The World Boxing Super Series final between Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor will take place on a show shared with Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker, October 26 at London’s O2 Arena.
Despite serious legal problems putting the fight in jeopardy earlier this month, Prograis vs Taylor will now go ahead as originally planned in the final of the super-lightweight tournament.
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America’s WBA champion Prograis will unify titles with Scotland’s IBF champion Taylor, after they both won belts in their respective semi-finals.
Regis’ team initially filed a lawsuit with the intention of pulling out of the tournament due to financial and timescale concerns, however a deal has now been done to fuse the final with Eddie Hearn’s October 26 show to make a pay-per-view card.
Also on the O2 Arena bill will be a thrilling heavyweight clash between Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker.
On top of this, Ricky Burns will face Lee Selby in a light weight clash and Lawrence Okolie will challenge Yves Ngabu for the European cruiserweight title.
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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.
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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.
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“But Callum is also in the mix for all the big names on [US broadcaster] DAZN including Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.”
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.
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.
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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.
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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
Josh Taylor and Billy Joe Saunders both became new world champions on Saturday night.
The ‘Tartan Tornado’ claimed the IBF super-lightweight belt – his first world title – with a unanimous decision win over Ivan Baranchyk, while BJS picked up the vacant WBO super-middleweight strap, having previously also held the middleweight version.
In Glasgow, Taylor endured a tough start against Baranchyk as the Belarusian’s rough, come-forward style presented problems for him.
However, in the middle rounds he began to take control and established this by putting his opponent down twice in round six.
Baranchyk battled back resiliently and refused to fold, though Taylor outclassed him in the end and was awarded a 117-109, 115-111, 115-111 points win to take his opponent’s IBF world title.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Taylor post-fight, “And the new. That sounds brilliant.
“I was pretty comfortable in there. Good, easy peasy. I’m absolutely over the moon.”
He will now progress to the World Boxing Super Series tournament final and face WBA champion Regis Prograis in a unification later this year.
The World Boxing Super Series tournaments roll into town once again in Glasgow on Saturday, this time with a truly magnificent night of action, live on talkSPORT and Sky Sports.
Scotland’s own Josh Taylor headlines the bill as he challenges for his first world title in a super-lightweight semi-final against Belarusian brute, and IBF champion, Ivan Baranchyk.
An hour earlier, there will be a special attraction on show as Japanese pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue looks to become a bona fide three-weight king in his bantamweight semi-final vs Puerto Rico’s IBF titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez.
The double-header is without doubt the best boxing show seen in the UK so far this year, and will likely remain that way until the end of 2019.
A combination of Taylor and Inoue is not one many fans expected, however the Glasgow faithful will be overjoyed to witness a man who Ring Magazine rate as the seventh best fighter in the world performing on their turf.
In his early career so far, the 26-year-old Yokohama resident has already achieved a great deal.
At just 6-0 he became the WBC light-flyweight world champion, before then skipping over the flyweight division to become the WBO super-flyweight ruler two fights later.
After a number of defences that scared away most other champions, Inoue moved up to bantamweight and claimed the lesser WBA ‘regular’ belt from long-reigning Brit Jamie McDonnell by first-round knockout.
Now, the ‘Monster’ (indeed, that is his nickname) will attempt to cement his status as a legitimate three-weight champion by taking on IBF title-holder Rodriguez on Saturday.
In his October quarter-final, Inoue starched former titlist Juan Carlos Payano inside a round to guarantee his place against the Puerto Rican, who battled out a close decision win over Jason Moloney.
On Saturday night they meet in Glasgow, though Taylor takes centre stage.
What Is The World Boxing Super Series
The WBSS is a simple eight-man straight elimination tournament consisting of four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final.
Multi-millions of dollars are at stake with fighters earning more depending on how far they progress.
It is currently running in the cruiserweight (200lbs), super-lightweight (140lbs) and bantamweight (118lbs) divisions.
The ‘Tartan Tornado’ (another impressive moniker) has built on his solid amateur foundations to rack up a slate of wins in the professional ranks.
His career has been relatively fast tracked as he fought Dave Ryan for the Commonwealth title in just his seventh fight and stopped fellow highly-rated prospect Ohara Davies to go 10-0.
The 28-year-old established himself on the world stage last year with a hard-fought victory over Viktor Postol and then entered the WBSS.
In his quarter final, he put on a technically excellent performance and battered Ryan Martin into submission within seven rounds.
Meanwhile, Ivan Baranchyk has been looking similarly fearsome.
Though the 26-year-old cannot match Taylor’s pure boxing ability, he most certainly proved himself as a notable figure in the division last time out.
The pressure-fighting Belarusian pummelled Anthony Yigit in his quarter-final, which also had the vacant IBF super-lightweight world title at stake.
Saturday’s semi will be his first defence and is set to top off a magnificent night of action in Glasgow.
With the combination of Taylor vs Baranchyk and Inoue vs Rodriguez, this weekend’s World Boxing Super Series show is undoubtedly the best on UK shores this year.
Whatever you do, don’t miss it – live on talkSPORT and Sky Sports.
Josh Taylor believes his upcoming fight will be a world title challenge against IBF champion Ivan Baranchyk as initially planned.
The 28-year-old is lined up to face the Belarusian in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament that they both entered last year, however manager David McWater has given multiple interviews saying Baranchyk will be pulling out due to financial reasons.
Now though, tickets have gone on sale for the show and the IBF are said to have taken a significant step towards making this bout happen.
When asked about the situation, Taylor’s trainer Shane McGuigan told Boxing Social: “I’m getting probably the same rumours and whispers that you are… All I can say is we know we’re gonna be fighting for a world title in his next fight whether it’s Ivan Baranchyk or not.
“The IBF put Taylor vs Baranchyk to purse bids and the tournament has secured that, so I think it’s us against Baranchyk and if he doesn’t box, I think he gets stripped.
“That’s the information I’ve been told.”
If this is correct, then it would put Ivan Baranchyk and his manager in a difficult position regarding their future in the competition.
They had previously intended to pull out after money concerns stemming from the lateness of payment received after his quarter-final, however now could lose his world title if they do so.
“I don’t pay attention to any of it really,” Josh Taylor added, “I’m just focussing on May 18 and I’m focussing on Baranchyk.
“If the opponent does change, which I think’s unlikely, then I’ll adapt.
“I’m not too fussed. I’m focussing on May 18 and it’s 90 per cent looking like Baranchyk.”
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One name who had been rumoured as a potential replacement opponent, should Baranchyk pull out, is Taylor’s fellow Scot Ricky Burns.
The three-weight world champion is now entering the final stages of his career and would be a big underdog against his countryman, who believes that contest won’t happen,
“I think that ship has sailed a while ago now,” Taylor concluded, “I think that fight was probably attractive a couple of years ago.
“I think now it’s probably not looking likely to happen.”