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By Bob Caico at ringside
Pretty Girl Promotions presented a six-fight boxing show on Thursday night at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. In the main event, middleweight Arturo “El Toro” Crespin (13-6-1, 4 KOs) of Las Vegas, NM, hammered out an eight round majority decision over Renan “Grim Reaper” Ruiz (7-2-1, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn. Any thoughts of this fight becoming a tactical battle ended right after the opening bell. Fast, furious and mean intention punches were thrown from all angles that led to some exciting exchanges. The pace slowed slightly in the following rounds but the bombs kept on coming. Both boxers had redness around their eyes as left and right hooks were the norm of the contest. Crespin’s punches seemed to have the better effect than his opponent’s hooks and overhand power shots. After eight exciting rounds the judges awarded Crespin’s aggressiveness with a majority decision by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. (more…)
Photo: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing
Tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, undefeated welterweight and 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner, Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk, will be back in action as he takes on Erick Martinez in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBA International title.
At Thursday’s weigh in, Shelestyuk was 147 pounds and Martinez was 145.7.
Shelestyuk of Ukraine has a record of 13-0 with eight knockouts and is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Aslanbek Kozaev on November 6 in a nationally televised bout on ShoBox: The New Generation. (more…)
Denis Lebedev 198.7 vs. Victor Emilio Ramirez 198.6
(WBA/IBF cruiserweight title unification)
Felix Valera 174.6 vs. Dmitry Bivol 174.25
(WBA interim light heavyweight title)
Umar Salamov 174.6 vs. Bob Ajisafe 174.5
(IBO light heavyweight title)
Dmitry Kudryashov 201.6 vs. Julio Cesar Dos Santos 197.75
Rakhim Chakhkiev 198.5 vs. Tamas Lodi 198.5
Venue: Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia
Promoter: World Boxing
Jakov Gospic is out, Emilio Zarate is in as Shannon Briggs’ opponent on Saturday night at London’s O2 Arena. Briggs’ original opponent was announced as former #1 contender Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs), who was replaced midweek by Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs), who is now replaced by Zarate (20-16-3, 11 KOs).
Briggs weighed in at 250, Zarate will weigh in later.
Former world champion David Haye weighed 224 for his bout against Arnold Gjergjaj, who weighed 237
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Promoter: Hayemaker Promotions
TV: Dave (UK)
By Boxing Bob Newman
As the 33rd annual IBF convention nears its commencement next Monday, May 23rd, in Beijing, China, the federation’s board of directors and staff have arrived ahead of schedule to make final preparations. The historic IBF convention will be held at the host NUO Hotel in Beijing’s Chaoyang district. IBF champs past and present such as Mike Tyson, Roy Jones,Jr., Cecilia Braekhus, Amnat Ruenroeng, Johnriel Casimero, Katsunari Takayama, Philip Holiday are among those expected to be present during the convention. (more…)
Three of the four major 154lb world titles (WBA, IBF and WBC) are on the line Saturday in Las Vegas. The one that isn’t is the WBO title, which is held by Liam “Beefy” Smith. Smith won’t be at ringside as he’s in the UK preparing to defend against Predrag Radosevic on June 4, but he’ll be watching on BoxNation. Here’s the 27-year-old “Beefy’s” take on the fights:
Jermall Charlo vs. Austin Trout: I think the Charlo vs. Trout fight is probably the most interesting one out of the three. Trout’s a good fighter and a former world champion himself. To be honest I’d love to take on the winner of that fight. There was talk of me and Trout as my mandatory and it’s a fight that could definitely still be made if he wins. I pick Charlo to win on points in a close fight. (more…)
Heavyweights, cruiserweights and super welterweights take center stage this weekend.
Odds have finally been established for Saturday’s fight in London between former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs and late sub Jakov Gospic. Briggs is a whopping 200:1 favorite at some books. If risking $20,000 to win $100 isn’t appealing, there’s always the main event with former heavyweight champion David Haye a 100:1 favorite over Arnold Gjergjaj. If both Briggs and Haye are victorious as expected, they are expected to collide in September.
In another important heavyweight bout taking place in New Zealand, unbeaten Joseph Parker is -450 to beat Carlos Takam +333 in an IBF world title eliminator.
In cruiserweight action, there are a number of major fights this weekend. Today in Paris, Yunier Dorticos is a narrow -125 favorite over Youri Kalenga +100 in a clash for the vacant WBA regular title.
