With the world on a thread: Yoka’s problems, Conlan’s opponent, Gonzalez’s plans

  • Namibian boxer of the second lightest weight (up to 59 kg) Jeremiah Freewheeling (19-1, 15 KO’s) demands justice from the WBO: African from the beginning of 2019 took the 2nd rank in the organization, hoped for a title fight, but in the updated top 15 lost position ahead of ex-champion of the division below American Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8 KO’s). The current WBO title holder in this weight class is Jamel herring (21-2, 10 KO).

— Top heavyweight prospect and 2016 Olympic champion (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Frenchman Tony Yoka (7-0, 6 KO) has signed a co-promoter contract with Bob Arum (Top Rank), but cannot yet make his debut in the United States due to a pandemic. It is expected that the next fight prospect will hold in September in France, according to the head of Top Rank.

— Promoter Eddie Hearn (Matcroom Boxing) took on the undefeated Chantelle Cameron (12-0, 7 KO) from Britain. The girl alternately won the right to fight for the WBC world champion titles in two divisions — in the lightweight (up to 61.2 kg) against the legendary Irish Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KO) or in the first Welterweight (up to 63.5 kg) against the American Jessica McCaskill (8-2, 3 KO), who also cooperate with Matchroom Boxing.

— Italian veteran Giovanni De Carolis (28-9-1, 13 KO) on November 24 in Germany will contest with an old friend of the local Tyrone Tsoige (24-1-1, 14 KO) from Germany the vacant belt of the European champion according to the EBU version in the second Middleweight (up to 76.2 kg). This will be the third confrontation between the fighters: in 2016, in the fight for the WBA Regular world title, the Italian drew the fight and defended the belt, and in the rematch (November 2016) lost by knockout in the 12th round.

— Promising British Featherweight (up to 57.2 kg) Michael Conlan (13-0, 7 KO) with a high probability of the next fight will be held on August 15 against the Frenchman Sofien Takushta (35-4-1, 13 KO). We are talking about a match in Belfast (Northern Ireland) in the same card with a local legend-Featherweight Carl Frampton (27-2, 15 KO).

WBA Super world champion in the second lightest weight (up to 52.2 kg) former pound leader Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua (49-2, 41 KO) will return to the ring in September, will hold an interim match. The current WBC champion in the same weight class, Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3, 27 KO), will do the same. After the interim fights, the sides are aiming for a unification rematch. In November 2011, in their face-to-face confrontation, Gonzalez won, but for Estrada that fight was the only one in his career within the first lightest weight (up to 49 kg).