It’s On: Claressa Shields-Savannah Marshall is Set For September
By: Sean Crose
“Gonna be big mad!,” Claressa Shields tweeted on Thursday. “I know you ain’t want this fight @Savmarshall1 but talked yourself into an ass whooping! No one has seen when I loss a very close fight to you in the amateurs! But THE ENTIRE WORLD IS GONNA SEE ME WIN NOW !!!!!” While it looked like an undisputed middleweight title bout between Shields and Savannah Marshall might not happen, promoter Ben Shalon has announced that the match is now a go, signed and sealed.
“Early September – both fighters are ready, both fighters are signed,” Shalom said to Sky News. “I can’t wait. It’s taken a while. Claressa has finally got her match. It’s the first time we’re seeing a genuine rivalry in women’s boxing, and that’s a sign of the times. It’s an incredible time for the sport and an incredible time for any woman getting into the sport of boxing.” Although no location has been announced, the match is certainly a big deal. Why? Well, not only is the bout for all the marbles in the middleweight division, it’s also offering the undefeated Shields the opportunity to settle old scores.
Marshall, after all, is the only person to have bested two time gold medalist Shields in the amateurs. Both women have gone on to huge careers, but it’s Shields, of Flint Michigan, who has truly shined. Clearly Great Britain’s Marshall aims to put the spotlight on herself instead. As things stand, the 12-0 Marshall, holds the WBO middleweight title while the 12-0 Shields holds the WBC, WBA, and IBF belts. Shields’ last match in the ring was a 10 round unanimous decision over Ema Kozin last February. Marshall last saw action last month, when she knocked out Femke Hermans in three.
The two titlists were supposed to throw down in July, but a Marshall injury put an end to that date. Shields felt Marhsall was dragging her feet, and so it appeared the anticipated fight might not happen at all. Fortunately, matters now appear to be settled, at least on paper. What happens in the ring remains to be seen. This is clearly the biggest women’s bout since Katie Taylor fought Amanda Serrano a few weeks ago in front of a large Madison Square Garden crowd. That fight was an instant classic. Will the same be said of Shields-Marshall? Shields is one of the most skilled fighters in the business, while Marshall has serious knockout power, stopping all but two of her opponents within the distance.
Styles, as they say, make fights.
Statue Of Deontay Wilder Unveiled In Tuscaloosa As “Bronze Bomber” Declares He’ll Keep Fighting
By: Sean Crose
He may no longer be the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, but Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder is still worthy of attention – serious attention. On Wednesday a bronze statue of Wilder was unveiled in his home town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports building (TTS) . The statue was created by local artist Caleb O’Connor. “We are excited to unveil this highly anticipated piece of public art featuring the Bronze Bomber – Tuscaloosa’s world-champion boxer – and created by Caleb O’Connor, who has adopted Tuscaloosa as his home and has created many other beautiful pieces in our city,” said Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox. “We’re proud of his (Wilder’s) accomplishments and are thrilled the visitor center will be home to this incredible statue,” stated TTS CEO Don Staley.
Yet a statue in his honor isn’t the only news regarding Wilder. “I’m looking to resume my career for sure,” the 42-2-1 fighter said on Wednesday at the ceremony. “I’ve got a lot of other things I’ve got to get out of the way. I’m taking away from my children if I come back, because now I’m able to enjoy my life fully like I want to. I sacrificed so much to be in this position in my life, to be able to live my life like I want for the rest of my life.” Still, Wilder made it clear that he feels he also has responsibilities outside the home. “I apologize to my family if it’s an inconvenience,” he said, “but the world needs me. And I must go back to the call of duty at this moment in time.”
According to Wilder, there are fans asking for his return. “I’ve been highly requested,” he stated. “So many people have told me ‘Come back, come back.’ I’d say I’m back by popular demand.” According to Wilder, boxing needs an American star. “When there’s a thriving American champion, there’s nothing like it,” he said. “When there’s not, you see it’s dead. There’s a drought in. People know the difference now.”
Wilder last saw action in the fall of 2021 when he lost a spectacular fight with arch rival Tyson Fury. It was the third match between the two, all of which were memorable. Although Wilder ended up on the losing side two of the three times – his first fight with Fury ending in a draw – it’s clear the hard hitting Alabaman feels he up to the task of winning a world title once more.
