They say that in Golden Boy Promotions turned to the WBC super lightweight champion (up to 63.5 kg) American Regis Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) – they want to know if he is interested in a fight with compatriot Ryan Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs), who still does not manages to agree on a super fight with the American Gervonta Davis (28-0, 26 KOs).
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya has already commented on the rumors: “Our priority is to agree on the Garcia vs Davis fight. We are focused only on this, we hope to bring the matter to the end. But the Garcia vs Prograis fight is also very cool and intriguing.”
Apparently in GBP they are just trying to put pressure on Davis and co – they want concessions in the dispute about an immediate revenge.
The WBA Super light heavyweight champion (up to 79.4 kg) Russian Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) will fight the next fight against Briton Joshua Buatsi (16-0, 13 KOs). The event will take place in May in Abu Dhabi (UAE). However, the source of this news is highly questionable.
Interestingly, earlier Buatsi even planned to leave Matchroom Boxing.
Officially! Heavyweight (over 90.7 kg) from DR Congo Martin Bakole Ilunga (18-1, 13 KOs), who is now boxing under the flag of Scotland, has signed a contract with Ben Shalom (boxer).
The promoter has some cool options for the African. He can offer a fight with ex-world champion Joseph Parker (31-3, 21 KOs) from New Zealand or ex-contender British Hughie Fury (26-3, 15 KOs). Perhaps he will try to negotiate a rematch with the American Michael Hunter (20-1-2, 14 KOs) – Bakola’s only offender in the pro. He spent his last fights on streaming Triller.
In December, Ilunga announced his plans: a victory over Hunter and a fight with Dubois for the Usyk title.
Former world champion American Joseph Diaz (32-3-1, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on March 18 – he will fight in the light weight limit (up to 61.2 kg) against Filipino Mercito Gesta (33-3-3, 17 KOs) . The event will be held as an opening act for light heavyweights Gilberto Ramirez and Gabriel Rosado.
Diaz has two defeats in a row – he lost on points to compatriot Devin Haney and Mexican William Zepeda.
The Olympic medalist and heavyweight prospect (over 90.7 kg) Briton Fraser Clark (5-0, 4 KOs) will have the next fight on March 25 in Manchester (Britain) against the age-old American Rydell Booker (27-7-1, 14 KOs).
The main event of this show is the fight for the WBO cruiserweight title between Lawrence Okoli and David Light. The promoter of the evening said the other day: Okoli sits on top of a mountain.
An interesting fight will take place on April 8 in San Antonio (USA). American featherweights (up to 57.2 kg) will fight – prospect Raymond Ford (13-0-1, 7 KOs) will fight with ex-world champion Jesse Magdaleno (29-1, 18 KOs). The WBA Continental Americas title will be at stake.
Coach Marcos Contreras spoke about the comeback of the former world champion in light heavyweight (up to 79.4 kg) Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KOs). He says that the Ukrainian continued training even after the end of his career, was a sparring partner of Canelo Alvarez and Gilberto Ramirez when they were preparing to confront Dmitry Bivol. According to him, Alexander is a free agent – without a promoter and without a manager.
February 11 in Pomona (California, USA) Gvozdik will box with an age-old Argentinean
Jorge Daniel Miranda (58-21, 22 KOs). The Ukrainian has not entered the ring since October 2019 – he lost the WBC belt in unification with Artur Beterbiev. The other day, Gvozdyk commented on his return to boxing.
Classy fight at the regional level: on May 20 in Dublin (Ireland), local IBO junior middleweight champion (up to 69.9 kg) Dennis Hogan (31-4-1, 7 KOs) will make his debut defense of the belt. His opponent is tough British grunt James Metcalf (24-2, 15 KOs).
The main event of the show is the rematch of female boxing legends Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano.