Boxing

After more than six years in the making, this Saturday night, James DeGale (25-2-1) and Chris Eubank Jr. (27-2) will finally share a ring. As I’m sat in the shadows of the O2 Arena following today’s pre-fight press conference, where they will do battle in two days’ time, I thought it as good a time as any to pick out ten talking points and questions that will be answered late into Saturday night when two of Britain’s best super-middleweights collide on ITV Box Office.

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has given up all hope of landing a unification fight against three-belt unified champion Anthony Joshua in 2019. Wilder says he’s already been told that there’s no chance of getting a fight Joshua this year, and that the match won’t take place, if alt all until 2020. Wilder doesn’t understand why Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) won’t face him. He thinks the reason he’s being put on the back-burner by Matchroom Boxing is because he’s a “dangerous” opponent for Joshua.

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Tyson Fury has agreed a lucrative multi-fight deal to be co-promoted by Bob Arum's Top Rank Boxing.

The former IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO champion and his promoter Frank Warren announced the deal, said to be worth £80 million, on Monday.

His fights will now be shown on ESPN in the United States, while BT Sport will continue to broadcast his bouts in the United Kingdom.

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(Feb. 18, 2019) — Tyson Fury, one of the world’s most dynamic and popular heavyweight boxers, and Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren are joining forces with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank. The agreement will mean that Fury will be a headline part of the boxing lineup under the historic, long-term Top Rank on ESPN relationship.

Fury, the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion, will have his bouts co-promoted by Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions. The deal calls for a minimum of two bouts per year in the United States.

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WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) thinks unbeaten contender Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) is using his name to get attention from the media and the boxing fans.

Lopez says he would be more than glad to face the 21-year-old Teofimo inside the ring, but he needs to least become a mandatory challenger before he does so, Loma said in an interview at boxingtalk.com.

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Rob Brant (24-1, 16 KOs) will be making his first defense of his WBA World middleweight tonight against undefeated and largely unknown fringe contender Khasan Baysangurov (17-0, 7 KOs) in the main event in a triple header at the Grand Casino, in Hinckley, Minnesota. Brant-Baysangurov is the main event on ESPN/ESPN Deportes. The card starts at 9:00 PT. The undercard fights begin at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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The rumors have been confirmed that Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller 23-0-1 (20) will get his title shot on June 1st at Madison Square Garden, New York against Anthony Joshua. It’s not the most exciting fight of all time but I’d like to defend AJ and Eddie Hearn on this one and say it was the best choice they could have made. The fight ticks a lot of boxes in terms of Hearn’s promotional agenda, his obligations to DAZN and most importantly Anthony Joshua.

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