It’s Official: Canelo-Golovkin 3 Announced For September 17th
By: Sean Crose
It’s official. Canelo Alvarez and arch rival Gennady Golovkin will be fighting for a third time. Matchroom announced Tuesday that the match will go down on September 17th. “I feel very happy and proud to be able to give the best fights and this fight won’t be an exception,” Canelo says via press release. Although he lost to Dmitry Bivol a few weeks back in a quest for Bivol’s light heavyweight title, Canelo is still arguably the biggest draw in boxing. And since the first two fights between himself and Golovkin were controversial, Canelo can expect much attention to be given to this third go-round.
“The Canelo vs. GGG trilogy is the biggest fight in boxing and I am delighted to get this made for September 17,” states promoter Eddie Hearn. “These are two men that bitterly dislike each other and want to end this incredible series with a blistering KO.” Being a promoter, Hearn is making sure to go out of his way to hype the match up. “I truly believe this will be the most thrilling fight between these two great champions,” he says, “and it will be fireworks from the first bell to the last man standing.”
No location has been given for the fight yet, though Vegas seems like a shoe-in. “Both (previous) fights took place in the T-Mobile Arena,” Matchroom’s press release states, “and while a venue for the trilogy bout will be revealed soon, what is in no doubt is that it will be the hottest ticket in sport when these two foes dance for the third and decisive time.”
Canelo’s recent loss might well help boost the financial prospects and relevance of this match. A mere month ago, Canelo-Golovkin 3 looked like it might be old news. Golovkin is no longer in his prime, after all. What’s more, he doesn’t fight much these days. Coupled with the fact that Canelo was recently looking invincible, and a third Canelo-Golovkin fight seemed like a foregone conclusion. Now fans might not be so sure. Add in the fact many, if not most, feel Golovkin won the first fight between the two men, and the chance to see a rubber match becomes far more intriguing.
“Let’s push ahead without going backwards,” Canelo’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso says. “A Mexican never surrenders, let’s push forward.” Unlike the first two Canelo-Golovkin matches, which went down at middleweight, this fight will be held in the super middleweight division. That’s something Golovkin doesn’t appear take issue with. “I hope to see you on September 17,” he says simply.
Is Gervonta Davis Wise To Leave Mayweather Promotions?
By: Sean Crose
According to Mayweather Promotion’s web page, “Since signing with Mayweather Promotions in 2015, (Tank) Davis has exemplified nothing but hard work and determination as well as the confidence in himself.” The proof, frankly, is in the pudding. Twenty-eight wins. Zero losses. Twenty four of those wins within the distance. Throw in a couple of world titles and there’s no arguing Davis is impressive in the ring. At least he’s certainly been so far. Yet now Davis is making it clear that he’s going to leave Mayweather Promotions after his pay per view WBA lightweight title defense this weekend against Rolando Romero in Brooklyn.
“I feel as though it’s my career,” Davis has said to Brian Custer, “so I feel as though I need to be the one to control my career. And it’s time.” Fair enough, but is the popular fighter making the right decision? His mentor and Mayweather Promotions honcho Floyd Mayweather certainly went HIS own way when he was fighting, thus establishing himself as a groundbreaking earner in the sport of boxing. Perhaps Davis feels lightning will strike twice. The Daily News reports that Davis will bring in the biggest boxing gate in the history of the Barclay’s Center this weekend, so it’s easy to see how the Baltimore native would arrive at that conclusion.
Plus there’s the annoying accusations that Davis and/or his team have been careful to avoid top level competition, like Vasyl Lomachenko, Devin Haney, George Kambosos or Teofimo Lopez. Mayweather dealt with similar criticism regarding his own peers during the course of his career. And, true or not, such accusations tend not to fade away so easily. Maybe Davis feels it will be simpler without Mayweather Promotions to land himself a marquee opponent. Or perhaps Davis simply doesn’t get along with his promotional team anymore. The truth is that no one really know what goes on behind closed doors.
Ultimately, though, the 27 year old star deserves some credit for being willing to make his own way in life. “Everybody don’t need to have them training wheels on ‘em forever,” the man known as “Tank” told Custer. “It’s time to ride their own bike without training wheels.” After this weekend, the world will see how well Davis rides on his own. The road can be bumpy, but the man seems sure of himself. Here’s hoping the journey is a smooth one.
Does Golovkin Stand Any Chance Of Beating Canelo On The Scorecards?
