In this week’s Fight Talk we take a look on the all-British heavyweight bout between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce, replicate on Kell Brook’s stoppage of Designate DeLuca, Anthony Yarde’s low-key employ in a Madrid nightclub, and Terri Harper turning into WBC champion – and we discover why Katie Taylor is named „average“ by Amanda Serrano.
Dubois v Joyce – it be on
Saturday, 11 April – fight fans, sure your diaries.
British heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will attach their unbeaten records on the line as they headline at London’s O2 Enviornment.
After months of negotiations, promoter Frank Warren teased us earlier within the week by announcing he used to be about to ascertain „one in all the most anticipated fights to be held within the UK nowadays“.
That you just would possibly possibly furthermore repeatedly depend on Twitter for a snicker responses…
But Butcher and Slater can breathe a articulate of relief as Joyce v Dubois used to be launched on Friday.
And Warren is rightly being given some main kudos for pitting the 2 Londoners in opposition to every other…
Open air of the ring, Joyce and Dubois come during as a limited bit reserved and laid-reduction men.
But at Friday’s news conference, Dubois‘ demeanour used to be a world some distance off from the calm, successfully-mannered fighter we’ve viewed to this level in his occupation.
After being puzzled by Joe Joyce’s mum Surprise Opara, who is registered blind, on whether or now not he’s going to drag out of the bout thanks to an break, Dubois spoke back: „Or now not it is doubtlessly magnificent that when you occur to are going to be at ringside on the 02 you obtained’t have the choice to envision what I operate to your son.“
He then pushed Joyce on the obligatory face to face.
But fans must now not having a look for this new trash-talking version of Dubois…
So then, who wins? Dubois has stopped 13 of his 14 opponents to this level and fans of the 22-twelve months-dilapidated are making intrepid predictions…
Joyce is an Olympic silver medallist but, on the age of 34, time would possibly furthermore fair now not be on his side. Beating Dubois will attach his title within the hat for a world-title affirm. And some fans are giving him a possibility…
Is Kell Brook reduction?
Sheffield’s Kell Brook returned to the ring after 14 months out on Saturday night, beating Designate DeLuca by stoppage.
He dusted off some ring rust within the principle two rounds, dropped his opponent within the third sooner than launching ‚Bazooka‘ DeLuca to the canvas within the seventh, with the American then unable to face up sooner than the depend.
Brook acknowledged sooner than the fight that he would retire if he did now not attach on a display masks. Effectively, we really noticed glimpses of the dilapidated ‚Particular Okay‘, but does he quiet have ample within the locker to change into a two-time world champion?
Doubtless one of the best shock of the night used to be that hardly ever someone talked about the title Amir Khan after Brook’s employ. It sounds as if boxing community have firmly now given up on that fight ever taking place.
As yet another, Brook looks likely to subsequent face Liverpool’s Liam Smith in what would possibly furthermore fair be a world-title eliminator.
‚Katie Taylor is average, she’s no superhero‘
Katie Taylor’s achievements are stunning excellent. The Irish fighter is an Olympic gold medallist, undefeated as a reputable and the undisputed light-weight world champion. She’s also obtained a world title at enormous-light-weight.
But one lady who is now not impressed is seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano, who is rumoured to be combating Taylor this twelve months.
„She’s average, there is nothing for sure to her. She’s no superhero handle all americans paints her out to be,“ Puerto Rico’s Serrano urged SiriusXM Boxing.
It did now not inch down successfully with Taylor’s fans…
From working in a chippy to WBC champ
But pass over Taylor and Serrano, there is a new title in ladies americans’s boxing. Doncaster’s Terri Harper grew to change into WBC champion in Sheffield with a capabilities employ over Finland’s Eva Wahlstrom on Saturday.
It used to be magnificent her 10th reputable fight. And there are in point of fact even bigger and better things to advance reduction…
Yarde’s low-key employ in Madrid nightclub
Here’s a fight that went below the radar this weekend.
Six months after dropping his WBO light-heavyweight affirm in opposition to Russian Sergey Kovalev, Londoner Anthony Yarde used to be reduction in action on Saturday.
Turned into once it a stadium fight? Doubtless a sellout area? Or maybe the more intimate venue of York Hall?
Nope. It used to be at a nightclub within the Spanish capital, Madrid, in opposition to a bloke who had a story of 4 wins, 48 losses and three draws.
Yarde stopped Colombian Diego Jair Ramirez within the second round but there is a sound reason within the aid of why the fight took teach.
The WBO belt is vacant, with a tournament to make a resolution the winner. The two eliminators will study Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez employ on Eleider Alvarez of Colombia and Umar Salamov face fellow Russian Maxim Vlasov.
However, Ramirez would possibly possibly withdraw, with Yarde in line to change him – however the WBO insists that a fighter can now not be intelligent on an eliminator within the occasion that they lost their earlier fight.
At a loss for phrases? That is magnificent the queer and wonderful world of boxing politics.
Both manner, let’s hope Yarde had his hand stamped so he would possibly furthermore fair even be let reduction into the membership.