Boxing news: Josh Taylor WBSS final in jeopardy, Andy Ruiz Jr trainer insists they will honour Anthony Joshua rematch

11 Aug

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Andy Ruiz Jr’s trainer insists Anthony Joshua rematch will happen

Despite reports of a dispute over money, Manny Robles told FightHype: “At the end of the day we’re willing to fight anywhere. That’s what a true champion does.

“If we gotta go to Wales or England or in this case Saudi Arabia, we gotta do what we gotta do…

“We knew it from day one. It’s what we signed up for. There was a rematch clause that of course, if we won, we would have to give Anthony Joshua the immediate rematch.

“We’ve gotta go by what the contact says and obviously we’re gonna give him the rematch because that’s what we signed up for.”

There is dispute over whether the second fight will be in Saudi Arabia as announced
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Josh Taylor’s WBSS final against Regis Prograis is in major doubt

Prograis and his promoter Lou DiBella have filed a lawsuit against the tournament organisers Comosa with the intention of getting released from the contract.

This would mean he’d pull out of the super-lightweight final against Taylor.

The lawsuit states: “Comosa has left a trail of late payments and scheduling delays that, upon information and belief, have put many of boxing’s top promoters and boxers in limbo due to its financial problems and breach of contractual duties.”

In response, the tournament put out the below statement.

Taylor vs Prograis would be a unification fight

Billy Joe Saunders ‘signs with Eddie Hearn’ after amicable split from Frank Warren

Saunders has reportedly signed a promotional deal with Hearn after an amicable split from Frank Warren.

It was announced last week that the WBO super-middleweight champion was parting ways with the man who has guided his entire career to date, and speculation has since intensified regarding his next move.

Now, according to ESPN, it is finalised that Saunders has inked a deal to team up with Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.

A statement put out by Matchroom on Sunday declared that they would be announcing a major signing at a London press conference on Tuesday.

Billy Joe Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight world champion
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‘Upset of the decade?’ – Double Olympic gold medallist Robeisy Ramirez loses pro debut

Two-time Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez’s dream professional debut ended in disaster on Saturday night as he was beaten against all odds.

The double gold medallist from London 2012 and Rio 2016 battled to leave his native Cuba and turn pro this year, only to end up losing his first fight to the unheralded Adan Gonzales.

Despite being brought in to lose, Gonzales ripped up the script from the opening bell and knocked Ramirez down within the first minute of the first round.

As the contest was only a four-rounder, the favourite then faced an uphill battle to get back into a points lead and was unable to do so.

All three of the rounds that followed were close and competitive, much to the delight of the underdog, who emerged with a split decision victory.

Gonzales is now 5-2-2 (2 KOs)
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Tim Bradley accuses Errol Spence of ducking his friend Terence Crawford

Bradley told reporters: “I know Terence wants the fight, but Errol ain’t saying nothing…

“Yeah, he’s ducking him. Absolutely he’s ducking him. Yeah, y’all take that, he’s ducking Terence Crawford, he don’t wanna fight Terence Crawford.

“If he wants to be considered the best pound-for-pound, he’ll fight Terence Crawford.”

Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford is one of the best fights to be made in boxing
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Anthony Joshua jokingly hassles shopkeeper after they sell out of drink with his face on

AJ mockingly gave a shopkeeper some grief after they sold out of his Lucozade bottle this weekend.

The former heavyweight world champion, who will attempt to regain his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in December, has a sponsorship deal with the drinks company that sees his face plastered across one of the flavours.

However, when he popped into a corner shop in Golders Green to pick up a bottle on Saturday night, he was disappointed to find they had none left.

Kell Brook dismisses retirement claims and targets Terence Crawford fight

18 Jun

Kell Brook has rubbished reports he is set to retire.

Speculation had begun to mount over the 33-year-old’s position in the sport, but he took to Twitter to reassure fans.

And Brook even targeted a fight with WBO welterweight champion and pound-for-pound contender Terence Crawford.

Kell Brook has rubbished reports he wants to retire
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The former IBF champion last fought in December, earning a points win over Australia’s Michael Zerafa in a scrappy contest.

But he is not done yet, and issued a defiant message to those who have doubted him.

“I am not sure where these reports have surfaced but I have not retired,” Brook posted. “Me and my team have been trying to secure big fights.”

The Sheffield fighter – who has lost twice in the past three years – added: “We went to New York because we want to fight Crawford.

Brook was beaten by Gennady Golovkin back in 2016
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“These are the level of fights that get me excited and I’d only ever want to bow out on a high, putting on an exciting show for my fans who have always shown me incredible support.

“If these big fights can be made then I’d love nothing more than to dance under them bright lights.”

Brook dared to be great back in 2016 when he made the leap up to middleweight to take on Gennady Golovkin at the 02.

However, the heavy-handed Ukrainian handed him his first defeat, forcing Brook to undergo surgery on his right eye socket.

The 33-year-old then lost his IBF world title to Errol Spence
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And in 2017, Brook tasted defeat again back at welterweight to Errol Spence Jr at Bramall Lane – sending him back under the knife for treatment on his left eye socket.

