Boxing news: Deontay Wilder rules out Anthony Joshua fight, Oleksandr Usyk rumoured heavyweight opponent and Naoya Inoue targets Vasily Lomachenko

30 Aug

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.

Vasyl Lomachenko is returning to London after his triumph at the Olympics in 2012
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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.

Deontay Wilder has ruled out fighting Anthony Joshua any time soon
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“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 smashed Tony Bellew back in November
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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 refused to rule out a Lomachenko vs Inoue clash at Featherweight
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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.

Vasyl Lomachenko is a three-weight world champion
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“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 made a name for himself on Love Island
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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!”

Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire officially announced for World Boxing Super Series final on November 7 in Japan

8 Aug

Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire will meet in a firecracker of a World Boxing Super Series final clash on November 7 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

The Japanese IBF champion, and rising pound for pound star, will meet the Filipino WBA champion, and legendary veteran, in the concluding bout of the bantamweight tournament.

Inoue is already a three-weight world champion
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Inoue (26 years old, 18-0) knocked out Juan Carlos Payano in round one of his quarter-final and then stopped Emmanuel Rodriguez in round two of his semi as he blitzed his way to the grand stage.

Meanwhile, Donaire (36 years old, 40-5) overcame Ryan Burnett as he suffered an injury and had to withdraw from their quarter-final, and then knocked out replacement Stephon Young after Zolani Tete suffered a similar fate to Burnett and was ruled out of their semi.

The final will be on a Thursday, as is not completely out of the ordinary for boxing events in Japan.

It is set to take place at the Saitama Super Arena – the very same venue at which Floyd Mayweather knocked out Tenshin Nasukawa in their bizarre exhibition last December.

Nonito Donaire is a legendary four-weight world champion
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“I can’t wait for the final,” said Inoue.

“Donaire is to me a legend in the sport of boxing, and I am honoured to be sharing the ring with him in the final.

“But I will do my very best to win against the legend to claim the Ali trophy.”

Donaire replied: “I am looking forward to the final in Japan and a great fight. I have fought several world champions, and I will come well prepared.

“Inoue is an amazing fighter, but I saw flaws in his semi-final, and I think I can definitely create a game plan against him and win the Ali Trophy.”

Josh Taylor and Billy Joe Saunders results: Two new British world champions crowned

19 May

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.

Josh Taylor has won his first world title in just his 15th fight

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.

Taylor has made it to the WBSS final

“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.

Meanwhile at Stevenage FC’s Lamex Stadium, Saunders comfortably outpointed Shefat Isufi.

The contest was extremely one-sided except for one moment in the sixth when the overmatched German opponent stunned the hometown Brit with a right hand.

Other than that, Saunders dominated to claim the WBO super-middleweight title and become a two-weight world champion.

Billy Joe Saunders is now a two-weight world champion

“He caught me with a good shot,” said BJS after the win, “It just makes you aware.

“I haven’t been in a meaningful fight for 14 months.

“It was what it was. My boxing ability will always take me further in the sport.”

Joyce will return on July 13

On the undercards, Japanese pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue blasted out Emmanuel Rodriguez to take the IBF bantamweight title.

He will now face WBA champion Nonito Donaire in his World Boxing Super Series tournament final.

Elsewhere, Joe Joyce moved to 9-0 with a third-round stoppage win over Alexander Ustinov.

Not to be missed – Josh Taylor and Naoya Inoue headline UK’s best boxing show of 2019

16 May

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.

Josh Taylor (14-0, 12 KOs) and Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs) are the stars

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.

Inoue is pound-for-pound one of the hardest punchers in boxing

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.

Taylor is highly touted and expected to win world titles

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.

The best boxing match to be made in every weight class, including Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Canelo Alvarez

2 Apr

The beginning of 2019 has been a frustrating time for boxing fans, because most of the sport’s premier match-ups simply aren’t coming to fruition.

Aside from in the middleweight division – where Canelo Alvarez fights Daniel Jacobs in a May 4 unification – the best bouts in boxing are scarcely being put together, with a variety of mismatches instead taking their place.

Canelo Alvarez will unify middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs in May

In many cases, promotional and broadcast disparities are at the heart of this issue, with multiple top fighters now signed/aligned exclusively to one side.

A prime example of this is at heavyweight, where Anthony Joshua works with Eddie Hearn on DAZN, Deontay Wilder with Al Haymon on Showtime and Tyson Fury with Bob Arum/Frank Warren on ESPN.

