One promoter says it is “dead in the water,” the different says “the fight is on”. In this week’s Fight Talk we share the newest ups and downs in the Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua negotiations.
We additionally look again on one other eventful Derek Chisora fight week which included a clumsy breakfast, a cellphone name from mum Chisora and a break up determination which might have gone both method.
And we talk about the spectacular Katie Taylor v Natasha Jonas conflict which lived up to all the hype and learn how the boxing world reacted to Sunny Edwards turning into Britain’s latest world champion.
The wait goes on
The greatest all-British fight in boxing historical past will final a most of 36 minutes.
The look forward to the greatest all-British fight in boxing historical past to be finalised feels prefer it has gone on for 36 years.
As one other week in the fight sport passes us by, the backwards and forwards between Anthony Joshua’s and Tyson Fury’s representatives continues.
We have been first advised in June 2020 a two-fight deal had been agreed after which 9 months later the same announcement was made.
Over the previous few weeks we have been ready for that remaining affirmation of a summer season showdown, with Saudi Arabia the seemingly vacation spot.
Last week Bob Arum, who co-promotes WBC heavyweight champion Fury, stated the “fight was dead in the water,” claims which Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn denied.
An occasion of this magnitude – and with the sum of money concerned – understandably takes time to recover from the line, and the influence of the coronavirus pandemic has created additional obstacles.
Boxing followers usually are not normally privy to each minute element concerned in placing on a fight, whereas with Joshua-Fury we have been educated on website charges, promoter politics, the function of attorneys, lengthy-kind agreements in the paperwork (no matter meaning) and each little logistical hurdle attainable.
However, the newest information is fairly optimistic.
Hearn confirmed each side are actually reviewing contracts for the website deal and, talking to Sky Sports on Saturday, he stated: “This fight is on, this fight is happening. I believe you’ll get an announcement next week.”
The promoter could also be assured, however some followers usually are not…
While for a lot of the frustration is shut to reaching tipping level, it does appear a fight announcement is edging (ever so slowly) nearer.
And the drawn-out negotiations will probably be lengthy forgotten as soon as the bell rings, we hear the phrases “round one” and the two massive males advance in the direction of one another from reverse corners.
Breakfast, a name from mum Chisora and a break up determination
We have been handled to a packed card from the Manchester Arena on Saturday evening, headlined by a heavyweight tussle between Briton Derek Chisora and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.
Before we talk about the end result, the construct-up in fight week was filled with the strange.
Just a few days earlier than the two males traded leather-based, Chisora and Parker nattered away over breakfast as in the event that they have been finest buddies…
And then there was the complete ring stroll controversy on Friday as Chisora misplaced a coin toss to determine who walks first or second.
The Londoner threatened to pull out of the fight if he had to make his entrance first.
Chisora even began packing up his belongings and was reportedly prepared to depart the bio-safe bubble resort.
Boxing coach Shane McGuigan wasn’t shopping for it and recommended it was all only a ploy to generate curiosity in the fight…
PR stunt or not, the fight went forward after Chisora’s mum satisfied him to change his thoughts, in accordance to his supervisor David Haye…
As for the bout itself, Parker – who was knocked down in the first spherical – edged a break up determination which divided not solely the judges however followers, fighters and pundits too.
Dillian Whyte, who has crushed Chisora twice, referred to as it a theft and believed his former foe received by two rounds.
Former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew additionally had Chisora profitable…
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s protection of the fight, boxing correspondent Mike Costello stated: “I made Parker the winner by three rounds.”
Promoter Hearn gave it to the dwelling fighter…
And in his post-fight interview, even Parker stated he wasn’t certain on whether or not he’d be given the determination.
So what now for Chisora?
Having misplaced 11 of his 43 fights, some followers suppose he ought to retire…
Parker is a former WBO champion and Chisora has proven time after time he can combine it with the prime contenders in the division.
He has quashed any concept of retiring and has referred to as for a direct rematch.
You really feel the 37-year-outdated should still have a bit bit left in the tank.
Taylor and Jonas placed on a masterclass
In final week’s Fight Talk we recommended Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas might properly steal the present in Manchester.
And in order that they did.
Nine years on since they met in the Olympics – this time in the skilled ranks and with all of the world light-weight belts on the line – Irishwoman Taylor’s hand was raised but once more with a detailed factors win over Liverpool’s Jonas.
It was boxing of the highest normal, a fight which was worthy of (and plenty of really feel ought to have been) headlining the card.
Current fighters, former professionals and boxing trainers applauded…
We might see the rematch subsequent in entrance of crowds or Jonas could have one other crack at Briton Terri Harper’s WBO tremendous-featherweight title after the two fought to a draw final 12 months.
Sunny is shining
And lastly, it could have gone a bit underneath the radar this weekend amongst informal boxing followers however Britain has a brand new world champion.
After 12 rounds at London’s iconic York Hall on Friday, Sunny Edwards heard the grasp of ceremonies belt out the phrases each younger fighter goals of: “And the new…”
The 25-year-outdated beat Moruti Mthalane to win the IBF flyweight strap, following in the footsteps of brother Charlie, a former WBC flyweight champion.
Edwards’ work-price, slick expertise and majestic motion earned the reward of a British boxing legend…
A former world champion…
And TV present First Dates star/large boxing fan Fred Sirieix…
But the finest piece of response to Edwards’ win was this throwback from the 2012 London Olympics from WBO tremendous-featherweight champion Jamel Herring…
Fight Talk will probably be again subsequent week after we carry you all the response from Saturday’s large Texas tear-up, the unification conflict between Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders and the Mexican celebrity Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.