Another Brit will be in a huge world title fight in the coming months, Daniel Dubois has changed trainers and not everyone is as keen on fighting Manny Pacquiao as Ryan Garcia is. Here are five boxing stories you might have missed this week...
Hearn’s Fight Camp Set To Return For “Festival Of Boxing”
Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Matchroom’s Fight Camp will return once again this year, in either July or August, and a potential heavyweight clash between Dereck Chisora and Joseph Parker could be lined up for it.
The coronavirus pandemic put a halt to boxing for five months last year, and when it did return in the summer it was only allowed behind closed doors. Hearn then decided to host four consecutive weekends of boxing in the back garden of Matchroom’s Brentwood HQ, branding the series as ‘Fight Camp’.
“Joseph Parker fights Junior Fa on 27 February, then I’d like to go into the Chisora fight in the summer,” Hearn told iFLTV.
“We’re planning Fight Camp, how mad is that? We’re planning Fight Camp now for July/August.
“We might be coming back here [Matchroom HQ back garden] or we might be doing it outside somewhere bigger.
“We’re gonna do a festival of boxing this summer.”
Daniel Dubois Teams Up With Mark Tibbs
British heavyweight Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois has enlisted the help of trainer Mark Tibbs in his bid to recover from the devastating stoppage defeat he suffered to Joe Joyce last year.
Tibbs, who also trains WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, and used to train heavyweight Dillian Whyte, replaces Martin Bowers who will now take a role as Dubois’ manager. Still recovering from an eye injury caused by Joyce, Dubois is expected to return to the ring in “late April, maybe May” according to his promoter Frank Warren.
Ryan Garcia Trainer Doesn’t Like Manny Pacquiao Fight
A lot has been made of a potential bout between Ryan Garcia and Manny Pacquiao already this year, with the two seemingly destined to cross paths, but one man who doesn’t want the fight is Garcia’s trainer Eddy Reynoso, who’d prefer to see his charge take on two-weight world champion Gervonta Davis instead.
“I really don’t like that fight,” Reynoso admitted to BoxingScene.com. “Manny Pacquiao has all that experience, it’s a fight at a heavier weight against [a naturally] bigger fighter. But in my role as a teacher, my job is to prepare him for these fights that he and the team accept.
“The fight I like more is Tank Davis,” said the 44-year-old. “To me, it’s a far more interesting fight. They are at the same weight and their fight can exceed expectations.”
Otto Wallin Chasing Tyson Fury Rematch
He gave Tyson Fury one of the biggest scares of his professional career and a whopping 47 stitches when they last met in the ring, and now Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin wants another crack at the Gypsy King.
Fury overcame the tough Wallin back in 2019, and whilst he says the rematch isn’t his top priority, the 30-year-old from Sundsvall knows that it will happen if he keeps winning and gets himself into title contention, starting with former Anthony Joshua victim Dominic Brezeale on 20 February.
"My dream is to fight and win the world title so for right now I just have to keep fighting and improving so when I get the shot I'll be ready to grab it with both hands," Wallin told Sky Sports.
"The Tyson Fury rematch is not my top priority but I truly hope I get another shot at him.
"I just have to keep fighting and winning and show that I'm worthy of a rematch and when the time comes I'm ready to go in and beat him."
World Middleweight Title Fight Between Demetrius Andrade And Liam Williams Agreed
Terms have now been agreed for Demetrius Andrade to defend his WBO middleweight title against mandatory challenger Liam Williams in April in the USA.
After back-to-back defeats to Liam Smith, Welshman Williams is in the form of his life, recording seven straight KO wins and winning the British title. But America’s Andrade, who hasn’t fought in a year, will be a tough assignment for Williams, having gone 29 fights undefeated and won world championships in two weight classes.
“April in the USA is where the takeover begins!” Williams posted on Twitter.