Boxing news: Dangerous Russian light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol willing to fight Joshua Buatsi in UK

14 Oct

Dmitry Bivol would be happy to face Joshua Buatsi in the UK.

The 17-0 (11 KOs) WBA light-heavyweight world champion successfully defended his belt for the sixth time, in Chicago on Saturday night, as he coasted to a unanimous decision win over Lenin Castillo.

Dmitriy Bivol is the WBA light-heavyweight world champion
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Meanwhile in England, rising 26-year-old Buatsi is continuing his progression.

The highly touted 12-0 (10 KOs) prospect faces a step up against Blake Caparello on November 2 – a bout billed as a WBA eliminator which will take him closer to Bivol’s title.

When asked if he’d want to defend against Buatsi in future, the Russian told iFL TV: “Yeah, why not? It’s a good fight.

“I know he’s getting to be famous in the UK.

Joshua Buatsi won the British light-heavyweight title
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“And I know in the UK [there’s] a lot of boxing fans. I was there and I like UK fans because they love boxing.

“I would like to fight him, why not?

“He is a good fighter, bronze medallist Olympic games.

“If he [becomes] mandatory, I would give him a chance because he has a good name now.”

Bivol is a talented boxer who also possesses power
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Pressed further as to whether he’d travel to the UK for that fight, Bivol again stated: “Why not? Yeah.”

At 28, many already consider the Russian to be the world’s premier light-heavyweight, although he is yet to secure fights against the other champions.

In his last few outings, he’s looked somewhat less motivated as he continues to face the standard contenders, leading some to believe that Buatsi could now capitalise against him.

When presented with this notion, Bivol coldly responded: “Every people believes in his mistakes. Everyone can believe in something.”

Eddie Hearn vs Frank Warren: Who do the two promoters manage and how do their stables compare?

10 Oct

The boxing world is in fine fettle at the moment and that is largely thanks to two men – Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren.

The two promoters are among the leading names in the sport and both manage some of the biggest fighters in the world.

Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren are two of boxing’s biggest names
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Boxing is set to enjoy a huge end to 2019 and 2020 promises to be another thrilling year inside the ring.

Hearn and Warren will battle it out for supremacy over the coming months to catch the attention of the fans.

The pair oversee the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois, all of whom will be on show soon.

Hearn has welcomed the competition with his great rival, saying recently: “The competition between promoters is good for the fans.

“Frank Warren will always try and outdo us and we’ll make sure we stay number one and try and out outdo him, etc. And that’s great for the fans.”

So who do Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren manage and how do their stables compare?

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promote Anthony Joshua
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The main name on Eddie Hearn’s books is undoubtedly Anthony Joshua.

While AJ lost his world titles to Andy Ruiz Jr over the summer, he remains one of boxing’s biggest draws and will be looking to reclaim his heavyweight crowns in their rematch in December.

Other big names include Katie Taylor, Callum Smith, Oleksandr Usyk, Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker.

Hearn also manages Hughie Fury, cousin of Tyson who is on Frank Warren’s books, while the likes of Lawrence Okolio Scott Quigg, Anthony Crolla, Kell Brook, Joshua Buatsi, Luke Campbell and Billy Joe Saunders are also part of Matchroom Boxing.

Katie Taylor is one of boxing’s best
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Rest of stable

Nikita Ababiy, Murodjion Akmadaliev, Dave Allen, Demetrius Andrade, Qais Ashfaq, Martin Bakole, Jake Ball, Reece Bellotti, Conor Benn, Dmitry Bivol

Arthur Biyarslanov, Ricky Burns, Paul Butler, Scotty Cardle, Jono Carroll, Felix Cash, Ted Cheeseman, Kieron Conway, Joe Cordina, Shannon Courtenay

Jamie Cox, Tommy Coyle, Robbie Davies Jr, John Docherty, TJ Doheny, Charlie Edwards, Sam Eggington, Alexis Espino, Juan Francisco Estrada, Tevin Farmer

Rocky Fielding, Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Ford, Anthony Fowler, Charles Frankham, Kid Galahad, Murat Gassiev, Jordan Gill, Shakhram Giyasov, Devin Haney, Terri Harper

Maurice Hooker, Filip Hrgovic, Michael Hunter, Daniel Jacobs, Callum Johnson, Tasha Jonas, Otha Jones III, Josh Kelly, Israil Madrimov, Savannah Marshall, Reshat Mati, Gavin McDonnell

Jamie McDonnell, Sean McGoldrick, Marcus Morrison, Diego Pacheco, Craig Richards, Lewis Ritson, Daniel Roman, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, John Ryder, Amanda Serrano

Anthony Sims Jr, Stephen Smith, Liam Smith, Dalton Smith, Jessie Vargas, Martin Ward, Austin Williams, Gamal Yafai, Kal Yafai, Daniyar Yeleussinov

Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions

Tyson Fury is THE name on Frank Warren’s books and is arguably one of the most prominent sportsmen in the world right now.

