Stephen “Swifty” Smith is lining up his second world title chance and will challenge Jason Sosa for the WBA super featherweight title on November 12th in Monte Carlo. In April, Smith challenged Jose Pedraza for the IBF belt but lost a unanimous decision. Now, the Liverpudlian has been granted another opportunity on the world stage and will aim to follow his brother, Liam, and collect a world title.

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Martin Murray will take on Arthur Abraham in a rematch of their 2015 world title fight in which Abraham battled to a hard earned split decision. Abraham eventually lost his belt to Gilberto Ramirez earlier this year but is back on the world title path again. Murray will see this fight as his final chance to book another world title shot.

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TYSON FURY RETIRES THEN UN-RETIRES(?) IN THE SPACE OF AN AFTERNOON –

Tyson Fury’s turbulent few weeks took another strange turn in Monday when he named to retire and then un-retire within the airwave of a few hours. 

The world heavyweight champion announced his retirement from boxing on Monday in a Tweet that shocked the media and fans alike. In what was labelled by the main stream press as a ‘expletive-laden’ post, Manchester’s Fury, 28, described the boxing industry as “the saddest thing I ever took part in” and a “pile of sh*t”.

He tweeted: ‘Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part in, all a pile of sh*t, I’m the greatest, and I’m also retired, so go suck a d**k, happy days.’ 

The retirement lasted all of an afternoon as a few hours later he tweeted again to announce that he was only messing around and will eventually come back stronger than ever.

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Boxing promoter Frank Warren says World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury has “a lot of problems to sort out” and does not expect the ‘Gypsy King’ to fight again this year.

Warren advised Fury to: “keep off social media. All he is doing is confusing the matter further. He needs to step back now, keep quiet and get fit and well.”

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WBO lightweight world champion Terry ‘Turbo’ Flanagan

WBO lightweight world champion Terry ‘Turbo’ Flanagan is waiting on confirmation of his next opponent and a potential fight date of either November 5th or 12th. Flanagan will be looking to make the fourth defence of the belt he claimed in July 2015 against Jose Zepeda.

In an exclusive interview with BritishBoxers this week, Flanagan told is that he wants to fight Anthony Crolla. (31-5-3, 13KOs) because everyone else wants him too!

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New world WBA light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly believes that he has matured into becoming a world champion and believes age will benefit him during his second reign as a world title holder.

“I’m so grateful to be world champion again. I worked so hard after losing my belt in my sixth fight and now I’m a two-time champion. I was so young first time around and maybe it was too early for me at 24.”

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Rumours suggezt that Lee Selby will defend his IBF featherweight title against former world champion Argentina’s Jonathan Victor Barros in December. Full details and opponent TBC shortly. Selby, 29, hasn’t fought since making a his second successful title defence against American Eric Hunter at London’s O2 Arena in April 2016. – Barros, 32, held the WBA featherweight title from 2010-11 and made two successful defences.

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Unbeaten Super-middleweight Mark Heffron is looking to get his career back on track after something of a stop start career and will fight on November 5th, Bonfire night, at the Middleton Arena in Manchester.

Heffron is regarded as one of the biggest hitting prospects in the country. In his eleven unbeaten fights, he has knocked-out nine opponents with eight of those failing to make it through the first round. 

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WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will defend his world title against Russia’s Artur Akavov on October 22 at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff but still has his eye on a future fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin.

Golovkin must first take on mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs in New York on December 10th. Should both come through their next fights succesfully, Saunders says he would like to get Golovkin in the ring early next year.

“It’s been a frustrating time for me, it’s just one of those things you need to deal with and get on with,” said Saunders. “I need to blow some of the cobwebs off [vs Akavov] before we can focus on that big fight in the New Year. I think Golovkin thinks he is unbeatable, everyone he has faced has been beaten mentally before they’ve got in the ring. I’m not overlooking anyone but the next big fight I want after this one is Canelo or Golovkin. My goal is Golovkin in February or March.

“I’ve come to a point in my career where I want to find out how good I really am, can I beat Golovkin? I think I can. It’s impossible to get a bigger challenge than Golovkin, in my own heart I believe I can beat him.”

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Joe ‘Genius’Murray, brother of former British and European champion John Murray, continued his winning streak on Saturday in Buxton.

Murray picked up his 3rd win of the year, and is looking to make the domestic lightweight scene take notice after a slow start to his career.

Now 29-years old, Murray turned pro in 2009 on the back of a stella amateur career and has a record of 18-2 with 7 knockouts. In his next fight the Mancunian will take on unbeaten Danish pin-up, the highly regarded prospect Rashid ‘The Dream’ Kassel at the Arena Nord in Denmark on October 15. As the away fighter, Murray will be up against it as big things are expected of Kassel. If Murray can pull off the away win, it will set him up nicely for some big fights next year.

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Ricky Burns is back in action this Friday night when he defends his WBA World super lightweight title against unbeaten Belarusian Kiryl Relikh in Glasgow. – Burns (40-5-1 14 KOs) is now a three-weight world champion after claiming the WBA strap in his last fight against Michele Di Rocco.

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Unbeaten Cromer ace Liam Walsh is just one win away from securing a shot at a world title. – A win over Andrey Klimov this Saturday night would bring Walsh’s dreams one step closer. “I’ve only got one real goal and that’s to be a World Champion. I’d be the happiest man alive!” said Walsh.

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Eddie Hearn says that a blockbuster fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko can take place before the end of the year, if both boxers want it. At the moment Joshua is preparing for a mandatory defence of his IBF heavyweight belt on 26 November (opponent TBA) while Klitschko is looking for a opponent after his rematch with Tyson Fury, scheduled for October 29th, was cancelled for a second time.

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