James DeGale won a unanimous decision against a very game and competitive Lucian Bute on Saturday in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie shocked the boxing world with a split decision draw against IBF titleholder Victor Ramirez and his team want a second chance.
Isaac Chilemba had offers to earn mandatory challenger status with the IBF and the WBC. He chose the WBC belt held by RING champ Adonis Stevenson.
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 Taylor had been out on bail but his bond was revoked and the former undisputed champ returned to custody on Wednesday.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.