Crawford Vs Spence Gets UK Broadcaster: Five Boxing Stories You Might Have Missed

Plus Teofimo's return and Chisora's O2 date
09:00, 14 Jul 2023

The announcement of Tyson Fury’s event-first, fight-second clash with Francis Ngannou has dominated boxing headlines this week. But there’s far more going on in the sweet science if you look behind the circus big top. While the world watches Fury’s controversial next move, here are five boxing stories you might have missed.

Spence vs Crawford Lands UK Broadcaster

UK boxing aficionados were understandably worried about how to watch the undisputed welterweight title mega-fight between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. The fight had been official for weeks with no word on how fans on this side of the pond could enjoy the action.

TNT Sports, formerly BT Sport, have confirmed they will carry the bout on pay-per-view at a cost of £19.95. This is significantly cheaper than the other major PPV card on the schedule. British fans are being asked to pay £26.99 for Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte II. A far inferior fight compared to Crawford vs Spence, this is why many fans are being alienated by the way the sport is broadcast over here.

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Chisora to fight on AJ/Whyte undercard

Speaking of Joshua’s August 12 clash with Whyte, Derek Chisora has self-confirmed his place on the undercard. ‘Del Boy’ turned up to a press conference for the ‘AJ’ bout and while he refused to take part in the festivities and submit to a full interview, he did confirm to Boxing Social that he will be fighting at the O2 Arena. 

Despite announcing to the assembled throng “I'm not doing any f***ing interviews today,” the former British champion did offer a glimpse into his future. “I’m actually boxing on the undercard of this fight. Don’t worry about it. You’ll hear soon.” Chisora stopped short of naming an opponent for the proposed bout. It will be the 39-year-old’s first outing since Tyson Fury stopped him in 10 rounds in December.

Teofimo Walks Back Retirement, Keeps WBO Belt and Targets Haney

Teofimo Lopez has gone back on the retirement he announced after beating Josh Taylor last month. It never felt likely that the 25-year-old really intended to walk away from the sport. Now the continuation of his career has been confirmed, as Lopez has informed the WBO he does not plan on relinquishing their light welterweight championship.

Lopez and Haney exchanged barbs on Twitter when ‘The Takeover’ tweeted his indignation that Haney was set to face Arnold Barboza for the WBO belt if it became vacant. ‘The Dream’ retorted that he would “be 140lb champ regardless”. Here’s hoping the two outspoken stars can get this fight into a ring at some point before the year is out.

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Billy Joe Saunders Aims For Comeback At Light Heavyweight

Two-weight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has announced via social media his intention to return to the ring. The former middleweight and super middleweight king hasn’t been in a prize ring since losing the latter title to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2021. Saunders suffered a badly fractured eye socket in that fight which saw retirement become a real possibility.

Two years on and the 33-year-old doesn’t seem ready to call it quits just yet. Saunders told fans: “I’m gonna come back, and you can hear it first – one time world champion, two time world champion, three time world champion. Maybe go up to light heavy, see who’s there at light heavy available.” It is an intriguing prospect and if Saunders can recapture his pre-Canelo form, he will be a force up at 175.

Jared Anderson To Face Andriy Rudenko

‘Big Baby’ continues his heavyweight experience after signing on for his second fight in as many months. Having beaten former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin by 10-round decision two weeks ago, he now looks ahead to an August clash with Andriy Rudenko.

Understandably, his opponent this time is a considerable step down from ‘Prince’ Charles. Anderson will be facing a man with a 35-6 record who has tasted defeat against Hughie Fury, Zhilei Zhang, Agit Kabayel and Alexander Povetkin. At the age of 39, Rudenko’s modest prime is behind him, but that might be for the best considering Martin had ‘Big Baby’ in big trouble at times during their heavyweight slugfest.

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