British Boxing continues to go from strength to strength despite the recent rise in COVID-19 cases with major shows coming from both of the boxing powerhouses that are Queensberry Promotions and Matchroom Boxing.
Yesterday, completely out of the blue, Eddie Hearn posted to Twitter stating “Multiple fight news dropping tomorrow” whilst also tagging @SkySportsBoxing and @DAZN_USA in the post.
Since Hearn’s post, we have seen many fans and professionals in the sport speculate and comment on who they think may be part of this announcement and next in line to step into the ring with many believing it may involve fights for Billy Joe Saunders, Kell Brook and Callum Smith where a huge majority want to see him take a rematch with John Ryder.
Both Billy Joe Saunders and Kell Brook themselves seemed to be a lot more active on their social media following Hearn’s tweet, showing they had done 8 rounds of sparring with each other.
However, some of the anticipations were taken away quickly by Dillian Whyte who didn’t seem to want to wait around 1 more day for his news to be broken, tweeting himself on the situation between his and Alexander Povetkin’s rematch, he said, “fight news drops tomorrow walking straight back into the fire I want all the smoke lets go baby”
We have also seen Matchroom Boxing themselves tweet some hints of who the announcement today may involve, showing updates from John Ryder, Billy Joe Saunders, Kash Farooq, and Lewis Ritson.
Today, true to his word, boxing fans saw a tweet from Eddie Hearn flash on their screens saying, “Going live now on @SkySportsNews” and then shortly after a tweet from the Matchroom Boxing account reading “@EddieHearn talks #PovetkinWhyte2 #BuatsiCalic #RitsonVazquez & more” with a link through to the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel where Hearn was seen to announce some major cards leading up to the end of 2020.
MATCHROOM BOXING ANNOUNCE SOME MAJOR CARDS
The fights and dates are as follows:
October 4th – Joshua Buatsi v Marko Calic
This will be for the WBA International Light Heavy Title
On the undercard: Chantelle Cameron v Adriana Dos Santos Araujo, Linus Udofia v John Harding Jr, Aqib Fiaz v Kane Baker, Alen Babic v Niall Kennedy, and, John Hedges will be making his professional debut against a TBC opponent.
October 17th – Lewis Ritson v Miguel Vazquez
This will be for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Super Light Title
On the undercard: Savannah Marshall v Hannah Rankin for the vacant WBO World Female Middle Title, plus, Thomas Patrick Ward, Ukashir Farooq, Joe Laws, and, Qais Ashfaq who are all yet to have their opponents announced.
November 21st – Alexander Povetkin v Dillian Whyte rematch
This fight will be for the Interim WBC World Heavy Title and possibly for the WBC Diamond Heavy Title
No news on the undercard yet.
Eddie Hearn has mentioned in his interview that he would love to have fans to be able to attend the fights in some capacity.
In addition to these 3 cards that Matchroom Boxing will be putting on, Hearn also announced that a deal has been made for SkySports and DAZN to show the live Cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos. Nice!
So, given these recent fight night announcements to pack out to the end of the year for Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports Boxing, will we still see the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith and Kell Brook out in the ring before the end of the year?
Next month we enter into the final quarter of 2020, so fans will think that logically any further cars that are to be announced to happen before the end of the year will be announced over the next 3-4 weeks at the latest.
Let’s not forget that Anthony Joshua will be fighting his mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev in December which is set to show a really good card of fights too, and, will we actually see the Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder trilogy?
It’s safe to say that with Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren ‘firing out’ new shows at this rate, the remainder of 2020 may not be too bleak, especially if fans can be allowed back at ringside for live shows before the year is out.