If projections are accurate, then December could be a bumper month for boxing heads around the globe. The Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury bout has, this morning, been announced — although it seems to be a continuation of the line we’ve been hearing for weeks now — with a date of December 1st being the only new detail released. Latest Stateside reports suggest that the heavyweight showdown is heading towards the Staples Center in L.A.
Gervonta Davis also confirmed on Twitter that he too has a date set:
So December 1 I’m fighting 👀 it’s lit lit
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) September 20, 2018
“So December 1 I’m fighting 👀 it’s lit lit” he succinctly revealed.
If the opponent is Abner Mares, as has been rumoured, then that would provide an excellent appetiser to the heavyweight main event.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are talking about putting in a part two (as discussed yesterday) around December 1 or 8, so maybe Davis will find himself on that card? That’s just muddying the waters at present; fighting Mares on the Wilder-Fury show seems more plausible.
Another fight being talked about is the featherweight unification between Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr. Mystical promoter Al Haymon is keen on making it happen, and both fighters want it; overall, this is shaping up to be one of the best cards in recent years if they can pull it off. Can Haymon come up with the cash though? Will Stephen Espinoza (Head of Boxing at Showtime) have the experience to make it happen? After all, he’s gone a bit quiet on Twitter lately. We need proof of funds! I jest of course. If these guys want to make this card happen, then they will.
Back to Santa Cruz-Russell. That’s a fight I’ve been looking forward to for a while and just weeks before Warrington-Frampton too. We could have the hierarchical structure of the 126-pound division settled and sorted before the New Year. Good times indeed.
Talking of good times, Showtime has Adonis Stevenson and Oleksandr Gvozdyk fighting on the same night (December 1) in Canada. It will be intriguing to see how this works out for television. A split-site Pay-Per-View is a possible solution which could realistically guarantee three or four top class bouts across the evening. The divisions between promoters and networks might actually serve to stir up some serious competition over the coming months.
Talking of rival television providers, Bob Arum has been tweeting a bit lately, provoking fellow promoters and broadcasters, as he tends to do. The future is streaming, and HBO and Showtime are dead rubbers apparently. Fair play to Bob. The veteran head of Top Rank is well in his 80s and has spent decades around the money end of the sport so if you can’t have a bit of trolling fun at that age then what’s the point?
Bob’s ESPN Plus deal is certainly expanding, while Showtime has long been in the streaming business and now Perform Group’s DAZN project is trying to gain traction and subscribers. With PBC heading over to FOX, there should be plenty of avenues to explore when it comes to housing all of the big fights.
Talking of which, fights don’t get any bigger than Wilder vs Fury. Huge guys headlining a huge card, stacked with talent. Sign me up.