next 3 fights if they avoid each other.
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