Daniel Jacobs to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on December 20

Daniel Jacobs will face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a super middleweight bout on December 20, Matchroom Boxing officially announced on Friday.

The 12-round bout will take place at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The fight will be streamed live on DAZN (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT).

The crossroads bout between Jacobs and Chavez was originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas but the fight was moved to Phoenix after the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Chavez, reportedly for refusing a recent drug test. There were no details as to why the commission in Arizona would not honor the suspension from Nevada.

The Chavez fight will mark Jacobs’ debut at super middleweight after a career of mostly fighting at 160 pounds, ultimately winning the vacant IBF title in October of last year. Jacobs recently announced he split from trainer Andre Rozier.

Jacobs (35-3, 29 knockouts), who resides in Brooklyn, New York, last fought on May 4, losing a unanimous decision to The Ring Magazine middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Jacobs had won his previous three bouts since losing a close decision to Gennadiy Golovkin in March of 2017.

Will Daniel Jacobs (left) have more power at 168 pounds? Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

Will Daniel Jacobs (left) have more power at 168 pounds? Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

At age 32, Jacobs believes he can win a title against any of the major beltholders at 168 pounds. A win over Chavez might put him on that path.

“I am thrilled to be making my debut at super middleweight on December 20 against Julio Cesar Chavez,” said Jacobs. “I’ve achieved a dream of becoming a world titleholder at middleweight and now I am seeking to secure my legacy by becoming a two-weight world titleholder.

“There are some great fighters and champions at 168 pounds and I believe that I will be a different beast up at super middleweight. Facing Julio is a great test for my first fight. He’s a former middleweight titleholder like me and he has the same goal as I do. Julio is always in great fights and I am sure that our styles will gel to be a thriller for the fans and I plan to announce my arrival at 168 pounds in style.”

Chavez (51-3-1, 33 KOs), who resides in Culiacan, Mexico, last fought on August 10, knocking out veteran Evert Bravo in the opening round. It was Chavez’s first bout since his one-sided loss to Alvarez in May of 2017.

The 33-year-old, who is the son of multi-division world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, is confident he can still achieve a great deal after defeating Jacobs.

“Going against Daniel Jacobs is the perfect fight for me because there is so much on the line,” said Chavez, who is trained by Freddie Roach in Hollywood, California. “A victory gets me one step closer to a world title and I’m not going to let anyone stand in my way.

“I know that Danny Jacobs is a former world titleholder and is a strong fighter with very good boxing skills. Those are the kind of boxers that bring out the best in me. I’ve been working hard in the gym and can’t wait to let everyone see what I’ve been working on. I’m very motivated to get the win and, at the end of the night, I will have my hand raised in victory. I will deliver.”

 

 

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.

 

 

 

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Hughie Fury battles Pavel Sour on Nov.30 in Monte Carlo

Latest Fury vs. Sour Hughie Fury Matchroom Boxing Pavel SourBy Kenneth Friedman: Former heavyweight world title challenger Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KOs) is fighting later this month against Pavel Sour (11-2, 6 KOs) on November 30 at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle in Medecin, Monte Carlo. This is a Matchroom Boxing promoted card. This is a rebuilding fight for the 24-year-old Fury. He […]

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Andy Ruiz told Anthony Joshua “to his face” about the punch that beat him

Anthony Joshua Andy Ruiz DAZN Eddie Hearn Joshua vs Ruiz Matchroom BoxingBy Chris Williams: Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. says he told Anthony Joshua to his face that “lucky punch” that he hurt him with last June was a punch that he prayed for and had been wishing for his whole life. On December 7th, Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) is planning on repeating the “lucky punch” […]

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Ruiz versus Joshua 2: ‘Clash on the Dunes’ retro cover pays homage to ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’

Today marks the 45th anniversary of “The Rumble the Jungle”, the legendary heavyweight championship showdown between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, which took place in Kinshasa, Zaire on October 30, 1974.

Over the decades, The Ring has paid homage to what is arguably the most famous fight in boxing history by speaking to the participants or gathering anecdotes from those who were there. This time, we take a more unique approach.

On December 7, 2019, unified IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr. will face off against Anthony Joshua, the man he sensationally upset in seven rounds at Madison Square Garden on June 1.

As with “The Rumble in the Jungle”, Ruiz-Joshua 2 will take place far from the boxing meccas of Las Vegas, New York or Atlantic City. Ruiz will not enjoy home advantage in Mexico. Joshua will not have the backing of 90,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium in London. “Clash on the Dunes” will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

An enormously controversial locale. A global event that is eagerly anticipated the world over. A bout that could conceivably change the course of the heavyweight division for years to come. “Clash on the Dunes” has the same feel as those colossal heavyweight superfights that made the world stop in the 1970s, and The Ring will replicate our iconic “Rumble in the Jungle” cover ahead of this event.