By: Sean Crose
This sort of thing is awkward to write about because it unintentionally suggests that Canelo Alvarez is responsible for every boxing judge who has ruled questionably in his favor. And that’s unfair. Canelo, yes even in the days after his sound defeat to Dmitry Bivol, is an amazing fighter. He’s brave, talented, skilled and fearless. It’s not his fault that it’s now essentially accepted throughout the fight world that judges give him preferential treatment. Again, this has nothing to do with Canelo himself, as Canelo has done nothing wrong when it comes to the judging of his fights.
Now that it looks like Canelo may be slipping between the ropes for the third time to face arch rival Gennady Golovkin, however, it’s worth wondering if Golovkin has any chance, any chance at all, of besting the red haired legend on the scorecards. They’ve met twice before, after all. The first time they fought to a draw and the second time Canelo got the nod. Both decisions were controversial, particularly the first, as most felt the judges gave Canelo a gift. Until quite recently, it was safe to say most felt the third fight would actually go down without controversy. Canelo was in his prime, the argument more or less went, and Golovkin was aging and largely inactive. Since Canelo was defeated by Bivol a few weeks ago, however, things have changed – at least a little.
There will now be those who will now argue that Canelo has slipped, that he’ll now be missing a step or two in his fights. There will also be those who ridiculously say the guy is overrated and always has been. Lastly, there will be those who argue Canelo is too rattled from the Bivol fight to perform as well as he should when he faces Golovkin again (reportedly in September). While Canelo has never, not for a second, been over-rated, he may well be lacking confidence when he meets Golovkin after the Bivol loss. Who knows? Perhaps he may also prove to be past his zenith.
Will any of that matter, though? If the world learned anything during their first two fights it was the fact that, when they’re on, Canelo and Golovkin are essentially evenly matched. Considering the fact that Bivol barely got the judges’ not after dominating Canelo for most all of 12 rounds, how does Golovkin stand a chance? It’s doubtful either man will get knocked out or stopped during their third fight – though one never knows. Although it’s irresponsible to accuse any judge of corruption without the backing of some serious evidence, it’s very safe to assume that some top judges in boxing simply tend to love Canelo’s style. The problem is, they seem to love it too much. Perhaps they know something we don’t – they ARE paid professionals, after all.
If that’s the case, though, perhaps they can enlighten us, for they’re not looking particularly great at their jobs at the moment.
Boxing’s Class Act, Jamel Herring, Retires
By: Sean Crose
“I love this sport, but I owe it to my family to quit putting them through these moments. Thank you all, whether you were with or against me, you made me who I am, but it’s time. Semper Fi, salute.” Those words were tweeted by one of the most respected men in boxing – former WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring. The former U.S. Marine, who served not one but two tours in Iraq, had just dropped a unanimous decision to Jamaine Ortiz on Saturday. It was Herring’s second loss in a row, having previous lost his title to Shakur Stevenson last October. At thirty-six year of age, enough was a enough. Here’s hoping the fighter known as “Semper Fi” has a long and fruitful retirement.
Not many boxers receive the kind of genuine respect Herring has, but he’s been a guy whose always acted in a respectful manner. Having fought in a time frame that gave the boxing world Adrien Broner, Tyson Fury and even Conor McGregor, it was refreshing to see someone who acted like an adult at all times. The brutal business of boxing requires individuals to find a way to stand out, but Herring stood out for all the right reasons. One doesn’t have to be boastful after all, when one has served two tours in a war zone. Sometimes a resume truly does speak for itself.
On top of all that, Herring was a good, championship level fighter. Perhaps not a great fighter, but unquestionably a very good one. He bested the likes of Carl Frampton and Lamont Roach, serious competition indeed. He’s also leaving the ring with a combined record of 23 wins and 4 losses. Considering the level of competition Herring faced, that’s quite impressive for a career that’s lasted just under ten years.
Upon learning of his retirement, Herring’s peers – some former opponents -took to social media to offer their well wishes. “Only got respect for this man,” tweeted Frampton, “Congratulations on a great career champ. Enjoy the rest of your life with your family.” Perhaps the most notable insight into Herring’s view of the fight game came in the form of a tweet Herring himself posted several years ago.
“Went to war overseas,” he wrote, “lost a child, suffered from PTSD, clinical depression, and a parent of autistic children. A opponent across the ring is the least of my worries. Boxing is therapeutic.” Semper Fi? Most certainly.
