Despite insisting he isn’t overlooking WBO mandatory challenger Jack Catterall ahead of Saturday night’s showdown, undisputed light-welterweight champion Josh Taylor has continued to hint at moving up to welterweight while stressing there’s only one opponent he’s currently interested in fighting at 147lbs: unbeaten WBO titlist Terence Crawford. Will he?
Against the odds, WBO super-lightweight mandatory challenger Jack Catterall produced a coming of age display in enemy territory to leave undisputed champion Josh Taylor flummoxed – scoring an eighth-round knockdown to boot. Ultimately his boxing excellence went unrewarded, after some egregious scorecards ringside marred a memorable night’s work.
Having made the fourth defence of his European welterweight title on Saturday, the 33-year-old Russian (28-3-1, 16 KOs) wants a return to world level after defeats by Lamont Peterson and Egidijus Kavaliauskas on his last two US visits in big bouts. His trainer Carl Greaves and manager Neil Marsh emphasised that belief, after his emphatic … Continue reading After decimating Liam Taylor, David Avanesyan eyes Yordenis Ugas title fight
A day after the announcement that his older cousin Chris had booked a compelling domestic duel to kick off 2023, super-lightweight prospect Harlem Eubank fought through a few nervy moments – one in R4 and another in the ninth – before producing his career-best win in his first main event booking at London’s York Hall … Continue reading Super-lightweights beware: Harlem Eubank improves to 16-0 with UD main event win over Tom Farrell
After all that talking, bold predictions and a five-fight stoppage streak, WBA mandatory challenger Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez finally has his chance tomorrow night to inflict Dmitry Bivol’s first career defeat and seize the WBA light-heavyweight strap in Abu Dhabi. Before then though, here’s a look back at two of the 31-year-old’s recent victories – against … Continue reading Rewind: Before LHW title shot vs. Bivol Saturday, a look back at two of Zurdo Ramirez’s recent TKO wins
The Takeover was rebranded as the Takeback, and former lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez did plenty to turn heads on his junior-welterweight debut against a gamely Pedro Campa overnight. The 25-year-old’s fast hands and vicious combos helped him secure a R7 stoppage before calling out all the champions and top contenders at 140lbs – eyeing a … Continue reading The Takeback begins: Lopez overwhelms Campa, secures R7 TKO on junior-welterweight debut
Ahead of his light-welterweight debut vs. Pedro Campa tomorrow night, former lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez reaffirmed his desire to become a two-division titleholder in the near future. First, he must beat a relatively unknown 30-year-old Mexican, nine months after George Kambosos Jr stunned him and snatched his 135lb titles inflicting a first career defeat.
Ryan Garcia stressed after his R6 KO win over Javier Fortuna he’d pursue a Gervonta Davis megafight and the 23-year-old has already been relentless with his public pursuit. However, Tank’s promoter Floyd Mayweather now responded by discussing terms and the b-side sacrifices KingRy will have to make if he truly wants this lucrative bout before … Continue reading Sacrifices: Mayweather replies as Garcia’s plans for Davis megafight are met with terms
All during fight week, newly-converted super-lightweight contender Ryan Garcia spoke bullishly of having supreme confidence, both in his ability and mindset, to do what he had set out to against former WBA super-featherweight champion Javier Fortuna at the weekend. Afterwards, the 23-year-old called it a career-best win before again calling for a Gervonta Davis megafight.
This was billed as a clash of two heavy-handed champions, yet it was the boogeyman at 175lbs who raced to score four knockdowns en route to maintaining his unblemished record (18-0, 18 KOs). For all the talk surrounding Anthony Yarde’s WBO mandatory status for another world title shot, it’s increasingly difficult to see the powerful … Continue reading Beterbiev blasts past Smith Jr inside two rounds – sorry Yarde, there’s bigger fish to fry
With the British Board of Control investigating the scorecards which saw heavy underdog Jack Catterall lose a highly-controversial split decision against undisputed light-welterweight champion Josh Taylor last month, the Scot’s decision to move up in weight leaves the 28-year-old in an unenviable position as far as his ongoing pursuit of world titles is concerned.
Makhachev Mania, Michael Chiesa called it last summer. But now, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege Islam has put together successive first-round finishes for the second time in his seven-year UFC career after swarming short-notice replacement Bobby Green to devastating effect. As such, it seems only a matter of time before the 30-year-old will fight for UFC gold … Continue reading UFC Vegas 49: Makhachev’s mauling streak continues with R1 TKO win vs. Green