Fightful Boxing Newsletter (1/18): Spence vs. Peterson Preview, Joshua vs. Parker, Wilder vs. Ortiz, WBC

2018 will kick off with a big Showtime Boxing card in New York with two world title fights being featured. The main event of the January 20 boxing card is Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson for the IBF welterweight world title. 

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder have agreed to fight Joseph Parker and Luis Ortiz, respectively. These two fights, scheduled to take place in March, have essentially laid the groundwork for the potential four-belt unification that could take place later this year. 

Also in Japan, the annual Champions Carnival is set to take start soon with all Japanese titles to be defended over the course of the first 5 months of the year. Even though these fights don't seem to have much importance, they do actually set the stage for some of these boxers to eventually challenge for world titles, so it is worth following some of these fights if only for the fact that the Champions Carnival provides some hidden gems when it comes to the quality of these fights.

In the WBC, more chaos surrounding the light heavyweight title and mandatory challenger Eleider Alvarez has ensued. After what it seemed like the organization has finally resolved its issue of getting champion Adonis Stevenson to fight his mandatory challenger, Alvarez pulled out of a planned four-man tournament that would result in Stevenson either fight his mandatory challenger in the finals or lose his title to Badou Jack in the semifinals. Alvarez withdrew from the tournament, putting the state of the mandatory challenger into question.

But this isn't the first time the mandatory challenger to the WBC 175-pound title has gone against the wishes of the governing body and this week's newsletter provides a long look at the state of the WBC title and its mandatory stemming all the way back to when Stevenson won the title in 2013.

Fightful Boxing Newsletter (1/18) Table of Contents:

  1. Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson Full Preview (Page 2)
  2. Update On WBC Light Heavyweight Title Tournament (Page 3)
  3. Latest On Negotiations For Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin 2 (Page 4)
  4. Champion Carnival Fights Are Announced (Page 5)
  5. Heavyweight World Title Fights Set In March (Page 6)
  6. Results From The World Of Boxing (Page 7)
  7. Fightful Boxing Rankings (Pages 8-9)
  8. News And Notes From The World Of Boxing (Page 10)

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