Boxing news: Eddie Hearn gives news updates on Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Oleksandr Usyk, Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Demetrius Andrade and more

25 Sep

Since expanding into the US market in late 2017, Eddie Hearn has grown an enormous stable of fighters from across the globe.

Somehow the Matchroom boss has little trouble keeping across all of their careers and can provide updates on all of them off the top of his head.

We asked him to do this for a select few fighters and explain the latest on their next fight plans.

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Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith and Demetrius Andrade

“It’s gonna be an American opponent [for Billy Joe Saunders on November 9 in LA]. You’ve got three guys that we represent that not everybody’s crazy about fighting. Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Demetrius Andrade. So the answer is – put them all in with each other. If they can’t get Canelo and Golovkin let them fight each other, because they’re all up for that.”

Amir Khan and Kell Brook

“We’re talking, I’m due a meeting with him [Khan] and we’ll see. I think they both want one fight in December and then try and make the fight for Spring.”

Maurice Hooker

“[His next fight will be] December 13 and he’s moving to 147lbs, but we’ll probably just fight him at 143lbs, 144lbs this time, just to see how he feels.”

Martin Bakole

“He was gonna fight in Chicago, but it looks like he might fight in Newcastle [October 19] now. Whether that fight happens in Newcastle or in Monaco [November 30], it looks like he’s gonna fight Evgeny Romanov the Russian, which is a good tough fight.”

Oleksandr Usyk

“[After Tyrone Spong on October 12], he’s mandatory for the winner of Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua so I think he’ll just wait. I think he’ll wait and then fight the winner.”

Tevin Farmer

“Jojo Diaz. We’re gonna fire in an offer to Golden Boy today for that fight, I think Tevin Farmer against Jojo Diaz is the perfect fight for both.”

Murat Gassiev

“[He will make his heavyweight debut on] December 13 or in Monaco [on November 30].”

Boxing news: Tyson Fury boasts he would beat Oleksandr Usyk ‘with one arm tied behind my back’

7 Sep

Tyson Fury has clarified that he would be very confident of beating Oleksandr Usyk, should they ever meet in the ring.

The ‘lineal’ heavyweight champion named Ukraine’s former undisputed cruiserweight champion as one of his biggest threats earlier this week, but has now made it clear that he still sees him as easy pickings.

Tyson Fury has been known to showboat against his opponents

Fury told CBS Sports: “I don’t think much about [Usyk], to be honest.

“He never enters the brain waves. Never. He’s not someone I’d rather think about, to be honest.

“I could probably beat Usyk with one arm tied behind my back and I’ll let you pick which one you want me to fight with, left or right.

“Either way it would be goodnight.”

Oleksandr Usyk punished Tony Bellew after being taunted by him earlier in their fight

When asked to give a wider assessment of his division, a dismissive Fury added: “The boxing scene, I’m quite sick of, actually.

“I’m quite sick of boxing. Andy Ruiz, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, etc.

“F*** me, the list goes on and on and on. And there’s going to be another 10 coming out of the woodwork anytime soon.

“There is so many but what does it really matter? They are all motherf*****s anyway and they are all going to get f****d up.”

Boxing news: Tyson Fury names Oleksandr Usyk as the biggest threat to his unbeaten record after Deontay Wilder

5 Sep

Tyson Fury believes Oleksandr Usyk is the biggest threat to him at heavyweight, after Deontay Wilder.

The ‘lineal’ champion already fought and drew with Wilder in December, though many believe he did enough to win the bout and his WBC belt.

Tyson Fury faces Otto Wallin next, then Deontay Wilder again

Having been knocked down by the American twice, Fury knows just how dangerous he is and admitted he’s the biggest threat as they prepare to rematch early next year.

The ‘Gypsy King’ answered ESPN’s question: “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.”

Fury was floored by Wilder twice

Fury then added: “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.”

