RingTV.com’s Lee Groves was on the scene for WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev’s defense against Jean Pascal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As always, the ‘Travelin’ Man’ provides a front row seat to his unique brand of observation.
Unbeaten British middleweight Billy Joe Saunders has declined an opportunity to fight Hassan N’Dam for the IBF championship in favor of taking on the winner of Andy Lee’s WBO title defense against Peter Quillin.
The IBF has given Englishman Billy Joe Saunders until Feb. 12 to agree to face Hassan N’Dam in the wake of Felix Sturm’s decision to campaign at 168 pounds, but the more likely opponent for the vacant middleweight title appears to be Sam Soliman.
The IBF has stripped jailed Jermain Taylor of his middleweight belt and ordered its Nos. 1- and 2-ranked contenders, Hassan N’Dam and Felix Sturm, to fight for the vacant title before Feb. 9, according to a press release from President Daryl Peoples.
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 middleweight titleholder Jermain Taylor pleaded not guilty to pointing a gun at a man’s head and threatening to shoot three children in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday. Taylor had been out on bail but his bond was revoked and the former undisputed champ returned to custody on Wednesday.
THE RING’s No. 5-ranked cruiserweight Ola Afolabi has been ordered to face Victor Emilio Ramirez for the IBF’s interim title in the wake of an injury to RING/IBF champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez, according to IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker.
Jermain Taylor has been tentatively approved to make a voluntary defense of his IBF middleweight title against Sergio Mora on Feb. 6 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, according to IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker.
Light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev was granted an exception from the IBF on Friday that allows him to face Jean Pascal in a March 14 bout rather than mandatory challenger Nadjib Mohammedi.
The handlers of light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev have applied for an exception with the IBF which, if granted, would allow him to face Jean Pascal in a planned March 14 bout rather than mandatory challenger Nadjib Mohammedi.
IBF bantamweight titleholder Randy Caballero will face the winner of an eliminator bout between Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa and Sergio Perales of Texas.
Could a Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal fight circumvent Adonis Stevenson’s mandatory defense against Pascal? Kathy Duva from Main Events certainly isn’t ruling it out.
RING cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez’s Dec. 6 defense against Ola Afolabi has been postponed due to Hernandez suffering an injury.
THE RING’s No. 2-rated strawweight Francisco Rodriguez will vacate his IBF belt and rise into the junior flyweight division, according to Sean Gibbons of Zanfer Promotions.