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Updated: 2018-01-16T21:47:40-05:00

 



Jamel Herring signs with Top Rank

2018-01-16T21:47:40-05:00

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Top Rank has signed the former U.S. Olympian to a new deal.

After spending his pro career under the Premier Boxing Champions banner, former U.S. Marine and Olympic boxing captain Jamel Herring has signed a new promotional deal with Top Rank, reports ESPN.

Herring (16-2, 9 KO) has lost two of three and his career has seemed to peter out a fair bit, but he’s not just moving to a new promoter, he’s also changing trainers, going from Mike Stafford to Brian McIntyre, who is most famous for his work with Terence Crawford.

The 32-year-old Herring was stopped in 10 by Denis Shafikov in July 2016, then bounced back with a solid win over Art Hovhannisyan in February 2017. He lost his last outing, to Ladarius Miller, in August.

Top Rank’s Carl Moretti says that Herring could stay at 135 or even drop down to 130, if there are better opportunities at that weight.

Can Herring bounce back and become a contender? He’s got a couple more years of his prime, in theory, and he’s a well-schooled fighter who could well benefit from a change of trainers and a more active schedule, if Top Rank can afford him that. Time will tell. At the very least, Top Rank has added a decent lightweight to its roster.




Valdez vs Quigg: Fight officially signed for March 10

2018-01-16T14:39:44-05:00

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Oscar Valdez vs Scott Quigg is officially set.

The expected March 10 fight between WBO featherweight titleholder Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KO) and Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KO) is official, with Top Rank and Matchroom Boxing putting out a press release announcing the fight, which will air on ESPN.

Here are some quotes from the release.

OSCAR VALDEZ

“I know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine perfectly to make a real war. As usual, on March 10, I will leave it all in the ring at StubHub Center, to show everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world.”

SCOTT QUIGG

“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a great fight. I have a lot of respect for Oscar and his team. We’ve been in the gym together in the past, helping each other prepare for a fight. They are good people. I’ve been in training for four weeks already and now I’ve just linked up with Freddie Roach to begin the last eight weeks of camp. This is a great opportunity for me — making my U.S. debut on a great platform on ESPN — and I’m confident on March 10 I’ll become world champion again.”

BOB ARUM, Valdez’s Promoter

“Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors, but the biggest test of his professional career will take place on March 10 against Scott Quigg, who like Oscar, rarely leaves a fight in the hands of the judges. The fans watching at StubHub and live across ESPN’s platforms are in for an exciting night and a sensational card, which will be announced shortly.”

FRANK ESPINOZA, Valdez’s Manager

“We’re very excited for the fight against Quigg. This fight will further showcase Oscar’s skills and will demonstrate that he is a star. Oscar is one of the best in the world and against Quigg he’ll prove it once again.”

EDDIE HEARN, Quigg’s Promoter

“I’m delighted to get this fight made — I feel it’s one of the best fights in the division right now. Both guys like to come forward and throw aggressive combinations and I do not believe we will hear the final bell. What I do believe is that on March 10, Scott Quigg will become a two-weight world champion in a fight of the year contender, live on ESPN.”




Anthony Joshua responds to allegations of a weak chin

2018-01-16T14:17:28-05:00

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Joshua talks about why he felt the need to respond to questions about his chin holding up.

In this media interview captured by Fight Hub TV, unified heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua talks about what made him feel the need to respond to Team Parker’s quips over his supposed ‘weak chin.’

Joshua on why he interrupted promoter David Higgins when he questioned his ability to take a punch:

‘I thought [the weak chin angle] was one of their main talking points, but I was gonna let him finish without being rude — I didn’t want to cut him off — but I did want to address it because I’ve heard it quite a lot. And as I’ve said, when you hear it once it’s like interesting, twice, three times. And then it gets brought into a marketing tool for the fight, I was like ‘Whoa!’ If there’s any better time let me address the situation now...

“With all due respect, I’m not shy to admit, you’ve seen what you’ve seen happen with the Klitschko fight. Klitschko got dropped in that fight, it doesn’t make him a shit fighter. It doesn’t make him a weak fighter. He’s still regarded as one of the greatest champions we’ve ever had.

“What I take from that is that it takes more than a human or more than talk to just put me down and keep me down. I’ll just keep on going. So that’s what I was trying to explain, is that I see it from a positive aspect — the times it’s happened — but other people try to use that as a weakness...”

On if he thinks Teams Parker is just trying to get a psychological edge on him:

“I don’t know if they was using that as a way to kind of gain confidence in their camp, that they’ve got a chance, do you know where I’m coming from?...

“I need to win. I can’t afford to lose, but I want to do it in a clinical way...If I have to go to war and drain my body of sweat and energy — I’ll do that to get the win. That’s no problem. But I wanna do it the clinical, not easy way, but fashionable way of boxing.”

On how he rates Parker among the other big heavyweights he’s faced or could face:

“In terms of levels [between Parker, Fury, Wilder, and Klitschko], I’ll let you make the decision [laughs]. I’m not gonna give you that.”




Errol Spence Jr: Keith Thurman and undisputed championship are ultimate goals

2018-01-16T14:06:03-05:00

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Errol Spence Jr gave some thoughts on the state of the welterweight division.

Errol Spence Jr, who defends his IBF welterweight title against Lamont Peterson on Saturday, sat down with ESPN’s First Take and gave some thoughts on the current state of the welterweight division.

On Terence Crawford

“It starts out with Jeff Horn. He needs to worry about beating Jeff Horn and getting that belt first before he’s talking about lining it up with me and Keith Thurman.”

“Terence Crawford should outbox (Jeff Horn). Terence Crawford should outbox him and beat him, but Jeff Horn is a rough, rugged fighter. Jeff Horn always comes to fight. But I think Terence Crawford should win that fight.”