The below list removes these irritating boundaries and simply names the best possible fight that could be made in each of boxing’s 17 weight classes at present.

🥊 Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

⚖ Heavyweight (200lbs+)

The consensus suggested that Fury beat Deontay Wilder in their controversial December draw. As a result, an all-British showdown between him and unified champion Joshua is the best bout to be made at heavyweight. It would also be a colossal event and the biggest fight in British history.

🥊 Mairis Briedis vs Yunier Dorticos

⚖ Cruiserweight (200lbs)

With the top two cruiserweights – Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev – moving up to heavyweight, the division has opened up. Thankfully, the next best remaining fighters are in a WBSS tournament with Briedis in one semi-final in June and Dorticos in another. If both win, they’ll meet later this year.

🥊 Dmitry Bivol vs Artur Beterbiev

⚖ Light-Heavyweight (175lbs)

Light-heavyweight contains four unique world champions and is stacked with talent, making it one of the tougher divisions to choose from. While Sergey Kovalev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk are both top class, a mouth-watering unification between power punchers Bivol and Beterbiev tops the lot.

🥊 Callum Smith vs David Benavidez

⚖ Super-Middleweight (168lbs)

Both Smith and Benavidez tower above most super-middleweights, but would prove an even match for one another. Benavidez was stripped of his world title last year after testing positive for cocaine, but is now in position to win it back again and could then unify against Smith.

🥊 Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin III

⚖ Middleweight (160lbs)

Quite remarkably, the best fight to be made at middleweight is actually happening as Canelo faces Daniel Jacobs on May 4. Aside from that unification, a trilogy bout between Canelo and GGG is still an incredible match-up because the result of their thrilling rematch was disputed.

🥊 Jarrett Hurd vs Jaime Munguia

⚖ Super-Welterweight (154lbs)

It sounds as if Jermell Charlo will get the chance to regain his WBC title from Tony Harrison in June, with the aim of unifying against Hurd afterwards. While this is a tantalising prospect, a unification with hard-hitting young Mexican Munguia is undoubtedly the best fight available at present.

🥊 Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford

⚖ Welterweight (147lbs)

A match-up between welterweight king Spence and three-weight world champion Crawford is one of the best that can be made in the entire sport. Both are in the pound-for-pound top ten and both hold titles at 147lbs. A potential all-American clash for the ages.

🥊 Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor

⚖ Super-Lightweight (140lbs)

Unlike any other division, the best fight to be made at super-lightweight contains two men who are yet to become champions. Prograis and Taylor are both due to fight for titles imminently. Like with the cruiserweights, the pair are on a collision course to meet in a WBSS final this year.

🥊 Vasyl Lomachenko vs Mikey Garcia

⚖ Lightweight (135lbs)

Despite his recent defeat to Errol Spence at welterweight, Garcia is still an elite fighter in his natural division. Many previously saw the four-weight champion as the only man to challenge three-weight star Lomachenko, although it remains to be seen whether Garcia can return to lightweight.

🥊 Gervonta Davis vs Miguel Berchelt

⚖ Super-Featherweight (130lbs)

Davis stands out as the most eye-catching super-featherweight at present, with Berchelt and Tevin Farmer hot on his heels. It’s tough to pick which of the latter pair would provide the toughest test for Davis, but a unification with come-forward Mexican Berchelt would almost certainly be most explosive.

🥊 Leo Santa Cruz vs Gary Russell Jr

⚖ Featherweight (126lbs)

On current form, Josh Warrington is the best featherweight on Earth, however American champions Santa Cruz and Russell Jr are both elite, long-reigning title-holders. Oscar Valdez also owns a belt and a fight featuring any two of these four would be a must-see. The all-US showdown is probably the best.

🥊 Rey Vargas vs Daniel Roman

⚖ Super-Bantamweight (122lbs)

Super-bantamweight in an understated division in boxing today, with two long-reigning champions and two boxers who only won their titles late last year. There aren’t many huge fights to make in the weight class, but a clash of established rulers Vargas and Roman would be one to get excited for.

🥊 Naoya Inoue vs Luis Nery

⚖ Bantamweight (118lbs)

Mexico’s Nery is hated in Japan due to the drug/weight issues encountered when he twice beat Shinsuke Yamanaka. Now, the Japanese have a new hero in the form of Inoue. If he comes through the WBSS tournament and Nery reclaims his old WBC title, a bout between them would be irresistible.

