Boxing news: Eddie Hearn names mass list of 15 fights he wants to make before the end of this year, including Oleksandr Usyk, Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker and more

5 Jul

Eddie Hearn has listed 15 fights he wants to make at the back end of 2019, with a number of intriguing match-ups on his mind.

Away from the obvious star name in his stable, Anthony Joshua (who is being lined up for a November/December rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr) the promoter has multiple other fighters to cater for.

Eddie Hearn has plenty on his plate
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With the new autumn season of boxing not far off, Hearn is now planning fights and shows for August 31 onwards, and intends to improve the quality of his standard Sky Sports shows, which he admits have not always been up to scratch so far this year.

He is also continuing to grow his US venture with subscription service DAZN and added some bouts that would be hosted Stateside to the list as well.

You can read Hearn’s full slate of 15 fights to make before the end of this year below.

1. Oleksandr Usyk vs Carlos Takam (Heavyweight)

If Usyk wins his heavyweight debut, he will be mandatory for the winner of Ruiz vs Joshua II
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2. Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker (Heavyweight)

Derek Chisora beat Senad Gashi on April 20

3. Jamie Munguia vs Jessie Vargas (WBO Super-Welterweight Title)

Jaime Munguia has recently been linked to fights with Canelo and Gennady Golovkin
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4. Kal Yafai vs Juan Estrada (WBA & WBC Super-Flyweight Titles)

Kal Yafai has made five defences of his WBA title, but not yet faced elite opposition

5. Jorge Linares vs Ricky Burns (Lightweight)

Jorge Linares is coming off a shock loss to Pablo Cesar Cano
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6. Callum Johnson vs Joe Smith Jr (Light-Heavyweight)

A fight between Johnson and Smith Jr would undoubtedly be explosive
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7. Liam Smith vs Sergio Garcia (European Super-Welterweight Title)

Liam Smith is a former world champion looking to get back to the top
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8. Joshua Buatsi vs Sullivan Barrera (Light-Heavyweight)

Joshua Buatsi is one of the UK’s top prospects

9. Jamie McDonnell vs TJ Doheny (Super-Bantamweight/Featherweight)

Jamie McDonnell is a former bantamweight world champion
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10. Francesco Patera vs Joe Cordina (European Lightweight Title)

2016 Olympian Joe Cordina is another top UK prospect
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11. Lewis Ritson vs Robbie Davies Jr (British Super-Lightweight Title)

Lewis Ritson previously won the British title at lightweight

12. Conor Benn vs Johnny Garton (Welterweight)

Conor Benn impressed by beating Jussi Koivula last time out
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13. Kid Galahad vs Enrique Tinoco (Featherweight)

Josh Warrington beat Kid Galahad by split decision for the IBF title
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14. Rocky Fielding vs Anthony Sims Jr (Super-Middleweight)

Canelo Alvarez knocked out Rocky Fielding in three rounds in December

15. Jono Carroll vs Martin J Ward (Super-Featherweight)

Jono Carroll suffered IBF title defeat to Tevin Farmer
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Oleksandr Usyk: Undisputed cruiserweight champion to make heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam

5 Apr

Oleksandr Usyk will make his heavyweight bow against Carlos Takam in America on May 25.

Ukrainian fighter Usyk (16-0 12KOs) dominated the cruiserweight division, becoming the undisputed champion with a commanding win over Murat Gassiev in July as well as winning the inaugural World Boxing Super Series.

Oleksandr Usyk is moving up to heavyweight

He made it clear his intention to move up to the heavyweight division and he will begin his big test against French fighter Takam (36-5-1 28KOs).

Takam fought Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA and IBO world titles in October 2017 where he took the Briton to ten rounds and also starred in a classic fight with Derek Chisora in July 2018.

“May 25 marks a major moment in my career when I move to the heavyweight division,” said Usyk.

“At cruiserweight I did it all and became the undisputed champion and that is my goal now in the heavyweights.

“This is the ultimate challenge and it begins on May 25 against Carlos Takam. It’s a tough first fight but I need to test myself against world class opposition on my new road to undisputed.”

“Usyk has achieved everything in the cruiserweight division – I am ready to welcome him to the new world of heavyweight boxing,” said Takam.

“I can promise that this will be a great fight and I will provide Usyk with a huge test on his heavyweight debut. I have huge ambitions of my own in the division and this fight will provide me with the chance to prove that.”

Takam in action against Anthony Joshua in October 2017

“The time has come for the ultimate challenge for Oleksandr Usyk,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“This pound-for-pound star had dominated the cruiserweight division becoming undisputed champion after just 15 fights. Now he takes the daring leap to the land of the giants as he attempts to repeat his achievements in the heavyweight division.

“Takam is the perfect test for the heavyweight debut. A big strong, all action fighter who will welcome Usyk into the fold with a heavy arsenal – be ready for fireworks on May 25!”

