Locations being worked on for Charlo brothers’ next fights

Jermall will be at home in Houston, while Jermell could go to Las Vegas or Los Angeles.

Jermall and Jermell Charlo were both last seen on Dec. 22 in Brooklyn, co-headlining a FOX card where Jermall won a coin flip to go on last as the de facto main event.

Jermall won that night, getting past a game challenge from late replacement opponent Matt Korobov, but Jermell suffered his first pro setback, dropping his WBC 154-pound title to Tony Harrison via highly controversial decision.

The brothers are set to return in June, though not on the same card. Jermall will face Brandon Adams in a June 29 Showtime main event, while Jermell gets a chance to regain his title from Harrison in a June 23 FOX main event.

Mike Coppinger reports that for his fight, Jermall (28-0, 21 KO) will get to return home to Houston. This makes sense, as Adams (21-2, 13 KO) isn’t a big name or considered a serious contender at middleweight. A homecoming for Jermall should give the fight a sizable, enthusiastic crowd, which is good for TV and good for the fighters, too. Jermall hasn’t fought in Houston since 2012, and hasn’t even fought in Texas since his 2015 bout with Wilky Campfort in Dallas.

Harrison-Jermell II, Coppinger says, is likely headed to Los Angeles or Las Vegas, once again neutral ground for Jermell and Detroit’s Harrison.

Golovkin-Rolls LA Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

Former world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) and undefeated contender Steve Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) wrapped up their 2 city press tour Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles for their upcoming fight. Golovkin and Rolls square off June 8 at New York’s Madison Square Garden live on DAZN. Here is what they had to say:

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin: “I’m happy to be back. I’m happy to be fighting on DAZN. This is a big platform. I respect Steve and his team and I’m honored to be fighting him. Steve is ready for a good quality fight. I’m back June 8th at the Mecca of Boxing. Watch it on DAZN.”

Steve Rolls: “I know a lot of you re unfamiliar with me. I know there’s a lot of questions about Golovkin’s opponent. I’m somebody that works very hard to be here. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. I know what I’m capable of. This will be a much better fight than everyone is expecting, I have much respect for Golovkin and I look forward to June 8th.”

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May 10 ShoBox tripleheader announced

Undefeated featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (15-0, 5 KOs) will face once-beaten top-15 ranked contender Luis Alberto Lopez (17-1, 8 KOs) in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, May 10 from Omega Products International in Corona, California.

In the co-feature, fast-rising lightweight Michael Dutchover (12-0, 9 KOs) will take on fellow undefeated prospect Ramon Mascarena Jr. (10-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round contest. In the opening bout of the tripleheader, undefeated bantamweight prospect Saul Sanchez (11-0, 6 KOs) battles Brandon Leon Benitez (14-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

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Dubois focused on Lartey, but ‘Joyce is a big fight’

The heavyweight prospect touches on heavyweight topics.

Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois is in action this Saturday, facing Richard Lartey at Wembley Arena, with the fight airing live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom and streaming on ESPN+ in the United States.

The 21-year-old Dubois (10-0, 9 KO) spoke with iFL TV about that fight, the British board ordering him to face fellow prospect Joe Joyce, and the Joshua-Miller situation.

On Saturday’s fight with Richard Lartey

“I haven’t heard too much about what he’s got to say. I know we’re ready for Saturday. I’m ready to let all my skills go, what class I have, and just pull it out and perform.”

On whether Lartey is his toughest challenge to date

“On paper, it’s a step up. Yeah. Hopefully it’s a step up, that’s what people are talking about, it being a step up. I’m sure he’s gonna come and I’m prepared 100 percent for a tough challenge. I’m ready to just go out there and perform. How I box will depend on how the fight turns out.”

On being ordered to face Joe Joyce

“I’ve just got to take these challenges on and come through each and every one of them. Joe Joyce is a big fight. It’s definitely a very big fight. It’s another step up. I’ve just got to be ready and be prepared — the Board ordered it, so we’ll see.”

On whether they’ll fight this summer

“It depends. I’ve got to come through this win Saturday and come through in good fashion, then yeah, we can get it on this summer, depending on Frank (Warren) and other teams and whatever goes on that side. But yeah, bring it on.”

On Jarrell Miller’s failed drug tests

“There’s not much you can say. He’s been caught. People are going to condemn him either way, no matter what I say. He probably knows what he was doing. I don’t know if it was a matter of him being that scared or just this is what he does usually — so many other fighters, though, are doing that. It is what it is, he’s been caught.”

On whether he would theoretically step in to face Joshua on June 1

“I never back away from any fight, but it’s down to my team, the people in charge. But I never back away from any fight. If that’s the right amount of time to prepare, the right sparring, the right time — the whole camp would have to be perfect and things would have to be in place, but 100 percent, I’ll face every challenge.”

WBSS semifinals coming to Sky Sports in UK

Sky Sports are beefing up their boxing programming by adding the World Boxing Super Series.

There has been some concern among British boxing fans about the offerings from Sky Sports since Eddie Hearn and Matchroom made their deal with DAZN to stream fights in the United States.

