All the boxing stories from Wednesday, July 10
Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…
Amir Khan believes a Manny Pacquiao fight is closer than ever
Khan told Jim White on talkSPORT: “Now Pacquiao, there’s always been talk about the Pacquiao fight, but it’s never materialised, I think this is the closest we’ve ever got to it.
“If I was to take the Manny Pacquiao fight, I wanna have one or two fights before that to make sure that I’m gonna be back in the game again.
“I’d love that fight, but it’s up to Manny’s team to sign that dotted line.”
Eddie Hearn signs heavyweight contender Martin Bakole
Martin Bakole has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and will make his Sky Sports and DAZN debut against Ytalo Perea at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool on August 2.
The Congolese challenger, who’s sparred with Anthony Joshua in the past, has only lost once to Michael Hunter and is highly rated as a rising force.
Hearn said: “We’ve seen him in camp with AJ over the last few years and I really believe he can compete at the higher level.
“After his run out in Liverpool we will be looking for all the top names come the end of the year”
Canelo Alvarez could lose IBF title, new potential opponent for Gennady Golovkin
The IBF have scheduled a purse bid for Canelo to defend against mandatory challenger Derevyanchenko and it seems inevitable that the champion will vacate or be stripped as he pursues another opponent.
In this case, Golovkin would be next in line to face Derevyanchenko according to the IBF ratings.
There are still a number of moving parts that could affect each bout, however the pair will have to decide on plans soon with just nine weeks until Canelo’s date of September 14.
Terence Crawford reportedly likely to make next defence against mandatory
According to Mike Coppinger, Crawford is likely to defend his welterweight title against Egidijus Kavaliauskas later this year.
Kavaliauskas is the WBO number one contender and expected to be called to face the champion sooner rather than later.
Billy Dib thought he was being pranked when offered the Amir Khan fight
Dib revealed to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “First thing I thought was, ‘Oh my God, me and Amir Khan are friends. I can’t believe this is actually happening.’
“When they called me I thought it was a joke to be quite honest at the start.
“But then, when they said they were serious, I was like, ‘Of course I’d jump at the opportunity.’”
Don’t miss talkSPORT’s Fight Night Special this Friday from 9pm with Adam Catterall & Gareth A. Davies as we bring you live commentary of Amir Khan vs Billy Dib and Hughie Fury vs Samuel Peter