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.”
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.
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.
‘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.
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…
“If he wants to be considered the best pound-for-pound, he’ll fight Terence Crawford.”
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.
Anthony Joshua jokingly hassles a shopkeeper in Golders Green after they sell out of the Lucozade bottles with his face on. pic.twitter.com/PnDNKSBie6
Errol Spence and Shawn Porter will meet to unify their welterweight world titles on September 28 at the Staples Center in LA.
IBF belt-holder Spence is set to take on WBC titlist Porter with the winner taking home two of the four major crowns.
The Americans share a common opponent in the form of Britain’s Kell Brook.
30-2-1 Porter lost the IBF title to Brook back in 2014, while 25-0 Spence travelled to Bramall Lane and beat the Sheffield man to claim the belt in 2017.
On the undercard, Anthony Dirrell will defend his WBC super-middleweight title against David Benavidez.
Benavidez is looking to regain the belt he previously held, but was stripped of after failing a drugs test for cocaine last year.
“He didn’t want me. I wanted him,” Spence said.
“I’m the money fight, so I feel like he had no choice but to fight me.
“Shawn Porter is a guy who’s willing to fight everybody, but he wasn’t in a rush to fight me.”
LATEST BOXING NEWS
END OF THE ROAD?
Dave Allen says he will 'probably' retire following defeat to David Price
Dave Allen tells fans he's okay after being stretchered out and taken to hospital
Whyte climbs off canvas to become Wilder's mandatory by beating Rivas
Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas live: Brit wins heavyweight clash on points
David Price celebrates wildly after earning feel-good victory over Dave Allen
Lomachenko and Usyk take British fans by storm at Whyte vs Rivas
Derek Chisora scores stunning second-round KO on Dillian Whyte undercard
Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas: Where can I stream fight? When will it start?
Heavyweight asks corner 'We going for Five Guys after?' in middle of fight
Boxer suffers TKO loss after being sent through the ropes and landing headfirst
Hearn warns Ruiz Jr to fight Joshua in the UK or face a 'huge legal mess'
Shock claim Joshua ‘reached out’ to new trainer for Ruiz rematch, AJ's team respond
Porter replied: “Why are we even talking about last year?
“Let’s talk about now, the fight’s coming – September 28.”
You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.
Errol Spence believes Kell Brook is finished at the top level and has declared him to be ‘washed’ just days after he came out and denied retirement speculation.
The Sheffield man was rumoured to be considering quitting the sport last week, but quickly denied this with a statement in which he insisted he wants to fight WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford next.
Spence, who beat Brook to take his IBF welterweight belt in 2017, reacted to this idea with harsh words for his former foe.
Errol Spence and Shawn Porter will meet to unify their IBF and WBC welterweight titles next, according to the WBC.
After both men fought last month, it emerged that the plan was for them to fight in the near future and, although this has not yet been officially confirmed by the promoters, one governing body have already announced the contest themselves.
“Breaking news,” wrote the WBC, “Porter vs Spence has been announced and we are waiting for a date for it.”
Shawn Porter defended his belt in a controversial split decision win over Yordenis Ugas on March 9.
Amir Khan has told Terence Crawford he’ll be in for a ‘big shock’ if he’s planning future fights before they meet on April 20.
The WBO king is being consistently linked with a unification bout against IBF champion Errol Spence – a potential US super fight.
However, his British challenger insists that won’t be happening any time soon.
“There’s a lot of talk about Crawford fighting Spence,” Khan said, “Spence has just come off a fight.
“All the people that are talking about that fight; he’s got his hands full against me.
“I’m not just a number. I know when I have to turn it on, I can turn it on.”
Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence is thought to be one of the best fights to be made in boxing today.
Promotional/network differences will likely prevent it from coming to fruition in the near future, however Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum has declared he will make an offer to Spence’s adviser Al Haymon, once Amir Khan has been dealt with.
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.