Latest Boxing News round-up February 13th 2019
CONFIRMED! Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA,WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles against American Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, after agreeing terms to fight on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
IT’S OFFICIAL!! @anthonyfjoshua will make his American debut when he defends his WBA,WBO,IBF and IBO World heavyweight titles against @BIGBABYMILLER at the iconic @TheGarden June 1 live on @DAZN_USA and @SkySportsBoxing 🇬🇧🇺🇸🔥 pic.twitter.com/6CBQQHBPvN— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) February 13, 2019
JOSHUA QUOTE: “June 1st I am heading to The Big Apple and I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more,” said Joshua. “I will be fighting Jarrell Miller at the legendary Madison Square Garden. It has been an honour and a blessing to fight at some of the best venues in the World at home in the UK, not least Wembley Stadium, but the time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my Heavyweight titles in the USA. I am looking forward to taking on another challenge with a good boxer & a brilliant talker, it will be an exciting fight, I will leave nothing to chance and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark.”
BABY MILLER QUOTE: “AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard,” said Miller. “He wants to announce himself on the American stage but all he’s doing is delivering me those belts by hand. Its dog eat dog in the ring and this dog has got a bigger bite, he’ll be leaving New York empty-handed. This is the fight that I’ve been chasing all my life and on June 1 I’m going to achieve the thing I was born to do and win the Heavyweight Championship of the World. That punk AJ is standing in the way of my dreams and on June 1 he’s getting run the hell over.”
IMMINENT! the other heavyweight announcement the world has been waiting for Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II which was set to be confirmed yesterday, has now been delayed after purse bids were pushed back again. It is believed both parties are now close to agreeing on a deal and will likely confirm it next week, with May 18th the preferred date, with June 27th as an option, venue: Barclay Centre.
“I CAN’T LOSE TO EUBANK!” James Degale says his legacy will be tarnished if he losses against rival Chris Eubank Jnr when the pair face off on February 23rd, for the vacant IBO world super-middleweight title. Degale is confident though he will be triumphant on his UK homecoming.
“If I lose to Eubank, I feel like it tarnishes my legacy. Because of what I’ve achieved in my career, to go and lose to someone like Eubank would tarnish that. He’s not on my level. When I had my Achilles and shoulder problems, this would have been a real good fight and Eubank would have had a chance at beating me. He is relentless, he’s got a good work rate, he is fit, and he don’t mind if it gets hard. But the way I’m feeling now, I’m all healed up and Eubank hasn’t got a chance. I’m too good for him.”
“I’ve been through hell,” he said. “It’s been really hard these last couple years, but I’ve come through the other side. I lost my title, I got it back, had that warm-up fight in LA and now I’m ready for this big one, this homecoming.”
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EMOTIONAL WARRINGTON WILL BE SAVED! Mandatory IBF world title challenger Kid Galahad has hit back at world champion Josh Warrington after the Leeds Warrior was critical of Galahad and his past, calling him a “disgrace to the sport”
Warrington will make the second defence of his belt against his fellow Yorkshireman and NO1 ranked challenger in Leeds, with date and venue still to be confirmed, although it is confirmed to take place before the summer after Frank Warren won the recent purse bid for this Yorkshire derby.
“He is a very emotional person and his dad is a very emotional person,” said Galahad when speaking with Behind The Gloves. “I can see his dad chucking in the towel. “He is going to try to bring it when we get in there and I am going to beat him up very badly. And I think between the 6th or 7th round his dad will chuck the towel in.”
A WIN COULD SECURE 2nd WORLD TITLE FIGHT FOR JOHNSON: Former light-heavyweight world title challenger Callum Johnson is hoping to secure another shot at world glory, should he defeat Sean Monaghan on 9 March in New York. Former British champion Johnson took on IBF 175lb king Artur Beterbiev in Chicago in October and gave a good account of himself, dropping the champion early, before getting stopped in the 4th. Johnson is aiming for another crack at Beterbiev or a shot at WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol.
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