This past June, Andy Ruiz pulled one the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing history when he stopped Anthony Joshua in the seventh round. Will history repeat itself?
On Saturday, December 7, Unified (WBA/IBF/WBO) Heavyweight Champion, Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22KOs) will clash with Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21KOs) at the Diriyah Arena in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. This is one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and is probably one of the biggest rematches at heavyweight since the early 1990s when Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield met for a second time.
UK native and current IBO World Super Middleweight champion Chris Eubanks Jr. (28-2, 21KOs) will make his US pro debut in Brooklyn, at Barclays Center, against Matt Korobov (28-2-1, 14KOs) on December 7th for the vacant interim WBA World Middleweight belt.
On Saturday, November 30th, Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9KOs) will meet Radzhab “The Python” Butaev (12-0, 9KOs) at the Casino de Monte Carlo in Poland. They will be fighting for the vacant Regular WBA Welterweight title. Both of these former Russian amateur standouts are at similar stages in their career and we should be in for a real treat.
On Saturday, October 26th, WBA/WBC (Diamond) Super Lightweight Champion, Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (24-0, 20KOs) will clash with IBF Champ Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor (15-0, 12KOs) at O2 Arena in East London, UK. Aside from the monster unification, the winner will be awarded the Muhammad Ali trophy, along with 10 million dollars.
The table has been set for Otto Wallin (20-0, 13KOs, 1 NC) to attempt to dethrone a heavyweight kingpin. The Swede will take on Lineal Heavyweight Champion, the one and only Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20KOs) on Saturday, September 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena.
This past Saturday we saw Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10KOs) win the vacant 135lb WBC title and capture his 3rd belt in the lightweight weight class as he had a competitive but very clear win over Luke Campbell (22-3, 16KOs).
If Lomachenko were to win this fight he would hold 3 of the 4 major titles at 135lbs and he would be one step closer to his dream of being an undisputed champion.
Anthony Yarde showed up to fight. You could see the hunger and determination that the young fighter had. He wanted it badly, but lack of experience played a huge role, especially late in the fight.
When Amir Khan won silver in the 2004 Olympic games at the age of 17, many touted him as the next big thing. For his first 18 fights, Khan was proving just that. He was quickly becoming a sensation in his native U.K., but that all came crashing down when he faced his first major test against then-undefeated, Breidis Prescott in 2008.
On Saturday, June 15, IBF Featherweight champion Josh Warrington (28-0 6KOs) will finally clash with bitter rival Kid Galahad (26-0 15KOs) at First Direct Arena in Warrington’s hometown of Leeds in West Yorkshire. These two hate each other and it should be a very entertaining fight.
Next up for Khan is the fighter many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and boy what an upset would it be if Khan could pull it off…
Former two-time Super Middleweight Champion James DeGale (25-2-1 15 KOs) will meet Chris Eubank Jr (27-2 21 KOs) on Saturday, February 23, at the O2 Arena in London. The two outspoken boxers will finally settle their long running feud and decide who’s better.
On Saturday December 22, 2018 in Manchester, Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (26-1 18 KOs) will take on IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington (27-0 6 KOs). In the USA, the fight will be shown on ESPN+, otherwise you can catch the fight on BT Sport Box Office. It should be interesting to see if Warrington can pull off another upset like he did in his last fight against Lee Selby.