Here is a round-up of the latest boxing news on Friday…
Johnson aims dig at Kovalev
Callum Johnson believes WBO title-holder Sergey Kovalev, who fights Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez next month, is the weakest of the four light-heavyweight world champions.
The 34-year-old knocked out Sean Monaghan earlier this year but was unable to fight WBA champion Dmitry Bivol this autumn due to a shoulder injury.
However, the Brit is eyeing a second shot at a world title fight next year, following his defeat to IBF champion Artur Beterbiev in 2018.
Johnson told Sky Sports: “I think Kovalev is the weakest out of the four, to be honest, he is the weakest of the champions. Bivol is probably next.
“Not in terms of skill – I think Bivol is maybe the best in terms of boxing skill. But I don’t think he’s the strongest and most powerful. He could probably make super middleweight as well.
“He’s got very nice footwork, and he does everything very well and technically, to the eye for a boxing purist he’s fantastic and he really is very good, but I don’t think he’s got the devastating power that everyone thought he had at one point.”
Usyk to be ringside for Ruiz Jr vs Joshua rematch
Oleksandr Usyk is set to be ringside for the rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua.
Usyk made his professional debut after moving up from cruiserweight on Saturday night in Chicago, stopping Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds.
“He will be out in Saudi Arabia to watch that fight,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports.
The Ukrainian bruiser warned the winner of Ruiz Jr vs Joshua that he plans an immediate challenge in early 2020, saying: “I am ready to fight them. If they are going to [offer] it to me, of course I am going to take it.”
Benn there done that
Nigel Benn is proving age is just a number as pictures show the incredible shape he is in ahead of his return to boxing next month.
The 55-year-old will compete for the first time since 1996 when he takes on fellow former world champion Sakio Bika on November 23 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.
However, the ex-middleweight and super middleweight world title holder is in better shape than ever before and is ready to defy the odds to win his first fight in 23 years.
Sun Sport’s award-winning photographer Richard Pelham has known Benn for 30 years and followed him around the world in his heyday.
He was invited back into Benn’s training camp this week and captured the British boxing legend’s intense workouts, recreating some famous shots.
Fury on the town
‘The Gypsy King’ has been partying with Floyd Mayweather and boxer Joseph Parker in Las Vegas.
The ‘lineal’ heavyweight champion, who is preparing for his professional wrestling debut against Braun Strowman at WWE Crown Jewel on October 31, posted a picture of himself and his fellow fighters on Instagram on Wednesday evening from JEWEL nightclub in ‘Sin City’.
Fury later uploaded a video of himself about to board a private jet as he continues to enjoy a life of luxury in his current position.
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He narrated over the clip: ”It’s late night, Wednesday night.
“I can think of worse ways to travel than this little beauty.
“Life is hard and it’s getting even harder! Tired as a dog, but we must continue to move forward in a positive manner. Peace out.”