Richar Abril’s WBA lightweight title defense against Englishman Derry Mathews next month is off due to the Cuban holder suffering from a virus.
British super middleweight contender George Groves insists he is prepared to wait for his mandatory WBC title shot rather than face long-time domestic rival James DeGale for the vacant IBF belt. The WBC title is held by Anthony Dirrell, who was granted a voluntary defense by the organization.
English super middleweight contender James DeGale will fight for the IBF title, most likely on April 25 at the O2 Arena in London, after his countryman, Carl Froch, finally vacated the belt on Tuesday.
Carl Froch is expected to vacate his IBF super middleweight title this week, leaving the way clear for mandatory challenger James DeGale to fight for the belt in late spring. DeGale’s promoter Eddie Hearn proposed a rematch with George Groves for the IBF title, which prompted a social media exchange between the two.
IBF junior featherweight titleholder Carl Frampton’s defense against Chris Avalos, in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Feb. 28, will be shown live in the UK by free-to-air channel, ITV, which is expected to attract an armchair audience of at least 5 million, possibly more.
An elbow injury has forced IBF super middleweight titleholder Carl Froch to abandon hopes for a March showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., with his next fight now likely to be in early summer.
British lightweight contender Derry Mathews is banking on home advantage giving him the edge when he challenges WBA titleholder Richar Abril on March 6 at the Echo Arena.
English heavyweight David Price will fight in Berlin, Germany, on Feb. 21, as part of the card supporting the super middleweight title rematch between WBO beltholder Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith.
IBF super middleweight titleholder Carl Froch reckons his dream of fighting in Las Vegas next year against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is still alive. On Monday, Froch revealed his promoter Eddie Hearn is flying to the U.S. this week for talks with Al Haymon, who is now working with Chavez Jr.
Jamie Moore, Matthew Macklin’s trainer and a former British and European junior middleweight titleholder, is reportedly recovering well after being shot twice on Sunday in Marbella, Spain.
Tyson Fury still plans to be in action this Saturday in Manchester, England, despite the shock cancelation of his heavyweight title eliminator against Dereck Chisora.
British cruiserweight rivals Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew will share top billing at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 12 as they edge closer to an anticipated rematch. Cleverly faces Argentina’s Alejandro Emilio Valori. Bellew is taking on Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos.
British promoter Frank Warren wants new IBF bantamweight titleholder Paul Butler to face fellow Englishman Jamie McDonnell, who was stripped of the same belt last year.
Carl Froch hailed his eighth-round KO victory over George Groves at Wembley Stadium on Saturday as the greatest night of his entire career. The super middleweight grudge rematch attracted an 80,000 crowd in London, England – a record for British boxing.