On Saturday in Moscow, WBA super champion Denis Lebedev is a -1200 favorite over IBF champ Victor Emilio Ramirez +650 in a unification clash. Other cruiser contenders on the card include Dmitry Kudryashov -2000 vs. Julio Cesar Dos Santos +800 and Rakhim Chakhkiev is -5000 to beat Tamas Lodi +1400.
Also on Saturday in Las Vegas, WBA interim cruiserweight champion Belbut Shumenov is a -2000 pick to keep his belt against Junior Wright +900.
The card in Las Vegas also features a 154lb world title tripleheader with the WBA, IBF and WBC flavors of those belts on offer in separate bouts.
WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara is a -900 favorite to beat Vanes Martirosyan +550 in their rematch. IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo is -450 to beat former champion Austin Trout +333, and Jermell Charlo is a -1000 pick to beat John Jackson +600.
Francisco C. De Vaca 121.5 vs. Gustavo Molina 121.9
Daniel Valdivia 154.5 vs. Miguel Munguia 158.6
Abel Ramos 142.5 vs. Dario Ferman 142.9
Nate Gallimore 156.2 vs. Hector Mercado 157.4
Ivan De La Madrid 135.1 vs. David Courtney 134.3
Luis Espinoza 113.2 vs. Jonathan Ramos 106.1
Daron Williams 120.2 vs. Sergio Najera 123
Jose Marruffo 148.7 vs. Arturo Brambila 145.4
Jose Rodriguez, Jr. 129 vs. Luis Gerardo Avila 133.2
Joshua Greer 122.1 vs. Raymond Chacon 121.9
Daniel Garcia 154 vs. Michael Williamson 153.5
Venue: Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Iron Boy
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Joseph Parker 234 vs. Carlos Takam 241
(IBF heavyweight eliminator)
Venue: Vodaphone Event Center, Manukau City, New Zealand
Promoter: Duco Events
‘King’ Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) faces Scandinavian star Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. Abraham returns for the first time following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez, and the former three-time World Champion is eager to get back on the world title trail starting with a victory against the 23-year-old Norwegian.
“My goal is to become World Champion again and I will not let anyone stand in my way,” said Abraham. “Tim-Robin Lihaug is a good, young fighter but he will learn the hard way what it takes to make it to the top. I never underestimate any of my opponents and I will prepare myself to be in top shape. I want to put the disappointment of losing to Ramirez behind me and prove I still have more to give. I’m looking to the future now and that starts with a good win on July 16.”
The WBA has declared Saturday night’s fight between #1 ranked contender Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) and No. 11-rated Junior “Hurricane” Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) will become the WBA “regular” cruiserweight world champion. The 12-round off-TV bout will take place at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Shumenov had been the WBA “interim” cruiserweight world champion and mandatory challenger for WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in a unification match against IBF champion Victor Emilio “El Tyson de Abasto” Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in Russia.
The WBA has mandated that the Shumenov-Wright winner will be the mandatory challenger for the Lebedev-Ramirez unified winner, which must take place within 120 days.
Friday’s night’s fight in France between #2 Yunier Dorticos and #3 Youri Kalenga, originally billed as for the WBA “regular” title, will now be for the WBA “interim” cruiserweight world championship.
By David Finger
With less than a day to go before his CBS Sports televised fight for the NABA-USA super bantamweight title, Hanzel Martinez (23-2, 18 KOs) was forced to drop out of the card due to serious injuries received after a traffic accident in Tijuana yesterday. Martinez was slated to fight Prosper Ankrah (24-7, 15 KOs) but will be out of commission due to neck and back injuries suffered during this accident.
“Roy Jones Jr. Boxing wishes our fighter Hanzel Martinez a healthy and speedy recovery,” RJJ Boxing said in a press release. “Hanzel is very disappointed that after a nine week training camp he can’t perform. Our main concern, of course, is Hanzel’s safety and well being. We can’t wait to get Hanzel back into the ring and what he loves to do the most.”
Despite the last minute cancellation of the main event, the card will continue tonight with undercard fighters Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (14-0-1, 4 KOs) and local boy Keenan Carbajal in separate bouts.
