After decimating Liam Taylor, David Avanesyan eyes Yordenis Ugas title fight

David Avanesyan celebrates victory in the EBU European Welterweight Title fight between David Avanesyan and Liam Taylor at SSE Arena on October 02,...

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 showing this past weekend. Continue reading

Boxing round-up: Benn’s new deal, Usyk confident, Parker-Chisora 2 booked

Conor Benn celebrates victory as Adrian Granados reacts after the WBA Continental Welterweight Title fight between Conor Benn and Adrian Granados at...

Fresh from his ten-round decision win over Adrian Granados, unbeaten welterweight Conor Benn (19-0, 12 KOs) has agreed a new multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing. Elsewhere, there’s praise for Oleksandr Usyk ahead of his heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua next weekend while Joseph Parker vs. Dereck Chisora II has been confirmed for December 19. Continue reading

Conor Benn vows to produce big display against Adrian Granados on Saturday

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Although their initial bout was postponed after Conor Benn’s positive COVID-19 test, the 24-year-old welterweight prospect recovered and Eddie Hearn moved this matchup onto the Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara II card in Leeds this weekend. Benn (18-0, 12 KOs) believes he’ll start getting the respect he deserves at 147lbs worldwide and Saturday is where he continues… Continue reading

Rematch Yordenis Ugas or retire? Assessing the Manny Pacquiao predicament

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Despite a competitive first-half showing, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao could have no complaints last Saturday as WBC welterweight titlist Yordenis Ugas eased past him with a UD victory (115-113, 116-112, 116-112), stepping up on short notice to retain his belt in style. Now, the legendary Filipino has stressed his desire for a rematch. Should he just retire? Continue reading

Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished

Vergil Ortiz Jr. Rejoices after knocking down Maurice Hooker for the WBO international welterweight championship at Dickies Arena on March 20, 2021...

In the toughest test of his career so far, Vergil Ortiz Jr came through unscathed last weekend with a seventh-round TKO victory against former light welterweight title-holder Maurice Hooker before calling out WBO champion Terence Crawford ringside. Still only 22-years-old with a perfect 17-0 record, his flaws are being scrutinised – rather than his willingness to fight the best.
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Shawn Porter refusing to give up on potential Terence Crawford title bout

Shawn Porter at SiriusXM Studios on September 16, 2019 in New York City.

Five months removed from his last in-ring appearance, where he eased to a UD win over Germany’s Sebastian Formella, former two-time welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) has publicly reaffirmed his desire for another shot at gold this year: current WBO title-holder and undefeated champion Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs). Will he get it? Continue reading

Crawford’s trainer Brian McIntyre: Pacquiao or Spence, the purse must be split evenly

Terence Crawford has been led by Brian McIntyre since birth – The Athletic

Although a welterweight super fight vs. Errol Spence Jr (27-0) has been teased for years now, terms have never been agreed between he and fellow undefeated divisional champion Terence Crawford (37-0). Bud’s manager and head trainer Brian McIntyre said Spence’s comments at Canelo-Smith spoke volumes, as a 50-50 purse split remains the only offer they would accept. Continue reading

Errol Spence Jr retains WBC, IBF welterweight titles with UD win vs. Danny Garcia

Boxing pros react to Errol Spence Jr's return win over Danny Garcia - Bad Left Hook

434 days since beating Shawn Porter in his last bout before his serious car crash, Errol Spence Jr (27-0, 21 KOs) returned with a reassuring display against Danny Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) to retain his two welterweight titles while standing in good stead for tougher challenges to come next year. He won via unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 117-111) but wasn’t satisfied post-fight. Continue reading