(April 27, 2020) — Former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez has one name on the brain when boxing resumes following the COVID-19 pandemic: WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt. Valdez moved up in weight last November, rising from a second-round knockdown to knock out last-minute replacement Adam Lopez.
Like the rest of us, Bob Arum wants to see the best fighters fighting the best fighters. And one of the most sought after, most exciting and most genuinely fascinating fights that can be made this year (once the whole coronavirus virus issue has been successfully dealt with) is Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence.
Jose Aldo might have been forced out of his bantamweight title bout with Henry Cejudo at UFC 250, but ‘The Messenger’ has every intention of defending his title against ‘Scarface’ after he takes care of Dominick Cruz next month.
That’s according to Cejudo’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, who said Cejudo wants to face Aldo in eight weeks’ time.
It’s been a tough few weeks for fight fans; the drought brought about due to the lockdown conditions we are all currently living under seeing to it that we all must do without our fix of fistic violence. Yes, there are far more serious concerns regarding the coronavirus and the damage it has done and will sadly continue to do before this is all over.
The Heavyweight Dinosaur, The Cruiserweight King And The Lethal Light-Heavyweight
Together, they’re not known as grandly as anything like The Three Kings, but between them, from 1991 to 1997, heavyweights George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and Michael Moorer (placed here not in order of greatness but in alphabetical order) gave us four fights that proved memorable for a number of reasons.
As fans may have read, former super-middleweight champ Carl Froch recently called out Joe Calzaghe – this despite the fact that both men have been retired for some time, ten years in the case of Calzaghe. Speaking on his podcast, “The Cobra” mocked the size of Calzaghe’s head, pointing out how swollen it looks these days. Froch said that if Calzaghe took him up on his offer for a fight, he would “iron him out.”
Whether he has retired from the rigors of the ring or not, superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. has paid out his plans to become “one of the world’s best trainers.” Saddened deeply due to the passing of his uncle and head trainer Roger (along with his father, the two Mayweathers taking turns to train “Money”), the 43 year old has taken to social media to inform fans of his goals.
Unified lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is riding out the COVID-19 pandemic in his native Ukraine, but the three-weight kingpin is chomping at the bit to get his hands on the division’s leading names, including IBF world champion Teofimo Lopez, WBC world champion Devin Haney and Gervonta “Tank” Davis.
British star and former 140 pound champ Amir Khan is thinking about whether or not he should retire. Very much in two minds, the 33 year old was speaking with Eddie Hearn via Instagram Live (such are the lock down conditions we are all currently living under) and the ‘R’ word came up, but then Khan added how he has “at least two fights left.”
Former world welterweight title challenger Hedgemon Lewis passed away yesterday, March 31, at the age of 74. A fine fighter who became an accomplished trainer in his later years, Lewis of Alabama was one of the toughest 147 pound fighters during the 1970s. A standout amateur, Lewis winning the National Golden Gloves as a lightweight and as a welterweight, Hedgemon went pro in May of 1966 aged just 19.