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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”