We take a look at five of the most noteworthy stories that happened in the last week to keep you up to date with the world of boxing.
#1 – Katie Taylor’s Father Injured In Bray Boxing Club Shooting
Bray Boxing Club played host to some pretty horrific scenes on Tuesday morning as a masked gunman stormed the club during an ongoing ‘boot-camp’. While nothing has been confirmed yet, one theory that is being explored is that the target of the attack was Pete Taylor, 57, father to legendary Irish boxer, Katie Taylor.
Two people, including Taylor, were injured by the gunfire and one man, who opened the front-door of the gym, died from the gunshot wound.
The gunman fled the scene in a Volkswagen Caddy van and later the vehicle was found empty in a different location.
#2 – Gennady Golovkin Stripped Of His IBF World Middleweight Title
The International Boxing Federation have stripped their middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin of his belt following his failure to formally agree to defend his title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in a mandatory defense by August 3.
Golovkin, who seemed to be edging closer to gaining his long-awaited rematch with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez by year’s end, will watch from the sidelines as his belt is contested by the two highest-ranked contenders in his absence, Demetrius Andrade and the man he was supposed to face in Derevyanchenko.
How this will affect his future aspirations to retain the belt remains to be seen. At 36, his career does seem to be winding down but with an eye on the progress of Canelo Alvarez and his ongoing problems with anti-doping agencies, we could well see a rematch of last year’s controversial super-fight take place before all is said and done.
#3 – Floyd Mayweather Tops The Forbes Highest Earning Athletes List
Floyd Mayweather may not have fought in a boxing title fight since 2015, but following on from his massively lucrative super-fight against Conor McGregor last August, he was revealed to have once again topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
McGregor himself came in at fourth in the list, just shy of footballing superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but with total earnings of an estimated $285 million, Mayweather blew all of the competition away by a great distance.
Whether he will make another appearance next year in either the list or the boxing ring remains to be seen.
#4 – Wilder’s Team Believe The Joshua Fight Will Happen Before Year’s End
The management of unbeaten heavyweight powerhouse Deontay Wilder have come forward with the news that they are optimistic about their chances of seeing their man fight Anthony Joshua by the end of 2018. Speaking to ESPN, they confirmed that they had met with Barry Hearn and while they didn’t say it outright, they did also at least show some interest in the idea of fighting on English soil.
Since then, it has emerged that promoter Eddie Hearn expects to make a decision within the week, telling Sky Sports the following:
“I think the bluster is gone and we’re now at the stage where there’s real decisions to be made in the next few days. I’m very happy to say I’ve done my bit. Eddie and his team take over, as always.”
Both men seem destined to face off inside the ring at some point and with the return of the lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury pegged for this weekend, the time could be perfect to inject the division with some much-needed drama.
#5 – Vasyl Lomachenko OK With Fighting Gervonta Davis, But Only At 135lbs
Vasyl Lomachenko’s status as the world’s pound-for-pound number-one was put beyond any doubt following his thrilling tenth-round KO win over Jorge Linares after recovering from a sixth-round knockdown.
True champions show their ability to deal with adversity and after suffering a flash knockdown at the hands of Linares, the manner in which he was able to rally and put his opponent away was commendable.
In the time since, questions have been looming large over his next outing, with showdowns against the likes of Ray Beltran, Mikey Garcia and even Manny Pacquiao being discussed. Lomachenko, who denied that Garcia would be next, expressed interest in a bout with the Mayweather protege, Gervonta Davis, but only if it takes place at 135lbs.
“If he goes to my weight category, to my next weight category. Why not? I’m ready. I’m at 135.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena