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Ben Whittaker, boxing’s rising star, is gearing up for another electrifying bout. Recently, whispers of his next fight emerged.

Last seen dazzling against Khalid Graidia, Whittaker’s style stole the show. Known for blending showmanship with skill, he’s not your typical fighter. Picture a professional boxer dancing, almost mocking his opponent.

In his last clash, taunts and jabs flew, mesmerizing fans and frustrating foes. Professional boxers like Shakur Stevenson and Claressa Shields were in admiration of his style, and now that he is gearing up for another fight, they for sure will be watching. But who is he fighting next?

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Michael Benson recently set the boxing community abuzz with a tweet: “🥊 Announced: Ben Whittaker’s next fight will take place on the Fabio Wardley vs Frazer Clarke undercard, March 31st at the O2 Arena. Opponent TBC.” This pivotal update confirms Whittaker’s return to the ring, promising another showcase of his unique talents. Accordingly, on March 31st, the O2 Arena will host this highly anticipated event, featuring Whittaker in a supporting role to the headline bout between Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke.

Whittaker’s opponent remains to be confirmed, adding an element of suspense. Nevertheless, his flawless record of 6-0, with five knockouts, speaks volumes. Furthermore, this fight marks a significant step in Whittaker’s 2024 campaign to elevate his profile and demonstrate his prowess. Transitioning seamlessly from his last victory, the Olympic silver medalist aims to captivate the audience once more, blending his signature showboating with formidable boxing skills.

As his 360-degree spin went viral, he came on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and talked about becoming an overnight sensation.

Whittaker’s unexpected fame

The aftermath of Ben Whittaker’s recent victory has catapulted him into an unexpected whirlwind of fame. Whittaker shared his astonishment at the sudden surge in attention. “It’s been crazy, if I’m honest,” he confessed. Icons like Shaquille O’Neal and Odell Beckham Jr. have not only messaged him but also followed and extended personal contacts.

Despite the star-studded recognition, Whittaker remains grounded, emphasizing, “I don’t do it for the views, I don’t do it for the likes. It’s my style.” This newfound popularity, marked by a significant increase in social media followers, underscores a pivotal moment in Whittaker’s career, although he humorously notes, “all publicity is good publicity, I suppose,” maintaining his focus on the sport rather than the spotlight.

As Whittaker prepares for his next bout on March 31st at the O2 Arena, the anticipation and expectations are higher than ever. How will Whittaker’s growing fame impact his future performances and persona in the boxing world?

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Two-division world champion Tim Bradley has slammed the judging in Las Vegas after Teofimo Lopez’s controversial victory over Jamaine Ortiz on Thursday night, comparing the contest to a similar fight that had a contrasting result.

Teofimo Lopez made his first successful defence of the WBO super-lightweight title last week when he claimed a unanimous decision win over Ortiz, who was challenging for world honours for the first time in his career.

However, many felt that Ortiz, despite being evasive and reluctant to engage, did enough to pull off the upset, displaying classic ‘hit and don’t get hit’ tactics and only being out-landed in three of the 12 rounds.

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Speaking to Pro Box TV, Bradley highlighted the lack of consistency, after the judges awarded a similarly uneventful contest in favour of Shakur Stevenson against Edwin De Los Santos in November, regardless of De Los Santos attempting to apply the pressure in the bout.

“I am still p***ed off. I have been p***ed off, all weekend long. Serious, you can talk to my colleagues, I have been p***ed off about that decision, Ortiz got robbed. Highway robbery in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Let me tell you something, Shakur Stevenson [versus Edwin] De Los Santos, similar fight, less connections, less punches landed and guess who got the decision? Shakur Stevenson.

“De Los Santos was coming forward just as well as Lopez was, he was missing, he was frustrated, and he [Lopez] got the decision, a unanimous decision.

“These same three judges scored this fight, it was a boxing lesson people, that’s what Ortiz put on, a brilliant boxing lesson with a strategy and he didn’t get the credit for it. Shame, shame, shame on Vegas judges.”

Meanwhile, Teofimo Lopez’s father and trainer, has broadcast his belief that his son won practically every round of the clash.

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Although he recently announced his retirement, Shakur Stevenson has now said he is open to fighting Teofimo Lopez at any weight.

The young Newark boxer has won world titles in three weight classes, most recently at lightweight against Edwin De Los Santos though the lacklustre performance was not his best.

Maybe as a result of being frustrated at not being able to get the biggest fights, Stevenson took to X to announce his retirement.

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Lopez has also had a mixed few years. He famously dethroned the magnificent Vasyl Lomachenko with a career-best showing and close points win back in 2020 to unify the WBO, WBA, IBF and The Ring lightweight titles.

In his next fight, however, he lost all those honours to Australian George Kabossos Jnr. After time out to sort out some private family matters he returned with wins over Pedro Campa, Sandor Martin and Josh Taylor which saw him win the WBO super-lightweight title.

He has just defended that belt against Jamaine Ortiz but many onlookers were not that impressed with his showing. Stevenson has now taken to X to say he has reached out to Lopez for a fight after it was revealed Gervonta Davis was not interested.

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“I just dm him to get it all together but he living in a fantasy world I told him I’m here whenever he’s ready lol.”

When weight was brought up, Stevenson replied by saying it was no issue.

“Weight ain’t a problem for me.”

He then claimed Lopez would back out like many of the other fighters he has chased.

“Yeah when it come a to me they always looking for same way out of the fight so they say bs that they know is not right but In due time tables will turn 💪🏾”

Should this fight be made it would represent the high-level contest Stevenson has always said he wanted.

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Shakur Stevenson Pegged to Be Better Opponent for Gervonta Davis Than Devin Haney

Following Devin Haney‘s triumph over Regis Prograis, tensions have escalated in the rivalry between Haney and Gervonta Davis. Fans, eager for a showdown, have fervently expressed their desire to witness a clash between Haney and Gervonta Davis. Fueling the anticipation, an intense social media exchange between the two pugilists unfolded earlier in 2024, seemingly sealing an agreement for a future bout. But the promising match-up never materialized.

The eagerly awaited showdown faced a twist when Devin Haney disclosed that Davis hadn’t demonstrated significant interest in facing him. Now, former welterweight champion Shawn Porter has weighed in on the matter, expressing reservations about Davis taking on Haney. Porter believes that Davis has more appealing options available and will probably consider an alternative path than facing Haney.

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Haney Responds: "Truth Be Told I Beat The Shit Out Of Tank"

Shawn Porter throws Gervonta Davis’ words back at him

In a conversation with FightHype, Shawn Porter was asked about his opinions on the fallout of the fight between ‘The Dream’ and ‘Tank’. Well, Porter had a different outlook towards this, as he believed that this fight wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. He even divulged a better fight that’s already lined up for Gervonta Davis rather than taking up the bout against Haney.

Porter said, “Yeah, I mean, literally I’m throwing your words in your face. After the Mario Barrios fight, you said, ‘I’m not going back to 140’. That cuts out every big fight at 140 until he’s ready to move up. If he ain’t said he’s ready to move up, you know what I mean.” Porter, here, is referring to Davis’ comments after defeating Mario “El Azteca” Barrios in June 2021. Davis had said after the fight that he was comfortable at lightweight and would not go beyond the super lightweight division in future fights. With Haney already at Super lightweight and even planning a move up to welterweight in the future, a matchup between the two is highly improbable, according to ‘ Showtime’ Porter.

However, Porter thinks there is another more interesting fight that Davis must consider at lightweight itself. “I still think this, Shakur Stevenson– Tank Davis fight is the best fight to be made in boxing right now, stylistically, ticket sales, the whole nine,” claimed Porter. According to him, Stevenson can put up a better fight stylistically, and this fight would be the best one to be made for now.

Devin Haney is also not one to wait around. Bill Haney, Devin’s father, has already shown an interest in his son fighting other opponents. As of last week, another fighter might’ve just opened up.

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Top Rank CEO Bob Arum believes that the stumbling block in a potential fight between the self-proclaimed ‘face of boxing’, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, and two-division world champion, Shakur Stevenson, is just one man – and it’s neither of the fighters.

The lightweight division has arguably the most talent in the sport these days, with the likes of Davis and Stevenson joined by Devin Haney and Vasily Lomachenko. Despite that, not many fights between the top dogs have materialised.

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With Haney set to move up super-lightweight and vacate at least one of his world titles, fans are hopeful that the three remaining superstars in the division will soon fight one another to crown a new 135lbs king.

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In an interview with Seconds Out, Arum explained that the only reason that ‘Tank’-Stevenson hasn’t happened yet is due to Floyd Mayweather Jr, who has promoted and advised Davis for a large part of his career, even despite a public fallout earlier this year.

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“Ask Floyd [why it isn’t happening].

I’m sure that Shakur would jump at the chance of fighting Tank because it is a big money fight, but it takes two to make a fight.”

For now, Shakur Stevenson’s next fight will be for the WBC Lightweight World Title, although whom his opponent will be isn’t as clear.

Gervonta Davis

First, Lomachenko reportedly turned down a title bout with the Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist, but Frank Martin stepped up to the plate and seemed poised to fight the unbeaten 26-year-old, headlining a Thursday night card in Las Vegas this November.

