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Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker face-off after their press conference.
Joshua and Parker face off at the opening press conference.

Anthony Joshua V Joseph Parker Press Conference Round-up

The respective teams of WBO champ, Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18KOs) and unified WBA, IBF king Anthony Joshua (20-0-0, 20KOs) came together at the opening press conference for their March 31st fight.

David Higgins, Parker’s manager, brought up their borderline farcical ‘press conference’ which was held showing an amateurish video of Joshua’s ‘glass chin’. The video showed: Joshua being stopped as an amateur in the European Championships, various people claiming to have dropped him in sparring and of course Klitschko knocking him down in their fight.

Joshua responded to this by giving context to those events. Saying that in the European Championships he was called up two weeks prior and was therefore very unfit. Moreover, he went on to say David Price dropped him in sparring the same day he came out of a police cell.

Tyson Fury Has Suspension Lifted

Tyson Fury (25-0-0) will now be able to apply for a BBBofC licence following the lifting of his suspension, subject to medical requirements. Full statement below:

‘Following interview with Tyson Fury at the British Boxing Board of Control offices earlier today, the suspension of his British Boxing Board of Control boxer’s licence will be lifted subject to receipt and clearance of all medical requirements.’-

This follows a tweet by fury stating he will be applying for a license and subsequently defending his ring magazine title in April.

Hearn Lists Potential Khan Opponents

In an interview with iFL TV Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport says he sent a list of 15 potential opponents to Amir Khan’s (31-4-0) trainer, Virgil Hunter for his comeback fight on April 21st in Liverpool.

Those names include: Antonio DeMarco, Sammy Vasquez, Josesito Lopez, Phil Lo Greco and Brad Solomon. Hopefully we’ll see an announcement on that soon.

See full interview here.

Dillian Whyte V Lucas Browne Press Conference Round-up

Dillian Whyte’s (22-1-0) search for a big fight has culminated with a clash with former WBA ‘regular’ title holder Lucas Browne (25-0-0). The press conference was rather timid in comparison to Whyte’s fight with Dereck Chisora, with no tables being thrown (this time).

Whyte brought up Browne’s well documented failing of drugs tests which aggravated Browne to respond by saying Whyte also failed a drugs test, which is true, both fighters claim to have ingested the substances through pre-workout. Whyte received a two year ban for his offence as it is his responsibility to check what he is putting in to his body.

A second point from the press conference was Lucas Browne’s tweet to Dillian Whyte of an orangutan. Which Dillian firmly believes was a racist comment and as such brought it up. To which Browne insisted it was in reference to the length of Whyte’s arms not his race. Regardless of context, the tweet was wrong and extremely ignorant.

Nonetheless, I really look forward to this March 24th fight and hopefully it lives up to the animosity between these two big-punching, big-talking heavyweights.

Full press conference here.

Best of the Rest

WBO Middleweight World Champion Billy Joe Sauders (26-0-0) will defend his title against rugged, four-time world title challenger, Martin Murray (36-4-1) on April 14th. On the same bill, Terry Flanagan (33-0-0) will hope to become a two-weight world champion by defeating American Maurice Hooker (23-0-3) for the WBO Super Lightweight crown.

Mikey Garcia’s (37-0-0) challenge to become a four-weight world champion will have to wait until March 10th as IBF Super Lightweight Champion Sergey Lipinets (13-0-0) sustained a hand injury in training for their original February 10th date.

For a full schedule of fights you should be aware of, click here.

Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO title against fellow Brit Martin Murray on April 14th

Billy Joe Saunders, 26-0-0, fresh from a career best performance against big puncher David Lemieux, will face four-time world title challenger Martin Murray, 36-4-1, in a domestic clash on April 14th. Murray brings an all-actions style and will look to make the fight a tear up whilst Billy Joe’s slick skills saw him nullify David Lemieux’s power and pressure in December.

Murray’s 2017 saw him fighting and winning twice against Gabriel Rosado and Arman Torosyan, both in Liverpool. This world title attempt will more than likely be his last and that importance will surely not be lost on the man from Merseyside.

The co-feature for this show sees Terry Flanagan, 33-0-0, with the chance to become a two-weight world champion by facing Maurice Hooker, 23-0-3, for the vacant WBO World Super Lightweight Title. Flanagan recently moved up in weight after failing to secure the big fights at lightweight, namely with fellow Brit Anthony Crolla. Hooker’s most notable opponent to date is Darleys Perez with whom he share a split draw with in late 2016.

Venue and ticket details will be announced next week.

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Anthony Joshua could face Dillian Whyte in rematch after Parker says Eddie Hearn

The first meeting ended in the seventh when a viscous uppercut swept Whyte up and sent him to sleep.

During an interview with iFL TV, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, discussed the permutations that would see a rematch of their 2015 fight, likely. They are, if both fighters win their next fights and Wilder turns down a fight with either Joshua or Whyte.

During the interview, Hearn talks about Joshua’s desire for the fight. Going as far to say ‘every time you ask the question, who do you want to fight? He says Dillian Whyte’.

The rematch would be absolutely massive; although such is the Joshua hype machine, if he fought a football hooligan it’d still be commercially massive. Regardless I truly hope to see this rematch happen as I was transfixed watching the first encounter.

The full interview with iFL TV:

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Josh Taylor eyes world title tilt with fight against Humberto Soto in Glasgow

Josh Taylor, 11-0-0, will be looking to build on a fantastic 2017 when he faces former two-weight world champion Humberto Soto, 66-9-2, at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on the 3rd of March.

Taylor faces his second Mexican former world champion in as many fights after superbly finishing Miguel Vazquez last time out. ‘The Tartan Tornado’ had an excellent year in which he also silenced, albeit briefly, Ohara Davies wihtin 7 rounds back in July. Wins over Davies then Vasquez have seen Taylor rise the 5th in the WBC rankings with the Silver belt in tow.

Taylor stopped the experienced former world title holder, Miguel Vasquez, in Edinburgh two months ago.

Taylor believes it will be ‘a hard, action packed fight’ and that they will ‘meet in the center of the ring and go toe-to-toe’. The fight will be broadcast live on Channel 5 so be sure to tune in to see if Taylor’s predictions come to fruition.

The show being billed as ‘Scotland’s Finest’ features undefeated Scot, Jason Easton attempting to become the Commonwealth Super Lightweight champion against Sunderland’s Glenn Foot. The undercard will also feature Joe Ham, Lee McGregor, Charlie Flynn and Martin Bakole against unnamed opponents.

Watch the full press conference for the fight here.

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