Another boxing icon is set to return to the ring for an exhibition, there’ll be a familiar face in Tyson Fury’s corner against Dillian Whyte and Canelo is on the lookout for a British opponent to cap off 2022. Here are five boxing stories you might have missed.
Ricky Hatton To Fight Marco Antonio Barrera On July 2nd
British boxing legend Ricky Hatton is returning to the ring for one more fight this summer when he takes on former three-weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera at the Manchester Arena on July 2nd.
Hatton, 43, last fought a decade ago, losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko by way of ninth round stoppage in 2012, three years after he retired from the sport in the aftermath of his defeat to Manny Pacquiao.
Barrera, 48, hung up his gloves in 2011 after a glittering career that began in 1989, spanned 75 fights and saw him beat the likes of Erik Morales (twice), Prince Naseem Hamed and Johnny Tapia. The Mexican icon will be familiar with the Manchester Arena too, having lost there to Amir Khan in 2009.
"I can confirm my return to the ring," Hatton posted on his personal Twitter account.
"Join me for a huge party night - with top music acts - in Manchester on July 2. It's not how you fall, it's how you rise..."
The fight will be an eight round exhibition.
Old Amateur Coach To Step In Tyson Fury’s Corner For Whyte Fight
Tyson Fury has drafted in his former amateur coach Steve Egan into his corner for this weekend’s huge heavyweight showdown with Dillian Whyte at Wembley.
The Gypsy King, who has hinted at retirement after his next fight, was taught how to box by Egan, his first amateur coach, at the Jimmy Egan Centre in Wythenshawe. It has been reported that Fury's cutman, Jacob 'Stitch' Duran, is unable to attend, so Egan will take his place alongside SugarHill Steward and Andy Lee.
"I started boxing at 14, I'm 34 in August," Fury told iFL TV. "I've had a good 20 years.
"How do you know it's the final curtains? I've got the man who started me, Steve Egan. He's in my corner and he's never been in my corner before other than one fight years and years ago and he's back in now for the last hoorah. He said to me, 'you know what? I'm the only person of all these people here who knew you before'. 20 years, now that's loyalty isn't it?"
Canelo Could Fight In London In December
Pound-for-pound superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez wants to fight in London at the end of this year and is on the lookout for a British opponent, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Canelo is set to challenge WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol on May 7th in Las Vegas and then, should he win that, will return to super-middleweight and defend his undisputed crown in a third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin on September 17th.
“Canelo wants to fight in London in December,” Hearn told talkSPORT.
“We’ve got the mandatory for his super-middleweight championship and the mandatory for his light-heavyweight championship.
“So John Ryder or [the winner of] Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards. We’re well-placed to provide him for one of those fights in London.
“Buatsi vs Richards is a fight where the winner can stake a claim to be in those kinds of fights with Canelo.
“At the moment they’re two domestic, world class prospects.”
Mikaela Mayer Would Love Taylor Bout At Higher Weight
Following her successful title defence against Jennifer Han earlier this month, WBO and IBF super-featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer currently has a plethora of big-fight options on the table.
The American is keen for unification bouts with WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi and WBC titlist Alycia Baumgardner, but has insisted that she will not wait around at 130lbs if those fights are not arranged soon. The 31-year-old says her focus will instead turn to the winner of Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano’s blockbuster lightweight unification showdown at Madison Square Garden on April 30th.
"This is not being salty, this is me being the greatest champion I possibly can be. I want to take on the other champions and have the biggest fights possible for the fans," Mayer told Sky Sports News.
"Before she was champ, I was coming for Terri Harper and I wanted that fight to get done, it took a long time, now Alycia Baumgardner is in her space and has the belt, and so now I'm coming for her, it's really as simple as that.
"I think the fans deserve a big fight, and I hope it doesn't take too long to get it done.
“I would love to fight Katie Taylor. She's done so much for the sport, she's been around since I first started so If I can't get the big fights that I want at 130lbs, yeah I'm going to absolutely move up.
"I'm already a big 130-pounder, I can definitely go up to 135lbs, even 140lbs, so I would love to challenge the winner of Taylor vs Serrano, whoever comes out on top."
Tommy Fury Not Paying Attention To Jake Paul
Ahead of his light-heavyweight clash with Daniel Bocianksi on the Fury/Whyte undercard this weekend, Tommy Fury continues to be linked to a future fight with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
Fury, younger brother of Tyson, had been in line to face Paul in December before withdrawing two weeks out from the event due to a broken rib. Talk of the potential fight never really died down despite the original meeting collapsing, however Fury insists that he is only focussed on this weekend’s fight with Bockiansi.
"I'm only fixed on Saturday night, I don't care what Jake Paul says, right now he can't keep my name out of his mouth," Fury told Sky Sports.
"First he doesn't want to fight me, then I'm a potential opponent, then he wants to see me get a knockout to get the fight on, I don't know where he's up to in his mind - but in my mind all I'm thinking about is Saturday night.
"In terms of Jake Paul, don't mention my name unless you want to fight, it's as simple as that.
"I'm not hard to find, get in contact, let's set it all up and let's get on with it. I'm not even going to get into that right now, my mindset is on Saturday night.
"I've got a lot more credible opponent that I'm facing Saturday night than I would have in facing Jake Paul."
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