Latest Boxing News round-up February 18th 2019
Tyson Fury has signed a fight deal with American TV broadcaster ESPN and his current one BT Sport worth a reported £80m. The deal has been reached after Fury’s current promoter Frank Warren teamed up with Top Rank’s Bob Arum to promote the Gypsy Kings fights in America.
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The deal, which is said to be for Fury’s next five fights, will be covered by ESPN in the US while remaining on BT Sport in the UK.
What about a rematch with Wilder or a future fight with Anthony Joshua, they are signed with different TV broadcasters?
At a press conference in London today, promoter Frank Warren said the deal for Fury was “something special”.
Fury also said he believes the move makes a fight with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder “more make-able”. However, his fights will be broadcast on ESPN in the US, which could be a stumbling block with Wilder fighting on Showtime.
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Many believe It could also effect Fury from securing a fight with Anthony Joshua who fights on streaming platform DAZN across the Atlantic.
Fury though claims the move only now makes him stronger in negotiations and gives him the platform to cash-in on his value.
“It gives me an opportunity to fight on the biggest broadcaster in the world and to make the biggest and best fights possible.” explained Fury.
“They have to come through me, this is the Tyson Fury show.”
“As far as I’m concerned the fight is more make-able now, we have the biggest boys in town behind us.
“If you’re watching, Deontay I’m coming for you, and this time you can’t rip me off!”
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Saunders steps up for second world title shot!
Billy Joe Saunders will step up a weight class in a bid to become a two-weight world champion, when he challenges for the vacant WBO super-middleweight world title against Shefat Isufi at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday April 13th.
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Josh Warrington’s second world title defence against Kid Galahad will be shown for free on regular BT for boxing fans in the UK!
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Lee Selby returns to action on Saturday night when he makes his lightweight debut against American Omar Douglas in the chief support fight to the James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr. at the O2 Arena, London.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is apparently planning for new signing Oleksandr Usyk to make his heavyweight debut against Alexander Povetkin. With May 18th in Chicago the proposed date and venue.
WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz has named British boxers Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton as potential opponents, after his recent win.
“I want to unify the belts against anybody, the champions Oscar Valdez, Gary Russell, Josh Warrington, even a third fight against Carl Frampton. Any of those fights, I want them.” said Santa Cruz.
Sebastian Eubank will fight on his brother Chris Eubank Jr undercard this Saturday night at the O2 in London. Chris is up against former IBF world super-middleweight champion James Degale in the main event, a fight that has split boxing fans opinions.
27 year-old Sebastian who boxes in the light-heavyweight division will take on Richard Harrison over four rounds in his second pro fight. He made his debut last February in Manchester when his brother took on George Groves.
Saturday’s Leicester Show OFF! Adams World title shot postponed!
Queensberry Promotions have taken the decision to reschedule Saturday nights Morningside Leicester arena show for March 23rd Due to multiple injuries resulting in a number of fight cancellations,
Leicester’s British super featherweight and WBO Intercontinental champion Sam Bowen will be headlining the event in defence of his Lonsdale belt again unbeaten Somerset southpaw Ryan Wheeler.
Super Lightweight Sam Maxwell’s WBO European title challenge against Spaniard Kelvin Dotel, Heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman and local Leicester fighters Lyon Woodstock and CJ Challenger will also be fighting on the show on March 23rd.
Formerly scheduled to fight in Leicester, Anthony Yarde’s contest against Baltimore boxer Travis Reeves will now take place on Friday 8th March at the Royal Albert Hall to replace Nicola Adams’ world title challenge against Mexico’s WBO World Flyweight champion, Arely Mucino.
Adams has unfortunately picked up an injury during her preparations for the contest, ruling the double Olympic champion out from fighting on March 8th. This world title bout will now be rescheduled to take place later in the year.
Former IBF and WBA world bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett is back in training training following his loss to Nonito Donaire last November in the WBSS – Burnett, suffered a freak injury during the fight and went down voluntarily in the 4th round and the fight was eventually called off. Afterwards it was confirmed he had torn a muscle tin his hip during the fight. He had to be taken out of the ring on a stretcher. The injury has said to have healed without surgery, enough for him to now start light training. A fight date appears a while off just yet though. We wish Ryan good luck in his recovery.
Former WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has made Dereck Chisora his ‘priority option’. when accessing his next opponent recently and is in talks to make it happen in the UK.
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