Miss anything Wednesday? There was some stuff. Here’s the roundup.
It’s Joshua-Ruiz fight week! On Wednesday we previewed the main event and the undercard. The undercard fighters also spoke at their final press conference. No great revelations, but some interesting quotes.
One of those undercard fighters is Katie Taylor, who is trying to go undisputed at lightweight against Delfine Persoon. Carl Frampton remembers sparring with Taylor, saying she had the ability to outbox him and was “technically better” than he was.
As for the main event, Andy Ruiz Jr says he won’t fight scared against Anthony Joshua.
Today, we’ll have live coverage of the Joshua-Ruiz press conference starting at 1 pm ET, which will stream live on DAZN and various social media channels.
- Gennadiy Golovkin is just over a week away from his own debut on DAZN, his big fight with Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin talked Canelo and others, and new trainer Johnathon Banks discussed what they’ve been working on in camp.
- Eddie Hearn says the Deontay Wilder situation with Luis Ortiz is embarrassing: “Stop talking about Wilder, it’s a waste of time. He don’t want the fight. They don’t want the fight. He’s talked into something else. He’s not his own boss, he doesn’t make his own decisions. Let him do what he’s been talked into and then when he becomes available after he’s fought Ortiz, after he’s fought Kownacki, then, I guess, we’ll try again.”
- Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings is official for July 13 on the Dubois-Gorman card.
- The Tyson Fury-Tom Schwarz card is coming together. No new news, actually, but confirmed by Top Rank. Jesse Hart vs Sullivan Barrera will be the co-feature, and the prelims will air on ESPN2.
- Shakur Stevenson is set to return July 13 in Newark on ESPN, and his opponent may be Hairon Socarras.
- Kosei Tanaka’s mandatory defense against Jonathan Gonzalez is set for August 24 in Nagoya.
- Michael Woods spoke with heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin, who returns July 12 on Showtime.
- Felix Cash will defend his Commonwealth middleweight title against Jack Cullen on July 6 in Manchester.
- Archie Sharp wants a shot at Jamel Herring. He’s still way more prospect than contender, but he didn’t go about it like an asshole, at least. He just said he’d love the fight and congratulated Herring on his win.