Boxing news: Callum Smith, Carl Frampton and Katie Taylor next fight dates, Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua undercard update

5 Sep

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

Eddie Hearn reveals plans for Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch undercard

Hearn told Sky: “Liam Smith against Jessie Vargas is a fight that I’m looking at for this card…

“I think a couple of heavyweight fights. Out here, they’re very excited by the prospect of big heavyweight fights on the card.

“I think [Alexander] Povetkin is a guy they would like to see out here. I would like to see a couple of world championship fights as well.”

Liam Smith held the WBO super-welterweight title
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Carl Frampton reportedly jumping straight into tough fight in November

Frampton was ruled out on the week of his tune-up with Emmanuel Dominguez after an ornament in the hotel lobby fell and fractured his hand.

Now however, it’s claimed by BBC Sport that he’ll be back ready to fight in November and is going to take on recently dethroned world champion Isaac Dogboe.

Meanwhile, it’s claimed that unbeaten featherweight prospect Michael Conlan is set to reschedule his rematch with Vladimir Nikitin for December 14 in New York.

Carl Frampton has only lost to Leo Santa Cruz and Josh Warrington
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Eddie Hearn talks next fight dates for Callum Smith and Katie Taylor

Hearn is currently in the midst of a situation with Smith’s team, particularly his manager Joe Gallagher, over the WBA super-middleweight champion’s next fight.

Gallagher declared Smith is considering other offers from rival promoters, though they are due to meet with the Matchroom boss next Tuesday.

November 23 in Liverpool is the date and venue Hearn told Sky he will propose for Smith’s next fight, potentially against John Ryder.

The promoter also added that Katie Taylor will headline a show in England on November 2, opponent and venue TBC.

Callum Smith holds the WBA ‘super’ super-middleweight world title
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Tyson Fury names the biggest threat to his unbeaten record after Deontay Wilder

Fury has revealed that he believes Oleksandr Usyk is the biggest threat to him at heavyweight, after Deontay Wilder.

The ‘Gypsy King’ told ESPN: “Probably Wilder, I’ve already fought him, I already beat him once.

“So that’s the biggest challenge that they have, I don’t see anybody else being much of a challenge, to be honest.

“Maybe Oleksandr Usyk. He’s an awkward-looking guy, southpaw, a unified [cruiserweight] world champion, an undefeated world champion.

“So maybe he can be next, toughest challenge.”

Tyson Fury has respect for Oleksandr Usyk
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Anthony Joshua tells Andy Ruiz Jr – You’re only champion until December 7

Before their first bout, AJ repeatedly stated, ‘I’m only champion until June 1.’ A mantra that ultimately backfired.

Now though, he wants this to apply to his opponent, and said: “I feel I was up against a good challenger at the time.

“And, as I mentioned, I was only champion until June 1.

“As Andy’s champion right now, that will only last until December 7.

“Until he has to put his titles in the air, two warriors go to war and the best man will walk out victorious.”

Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr exchanged words during their face-off
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Boxing news: Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev, Josh Taylor vs Regis Prograis latest, Callum Smith to leave Eddie Hearn?

27 Aug

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Middleweight champion Canelo wants to move up two divisions and challenge Kovalev
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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
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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
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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
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Boxing news: Callum Smith considering offers to leave Eddie Hearn for rival promoter, Hearn responds

27 Aug

Callum Smith may be about to split from Eddie Hearn and join a rival promoter, according to his trainer Joe Gallagher.

The WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion, widely regarded as the best in the division, claimed his crown by knocking out George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final last September, but has fought just once since.

Callum Smith conquered the WBSS and now needs to kick on and unify
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Smith took time out following the birth of his daughter and returned with a knockout of Hassan N’Dam on Anthony Joshua’s undercard in June.

Hearn previously stated than he was planning for the 29-year-old to headline a Liverpool show in September/October, though this is yet to materialise and now it appears we know why.

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.”

Eddie Hearn also works with Gennady Golovkin, Billy Joe Saunders and Daniel Jacobs
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Hearn recently signed WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, but has no plans to make an in-house unification fight later this year.

He responded by saying: “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.”

Boxing news: Billy Joe Saunders gives brilliant breakdown of his rivals including Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Callum Smith and Chris Eubank Jr

13 Aug

Billy Joe Saunders has given a comprehensive breakdown of the middleweight and super-middleweight divisions following his big announcement.

The WBO super-middleweight champion, who is also willing to drop back down in weight for big fights, has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn following his split from Frank Warren.

You can read what he said at the press conference below.

Billy Joe Saunders on Callum Smith

“People look at him and he would be favourite going into the fight.

“He’s a great fighter, but I genuinely believe I’ve got the beating of Callum Smith and any other super-middleweight.”

Callum Smith is the WBA super-middleweight champion and also holds the WBC ‘diamond’ and Ring Magazine belts
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Billy Joe Saunders on Chris Eubank Jr

“He’s a world class bum really.

“If I couldn’t beat him, then I’d never put on a pair of gloves again.

“I’d beat him with my eyes closed. I don’t put him in the top 5/6 in England, definitely not.”

Saunders beat Eubank Jr when they first met in 2014
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Billy Joe Saunders on Demetrius Andrade

“He’s a good fighter. I put him up there.

“But at middleweight I was very confident of taking him out of the game.”

Billy Joe Saunders was supposed to fight Demetrius Andrade last year
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Billy Joe Saunders on Daniel Jacobs

“I think Danny Jacobs is a brilliant fighter. I put him up there definitely.

“He’s a real, real fight and if I boxed him it’d be a hell of a fight.”

Daniel Jacobs lost to Canelo in May
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Billy Joe Saunders on Gennady Golovkin

“If I can’t beat a 37-year-old man, who’s been around a bit now, when I’m 29 in my prime then there’s something wrong and I’m not as good as I thought I was.

“I’m very confident of beating Golovkin very clearly and very widely.

“If I got that fight, then I could show people around the world how, not being big headed, show people how easily I could beat him and outbox him.

“I’d probably do a better job than Canelo, then people would probably call for that fight after.”

Gennady Golovkin will fight Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF title next
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Billy Joe Saunders on Canelo Alvarez

“It all depends because obviously he’s the biggest name, but styles make fights.

“We seen when we boxed Lara he had all sorts of trouble. And back then Canelo was more in his prime.

“All these training camps, you see him now training with these knee supports and elbow supports.

“He’s a brilliant fighter I’m not taking anything away from him and I’m not talking him down.

“But I wouldn’t be sitting here if I couldn’t believe I could beat these.”

Canelo now holds the WBA and WBC ‘Franchise’ middleweight titles
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Boxing news: Tyson Fury vs Jarrell Miller unlikely, Billy Joe Saunders calls out Gennady Golovkin after Callum Smith snub

6 Jul

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Bob Arum pours cold water on Tyson Fury vs Jarrell Miller speculation

When asked about the rumours of Fury facing Miller next, Arum told iFL TV: “Well, Miller is still under suspension – actually it’s not really a suspension.

“They revoked his licence because of the drugs testing – he hadn’t formally signed a New York State boxing contract.

“I don’t know how long it will take to clear up Miller’s situation, but while he remains a non-participant because of the revocation of his licence, I think it’s silly to talk about him being an opponent for Tyson Fury or anybody else.

“I think that’s all premature.”

Tyson Fury beat Tom Schwarz in two rounds on June 15
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Callum Smith’s team reject offer for Billy Joe Saunders unification

Trainer/manager Joe Gallagher told Sky Sports: “It’s not the offer that’d tempt Callum Smith, as the world number one, to defend his titles against Billy Joe Saunders on another network/platform, so that’s it.

“Me and Callum have already agreed that it’s not enough, the money’s not enough.