An announcement on the undercard and ticket sale date will be made next week.

Oleksandr Usyk next fight: Cruiserweight king will reportedly make heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam on May 18 in Chicago

22 Mar

Oleksandr Usyk has agreed terms to make his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam, according to reports.

The Ukrainian, who won all four major titles at cruiserweight, is now moving up to take on a new challenge.

Oleksandr Usyk is the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight world champion

Fox Sports journalist Mike Coppinger reports that Usyk’s first bout in the new division will come against Takam on May 18 in Chicago.

Promoter Eddie Hearn previously mentioned the venue will be the Wintrust Arena.

Alexander Povetkin was initially discussed as the potential opponent in what would have been a scintillating affair, however the Russian’s team ultimately decided to pursue “other plans.”

Carlos Takam felt hard done by when the referee stopped his bout against AJ
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As a result, Carlos Takam got the call and will be a worthy foe for Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut.

The French-Cameroonian has a record of 36-5-2 and has only lost to top opposition in recent times.

His most famous fight saw him controversially stopped by Anthony Joshua in October 2017.

Eddie Hearn planning ‘heavyweight night’ in April featuring Dereck Chisora vs Joseph Parker on Dillian Whyte undercard

4 Feb

It has been confirmed that Dillian Whyte will next fight on April 20 at the O2 Arena in London.

The 30-year-old was originally hoping to challenge Anthony Joshua for his unified heavyweight titles on at Wembley a week before, however, terms could not be agreed and it seems AJ will instead face Jarrell Miller in New York in June.

Dillian Whyte put Joseph Parker down twice in their fight last July before being knocked down himself
Dillian Whyte knocked out Dereck Chisora in their December rematch

As a result, Whyte will continue his heavyweight campaign without AJ and, while his opponent is as yet unknown, there are already big plans being put in place for the undercard.

“Dave Allen against Lucas Browne obviously is a fight for that card,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing Social, as he began to detail his vision for a heavyweight blockbuster.

“A few other big things in the pipeline, I’d quite like to make [Dereck] Chisora against Joseph Parker for that card as well.

“Kind of like a heavyweight night. We’ll see where that goes over the next few days.”

Dave Allen has won his last two fights, though was seriously troubled by Ariel Bracamonte
Carlos Takam has been beaten by Anthony Joshua and Dereck Chisora in the past two years

Popular heavyweight Dave Allen previously lost to Dillian Whyte in 2016 and is now friends with the Brixton man, so it makes sense that his agreed bout with Browne would be on the bill.

Whyte also beat both Parker and Chisora in thrilling fights last year. A clash between the pair could well produce fireworks.

American heavyweight Michael Hunter signed with Matchroom after producing two impressive victories over Martin Bakole and Alexander Ustinov late in 2018.

For his outing on April 20, Hearn suggested: “I like Hunter vs [Carlos] Takam, something like that. I’d like to do four or five heavyweight big fights on that card.

“Just build a big heavyweight night.”

13 brilliant boxing matches from 2018, including Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte

1 Jan

2018 saw a number of top tier fights take centre stage in the boxing world.

Not only were multiple important bouts successfully put together, many of them also delivered enthralling action and entertainment throughout.

Scroll down to see our list of the 13 best boxing matches from 2018.

1. February 3 – Murat Gassiev vs Yunier Dorticos

This cruiserweight unification saw Gassiev stop Dorticos in the twelfth round of a thrilling back-and-fourth bout. The fight took place as part of the World Boxing Super Series tournament and crowned a new WBA and IBF king.

2. February 24 – Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Juan Estrada

After dethroning pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez in 2017, some still doubted whether Srisaket was actually a world class fighter – given the fact he’d previously had four losses. All doubts were assuaged when he battled it out against ex-champion Juan Estrada to win a majority decision and defend his WBC super-flyweight belt.

3. March 3 – Deontay Wilder vs Luiz Ortiz

Questions were regularly asked about the legitimacy of Wilder’s record due to a lack of quality opponents beaten in his first 39 fights. The WBC heavyweight champion silenced critics by knocking out dangerous Cuban Luis Ortiz at the end of a topsy-turvy affair in which he had been badly hurt himself.

4. March 10 – Oscar Valdez vs Scott Quigg

Former super-bantamweight world champion Quigg moved up to featherweight following his first defeat to Carl Frampton and eventually landed this shot at Mexico’s WBO champion Valdez. Despite the Brit blowing his opportunity to win the title by missing weight, the pair still managed to deliver an epic battle in which the champion won by decision.

5. April 7 – Jarrett Hurd vs Erislandy Lara

American juggernaut Hurd drew an attacking style out of usually defensive Lara in this WBA and IBF super-welterweight unification. The bout would have ended in a draw, were it not for the final round knockdown scored by Hurd, which meant he nicked it by split decision.

