In this week’s Battle Talk we look at reports that Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III could occur in Australia on Boxing Day, choices for who Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ought to fight next and UFC president Dana White’s tirade at boxing promoters Bob Arum and Oscar de la Hoya.
Fury-Wilder III on Boxing Day in Australia?
Reports recommend that the third Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder heavyweight battle could take place at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium in Australia on 26 December.
” We are flexible around the timing, but if we did it at 1: 30 pm on Boxing Day, it would be beamed back into the States on Christmas night,” Australian promoter Dean Lonergan told The Sydney Morning Herald.
For British fans, the battle would be aired around 2: 30 am (GMT) on Boxing Day.
The idea isn’t as far fetched as you think – WBC champion Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has actually dealt with Lonergan previously, especially when Filipino Manny Pacquiao travelled to Brisbane in 2017 and was remarkably beaten by Jeff Horn.
Fury’s career – an exceptional story – has frequently been compared to the Rocky Balboa films. Should this fight, date and area concern fruition, it would have striking resemblances to Rocky IV, when Balboa handled Ivan Drago in Russia on Christmas Day.
Meanwhile, it seems Fury is already in the Christmas spirit, the ‘Gypsy King’ remained in a giving state of mind this past week as he surprised this young fan on Instagram …
Who should ‘Canelo’ battle next?
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is perhaps among the most significant draws in world boxing.
He’s held full world titles in three weight divisions (4 if you count likewise count the WBA ‘routine’ super-middleweight belt) and simply one loss – to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 – in a 56- battle career.
And the Mexican is not brief of cash either.
In 2018, streaming service DAZN paid $365 m (₤278 m) for a deal to transmit his next 11 battles. According to Forbes, Canelo took home $50 m (₤395 m) for his first two fights on DAZN and will make at least $35 m (₤266 m) for future fights.
So, in summary, a fight against Canelo is the golden ticket for any boxer.
And as boxing makes its return in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Eric Gomez, president of Golden Young boy promotions, has actually said Canelo will fight in September, probably behind closed doors.
But who will he deal with?
Well, if you believe the rumour mill, there is a not extremely brief, shortlist prepared.
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Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders had actually all-but-signed an offer to battle him in Might and could still be in the running, although Gomez says Japan’s Ryota Murata could likewise be a choice.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who lost to Gennady Golovkin in October, has likewise been mooted.
And according to Boxing Scene, American two-time super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell is now securely in the mix to fight Canelo. Although that hasn’t decreased too well with boxing fans …
Fans would nevertheless wel
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