There’s been more news on Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua’s titanic heavyweight showdown, Manny Pacquiao has his eyes set on an MMA fighter and Carl Frampton is on the verge of boxing immortality. Here are five of the week’s boxing stories you might have missed...
Tyson Fury And Anthony Joshua Set For $100m Each, Says Bob Arum
Promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that a location for Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s huge heavyweight showdown has been set, and while he didn’t give away where or when, Arum did indicate that would be on during UK prime time. The 89-year-old also added that both Brits would make close to $100m for the fight.
Speaking to Barbershop Conversations, he said, “The Joshua vs Fury fight will earn each of the guys close to $100million. Each of the guys. It is the biggest fight in history in the UK, not even close.”
Gennady Golovkin Top Target For Chris Eubank Jr In 2021
Chris Eubank Jr made the switch to Team Sauerland at the weekend, signing a long-term promotional deal and signalling his intent to takeover the middleweight division in 2021. Now Kalle Sauerland has named Gennady Golovkin as the top target for his new signing.
The promoter also said Ryota Murata, Liam Williams and Kell Brook are all fights he'd like to make, but admits Eubank Jr may take a tune-up fight first.
Dillian Whyte Vs Alexander Povetkin II Set For March 6th
Dillian Whyte won’t have to wait too much longer for his shot at revenge against Alexander Povetkin, who viciously stopped him in five rounds last August, with Eddie Hearn confirming that a rematch is set for March 6th. And, in even better news for the British heavyweight, if he should rectify his defeat to the Russian, Hearn says he’d like to try and make a fight with Deontay Wilder, a fight Whyte has been chasing for some time.
Speaking on the Ak And Barak show on Sirius XM, Hearn said, “If he wins that fight, I know he wants a shot at the WBC title, but I would love to see Deontay Wilder against Dillian Whyte.
“I just think that is such a thrilling fight. So much history, so much talk between the two of them, Wilder’s always gonna be in great fights.”
Carl Frampton Targets Becoming Three-Weight World Champion
Technically it’s the ‘Year of the Ox’ but if Carl Frampton gets his way it could easily be the ‘Year of the Jackal.’ The Northern Irishman will challenge Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight title on February 27 in London, and should the affable 33-year-old emerge victorious, he would immortalise himself in boxing history forever as the first Irishman to win three world titles in three weight classes.
"I'm delighted to finally get a date nailed down for this fight that has now been talked about for over a year," said Frampton.
"I have the utmost respect for Jamel as a fighter and as a man but there is nobody stopping me on becoming the island of Ireland's only ever three-weight world champ, one of Britain's only ever three-weight world champions and potentially have one foot in the hall of fame."
Manny Pacquiao Would Rather Fight Conor McGregor, Not Errol Spence, Next
Despite having not fought since July 2019, when he beat Keith Thurman in Las Vegas, Filipino fighting legend Manny Pacquiao still has a bounty of options on the table for 2021 and this week the 42-year-old has been talking about who he wants next between Errol Spence Jr and Conor McGregor.
Speaking to Filipino news outlet BusinessMirror, Pacquiao said, "He is too slow. Spence is slower than Thurman. They are my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA fighter." It seems that McGregor is more than a little giddy at the prospect too, telling The Mac Life, "I know talks are intensifying. I am excited for a Manny Pacquiao bout and it's looking like it will take place this year. I will certainly attain a boxing world title before I call it a day. I'd be excited to do that against Emmanuel Pacquiao."