Boxing news: Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev, Josh Taylor vs Regis Prograis latest, Callum Smith to leave Eddie Hearn?

27 Aug

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Middleweight champion Canelo wants to move up two divisions and challenge Kovalev

Sergey Kovalev said to be ‘balking’ over key aspect of potential Canelo super fight

Kovalev is reportedly ‘balking’ at the prospect of fighting Canelo on November 2, owing to the fact that the potential bout comes so soon after his last win.

The WBO light-heavyweight champion defended his title by knocking out Britain’s Anthony Yarde on Saturday night, though this was far from straightforward.

Now it’s claimed by Mike Coppinger that the 36-year-old is hesitant to accept returning to the ring in just ten weeks’ time.

However, contradicting this, Kovalev’s trainer Buddy McGirt and manager Egis Klimas have told Steve Kim that the timing is not an issue.

Sergey Kovalev had a gruelling win over Anthony Yarde

Callum Smith considering offers to leave Eddie Hearn for rival promoter, Hearn responds

Trainer Joe Gallagher told Sky Sports rival promoters had made contact and said: “Callum has a few lucrative offers on the table. He is considering them because they could lead to big fights. His head has been turned.

“We’re now waiting to see what Eddie can offer Callum. Callum wants big-name US-based fighters like Sergey Kovalev, Canelo, David Benavidez and Caleb Plant.”

Hearn responded: “We are planning Callum’s next fight for October time before a huge fight in the spring, most likely at Anfield.

“Obviously in signing Billy Joe Saunders we have the perfect opponent for a huge domestic fight.

“But Callum is also in the mix for all the big names on [US broadcaster] DAZN including Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.”

Callum Smith conquered the WBSS and now needs to kick on and unify

Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor reportedly set to share show with Joseph Parker vs Derek Chisora

The World Boxing Super Series super-lightweight tournament final between Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor is reportedly back on track.

Despite serious legal problems putting the fight in jeopardy earlier this month, it is now reported by Mike Coppinger that these issues are being worked out.

It’s claimed that Prograis vs Taylor is being targeted for October 26 at the O2 Arena in London, a date previously held by Eddie Hearn at the venue.

While this is not yet confirmed, it appears the promoter is working to help salvage the WBSS final and fuse their show with his in order to put together a Sky Sports pay-per-view.

Earlier this week, Joseph Parker confirmed a deal is ‘nearly there’ for him to face Derek Chisora on October 26 at the O2 Arena.

According to Coppinger, that heavyweight clash will now serve as the co-main event beneath Prograis vs Taylor.

Regis Prograis is the WBA champion, Josh Taylor is the IBF champion
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Heavyweights announce next fights

2016 Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka has announced his next step up against Michael Wallisch on September 28 in his native France.

If he wins, he’ll then face Christian Hammer on December 7.

Meanwhile, British fan favourite Dave Allen has confirmed that he will return to the ring on October 19 in Newcastle, opponent TBC.

Dave Allen was well beaten by David Price last time out