Boxing news roundup…

Here’s the latest news in the boxing world featuring – Tj Doheny, James DeGale, Sean Turner, Rigondeaux & Lomachenko…


  • Ireland’s TJ Doheny 17-0 (13 ko’s) finally has a new IBF super-bantamweight eliminator confirmed. Doheny had seen two potential bouts fall through in the past few months, but he now faces Thailand’s Mike Tawatchai on December 20th in Bangkok as he hopes to continue his march for world honours
  • IBF Super-middleweight champ James DeGale is back in action this Saturday in London and he aims to put a frustrating year behind him as he sets his sights on unifying the division in 2018 -“I feel like I have to prove what I’m about to the British public again. It’s nice being at home for fight week for once. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve come a long way since fighting in shopping centres and stuff.”He added: “I’ve got this fight then hopefully I will box David Benavidez, the WBC champion, in March or April. Now that I am healthy and injury free I want to unify the division in 2018.”
  • Irish Heavyweight Sean Turner 11-1 (7 ko’s) does battle with Arnold Gjergjaj 30-1 (22KOs) in Switzerland this Saturday and Turner says he’s in peak condition and ready for his toughest test yet –

“I’m feeling great. I just finished up training this [Tuesday] morning, so I’m just tapering down this week. I finished up sparring last week and I’m happy with how the camp has gone,” said Turner.

“I’m the fittest I’ve ever been. Hopefully it doesn’t go the distance, but I’m ready to go the eight rounds. If I get the chance to get it over before that, I’ll take it.”

“I’ve put on some muscle and I’m about five kilos heavier for the fight than I was for my last one. He’s a big guy and I’ve heard he was a wrestler too, so I need to be strong for this fight in case he gets on the inside and want to tie me up. It’s all part of the plan

  • Ahead of his bout with Vasyl Lomachenko this Saturday, Guillermo Rigondeaux is in bullish mood as he prepares for his biggest test to date in his pro career –

“[Lomachenko] is a good fighter, a quality fighter who has talent, and he is a world champion. It’s a good fight, which will remain in history, and even in the Guinness records, with two multiple Olympic champions. It’s something that will be seen for the first time in boxing.”

“There are bigger things than that in my sports career, but it would be something important [to beat him] and better things will come after this fight. I am one hundred percent, because we are fast, well prepared and that is what we know best: speed, the ability to fight, and we will do very well. I’m fine and I know what I have to do in the ring – the one that should worry, is Lomachenko. I’m not worried at all [about the judges], I do not care, I just know that I have to do my job and win convincingly, win very clearly.”

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