Sometimes it is hard when you have a busy day to keep up to date with what is going on in the boxing world, so we will highlight the main stories from around the world for you to have a browse and keep up to date.
Read on for today’s most notable headlines.
BROOK AND SALDIVIA BOTH MAKE WEIGHT
Kell Brook and Hector Saldivia have both made weight ahead of their IBF world welterweight title eliminator tomorrow night in Sheffield. Brook came in at 146lbs, while Saldivia weighed in at 146.8. Jamie McDonnell, like Brook, also fights in an IBF world title eliminator tomorrow night against Darwin Zamora. McDonnel came in at 8st 5lbs 12oz, and Zamora weighed 8st 5lbs.
REES VACATES EURO TITLE
Gavin Rees has vacated his European lightweight title as he looks to concentrate his efforts on securing a shot at the WBA world lightweight championship. A fight between Rees and mandatory challenger Luca Giacon was set to go to purse bids, but that has now been cancelled. Rees returns to the ring on December 8th in London – his opponent will be announced next week.
PRICE BELIEVES FURY IS AN EASY NIGHTS WORK
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, David Price, believes that a fight with undefeated rival Tyson Fury would be an easy nights work for him. “Now if the fight ever does come off, I’d be delighted because I know it would be a win for me, and an easy one at that. I’d do something similar to Tyson Fury to what I’ve done to Audley Harrison,” Price told World Boxing News. Given Fury’s recent trash talking, Price understandably wants the fight, but he says that if it is to happen, it won’t happen for at least another 12 months. “The fact is the fight is not going to happen for at least 12 months,” he said.
GAVIN LOOKING AHEAD
Frankie Gavin fights Junior Witter for the British welterweight title on November 1st, and the undefeated fighter is confident of victory. “When it comes to his skills and attributes, it’s just not there. As long I can avoid his awkwardness and stupidness and stick to my game, I should definitely come out the winner,” Gavin said to World Boxing News. Gavin, while focused on the upcoming fight, does have eyes on challenging on the world stage in the near future, and has mentioned Selcuk Aydin and Kell Brook as possible opponents. “There’s Selcuk Aydin. I beat him twice as an amateur and I beat him comfortably as well. I’m looking at him at the world level. I’m looking at the likes of Kell Brook on the world level,” he said.
MORALES DENIES ANY WRONGDOING
It was revealed last night that Erik Morales had tested positive for a banned substance, thus putting his proposed rematch with Danny Garcia tomorrow night in jeopardy. Morales tested positive for a small trace of Clenbuterol. Morales claims to have submitted three tests administered by USADA and only one came up positive. He believes that the drug entered his system through eating contaminated meat when he was back in Mexico – which is entirely possible. The B sample of the test is expected to come back later today, and Morales believes he will be vindicated when it does so. Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny Garcia, says that if the B sample comes back positive then the fight is off.
STEVENSON HOPING FOR FROCH SHOWDOWN
After defeating Don George in an exciting fight last weekend to become the number 1 contender for Carl Froch’s IBF world super-middleweight title, Adonis Stevenson is hoping to fight Carl Froch after Froch has fought and, presumably, defeated Yusaf Mack – which takes place on November 17th. “I’m the number one contender. Carl Froch has six months to fight with me,” Stevenson told World Boxing News. “Bute and Froch have a personal contract for a rematch. Now Froch has to fight Yusaf Mack. After that fight, if he should he win, he’ll have six months to fight me. Probably in February or March, I will fight Carl Froch.”
WEIGHTS FROM NEW YORK
All fighters, bar one, have made weight ahead of the quadrupleheader tomorrow night at the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn, New York. Official weights: Danny Garcia (139.8) vs. Erik Morales (139.2); Paulie Malignaggi (146.2) vs. Pablo Cesar Cano (148.4)*; Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (159) vs. Peter Quillin (159.2); Randall Bailey (147) vs. Devon Alexander (146.8)
*Pablo Cesar Cano was overweight and had one hour to lose 1.4lb, but he has failed to do so. However, it is believed the fight will still go ahead.