All eyes are on Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder next year while fans are longing for him to face Joshua in the near future too.

Warren also has a number of top British talents in his yard including Carl Frampton, Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce, Nicola Adams, Anthony Yarde and Josh Warrington.

Frank Warren promotes Daniel Dubois
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Rest of stable

Alex Dickinson, Jonathan Palata, David Adeleye, Jack Massey, Jordan Thompson, James Branch, Lyndon Arthur, Tommy Fury

Kody Davies, Darryll Williams, Lerrone Richards, Ryan Hatton, Nathan Gorman, Zak Chelli, Umar Sadiq, Willy Hutchinson, Lewis Edmondson, Caoimhin Agyarko

Liam Williams, Mark Heffron, Troy Williamson, Denzel Bentley, Shakiel Thompson, JJ Metcalf, CJ Challenger, Jack McGann, Hamzah Sheeraz, George Davey

Chris Jenkins, Bradley Skeete, Johnny Garton, Sahir Iqbal, Sam Maxwell, Micky Burke Jr, Jack Catterall, Jeff Saunders, Eithan James, Simon Corcoran

Craig Evans, Alfie Price, Mohammed Bilal Ali, Mark Chamberlain, Sam Noakes, Sam Bowen, Archie Sharp, Zelfa Barrett, Lyon Woodstock

Ryan Garner, Brad Foster, Lucien Reid, Jake Pettitt, Shabaz Masoud, Zolani Tete, Dennis McCann, Sunny Edwards, Joe Maphosa, Harvey Horn

What fighters does Eddie Hearn manage? Full rundown of promoter’s all-star stable, including Anthony Joshua, Billy Joe Saunders and Kell Brook

10 Oct

Eddie Hearn is one of the most influential names in boxing, managing a host of household names and trying to create the blockbuster bouts fans crave.

Hearn has been undertaking a new role in the past few weeks, being the lead promoter for the YouTube boxing showdown between KSI and Logan Paul.

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promote Anthony Joshua
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But in his day job, Hearn is the managing director of Matchroom Boxing, a company which deals with some of the biggest boxers in the world.

His father, Barry Hearn, founded Matchroom Sport and now Eddie is the frontman when it comes to promoting bouts.

The likes of Anthony Joshua, Katie Taylor and Kell Brook are in Matchroom Boxing’s stable as is Oleksandr Usyk who takes on Chazz Witherspoon in Chicago this weekend.

There are a host of experienced and up-and-coming names on Hearn’s books with several world champions to boot.

Here’s a full rundown of all the boxers Hearn looks after.

Oleksandr Usyk is part of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing
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Matchroom Boxing stable

  • Anthony Joshua, Katie Taylor, Callum Smith, Oleksandr Usyk, Dillian Whyte, Lawrence Okolio,
  • Joseph Parker, Scott Quigg, Hughie Fury, Anthony Crolla, Kell Brook, Joshua Buatsi, Luke Campbell, Billy Joe Saunders
  • Nikita Ababiy, Murodjion Akmadaliev, Dave Allen, Demetrius Andrade, Qais Ashfaq, Martin Bakole, Jake Ball, Reece Bellotti, Conor Benn, Dmitry Bivol
  • Arthur Biyarslanov, Ricky Burns, Paul Butler, Scotty Cardle, Jono Carroll, Felix Cash, Ted Cheeseman, Kieron Conway, Joe Cordina, Shannon Courtenay
  • Jamie Cox, Tommy Coyle, Robbie Davies Jr, John Docherty, TJ Doheny, Charlie Edwards, Sam Eggington, Alexis Espino, Juan Francisco Estrada, Tevin Farmer
  • Rocky Fielding, Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Ford, Anthony Fowler, Charles Frankham, Kid Galahad, Murat Gassiev, Jordan Gill, Shakhram Giyasov, Devin Haney, Terri Harper
  • Maurice Hooker, Filip Hrgovic, Michael Hunter, Daniel Jacobs, Callum Johnson, Tasha Jonas, Otha Jones III, Josh Kelly, Israil Madrimov, Savannah Marshall, Reshat Mati, Gavin McDonnell
  • Jamie McDonnell, Sean McGoldrick, Marcus Morrison, Diego Pacheco, Craig Richards, Lewis Ritson, Daniel Roman, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, John Ryder, Amanda Serrano
  • Anthony Sims Jr, Stephen Smith, Liam Smith, Dalton Smith, Jessie Vargas, Martin Ward, Austin Williams, Gamal Yafai, Kal Yafai, Daniyar Yeleussinov