On other challenges at 147

“After I handle my business January 20th on Showtime, you have guys like Danny Garcia, guys like Shawn Porter, guys who are proven at 147 and guys who are tough. Danny Garcia did basically almost the same thing, being undisputed welterweight champion as Terence Crawford did at 140.” (Editor’s note: No.) “You got a lot of guys at 147 that I can prove myself against.”

“Right now my total focus is Lamont Peterson. After that, my ultimate goal is to get that fight with Keith Thurman. He has two of the belts. I want to be undisputed welterweight champion of the world, and nothing is going to deter me from that.”




Joshua-Parker: Face Off at Opening Presser

2018-01-16T12:57:49-05:00

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Watch Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker face off for the first time at today’s press conference.

As heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker met today in England to formally announce their March 31 unficiation, the fighters got the opportunity to face-off for the first time. You can catch footage of the size-up above, courtesy of Fight Hub TV.

This match-up is an interesting one, and not only because the combatants will be unifying world titles, but also because, stylistically, Parker is expected to give Joshua at least some challenge. Parker’s promoter is obviously hoping for his fighter to do a lot more than just make it competitive, though, and expects to upset the applecart with Parker enforcing his claim as the best heavyweight in the world.

The winner of this fight will hold three of the four major world titles in the historically glorified division, with the final titleholder Deontay Wilder standing in the background shouting about how he wants only one heavyweight champion. That would require an undisputed unification match, and with any sort of luck we might actually get to see that by the end of the year.




Anthony Mundine wants three more fights, including Jeff Horn

2018-01-16T11:50:53-05:00

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Anthony Mundine just wants to fight one more year, and get a shot at Jeff Horn.

Anthony Mundine, the controversial Australian fighter who returns tomorrow against Tommy Browne, says he wants just one more year and three more fights in boxing, and a shot at either Jeff Horn, or one of the top middleweights.

Mundine, 42, blames hip ailments for his struggles in recent years. He’s lost three of his last four and his 3-3 in his last six, dating back to a 2013 loss to Daniel Geale. His last two fights have been defeats, to Charles Hatley and rival Danny Green.

But Mundine still generates interest and if he gets a win tomorrow, a fight with Horn, a 29-year-old welterweight titleholder, would be worth money in Australia.

“To help boxing in this country and catapult it to the forefront, we’ve got to fight. If he’s willing I’m able....if he wants it he can get it.

”But if he doesn’t then I just want to go out and try and fight the best, whether that’s Billy Joe (Saunders), (Canelo) Alvarez or even (Gennady) Golovkin.”

The Horn fight makes sense, because it can make dollars. The other three? Not so much. None of those guys are going to go to Australia to fight Mundine, and Mundine is really only viable at home. Mundine (47-8, 23 KO) tried to come to the United States back in 2012, fighting Bronco McKart in Las Vegas, and drew a miserable 286 paying fans. His star hasn’t exactly risen since.




Tyson Fury expects quick knockout if he gets hands on Anthony Joshua

2018-01-16T11:06:38-05:00

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Fury says one of them will be asleep within four rounds.

As Tyson Fury continues to clamor for a heavyweight fight with reigning champion Anthony Joshua, he tells the Pound For Pound podcast that he has a bold prediction, as transcribed by ESPN.

“If I get the AJ fight, I’m going to make it a four-round fight.

“Either he’s going to go or I’m going to go. He can’t underestimate my power and my size and strength.

”I want to make it a war. I want to make it a Tommy Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler remake, but in the heavyweight division. Either I’ll go to sleep or he will go to sleep.”

Fury continued by saying he doesn’t even care if it’s him or Joshua that gets knocked out, he’s just going to force the action.

At face-value it’s hard to take this as anymore more than you’re typical bluster, especially since Fury isn’t known to be a come-forward action fighter. But a potential Joshua-Fury fight would be a big deal economically, and therefore shouldn’t be completely written off for this upcoming year.

However Fury will first have to take care of the business of getting his boxing license reinstated by the British Boxing Board of Control, a process he says is already underway.




Joshua-Parker: Opening Press Conference

2018-01-16T10:00:07-05:00

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Watch the full opening presser for Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker.

JOSEPH PARKER

“This time’s an exciting time to be a heavyweight, especially off this fight that we have lined up...this is probably going to be the hardest camp, in terms of training the hardest and putting the most work because I have a big challenge in front of me, Joshua.

“Joshua, I’ve watched him for a long time, I know he’s watched me coming up. I know his strengths, I know he knows mine. And I know his weaknesses, and he thinks he knows my weaknesses. So I can’t wait for this fight to happen March 31. I can’t wait to train hard, can’t wait to be back to put on a great performance — hopefully catch him on the chin and knock him out.”

ANTHONY JOSHUA

“Last time I was out was in Cardiff, it was a great night. And I took my time ‘cause I really knew I wanted to set up for a big 2018. Didn’t do nothing spectacular, but I made sure I secured the bag, I got the win, and that was the most important thing. And now we’re here, as I said, it’s kind of about making history now. And we’ve always been looking in that direction so it’s an honor to be up here with another world champion.

“But in terms of Parker, I don’t really know how to take his camp, in terms of what’s been said and what’s been going on but I take everything with a pinch of salt and I roll with the punches. This is for another strap, and as he said he’s gonna be training extremely hard, I think we’re all blessed with the ability to work hard — there’s no doubt about that but one thing I think separates myself is the fact that I mix intelligence with hard work.

“So not only am I gonna be in peak physical condition, I’m making sure my mind’s in the right place as well — at all times. So I’m looking forward to embrace the challenge, not only from a physical standpoint, but the mental challenge that will come with this fight as well.”