Here’s what’s happening in the world of boxing….
- Following on from his 1st round ko over Stiverne, Deontay Wilder has again called out Anthony Joshua and told him to stick to his word and give fans the fight they want – “Like I said we are kings of the division, we have options. But I think people are going to demand that fight, the fans want that fight and Joshua has already given his word saying, if the fans want it, he wants it.” Hopefully a bout in 2018 will finally happen
- Jamie McDonnell has finally decided to move up to super-bantamweight, ruling out a unification bout with Ryan Burnett. The WBA bantam champ suffered a nasty cut in his rematch with Solis on Saturday that was ruled a no-contest.
- Carl Frampton is hoping to end 2017 on a high following a tough year. The two-weight world champion is back in action in Belfast on Nov 18th and cant wait to get back in the ring – “This year has been a terrible year, 2017, considering 2016 was the best year of my professional career. So this is a completely fresh start. A lot of things have changed recently for me but I’m feeling good for it, I want to put that all behind me and finish on a win.”
- Newly crowned Celtic light-middleweight champion Craig ‘The Iron’ O’Brien has been confirmed for Celtic Clash 4 on Dec 2nd in Dublin. The undefeated Dubliner will aim to end the year in style as he builds towards major titles in 2018
- Eddie Hearn has hinted that Katie Taylor and fellow world champion Ryan Burnett could co-headline a big show next year –
” When I saw the picture of Katie and Ryan the other night I thought ‘what a great little double act,’ because we may go to Belfast in the future or Ryan might come to Dublin.”
“I think you have two great World champions there. Ryan flew over because he wanted to watch Katie fight he didn’t come over to watch AJ and afterwards he wanted a picture with Katie. The good thing about having a good stable is people bounce off each other.”
“I think Ryan Burnett and Katie Taylor are a great double act.”