|Anthony Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Titles against Mandatory Challenger Kubrat Pulev scheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday June 20 has been postponed.|
A new date for the event promoted by Matchroom Boxing and 258 Management in association with Top Rank and Epic Sports Entertainment is currently being worked on. We will announce any updates in due course and continue to explore the possibility of hosting this fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
|IN THE LATEST EPISODE of Frank Warren’s Heavyweight Podcast, UFC President Dana White has launched into an epic tirade about the state of boxing and declared: “The sport is a sh*tshow!”|
Both promoters agreed that boxing needs to take the UFC’s lead in matching the best fighters against one another more often, with hall-of-fame promoter Frank Warren hailing Wilder vs Fury and, the now postponed, Dubois vs Joyce as examples of how he tries to do just that.White, however, bemoaned the number of people involved in putting Wilder/Fury together and sensationally claimed “that fight should have been in England.”
He added: “Wilder vs Fury should have been in the UK. I think you’d have done 100,000 people at Wembley or one of those big stadiums.”
White has been rumoured for some time to be readying a move into boxing under the ‘Zuffa Boxing’ umbrella, but seemed to distance himself from any such move.
“Instead of diving in head first, i’ve been taking my time and it seems the more the sport continues to go on, the more f*cked up it becomes!”
“I thought I knew, but you don’t really know until you’re in how f*cked up the sport really is. The sport is a sh*tshow.”
He added: “It’s hard to articulate to you how messed up this thing really is.”
Frank Warren launched a full throated defence of boxing, though, and said: “I’ve been doing this a long time… time and time again events generate record revenues, boxers are some of the highest paid athletes in the world.”
Frank also backed the success of Wilder vs Fury as an event and said it had a “real feelgood factor for British boxing.”
He added: “It was great working with Top Rank, Al Haymon’s company (PBC) and MTK in getting the whole thing together and i’m looking forward to working with them in the future.”
The two promoters, who are friends in real life, enjoyed a wide ranging chat that spanned topics as diverse as President Trump, Nelson Mandela, Mike Tyson, UFC 249 and the effect of the current coronavirus on event promotion.
Both promoters agreed that they were eager to get moving again with shows, as and when they were given the all clear.
Warren said: “The fighters… want to fight and the public want to be entertained.”He added: “But obviously It would be great to get something together!”——————————–
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In a statement on their website, The British Boxing Board of Control have suspended Billy Joe Saunders sick video, where he is hitting a punch bag and advising viewers how to hit their female partners if tempers flare duding the current COVID-19 pandemic lock down, which angered many when posted on social media.
On their website the BBBofC state: “having considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media have suspended his boxer’s licence pending a hearing under the Board’s misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.”
In line with the Government guidelines relating to COVID-19, Matchroom Boxing have postponed all events scheduled to be taking place in May, including Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin at Manchester Arena on May 2, Lee Selby vs. George Kambosos Jr at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on May 9 and Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora at The O2 in London on May 23.
Subject to the developing situation, Whyte’s Interim WBC Heavyweight World Title clash with Povetkin has been rescheduled to Saturday July 4th, while Selby’s IBF Lightweight World Title Final Eliminator against Kambosos Jr has been rescheduled to Saturday July 11th. Tickets will be valid for these rescheduled dates or refunds will be available from your point of purchase.
A new date for Usyk’s blockbuster Heavyweight showdown with Chisora is also being worked on, with tickets remaining valid for the rescheduled date once announced and refunds available from your point of purchase.
The health and safety of the boxers, staff, event contractors and fans involved with our events remains the top priority for Matchroom Boxing and we thank everyone for their understanding. We look forward to bringing world class boxing events back to these shores as soon as it is safe to do so.
Our thoughts are with everybody affected by the COVID-19 outbreak at this difficult time.