American Crawford is regarded as one of the world’s best fighters at any weight and held all four world titles at super-lightweight before moving up to welterweight in 2018.

The 31-year-old – who is undefeated from 35 fights – beat Britain’s Amir Khan convincingly in April.

Bob Arum reveals plans for Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook to take place in UK, as well as Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell

15 May

Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford could both have their next fights in the UK, promoter Bob Arum has exclusively told talkSPORT.com.

The pound-for-pound stars are being lined up for potential bouts against British opposition at the back end of 2019, and so could travel to enemy territory in order to prove their greatness.

Vasyl Lomachenko is promoted by Bob Arum
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WBA and WBO lightweight champion Lomachenko has been ordered to face Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC title next.

When asked about plans for the bout, Arum told talkSPORT.com: “Loma’s great goal is to fight in the UK because here’s where he won his second Olympic gold medal.

“He told me that he came over to watch his very close friend Oleksandr Usyk fight in Manchester [against Tony Bellew] and the public went crazy for him.

“So Loma wants the opportunity to fight in the UK and that’s what we’ll be planning for in September.”

Amir Khan was well beaten by Terence Crawford

Crawford stopped Amir Khan on April 20 in New York and has since been called out by Sheffield’s Kell Brook.

It was originally assumed that this defence of the WBO welterweight champion’s title would happen in America if it comes to fruition, however Arum insists this is not necessarily the case.

“We’ll be talking to the various television/streaming networks here in the United Kingdom.

“I know Terence would love also to fight in the UK and so perhaps we can arrange that fight also to take place here in the UK.

Kell Brook could be next up for Terence Crawford

“You know, there’ve been many years where English fighters have come over to the United States and now we’re trying to reverse the trend.

“We have so many really great champions, none better than Loma and Crawford. And we wanna bring them over so people can see them in person.”

Heavyweight Tyson Fury takes on Tom Schwarz, live on BT Sport Box Office, Saturday 15 June. For more information go to www.bt.com/btsportboxoffice

Crawford vs Khan: Amir Khan DID quit and should retire before he gets seriously hurt, says Colin Hart on talkSPORT

22 Apr

Legendary boxing reporter Colin Hart is adamant Amir Khan DID quit against Terence Crawford as the Brit knew he was ‘in for a battering’ in New York.

The WBO welterweight title fight came to a bizarre and anticlimactic conclusion on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

The referee waves off the fight after Amir Khan and his corner’s decision

Khan was floored in opening round and then took an accidental low blow to the groin in the sixth – leading to his corner stopping the fight.

Regulations allowed the Brit five minutes to recover, but his trainer Virgil Hunter threw in the towel within two saying his fighter could not continue.

Khan has insisted he did not quit and has even claimed he suffered an elbow injury in the build-up to the clash.

And, despite widespread calls for him to retire, has said he will fight again.

Crawford clearly caught Khan low

But Hart says the Brit is ‘in denial’ and should now hang up his gloves for good.

“He probably will, but he shouldn’t fight again,” the veteran boxing correspondent told talkSPORT host Jim White.

“There’s no doubt in my mind. Everybody connected to Amir should persuade him enough is enough, he is no longer a world-class fighter and if he goes in he is liable to get very seriously hurt.

“He’s in denial – he did quit!

“It’s unpalatable to say that about any fighter, but he quit all right. He just won’t admit it.

“He was given five minutes grace and he didn’t take it, after about two minutes he indicated he didn’t want to go on.

“I’m not blaming him because he was in for a battering, he knew he had no chance of winning that fight and that was his way out.

“It’s happened before. It happened with Mike Tyson against Evander Holyfield when Tyson bit the top of his ear off – that was Tyson’s way of getting out of the fight.

“Amir was going to get knocked out or stopped, one way or the other.

“Before the fight Crawford was 1/10, Amir had no chance from the very beginning. As soon as he signed the contract we knew he was going to get beaten, it was just a question of how long it was going to take.

Amir Khan was well beaten by Terence Crawford in New York

“He’s allegedly got about $4million, so I can understand him taking the fight

“Barry Hearn reckons he can still make money putting Khan in with Kell Brook, but for what? The north of England welterweight championship?

“Hearn should also be trying to persuade Khan his career is over.”

‘You didn’t quit?’ – Terence Crawford argues with Amir Khan over controversial finish at press conference

21 Apr

Amir Khan and Terence Crawford engaged in a brief spat during their post-fight press conference on Saturday night.

The US champion outclassed his British opponent for six rounds before he and his team called a premature end in odd fashion.

Terence Crawford got the better of Amir Khan in New York

Crawford had dropped and dominated Khan early on, then left him reeling with a brutal low blow.

The referee was willing to give the challenger five minutes to regroup, however after consulting with his trainer Virgil Hunter, the bout was waved off.

As a result, many fans subsequently accused Amir Khan of ‘quitting,’ something he denied at the presser.

“I would never quit,” he began, “I’d rather get knocked out.

“I’m one of them fighters who’d rather get knocked out in fights and I have got knocked out because I’ve tried to win fights.”

Amir Khan was in serious pain after the low blow from Terence Crawford

At this point, Terence Crawford interrupted: “You didn’t quit? Tell the truth.”