The original concept for the Ruiz-Joshua 2 cover design was to include the colors of the Saudi Arabian flag (green and white) but this was too much a departure from its predecessor. The Foreman-Ali design from 1974 adopted colors from the now defunct Zairian flag (yellow, green and red) and we elected to retain those.

Here’s what fans can expect from this spectacular heavyweight issue that is due out on digital before its subsequent print release:

• Cover Story: 12 former heavyweight champions predict the outcome of Ruiz-Joshua 2.
• Guest Editor: Former heavyweight champion of the world and Hall of Famer Larry Holmes.
• Greatest Hits: Larry Holmes revisits a selection of his most famous ring wars.
• Risky Business: WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder all set for return bout with Cuban dangerman Luis Ortiz.
• The Face of Boxing: Award winning photographer-writer duo of Wojtek Urbanek and Thomas Hauser profile former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.

The Ring will also run a special subscription offer to coincide with our digital release, so keep your eyes peeled.

Ruiz-Joshua 2 will be televised live by DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports Box Office in the U.K.

 

 

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Matchroom Boxing signs female star Cecilia Braekhus

In a press release issued on Tuesday, Matchroom Boxing announced the signing of undisputed world female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus on a multi-fight deal.

Pound-for-pound star Braekhus (35-0, 9 knockouts) of Bergen, Norway won her first world honors back in 2009, when she unanimously outpointed Denmark’s Vinni Skovgaard in Germany to claim the WBC and WBA world female welterweight titles.

“First Lady” went on to successfully defend her unified status twice in that same year, before adding the WBO title to her growing collection in May of 2010, in what was just her 14th professional bout.

Achieving historical greatness in September 2014, Braekhus traveled to Denmark where she won a dominant decision over Ivana Habazin claiming the IBF title and becoming the first woman to be crowned “Undisputed,” a title she continues to hold.

Braekhus has since defended her undisputed crown on nine occasions including four times in her native Norway where she was instrumental in having the 33-year ban on professional boxing lifted.

Details of her first fight under the Matchroom Boxing banner will be announced shortly.

“I’m very proud to announce that I am joining forces with Matchroom Boxing for the next chapter of my journey,” Braekhus said. “As always I’ll be looking for the biggest fights and the toughest challenges in the ring. Thanks very much to my fans all over the world who have supported me for so many years, I’m excited to return to the ring soon. Thanks also to my team who have worked diligently to make this happen.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Cecilia to the team and I’m very excited for the future,” said Eddie Hearn. “Cecilia has been a pioneer of women’s boxing and is established as one of the biggest stars in the sport. Right now, women’s boxing is stronger than ever and there are some huge fights and events to be made over the next few years that I fully expect Cecilia to be a major part of.”

Tom Loeffler, advisor to Braekhus, said: “Working with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN will provide Cecilia the opportunity to get the high profile fights she’s been looking for. Cecilia had a tremendous last year and looks to continue her dominance as the best pound-for-pound female champion in 2020.”

 

 

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Hearn to promote David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly

Latest Avanesyan vs. Kelly David Avanesyan Josh Kelly Matchroom BoxingBy Tim Royner: Unbeaten 2016 Olympian Josh Kelly will be challenging EBU welterweight champion David Avanesyan for his title at a still to be determined date and venue. There’s a purse set for today. Once the winner of the bid is revealed, then more will be learned about when and where the match could take […]

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Patrick Day rushed to hospital after KO loss to Charles Conwell

CHICAGO — Junior welterweight boxer Patrick Day has been taken to a local hospital after being knocked out in the tenth and final round against Charles Conwell at the Wintrust Arena.

Day, 27, of Freeport, N.Y. remained unconscious after being dropped by a left hook at the 1:46 mark, hitting his head hard on the canvas. Afterwards, he suffered a seizure, according to DAZN commentator Claudia Trejos.

Illinois Athletic Commission officials acted promptly, placing Day on a stretcher and transporting him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a tweet by reporter Jake Donovan.

Commentator Chris Mannix said on the DAZN stream that Day remained unconscious and was placed on a breathing machine.

The loss was the second straight for Day (17-4-1, 6 knockouts), a 2012 U.S. Olympic alternate and U.S. Nationals champion, while Conwell (11-0, 8 KOs), a 2016 Olympian from Cleveland, gets his biggest win yet. That euphoria has been dampened however by the condition his opponent is currently in.

“Please pray for Pat!! Come home safe!,” Conwell tweeted afterwards.

Requests for comment from Day’s promoter Lou DiBella, event promoter Matchroom Boxing and the Illinois Athletic Commission were not responded to by the time of this story’s publication.

The fight was on the undercard of the Aleksandr Usyk-Chazz Witherspoon card.

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