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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Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch: Gareth A Davies calls for Katie Taylor to fight on Saudi Arabia undercard

12 Aug

Katie Taylor should create another piece of history by fighting on the undercard of the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch in Saudi Arabia, according to renowned boxing journalist Gareth A Davies.

It was announced last week that the huge rematch will land in a controversial location on December 7.

Katie Taylor became undisputed lightweight champion on the first Joshua vs Ruiz undercard
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When asked for an insight into reaction within the industry, Davies told Jim White on talkSPORT: “I tell you what I have had is several female colleagues that work in the fight world kind of disappointed that they’re gonna have to get special dispensation to go to Saudi and cover it.

“Also, of course, they have minders while they’re there, so they’re almost escorted.

“And I think it’s even harder for women when they’re single going there, believe it or not.

“I think that kind of thing casts appal over this event happening in Saudi because normal service can’t be resumed.”

The rematch has been announced for December 7 in Diriyah
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It is well known that the women’s rights debate in Saudi Arabia is a very contentious issues.

Over the past couple of years, the country have put into place several reforms which indicate progress, however ‘Human Rights Watch’ explains: “During the first months of 2018, Saudi Arabia allowed women to obtain driver’s licences and on June 24 lifted the longstanding ban on women driving.

“In the weeks leading up to the lifting of the ban, however, Saudi authorities carried out a wave of arrests of prominent women’s rights advocates.

“Authorities accused several of those detained of serious crimes, including ‘suspicious contact with foreign parties’ under dubious legal pretences.

“Government-aligned media outlets then carried out an alarming campaign against them, publishing their photos branded with the word ‘traitor.’”

Only very recently were women first allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia
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When asked for his own standpoint on the matter, Davies came up with a provocative suggestion: “I wanted it to be at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. I thought that was the rightful place to return.

“I don’t think it really matters to Andy Ruiz that much.

“I think Anthony Joshua would have preferred it in Cardiff but they are looking at a bigger purse and that’s why they’ve taken it.

“I’d like to see Matchroom throw a spanner in the works here by saying, ‘We want Katie Taylor to defend her world titles on the card as well.’

“That would really create some waves. I’m gonna ask him [Eddie Hearn] that at the press conference today and let’s see what he comes up with.”

Katie Taylor EXCLUSIVE: Delfine Persoon fight wasn’t a robbery, she can have a rematch… but probably not next

13 Jun

Katie Taylor has told talkSPORT.com she is more than happy to face Delfine Persoon again in what she has described as an ‘inevitable’ rematch.

Ireland’s 2012 Olympic gold medallist achieved professional greatness on June 1 in New York by defeating the Belgian on points to win the undisputed lightweight world title.

Katie Taylor now owns all of the belts at lightweight

Taylor already held the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, but added Persoon’s WBC crown to complete her collection, while also picking up the Ring Magazine title in the process.

When asked how it compares to her other career accomplishments, Taylor explained to talkSPORT.com: “Obviously becoming undisputed champion is the absolute pinnacle of boxing.

“I think that definitely surpasses anything that I’ve ever done as an amateur fighter, even though winning Olympic gold in London was a childhood dream.

“I think it’s every fighters dream to become the undisputed champion and to have all four belts.

“That is very, very special.”

Taylor was given the hardest fight of her career by Delfine Persoon

The fight itself was heralded as one of the greatest women’s contests of all time.

Taylor and Persoon battled for ten, tough rounds in a back-and-forth thriller, something the champion is very proud of.

She continued: “I think people were saying it’s the best fight they’ve ever seen, whether it’s male or female, so it’s exactly what women’s boxing needs.

“I don’t wanna be involved in too many of those fights mind you. It was too exciting for my liking, and too close.

“But it’s great to come out victorious from those battles.”

Taylor far from had things all her own way

While the victory crowned Taylor as undisputed lightweight champion, it ironically hasn’t come without a dispute.

The Irishwoman beat her Belgian counterpart by a razor-thin majority decision, with the judges’ scoring at 96-95, 96-95, 95-95.

Many pundits and observers have subsequently come out to express their doubts regarding whether the right woman won, with some even declaring it a ‘robbery’, though Taylor refuses to take this too seriously.

“I think that’s all part and parcel of professional boxing,” she counters.

“It was a very, very close fight and you can’t call a close fight a robbery really so I’m not really too sure what all the controversy is about it.

“I think when people actually go back and watch the fight, they see at most it was a draw, that’s how close the fight was.

“But I was talking to many people today who were actually ringside at the fight and they did see me winning the fight as well.

“I think people end to focus on the negative comments and that’s just human nature.”

Persoon was very unhappy with the decision

In the aftermath, Persoon told Belgian media she would be appealing the decision in an attempt to secure an immediate rematch.

When asked if a second fight could be on the horizon, Taylor concluded: “I’m very happy to give her a rematch whenever she wants it really.

“I don’t think it’s gonna happen in the next fight, but the rematch is gonna be inevitable.

