Boxing gossip column: Joshua opponent banned for drugs, Hearn US signings, Groves back in for delayed WBSS final?

Boxing gossip column: Joshua opponent banned for drugs, Hearn US signings, Groves back in for delayed WBSS final?

Eric Molina is in deep water

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Here’s a round-up of all the top boxing headlines and fight gossip from Tuesday’s newspapers and online…

Former Anthony Joshua opponent Eric Molina has been banned from boxing after testing positive after his bout with AJ. (Full Statement)

Callum Smith says he’s heard his WBSS final could now be pushed back to August or September in order to ensure he faces George Groves. (Sky)

Regis Prograis has confirmed he will enter the 2018/19 WBSS and revealed he’s heard talk that Josh Taylor may join him. (Boxing Talk)

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has let slip that he is speaking to Matchroom USA and Eddie Hearn about a three-fight deal. (Tweet)

First though, Chavez Jr will return on August 4th/11th at 169lbs. Mooted opponents are Sergio Mora, Gabriel Rosado and Vanes Martirosyan. (Box Azteca)

Eddie Hearn has also been linked with possibly signing light-heavyweight prospect Anthony Sims Jr. (talkSPORT)

Kell Brook stated he will return in July on a date to be announced soon. (IFLTV)

Vasyl Lomachenko’s manager confirmed talks have started for a possible unification between Lomachenko and Ray Beltran on August 25th. (Boxing Talk)

Errol Spence Jr claims he has been “assured” that he will face the winner of Danny Garcia v Shawn Porter. (Fight Hype)

Naoya Inoue stated he will “definitely” compete in the WBSS bantamweight tournament if he beats Jamie McDonnell. (Boxing Mobile Japan)

The WBC have ordered super-middleweight champion David Benavidez to defend against Anthony Dirrell next. (Boxing Scene)

It is also being reported that Benavidez is on the verge of signing a multi-fight promotional deal with Top Rank. (Fight Hype)

WBC ‘interim’ light-heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk claims the WBC have set Adonis Stevenson a 90-day deadline (August 19th) by which he must fight him next. (Boxing Talk)

Watch: Deontay Wilder seems displeased by talk that Anthony Joshua will demand their fight takes place in the UK if it happens.

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