Usyk was the first boxer in history to hold all four major world titles at cruiserweight

Usyk is yet to make his debut as a heavyweight, though made quite the impression by cleaning out the entire cruiserweight division to win the World Boxing Super Series last year.

The Ukrainian won all four major world titles to become undisputed champion and is now moving up to boxing’s glamour division to compete against the top men.

Before those challenges, his first fight at heavyweight will come against Tyrone Spong on October 12 in Chicago.

Spong 14-0 (13 KOs) is a Dutch, 34-year-old former kickboxer who will be making a massive jump up in class.

“He is a fast and powerful heavyweight who has had much success in the ring,” Usyk said.

“I must come through this test to challenge for the world heavyweight title I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Boxing news: Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyrone Spong officially announced for October 12 in Chicago

3 Sep

Oleksandr Usyk will make his heavyweight debut against Tyrone Spong on October 12 at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, it was officially announced today.

The former undisputed cruiserweight champion was due to have his first heavyweight bout against Carlos Takam on May 25, but pulled out due to injury.

Oleksandr Usyk left the cruiserweight division as undisputed champion

Now however, his debut has been rescheduled and a new opponent found.

Spong 14-0 (13 KOs) is a Dutch, 34-year-old former kickboxer who will be making a massive jump up in class on October 12.

Usyk said: “I am very excited to make my heavyweight debut in Chicago on October 12, live on DAZN.

“Spong is a fast and powerful heavyweight who has had much success in the ring.

“I must come through this test to challenge for the world heavyweight title I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Spong replied: “After achieving most of my goals as a kickboxer and becoming one of the most decorated champions in the history of the sport, I wanted to test myself in the difficult and challenging sport of boxing.

“I have worked tirelessly during the last three years and now have the opportunity to prove my worth as a boxer against perhaps the best pound for pound, and most technically sound boxer in the world.

“Some may think the challenge may be too difficult, but I believe in myself, and look forward to being victorious on October 12.”

Boxing news: Oleksandr Usyk hilariously crashes promoter Bob Arum’s interview after Vasyl Lomachenko beats Luke Campbell

1 Sep

Oleksandr Usyk popped up out of nowhere to ‘videobomb’ Vasyl Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum after his win over Luke Campbell on Saturday night.

The Ukrainian ex-undisputed cruiserweight champion was in London to support his countryman Loma, who beat his British opponent on points and claimed another lightweight world title.

Last year, Usyk won all four of the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts at cruiserweight, though he has now vacated ahead of his heavyweight debut on October 12.

Lomachenko is attempting to emulate his compatriot, and is set to face the winner of Richard Commey vs Teofimo Lopez for the final IBF title to complete the achievement next year.

As they are friends from the Ukrainian Olympic team – both winning gold at London 2012 – Loma and Usyk often travel to support one another.

Vasyl Lomachenko is now the WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight champion

This weekend was no different with Usyk ringside to watch Lomachenko and climbing into the ring afterwards to celebrate.

As promoter Bob Arum gave his interview, the 32-year-old crept up behind him and made funny faces, much to the delight of the British crowd.

Usyk is already known to the UK fans after knocking out Tony Bellew in Manchester last November.

It is expected that his next bout will be against Tyrone Spong and announced imminently.

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!”

Boxing news: Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk take British fans by storm at Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas

20 Jul

Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk hit London on Saturday night for Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas.

The Ukrainian duo, who previously turned up ringside at Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin, once again took the British fans by storm, this time at the O2 Arena.

Loma arrived in town to officially announce his fight with Luke Campbell on August 31 in London and faced off with the Brit before the main event.

Usyk flanked him and reunited with Tony Bellew, who he knocked out in a thrilling bout last November.

The pair posed for pictures with a variety of supporters and were even seen with British boxing legend Frank Bruno.

They also shared a few words with America’s WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade – another extemely talented boxer in attendance.

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Boxing news: Eddie Hearn names mass list of 15 fights he wants to make before the end of this year, including Oleksandr Usyk, Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker and more

5 Jul

Eddie Hearn has listed 15 fights he wants to make at the back end of 2019, with a number of intriguing match-ups on his mind.

