Boxing news: Josh Taylor WBSS final in jeopardy, Andy Ruiz Jr trainer insists they will honour Anthony Joshua rematch

11 Aug

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

Andy Ruiz Jr’s trainer insists Anthony Joshua rematch will happen

Despite reports of a dispute over money, Manny Robles told FightHype: “At the end of the day we’re willing to fight anywhere. That’s what a true champion does.

“If we gotta go to Wales or England or in this case Saudi Arabia, we gotta do what we gotta do…

“We knew it from day one. It’s what we signed up for. There was a rematch clause that of course, if we won, we would have to give Anthony Joshua the immediate rematch.

“We’ve gotta go by what the contact says and obviously we’re gonna give him the rematch because that’s what we signed up for.”

There is dispute over whether the second fight will be in Saudi Arabia as announced
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Josh Taylor’s WBSS final against Regis Prograis is in major doubt

Prograis and his promoter Lou DiBella have filed a lawsuit against the tournament organisers Comosa with the intention of getting released from the contract.

This would mean he’d pull out of the super-lightweight final against Taylor.

The lawsuit states: “Comosa has left a trail of late payments and scheduling delays that, upon information and belief, have put many of boxing’s top promoters and boxers in limbo due to its financial problems and breach of contractual duties.”

In response, the tournament put out the below statement.

Taylor vs Prograis would be a unification fight

Billy Joe Saunders ‘signs with Eddie Hearn’ after amicable split from Frank Warren

Saunders has reportedly signed a promotional deal with Hearn after an amicable split from Frank Warren.

It was announced last week that the WBO super-middleweight champion was parting ways with the man who has guided his entire career to date, and speculation has since intensified regarding his next move.

Now, according to ESPN, it is finalised that Saunders has inked a deal to team up with Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.

A statement put out by Matchroom on Sunday declared that they would be announcing a major signing at a London press conference on Tuesday.

Billy Joe Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight world champion

‘Upset of the decade?’ – Double Olympic gold medallist Robeisy Ramirez loses pro debut

Two-time Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez’s dream professional debut ended in disaster on Saturday night as he was beaten against all odds.

The double gold medallist from London 2012 and Rio 2016 battled to leave his native Cuba and turn pro this year, only to end up losing his first fight to the unheralded Adan Gonzales.

Despite being brought in to lose, Gonzales ripped up the script from the opening bell and knocked Ramirez down within the first minute of the first round.

As the contest was only a four-rounder, the favourite then faced an uphill battle to get back into a points lead and was unable to do so.

All three of the rounds that followed were close and competitive, much to the delight of the underdog, who emerged with a split decision victory.

Gonzales is now 5-2-2 (2 KOs)

Tim Bradley accuses Errol Spence of ducking his friend Terence Crawford

Bradley told reporters: “I know Terence wants the fight, but Errol ain’t saying nothing…

“Yeah, he’s ducking him. Absolutely he’s ducking him. Yeah, y’all take that, he’s ducking Terence Crawford, he don’t wanna fight Terence Crawford.

“If he wants to be considered the best pound-for-pound, he’ll fight Terence Crawford.”

Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford is one of the best fights to be made in boxing

Anthony Joshua jokingly hassles shopkeeper after they sell out of drink with his face on

AJ mockingly gave a shopkeeper some grief after they sold out of his Lucozade bottle this weekend.

The former heavyweight world champion, who will attempt to regain his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in December, has a sponsorship deal with the drinks company that sees his face plastered across one of the flavours.

However, when he popped into a corner shop in Golders Green to pick up a bottle on Saturday night, he was disappointed to find they had none left.