A former heavyweight contender was blitzed inside a round by a former rugby legend, Conor McGregor’s sparring partner says the Irishman will fight in the ring again and it looks like Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua is heading to the Middle East.
Here are five stories you might have missed across a busy week in boxing...
Former Wilder Trainer Mark Breland Joins Team Charlo
Deontay Wilder’s former trainer Mark Breland has reportedly been added to the coaching staff of WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo.
Breland was let go by the former heavyweight champion after the trainer threw in the towel in Wilder’s February 2020 rematch defeat to Tyson Fury. Breland, a former welterweight world champion, is a well-respected coach and, after having his name dragged through the mud by Wilder since that defeat, it is great to see the Olympic gold medallist getting back to work.
“Welcome Mark Breland to the Lion’s Den,” said Charlo on his Instagram account.
Bob Arum Confirms Saudi Arabia As Host For Joshua Vs Fury
A location site for the undisputed heavyweight world championship fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is close to the finish line and promoter Bob Arum says the bout will most likely take place this summer in Saudi Arabia.
Arum says the site for the fight could be a new indoor stadium in Jeddah, although the precise location has not yet been decided. ““We have (site deal) contracts now that we are marking up and so forth,” Arum told BoxingScene.
“It’s a big step. We’re just doing the paperwork now with the Saudis.”
Heavyweight Lucas Browne Stopped Inside A Round By Rugby Legend
One of the biggest upsets of the year so far might have gone completely under the radar. Former WBA (regular) heavyweight champion Lucas Browne was blitzed inside a round by fellow Australian Paul Gallen in Wollongong on Wednesday night.
Gallen, a former National Rugby League legend, landed a vicious right hand that sent former Dillian Whyte foe Browne to the floor, before a barrage of straight shots ended the fight. Gallen, 39, is now eyeing a fight with Sonny Bill Williams, the ex-All Blacks star who himself has gone undefeated in seven fights since switching to boxing.
Conor McGregor Will Return To Boxing, Says Sparring Partner
Conor McGregor’s sparring partner Dylan Moran says the UFC legend has top-level boxing skills and will make a return to the ring again.
‘Notorious’ has made just one appearance in professional boxing, a 2017 defeat to Floyd Mayweather, but Moran believes that the Irishman is far from done with boxing.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Moran said, "If the right challenge is put to him, he will take it on board.I wouldn't be surprised to see Conor back in the boxing ring, for sure.
"I've been in there with him at Irish level, European level and world level. Conor has given it to me as much as anyone. That speaks for itself.
"When you are a person of Conor's notes, you will have naysayers and doubters of the highest degree. Even if his boxing was the best, people would say it's useless.
"I've sparred him. I've been in there with him, and I'm a boxer. So my opinion is one to listen to."
Dillian Whyte Blasts Andy Ruiz Jr Comeback As Garbage
Dillian Whyte has dubbed Andy Ruiz’s comeback against Chris Arreola in Carson, California on May 1 as “garbage” and questions whether the former heavyweight champion is motivated enough to return to the top.
"A strategic comeback fight," Whyte told Sky Sports. "It's a fight that's going to make him look good.
"Make him look like, 'Oh yeah, he's this and he's that,' but on paper it's not. If you run it on paper, it's not, because Chris Arreola is shot. Chris Arreola has been shot for a few years.
"If he was fighting Chris Arreola a few years ago, people would be like, 'No, that's a garbage fight.' Now it's the same, if not worse.”