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
The six elite 154-pound fighters competing on Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring live on SHOWTIME from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In attendance were WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara who defends against Vanes Martirosyan in a rematch, IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo, who defends against former champion Austin Trout, plus super welter contenders Jermell Charlo and John Jackson, who meet for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. Twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo celebrated their 26th birthday Thursday and celebrated with a cake. On Saturday they look to become the first twin brothers to hold world titles at the same time in the same weight class. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Figure by Joe Koizumi
It was early in the morning on May 8, the fight day of the IBF junior flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi to defend his belt against Mexican challenger Martin Tecuapetla at night in Tokyo, Japan. On the previous day both were successful in the official weigh-in: Yaegashi 107.5, while Tecuapetla 107.75—under the 108-pound class limit. They were ready to make the “Second Day Weigh-in” (as called in the IBF rules and regulations) at 8 am at the Japan Boxing Commission’s office.
Each was a small boxer—Yaegashi only 5’3” and Tecuapetla 5’4”. They were allowed to gain the weight—up to ten (10) pounds over the class limit—at the point of the Second Day Weigh-in on the next morning.
The IBF’s regulation on the second weigh-in is as follows: The junior flyweight contestants in quest of the IBF 108-pound belt should be less than ten (10) pounds over the junior flyweight limit—under the 118-pound guideline—at the second weigh-in. Yaegashi scaled in again at 53.0 kg (116.75 pounds), 8.75 pounds over the class limit; while Tecuapetla at 52.8 kg (116.25 pounds), 8.25 pounds over the limit. Even such small contestants raised the weight by more than eight pounds with food ingestion and water/liquid intake, having passed a night. (more…)
The undercard is shaping up for the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter on June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Undefeated super welterweight Jarrett Hurd (17-0, 11 KOs) and Oscar Molina (13-0, 10 KOs), will collide in a 10-round bout while undefeated light heavyweights David Benavidez (14-0, 13 KOs) and Francy Ntetu (16-0, 3 KOs) will mix it up in an eight-round fight. Also, Heather “The Heat” Hardy (16-0, 4 KOs) competes in a female eight-round super bantamweight attraction while Polish bruiser Adam Kownacki (13-0, 10 KOs) competes in a heavyweight bout, highly regarded 140-pound prospect Regis Prograis (17-0, 14 KOs), 2012 Spanish Olympian super lightweight Jonathan Alonso (8-0, 4 KOs) and Mayweather Promotions prospect Josue Vargas (4-0, 3 KOs) will see action.
As previously announced, WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defends against former three-division world champion Abner Mares in the co-feature.
Eddie Gomez 145.6 vs. John Karl Sosa 146.6
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 135 vs. Art Hovhannisyan 134.2
Jesus Sanchez 141.8 vs. Livan Navarro 141.4
Joseph Aguirre 134 vs. Rony Alvarado 135
D’Mitrius Ballard 168.6 vs. Victor Fonseca 166.6
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Cruiserweights Youri Kalenga (22-2, 15 KOs) and Yunier Dorticos (20-0, 19 KOs) both made weight for their WBA cruiserweight title fight on Friday night at the Palais des Sports in Paris, France. Both fighters scaled in at 198.8 pounds. They are fighting for the vacant WBA regular cruiserweight title.
Photo: Top Rank
Veteran Mexican brawler Ray Beltran wants to return to the world title picture in the lightweight division, but to reach that treasured opportunity of fighting for a world championship, he will first have to battle against Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera this Saturday, May 21 at the Laredo Energy Arena. Beltran (29-7, 17 KO’s), from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will take on Najera (16-2 8 KO’s), from San Antonio, Texas, in a eight round lightweight battle that will be the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be broadcasted from coast to coast in the United States this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas.
“I am very excited for this Saturday. After a very long year I will again have an opportunity to do what I love and for this opportunity I am so grateful,” said Beltran, who is coming from a one-year inactivity period. “Life is full of ups and downs, successes, failures, victories, defeats and Lord knows mistakes. This past year has given me much time to reflect. I have reflected on my life and my career, my triumphs and my mistakes, for which I make no excuses.” (more…)
Legendary eight-time boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao was officially proclaimed Senator-elect by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at a ceremony today in Manila, Philippines. Manny ended up with over 16 million votes and is one of twelve senators elected.
“Several months ago, we mounted a campaign to heed the call for help from the poor and downtrodden Filipino masses. We went out and joined them in their homes and places of work, we listened to their longings and assured them that a new beginning is coming.
