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AJ hurt and almost pulled out before the Ruiz fight?

Found this interesting tidbit today, and had heard rumors of this since fight night.

“Anthony Joshua hurt badly in sparring prior to the fight

It’s understood sparring partner Joey Dawejko put Joshua on the canvas hard when they traded blows. Something which may have had a profound effect on the ex-unified ruler mentally.

Father Robert wanted Joshua removed from the headlining fight on June 1. His calls were not subsequently acted upon.

Wilder-Fury II likely delayed...

Per Mike Coppinger

“Breaking: The WBC has been notified that Tyson Fury will take an interim fight in May or June before pursuing the rematch with Deontay Wilder in fall, per sources. Fury wants to build his profile in the U.S. on ESPN to make PPV fight a bigger event”

Very few quality HWs on the roster of Top Rank or Frank Warren's roster of fighters. Possible names available: Gorman, Parker, Jennings, Rivas.

Eubank Jr vs Charlo coming soon?

With talks of what’s next for Chris Eubank Jr, currently on a multi fight deal with PBC, the name I’m hearing floated as a potential opponent is Jermall Charlo. Both being PBC fighters, and with an expressed desire from Eubank Sr that his son moves down to 160, this matchup seems like one of the biggest possible at 160, considering the stable at PBC being so thinned out at the weight. Thoughts on this potential matchup?

Horn vs Brant in 2019?

Talks are ongoing for WBA Regular Middleweight champion Rob Brant to face Australia’s Jeff Horn, who recently moved up to the 160lb class, in a fight for Brant’s title in either the Summertime in Australia, or potentially a Winter showdown. Australia seems the likely destination, both in terms of drawing power and money for the bout. With the 160lb class at the top end, tied up with unifications, or lining up for such fights, the middle and lower end of the top 20 are searching for a path, and for Brant, this may his best option as he waits for a shot at a true World title.

Teofimo Lopez fighting for WBC title soon?

Per Michael Benson on Twitter. Boxing Scene had previously reported on Lopez’s desire to pursue the WBC title, assuming its vacancy.

“Teofimo Lopez travelled to Mexico to directly ask WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman for a world title fight today. He's making a strong play to secure a shot at the WBC lightweight belt, assuming Mikey Garcia vacates. Luke Campbell is the current mandatory.“

https://twitter.com/teofimolopez/status/1096205381016211456?s=21

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