I’m not myself a British boxing fan, so I’ll turn it over to our own Lewis Watson, who examined the situation about a month ago:

Saturday Fight Nights used to be the bread and butter of the boxing schedule. A range of talent would be on display from venues up and down the country with titles ranging from domestic area level to world championships up for grabs. ‘Ringside’ — a magazine show — would be aired on a Thursday evening building up to the weekend’s action with relentless plugging.

The DAZN deal looks to have changed everything. Look at who has made the leap Stateside since the deal was announced. Anthony Crolla, Rocky Fielding, Gavin McDonnell, Jono Carroll, Kal Yafai, Luke Campbell, Scott Quigg, Tommy Coyle, Callum Johnson. Yes, they are all at different stages of their careers, but the lure of money and exposure Stateside has meant their standing as Saturday Fight Night headliners has taken a back seat. … Ted Cheeseman vs Sergio Garcia and Jordan Gill vs Emmanuel Dominguez is all we’ve had since the turn of the year on free-to-air Sky Sports — which isn’t in the early hours of the morning. This isn’t a slight on Cheeseman or Gill, but the standard of shows seem to be slipping fast.

In order to combat some of these concerns, everyone has gotten proactive, which is odd to see from anyone in boxing, really. Earlier today, it was announced that the World Boxing Super Series has reached a deal with Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports to broadcast their upcoming tournament semifinals fights in the United Kingdom, starting with this Saturday’s card from Louisiana.

Now, a card from Louisiana isn’t going to be primetime hours in the United Kingdom, but others will. On April 27, Regis Prograis faces Kiryl Relikh at 140 pounds, with Nonito Donaire facing Zolani Tete — a familiar name for UK fans — at 118.

The biggest get of the three semifinal cards is definitely the May 18 show from Glasgow, featuring 140-pounder Josh Taylor against Ivan Baranchyk, plus bantamweights Emmanuel Rodriguez and Naoya Inoue going at it. That’s just a top-quality doubleheader, tournament or not.

Sky will also have the June 15 show from Latvia, featuring the cruiserweight semifinals, pitting Mairis Briedis against Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos against Andrew Tabiti.

Adam Smith, head of Sky Sports boxing, says he’s thrilled to add the World Boxing Super Series, and in particular focused on Josh Taylor, as would be expected.

“I’ve admired the talent of Josh Taylor for a while and I’ll look forward to another red-hot atmosphere in Glasgow as Taylor bids to become the latest in a line of proud Scottish World champions,” Smith said.

“It’s wonderful to add The World Boxing Super Series semifinals to our stacked Sky Sports schedule for the summer. The fearsome Naoya Inoue and four-weight champion Nonito Donaire also bring star quality to a tournament featuring world title fights, former champions, and unbeaten contenders.”

Hearn said, “I’m delighted to bring these fight nights to Sky Sports and particularly pleased to air the big May 18 card from Glasgow. It’s a massive chance for Josh Taylor to become world champion and the fight between pound-for-pound star Inoue and Rodriguez is a cracker.”

And neither of them will say it publicly, but it has to be a bit of a stress relief for everyone. Sky get some quality boxing, and Eddie Hearn isn’t himself pressured to put the cards together for the network.

In the United States, of course, all of these fights will stream live on DAZN.

NO-GO: Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn accused of ‘low-balling’ Luis Ortiz

Further reports of a low-ball offer from Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn to Luis Ortiz have surfaced on Tuesday.

Cuban puncher Ortiz was supposedly the first choice to step in to face Joshua after Jarrell Miller was found to be doping.

Ortiz’s manager Jay Jimenez has now revealed talks didn’t go smoothly between the pair for a proposed June 1st battle at Madison Square Garden.

Outlining what happened, Jimenez said: It’s a no go for June 1. Sorry guys we where told to stay as quiet as possible and play possum until fight had been made.

“(This is) Because every-time someone called Luis out it would be a gimmick to promote them self but it still didn’t work.

“We just received news from the promoter that it’s a no go and it was all a gimmick. Hearn’s low ball offers will not be accepted and no contract even ever got sent.

“So sorry to all the loyal fans. Luis really wanted this title shot,” he added.

The news comes just hours after Joshua released a statement himself on finding a replacement.

“We’re currently looking for alternative options. We’ve got four-and-a-half weeks of sparring left,” said Joshua.

“Whoever the opponent is I’m going to keep my chin down and my hands up to slug it out. Eddie and my team are handling negotiations.”

The accusations made by Jimenez is not the first time Hearn has been pulled up for attempting to secure opponents on the cheap.

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte have all complained over the last few months alone about not being offered their worth.

HUNTER

WBN already understands that Michael Hunter is in position to be confirmed in the opposite corner to Joshua for New York.

Hunter has agreed to the fight. It’s just a case of Hearn exploring whether there are any other alternatives before making it public.

A formal announcement is due to be made by Thursday or Friday at the latest as Hunter prepares for the biggest chance of his career.

For Ortiz, it’s back to the drawing board for his next fight. A rematch with Deontay Wilder is slated for later this year.

Wilder and Ortiz enjoyed an entertaining first meeting last year and have been linked to doing it again ever since.

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