It’s been another busy seven days in the world of boxing. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s third fight has taken another twist, the announcement of Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook is an unexpected treat and Tony Bellew has raised concerns over mental health. Here are five stories you might have missed this week...
The Bronze Bomber Still Shaping Up For Fury
Another week and we’re no closer to knowing who Tyson Fury will face in December. Last week the WBC heavyweight champ insisted he’s no longer taking on Wilder in a trilogy bout and his promoter, Bob Arum, waded in saying The Bronze Bomber’s contract had expired.
But Team Wilder, ever so quiet since his defeat back in February, hit back saying the fight was still on.
And news reaches us that Wilder still has his heart set on that trilogy battle. Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Raphael Akpejiori, who shares a strength and conditioning coach with Wilder in Miami, says, “I'm not involved in the politics or anything but one thing I know from Deontay is ready to go in December. Deontay is expecting Wilder-Fury in December, I'm just saying what Deontay is expecting.
“I have conversations with him once a week. To the best of my knowledge he will be in that arena, wherever that fight takes place. He's an athlete, he’s a superhuman athlete in his unique type of body and the way he’s carrying himself.”
There you have it, superhuman Deontay Wilder.
Eddie Hearn Offers Fury Advice
And as if not enough people were sticking their oar in, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, decided to stir the pot by throwing his thoughts in the mix. Just how he likes it.
“How can you not want to avenge your defeat and how can you have a contact that expires during a global pandemic, what sort of contract is it?” was how Eddie put it in a chat with followers on social media when asked about Wilder.
And he didn’t hold back on Fury either, “Fury’s just boxed Wilder and he wants an easy touch, it’s fine. Just win. Then AJ’s got to win and we are on.”
Next came the free advice, “Fury should fight Michael Hunter, that’s a good fight. In fact when we fought Andy Ruiz, we had two options, Michael Hunter and Andy Ruiz. AJ accepted both of those guys, that’s the type of fight he should be making.”
And his prediction for an eventual clash between his man AJ and Fury, simple, “Great fight, he beats him up and stops him.” Simple. If only getting them in the ring together was so straightforward.
Fright Night Special For Rescheduled Marshall Vs Rankin
The Halloween special headlined by the mouth-watering battle between Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora just got even tastier, with news that the all-British world-title fight between Savannah Marshall and Hannah Rankin has been rescheduled for 31 October.
Their first meeting, on 17 October, was postponed when Marshall's trainer Peter Fury tested positive for coronavirus. We’re delighted to hear Fury has recovered and look forward to seeing him back in the corner, doing what he does best.
Scotland's Rankin and England's Marshall will contest the vacant WBO world middleweight title.
"Honestly it has been a dream to have this fight rescheduled so quickly," said Marshall. "After the past week I've just been overjoyed with the news. I couldn't have asked for a better or bigger platform than on the Usyk vs Chisora bill It was frustrating that the fight fell through, but it's one of those things. There was nothing I could have done about it. Peter is okay which is the main thing."
At Last, Kell Brook Confirms Fight With Terence Crawford
This one’s been a long time in the making, but what a fight we have in prospect. Special K will enjoy what many feel is the last role of the boxing dice, with the announcement of his eagerly anticipated battle with Terence Crawford.
The bout has been confirmed for November 14th, with a venue still to be decided. American Crawford, 33, is a three-weight world champion, winning all 36 of his professional bouts with 27 of them coming by knockout. He will go into the fight as the firm favourite.
Former IBF welterweight champion Brook, 34, was last in action when he knocked out American Mark DeLuca in the seventh round in February.
Back-to-back defeats by Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr, and eye injuries suffered as a result of those losses, have derailed Brook's career over the past four years.
"It's a fantastic fight, a proper fight for the fans to get excited about," said Brook. "I've been told there are people writing off my chances, questioning my age, and my ability to make weight.
"Well, let them talk. Some people focus on reading headlines, I focus on making headlines." We hear ya Kell, we hear ya.
Tony Bellew Speaks Out On Mental Health
The Bomber Bellew can talk, everyone knows that. But it was very welcome to hear him using his platform this week to raise concerns over the mental health of people hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
"I just think people's mental health has actually been taken for granted in this situation," he told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.
"I understand that everybody has to earn money, and businesses still have to exist," he says.
"I just think, 'What help is there going to be for people who are completely fed up, and just sitting in a flat on their own? My grandmother hasn't had a visitor for over six months. She's 94. My father lives alone and he's been on his own, basically, for month after month after month.
"It's just very, very sad. People don't see light at the end of the tunnel. I'm someone who's very mentally strong. I've been fighting all my life, so I'll find a way to get through it. And I've got even more stuff to fight for when I've got four beautiful kids and a wife. What is there going to be for people who are on their own?"
Well said Tony Bellew, well said.