Does boxing need new rules to further protect fighters?

By July 25, 2019
Leighton Levy

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    Tyson Fury has split with trainer Ben Davison just two months out from his proposed rematch with Deontay Wilder.

    Davison played a key role in helping Fury rebuild his career after his suspension, his rise back to the top highlighted by a thrilling draw with Wilder last December.

    The pair are set to square off again in Las Vegas on February 22, but the Briton will now have to search for a new trainer to lead him into that fight.

    Responding to reports of their parting, Davison wrote on Twitter: "Obviously it's not gonna stop until there's an answer.

    "Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers, which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end.

    "HOWEVER, we remain friends and he will SMASH the DOSSER!!"

    Since surviving two knockdowns against Wilder, Fury has gone on to claim successive victories over Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin.

    Wilder, meanwhile, has successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with knockouts of Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz.

  • Terence Crawford on potential fight with Shawn Porter: That's going to be up to us Terence Crawford on potential fight with Shawn Porter: That's going to be up to us

    Terence Crawford could go up against Shawn Porter in his next fight – but only if the two welterweights agree to put their friendship to one side and face each other in the ring.

    After successfully defending his WBO title against mandatory challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas in New York, the undefeated Crawford was unsurprisingly asked in his post-fight news conference about future opponents.

    A unification fight against Errol Spence Jr. is not in the pipeline, as the IBF and WBC champion is still recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash in October.

    Manny Pacquiao holds the WBA belt, but Porter – who lost narrowly on points to Spence this year – has been mentioned as a possibility for 2020. Promoter Bob Arum talked up the bout prior to Saturday's clash with Kavaliauskas, though Crawford insists it will be down to the fighters to decide if it will go ahead.

    "That's not going to be up to Bob Arum, PBC or Al Haymon," the 32-year-old told the media. "That's going to be up to us, if we are going to agree the fight.

    "Right now, we haven't had a discussion [about] whether or not we fight. Right now, I'm not even thinking about the fight, I'm not worried about that fight, it's not even in my head right now.

    "All those other guys… you know what it is."

    He added: "My goal is to get all these fighters that say I'm running inside the ring with me."

    Crawford appeared to be in a spot of bother when caught in the third round by Kavaliauskas, though he insisted he was not hurt.

    'Bud' went on to force a stoppage in the seventh, extending his professional record to 36-0 and further enhancing his case to be considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

    "I showed that I can fight without boxing, that I can take a punch. I walked through a lot of his shots and made it a fight as well, when he was trying to box," he said.

    "I need those meaningful fights, the fights that everyone wants to see. That would help my legacy a long way."

  • Crawford defends WBO title with ninth-round TKO against Kavaliauskas Crawford defends WBO title with ninth-round TKO against Kavaliauskas

    Terence Crawford defended his WBO welterweight title with a ninth-round TKO of Egidijus Kavaliauskas at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

    The American steadied after an unconvincing start to drop the underdog three times and improve his record to 36-0.

    Shaken after a heavy right in the third round, Crawford sent Kavaliauskas (21-1-1) to the floor amid a blistering exchange in a thrilling seventh round before moving in for the finish.

    Crawford rattled the Lithuanian with a flurry of blows, dropped him with an uppercut and then landed a final right hook to end the bout.

    The 32-year-old, fighting for the first time since beating Amir Khan in April, said he had no concerns after seemingly being knocked down in the third, which the referee ruled a slip.

    "He caught me with a good shot," Crawford told ESPN. "I wasn't hurt by no means. I walked away from everything he did all night.

    "I thought I'd entertain y'all for a little bit. He's a strong fighter, durable. I thought I'd give the crowd something to get excited about and cheer about."

    Asked about his next opponent, Crawford said: "I've been saying I'll fight anybody. I've been saying that for I don't know how long. I don't really got to call out anybody.

    "I fought my mandatory, because I had to. I'm not ducking anybody on the PBC side or on the Top Rank side of the platform. I want to fight the top guys, it's simple."

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