Officially! Scheduled for February 25 in Atlanta (USA) boxing evening from BLK Prime finally canceled, or rather postponed to April. Yesterday, the next (third in a row) opponent for the conqueror of four weight divisions American Adrien Browner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) flew off – compatriot
Michael Williams Jr. (20-1, 13 KOs) broke their jaw during sparring.
The organizers urgently looked for a replacement and even turned to the public through social networks – they offered 175 thousand USD to a fighter who could make 66.7 kg in a week. Columnist Chris Mannix is shocked: “I don’t even know what sounds crazier in this story. The fact that they are looking for an opponent a week before the fight in social networks, or that they are ready to pay 175 thousand to literally anyone. And it’s still a lot of money.”
The team of the WBO middleweight champion (up to 72.6 kg) Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (13-0, 8 KOs) of Kazakhstan made an offer to the top contender in the lower division American Charles Conwell (18-0, 13 KOs) – they offered to challenge the title in May .
They refused, because “they are not ready to fight not in their weight for such a miserable fee.”
Conwell was scheduled to fight interim WBC champion 69.9 kg compatriot Sebastian Fundora, but the organization still has not officially sanctioned this fight.
Meanwhile, columnist Dan Rafael said that Fundora will soon return to the ring – his fight is scheduled for April 8. According to rumors, the opponents are American Brian Mendoza (21-2, 15 KOs), who knocked out former unified world champion Jason Rosario from the Dominican Republic in November with a chic blow.
With a high degree of probability, the WBC super lightweight champion (up to 63.5 kg) American Regis Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) will make his debut defense of the belt with ex-contender from Britain Jack Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs) – the parties have begun to the negotiations.
Both of his mandatory contenders, compatriots and former world champions Teofimo Lopez and Jose Ramirez, refused to fight Prograis. And Catterall waited a long time for a rematch with the WBO champion Briton Josh Taylor, but he first referred to an injury and postponed the fight, and then completely decided to box with Lopez.
Officially! The WBO has scheduled a fight for the vacant belt in the second flyweight (up to 52.2 kg) between the Japanese Junto Nakatani (24-0, 18 KOs) and the American Andrew Moloney (25-2, 16 KOs).
The title was vacated after its holder Japanese Kazuto Ioka refused to meet with mandatory challenger Nakatani – he has an unresolved affair with American WBA champion Joshua Franco.