“Over the past week, we heard those same voices strongly during the recent national electoral process. The message was very clear: Filipinos want their government back in the hands of the ordinary people. They want a new set of leaders who would stand up for their aspirations and share their goals. (more…)
PBC has announced that former IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) will now take on super lightweight Erick Bone (16-3, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on May 28. Bone replaces Felix Diaz, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Bone will return to 140-pounds after losses to Shawn Porter and Chris Algieri at welterweight in 2015.
The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has ordered negotiations between WBA World super flyweight champion Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), from Tokyo, Japan, and WBA World interim super flyweight champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (34-4, 24 KOs), from Panama City, Panama, to fight for the 115-pound title currently held by the Asian fighter.
Kono first won the WBA flyweight title in 2012, when he KO’d Tepparith Kokietgym in Tokyo in the fourth round of a scheduled 12. Five months later he lost the belt in his first defense to Liborio Solis.
In March 2014, Kono won the vacant WBA World super flyweight title by knocking out Denkaosan Kaovichit, dropping him in the fourth and eighth rounds. He has defended his title three times since then, defeating Norberto Jimenez in 2014, Koki Kameda in 2015, and Inthanon Sithchamuang in April of this year. (more…)
Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) will defend his British title against unbeaten Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) at The O2 in London on June 25. Eubank Jr makes the first defense of the Lord Lonsdale belt he won against Nick Blackwell in March, taking on Doran on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s first defense of his IBF World Heavyweight title.
Photos: Amanda Wescott/SHOWTIME
Fight week kicked off Wednesday with media workouts at the UNLV Boxing Gym for the six fighters competing in the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader of 154-pound world title fights this Saturday from The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Working out Wednesday and headlining the event were WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage also features IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC super welterweight world title.
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:
Erislandy Lara: I felt that I was a better fighter than him the first time and I’m a little better in almost every area since. One of the most important things is my way of training and my way of getting prepared. I feel that I am much more mature…after I win Saturday, I would love to fight GGG or Canelo, but I would prefer GGG. It’s not frustrating that I’m not fighting the biggest names all the time. I’m a headliner.
Vanes Martirosyan: This is going to be a tough fight. I hope he comes to me. It makes for a good fight. Actually, I think he is going to come forward a little more than people expect, but I’m prepared to chase him. Whatever it takes to be effective. If he is aggressive, once he feels my power, he is going to go back to what he does best – running. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBC super featherweight world champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) hosted an international media conference call ahead of their upcoming 12-round championship bout on June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Vargas’ positive test for clenbuterol was a major topic on the call. Vargas was allowed to keep his WBC title and the California State Athletic Commission issued Vargas a probationary boxing license contingent on further testing. Salido, who was stripped of his IBF featherweight title and suspended by the Nevada Commission after testing positive for nandrolone ten years ago, stated “If it would have been me that came up positive, the fight would have been canceled and it would have been all over. It would have been done with. Is that justice? I don’t know. That’s all I have to say about that. They would have never given me an opportunity to prove otherwise.”
Vargas said “I have always been a clean fighter. I’m going to continue to be a clean fighter. We’re the ones that requested the testing.” He reiterated that the banned substance entered his body via some beef stew his mother made him. (more…)
Felix Rácz/Felix Promotion will promote their next event on May 21st in Cegled, Hungary, where local hero and former Hungarian cruiser champ Imre Szello (12-0) will take on Uganda-born Hamza Wandera (19-9-3). The card will also feature Hungarian light heavyweight champ Robert Baranyi (16-1), who will take on Georgian Beka Aduashvili (17-4), middleweight prospect Norbert Harcsa (4-0) will fight experienced German Chris Herrmann (21-9-1) and Szabolcs Pintye (12-0-1) meets Szabolcs Szabó (11-2-2) in a long awaited Hungarian middleweight title fight scheduled for ten rounds. The event will be broadcast live by M4 Sport (Hungarian National TV).
Top Turkish prospect Avni Yilderim, now 10-0-0(6), the current WBC Intl Silver lightheavyweight champion is training hard under the guidance of Ahmet Oener, for his next fight on Monday May 23 at Petkos Gym in Dachau, Germany. The team has decided to drop a division and give it a try in the supermiddleweight division.
