Like many sports, 2020 has been a rough year for boxing but things are finally starting to liven up, with a mouth-watering clash this weekend and news that one day in December in particular could make up for a mostly dismal year in the ring. Here are five boxing stories you might have missed this week...
Tensions Rise Ahead Of Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez
Fight fans are in for a real treat this weekend when Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez clash at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Vegas on Saturday night (3am Sunday morning for us UK fans), with Loma’s WBC ‘franchise’, WBC and WBO lightweight belts, and Lopez’s IBF strap on the line.
Lomachenko, one of the world’s pound-for-pound best boxers, faces one of the toughest tests of his career in 23-year-old hot-shot Lopez, and as the fight draws near he’s making it clear that he really doesn’t like the youngster. At the fight’s press conference, he had this to say, "I want to beat him very badly, very, very badly. I want to really beat him badly. [Lopez’s dad] thinks [Lopez is] a big star like Tyson Fury. That's why they trash talk. They act like they're a big superstar, but they're not." You get the picture.
The Ukrainian fistic-wizard also fixed an eye-cold stare on the Brooklynite every time he spoke.
This one has all the ingredients to be a potential Fight of the Year contender and if you do fancy watching it, you can catch it on FITE TV for £9.99
December 5th Could Be Christmas Come Early For Fight Fans
Things could come together this December even if it’s just for a day with ESPN’s Steve Kim reporting that Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell could get moved to the afternoon in the US on 5 December, ensuring it avoids clashing with Errol Spence’s return to the ring against Danny Garcia that same night.
Basically what this means is boxing fans could be treated to several consecutive hours of fight fun with Tyson Fury’s next fight supposedly taking place earlier that night in the UK, and that will then be followed by Campbell-Garcia and then finally Spence-Garcia. What a Christmas cracker that is.
Deontay Wilder Manager Responds To Tyson Fury Abandoning Third Fight
Earlier this week the heavyweight division took another dramatic turn as Tyson Fury said he would not fight Deontay Wilder next, capping off a trilogy of fights between the two, instead paving the way for a huge Battle of Britain against Anthony Joshua.
Now Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel has had his say on the news and is insisting that ‘The Bronzer Bomber’ still wants to fight Fury again. Speaking to ESPN he warned, “He's entitled to his opinion, he can think anything he wants. Deontay and I would like to have the next fight, as planned, against Fury. We'll fight him any date, any place."
Roy Jones Jr ‘Prepared To Die’ Against Mike Tyson
For a supposed ‘charity match’, the upcoming clash between former boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr really is taking a dark turn with both boxers extremely up for it, and referees reportedly being told to step in if the scrap gets too feisty.
This week Jones Jr visited Joe Rogan to talk about his career and the fight with Tyson, and said that Tyson could kill him in the ring on 28 November but, if he does, he will die a happy man.
“Mike Tyson is not just an ordinary puncher. He’s one of those guys that can do just that to you.
“So, you should know what you’re going into and you should be ready for that because this is Mike. For me, I don’t really give a damn, I fight for a living.
“I ain’t trippin’ at all because I know death is a possibility. Yeah, that can happen to anybody.
“And I know it can happen to me even more going in there with somebody as dangerous as Mike Tyson.”
He added: “Problem with me is, why I love and why I do what I do, because I love boxing. So if I gotta die boxing, I die a happy man.”
No Savannah Marshall On Ritson-Vazquez Card
The tasty clash between Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez for the vacant WBA intercontinental super-lightweight title in Peterborough on Saturday night is another great card to look forward to this weekend - sadly, we’re going to be down a fight with Savannah Marshall’s WBO middleweight title bout against Hannah Rankin being called off after MArshall’s trainer Peter Fury tested positive for Covid-19.
Marshall, who boxed for Great Britain at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, will now have the fight rescheduled for a later date. The Sportsman wishes Peter Fury all the best in his recovery.