🥊 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Jerwin Ancajas

⚖ Super-Flyweight (115lbs)

The super-flyweight division stagnated in the latter half of 2018, but a unification between Srisaket and Ancajas would change this completely. The Thai Rungvisai emerged from obscurity in 2017 with back-to-back wins over former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez. He’s also beaten Juan Estrada.

🥊 Kosei Tanaka vs Charlie Edwards

⚖ Flyweight (112lbs)

At the end of last year, Edwards took Cristofer Rosales’ title with a fantastic performance which put forward his case for being the world’s best flyweight. Tanaka meanwhile was involved in a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender against Sho Kimura and would dispute Edwards’ claim as he’s won belts in three divisions.

🥊 Ken Shiro vs Hiroto Kyoguchi

⚖ Light-Flyweight (108lbs)

Shiro and Kyoguchi are two more of Japan’s rising stars from the smaller weight classes. The former has put together a nice run of wins, although the latter is a two-weight champion and recently stopped Hekkie Budler, a result that thrust him into the light-flyweight big time.

🥊 Wanheng Menayothin vs Knockout CP Freshmart

⚖ Minimumweight (105lbs)

The champion with the best numerical record in all of boxing is Thailand’s 52-0 Wanheng. The 33-year-old brought attention to a much-ignored division last year as he topped Floyd Mayweather’s famous 50-0 slate. He’s held his belt for four years, but is yet to unify – step forward fellow Thai Freshmart.

Pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue announces Emmanuel Rodriguez fight for May 18 in Scotland

13 Feb

Japanese star Naoya Inoue has announced will have his next fight in the UK.

The pound-for-pound rated two-weight world champion will look to become a three-weight king against IBF bantamweight titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez on May 18 at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

Naoya Inoue currently holds the lesser WBA ‘regular’ belt

The bout has wound up in the UK as Inoue is currently taking part in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament.

His semi-final with Rodriguez is set to share a double-header with Scottish super-lightweight star Josh Taylor, who will have his own semi-final on the same night.

Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue is still only 17-0 (15 KOs) and has blasted through the light-flyweight and super-flyweight ranks at just 25 years of age.

Now up at bantamweight, he hopes to conquer a new division and win his first recognised world title at the weight when he takes on Rodriguez on May 18.

Naoya Inoue produced a devastating KO of Juan Carlos Payano in his quarter-final

“My destiny is to win the prestigious Ali Trophy and prove I am the best bantamweight in the world,” said Inoue.

“I cannot wait to box in the United Kingdom in front of their loud fans and I will show them a ‘Monster’ performance.”

Top ten pound-for-pound boxers in the world, including Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez

1 Jan

It’s fair to say boxing has no dominant pound-for-pound king right now.

Unlike in some past eras – such as Floyd Mayweather’s in the not too distant past – there is now genuine debate about who is boxing’s best today.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are previous pound-for-pound kings
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The pound-for-pound argument is probably one of the most contentious in the sport and everyone seems to have an opinion on it.

Some rank the best fighters in the world based purely on the manner of their performances – how they look.

Some rank them based purely on their résumés and weigh up who has the best recorded wins.

Some take other factors such as activity and official results into account, too, meaning the whole thing becomes one big confusing mess.

Therefore, talkSPORT.com is going to lay out its criteria (based roughly on Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound criteria) for this list right now:

CRITERIA

  1. Result – The official result always stands and ultimately trumps the other factors. The other three are all equally important.
  2. Performance – The manner in which a fighter wins or loses.
  3. Résumé – The opponents beaten/titles won.
  4. Activity – How often a fighter is fighting against top level opposition

10. Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs)

America’s Mikey Garcia is an imperious, four-weight world champion. Recently, in search of a new challenge, the 31-year-old jumped up again and attempted to become a five-weight king by fighting Errol Spence. However, he was dominated from start to finish and lost by shut-out.

9. Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3, 27 KOs)

Juan Estrada recovered from his light-flyweight title loss to Roman Gonzalez in fantastic fashion as the Mexican went on to win unified titles at flyweight before now winning the WBC belt at super-flyweight. The Mexican two-weight world champion demonstrated his elite boxing ability against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, taking the title in impressive fashion.

8. Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs)

When in his prime a decade ago, Manny Pacquiao previously held the pound-for-pound throne for several years until being beaten in 2012. Now, with an astonishing resurgence at the age of 40, the eight-weight champion has regained his place on the list having beaten Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman to become a welterweight king once again.
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7. Errol Spence (25-0, 21 KOs)

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence has now made three defences since defeating Kell Brook to claim the belt in 2017. Spence stopped Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo before also dominating Mikey Garcia.

6. Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs)

When GGG finally got the super-fight he’d wanted against Mexican star Canelo Alvarez, many thought he won clearly, but it was ruled a draw. Their rematch a year later was far closer, and this time Canelo was awarded a narrow victory. The Kazakh’s status has taken a hit following his first loss, though the manner of his performances keep him ranked as one of the world’s best.

5. Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs)

Japanese three-weight world champion Naoya Inoue has already blasted through the light-flyweight and super-flyweight ranks, and is now a dominant force at bantamweight. In his last three fights, the 26-year-old blitzed Jaime McDonnell, Juan Carlos Payano and Emmanuel Rodriguez within a combined total of four rounds.
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4. Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs)

In just 16 fights, Oleksandr Usyk has cleaned out his entire division, becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion. What’s even more impressive is that the Ukrainian has won all of his big fights in his opponents’ back yard, travelling to face the likes of Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew in the UK.

3. Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs)

America’s Terence Crawford has won world titles in three weight classes, including becoming undisputed super-lightweight king. However, he is yet to face elite opposition. The WBO welterweight champion ranks so highly based on achievements and the manner of his consecutive victories, but must unify with the other welterweights if he wants to become pound-for-pound king.

2. Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs)

Mexico’s WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titlist has a number of impressive names on his win sheet, including the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, Daniel Jacobs, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosely, Amir Khan and Austin Trout. However, as some of those have come with a fair portion of controversy, he doesn’t quite take our pound-for-pound top spot at present.

1. Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs)

After an historic 396-1 amateur career, double Olympic gold medallist Vasyl Lomachenko turned professional in 2013 and proceeded to jump straight into world class match-ups. The Ukrainian has since become a three-weight world champion, utilising his ethereal boxing ability to conquer the likes of Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares.
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October’s biggest boxing matches to look out for including Terence Crawford, Billy Joe Saunders and Naoya Inoue

30 Sep

There’s plenty of boxing to look forward to in October.

A couple of pound-for-pound stars – Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue – are in action over the next few weeks alongside a whole host of other world class talent.

The World Boxing Super Series is also set to start up again with their new cruiserweight, super-lightweight and bantamweight tournaments.

You can read a full rundown of the upcoming boxing schedule below.

October is a busy month for boxing.

October 6: Jack Catterall vs Ohara Davies (Super-Lightweight) – Leicester Arena, UK

Controversial super-lightweight Ohara Davies heads into the second big domestic clash of his career, having lost the first to rising talent Josh Taylor. This time, he meets the unbeaten Jack Catterall, who is yet to be tested at this level. Nicola Adams and Daniel Dubois return on the card.

October 6: Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Johnson (IBF Light-Heavyweight Title) – Wintrust Arena, Chicago, USA

The headline bout on this show is a welterweight clash between Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme. However, live on talkSPORT, the undercard features Callum Johnson challenging Artur Beterbiev for his IBF light-heavyweight crown and Gavin McDonnell taking on Daniel Roman for the WBA super-bantamweight strap. Heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller will meet the likely overmatched Tomasz Adamek.

October 6: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Iran Diaz (WBC Super-Flyweight Title) – Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand

After some personal problems, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is having a second tune-up bout of 2018 before getting back into the fray against the super-flyweight elite next year.

Srisaket famously knocked out Roman Gonzalez in 2017

October 7: Naoya Inoue vs Juan Carlos Payano (WBA ‘Regular’ Bantamweight Title) – Yokohama Arena, Japan

The World Boxing Super Series returns with a bantamweight quarter-final between Japanese pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue and Juan Carlos Payano. Kiryl Relikh defends his WBA title in a separate quarter-final from the super-lightweight tournament on the undercard.

October 13: Lewis Ritson vs Francesco Patera (European Lightweight Title) – Radio Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK

Geordie hero Lewis Ritson looks to continue his destructive win streak while moving up to European level, live on talkSPORT. The unbeaten 25-year-old blitzed through the British scene and now takes on Francesco Patera for the vacant EBU title with Joshua Buatsi, Dave Allen and Robbie Davies Jr vs Glenn Foot on the undercard.