His opponent will be experienced Hungarian Zoltan Sera, 23-8-0(14). If successful and impressive, Yilderim will continue his career in that division.
It will be a quick return to the ring for Yilderim as he was last seen in the ring on May 6 in Berlin, Germany, stopping Jackson Junior in 2 rounds.
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
It’s official. No more “interim” moniker for Gennady Golovkin, who is now the unified WBA/IBF/WBC middleweight world champion.
WBC Statement: The WBC has received official confirmation from Golden Boy Promotions with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ decision to vacate the WBC middleweight world championship. Gennady Golovkin is hereby recognized as the undisputed WBC middleweight champion of the world. The WBC wishes Canelo Alvarez great success in his career, and will certainly look forward to see Golovkin vs. Alvarez materialize in the future.
Canelo to vacate WBC title: I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines
Photo: Emily Harney
WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez today issued the following statement:
“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”
Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya today issued the following statement:
“There is no denying that Canelo is the biggest star in the sport of boxing. He is eager to get in the ring with ‘GGG’ to show the world that he is also the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, but we won’t negotiate under a forced deadline. Now that the WBC title is off the table, I am hopeful that ‘GGG’ and his promoter K2 Promotions will come to the table in good faith and get this deal done.”
WBA interim cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) makes his first title defense this Saturday night against WBA #11-rated Junior “Hurricane” Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) at The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. By becoming the WBA interim beltholder, Shumenov also became the #1 ranked mandatory challenger for WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in Russia against IBF champion Victor Emilio “El Tyson de Abasto” Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in a unification match.
The WBA has already mandated that the Lebedev-Ramirez must fight Shumenov within 120 days. The Shumenov camp is very vocal in criticizing a WBA “regular” cruiserweight world title fight this Friday night in France between #2 Yunier Dorticos and #5 Youri Kalenga, after announcing that it would work this year to have only one world champion in each weight class.
The 12-round Shumenov vs. Wright title fight is on the non-televised portion of The Cosmopolitan show.
Featherweight contender Ronny Rios (25-1, 10 KOs) will make his LA Fight Club debut on June 3 against Efrain Esquivias (17-4-1, 10 KOs) in the ten round main event at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Belasco Theater to be televised on Estrella TV. It will be Rios’ first fight since defeating Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez on the Cotto vs. Canelo undercard last November. Also on the telecast, unbeaten super lightweight prospect Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (14-0, 6 KOs) will face Luis Joel Gonzalez (11-3-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder and female flyweight Seniesa Estrada (6-0, 1 KO) meets TBA.
The event kicks off an exciting weekend of fistic action in the Los Angeles area that will be capped off by the June 4 showdown between WBC world super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) at StubHub Center in Carson.
The World Boxing Association has notified that the teams of WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and #3 ranked Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) that an agreement has been reached to fight, possibly this summer. As a result, the purse bid scheduled for Thursday, May 19, at the WBA headquarters in Panama has been canceled. According to Golden Boy Promotions, HBO is interested in airing the Ortiz-Ustinov fight. The WBA Championships Committee had ordered the heavyweight title fight earlier this year to comply with a tournament to establish a single champion in the division.
Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) has signed a new promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing and will box at The O2 Arena in London on June 25. Full details of his first fight back with promoter Eddie Hearn will be announced at a press conference on Thursday morning in London. Eubank cut ties with Matchroom last December after they lost a purse bid to rival promoter Mick Hennessy. Eubank fought Nick Blackwell under Hennessey’s banner and Blackwell suffered a severe head injury in that bout. Headlining the June 25 card is IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defending against unbeaten Dominic Breazeale.
By Karl Freitag
It was confirmed at today’s press conference in London that former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs WILL NOT be fighting Alexander Dimitrenko as previously announced. When asked who his opponent will be on Saturday, Briggs stated “I’m not sure yet. I was supposed to fight Dimitrenko. He pulled out. I had a tougher opponent that he (David Haye) is fighting and I took it hands down. I want David Haye. I want to take the shine off of him. Everything he’s got is mine.”
Haye added, “Dimitrenko pulled out. He agreed to the fight and didn’t clear it with the manager. Apparently he did this in the fight before as well. So right at the moment we’re looking at opponents for Shannon. He said he’ll fight anyone, so we’re trying to find someone suitable.”
The name of Croatian Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs) has been mentioned as a possible Briggs foe. An official announcement could come later today.