Benavidez Demolishes An Insanely Courageous Lemieux In Three
By: Sean Crose
Prominent former super middleweight titlist David Benavidez took on former middleweight titlist David Lemieux at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona Saturday night. The main event of the Showtime broadcast card was scheduled for 12 rounds and was for the WBC Interim World Super Middleweight Title. The 25-0 Benavidez worked to maintain range early on, while the 43-4 Lemieux tried to get inside. Lemieux got rocked with seconds left in the first, however, and Benavidez went for broke. Somehow, Lemieux survived the chapter.
Lemieux charged at this man in the second, but was sent to the mat seconds later. Lemieux got up and kept slugging. Benavidez remained calm, waiting for his opportunity. Sure enough, the taller Benavidez’ power was simply proving to be too much. The Arizonan’s uppercuts where beating the gutsy Canadian almost senseless. Yet someway, somehow, Lemieux fought his way through the round. It was a profile in courage. How long could it continue, though?
Lemieux started the third attacking his man furiously. Benavidez’ shots, however, were pure destruction. Fortunately, Referee Harvey Dock stepped in and stopped the fight halfway through the round. Lemieux was truly willing to fight on, but he was taking so much damage by that point that he had to be saved from himself.
Gomez Bests Cota Via Unanimous Decision
By: Sean Crose
The 5-0 junior middleweight Yoelvis Gomez battled the 30-5 Jorge Cota in a scheduled 10 round affair on Saturday as part of the televised undercard of Showtime’s Benavidez-Lemieux match. Gomez had last fought on Christmas night, 2021, when he stopped Clay Collard in the first round. Cota’s most recent fight had seen him getting stopped in the fourth round by Sebastian Fondura back in May of last year.
Gomez began unloading right off the bat in the first. Gomez continued to go for broke in the second, but he appeared too eager to try to score a quick stoppage. A thunderous shot in the third rattled Cota, who was then tossed to the mat. Cota got up and tried merely to survive the round, which he did. Cota then accidentally tagged the referee at the bell. Cota went on to have a better fourth. He then went on to have a good fifth.
The sixth was a strange affair, as it seemed to dawn on Gomez that he actually might not score a stoppage. Gomez wobbled his man early in the seventh, but Cota continued to remain on his feet. In fact, he remained competitive. Gomez continued to chop away at Cota in the eighth. Cota was game in the ninth, but he didn’t have enough to pull out a win. Gomez rocked Cota once again in the tenth. And once again, Cota kept from landing on the mat…but it was clear the fight belonged to Gomez.
The judges agreed, rewarding Gomez with a unanimous decision win.
Nunez Decisions Fierro In High Octane Affair
By: Sean Crose
The 16-0 featherweight Luis Nunez opened Showtime’s Benavidez-Lemieux card Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona, by facing the 13-0 Jonathan Fierro in a scheduled 10 rounder. Each man looked a bit jittery in the first before getting into the flow of the fight. The second saw an accidental head butt seemingly cause Nunez to bleed from the right side of his face. The third was something of a firefight early on, with each man having his moments. Nunez, however, was able to land effectively while employing a sound defense. Nunez rocked his man at the end of the fourth, though Fierro was able to survive the round.
Although he looked to be behind, Fierro landed and landed well in the fifth, looking like he might have hurt Nunez. The man certainly had a strong round. Had he done enough to turn the tide? Things went back to being tight in the sixth. Nunez went on to land well in the seventh, though Fierro remained game. The pace of the high energy bout started to take its toll on each man in the eighth. Still, the fighters were willing to engage when need be. Fierro gave Nunez different looks in the ninth while looking to land clean. The tenth and final round saw Nunez landing the more telling blows, putting an end to a high octane affair.
The judges rewarded Nunez with a unanimous decision victory.
Mayweather Thoroughly Dominates Moore In Exhibition Bout
By: Sean Crose
Let’s face it, no one really expected Don Moore to do all that well against Floyd Mayweather when the two men stepped into the ring to square off Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Although it was an exhibition bout, Mayweather dominated in all eight of the two minute rounds. While visibly older and slower than he was when he dominated the sport of boxing, the bearded Mayweather was calm and cool in the first. Mayweather then backed his man up in the second. By the end of the chapter, Mayweather took to horsing around, as Moore clearly had nothing to offer.
By the third, Mayweather was reminding the world of just how good a fighter he was, for there was still a bit of the old spark, still a bit of that famous relaxed, dominant style. Mayweather pursued his man while holding a high guard in the fourth. Soon enough he was literally roughing his man up. The fluid Mayweather continued to outclass Moore in the sixth. In between rounds Mayweather literally took the card from one of the ring card girls and strutted about with it.