Khan, taken aback, replied: “Nah, I didn’t quit, I’m telling youu I never quit.”

“So what happened,” asked the champion , “What happened?”

“I was hit with a low shot,” the beaten challenger answered.

The referee waved it off after Amir Khan and his corner’s decision

Crawford then mocked: “You quit with a shot in the leg?”

Before an irritated Khan responded: “In the leg? It was in the balls.”

At this point Crawford burst out laughing before admitting: “It was low, it was low.”

You can watch the video of the exchange below.

Amir Khan reveals he suffered elbow injury before Terence Crawford loss; vows not to retire

21 Apr

Amir Khan has now disclosed that he suffered an elbow injury prior to his loss against Terence Crawford on Saturday night in New York.

The 32-year-old was outclassed by the American champion in the early rounds before the bout came to a bizarre conclusion.

Amir Khan was beaten by Terence Crawford in New York

Prior to the finish, many observers picked up on Khan’s visible discomfort with his right arm as he shook it in between rounds.

A couple of hours later, he exclusively told talkSPORT’s Adam Catterall: “I’ve had some problems in training camp with the arm. It’s all good, I don’t know what it is to be honest with you.

“Since I had my hand operation, because I’m hitting a lot harder, I think the muscles around the arm are not gonna be as strong.

“Because I’m hitting harder with my right hand, I don’t know, I’ve just got some problems in my elbow area.

“I’m sure it’ll be fine, that’s not the issue in the fight, I would’ve still continued.”

Amir Khan was in serious pain after the low blow from Terence Crawford

Ultimately the fight ended because Amir Khan and his corner decided he’d had enough.

In the sixth, the Brit was hit by an egregious low blow, but despite being given five minutes to recoup, they opted to stop the contest.

Some fans have subsequently accused Khan of quitting, a point he vehemently denies: “I’m not one to quit from a fight, I’m not a quitter, I’ve never been a quitter.

“I’d rather have been knocked out to be honest with you, after hearing what people are saying. I obviously didn’t feel too good and obviously Virgil called it.”

The referee waved it off after Amir Khan and his corner’s decision

When asked if he would fight on, the former world champion insisted: “Yeah definitely, I love boxing.

“So definitely I am gonna still fight and I am gonna come back stronger.”

Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan RESULT: Brit loses by bizarre sixth-round low blow stoppage

21 Apr

Amir Khan was beaten by Terence Crawford in bizarre circumstances on Saturday night in New York.

The challenger decided to stop the fight after being hit by a low blow in the sixth round, following on from a tough opening 15 minutes.

Despite being given time to recover from the shot below the belt, Khan opted to bring the contest to a premature end, meaning that the champion retained his world title.

Amir Khan was beaten in New York

The fight began in dire circumstances for Khan as he was knocked down within the first round.

Crawford landed a big right hand at the end of a tentative opener and the Brit only just survived after making it back to his feet.

The challenger’s handspeed allowed him to have some success in the second, however the champion quickly switched stances from orthodox to southpaw in order to neutralise this.
Terence Crawford scored an early knockdown

Terence Crawford was fully in control of the third, fourth and fifth rounds – appearing to buzz Amir Khan on multiple occasions as he displayed the severe disparity in class between them for all to see

Then, in the sixth, the fight reached its odd conclusion – just as it’d started to become a one-sided beatdown.

Crawford landed a shot which replays showed to be seriously low and left Khan reeling in pain.

The referee intervened and stated he would allow the Brit several minutes to recoup, but he consulted with his trainer Virgil Hunter in the corner and decided to end the contest.

Khan was in serious pain after the low blow

Post-fight, Amir Khan explained: “I wanna apologise to all the fans. The fight was just getting interesting.

“I was caught with a shot below the belt. I could feel it in my stomach. I feel I couldn’t continue. I’m a warrior, I’d never give up a fight like this, I was in pain.”

Terence Crawford’s version of events differed: “First of all, it wasn’t a low blow.

“Virgil knew the fight was going in a bad direction. I was rushing myself a little bit.”

When asked who he wants next, the champion replied: “There’s only one fight they’re talking about and that’s Spence.

“Whenever they’re ready, I’m here.”

Earlier in the night, 21-year-old American prospects Teofimo Lopez and Shakur Stevenson notched impressive wins as they continued their progression on the undercard.

Terence Crawford and Amir Khan ripped and ready after weighing in for fight

19 Apr

Terence Crawford and Amir Khan both looked in phenomenal condition as they weighed in ahead of their welterweight title clash on Saturday night.

The American champion came in at 146.4lbs (10st 6lbs 6oz) while his British challenger weighed 146.6lbs (10st 6lbs 10oz) for what is expected to be an extremely tough ask in New York.

Khan had the option of taking either this fight or a showdown against UK rival Kell Brook, but opted for the tougher challenge in pursuit of another world title.

Crawford is a three-weight champion and rated as one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world today.

He currently holds the WBO welterweight title and is heavy favourite to make a successful defence on Saturday night.

However, should Amir Khan pull off a remarkable upset, he will return to the UK a hero.