Welcome to part 4 of our Blow by Blow boxing news series, a brief look back at things to note and things you might have missed over the past week.
Hall of Fame postponed
The Nevada Hall of Fame announced it would be postponing the 2020 induction ceremony until 2021. While the announcements have already been made, the inductees will need to wait before they are officially recognized. This year’s inductees include the boxers Fernando ‘El Feroz’ Vargas, Andre Ward, James Toney, Miguel Cotto, Julian Jackson, Azumah ‘The Professor’ Nelson, and the former NSAC commissioner Lorenzo Fertitta, who is also the former CEO of the UFC.
WBC to rank Tyson as a top Heavyweight
Following Mike Tyson’s announced return to boxing, albeit for exhibition matches, the WBC released a statement to the effect that if Tyson wished to be ranked again, they would do so very favorably so as to respect his record and contributions to boxing. While we appreciate the nod to an all-time great, ranking a 53-year-old long-retired vet alongside the current top crop of Heavyweights doesn’t sit so well with many.
More UFC crossovers?
As is becoming more frequent in the boxing world, talk of a UFC star looking for a crossover fight has hit the news. This time Francis Ngannou, the Heavyweight demolition man has floated the idea of a fight with Dillian Whyte. While we tend to dislike these sorts of conversations, the fact that Ngannou is such a dominant physical force and recently sparred Joe Joyce as part of his Dubois preparations makes the proposal less ridiculous than the McGregor – Mayweather money grab. By all accounts, Ngannou gave Joyce genuine trouble and left a lasting impression on the fight camp.
Danny Garcia eying Pacman or Spence Jr.
Garcia has been looking at his fight schedule for the Autumn and confirmed that the main targets could be Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence Jr. While the majority of reports put Spence Jr in the top spot with his IBF and WBC belts, Garcia is remaining flexible and said he’d also be open to taking on Pacquiao.
Mayweather says fighters need to accept less money
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather himself has weighed in on the conversation regarding the lack of gate revenue for upcoming boxing fights and come to the conclusion that fighters across the board need to suck it up and fight for smaller purses.
While it’s not clear whether Mayweather would’ve done the same thing in this situation, he’s in the privileged position of not needing to worry about that. However, It’s a sentiment we agree with undoubtedly.
Walter Matthysse Jr. signs to Sampson
Matthysse Jr, the heavy-handed amateur boxer with a 59-3-1 (30 KO) record, has signed a co-promotional deal with Sampson Boxing and Tello Box, the Argentine promotional company. Matthysse Jr is the son of Walter Matthysse and Nephew to Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs) the Argentinian former WBA Welterweight Champion. The deal will see Matthysse fight his pro-debut later this year in Argentina when COVID-19 allows, he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
Queensbury Promotions signs sensational Yorkshire amateur Amaar Akbar
Frank Warren has been busy at work getting the paperwork out to some of Britain’s brightest young stars over the past few weeks. His most recent signing, 19-year-old two-time national champion, six-time Yorkshire champion, and National Amateur championships finalist Amaar Akbar will be making a big impact on the lightweight division over the next decade. A great signing by Warren and a fantastic opportunity for the young Yorkshireman, make sure to keep tabs on him.
McGregor continues to ride the ‘hype-train‘
Conor McGregor has been up to his usual tricks of self-promotion, this time promising that he can beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch. He’s a stand-out striker in the UFC and a genuine warrior but was completely outclassed in their last outing, giving a performance that doesn’t warrant a rematch, in any dimension. McGregor also took his loss to fellow UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagamedov badly, seemingly suffering complete amnesia and claiming that Khabib is ducking him for a rematch. In their last fight Khabib, like Mayweather, dominated him so convincingly, it makes us wonder what McGregor has been drinking during the lockdown period.
Floyd Mayweather sends a message to the young boxing stars
Floyd recently addressed the younger fighters who have been calling out Manny Pacquiao, saying that calling out the aging great is ‘sad’ and that they should be focusing on the other young prospects. While we understand that it’s every boxer’s dream to face the legends they grew up watching, we can’t help but agree with Floyd and think the current crop needs to concentrate on building their own future legacies, rather than trying to catch the 41-year-old Pacquiao.
Herring v Frampton. It’s on.
Frank Warren confirmed over Twitter that terms have finally been agreed for a WBO Super Featherweight title fight between Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton, early reports are for a June 13th in Belfast. Frampton said “This is huge. To be the challenger fighting for a world title at home is just great… I didn’t imagine it’d be in Belfast”
Why not check out last weeks Blow By Blow Part 3
That’s all for this week’s Blow By Blow. If you think we’ve missed anything let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more updates.