Dillian Whyte’s 2020 has taken another turn for the worst, the boxing world reacts to that sensational video from Deontay Wilder, and another star of the super exciting lightweight division gets ready to make a statement this weeknd. Here are five boxing stories you might have missed...
“Stop Being A B*tch,” Boxing World Reacts To THAT Deontay Wilder Video
American heavyweight Deontay Wilder really chucked the cat amongst the pigeons at the weekend when he released a sensational video on social media in which he blamed everything from tampered gloves to a water bottle laced with a muscle relaxer for his defeat to Tyson Fury in February.
Unsurprisingly, in the big, bad world of boxing, fighters tend to turn their noses up at another fighter’s excuses, and Wilder’s meltdown was no different. Teofimo Lopez, who recently stunned the world by defeating Vasyl Lomachenko, told Sirius XM, "I think Wilder has had too much time on his hands. He needs to focus on his own damn self, go back in the gym, get ready for a fight. Stop talking about a dent in your head. You're a grown-ass man, stop being a bitch."
Joshua, on the hand, couldn’t help but feel a little vindicated after Wilder let slip in the video that he’d been offered more money to face the 2012 Olympic gold medallist instead of Fury, despite saying otherwise at the time. Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua said, “When time goes by, naturally the truth will always reveal itself. He admitted it. We made him a lucrative offer, but he wanted to face Fury. If that's what he wanted, fine. But he dragged my name through the mud.”
Whyte, who has gone back and forth with the Alabaman a lot over the years, told Sky Sports he doesn’t expect to see Wilder fight again, "I don't think we'll see him in the ring ever again. He's a coward and a disgrace. The way he's acted, blaming everyone apart from himself, getting rid of the only person in his corner who knows boxing? It's weird.”
Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin Rematch Pushed Back To 2021
Dillian Whyte just doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break does he? He spends over 1,000 days as WBC mandatory only to be blitzed by Alexander Povetkin and have his title hopes extinguished. Now, the rematch with Povetkin scheduled for November 21, has been pushed back until early 2021, likely January 30, with the Russian heavyweight having tested positive for Covid.
Incredibly, having only fought Oleksandr Usyk at the weekend, Dereck Chisora threw his hat in the ring to face his old rival Whyte for a third time, despite only having mere weeks to prepare for it. However, as exciting as that would be, it seems very unlikely we’ll see Chisora vs Whyte III materialise out of nowhere this month, instead Conor Benn will headline the now non-PPV card against Sebastian Formella.
Lawrence Okolie Set For WBO Cruiserweight Title Shot On AJ Undercard
Since turning pro in 2017, on the back of his Team GB appearance in Rio in 2016, Lawrence Okolie’s accent to the top has been a swift one and on December 12, on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight showdown with Kubrat Pulev at the 02, he will square off with WBO cruiserweight world champion, Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki.
The shot at the world title will be the unbeaten Okolie’s 15th professional fight and Glowacki, whose only defeats in 33 fights came on the scorecards to the uber-talented pairing of Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Breidis, will certainly be 27-year-old’s toughest test so far.
"It has been a long and hard road to get here," said Okolie. "I'm very excited and blessed to have this opportunity; I'll be grabbing it with both hands. I will become Britain's next world champion on December 12.
"He's a former two-time world champion and has only lost twice to two elite opponents. He's going to be my biggest test on paper as a professional. He is a consummate professional and will do everything in his power to win.
Daniel Dubois vs Oleksandr Usyk Could Be “Made In A Heartbeat”
And so the heavyweight merry-go-round spins on and on. Now, Daniel Dubois, who faces fellow British heavyweight Joe Joyce on November 28, has been described by his promoter Frank Warren as a potential contender for the WBO crown in the near future, with Ukrainian wizard Usyk mooted as an opponent.
Speaking to TalkSport, Warren said, "Daniel Dubois is ranked number two by the WBO now, Usyk is the [WBO] mandatory and Joshua is talking about vacating the title. If he does, Daniel will fight Usyk, providing he beats Joyce on Nov 28th. If that fight's there, I would do that in a heartbeat."
Devin Haney Ready To Shine Against Yuriorkis Gamboa
Jam-packed with talent, the lightweight division is arguably the most exciting weight class in boxing right now and after Teofimo Lopez stunned the world against Lomachenko and Gervonta Davis made an emphatic statement against Leo Santa Cruz with a devastating uppercut, it means the pressure is on Devin Haney in Florida this weekend.
‘The Dream’ faces veteran Cuban and wily operator Yuriorkis Gamboa on Saturday night knowing that not only does he have to win, but he needs to win emphatically if he wants to stand out from the crowd.
“I don’t just want to win; I want to win spectacularly,” said Haney. “I want to beat Gamboa worse than anyone has to date. I want to show him that I am the best fighter in the world and better than anyone he’s ever faced.
“I have to make a statement. The eyes of the boxing world are all on me again. They’ve heard me talk the talk, and now it’s time to walk the walk.