Ten boxing fights that definitely should be made next, but absolutely won’t be, featuring Lomachenko, Dubois and Usyk

1 Oct

In the sport of boxing you don’t always get the fights you want to see.

All the time we see fighters going the long way around towards bouts which, even to casual fans, seem like the most sensible options.

Anthony Joshua must beat Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch to set up mega fights
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Interest in the sport seems bigger than ever right now with audiences around the globe anticipating the next big battles in the ring.

So, bearing this in mind, talkSPORT has decided on ten fights we believe should happen next, even though they absolutely won’t.


1. Joe Joyce vs Daniel Dubois

⚖ Heavyweight

Back in March, the BBBofC ordered this fight for the vacant British title. In the end Joyce fought Bryant Jennings instead, allowing Dubois to face Nathan Gorman and win the belt. It’d now be an ideal contest for the vacant European title at the end of 2019, however Joyce’s team have repeatedly expressed their desire to face fringe world level contenders rather than Dubois at present.

2. Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford

⚖ Welterweight World Titles

After beating Shawn Porter, Spence holds two of the welterweight titles with Crawford and Manny Pacquiao possessing the others. A battle between the two American pound-for-pound rated stars is one of the best that could be made in boxing today, however, promotional conflicts between Bob Arum’s Top Rank (who represent Crawford) and Al Haymon’s PBC (who represent Spence) look likely to prevent it for the time being.

3. Mikey Garcia vs Regis Prograis/Josh Taylor

⚖ Super-Lightweight World Titles

On October 26, the consensus top two super-lightweights in the world – Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor – will meet in the WBSS tournament final. Not long ago, Garcia was an elite world champion in this division and it’d be great to see him now return to challenge whoever takes his place, following his unsuccessful jump up to welterweight. Sadly, it appears neither Prograis nor Taylor quite have the profile to make this fight a big enough payday for Garcia to justify the risk yet.

4. Vasyl Lomachenko vs Gervonta Davis

⚖ Lightweight World Titles

Davis is one of the top-rated youngsters in the sport and recently vacated his super-featherweight title to move up. In the lightweight division, Lomachenko currently reigns supreme with three of the major belts. You’d think Davis would now have to challenge Loma, however, it appears the WBA may make a new ‘regular’ belt for him if he faces Yuriorkis Gamboa instead. His team at Mayweather Promotions appear in no hurry to put him in with the Ukrainian.

5. Ryan Garcia vs Devin Haney

⚖ Lightweight

Elsewhere in the lightweight division, two of America’s hottest young talents are on the rise. 21-year-old Garcia is 18-0 and 20-year-old Haney is 23-0. While Haney appears further along in his development so far, a match-up between them at this stage would be a rare treat as it’s far more probable those guiding their careers will keep them apart until they can generate big money in future.

6. Callum Smith vs Billy Joe Saunders

⚖ Super-Middleweight World Titles

Smith and Saunders are both British, both unbeaten, both super-middleweight world champions and both have the same promoter – Eddie Hearn. Nevertheless, Hearn has disappointingly stated the pair are due to make defences of their titles against other opponents at the end of this year and may meet in 2020 instead.

7. Demetrius Andrade vs Jermall Charlo

⚖ Middleweight World Title

With Canelo Alvarez elevated to the WBC’s ‘franchise’ champion status, Charlo was recently made WBC ‘regular’ middleweight champion with many confused as to whether he should be considered a legitimate champion. One way to resolve this would be to match him against WBO title-holder Andrade – a fellow unbeaten American who is also struggling to get big fights elsewhere. Again, promotional conflicts will almost certainly stand in the way.

