The stage is about for some dramatic theater on Saturday night time in London. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will play host to unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua taking over necessary challenger and former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk with tons of implications contained in the ring. All of it goes down starting at 1 p.m. ET from the 62,850-seat capability stadium with the principle occasion anticipated to start round 5:10 p.m.
The winner on Saturday night time will hopefully safe a showdown with the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3, set to go down simply two weeks later. After Wilder received an arbitration listening to entitling him to a 3rd showdown with the present WBC champion, talks of a Joshua vs. Fury matchup rapidly subsided. However all events concerned appear eager on reserving a combat the place all 4 acknowledged heavyweight titles are on the road for the primary time within the four-belt period to find out an undisputed champion.
Elsewhere on this loaded up card that includes lots of the prime names in England, the WBO cruiserweight champion is again in motion. Lawrence Okolie will look to defend his crown when he faces off with Dilan Prasovic within the co-main occasion. Okolie has confirmed to be one of many prime rising fighters in England with 13 knockouts in 16 professional fights. He is coming off a devastating knockout of Krzysztof Głowacki in March and has not seen judges’ scorecards since September 2018. Plus, former WBA tremendous middleweight champion Callum Smith returns to the ring for the primary time since dropping the belt when he faces off with Lenin Castillo.
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The undercard motion will get underway at 1 p.m. ET with the principle occasion ring walks anticipated at roughly 5:10 p.m. ET. Followers should buy the occasion by way of conventional PPV strategies by way of their native cable suppliers. It’ll even be stay for any lively DAZN subscribers by way of the web site or app. The remainder of the combat card and viewing info is listed under.
Date: Sept. 25 | Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium — London, England
Begin time: 1 p.m. ET (important occasion set for about 5:10 p.m. ET)
TV: Conventional PPV for $34.99 (examine native listings)
Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom won’t compete within the upcoming Nationwide Ladies’s Boxing Championships in Hisar. The 38-year-old, who reached the pre-quarters of Tokyo Olympics earlier than bowing out with a hard-fought loss, is, nonetheless, coaching for the World Championships in December. Though the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has introduced that solely gold medal winners from the Nationals will make the squad, it’s reliably learnt that trials might be held in a few weight classes, together with the 48kg division, which Mary Kom would favor to compete in.
The nationwide championships can be held in Hisar from October 21. Olympic bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) has been given direct choice for the world occasion based mostly on her Tokyo efficiency. She may also be skipping the home showpiece.
Mary Kom, a multiple-time Asian gold-medallist, has not competed because the Tokyo Video games and a federation supply mentioned she would have given the Nationals a shot if the announcement on World Championship choice had come sooner.
The BFI’s choice of selecting solely nationwide gold-winners for the world championships was introduced on October 5.
“She would have competed had she recognized about this earlier. She would have ready accordingly,” the federation mentioned.
The opposite two Tokyo Olympians, Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg), can be competing on the nationals.
The ladies’s boxing world championships can be held in Istanbul in early December and can provide a complete prize cash of USD 2.6 million, identical quantity as marked for the lads’s occasion, attributable to begin on October 24 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Mikey Garcia made his method to the ring on Saturday night time in Fresno, California, driving on a flatbed trailer as fireworks shot off across the area. Sadly for Garcia, he was unable to provide any fireworks within the ring, dropping a choice to unheralded Sandor Martin in an upset that ranks among the many greatest in current reminiscence.
Garcia’s footwork was sluggish as Martin made good on pre-fight speak that he would take away Garcias’s usually efficient aggression. Martin slid alongside the surface of the ring, popping off fast punches, together with repeatedly connecting with a tough overhand left.
By the late rounds of the 10-round struggle, Garcia appeared hesitant to return ahead, doubtlessly anxious concerning the pace and clear punching from the Spaniard because the Fresno crowd’s enthusiasm drained.
Martin was the more energizing fighter on the remaining bell, even successful one of many first true wild exchanges of energy photographs alongside the ropes within the remaining seconds of the struggle.
Boxing judges usually flip in scorecards that appear out of line with what all different observers witnessed, lending rigidity to the studying of the totals. Ultimately, the scorecards learn 95-95 and 97-93 twice, awarding Martin the bulk choice victory.
“I do know myself and I do know my capabilities,” Martin stated after his victory. “I have been doing it since I used to be 5 years previous. I stated I used to be going to return out and beat the most effective on the earth and that is what I’ve completed.”
Martin entered the struggle upward of a +1200 underdog, which means a $100 guess paid out $1,200.
All however two of Martin’s fights have taken place inside his native Spain, with Saturday marking his first journey to North America. He’s now driving a 10-fight successful streak.
“I assumed it was a very good struggle,” Garcia stated after the loss. “He fought an excellent struggle together with his boxing. I assumed I used to be doing what was obligatory to shut the hole. … I used to be the one in search of the struggle and thought I used to be forward on the playing cards.”
Garcia suffered solely the second lack of his skilled profession, having misplaced to Errol Spence Jr. in 2019.
Ryan Garcia’s difficulties getting again within the ring proceed as information broke Friday afternoon that the 23-year-old had suffered a hand damage and a deliberate Nov. 27 showdown with Joseph Diaz Jr. could be postponed, the promotion introduced. The information comes barely multiple week after the bout was formally introduced.
Garcia was scheduled to face Javier Fortuna on July 9 when he withdrew to deal with his psychological well being. Garcia confronted some criticism on the time, with allegations that the younger star was not a totally dedicated boxer regardless of a dramatic January knockout of Luke Campbell in a struggle the place Garcia picked himself up from the canvas after struggling a brutal knockdown. Garcia’s velocity and abilities have been clear however his embrace of social media has drawn damaging consideration from some corners of the boxing world.
A struggle with Diaz would mark the primary time Garcia has ever confronted a former world champion. Diaz is a former featherweight and tremendous featherweight champion and gained the interim WBC light-weight title in his most up-to-date struggle, stepping in for Garcia to take a large resolution over Fortuna.
Garcia will bear surgical procedure for the damage on Monday and is anticipated to be sidelined into 2022.
“I wish to thank my followers for all of the continued help,” Garcia mentioned. “We’re suspending my subsequent struggle for a few months because of a big hand damage that requires rapid surgical procedure. I’ll bear surgical procedure at Cedars-Sinai on Monday. I promise early 22 I’ll return higher, quicker, and stronger than ever. I really like you guys!”