All the talk in the boxing world might be around Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s titanic tussle or the fallout from Canelo and Billy Joe Saunders’ Texan showdown but there’s been plenty of stories elsewhere that might have gone under the radar - here are five boxing stories you might have missed...
Logan And Jake Paul Beef Up Security Over Mayweather Threat
Logan Paul has said that he will beef up his security ahead of his exhibition match with Floyd Mayweather on June 6 after things got heated at their press conference last week.
The YouTuber’s younger brother, Jake, stole Mayweather’s cap after hurling insults at one another, leading to the irate 50-0 boxer claiming he’d “kill” the 24-year-old.
“Dawg, when you have a guy with the resources and the wealth that Floyd Mayweather has and the connection and the network and he’s saying, ‘I’mma kill that motherf*****’ — kill? Death? You’re gonna kill my brother over a fucking hat?! Yo, we take that s*** seriously man,” Logan Paul told TMZ.
Paul added that he would be taking a 24/7 security detail to watch the brothers “everywhere at all times.”
Former Fury Trainer Ben Davison Teams Up With Devin Haney
Former Tyson Fury trainer Ben Davison is now training WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney ahead of the 22-year-old’s title defence against Jorge Linares in Las Vegas.
Davison told iFLTV that they had a chance meeting in the same gym and have not spoken yet about whether it will be a long-term arrangement.
“He contacted me about possibly working together, so we linked up and we’re working for the Linares fight,” said Davison.
“He’s an intelligent fighter and I’d like to think I’m an intelligent coach. I had a discussion before and we gelled well.
“Linares is a tough competitor and a top-quality fighter. There is no focus on, ‘What’s next?’ The focus is fully on May 29th.”
Former World Champion Jamie McDonnell Announces Retirement
Former IBF and WBA bantamweight world champion Jamie McDonell has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 35.
The Doncaster fighter, who was last in action in June 2019, hangs up his gloves with a 30-3-1 professional record.
"Well today's the day that I am officially retiring from the sport of boxing,” said McDonnell in a statement. "At the age of 35 I feel that it's too late to make a comeback.
"I have achieved more than I ever thought I would. English champion, British champion, Commonwealth champion, European champion, IBF world champion and WBA world champion.
"I won my first world title in my hometown of Doncaster and have defended every belt across the world. I fought the best to be the best.”
Joseph Parker Could Fight Filip Hrgovic In IBF Eliminator
Heavyweight Joseph Parker could take an IBF final eliminator against Filip Hrgovic to earn a world title shot at Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, says the Kiwi's manager David Higgins
Croatia’s Hrgovic was set to face Michael Hunter in a fight to decide the IBF's mandatory challenger, but the American missed the deadline for a deal, and former WBO champion Parker is the next available contender in the IBF’s rankings.
"It depends what the offer is," Higgins told Sky Sports. "It's [Hrgovic fight] something that we as a team would have to discuss and weigh up the risks and returns.
"Obviously, Joseph is ranked quite highly in three of the four credible sanctioning bodies. He doesn't need to rush into the wrong fight with any one of them, but if someone is to make contact and make an offer, it will always be considered.
"He [Parker] would genuinely face anyone, anywhere, if it's the right opportunity and the right time.”
Buatsi Ready To Show His Improvements Under New Trainer Virgil Hunter
Joshua Buatsi returns to the ring on Saturday night when he defends his WBA International light-heavyweight title against unbeaten Frenchman Daniel Blenda Dos Santos at the AO Arena in Manchester, and the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist says he can’t wait to showcase the improvements he's made under his new trainer Virgil Hunter.
"I met Virgil Hunter at the first Joshua vs. Ruiz fight in New York in 2019,” said Buatsi.
“I went over to him to introduce myself and he told me he knew who I was. I told him I was going to come and train with him one day, and he said the door to his gym was open whenever I was ready. After my last fight in October I said, ‘I’m out of here’. I’ve come out here to learn more and add things to my game.
"It’s totally different living out here. It’s great, it’s nice and the views are amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it, but I’m here just for boxing. The main goal is purely to come out here to gain experience and learn as much as I can. It's going really well so far."