After a promotional change earlier in the year and a fight postponement due to injury, undefeated junior featherweight contender Carl Frampton is ready to make up for lost time. The popular Belfast native, who fights Jeremy Parodi in his hometown on Saturday, has set sights on UK rival Scott Quigg and newly crowned IBF beltholder Kiko Martinez.
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev brutally dethroned WBO light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly in the fourth round of a fight that left the home crowd at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales in stunned silence. Stephen Smith and Enzo Maccarinelli scored sensational knockouts on the undercard.
Billy Joe Saunders has emerged from the shadows of amateur stars and promotional stablemates James DeGale and Frankie Gavin to develop into one of Britain’s best young fighters. Saunders faces fellow unbeaten middleweight prospect Gary O’Sullivan on Saturday in London.
After splitting with Matchroom Boxing for veteran promoter Frank Warren, junior featherweight contender Carl Frampton and manager Barry McGuigan are focused on the immediate future, which includes fighting in Belfast, a title shot and maybe an eventual showdown with Leo Santa Cruz.
If he gets beyond a mandatory title defense against Karo Murat in July, IBF light heavyweight beltholder Bernard Hopkins would like to face Carl Froch or Lucian Bute. (This story also contains a video of Hopkins accepting Gennady Golovkin’s challenge.)
With HBO’s decision to sever ties with Golden Boy Promotions may have come an opportunity for several overseas promoters to expose their fighters to a wide American audience. The U.S. cable network is “open to all ideas.”
Octogenarian U.S. promoter Bob Arum has warned critics and opponents of Frank Warren, who has recently lost Ricky Burns and George Groves to a rival, that they write the veteran British promoter off at their peril.
British promoter Frank Warren has confirmed he is suing Ricky Burns for ‘substantial damages’ following the announcement on Monday that the Scottish WBO lightweight beltholder has signed with rival British promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport.
Unbeaten English super middleweight contender George Groves insists he has swapped Frank Warren for Eddie Hearn as his promoter to secure a title shot sooner rather than later – and even a possible showdown with IBF holder and countryman Carl Froch.
An injury to unbeaten English welterweight Kell Brook could force the postponement of his scheduled Jan. 19 clash with IBF beltholder Devon Alexander.