Unbeaten heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-0-1, 13ko), has passed on a January fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, instead choosing to focus on a shot at the soon-to-be-vacant IBF title, should the sanctioning body go ahead with their threat to strip new champion, Tyson Fury as expected.
Retired former super middleweight world champion Carl Froch, has ruled out a comeback fight with middleweight wrecking-ball Gennady Golovkin, hopefully ending speculation once and for all as to whether he will return to the ring for one last hurrah next year.
Froch has consistently toyed with the idea of fighting Golovkin, both before and after his official retirement from boxing earlier this year, posting his now infamous ‘Too Big and Strong for GGG’ social media status just before he announced that his ’80k at Wembley’ rematch with George Groves in May 2014 had indeed been his final fight.
Floyd Mayweather has confirmed that a mooted clash between WBA 140 lb champion, Adrien Broner and Britain’s Ashley Theophane is set to take place on a Mayweather Promotions card in Atlanta at the end of January.
Former WBO middleweight champion, Peter Quillin (32-0-1, 23ko), has warned Brooklyn rival Daniel Jacobs that he will be out to take his WBA (reg) title on Saturday night in their 160 lb clash for local bragging rights.
Quillin – who has been lambasted by fans for perceived ‘ducking’ after vacating his title for a career high payday rather than fight Russia’s Matty Korobov last year, has also claimed that local-buzz is fervent ahead of the clash, which is being seen as of little real consequence for the division due to both men publicly hedging over the issue of a future fight with dominant Kazakh champion [IBF/WBA (sup)], Gennady Golovkin over recent times.
WBO lightweight champion, Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12ko), has sent out a warning to his divisional rivals ahead of his Feb. 13 title defense against Liverpool’s Derry Mathews, saying ‘I want to unify.’
The unbeaten Manchester ace must first get past former WBA (interim) titlist ‘Dirty Derry’, who vacated his strap in order to make the fight and who also lost a previous 3 round decision to Flanagan in 2012 as part of Matchroom Sport’s ‘Prizefighter’ tournament series.
New lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, will happily trash his IBF title on principle after the sanctioning body threatened to strip him for immediately rematching Wladimir Klitschko, rather than face their #1 contender Vyacheslav Glazkov.
Both Fury’s trainer and Uncle, Peter Fury, and Promoter Mick Hennessy have been enraged by the sanctioning body’s decision to order a purse bid for the Glazkov fight less than a week after Fury’s monumental win over Klitschko, and despite the fact Fury is contractually bound to rematch the 39 year-old Ukrainian next year.
Olly Cambell: A concrete decision from Manny Pacquiao on who the Filipino star will select for his career swansong fight next April is imminent says his promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
Retired former super-middleweight champion, Carl Froch, is still publicly flirting with the idea of a comeback fight against Gennady Golovkin, having met the Kazakh’s manager, Tom Loeffler for the first time.
Speaking to iFLtv alongside Loeffler after last week’s Klitschko/Fury weigh-in, the 38 year-old Froch states how he believes he would have trouble making the 168 lb super middleweight limit for any comeback, unreasonably going on to suggest he could fight the Kazakh 160 lb champion at a 172 lb catch-weight, before the idea is immediately dismissed by Loeffler as ‘too much of a jump’.
Veteran former world champion Paulie Malignaggi (34-7, 7ko), will attempt to chalk off a ‘Bucket List’ ambition by winning the European welterweight title, when he fights 45-year old champion, Gianluca Branco (49-3-1, 24ko) on the Dec. 12 Joshua/Whyte ‘Bad Intentions’ bill from London’s O2.
The 34 year old American publicly ‘retired’ from the sport after August’s stoppage defeat at the hands of Danny Garcia, though was back in the ring only a month later, beating journeyman, Laszlo Fazekas (27-21-1) by 8 round decision in Milan, Italy.
After surrendering his WBA/WBO/IBF titles to Tyson Fury last Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed he will indeed be exercising the rematch clause in the contract and will square off with Fury again next year.
Speaking in a short clip released via his Instagram account, Wladimir addresses his fans and Fury in what he calls a ‘pre-Christmas gift,’ ending online speculation that he might possibly retire following the defeat at the hands of the Brit – a defeat that ended his 11 1/2 year undefeated streak and 9 1/2 year championship reign.