Away from the obvious star name in his stable, Anthony Joshua (who is being lined up for a November/December rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr) the promoter has multiple other fighters to cater for.

Eddie Hearn has plenty on his plate

With the new autumn season of boxing not far off, Hearn is now planning fights and shows for August 31 onwards, and intends to improve the quality of his standard Sky Sports shows, which he admits have not always been up to scratch so far this year.

He is also continuing to grow his US venture with subscription service DAZN and added some bouts that would be hosted Stateside to the list as well.

You can read Hearn’s full slate of 15 fights to make before the end of this year below.

1. Oleksandr Usyk vs Carlos Takam (Heavyweight)

If Usyk wins his heavyweight debut, he will be mandatory for the winner of Ruiz vs Joshua II

2. Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker (Heavyweight)

Derek Chisora beat Senad Gashi on April 20

3. Jamie Munguia vs Jessie Vargas (WBO Super-Welterweight Title)

Jaime Munguia has recently been linked to fights with Canelo and Gennady Golovkin

4. Kal Yafai vs Juan Estrada (WBA & WBC Super-Flyweight Titles)

Kal Yafai has made five defences of his WBA title, but not yet faced elite opposition

5. Jorge Linares vs Ricky Burns (Lightweight)

Jorge Linares is coming off a shock loss to Pablo Cesar Cano

6. Callum Johnson vs Joe Smith Jr (Light-Heavyweight)

A fight between Johnson and Smith Jr would undoubtedly be explosive

7. Liam Smith vs Sergio Garcia (European Super-Welterweight Title)

Liam Smith is a former world champion looking to get back to the top

8. Joshua Buatsi vs Sullivan Barrera (Light-Heavyweight)

Joshua Buatsi is one of the UK’s top prospects

9. Jamie McDonnell vs TJ Doheny (Super-Bantamweight/Featherweight)

Jamie McDonnell is a former bantamweight world champion

10. Francesco Patera vs Joe Cordina (European Lightweight Title)

2016 Olympian Joe Cordina is another top UK prospect

11. Lewis Ritson vs Robbie Davies Jr (British Super-Lightweight Title)

Lewis Ritson previously won the British title at lightweight

12. Conor Benn vs Johnny Garton (Welterweight)

Conor Benn impressed by beating Jussi Koivula last time out

13. Kid Galahad vs Enrique Tinoco (Featherweight)

Josh Warrington beat Kid Galahad by split decision for the IBF title

14. Rocky Fielding vs Anthony Sims Jr (Super-Middleweight)

Canelo Alvarez knocked out Rocky Fielding in three rounds in December

15. Jono Carroll vs Martin J Ward (Super-Featherweight)

Jono Carroll suffered IBF title defeat to Tevin Farmer

Dillian Whyte EXCLUSIVE: ‘Body Snatcher’ ranks top ten heavyweights in the world, including Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua

3 Jul

The heavyweight scene has been blown wide open recently with many of the division’s top fighters competing between May and July.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury got their jobs done with knockout victories over Dominic Breazeale and Tom Schwarz, while Anthony Joshua had a far tougher night.

Dillian Whyte has himself ranked as the fourth best heavyweight today

Andy Ruiz Jr stunned AJ with a seventh-round stoppage in New York and claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles as a result.

Wilder is still the WBC king with Fury holding ‘lineal’ status, though many hungry contenders are chasing hot on their heels.

One of these top challengers is Britain’s Dillian Whyte, who has given us his assessment of the landscape by ranking his top ten heavyweights ahead of his fight with Oscar Rivas on July 20.

You can read his ratings and explanations below…


10. Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs)

Kownacki’s next fight is against Chris Arreola, he’s a zillion years old. Talk about wheeling out the dead, Jesus Christ.

9. Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs)

Povetkin hasn’t fought since Joshua, has he? And that was a loss. Oscar Rivas has fought since then and Rivas has won.

