It is a rare quiet weekend in British boxing following the announcement by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) that all January fights have been postponed.
Chris Eubank Jr has once again fallen victim with his bout against Liam Williams the most high-profile affected.
The calendar is expected to resume as normal in February, so we can still expect Amir Khan’s grudge match with Kell Brook to go ahead as planned.
Fury vs Whyte latest
The bigger questions still surround the fights that aren’t happening, or at least those which haven’t yet been confirmed. Despite the WBC nominating Dillian Whyte as mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury, a deal is yet to be agreed.
Nonetheless, after a few well-timed teases from Bob Arum about Fury vacating his belt, it looks likely that he is indeed on course to test himself against Whyte, and has brought Joseph Parker into his training camp to aid his preparations.
The WBC confirmed that Fury will take home 80 per cent of the purse, with Whyte having to make do with finally earning a shot at a heavyweight title regardless of the financial prizes on offer.
There is also the pressing matter of who faces the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, which Eddie Hearn has hinted should take place in the spring of 2022.
Both Luis Ortiz and Joseph Parker have been tipped to fight Filip Hrgovic in an IBF eliminator. Parker is back in the reckoning thanks to his recent victory in his rematch with Derek Chisora, while Ortiz twice hauled himself off the canvas to knock out Charles Martin. Unfortunately, in doing so, the 42-year-old broke his hand and will not have recovered in time to fight Hrgovic by April.
Reports suggest Parker is also likely to turn him down, which leaves the Croatian in limbo once again as his hunt for an opponent goes on.
Hughie Fury vs Chisora?
While that means we’re still in the dark as to what Parker does next, the man he has just beaten (again), Chisora, is being lined up to face Hughie Fury, at least by his promoters.
BOXXER’s Ben Shalom believes the fight “makes sense” for Chisora, telling Sky Sports that “he will struggle to get the fight against Deontay Wilder” that he’d been hoping for even with the Bronze Bomber’s stock having fallen with another defeat to Tyson Fury.
Hughie, on the other hand, has continued to build some momentum since his loss to Alexander Povetkin, beating Pavel Sour, Mariusz Wach and Christian Hammer.
Inside Khan’s training camp
Over two years out of the ring are surely going to have an effect on Khan. The 35-year-old’s preparation is in full swing ahead of the Brook fight and as well as undergoing altitude training in Colorado, he has brought renowned trainer Brian “Bomac” McIntyre into camp.
Those connections have allowed him to spar with Terence Crawford, so there is not much more he could be doing to get in prime condition – though there are still question marks hanging over how effective the ring-rusty welterweight can be against a contemporary who has been in the ring with the elites so much more recently.