It's time for British super middleweight rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. to settle things in the ring, as they clash in the main event at The O2 Arena in London on Saturday. They used to be former sparring partners, but things took a sour turn when personal insults started to fly back and forth on social media. 3:55 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News' live coverage of the fight between British super middleweight rivals former two-time IBF titlist James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. Stay locked in as we have two great bouts this afternoon.. Matchup Class Belt James DeGale vs. Chris Eubank Jr. Super middleweight ... Joe Joyce vs. Bermane Stiverne Heavyweight ... Lee Selby vs. Omar Douglas Lightweight ...
It's time for British super middleweight rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. to settle things in the ring, as they clash in the main event at The O2 Arena in London on Saturday. They used to be former sparring partners, but things took a sour turn when personal insults started to fly back and forth on social media. Eubank (27-2, 21 KOs), a native of Hove, East Sussex, England, had won eight straight fights before losing a WBA super middleweight title bout to George Groves during the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series last February. Matchup Class Belt James DeGale vs. Chris Eubank Jr. Super middleweight ... Joe Joyce vs. Bermane Stiverne Heavyweight ... Lee Selby vs. Omar Douglas Lightweight ...
In an interview with ABS CBN News, Pacquiao said he's trying to discourage his 18-year-old son, Jimuel, from becoming a professional boxer. Join DAZN and watch Anthony Joshua plus more than 100 fight nights a year Jimuel recently posted a video of himself in a sparring match last month that has made the rounds and drawn comparisons to his famous father. Pacquiao recently called for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather, which would be a fitting farewell fight since Pacquaio said he would be retiring in the next year.
Tom Virgets told The Associated Press that boxers from poorer African and Asian countries already face losing crucial funding with the qualifying system still not confirmed. Virgets argued the delay means poorer countries are reluctant to fund boxers ahead of other sports without knowing how they can reach the Olympics. The inquiry is expected to report back to an IOC session in June, three months before AIBAs world championships decide the first Olympic places, with other planned qualifiers close behind. Virgets alleged the breakaway was led by the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation, whose candidate lost to Uzbekistans Rakhimov in Novembers presidential vote.
The criticism can be tossed into the ocean now, though, as Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, live and exclusively on DAZN. The feeling is when Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) came to New York for the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding fight in December, seeing the atmosphere inside "The World Most Famous Arena" made him want to have the same experience. During a press conference to announce the launch of DAZN in July, Miller got into a confrontation with Joshua as the two exchanged words in front of the crowd. That being said, it's now time for Santa Cruz to get back in there and take on IBF titlist Josh Warrington or WBC titleholder Gary Russell Jr.
Floyd Mayweather is warning Ryan Garcia -- if the 20-year-old boxing star actually steps in the ring with Gervonta "Tank" Davis, "He's gonna get f*cked up." Garcia and Davis have been talking TRASH to each other for months and it seems the super featherweight stars are on a collision course to fight in the very near future. With Davis being a Money Team fighter, we asked Floyd if that fight is actually going to happen -- and that's when Mayweather laid out the terms. Long story short, Mayweather says Garcia must fight TMT boxer Rolando "Rolly" Romero first ... and if Garcia wins, Floyd will give Garcia a $200,000 check plus he'll make the Davis fight happen.
Floyd Mayweather says the exhibition fight business will be VERY good to him in 2019 -- with 4 or 5 bouts lined up this year, which will pay him around $80 MILLION!! Remember, Floyd says he got $9 mil for tuning up Tenshin Nasukawa during a New Year's Eve exhibition match in Japan ... and he's going BACK to Japan to fight again in July. This time, Floyd says he's fighting a former Japanese boxer (he's not 100% sure who the guy is) -- but tells us he'll cash a $10 million check to go 3 rounds with his mystery opponent. Floyd says he can make real money doing the exhibition fights with much less risk to his health.
Andrew Cancio was aware that the majority of the boxing public felt he would get wiped out on Saturday by rising star Alberto Machado. "I was like, Oh shoot, that wasnt part of the plan," Cancio revealed to Sporting News on Tuesday after pulling off the major upset against Machado that few saw coming. And that's exactly what he used to send Machado crumbling to the canvas three times in the fourth round to shock the world and become the WBA super featherweight champion in front of a vibrant hometown crowd at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. IBF featherweight titlist Tevin Farmer is one of the guys who has thrown his name into hat into the ring and wanting a title unification bout.
Layer onto these two tales a third one about the battle that his father and trainer is waging against canceran expensive conflict that Leo is financing with his boxing pursesand you start to wonder whether a Latino movie star like Oscar Isaac or Jay Hernandez is hunting for his next project. If so, hed be well advised to head to Team Santa Cruz headquarters, which isnt in a remote mountain hideaway, but a storefront gym in the City of Industry, where theres a homeless man on the stoop, a stack of discarded office chairs on the sidewalk, and two brothers and their wheelchair-bound dad inside, arms wrapped around each other, smiling for the camera with their closest friends. If he sticks with his usual m.o., he will arrive at L.A.s Microsoft Theater on Saturday wearing a humble smile, holding the hand of the woman who knew him long before he became champion (his first date with Maritza was at McDonalds), with at least one of their three children in tow. When the first bell clangs, Maritza will sit ringside, confident yet scaredas riveted to the action as the debilitated trainer in the black dress shirt and wide-brimmed cowboy hat, the man punching the air and imploring his son: Sigue golpeando, seguir luchando.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - No one is probably happier about the news of Marcos Maidanas return to boxing than Adrien Broner. What better way to revive Broners boxing career than a fight, especially a victory, over the first fighter to give him a defeat. Apparently, Maidana grew tired of retirement and recently signed a deal with the PBC. Feb. 15, 1978: Leon Spinks defeats Muhammad Ali by decision to win the heavyweight title in just his eighth pro fight.