This week we were treated to the explosive return of ‘The Monster’, Jake Paul outlined some future opponents, including his own brother, and hype for next year’s scrap between Amir Khan and Kell Brook went through the roof. Here are five boxing stories you might have missed.
Inoue Eyeing Up Unification After Midweek Win
Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue lived up to his terrifying moniker by stopping Aran Dipaen in eight dominant rounds on Tuesday in Japan. The 28-year-old retained his IBF and WBA bantamweight straps in the eighth round, dropping his Thai opponent heavily with a left hook. Diapen bravely rose but the referee was forced to wave off proceedings. Inoue, one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best, extended his record 22-0, with 19 knockouts.
The Japanese fighter could now turn his attention to John Riel Casimero, who holds the WBO title and was scheduled to fight Inoue last year before COVID halted those plans, or Nonito Donaire, the WBC king, whom he fought a Fight of the Year contender against in 2019.
Tyson Fury Opens Up On Deontay Wilder Trilogy
Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has opened up on his trilogy with Deontay Wilder and ‘the Gyspy King’ hopes that one day he and the American will look back fondly at the three scraps they shared with one another.
"I am proud to have shared a very special time with Deontay in the ring. Neither of us will ever forget being part of what people are calling one of the greatest of all heavyweight fights. Nor will the people who watched it,” Fury told MailSport.
"I hear he's beginning to think about retiring. If so, we need to spend time together. Maybe, in years to come, we will be sitting with our family and friends and reminisce quietly about the fight of our lives."
Daniel Jacobs vs John Ryder Set For February
Islington’s John Ryder is set to take on two-time Daniel Jacobs with the pair expected to meet on February 12 in London at super-middleweight.
Jacobs, a two-time middleweight champion, hasn’t fought since November 2020, and since a unanimous decision loss to Canelo back in 2019, ‘the Miracle Man’ has looked a shadow of his former self. Although he has won both of his fights since that defeat to the Mexican superstar, beating both Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and, controversially, Gabriel Rosado, the Brooklyn native has looked largely unmotivated.
It’s a winnable fight for Ryder who himself is coming into the fight on the back of two wins, following a 2019 defeat to fellow Brit Callum Smith.
“I’ll Fight Canelo and Logan Paul”, Says Jake Paul
YouTube and UFC once again collide in the boxing ring as Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley go head-to-head in Florida this weekend but that hasn’t stopped ‘The Problem Child” from looking ahead to other fights, including four-weight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and his own brother, Logan.
"I will fight Canelo 100 per cent. Look at this guy Avni Yildirim [who Canelo beat earlier this year]. His nickname was 'The Turkish Warrior'. He got to fight Canelo,” the 4-0 star told Showtime.
"He sat down in the corner and quit. He didn't throw a punch.
"Why can he get the fight but I can't? I'm bigger than that guy. I'm stronger.”
When asked about fighting his brother Logan, another YouTuber turned boxer, Paul replied, "It's talked about so much. Who knows if it will happen. It's on the cards.
"The weird part is what we would actually do in the moment."
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook Tickets Sell Out In 10 Minutes
It might be happening at least five years too late but that hasn’t stopped interest in Amir Khan and Kell Brook’s all-British showdown next February from hitting fever pitch. The tickets for the highly-anticipated bout sold out in just ten minutes this week.
“We knew we could sell the arena out a few times over but the demand for tickets has been mind-blowing. The arena told us this event is ‘bigger than Bieber’,” said Ben Shalom, BOXXER’s founder and CEO.
“The level of national interest in this fight is just off the scale - it’s the biggest British battle in decades. We’re looking forward to an electric night on February 19 for what will be an iconic and legacy-defining fight in front of a sold-out arena and televised live and exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office.”