“If they’re genuine and deadly serious that they want to entice the number one in the world at 168lbs in a unification with Billy Joe Saunders, then you have to pay the right money for that quality of fighter.”

Callum Smith is the WBA super-middleweight champion and also holds the WBC ‘diamond’ and Ring Magazine belts

Billy Joe Saunders calls out Gennady Golovkin after Callum Smith rejection

After hearing Gallagher’s comments, Saunders posted: “Disappointed, but the last say should come from Callum Smith.

“Great fighter and a unification makes plenty of sense for everybody. September ready.”

He was then interviewed during MTK Kazakhstan’s show on Saturday and added: “I’d like to fight Golovkin here.

“He’s a great champion, he’s a brilliant fighter, but I would love the opportunity to fight him in his hometown here… Golovkin, I’m calling you out in your home country.”

Billy Joe Saunders has a new target
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Video emerges of superstar prospect dropped and body slammed during crazy sparring war

Clips have emerged showing one of boxing’s hottest prospects Teofimo Lopez getting knocked down and body slammed in sparring.

14-0 welterweight youngster Janelson Figueroa initially posted a short clip of himself flooring his 13-0 lightweight foe accompanied by the mocking caption, “Your favourite boxer,” with some laughing/crying emojis.

In response, Lopez’s father uploaded more footage in which his son gets the better of Figueroa, before the session takes a crazy turn when Figueroa picks him up and body slams him out of frustration.

Boxing news: Billy Joe Saunders ‘disappointed’ as Callum Smith’s team reject unification offer

6 Jul

Billy Joe Saunders has stated that he is ‘disappointed’ after hearing Callum Smith’s trainer/manager dismiss their offer for a unification fight.

Smith confirmed to talkSPORT last week that an 50/50 offer had been received for him to stake his WBA title against WBO champion Saunders on a BT Sport pay-per-view show in September, and hinted that he was interested in the prospect.

Billy Joe Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight world champion
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However, Joe Gallagher has now told Sky Sports: “It’s not the offer that’d tempt Callum Smith, as the world number one, to defend his titles against Billy Joe Saunders on another network/platform, so that’s it.

“Me and Callum have already agreed that it’s not enough, the money’s not enough.

“If they’re genuine and deadly serious that they want to entice the number one in the world at 168lbs in a unification with Billy Joe Saunders, then you have to pay the right money for that quality of fighter.”

Callum Smith is the WBA super-middleweight champion and also holds the WBC ‘diamond’ and Ring Magazine belts

In reaction to this interview, Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren declared: “Turned down. No counter-offer, no negotiations, just a flat no.

“An all British unification pay-per-view fight with a 50/50 split and seven-figure guarantee isn’t apparently tempting?”

Saunders himself then added: “Disappointed, but the last say should come from Callum Smith.

“Great fighter and a unification makes plenty of sense for everybody. September ready.”

It now looks likely that both fighters will follow separate paths and return in September, potentially against their respective mandatory challengers.

Callum Smith confirms Billy Joe Saunders offer to talkSPORT, says he expects Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to fight Gennady Golovkin next

1 Jul

Callum Smith is set to return to the ring in September and is open to the prospect of fighting Billy Joe Saunders.

The WBA world super-middleweight champion, who demolished Hassan N’Dam in New York on the Anthony Joshua undercard last month, has plenty of options on the table for his next fight.

Smith is targeting some of the biggest names in boxing
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One of those is WBO belt holder Saunders, with Frank Warren revealing in his latest talkSPORT column that he had contacted Smith about the possibility of facing his charge in an all-British unification showdown.

In response to Warren’s comments, Smith confirmed he received an offer of a 50/50 split to face his fellow countryman on BT Sport pay-per-view and will discuss it with his team this week.

“That is a fight that probably does make sense,” he said, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT’s Fight Night. “How easy it is to make, I’m not too sure.

“I have never sat and called anyone out, I have always sat down with my team and have given the options and go with what is best. We will sit down and go with what is best for me.

