BLOW BY BLOW: THIS WEEK IN BOXING PART 11
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The biggest news from the past week, as well as stories you might have missed. Welcome to part 11 of our Blow by Blow.
Canelo to fight Quigley on Sept 12th?
The search for Canelo’s next opponent could be over, as Irishman Jason Quigley receives an offer to face him this September. Quigley, who also fights under Golden Boy, said “I have been asked, ‘would I take the fight?’ 100 percent, I said ‘yes.’”
It’s an easy fight to make for Canelo’s team as both men are signed to the same promotion, making any contractual negotiations easier to finalize. Quigley represents a low level of risk for Canelo and honestly, isn’t the level of fighter we’d have hoped for in this situation. But with time running out and no signs that Callum Smith, John Ryder or David Benavidez are going to be flown in, Quigley looks to be a panic booking that can be made in time. The pros for Canelo are that Quigley won’t cost a lot, he’s not a huge challenge and he’s most likely not going to say no and derail negotiations.
Felix Verdejo looking to avenge amateur loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko
The standout Puerto Rican made a statement yesterday as he crushed Will Madea in Top Rank’s Thursday night headliner. Once seen as one of the top prospects due to his great amateur career and pro debuts, mediocre performances over the past few years have dulled his rising star. But with what looks like a refreshed skillset and renewed passion, brought on by new trainer Ismael Salas, Verdejo is once again looking to reach for the top of the Lightweight division.
Verdejo, who lost to Loma in the 2012 Olympic games, has called for a rematch with Hi-Tech. If he can continue his new form and impress in a stacked 135lbs division, Verdejo is a definite talent to look out for.
Top Rank and Arum continue to flounder on ESPN
It seems Warren and Arum are sharing the same run of hardship this year, with both men having far lower than expected audience numbers, despite being the first in their countries to welcome boxing back. Arum has struggled to routinely break 350,000 average viewers for his bi-weekly cards on ESPN which, for a population of 329 million people on lockdown in their homes, is abysmal.
With Arum’s fights taking place in the MGM Grand and fighters and their teams also staying in rooms there, it’s very difficult to see these events as being anything other than a colossal financial failure for Top Rank. With the pandemic showing no signs of easing in the U.S, it could be a situation that Arum has to weather for a while, which starts to seem worrying.
With so many businesses going under during this period we were expecting boxing to be hit very hard. There are bound to be some casualties with promoters, gyms, venues having to close for good, but we’re beginning to wonder if Top Rank might be one of them.
Matchroom sign promising Chantelle Cameron
Cameron has built herself a 12-0 record and put the great Katie Taylor in her sights. In what amounts to a recession for most, Cameron has secured a fantastic deal for herself going into 2021 as she signed with Eddie Hearn and got herself a contract with Sky Sports as well. Currently trained by Jamie Moore and managed by MTK Global, Cameron has been guided flawlessly as a pro and continued to improve fight-by-fight.
Hearn already has big things in the pipeline for her, as he said, “I’m delighted to welcome Chantelle Cameron to the team… Her next fight will be for a world title and we’ll announce it in the next couple of weeks. Women’s boxing is on fire right now and I’m so excited to be a part of it and deliver huge nights on Sky Sports.” Having a confirmed title fight on the horizon is a huge boost for Cameron’s already stellar pro career, we wish her all the best going forward.
Carl Frampton and Jamel Herring to clash this year
After two postponements due to positive coronavirus tests, we were beginning to think Herring wouldn’t get to fight at all in 2020. The WBO Super-Featherweight champ was due to defend his title against Jonathan Oquendo, but was pulled from the card on two separate occasions.
Frampton, who will return to the ring in August, was expecting to face Herring for the WBO title at some point this year, but Herring’s continued bad luck has been putting that in doubt. Bob Arum took to Twitter to cast our doubts aside thought, tweeting “We were greatly saddened when @JamelHerring tested positive for COVID-19. We expect not only him back in the ring in August, but also @RealCFrampton. If they’re both victorious, we will attempt to match them against each other in the fourth quarter of 2020.”
The fight is expected to take place in November, test results pending, and will see Frampton attempting to win a title in a third weight division. Before that Frampton will have his first fight since breaking both of his hands against Tyler McCreary last December.
The extended break has allowed Frampton to recover and retrain from what are often career-ending injuries for the boxer, so he will be managing his return with extreme caution and diligence.
Right now Frampton’s opponent is yet to be announced.
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