Fightful Boxing Newsletter (2/1): Canelo vs. GGG 2, WBSS, Potential Joshua vs. Fury Roadblocks, Tons Of News

The one fight in 2017 that had fans clamoring for a rematch to happen in 2018 is Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin. It was certainly no secret that a rematch would happen on May 5, 2018, but on January 29, the rematch was made official, with HBO with the help of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, making the monumental announcement. 

Not everything about the May 5 event is signed off, mainly the venue and undercard, but everything else that is important about the rematch has seemingly been resolved and the fight will in fact happen. Canelo vs. Golovkin is perhaps this generation's top boxing rivalry and a rematch between the two will only make the sport stronger as Canelo and Golovkin are arguably the two biggest boxing stars in the world (with Anthony Joshua being a strong third).

Speaking of Joshua, while a superfight with Deontay Wilder looms large, the real superfight involving Joshua, at least for British boxing fans, is a bout against former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who is now fully cleared by both the UKAD and BBBofC to resume his boxing career after a tumultuous past 25 months involving failed drug tests and months of appeal while Fury was indecisive on retiring from the sport for good. With recent rumors surrounding Fury likely signing, or at least working closely with, Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions, questions are starting to surround whether or not the Joshua vs. Fury fight will take place until perhaps summer 2019 at the earliest or ever for that matter.

Joshua vs. Fury is, on paper, the biggest heavyweight fight in the history of British boxing and it will be quite some time before that ever gets done, but the behind-the-scenes aspect of this fight is almost as interesting as the actual fight action this bout would certainly bring. Fury's initial return, planned for April, will give fans an idea of whether or not interest in making Joshua vs. Fury a reality will increase, stay the same or decrease.

For the immediate future, the World Boxing Super Series returns with what could be the best fight in the entire tournament with Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos for the unified IBF/WBA "regular" cruiserweight titles. Unfortunately, if you're a fan in the United States, getting a hold of watching the fight is somewhat tough due to a lack of any television deal being made to have the WBSS be broadcasted on networks such as Showtime. If anything, this television situation is yet another case of politics interfering with the betterment of the sport of boxing.

All this more covered on this week's edition of the Fightful Boxing Newsletter. 

Fightful Boxing Newsletter (2/1) Table Of Contents:

  1. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Set For May 5 (Page 2)
  2. Latest On Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury (Page 3)
  3. World Boxing Super Series Preview; American Television Woes Continue (Page 4)
  4. Weekend Boxing Results; What's Next For Usyk, Briedis, Linares, Matthysse? (Pages 5-6)
  5. Results From The World Of Boxing (Page 7)
  6. Fightful Boxing Rankings (Pages 8-9)
  7. News And Notes From The World Of Boxing  (Page 10)

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