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Martin has now been pulled from the fight, leaving Stevenson without an opponent for his vacant title challenge. As of now, Edwin De Los Santos is rumoured to be the favourite to meet Stevenson in the ring, but William Zepeda may also be considered should he win this month.

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Fans are eagerly awaiting Gervonta Davis’ next move as he has yet to line up an opponent after scoring a seventh-round knockout of Ryan Garcia in April. Shakur Stevenson might be the ideal matchup, while an encounter with Terence Crawford would be intriguing regardless of the long odds it ever happens.

Davis’ trainer has another fighter in mind.

Calvin Ford told FightHype on Aug. 13 that Isaac Cruz appears to be the most likely candidate at this stage.

Cruz improved his record to 25-2-1 when he earned a split decision over Giovanni Cabrera in July. He’s the No. 6 lightweight in ESPN.com’s divisional rankings.

Davis and Cruz have crossed paths before, with Tank winning a unanimous decision in 2021. While all of the judges scored in favor of Davis, Pitbull made a strong impression with his performance.

A rematch would be a sensible route for Tank if it comes to pass.Terence crawford

Stevenson Opponent Potential Spoiled on Social Media

In a since-deleted tweet Saturday, Keyshawn Davis seemingly referenced a possible fight between Shakur Stevenson and Frank Martin that’s in the works.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said earlier this month the door had closed on Stevenson getting Vasiliy Lomachenko. Cruz and Martin are third and fourth respectively in the WBC rankings, so one of the two could oppose Stevenson for the vacant WBC lightweight title.

Stevenson last fought in April and beat Shuichiro Yoshino by TKO in the sixth round. After that result, Bleacher Report’s Lyle Fitzsimmons listed Martin among the most logical opponents for the 26-year-old when he returned to the ring.

“Neither Stevenson nor unbeaten Detroit-born contender Frank Martin have been venomous when commenting about the other, but the subtle back and forth between the fighters—or in some cases their camps—has made this a fight that could rise above the pack,” Fitzsimmons wrote

Soon, that theory could be put to the test.GERVONTA DAVIS

Lomachenko vs. Kambosos Back On?

Lomachenko and George Kambosos were all set to fight in June 2022, but Lomachenko withdrew due to the ongoing Russian invasion of his native Ukraine. Arum said the 35-year-old has expressed some misgivings about fighting the rest of this year for the same reason.

Loma eventually secured a date with Jamaine Ortiz that October and won a unanimous decision. Now, he’s looking to rebound from losing a unanimous decision to Devin Haney in May, and there are renewed rumblings he might finally oppose Kambosos.

Whether or not anything comes of that, the rumors didn’t escape the notice of Stevenson.

 

‘Tank’ and Shakur are regarded as two of the biggest talents in the lower divisions, but it seems that both stars won’t meet in the ring, not anytime soon.

Bad news for boxing fans. Although they had been toying with the idea of seeing Gervonta Davis take on Shakur Stevenson inside the ring, it seems that won’t happen, at least in the near future.

Davis’ coach Calvin Ford has rejected the possibility of a mega-fight with Shakur Stevenson, saying that Tank wouldn’t be paid enough.

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Ford is not interested in seeing his fighter face the likes of Stevenson, Vasiliy Lomachenko, or Frank Martin, but he would welcome a rematch clash with Isaac Cruz.

From a career standpoint, fighting the Mexican would be a safer bet, as Davis has already defeated Pitbull, although it has been one of Tank’s hardest fights to date. Gervonta earned a hard-fought unanimous decision to defeat Cruz when many expected a routine knockout win.

Gervonta Davis and Shakur Stevenson

Avoiding Stevenson: a money issue or a defeat fear?

It seems obvious that although Ford speaks about Stevenson not putting in the big money numbers for him to face Davis, there might be a ‘fear factor’ of a first-ever defeat for the Baltimore-bred star.

Stevenson is considered by many as the future of boxing, as he’s one of the most complete boxers, all divisions included.

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“If you look at the numbers they’re putting out, it doesn’t make sense,” said Ford to Fighthype.

“Once they understand the business, you can’t go in there asking for a whole bunch of money. Shakur got offered some money from Devin Haney. Do you see the way he turned it down? Tank isn’t taking a pay cut”, he added.

I wouldn’t say it’s his biggest fight [Shakur]. His biggest fight is every fight. Y’all see that. It’s just another fight we got to look at”, Ford continued.

However, he also said that although it may be too soon for Stevenson to face Davis, a fight between them seems inevitable and a matter of time:

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It’s going to happen one day. We just got to be prepared for it when it happens”.

While Cruz is Davis’ likeliest opponent, Stevenson has shown lots of interest in fighting the current undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney and the two-time Olympic gold medalist and former three-weight class world champion shortly.