News Roundup: Khan looking strong, Mayorga to return on April 6

1. Three weeks ahead of one his biggest fights to date, Amir Khan is looking trim and confident if pictures from his camp are anything to go by. “Getting stronger day by day,” Amir said on Instagram while posing for pictures, showing off his impressive physique. The Bolton boxer is already looking in considerably better shape than when he defeated Samuel Vargas last September. Khan will need to be in fine fettle if he is to pose significant threats to pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford on April 20.

2. It’s a shame the heavyweights are talking about each other more than fighting at the moment. Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder have respective opponents lined up, but nothing can produce the excitement of seeing them in opposite corners of the ring. Dillian Whyte joined the circus this week by slating Tyson Fury’s next opponent, Tom Schwarz. Whyte could be in line for a fight with Fury on ESPN at some point in the near future, provided both men keep winning.

3. Billy Joe Saunders has nailed down his next fight – at a football ground no less. Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium will host Saunders’ clash with little-known Serbian Shefat Isufi on May 18. Saunders badly needs to get more inactive, shake off the rust and cash in on his prime years. Billy Joe’s promoter Frank Warren recently claimed that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Chris Eubank Jr both turned down offers to box his man.

4. The world of boxing is on tenterhooks as to whether Ricardo Mayorga’s next fight will go ahead. Yes, Ricardo Mayorga. Now 46 years young the former world champion could be the victim of boxing politics as national commissions, and rival promoters clash over contractual semantics surrounding Mayorga’s proposed April 6 fight with debutant Lester Martinez in Guatemala. Now competing at light-heavyweight, ex-welter king Mayorga was a crude but effective puncher in his pomp. Those days have long since passed him by, and he badly needs to retire. While not regarded in the same esteem globally as other Nicaraguan greats like Alexis Arguello and Roman Gonzalez, Mr Mayorga has vowed to retire if he loses to novice Martinez. Let’s hope he keeps his word.

5. Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas returns in her home city on Saturday night and is eager to put her shock loss to Viviane Obenauf in the past. Jonas, 34, says the defeat to Obenauf has not sated her ambition and she still holds out hope of securing a shot at old amateur foe Katie Taylor. With Taylor off conquering America and winning world titles, it seems a huge stretch to see the pair meet as professionals. Unless Jonas can produce some exceptional form over the next year or so then she has next to no chance of defeating Taylor.

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