The biggest news coming out from across the pond has actually been more about what’s not happening as opposed to any fight announcements. However, many interesting rumors and negotiations have been going around to suggest the UK could be on the brink of some pretty major fights.
Tyson Fury had his scheduled fight with undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko postponed due to an injury suffered by Klitschko during his training camp. The injury is minor but rescheduling the bout is proving to be difficult. While a discussed date of November 28th is a possibility, some are saying that Sky Sports doesn’t have any more PPV time slots available for the rest of the year. That would of course be a monumental blow for Fury who wants to cash in on PPV revenue from his loyal English base that will naturally want to view the fight. Let’s hope this gets settled by the end of the year.
Kell Brook has a title defense coming up on October 24th against Diego Chaves. Some are criticizing the bout because the competition isn’t steep enough for what some perceive to be Brook’s championship level. One such critic is Amir Khan who stated to Boxing Scene that Chaves has lost three of his last five and added “He’s really got to step up his game and fight the top guys like I do.” A potential clash between Brook and Khan would be massive for London, selling out Wembley Stadium easily and witnessing two of England’s most popular fighter’s duke it out.
However, Khan has insisted that Brook build his profile by fighting “top guys” as he mentioned above, in order to build their own fight. This is of course quite hypocritical coming from Khan who has fought anyone but “top guys” in his last several bouts. Khan last fought smaller and less experienced Chris Algieri. Six months prior to Algieri he did take on Devon Alexander who at the time was considered a top 15 welterweight though he had lost his title and his momentum after Khan refused to take the fight sooner which diminished the matchup quite a bit. Beyond that Khan has spaced his fights out, not stepping in the ring more than twice a year and only once in 2013 while taking on names like Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Khan has been ducking the tough competition while turning down fights against Tim Bradley, Keith Thurman, and of course for the time being, Kell Brook.
An all UK showdown between top junior featherweights Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg is “closer than ever” according to multiple outlets. Quigg had been negotiating a November fight between former champion Nonito Donaire before Donaire’s people pulled out citing unrealistic demands from Quigg. With Frampton holding the IBF title and Quigg holding a secondary title with the WBA, the fight would prove to be exciting and make the winner one of the division’s best, possibly only second to undisputed champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Negotiations are hinging on location details, monetary guarantees, and television rights. With Frampton being from Ireland and Quigg being from Manchester, a neutral site of London or perhaps Birmingham is being discussed. This fight has eluded the boxing world for a couple of years and could finally happen in the first quarter of 2016.
It has been confirmed that Amir Khan is in talks to take on Manny Pacquiao early next year. Khan and Pacquiao were of course both trained by Freddie Roach at one time and did spar together. This would be a step up in competition for Khan who has only fought two real welterweights since moving up to the division with only one of those being considered in rather top shape. Pacquiao however is not only coming off a decisive loss to Floyd Mayweather earlier in the year but is also recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff as well. With Pacquiao turning 37 in December, not being in top form, and coming off a loss, the time could be ripe for Khan to grab a major win against a top name that his career has lacked for the past four years. A win for Khan would also build a potential fight at home against IBF champion Kell Brook although its already poised to sell out Wembley. No doubt Khan would be calling for Mayweather to return from retirement and face him should he get the fight against Pacquiao and beat him. A tall order indeed though this fight against Pacquiao would be fun to watch.
Pacquiao on the other hand my be facing a win or go home scenario. With elections coming up next year for the senate in the Philippines while really only having a few good fights left in him, a loss could send the Pac Man into retirement. A win could potentially set up a blockbuster rematch with Mayweather should Mayweather choose to end his retirement. Other possible opponents for Manny include Terence Crawford, Lucas Matthysse and Kell Brook. Las Vegas and Dubai are being discussed as potential venue spots for the speculated Khan fight.
So there’s a lot of talk brewing in Great Britain but will any of these fight’s actually take place? Fury and Klitschko will in due time; Frampton and Quigg is anyone’s best guess; Brook and Khan looks unlikely until next summer at the earliest; and Pacquiao and Khan is actually very possible. Stay tuned for more UK updates from No Sparring and don’t forget to LIKE our FB Page and follow No Sparring on Twitter for more news.