Heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist for Great Britain, has suffered a back injury and been forced to pull out of a Jan. 31 clash with former title challenger Kevin Johnson at the O2 Arena in London, according to a Monday press release from Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
After a brief stay at cruiserweight, former light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly returns to the 175-pound division on April 11.
Middleweight John Ryder will face Les Sherrington in support of a main event between heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Kevin Johnson on Jan. 31.
Fans share their thoughts on Manny Pacquiao’s ridiculously dominant decision victory over Chris Algieri, where they think he stands in terms of ability, and what they think is next; fans also praised Vasyl Lomachenko and evaluated the fighters on the monster Cleverly-Bellew rematch card in this week’s Monday mailbag.
James DeGale looked good scoring a third-round stoppage of former title challenger Marco Antonio Periban on the Tony Bellew-Nathan Cleverly undercard on Saturday in Liverpool, England, however fellow 168-pound contender and domestic rival George Groves looked ordinary halting Denis Douglin.
Pics from the fights in Liverpool: Tony Bellew’s rematch win over Nathan Cleverly and Scott Quigg’s UD win against Hidenori Otake, plus victories by James DeGale, George Groves, Anthony Joshua and Callum Smith. Photos by Scott Heavey/Getty Images.
As Walberto Ramos has been scratched from facing Jamie McDonnell this Saturday due to visa issues, Javier Chacon will take Ramos’ place against the bantamweight contender.
Super middleweight prospect Callum Smith’s upcoming bout against Nikola Sjekloca is a major improvement in competition as well as a title eliminator.
Former super middleweight title challenger George Groves sees his next opponent, Denis Douglin as a true risk to his own WBC mandatory challenger position.
Having been in recovery for a torn biceps muscle, RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has been cleared for training and is scheduled to face Kubrat Pulev on Nov. 15.
In Lem Satterfield’s latest notebook, we get the official weights for tonight’s middleweight title eliminator between Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and Curtis Stevens an much more.