Keith Thurman returned this past Saturday night in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and was given life and death with ring veteran Josesito Lopez. Thurman eeked out a majority decision and went on to call out the legendary Manny Pacquiao. A fight that seemed to be fast-tracked. However, Thurman is now expressing interest in fighting the winner of the WBC title fight between current champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter and Yordenis Ugas a fight that is scheduled for March 9th in Carson, California. What’s interesting is Thurman’s choice of words the WBA champ stated “I’m Happy To Give Porter-Ugas Winner The Opportunity” They would actually be giving him the opportunity to fight for their title as Thurman vacated the WBC belt last year as opposed to fighting Porter as mandated by the WBC. Keith Thurman would, in reality, be challenging for the title of the Porter/Ugasnwinner. Perhaps in his 22-month hiatus from the ring, Thurman forgot how it works
January 31st marks a new era in the world of boxing. A new working relationship now exists between the two main worlds of mixed combat as the UFC fight pass has reached an agreement with Roy Jones Jr Promotions to live stream it’s first-ever boxing a card. The card will be headlined by Aston Palicte vs Jose Martinez in a Super Flyweight WBO title eliminator. The winner will receive a title fight against current champ Donnie Nietes. The co-main event will feature two undefeated featherweight prospects, Fort Worth, Texas Based Edward “Kid” Vazquez (5-0) and Brandon “2 Smooth” Cruz (6-0) of San Diego.
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In an interesting turn of events, the WBSS has announced an official date and venue for the Josh Taylor Vs Ivan Baranchyk bout. The fight has been finalized for May 18th in Glasgow, Scottland at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Each combatant confirmed the fight via a press release, Baranchyk, the IBF champ said “My nature, effort and my love of boxing will help me get the Ali Trophy,” and the upstart Scotsman added “I am delighted to be fighting for the world title, it is a childhood dream to become a world champion. I am very confident I will win and do it in fashion.” This announcement came in the immediate wake of many sources reporting Baranchyk had withdrawn from the WBSS due to financial reasons, namely not being paid in a timely fashion. The other semifinal bout between Kiryl Relikh and Regis Progrias has not yet been formally announced