6. May 12 – Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares

The ethereal Lomachenko set a record and became the quickest three-division champion in boxing history when he challenged for the WBA lightweight title in just his twelfth fight. The champion, Linares, was one of the best at the weight and stunned the boxing world when he dropped the Ukrainian, however Loma recovered and overcame a shoulder injury to score a tenth round knockout.

7. June 30 – Alex Saucedo vs Lenny Zappavigna

Rising American contender Saucedo took on Australian veteran Zappavigna in in a furious fight, which secured him his world title challenge. The pair went to war – especially in the tremendous fourth round – before the 24-year-old stopped his opponent in the seventh.

8. July 28 – Dereck Chisora vs Carlos Takam

In what appeared to be his last stand, Chisora endured a hellacious eight-round assault from Takam before turning the tables completely with one right hand. The Brit was valiantly attempting to keep up with his French opponent despite being ultimately outclassed, but then put his foe down on the canvas before instantly finishing him off after he recovered to his feet.

9. September 15 – Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin II

Following a decent first fight which was controversially ruled a draw, GGG and Canelo went into battle once again. This time around, the Mexican matched his Kazakh opponent’s aggressive style and claimed a majority decision victory and the end of what was a truly magnificent spectacle.

10. September 24 – Sho Kimura vs Kosei Tanaka

Just a few months after Lomachenko became a three-weight champion in 12 fights, Tanaka matched him in equally exciting fashion. The Japanese 23-year-old claimed Kimura’s WBO flyweight belt at the end of a bloody battle which he won by majority decision.

11. December 1 – Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury

After a two and a half year lay-off, Fury returned with two fights that shouldn’t even be mentioned in a list like this, but then challenged Wilder for his WBC heavyweight crown. The Brit dictated the fight until being knocked down in the ninth. Fury recovered and was three minutes from victory before Wilder landed a right hand, followed by a left hook, which seemed to put him old cold. Inconceivably, the ‘Gypsy King’ rose to his feet again and fought valiantly for the rest of the round. Many thought he won, but the judges scored it a draw.

12. December 22 – Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton

Leeds’ Warrington shocked the boxing world by defeating IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby in May, however many dismissed the win and apportioned it to the Welshman’s struggle to make 126lbs. Warrington then proved all of his doubters wrong once again by engaging in a staggering war with Belfast’s Frampton and winning by unanimous decision.

13. December 22 – Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora II

Like Wilder, one ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate wasn’t enough for Chisora, so he agreed to rematch Whyte. The pair recreated their sensational clash from 2016, though this time the action was of a higher level and ended in a knockout, as the Brixton man finished his Finchley rival with a emphatic left hook in the eleventh.

Oleksandr Usyk next fight: Five potential heavyweight opponents to set Ukrainian up for Anthony Joshua showdown

12 Nov

Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Tony Bellew on Saturday night is expected to be the Ukrainian’s last fight at cruiserweight.

Despite not declaring any immediate decision on his future, the 31-year-old has now conquered everyone worth conquering at cruiserweight and stands alone as undisputed world champion.

Oleksandr Usyk holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight world titles
Anthony Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles

Usyk has long dreamed of an eventual move up to heavyweight and previously stated his ultimate goal is to beat Anthony Joshua and claim the throne in boxing’s glamour division.

However, the 6’3” monster would be comfortably outsized by the elite in his potential new weight class and so will undoubtedly need a couple of fights to acclimatise.

Here’s a look at five potential opponents for Oleksandr Usyk when he makes his heavyweight debut.

1. Carlos Takam

Carlos Takam would be an interesting introduction for Usyk at heavyweight. Despite standing only 6′ 1″ tall, the French-Cameroonian regularly weighs 40lbs/50lbs over the cruiserweight limit and has provided tests for multiple top heavyweights, including Anthony Joshua last year.

2. Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker is a former world champion who has now suffered back-to-back losses to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. At 6’4″ and 230lbs/240lbs, Parker is a very solid heavyweight who has already declared himself “keen” to face Usyk.

3. Alexander Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin has been a top class heavyweight for many years and recently vowed to have two final fights after suffering his first knockout defeat, to Anthony Joshua in September. At 6’2″ and 220lbs/230lbs, the Russian is far from the biggest heavyweight, but has one-punch power that could trouble any fighter on the planet.

4. Luis Ortiz

Luis Ortiz proved himself as one of the best in the division despite defeat against Deontay Wilder in March. The 6’4″, 240lbs Cuban is a technical specialist and would be a fascinating opponent for Usyk.

5. Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte will likely fight Anthony Joshua in April, but has already promised to “maul” Usyk if they meet. The Brit says he could use his size at 6’4″ and 250lbs/260lbs to simply bully the Ukrainian into submission.