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Roy Jones Jr. will fight in Liverpool in the autumn

The American boxing icon, who is a former four-weight world champion won an Olympic silver medal and was voted Fighter of the Decade in the 1990s, will face an opponent to be named at the prestigious Aintree Equestrian Centre.

The only boxer in 106 years to win the middleweight and heavyweight world titles during a career spanning more than two decades, Jones is set to clash with a local name for the vacant World Boxing Federation Inter-Continental cruiserweight title on September 12. Continue reading

Bob Arum Casts Doubt On Brook v Rios / Eddie Hearn Believes It A Go

It has been assumed now for some time that Brandon Rios will be traveling to the UK in September to challenge IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook on the same date Floyd Mayweather fights his 49th and ‘final’ fight – the 12th.

However in a chat with assembled media at the Bradley/Vargas presser, Arum has now spoken out to insinuate the fight perhaps isn’t as near to done as we think.

Earlier this week Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia told fighthype that as far as both he and Brandon were concerned, Rios’ manager Cameron Dunkin had done a solid job negotiating terms and that both fighter and trainer were happy with what was on the table. Continue reading

Collision Course: Smith and Fielding face biggest tests

Top super middleweight prospects Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding will face the biggest tests of their careers tonight at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, as they look to confirm a long awaited local showdown, already scheduled for 26th September.

Smith, 16-0 (12KO’s), tops the bill in his clash with Frenchman and former George Groves foe Christophe Rebrasse, 23-3-3 (6KO’s) over 12-rounds for the vacant WBC Silver super middleweight championship. Continue reading

Nathan Cleverly Set To Face Andrzej Fonfara

It’s now looking next to certain that former WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will return to the ring in October against Chicago-based Pole Andrzej Fonfara in a bout that is set to be screened on Sky Sports, promoter Eddie Hearn revealed today.

Cleverly was out in a blink and you’ll miss it affair last month on the recent ‘Rule Brittania’ undercard that was headlined by Kell Brook and Frankie Gavin’s IBF welterweight clash. It was a return to 175 lb for the Welshman who flirted with an ill-advised move to cruiserweight following his 4 round destruction at the hands of Sergey Kovalev two years ago. Continue reading

‘Vargas Is Out Of His Depth’ Says Tim Bradley

Ahead of his make or break fight this Saturday against Jessie Vargas this Saturday on HBO in US/Boxnation UK, Timothy Bradley has spoken to to insist that his younger rival is out of his depth and will be vastly under-prepared for the experience the 2 weight world champion is set to bring to their clash from Carson, California – that will now be for the Interim WBO 147 lb strap given Floyd Mayweather is yet to vacate the full version. Continue reading

Sayonara Carl Froch

If the news comes as any surprise, then you have either been living under a rock – OR you bought into the ‘Golovkin at Wembley’ hype from the man himself – but in the surest sign yet we have seen the fighting last of Nottingham’s Cobra, promoter Eddie Hearn has gone on record to say it’s “likely Carl Froch will retire.”

We thought that might happen in fairness. At least, those of us with one foot in reality did anyway. With Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler admitting talks with the Froch team have ground down to nothing and stalled – they are now looking toward a battle of the puncher’s at 160 with new IBF champion David Lemieux. Continue reading

BJ Flores: Time for His In-Ring Persona to Out-Shine its Commentary Counterpart

It’s been a long time coming to say the least. BJ Flores’ career, like a bottle of Royal Lochnagar, has taken twelve years to mature. On July 25th BJ will stand across the ring from Beibut Shumenov (15-2) at the MGM Grand, headlining his very own “Premier Boxing Champions” card; as opposed to his usual post of providing commentary for these events. Most fighters take to boxing color commentary after their careers are over, Flores used his burgeoning broadcasting career to help further his pugilistic dreams. Continue reading

Greatness on Display: Mayweather makes his PPV debut 10 years ago today

By Thomas Choong: Every great fighter’s career is notably documented by their performances on the biggest stage. Though Floyd Mayweather’s detractors will belay the significance of his victory over pugilistic warrior Arturo Gatti as another over-hyped mismatch, pundits of the sweet science at the time will remember just how significant this matchup was at that time 10 years ago today .

Still promoted by Top Rank at the time, “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. stood atop the pound for pound debate alongside long reigning middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins (who would lose his first bout in 12 years only three weeks later). The belt they would fight for was the WBC Super lightweight title, though few would have considered Gatti the champion of the 140 lb weight class. That distinction belonged to Ricky “Hitman” Hatton who had wrested the title from Kostya Tszyu (who had unified the WBC, WBA, and IBF belts in 2001) a mere three weeks prior. However, that did not detract from the attention that this bout garnered. Continue reading

Bradley Is Intimidated Says Jessie Vargas

After expressing concerns about how much modern great Roy Jones Jr would be able to be there for him during training camp, Jessie Vargas has made the switch to another modern great – Erik Morales – employing the services of the former Mexican champion in the corner for Saturday’s fight with Tim Bradley that comes live from The StubHub centre in Carson, California – screened on HBO in the US and Boxnation in the UK.

Vargas said of the trainer switch to fighthubtv; Continue reading

Could We See Deontay Wilder v Lucas Browne ?

After making hard work of beating Eric Molina recently, the heavyweight division seemingly began to close in on WBC champion Deontay Wilder, with everybody from Tyson Fury to David Price and Lucas Browne all speaking out to say they feel a fight against “The Bronze Bomber” is a perfectly winnable proposition.

And it is Browne who has upped the ante more than anyone recently, taunting Wilder via his promoters and over social media directly in hope of making the fight. Continue reading