After a stellar boxing weekend that saw Gervonta Davis, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Julio Cesar Martinez record impressive wins, there was an awful lot to catch up with compared to the square circle.
DAZN has announced a stellar presentation team, the undercard for the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been announced, and Josh Taylor admits he’s almost given up on the sport.
Let’s take a look at five boxing stories you might have missed.
DAZN announces all-star lineup
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom rocked the boxing scene when they announced they would end their 25-year partnership with Sky Sports last month, and wasted no time announcing a DAZN lineup full of names respected.
Mike ‘the voice of boxing’ Costello was perhaps the most impressive shot, but the additions of popular Maya Jama, Laura Woods, Tony Bellew and Andy Lee should give the way the sport is presented a new boost.
The new team will make their debut on the first of three Fight Camp dates, and Hearn could barely contain his excitement.
“I could not be more proud of this talented team that we have assembled for our revolutionary new project,” said Barry Hearn’s son.
“It’s a real mix of industry legends and new talent that will give us the credibility and energy to push this new era forward.
As it stands, Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte are not part of the new DAZN deal, although that is expected to change in the future.
Heavyweight undercard announced for Fury v Wilder III
The trilogy fight between Fury and Wilder is now just over four weeks away, and an undercard was announced this week containing three more heavyweight fights.
The rematch between Robert Helenius and Adam Kownacki is sure to get fight fans talking ahead of the July 24 bill, with the Pole keen to avenge his surprise knockout loss in their last meeting.
Jared Anderson, 21, has won all of his nine professional distance outings and takes a step forward in the classroom when he faces southpaw Vladimir Tereshkin.
Finally, two men who aspire to make noise in the heavyweight division put their unbeaten records on the line in Frank Sanchez and Efe Ajabga.
Josh Taylor claims he was about to quit boxing after London 2012
New undisputed welterweight world champion Josh Taylor admits he almost stepped away from the sport following his loss at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Scottish hero beat Jose Carlos Ramirez in May to win all of his division’s belts, although he almost gave up his ring career after the disappointment nine years ago.
“I had been four and a half years away from home, without really enjoying it. I wanted to be home, ”Taylor admitted. “I was sick, I was really, really sick, I said, ‘I’m not doing this anymore, I’ve had enough. I am miserable ‘”.
The 18-0 southpaw has since admitted he was tempted to move on to welterweight with huge fights ahead against Terence Crawford, Errol Spence and Manny Pacquiao.
Oleksandr Usyk promoter warns AJ of ‘real heavyweight’
Oleksandr Usyk promoter Alexander Krassyuk has warned his fighter has improved a lot at heavyweight and Joshua should be wary of the Ukrainian.
The fight is due to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, and although ‘AJ’ is Betfred’s favorite to defend his belts, the K2 Promotions man says his fighter has other ideas.
“He’s worked hard over the past two months to become a real heavyweight, which he is now.
Usyk has his advantage in his skills, determination and experience. He’s a much more experienced fighter than AJ.
“The only thing I can say is that when Usyk steps into the ring, it will be the toughest Usyk we’ve ever seen.”
Joshua and Fury both must avoid defeat in their next bouts in order to resume talks for their undisputed clash.
Joshua’s opponent of the 2012 Olympics questions decision
Holding on to Joshua, his opponent in the London 2012 heavyweight final, Roberto Cammarelle, questioned the decision that allowed ‘AJ’ to award the victory.
The 2008 Olympic champion claimed that the local public “influenced the judges” and did “enough to win the fight”.
Their fight from nine years ago was originally called an 18-18 draw, only for a countdown to give Joshua the victory.
Joshua’s career has exploded since then, while the Italian has failed to turn into a professional.