Cruiserweights Ilunga “Junior” Makabu and Thabiso Mchunu have agreed to face each other on June 13 for the right to challenge current WBC titleholder Grigory Drozd.
Former WBA light heavyweight titleholder Beibut Shumenov will make his cruiserweight debut against Bobby Thomas on the Dec. 13 Devon Alexander-Amir Khan undercard.
RING cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez squeaked by with a split-decision win over challenger Firat Arslan on Saturday in Germany.
A Yoan Pablo Hernandez-Marco Huck showdown is the Holy Grail of the cruiserweight division at the moment, but significant hurdles stand in the way — not mention both are defending their titles this month.
Tony Bellew said he’s feeling energized and dangerous going into his second fight at cruiserweight, against Julio Cesar Dos Santos on July 12, and also added a few kind words about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Juan Manuel Marquez was the black sheep in the Mexican triumvirate that included Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales but has outlasted the others and emerged as the enduring star, which he proved once again with a dominant decision over Mike Alvarado.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis, who trained with fellow Louisville fighter Muhammad Ali and squared off against some of his era’s best fighters, has died in his hometown at the age of 74.