8. Oscar Rivas (26-0, 18 KOs)

Rivas should be at eight. He’s a strong guy, undefeated, a come-forward fighter, pressure fighter. He seems to be a danger man, nobody wants to fight him.

7. Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs)

I’d put Ortiz at seven. Ortiz fought for the world title and lost it, Joseph Parker fought for it and won it.

6. Joseph Parker (25-2, 19 KOs)

Parker’s the only one from #6-#10 that’s been world champion so far, and he defended it two times. He’s only had two losses to two top fighters.

5. Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs)

Fury’s gonna be number five. Don’t get me wrong, Tyson Fury’s a great fighter, won world titles, but it’s a funny one because how do you go from Deontay Wilder to fighting Tom Schwarz? How do people justify him being number one heavyweight in the world?

4. Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs)

Number four is me. Anthony Joshua beat me. The stats and the numbers will say that he’s higher ranked than me. I’m honest, I’m not a bulls***ter, I’m honest. Facts are facts.

3. Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs)

Number three, Joshua. He won four world titles, Olympic gold medallist, this, that and the other. And he beat me. He won world titles which I haven’t won. I have to accept that fact, whether I want to or not. I’m a realist, of course he’s ranked above me.

2. Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs)

Number two, Deontay Wilder. He’s a world champion. Simple as that.

1. Andy Ruiz Jr (33-1, 22 KOs)

Andy Ruiz is number one. The reason I say he’s number one is he’s beaten Joshua and Joshua had four belts. He didn’t just beat him, he knocked him out so he went from being not even in the rankings to number one, this is boxing. But saying that, he lost to Joseph Parker and I beat Parker. Strange isn’t it?


Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs)

Usyk shouldn’t be anywhere the top ten heavyweights because he ain’t had no fight yet. We don’t know. He was meant to fight Carlos Takam and I think he bottled it. I think he pulled out the fight because he just wasn’t ready for heavyweight.

Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs)

Pulev is just f***ing terrible, man. He looked terrible against Hughie Fury, Fury shouldn’t have even been in the top 15 anyway.

Dillian Whyte slams WBO for naming Oleksandr Usyk as mandatory for Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr rematch

25 Jun

Dillian Whyte has blasted the WBO after he was controversially denied a mandatory shot at the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

Despite being ranked as the WBO’s #1 heavyweight contender for some time, the Brit was snubbed in favour of Oleksandr Usyk.

Dillian Whyte has been involved in an ongoing feud with the WBO

The Ukrainian, who has never fought in the heavyweight division, was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight champion, which afforded him ‘super champion’ status with the WBO ahead of his move up.

The sanctioning body rules that any ‘super champion’ immediately becomes the mandatory challenger when they move up to a new division, which means Whyte’s long wait for a title shot continues.

And his relationship with the WBO has now reached boiling point.

“If I say what I really feel about these things, I might get removed from the rankings,” he told talkSPORT.

“I start saying stuff and they send me emails and letters saying I can’t say these things and it’s disrespectful. But the fact that they’re disrespecting me constantly doesn’t mean anything.

“Boxing’s full of s***, basically, and we see it time and time again.

Oleksandr Usyk won all the belts at cruiserweight and is now mandatory for the WBO heavyweight title

“It’s a joke. He pulled out of the [Carlos] Takam fight. These guys are jokers. It is what it is.”

Ruiz Jr is the current WBO champion following his stunning victory over Joshua in New York, and the mandatory is likely to be called after a rematch between the pair, meaning it’ll take place early next year.

The news comes as an unwelcome distraction for Whyte, who is currently preparing for his next bout against Oscar Rivas.

The ‘Body Snatcher’ makes his return to the ring on July 20 and promises not to underestimate his undefeated opponent.

“I’ve got a big fight ahead of me and I just want to focus on that,” he added.

“Rivas is a tough challenger. He’s coming to win and he’s undefeated. He’s never lost before.”