The Friday Five: January 12th, 2018

  1. Claressa Shields Makes First Title Defense:
    Tonight, Claressa Shields makes her first title defense as WBC and IBF super middleweight champion against Tori Nelson on Showtime’s Sho-Box “The Next Generation. Watch the link above to learn five things you didn’t know about the two-time Olympic gold medalist.
  2. Amir Khan Signs With Matchroom Boxing: 
    Eddie Hearn looks to roll out the red carpet for his newest client, Amir Khan, and that includes a potential battle with Kell Brook.Khan’s new promoter is looking to give his fighter the biggest fights possible starting with the first of a three-fight contract, beginning on April 21st.“The plan is to box in April and then again in August or September in preparation for a super fight in winter 2018,” Hearn said Wednesday, according to a story posted to the website of London’s Daily Mail.

    “The target is to provide him with the biggest fights possible, with a mouth-watering list of names, including the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence. I’m excited to get started and looking forward to a huge night of boxing on April 21.”

  3. Horn Agrees To Terms To Fight Crawford:
    The much rumored fight set for April 21st at the T-Mobile Arena should be made official as soon as next week, as rumors of the clash began following Horn’s December victory of Gary Corcoran in Brisbane.Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton claimed in an interview that they were satisfied with the renegotiated purse and said all there was left to do was to put pen to paper.“As far as we’re concerned, it’s pretty much a deal,” Rushton said.

    “But no deal’s done until it’s done, so we just have to cross t’s, dot i’s and actually get this thing locked down.

    “We have certainly agreed on all the key terms and from our side, it’s a go. Now Bob (Arum)’s got to tidy up some loose ends. We have total confidence in Bob and Top Rank that he’ll get this all locked up and we’ll have a contract in our hands by the end of next week.”

  4. Canelo Alvarez Agrees To GGG Rematch:
    While a contract isn’t signed, nor a press conference not announced, Canelo Alvarez has agreed to terms for a May 5th rematch against Gennady Golovkin.According to sources, Golovkin and his team will be set to agree “within the next few days.”Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Alvarez, claimed that there will be no rematch clause, unlike the contract that was drawn for the original fight, September of last year, in Las Vegas.

    “It’s going to be another great fight, so it’ll likely be a natural to do another rematch, but it’s not in the agreement,” Gomez told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday at a workout in Indio for his welterweight title fighter Lucas Matthysse.

    “We want to concentrate on getting this [second Alvarez-Golovkin fight] done and then we can talk about a third fight later.”

    “I know Canelo’s going to win. I think Canelo figured him out in the last three rounds. Look at that fight. Canelo handled [Golovkin] those last three rounds. And this time around, Canelo’s going to have an easier time with him. Not an easy fight, but he has the experience now and he wants this fight.”

  5. Hearn Expects Joshua To Be Vocal At Parker Presser:
    Following verbal and social media attacks from Joseph Parker and his team, Eddie Hearn expects to see a different side of Anthony Joshua at the first press conference to announce a heavyweight unification showdown.Parker, and his promoter David Higgins’s attacks began in late 2017, with a press conference in New Zealand to present evidence that Joshua has a “glass jaw.”That claim was followed by Parker’s head trainer Kevin Barry calling Joshua the most “overhyped fighter in the world.”Joshua has been far from happy with the comments from the Parker team, and Hearn believes that Joshua will be loaded with venom at the press conference.“I was bantering with David Higgins yesterday. They truly believe they knock Anthony Joshua out. It’s not even in question for them,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.

    “We feel otherwise. You’re going to see a lot of fireworks this press conference. David Higgins has got a lot to say for himself, he’s a funny character, and Anthony Joshua doesn’t like what Joseph Parker has been saying. This could be the first time we’ve seen the switch of Anthony Joshua, and I’m excited to see it.”

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