Boxing News Round-Up: Sam Sexton-David Price, Martin Murray-Darren Barker and More


Tyson Fury’s decision to vacate the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles has scuppered the prospect of a match up with fellow undefeated prospect David Price. Fury and Price had appeared on a collision course after the latter obliterated John McDermott inside 75 seconds last month.

Price now looks slated to face domestic stalwart Sam Sexton for the belts vacated by the former champion. Meanwhile Fury’s promoter, Mick Hennessy appears keen to throw his charge in against big name opposition over the next few months.

Purse bids have also been requested for a showdown between domestic middleweight rivals Martin Murray and Darren Barker. The pair were both foiled in their attempt to land a version of the middleweight crown in 2011- Barker emerging with great credit from a late stoppage against Sergio Martinez and Murray securing a draw against Felix Sturm in Germany.

The IBF have formally installed Carl Froch as the mandatory challenger for Lucian Bute’ssuper-middleweight strap. The former WBA champion has been awaiting an opponent ever since going down to a unanimous points loss to Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six Boxing Classic. This announcement could pressure broadcaster, Showtime, into screening the pair’s showdown in late spring.

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