This week has been a busy one for British boxing and it’s not even over yet as we still have the big heavyweight title fight this weekend. However I thought I would give you a little round-up of British boxing news so far this week.
MARTIN V JOSHUA WEIGH-IN
Earlier today we saw current IBF world heavyweight champion Charles Martin and challenger Anthony Joshua weigh-in at the O2 Arena for tomorrows fight. AJ took to the stage first weighing in at 17st 16lbs looking in fantastic shape. The current world champion then took to the stage himself, greeted by boo’s from the London crowd as expected, weighing in a pound heavier at 17st 17lbs. The face off then ensued with a weird friendly vibe, both men looking all smiles and cheerful, the calm before the storm.
DAVID HAYE WANTS TO FIGHT SHANNON BRIGGS
Also at the Joshua weigh-in were former world champion’s Shannon Briggs and David Haye. Briggs has been in London recently at pretty much every major boxing event trying to offer out anyone and everyone in the heavyweight division. The man he wants the most is David Haye who as we all know has just returned to boxing, with his second fight since his return against undefeated Arnold Gjergjaj on May 21st. There was a confrontation between Briggs and Haye at the AJ weigh-in which resulted in Haye speaking to Sky Sports about the incident and a potential fight between the two.
“I think he’s talked himself into getting knocked out now. The big moron Shannon Briggs – everywhere I go, this guy keeps chasing me around.”
“He can fight on my undercard – if he can win, if he can pass the medical, if he can pass the brain scan, then I’ll knock him out afterwards.” – David Haye
Haye later confirmed that Briggs’ manager called Haye’s team on Thursday and spoke about the potential to fight on the undercard.
CARL FRAMPTON STRIPPED OF WBA TITLE
Earlier today super-bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton was stripped of his WBA belt due to not negotiating a fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux. Frampton, who added the WBA belt to his IBF belt after defeating Scott Quigg in their domestic clash, lost his belt after the WBA ordered a fight between the two super-bantamweight’s but Frampton failed to negotiate with the Cuban. It remains to be seen why Frampton didn’t make the fight happen with many people believing Rigo is the best in the division, surely ‘The Jackal’ would want to show his quality against the best. The most likely option for Frampton now is to step up in weight and fight current IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby or WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz.
TYSON FURY V WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO 2 IS ON
WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury looks set to defend his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in their rematch, which will take place at the Manchester Arena on July 9th. Famously, Fury ended Klitschko’s 11 year undefeated streak via UD in Düsseldorf late last year to claim the WBA (super) and WBO belts in what was a fantastic night for both him and British Boxing. Klitschko was quick to put his rematch clause into action but there were little to no details of the rematch until today. Many thought the fight would not be made, however at 12pm today Team Fury announced the rematch this summer at the Manchester Arena. It’s great for Britain to host the second fight between the two and I’m sure the whole of the UK will be hoping Fury can retain his belts and possibly fight AJ in the summer.