Quite a bit of boxing news broke yesterday which was hard to stay on top of on Twitter so I’ll summarise the news in short points:
– Gary Russell Jr. will fight Irish man Patrick Hyland on April 16th and Pedraza will defend his title against Stephen Smith on that cars aswel.
– Badou Jack will fight Lucien Bute for the WBC Super Middleweight title on April 30th with the co-feature of that card being James Degale vs Rogelio Medina as a mandatory defence for the IBF Super Middleweight strap. Agreements have been made for both winners of these fights to fight each other next in a Super Middleweight unification bout, great news!
– It’s looking like Deontay Wilder will fight Alexander Povetkin as a mandatory defence for the WBC Heavyweight title in Russia on May 21st although nothing has been confirmed yet.
– The co-feature of this heavyweight clash is likely to be a cruiserweight unification bout between Denis Lebedev and Victor Ramirez – nothing confirmed yet though.
– On June 11th Ruslan Provodnikov will face John Molina Jr. in a great bout which will be shown live on showtime so this
– Thurman vs Porter will be contested on June 25th due to Thurman having to pull out with injury, the venue is yet to be decided.
– The supporting bout for Thurman Porter will be Abner Mares fighting Jesus Cuellar for the Featherweight title.
– Stephen Espinoza has said that he is close to confirming Leo Santa Cruz vs Carl Frampton, the fight would be at Featherweight and not Super Bantamweight and will be in the late summer
– David Lemieux weighed in 2.6lb over for his fight with James De La Rose and now the fight has been cancelled – de la Rosa has since stated that Lemieux didn’t even try to make the weight and that he has no respect.
– Zab Judah and his promoter, Roy Englebrecht, have both been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to them submitting false licensing documents which is technically called as fraud.
– The fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters is likely to be on June 11th, this is a great fight!