London will play host to a fascinating Lightweight title fight this weekend as Luke Campbell dares to be great against Vasyl Lomachenko.
The 2012 Olympic Gold medallist returns to the city where his dreams came true as he prepares to challenge one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
Wilder rules out Joshua…for now
Deontay Wilder has revealed he does not see him a fight with Anthony Joshua taking place anytime soon.
Since 2017 after Joshua toppled Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley, the clamour from fans to see the two heavyweights finally square off has been huge.
But politics and AJ’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz has meant the fight is still yet to happen. Given Wilder has rematches with Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury to contend with, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ does not foresee a fight with the Brit on the horizon.
“Ortiz is definitely happening,” Wilder told BBC Sport. “I am looking forward to fighting him.
“After I knock him out I will go to Fury, knock him out and then we will go for a unification
“Once I get rid of Ortiz, I will get rid of Fury too. We will figure it out but Ortiz comes first.
“I saw Ruiz punch Joshua in the temple and it knocked his equilibrium out.
“He could not recover and that meant he got knocked down four times.
“When you are in a situation where you have not been before, it is like life teaching you a lot of lessons on the job.
“At that moment on the job for Joshua, he had to learn and could not pull through.
“But having fallen this time in life, the next time he might pull through because he has experienced it before and he should be able to correct the wrongs.”
But Wilder does not think Joshua will be able to right those wrongs.
He added: “Ruiz in my opinion [will win again]. I feel Joshua does not know how he lost, and that means he will not know how to set up a proper training camp – but anything is possible.”
Usyk to challenge Spong in heavyweight debut
Oleksandr Usyk will finally make his professional heavyweight debut against Tyron Spong, according to reports.
The former undisputed cruiserweight champion last fought in November as he stopped Tony Bellew in Manchester to confirm his status as the best in the world at 200lbs.
After beating ‘The Bomber’, a move to heavyweight was confirmed, but the Ukrainian was forced to pull out of his fight with Carlos Takam due to injury.
But now, according to Mike Coppinger, Usyk will now square off against American Spong on DAZN in Chicago, Illinois on October 12.
Spong has a fight this Saturday against Jeyson Minda, although it is only an eight-round contest. The 33-year-old is ranked as No.5 contender by the WBO.
Usyk himself is the mandatory contender with WBO and the sanctioning body could call that fight in 2020. Andy Ruiz Jr currently holds the belts, but if he loses to Anthony Joshua, Matchroom could organise the fight with relative ease.
Loma vs Inoue tipped to happen by Arum
Bob Arum has revealed Vasyl Lomachenko could drop down to Featherweight in order to face the fearsome Naoya Inoue.
The Ukrainian maestro is preparing to face Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC Lightweight title and plans to unify all of the belts at 135lbs.
However, once he has done so, Arum confirmed the 31-year-old would go down in weight as opposed to up.
Lomachenko is a three-weight world champion and the legendary Top Rank promoter believes returning to Featherweight is a real possibility for the man known as ‘Hi-Tech’.
“He’s a featherweight,” Arum said. “He had to eat extra food to box at 135.
“We have Jamel Herring, Miguel Berchelt [respectively WBO and WBC super-featherweight champion], Oscar Valdez, Carl Frampton, we have plenty of activity. Herring is fighting [Lamont] Roach next and if Frampton says he wants to fight him, we can arrange that.
“If we can’t get decent fights at lightweight, we will drop down and fight at 130 or 126.”
Arum also hinted Inoue, the WBA and IBF bantamweight champion, could also be in Lomachenko’s future if he moves up.
“He’s a big kid and could go up to 126 and he says he wants to fight Lomachenko,” Arum said. “There will be plenty of big fights for Loma.”
Hatton teases Tommy Fury after Love Island stint
Tommy Fury is back in training after his stint on Love Island, but this has not stopped trainer Ricky Hatton from teasing the light-heavyweight.
The 20-year-old finished as Runner-Up on the hit ITV2 show, postponing his professional career in the process.
The 2-0 slugger was wrapping his hands in pink tape ahead of some pad work, with Hatton unable to resist teasing Fury.
“I’ve seen it all now,” he said. “Tommy has come off Love Island and he’s wearing pink f****** hand wraps!”