Hollywood royalty rages over results, Bob Arum has some home truths for Terence Crawford and Tyson Fury’s next fight has hit another snag. Here are five of the weekend’s boxing stories you might have missed...
Dame Helen Mirren Blasts Weekend Boxing
Yes, you read that correctly. Dame Helen Mirren, bona fide British acting royalty, was not happy with some of the judging on display in Las Vegas this weekend. Fight fans were baffled when the Oscar-winning actress weighed in on a no-contest verdict in the WBA super-flyweight boxing title fight between Australia's Andrew Moloney and America's Joshua Franco.
Taking to Instagram after the fight, Mirren posted that Moloney had been “robbed in Vegas” and said that the “Nevada boxing organisation should be ashamed over the result”.
Is finding out Helen Mirren is a boxing fan the most bizarre news of the year? Perhaps.
Harper’s Hand Break Heroics
WBC and IBO super featherweight champion Terri Harper successfully defended her titles at the weekend against Katharina Thanderz, but it certainly wasn’t easy, having broken her right hand in just the fourth round. Incredibly, despite x-rays released after the fight showing a pretty gruesome fracture, Harper not only managed to maintain her unbeaten record but she did it emphatically, stopping Thanderz in the ninth.
After that hand injury heals up attention could turn to a mouth-watering match up with unified lightweight champion Katie Taylor. What a scrap that would be!
Bob Arum Frank On Terence Crawford’s Future
Terence Crawford made a statement at the weekend in Las Vegas by stopping Kell Brook in just four rounds but his promoter, Top Rank boss Bob Arum, had some frank words for the WBO welterweight champion and his future.
Speaking to The Athletic Boxing, Arum said, “He’s got to promote like [Teofimo] Lopez does, Shakur [Stevenson] does. Like Mayweather did, Pacquiao did. If he doesn’t, then who the f*** needs him? He may be the greatest fighter in the world, but hey, I ain’t going bankrupt promoting him.”
Asked if he believes Top Rank can keep Crawford after his contract expires in October 2021, he said, “The question is, ‘Do we want to keep him?’ I could build a house in Beverly Hills on the money I’ve lost on him in the last three fights.” Yikes.
Tyson Fury Ring Return Delayed Until 2021
Sadly, we’ll not see the Gypsy King in the ring again this year after the WBC heavyweight champion’s comeback against Agit Kabayel, set for December, was shelved due to ongoing legal action from former opponent Deontay Wilder.
Speaking on Twitter, Fury wrote, “The Gypsy King is returning in 2021. Only those that have supported me 100% since my comeback will be with me for the glory.”
Fury walked away from a third fight with Wilder when the rematch clause expired last month but now the American and his team are seeking legal action which, although Fury’s promoter Frank Warren says should be resolved next week, has caused Fury to postpone his homecoming.
Popular Heavyweight Dave Allen Retires
British heavyweight Dave Allen says he’s looking forward to “getting nice and fat” after announcing his retirement from boxing at the age of 28.
Allen, who won 18 of his 25 professional fights, has become one of the most beloved fighters in Britain thanks to his down-to-earth personality and candid honesty over subjects like mental health.
In an Instagram post, he wrote: "The reason for me calling it a day is simple, I don't want to get punched anymore.
"Long gone are the days of the kid from Donny who just wants to fight."
He added: "All I want now is a nice quiet life with a wife and some kids, healthy and happy getting nice and fat."
It’s been a wild ride for the man they call the Doncaster De La Hoya. Thanks for the memories, Dave.