This Week In Boxing | Tank Vs Cruz | Keith Calls Out Spence | RIP Nazim Richardson

Nazim Richardson

Gervonta “Tank” Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz

This is a clash that has been long discussed, but with its announcement earlier this week, it’s finally signed. The highly anticipated clash will take place on October 24,2020 on Showtime PPV at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, but the circumstances surrounding the fight are peculiar to say the least.

Davis is moving back down to the 130 lb. weight class to compete for Santa Cruz’s WBA lightweight championship. Conversely, Davis will be putting his 135 lb. title up for grabs. There are definitely some other odd happenings surrounding this fight that we will address as the fight gets closer.

Keith Thurman Calls Out Errol Spence

To be fair, “One Time” called out all his competitors at 147 pounds. He called out for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, who bested him last year in a hotly contested clash in a fight worthy of a rematch.

It seems, however, that his sights are clearly set on current WBC & IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. In a recent interview, Thurman stated, “Errol is going to have to give me my respect one way or another. If he doesn’t want to see me at 147, he’s going to have to leave the division”. This is a fight that Errol has looked for in the past, and considering both fighters are under the PBC umbrella this should be an easy one to make.

It probably won’t be made immediately as Covid-19 has the whole world at a standstill, and Spence will definitely need a tune-up fight since he has been out of action since his win over Shawn Porter in September of 2019, and he suffered injuries from a car accident a month later.

Nostalgia Overload

When I first heard the news, I searched every resource I could. And that’s when I saw it – Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. These are two of the biggest names and attractions in boxing history, and they are signed on to fight on September 12th, which will be broadcasting on PPV and streaming on the platform Triller.

To be clear, this is an 8 round exhibition bout, which likely means there will be headgear and heavier gloves. Tyson (54) has not been in a competitive fight in 16 years, and Jones (51), while he’s been active more recently, has not fought since 2018. Tyson recently has been on social media training and working out, fueling speculation of a potential comeback.

Recently Tyson was offered $20 million by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, which he turned down. Jones Jr. has been shown working with Devin Haney and Chris Eubank Jr. I am not overly excited about this bout, as both fighters are well past their primes. I’m actually more interested in the 10-part docuseries that will lead up to the fight. I only hope that neither of them gets severely hurt.  

Boxing Suffers A Loss In Nazim Richardson

Today tragedy befell the boxing community. We mourn the loss of “Brother” Nazim Richardson.  Richardson is most notably known for training Hall of Fame Fighters Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley.

In Janurary 2009, Nazim Richardson was lauded for his keen eye before Mosley’s fight against Antonio Margarito. He objected to the way that Margarito’s hands were being wrapped, which led to an investigation by the NSAC which revealed a plaster like substance over Margarito’s knuckles. Richardson, homeless at 14, got into boxing and it’s this sport that helped him turn his life around.

He suffered a stroke in 2007 which took away his ability to speak. He recovered and was able to continue on. Bernard Hopkins had this to say about his former trainer in 2014, “We feed off each other’s adversity” and “Everyone has a story that could have ended their lives or stopped their careers. But somehow we found a way to not fall victim to those challenges. It’s good to know that he’s a fighter, not a quitter.” This is one of my favorite clips of Brother Naazim https://twitter.com/JohnHerndonJr/status/1286674189794127872?s=20 .

From all of us here at oneroundboxing.com, we extend our deepest condolences to Naazim Richardson and his friends and family. Rest In Peace.

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