Update from the UK – January 17 by Odhran Crumley

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The boxing scene in the UK and Ireland is riding the crest of a wave having twelve world champions to celebrate going into 2016. This week the former cruiserweight and heavyweight world king David Haye returns to the ring after all most four years out on the back of a stoppage win over fellow Brit Dereck Chisora and in the aftermath of a seemingly career threatening injury that saw him pull out of a showdown with the now heavyweight champ Tyson Fury. The Hayemaker returns to action against Aussie Mark De Mori (30:1:2) at the O2 Arena in London over twelve heavyweight sessions. Haye returns to the ring under the watchful eye of arguably the best young trainer in the game at the minute in Shane McGuigan who also oversees IBF king Carl Frampton and has recently added George Groves to his stable. I would expect Haye to blast out De Mori early in the contest as he looks in tremendous shape and it will be interesting to see how Haye will fit into the changing heavyweight landscape and if he is back in the mix. On an interesting side note the fight will be broadcast on terrestrial television channel ‘Dave’ who have no before shown a live sporting event never minded dabbled in boxing. I recently ran a poll on my twitter page to see if the fans believed that the move was a good move for boxing with a majority of 74% believing it was. It seems that it is increasingly likely that Haye and rising Olympic champ Anthony Joshua could meet in what would be an eagerly anticipated contest in the UK with significant interest in the from the US.

In other news Chris Eubank Jr will fight for the British title against fellow Englishman Nick Blackwell in the Bluewater Glow arena which interestingly is a shopping centre and is surely a first in the industry? This will be Juniors first fight after his separation from promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom over a dispute of losing the purse bids for the said contest. It is rumoured that Liverpool’s Stephen Smith will travel to the States to get his mandated challenge at the world title against Jose Pedraza on the Keith Thurman undercard; it will be a great chance for one of the famous Smith brothers to make a splash across the pond in what has the makings of a great fight. The eagerly awaited super bantamweight clash between rivals Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg which sold out in three minutes will be broadcast live on Pay Per View on this side of the pond through the Sky Sports platform. It is unsure at this time which American broadcaster will show the fight but one thing is sure that it will be broadcast. This comes after the WBA announced the winner must fight Guillermo Rigondeaux which should finally let us know who the greatest super bantamweight in the world is.  

 

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