Tyson Fury has mapped out his ideal boxing bucket list, Donald Trump is back and Billy Joe Saunders is contemplating retirement. Here are five boxing stories you might have missed.
Tyson Fury Plans Out His Boxing Bucket List
Tyson Fury has outlined plans for his next five fights including two showdowns with bitter rival Anthony Joshua and an end of year clash with Dillian Whyte.
The Gypsy King, who is set to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time next month, will have been inactive for just short of 20 months when he steps into the ring in Las Vegas and to make up for such a period of inactivity, the 33-year-old says he will fight five times before the end of 2022.
Speaking to a press conference on Wednesday, Fury said, “So here’s what me bucket list is. I’m gonna fight Wilder on October 9th, I’ll fight Dillian Whyte back in the UK for the first time in years at a stadium up in the north, Manchester or something in December. Let’s get a date in December. I’ll shut that bum right up, that’ll be an easy one. And then I’ll fight Joshua in March in Saudi Arabia, let’s do it, and then we can have a rematch in the summer back here at Wembley.”
“And then I’ll go out in me last fight, that’ll be about, however long, two years, and I’ll fight Derek Chisora. That’s five fights, yeah? And then I’ll take two years out of the ring, just going absolutely nuts again, and I’ll come back at 37 and wipe the floor with whoever’s next. Because it’ll take two years to build someone up.”
David Haye Set For Big Fight After Joe Fournier
Although former heavyweight champion David Haye insists his farcical match-up with friend and entrepreneur Joe Fournier this weekend is not a comeback, Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has suggested that the Hayemaker could be in line for an even bigger fight should he, as expected, win.
"If he wins? All I can say without giving too much away is that you should expect a very big fight," Kavanaugh told Sky Sports.
When asked who the potential opponent could be, Kavanaugh said to expect “the highest of the high.”
Donald Trump And Son To Commentate On Evander Holyfield’s Return
Before he became the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump was a common sight in the world of boxing, from promoting a handful of shows to being Mike Tyson’s business advisor. This weekend, Trump returns to the sport as a commentator for Evander Holyfield’s ring return against former UFC star Vitor Belfort, alongside his son Donald Trump Jr.
"I love great fighters and great fights," Trump Sr said.
"I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won't want to miss this special event."
With the fight coinciding with the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Trump has come under some criticism for taking the role.
BJS Considering Retirement Unless Eubank Jr Rematch Happens
Former two-weight world champion Billy Joe Saunders says he is considering his retirement from boxing and says he will only fight Chris Eubank Jr “if the money is right”
Saunders, coming off a devastating loss to Canelo in May, where he sustained a fractured orbital bone, says he now financially secure and has nothing left to prove as a boxer.
“Obviously the fans have been good to me, they’ve supported me along the way,” he told talkSPORT’s Jim White.
“I know it is a fan’s fight really, it’s not really a fight where I would look or need to take.
“I’m financially secure, done it all, ticked all the boxes from Southern Area to two-weight world champion.
“So it’s a fight [vs Eubank Jr] that would interest me if the money was right and I would do it more for the fans than anything.
“I’ve got kids now and I’ve secured their future, but put them on a path and give them a bit of time rather than gloves and a ring.”
Maxi Hughes Signs Multi-Fight Deal With Matchroom
Newly-crowned IBO lightweight world champion Maxi Hughes has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.
The Yorkshireman upset the odds and put on the performance of the night to outclass Jovanni Straffon over 12 rounds at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds on Saturday to snatch the title from the Mexican.
"Matchroom have provided so many opportunities for fighters, past and present, and to know those opportunities will be heading my way is all I could ask for," said Hughes.
"The victory wasn’t a surprise, not to me anyway, given the preparation I’d put in and the time we had spent tailoring our approach to deal with someone like Straffon. But to win every round and to feel that comfortable feels pretty epic in front of a Yorkshire crowd.”