“I am in a good position. There are a lot of big fights out there for me. The next years of my career are very exciting and I want to fight the best. I want to know how good I am myself.

Saunders beat Shefat Isufi in May to become WBO super-middleweight champion
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“I believe in my own ability but when I do retire I want to know I maximised my potential and the only way to do that is by fighting some of the other best fighters in the world. That is the plan for me moving forward.

“I do believe they have made an offer. I’m not sure the ins and outs of it. I do believe it was a 50/50 split on BT Sport pay-per-view. That is the only detail I know so far. We will speak through it (this week) and if that is the next move, then that is the next move.”

Smith has been targeting Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, the three-weight world champion who currently holds three middleweight world titles.

He is also willing to take on the former unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, and would step up to light-heavyweight to take on the current ruler of the division, Sergey Kovalev.

But he expects Canelo and Golovkin to book a third meeting, while Anthony Yarde is in line to face Kovalev next.

Canelo and Golovkin have met twice before, with a draw in their first encounter and Canelo winning the second
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“I think a lot of it is just down to Canelo,” said Smith. “I think he calls the shots.

“He is probably the biggest name in boxing in the minute. Who he wants to fight, he will fight.

“It’s good to be in the mix and if the phone rang it’s a fight I would definitely take, a fight I do want but, personally, I don’t think it will be me next because I still think he fights Golovkin to be honest with you.

“They’re all massive names. With the Kovalev one, I don’t think he can do super-middleweight and I think it would be a decision from myself.

“I don’t believe I would move up and then come back down, so if I move up now then that’s me staying at 175.

“I do believe there are still big fights for me still at 168 before moving up. But if that fight was offered [Kovalev]… He is ranked number one at light-heavyweight so to be a two-weight world champion is something I have put on my list that I want to do. It is a fight that interests me.”

Kovalev is seen as the best in the world at 175
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He continued: “I will fight in September regardless of whether it is over in the States or in Liverpool. My last three fights have all been abroad so it would be good to get one in Liverpool again and fight for the first time as world champion back at home.

“I’ve got a meeting with my team (this week), we will sit down and assess all the options and hopefully we can get some fight news pretty soon.”

Callum Smith vs Hassan N’Dam officially announced for Anthony Joshua undercard on June 1

21 May

Callum Smith will defend his WBA super-middleweight world title against Hassan N’Dam on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The bout will take place as part of Anthony Joshua’s undercard when he takes on Andy Ruiz Jr, with Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon, Josh Kelly vs Ray Robinson and Tommy Coyle vs Chris Algieri also confirmed for the show.

Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) is the WBA champion and also holds the WBC ‘diamond’ and Ring Magazine belts

The 29-year-old claimed the title by knocking out George Groves in seven rounds last September and has not fought since due to the birth of his daughter.

Now, however, Smith is ready to return and will take on 35-year-old French-Cameroonian N’Dam, who is expected to be overmatched, given he’s moving up in weight to take the bout.

“I’ve had a good camp and I’m looking forward to walking to the ring as a world champion for the first time in my career,” said the champion.

“I worked so hard to get where I am and now the task is to keep hold of my titles and target those big fights. To have my first defence at MSG is going to be special and it’s another box ticked for me personally.

“People call it the Mecca of boxing and I’ve always seen it as a venue that I’d love to fight at one day.

Hassan N’Dam is 37-3 (21 KOs)

“N’Dam is a good fighter. He’s only lost to three top fighters and he’s got some great wins on his record.

“I had him over in England to help me prepare for George Groves so we know each other well. He’s a good mover, has good footwork and can move around the ring pretty well.

“Experience is on his side and he’s an awkward guy to face. Saying that, he’s definitely a fighter that I should beat and get rid of if I’m on my game.

“I believe that I’m the best super-middleweight in the world. If I am the best, then I should be able to get rid of Hassan N’Dam and look good doing it.”