Boxing

As of Thursday, Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) has vacated his WBO light welterweight title, and he’s now been made the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs).

Horn, 29, will be allowed to take a voluntary defense against fringe contender Gary Corcoran on December 13 in Brisbane, Australia. After that fight, Horn, if he’s victorious against Corcoran, he’ll have 90 days to defend his title against Crawford, 30.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s going to sweeten the $3 million offer to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) for him to accept a fight against #3 WBC Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) for February 3rd at the O2 Arena in London, England.

However, the wily Hearn says the offer won’t be anywhere near the $7 million that Wilder is asking for to fight Whyte. Hearn says the offer could be $4 million, which is a little over halfway to the kind of green stuff that Deontay is asking for to take the fight with the 29-year-old Whyte.

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) says he’ll retire from boxing if he loses this Saturday night in his title defense against his mandatory challenger 38-year-old Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

A loss for Wilder, 31, against would result in him losing millions upon millions of dollars in his hoped for unification fight against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua going down the drain. That fight would definitely not be happening at that point because Joshua would go in another direction towards other fighters.

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