The Week: Garcia claims Haney’s dad is “pimping” him out, and Wilder blames loss to Parker on having to travel to Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 7 February


This week began with a strong message from the undefeated world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. He addressed rumors of his retirement following the postponement of the initial Oleksandr Usyk date. Fury emphasized that he is not retiring and outlined his future plans of fighting Usyk, AJ, and Ngannou.

The EBU officially ordered a defense of Adam Azim’s European light-welterweight title against Dalton Smith, setting the purse bid for February 28. Eddie Hearn also announced an official offer to Gervonta Davis for a summer fight with Conor Benn.

Thursday, 8 February 

Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia are close to finalizing a deal for a fight in Las Vegas on April 20. Teofimo Lopez defended his 140lb title against Jamaine Ortiz, and other notable fights took place on the undercard. The EBU called for an all-British showdown between Tyler Denny and Felix Cash, setting the purse bid for February 19.

Tyler Denny
(Pic Lawrence Lustig)

Friday, 9 February


Haney-Garcia fight was officially announced, along with other confirmed fights. Adam Smith returned to commentary duty after nearly two years out. Talks are underway for an all-British showdown between Anthony Yarde and Joshua Buatsi for this summer.

Saturday, 10 February


Haney and Garcia engaged in a heated exchange, while Yarde secured a win at the Copper Box and discussed a potential fight with Buatsi.

Anthony Yarde and his trainer, Tunde Ajayi

Sunday, 11 February

TV Azteca reported that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will hold a press conference to make important announcements about his career. Speculations about his next fight and potential opponents ensued.

Monday, 12 February


Deontay Wilder discussed his defeat to Joseph Parker in Riyadh and cited travel to Saudi Arabia as a factor. Jarron ‘Boots’ Ennis filed a lawsuit against NOW Boxing regarding the lack of activity in his career since signing with them.

Deontay Wilder (Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 13 February


Speculations about Canelo’s next fight emerged, with reports pointing towards a potential matchup with Jermall Charlo. Shakur Stevenson announced a return to boxing after a brief retirement.

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