“The rematch is going to be even more exciting and bigger than last week’s fight, but yeah, the controversy is ridiculous really and some of the scorecards.

“The judges who were judging the fight scored the fight fairly.”

Conor McGregor and Niall Horan throw support behind Katie Taylor ahead of unification lightweight bout on Anthony Joshua undercard

1 Jun

Conor McGregor has shown his support for Katie Taylor ahead of her undisputed lightweight clash in New York.

While the world will be waiting to see Anthony Joshua defend his heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz Jr in his US debut, that is not the only championship action taking place at Madison Square Garden.

Taylor will defend her IBF, WBA and WBO belts against experienced Belgian WBC holder Delfine Persoon as she aims to unify the division.

Former two-division UFC champion McGregor attended her bout against Cindy Serrano in October 2018 and the pair have been good friends since.

”This is one of my favourite pictures! ‬‪What an experience it was to watch this woman fight live! ” he wrote, with the image from backstage after that fight.

“If I was not in a cast from my own fight preparations, I would be ringside for this fight 100%! ‬Back this woman all the way!

“Aiming to become the Unified World Boxing Champion this weekend!

“The first boxer male or female from the Emerald Isle to ever reach this coveted position! Ireland’s Katie Taylor! What a woman.”

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist, will be aiming to win her 14 straight fight since turning professional in 2016 and has called Persoon her ‘toughest’ opponent to date.

Katie Taylor is taking on Delfine Persoon to become the undisputed lightweight champion
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“I feel great right now,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “It’s great to get the weigh-in over and done with. I know all the hard work is done and I’m definitely ready for tomorrow night.

“Delfine is a formidable champion, she’s a great champion. I know that it’s going to be my toughest fight to date but I am ready for this.

“I’ve put myself through the trenches for these last few months and I can’t wait to get in there tomorrow night.”

Also reminding her how much support Taylor had was Niall Horan, formerly of One Direction and partner in crime of Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist on talkSPORT.

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.

Eddie Hearn details undercard plans for Anthony Joshua vs Jarrell Miller including Kell Brook

20 Mar

Eddie Hearn is planning a busy night of boxing when Anthony Joshua fights Jarrell Miller on June 1.

The undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York is likely to feature Katie Taylor’s undisputed title fight against Delfine Persoon, as well as a host of other names.

Eddie Hearn is Anthony Joshua’s promoter

Eddie Hearn has given a comprehensive update on the show to IFLTV and you can read his summary for each potential fight below.

Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon

“I’m trying to make that fight for that date. We have a deal in principle, it’s just whether they sign a contract. Everything’s agreed.”

Chris Algieri vs Tommy Coyle

“It’s looking very likely, Algieri vs Coyle.”

Callum Smith

“Possibly, [it’s] more likely May 18 at the moment on the Usyk card. Just a voluntary defence, we’ve got a few guys in mind. It’d be the first of quite a quick schedule for Callum Smith. I want him to box three times this year. I want him to box May 18, then August or first week of September and then December.”

Kell Brook

“Very likely. Yes, basically. Sorting out [his opponent] at the moment.”

Joshua Buatsi

“We’ll see how he gets on on Saturday. I would love Buatsi to box on that card, but he’s very meticulous in his preparations so he wants to see how he feels after Saturday and he’s got to win on Saturday.

Josh Kelly

“Josh Kelly will box on that card, obviously he’s fighting April 20 and a big step up planned for MSG.”

You can watch the full IFLTV interview with Eddie Hearn below.

Eddie Hearn reveals ‘deals in principle’ for Katie Taylor to face Delfine Persoon and Amanda Serrano in 2019 super fights

16 Mar

Katie Taylor’s next two fights are very likely to be big ones, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The unified WBA and IBF lightweight champion added the WBO belt to her collection by stopping Rose Volante on Friday night in Philadelphia.

Katie Taylor is now WBA, IBF & WBO lightweight champion

Taylor now intends to fight for the fourth and final lightweight world title – currently held by 43-1 Delfine Persoon of Belgium – and become undisputed champion on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Jarrell Miller in New York.

“I don’t wanna jinx it, but we have a deal in principle,” Eddie Hearn said after the Volante win.

“The team have definitely shown an interest an given us an ‘in principle’ deal to fight on June 1.

Delfine Persoon is WBC lightweight champion

“I wanted to get tonight out of the way because I didn’t wanna start signing contracts until we got through tonight.

“They’ll get one on Monday and if they’re true to their word – which I believe they will be – then it will be announced in the next two weeks.”

Hypothetically, should Katie Taylor win this fight and become undisputed lightweight ruler, she would then likely meet with another history maker in the form of Amanda Serrano.

Amanda Serrano has won world titles in every division from super-flyweight to super-lightweight

Taylor defeated Amanda’s sister Cindy in October, but now is being lined up to face the seven-weight world champion herself.

“Serrano’s contracted to fight Katie,” Hearn continued.

“She’s due to have one more fight which will be in May/June and then fight Katie Taylor. So we hope that happens as well.”