8. Oleksandr Usyk vs Joseph Parker/Derek Chisora

⚖ Heavyweight

After becoming undisputed cruiserweight king last year, Usyk has now scheduled his heavyweight debut against Tyrone Spong. Assuming he comes through as expected, the Ukrainian would face the perfect test if matched against the winner of Chisora vs Parker. Sadly, though, both Usyk and that winner will be well positioned to get heavyweight title shots in their own right and so would not need to risk their positions.

9. Josh Warrington vs Gary Russell Jr

⚖ Featherweight World Titles

IBF champion Warrington repeatedly stated he was desperate to unify his title against Oscar Valdez or Leo Santa Cruz this year, though neither have come to fruition with the pair instead moving up in weight. The other champion in the division is Russell Jr and he doesn’t have a fight scheduled, however these days he only competes once a year and so Josh is headed for a voluntary defence instead.

10. Anthony Yarde vs Joshua Buatsi

⚖ Light-Heavyweight

Having just suffered defeat to Sergey Kovalev in a valiant world title challenge, it’d be understandable for those guiding Yarde to want to build him back up first, but a far more exciting move would be to stage a clash of British contenders between himself and the unbeaten Buatsi. Promotional conflicts between Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn also stand in the way.

Joshua Buatsi wins by knockout on Lomachenko vs Campbell undercard, but KO is controversial

31 Aug

Joshua Buatsi put on an impressive display and won by vicious knockout on Saturday night, but his opponent wasn’t happy with the finish.

Ryan Ford put up a tough test and lasted seven rounds against one of the UK’s top prospects, though eventually went down after a punishing onslaught.

Joshua Buatsi was always in control against Ryan Ford
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However, replays showed that the decisive blow that saw the Canadian sink to the canvas came from a low shot and the beaten man complained about this in his post-fight interview.

The referee made nothing of Ford’s complaints and simply counted him out after he hit the deck.

Therefore, the result stood and Buatsi moved to 12-0 (10 KOs) regardless.

Ford protested the finish
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Joshua Buatsi vs Marco Antonio Periban announced for Anthony Joshua’s undercard, June 1 in New York

24 May

Joshua Buatsi will look to secure his eleventh professional win against Marco Antonio Periban on June 1 in New York.

The British light-heavyweight champion will appear on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden as he is signed to AJ’s management company.

Joshua Buatsi won bronze at the 2016 Olympics

His opponent Periban is known to British fans as he was stopped by James DeGale in 2014. He has not fought since losing a decision to Avni Yildirim in 2017.

“I’m excited to be in the United States for the first time,” said Buatsi.

“There is so much history here with this venue, the greats have fought here and to be able to say I’ve boxed at Madison Square Garden this early in my career is an honour.

“I’ve had a great camp in Miami and I can’t wait to get started and put on a fantastic performance for all the fans.”

Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon officially announced for Anthony Joshua undercard, June 1 in New York; Eddie Hearn details more plans

17 Apr

Katie Taylor will fight Delfine Persoon for the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight world titles on Anthony Joshua’s undercard, June 1 in New York.

The 32-year-old will appear on the show alongside Callum Smith, Joshua Buatsi and Josh Kelly at Madison Square Garden.

Katie Taylor is currently in possession of three of the four major world titles

Taylor already held three of the lightweight belts and will now fight for the elusive final title to become undisputed ruler of her division.

The Ring Magazine crown will also be on the line – for only the second time in women’s boxing history.

“It’s great that she has finally signed for the fight and I’m delighted that Eddie has been able to make it,” Taylor said when the bout was announced.

“When I turned professional my first goal was to win a world title but then my next priority was to become undisputed champion so obviously this fight gives me the opportunity to do that so it’s massive for my career.

Katie Taylor wants to become undisputed champion in her 14th fight

“Women’s boxing is in such great place right now and these are the kind of super fights that will really take it to new heights.

“Persoon is recognised as one of the best in the world pound-for-pound and has been the WBC champ now for over five years so it’s the best against the best. Madison Square Garden seems like the perfect setting for a fight of this magnitude.”

Eddie Hearn told IFLTV that Tommy Coyle vs Chris Algieri will also be on the show, as well as Taylor, Smith, Buatsi and Kelly.