October 13: Martin Bakole vs Michael Hunter (Heavyweight) – York Hall, London, UK

Rising heavyweight prospect Martin Bakole could be one to watch out for. His next fight sees him face a man only beaten once, by cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk. It’s a good step up for Bakole after just eleven fights.

October 13: Zolani Tete vs Mikhail Aloyan (WBO Bantamweight Title) – Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg, Russia

The second week of World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals features UK-based South African Zolani Tete defending his WBO title against Russia’s Mikhail Aloyan in the bantamweight tournament, while Andrew Tabiti fights Ruslan Fayfer in the cruiserweight version.

Last year Zolani Tete scored the quickest knockout in the history of boxing world title fights with his eleven-second KO of Siboniso Gonya

October 13: Terence Crawford v Jose Benavidez Jr (WBO Welterweight Title) – CHI Health Center, Omaha, USA

After winning the undisputed super-lightweight championship, Terence Crawford moved up to welterweight and claimed the WBO belt from Jeff Horn. His first defence sees him take on an unbeaten, but seemingly overmatched opponent in Jose Benavidez Jr.

October 20: Anthony Yarde vs Walter Gabriel Sequeira (Light-Heavyweight) – Brentwood Centre, Essex, UK

Light-heavyweight prospect Anthony Yarde has generated a lot of hype, but is still continuing to learn his trade against Walter Gabriel Sequeira, with a British welterweight title fight between Gary Corcoran and Johnny Garton on the bill.

October 20: Billy Joe Saunders vs Demetrius Andrade (WBO Middleweight Title) – TD Garden, Boston, USA

Billy Joe Saunders is set to defend his middleweight world title against technical American Demetrius Andrade, live on talkSPORT. However the bout is in doubt due to Saunders testing positive for oxilofrine. If he is licenced, the fight will go on. If not, Andrade will fight Walter Kautondokwa for the belt instead. James Tennyson challenges Tevin Farmer for his IBF super-lightweight title on the card, which also features Katie Taylor, Kid Galahad and Scott Quigg.

If Saunders isn’t licenced by the Massachusetts Commission, Andrade will face a replacement

October 20: Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Jason Moloney (IBF Bantamweight Title) – CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida

The World Boxing Super Series’ third week of quarter-finals sees newly-crowned IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez defend against Jason Moloney. Also, returning cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos squares off against Mateusz Masternak.

October 20: Ryota Murata vs Rob Brant (WBA ‘Regular’ Middleweight Title) – Park Theater, Las Vegas, USA

Japanese Olympic gold medallist and middleweight sensation Ryota Murata holds the lesser ‘regular’ version of the WBA title which is truly held by Canelo Alvarez. He will defend this strap against once-beaten American Rob Brant in Las Vegas.

October 27: John Ryder vs Andrey Sirotkin (Super-Middleweight) – Copper Box, London, UK

This bill features no big-name attractions, but does entail five intriguing 50/50 fights. The card is live on talkSPORT and sees John Ryder vs Andrey Sirotkin (final eliminator for Callum Smith), Ted Cheeseman vs Asinia Byfield (British super-welterweight title), Luke Watkins vs Isaac Chamberlain, Jake Ball vs Craig Richards and Ryan Doyle vs Jordan Gill (Commonwealth featherweight title).

October 27: Kubrat Pulev vs Hughie Fury (Heavyweight) – Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria

Both Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller turned down this IBF final eliminator, but Hughie Fury stepped up and will travel to Bulgaria to face Kubrat Pulev in his own back yard. Fury lost a close fight to Joseph Parker for the WBO belt last year, though he’s only young and is now one win away from becoming IBF mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua.

Hughie Fury lost by majority decision against Joseph Parker in 2017

October 27: Daniel Jacobs vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko (IBF Middleweight Title) – MSG Theater, New York, USA

Sergiy Derevyanchenko was Gennady Golovkin’s mandatory challenger earlier this year, however GGG had other ideas and faced Vanes Martirosyan and Canelo Alvarez instead. He was therefore stripped of his IBF title, which is now being fought for by Derevyanchenko and Daniel Jacobs. Alberto Machado defends his WBA ‘regular’ super-featherweight crown on the card.

October 27: Regis Prograis vs Terry Flanagan (Super-Lightweight) – Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, USA

October’s final week of World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals sees Manchester’s Terry Flanagan face hot US contender Regis Prograis in a tough super-lightweight clash. Ivan Baranchyk and Anthony Yigit face off for the vacant IBF super-lightweight title in another quarter-final that night.