Boxing News Round-Up 12.2.18: Fight Week for Eubank Jr

Eubank Jr ready to beat Groves

Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) has indicated that he is ready to “unleash the beast” on WBA Super World 168lb champion Saint George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) next Saturday February 17.

Despite being the smaller guy heading into the bout, Eubank Jr says that the 29-year- old Groves size won’t be a factor during the fight as he felt Groves power previously when the two sparred earlier on during their careers.

Groves was just as big at the time and Eubank Jr had no problems taking his best power punches and got the better of him with speed and volume punching.

“I’m feeling strong,” Eubank Jr. said to Fighthype. “I can’t wait to get in there and unleash the beast. There’s other ways to make it in the sport of boxing without having to sign away your rights, which is what happens with a lot of these fighters.

“Having an undefeated record isn’t as important as people think it is. I don’t think I would ever get the George Groves fight if I didn’t enter this tournament. I just think they would have dodged me for years.”

Groves vs. Eubank Jr is being broadcast live in the UK.

Chepo tipping Canelo to defeat GGG

Jose ‘Chepo’ Reynoso who is the coach of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1- 2, 34 KOs) is confident that the Mexican will be able to defeat IBF, IBO,WBA,WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).

Canelo took on Golovkin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the match went on to end in a draw despite many boxing pundits and fans feeling that Golovkin may have been hard done by.

After twelve rounds, the match was declared a draw and the result was controversial. One judge had it 114-114 with another having it at 115-113 for Golovkin while another was widely criticized for having it at 118-110 for Canelo. The rematch will take place on the Cinco De Mayo date on May 5th.

“In every fight Saul has showed progress, but we believe that Golovkin is always the same fighter…. [Golovkin] has reached his limit, but Saul is a thinking fighter. Saul causes problems in the ring and I’m positive he will cause problems for Golovkin,” Chepo told Beto Gonzalez.

“We can not [play around with] Golovkin, because it is very risky to get hit with the wrong punch. But I insist, Golovkin has already reached his limit and as they say in my ranch – an old dog does not learn new tricks, so I don’t think Golovkin is going to surprise Canelo – but we will be the ones who will surprise him.”

Source: Boxing Scene

Amir Khan fights off new love-rat claims

British boxer Amir Khan has faced further accusations of cheating on his pregnant wife after a New York model has claimed that he has been bombarding her with messages.

27-year- old Dasha Abdelgany has claimed that the 31-year- old Khan has been praising her for her ‘beautiful sweet voice’ and ‘wow’ lips’. Khan’s marriage to his wife Faryal Makhdoom who is pregnant with the couple’s second child was rumoured to be on the rocks last year.

The British boxer accused her of having a relationship with Tyson Fury and also was reported to have cheated on her with a British model.

Dasha who is a Muslim like Khan claims that she did not know of him beforehand. She allegedly only came to know about him after she came across a festive photo of the boxer with his three-year- old daughter Lamaisah captioned : ‘Halal Christmas Dinner.’

Dasha claims that she responded to Khan as he disagreed with the photo and he then responded asking her about her background, location, age and work. After a short spat between the two, Kahn reportedly started sending a number of flirtatious messages.

Source: Metro

Floyd jabs at McGregor in new social media photo

Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs)has continued to tease the possibility that he will step into the MMA Octagon and face off against Conor McGregor.

Mayweather posted an image to social media which shows him busting up UFC star McGregor in a clash. The scene was manipulated to depict an MMA fight with and a message that read: “Certified Killa vs Certified Bitch”.

After announcing his retirement from boxing following his win against McGregor, Mayweather has claimed that the UFC approached him with a multi-fight deal worth hundreds of millions.

UFC president Dana White indicated last week that he will only entertain the thought of a McGregor vs Mayweather rematch if it occurs under MMA rules.

“Obviously, the only way making that fight again makes any sense is if he comes over to the Octagon,” White said on UFC Tonight. “We went over and boxed him, the UFC and Conor McGregor.

And now it’s time for him to reciprocate and come fight in the Octagon. “Floyd said leading up to the fight with Conor that he would do both. So we’ll see what happens.”

Source: Boxing Scene

Joshua vs. Parker a long-time coming

Kevin Barry,the trainer of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has claimed that the match between Parker (24-0) and WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0) is three years in the making.

The boxing match was first discussed in 2015 before either man was Champion and again in 2016 when Parker was IBF mandatory challenger to Joshua, though he eventually opted to fight against Andy Ruiz for the vacant WBO title.

In the end, that decision turned out to be the best for both fighters. The fight is now expected to pocket both men more money with Joshua reportedly set to earn $20 million while Parker will earn a sum in the region of $9.6 million.

“We knew this fight was going to happen. This fight has actually been happening the past three years. Both guys have been on a parallel course to fight each other. We knew that provided Joe stays undefeated and Anthony Joshua stays undefeated that the fight would happen”, said Barry.

“This was the perfect time to make this fight. We knew that Sky UK was very keen on putting
Anthony Joshua in the biggest fight possible and that was Joseph Parker – another young and
undefeated world champion.

“This is the first ever in the UK that they have had two undefeated heavyweight champions fighting each other and the first time in nearly eight years that the heavyweight division has had a unification fight so this fight is big. This fight is very important to heavyweight boxing and to boxing in general.”

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