AJ TO MAKE HIS FIRST TITLE DEFENCE ON JUNE 25TH

AJ TO MAKE HIS FIRST TITLE DEFENCE ON JUNE 25TH

On June 25th IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will make the first defence of the title he took from Charles Martin at the O2 Arena.

It should be a fantastic occasion for British boxing as it gives AJ the opportunity to showcase his ability against a potentially strong opponent, before he gets the chance to take on one of the biggest names in heavyweight boxing later on in the year, which is his current plan. The current names being thrown around for his title defence are people such as Bermane Stiverne – who lost his WBC title to Deontay Wilder, Eric Molina and undefeated Dominic Breazeale.

Eddie Hearn is currently trying to help Joshua appeal more to the American market, as a couple of the broadcasters have shown an interest in his fights. This is why those 3 names have been looked at, as they are all tough American boxers who would hopefully give AJ more of a test than previous people have.

Joshua wanted to get the fight arranged for the earliest possible date so he can get back into the ring and show everyone why he is world champion. He is also aiming to get another fight this year after his title defence, with Tyson Fury looking increasingly likely to be his opponent in what would be a huge clash probably taking place at Wembley Stadium.

AJ put out a message today on social media saying:

“After speaking to my coach I wanted the closest fight possible because I’m feeling good.I can’t wait to get back in training camp and pick up where we left off. The date to put in your diary is June 25, back at The O2 for my first title defence with a jam-packed undercard. I can’t wait to be back and I’m looking forward to performing for you once again. Take care and see you guys soon.” – Anthony Joshua

I certainly can’t wait to see Joshua back in the ring again after his explosive knockout of Charles Martin and I hope Eddie Hearn can get him a good enough opponent who will actually be able to take the fight to AJ.

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WEEKLY ROUND-UP

WEEKLY ROUND-UP

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

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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 

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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
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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
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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.

DAVID HAYE IN WORLD TITLE FIGHT TALKS

DAVID HAYE IN WORLD TITLE FIGHT TALKS

Former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye is in talks with the current WBA champion Lucas Browne over a possible world title fight later this year.

Haye is hoping to claim back the belt he won in 2009 before losing it in 2011 to Wladimir Klitschko. His potential opponent, Lucas Browne is currently promoted by Ricky Hatton, the former welterweight world champion and at the age of 36 is unbeaten in 24 fights, winning 21 by knockout.

The burly Australian went into his fight against Ruslan Chagaev with an outside chance of beating the Russian but Browne stopped Chagaev in the 10th round to become the first Australian to win a version of the world heavyweight championship.

Haye recently spoke to sportsviewlondon.com about presenting an “interesting package” to Browne.

“I am trying to come up with something that makes everybody happy, particularly Browne, I will hopefully present something to you this week. If it’s no good, then you can go and fight Fres Oquendo and earn what you’re going to earn.”

Browne is set to make his first title defence against Fres Oquendo but Haye is hoping the big Australian will opt to fight himself instead in a bout which will offer more money to both fighters in a potentially appealing arena.

With Lucas Browne still trying to make a name for himself despite being a world heavyweight title holder, it remains to be seen whether he will take the easier fight or take on former world champion David Haye.