Poor Moore tried to become aggressive in the seventh, but ended up landing on nothing but arms and gloves. Mayweather could have finished the fight whenever he wanted. The former pound for pound great actually dropped Moore in the eighth. Moore beat the count but essentially played the role of punching bag for the rest of the fight.
Benavidez-Lemieux Undercard Preview
By: Sean Crose
Before super middleweights David Benavidez and David Lemieux square off in Glendale, Arizona this evening, Showtime viewers will be presented with two undercard bouts.
The 5-0 junior middleweight Yoelvis Gomez will battle the 30-5 Jorge Cota in a scheduled 10 round affair. Gomez last fought on Christmas night, 2021, when he stopped Clay Collard in the first round. Cota’s last fight saw him get stopped in the fourth round by Sebastian Fondura back in May of last year.
The 16-0 featherweight Luis Nunez will also be on the card, facing the 13-0 Jonathan Fierro in a scheduled 10 rounder. Nunez was last spotted stopping Carlos Arrieta in ten in January. Fierro was last seen knocking out Daniel Bailey in two this past March.
The Benavidez-Lemieux card will begin airing tonight at 10 PM eastern time on Showtime.
David Benavidez – David Lemieux Preview
By: Sean Crose
It should be an exciting Saturday night of boxing, as prominent super middleweight David Benavidez takes on longtime popular contender David Lemieux at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The scheduled 12 round bout will be for the WBC Interim World Super Middleweight Title and will be the main event of a Showtime card that will begin airing live at 10 PM eastern time. If anything, this fight should bring with it entertainment value, as both men know how to bring the heat. Neither, frankly, is apt to be in a boring fight. On top of that, there’s a lot on the line for both mean heading into tonight’s battle.
Benavidez is a big puncher looking for a big fight. He’s wanted a piece of Canelo for a while now and certainly wouldn’t mind squaring off against Caleb Plant. He’s not facing a light touch in Lemieux however, a hard hitting Canadian who likes to brawl. If the year 2022 has shown us anything so far, it’s that fans should always be ready for the unexpected. With that in mind, however, Benavidez is clearly and rightfully the favorite walking into this evening’s match. Being eight years younger, two and a half inches taller, and perhaps even more powerful than Lemieux makes it hard to bet against the Phoenix native.
Yet Lemieux has something in his possession that Benavidez doesn’t – big fight experience. While the undefeated Benavidez has knocked out all but three of his twenty-five opponents, Lemieux throughout the course of his forty-three fight career has faced names like Golovkin and Saunders. What’s more, although the Montreal based fighter has four loses on his resume, those loses either came from top names, occurred over a decade ago, or both. Such things matter, or at least they certainly can in the ring.
Benavidez last fought back in November when he stopped Kyrone Davis in seven. Lemieux was last in action almost a year ago, when he stopped David Zegarra in two back in June (whether or not ring rust plays a part in Lemieux’s performance this evening remains to be seen). In truth, this single fight will dictate the future of each man’s career. A loss for Lemieux might well cause irreversible damage to the thirty three year old’s future ring prospects. As for the twenty-five year old Benavidez, a loss would damage his reputation at a time when he wants to look as close to indestructible as possible in order to earn big money fights. Each fighter has a lot riding on this one.
Holy Holm Has Won World Titles In Boxing And The UFC. So Where’s The Praise?
By: Sean Crose
It was certainly a fight to remember. Ronda Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion of the world, was supposed to be unstoppable. Not only did she dominate the competition, the media absolutely adored her. In fact, Rousey’s bad attitude seemed to actually endear her to the media. That meant that Holly Holm, Rousey’s opponent that night in Australia, was not the type reporters would take a particular shine to. She was quiet, Holm was, and also polite. She went by the nickname “The Preacher’s Daughter” due to the fact her father was an ordained minister. In short, she was seen as Rousey’s next victim on a beatdown spree for the ages.
Yet sometimes, as they say, you’ve got to watch out for the quiet ones. Holm not only faced Rousey gamely, she outright beat the hell out of the media darling. By the end of bout, in which Holm made her opponent look like a complete amateur, Rousey was in la-la-land thanks to a pitch perfect Holm kick to the neck. And Holm was the UFC’s new bantamweight champion by virtue of having removed the ferocious Rousey from her title belt. It was a performance for the ages, one which solidified Holm’s place in UFC history.