Top 11 British boxers yet to win a world title, including Dillian Whyte, Chris Eubank Jr and Joshua Buatsi

26 Mar

British boxing is undergoing a period of transition and uncertainty at present.

This transition has been brought on by multiple top level UK fighters drawing their careers to a close, while the uncertainty stems from those still active deciding to head to America in search of greater riches.

All world champions are excluded from this list, even if they’ve since lost their belts

Recently, to name but a few, the likes of David Haye, Tony Bellew, James DeGale and George Groves have retired, leaving the ring for good.

As well as this, boxers such as Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Amir Khan and Callum Smith are all scheduled to have their first fights of 2019 in the States.

Therefore, talkSPORT.com have taken a look at some of the country’s best fighters who are yet to claim world title belts.

You can see the top ten ranking, below….

Criteria

 

This ranking is based on a subjective mix of the following three criteria:

  1. Result – The fighters’ official results always stand
  2. Performance – The manner in which the fighters win or lose
  3. Résumé – The opponents beaten/minor titles won

10. Kid Galahad (26-0, Featherweight)

In his next fight, Kid Galahad will challenge Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight title. Despite his earlier drugs ban, the awkward Sheffield man has built his way back up and last year defeated Toka Kahn Clary in a final eliminator to earn his shot.

9. Daniel Dubois (10-0, Heavyweight)

He may not yet have the deepest résumé, but Daniel Dubois’ performances in his first ten fights speak for themselves. The 21-year-old heavyweight is one of the country’s brightest prospects and recently blasted through former title challenger Razvan Cojanu in two rounds.

8. Joe Joyce (8-0, Heavyweight)

Within eight fights, Joe Joyce has put names such as Lenroy Thomas and Bermane Stiverne on his record, and won the Commonwealth title. While his performance last time out might not have been as scintillating as Daniel Dubois’, his slate of opponents beaten is enough to ensure a higher ranking.

=7. Anthony Yarde/Callum Johnson (18-0/18-1, Light-Heavyweights)

It’s tough to split Anthony Yarde and Callum Johnson at present as both have put on impressive performances over the past year. Yarde is unbeaten, but relatively untested, while Johnson suffered a loss in October, though this was admittedly at the highest level against Artur Beterbiev.

6. Dereck Chisora (29-9, Heavyweight)

The majority of this list will be prospects and contenders, however Dereck Chisora is one ageing war-horse who it would be unfair to leave out. Although the 35-year-old’s career is winding down, he proved last year against Carlos Takam and Dillian Whyte that he can still mix it at fringe world level.

5. Joshua Buatsi (10-0, Light-Heavyweight)

After just ten fights, Joshua Buatsi has claimed the British title and knocked out the likes of Liam Conroy and Renold Quinlan. He is yet to face top opposition, but it is the manner of the 26-year-old’s performances that has ensured him this lofty spot. He appears a truly special talent.

4. Luke Campbell (20-2, Lightweight)

In late 2017, Luke Campbell proved he can mix it at world level against Jorge Linares. He lost by split decision, but the Olympic gold medallist showed he’s worthy of another shot and recently avenged his defeat to Yvan Mendy to become WBC mandatory challenger.

3. Chris Eubank Jr (28-2, Super-Middleweight)

By beating James DeGale in February, Chris Eubank Jr finally achieved a career-defining win. Although he’s previously twice fallen short against top opposition, the Brighton man has looked devastating when facing those below world class. He must now attack the world champions once again.

2. Josh Taylor (14-0, Super-Lightweight)

On the verge of a world title opportunity, Josh Taylor seems a champion in waiting. The technical specialist put on a beautiful boxing display in his last bout against Ryan Martin, having earlier also beaten former world champions Viktor Postol and Miguel Vazquez.

1. Dillian Whyte (25-1, Heavyweight)

It was tough to split our top two, but Dillian Whyte just about has the edge at present. His wins over Lucas Browne, Dereck Chisora and most notably Joseph Parker last year have cemented his status as a top heavyweight contender. Although he was beaten by AJ, Whyte has bounced back and is now ready to take on the elite once again.

Honourable mentions:

Hughie Fury, Nathan Gorman, Lawrence Okolie, Craig Richards, John Ryder, Liam Williams, Anthony Fowler, Josh Kelly, Robbie Davies Jr, Jack Catterall, Lewis Ritson, Sam Bowen, Jordan Gill, Thomas Patrick Ward, Sunnny Edwards