Yet there’s far more to Rousey’s story than that. Before she found glory in mixed martial arts, the New Mexico native had been a top level boxer, having become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world in 2008, among other achievements. Holm has even been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2022. That means a quick look at Holm’s overall resume indicates she’s the first fighter ever to to earn major titles in both boxing and the UFC. No matter how one sees at it, that’s a very big deal.
So why doesn’t Holm get the credit she deserves? As far as the fight game goes, the woman is literally an historic figure. Yet all Holm seems to be truly known for is her conquest of Rousey nearly seven years ago. This has something to do with the fact that Holm doesn’t discuss her boxing career much in public. It also has something to do with the fact that Holm doesn’t possess the kind of personality the media is drawn to. The woman is a determined, polite professional, not one to soak up the spotlight. No matter. On the eve of Holm’s UFC match against Ketlen Vieira this weekend, combat sports fans should step back, appreciate, and recognize the insanely notable career the now forty-year old Holm has had.
DAZN Stays In The Golden Boy Business “With A New Multi-Year, Multi-Fight Partnership”
By: Sean Crose
In a joint Thursday press release, DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions claimed that they are continuing their partnership through a new contract signed and agreed to by both entities. “DAZN,” the statement read, “the leading global sports entertainment platform, and U.S.-based boxing powerhouse Golden Boy today announce a multi-year, multi-fight partnership to deliver championship boxing and unearth the next generation of boxing talent.”
Golden Boy and DAZN have been in partnership since 2018. The new deal “will include championship fight nights alongside a new prospect development series – Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN – a monthly boxing series hosted by boxing broadcaster Beto Duran and boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins.” Notable Golden Boy fighters were also brought up in the press release.
“Additional blockbuster events to follow in 2022,” it read, “will include the return of undefeated superstars Jaime Munguia, Ryan Garcia, and Vergil Ortiz, Jr. in June, July, and August, respectively.” Garcia is seen as a particularly bright attraction, as the young Californian is ferocious, highly popular and a born self promoter. At this point, Garcia may arguably be the current face of Golden Boy Promotions.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Golden Boy,” Ed Breeze, EVP Rights at DAZN, said. “Golden Boy has an excellent stable including some of the hottest prospects in boxing, and their shows always feature non-stop action from the first bell to the last. As part of our new partnership we will be looking to unearth the next generation of boxing talent in our new development series ‘Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN’.”
Eddie Hearn Believes Tyson Fury Will Fight The Winner Of Joshua-Usyk 2
By: Sean Crose
Tyson Fury has said that he is retiring. He’s said it before and there is frankly a very good chance he’ll say it again. Fury is unquestionably a likeable dude, but he likes to talk off the cuff. He also tends to contradict himself, either from changing his mind or from just liking to mess with people. At any rate, Fury has claimed he’s out of the fight game after absolutely destroying Dillian Whyte with a missile-like uppercut a few weeks back. Count promoter and Matchroom honcho Eddie Hearn as someone whose taking Fury’s latest retirement announcement with a grain of salt.
“It’s very easy for Tyson,” Hearn told iFl TV, “to go back and go, ‘Look, I’m just gonna have some time now. Let me just think about what I’m going to do. I know I said that after the fight, but let me have some time.'” Hearn then cut to the chase. “We all know he’s not retiring.” And so what does Hearn feel the future holds for the current WBC lineal and heavyweight champion of the world? “I expect to see him fight the winner of Joshua-Usyk in December.” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman may well agree with Hearn. At the very least he’s suspicious of Fury’s retirement claim, as he’s officially given “The Gyspy King” some time before he removes the WBC title from the towering Englishman’s possession.
Should Fury decide to continue fighting, Hearn believes he will take on the winner of the Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk rematch, which should go down over the summer. Since beating Joshua in their first match, Usyk has been in possession of the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles. Should Fury fight the winner of Joshua-Usyk II, an actual undisputed heavyweight champion of the word will be crowned – something that hasn’t happened in quite some time.
Fury is unquestionably the most colorful heavyweight titlist since Mike Tyson and George Foreman dominated the 90’s. Big, outspoken and just plain weird, the undefeated Fury has a natural ability to draw in eyeballs. He’s also proven to be an extraordinarily good fighter. Along with Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko, Fury has essentially put to rest the longstanding belief that enormous men don’t possess enormous ring ability. It’s a safe bet the man would be favored stepping into the ring with either Joshua or Usyk, should he decide to face the winner of their highly anticipated second go round.