3 things to know this week: Sergio Martinez, The Monster, Usyk-Chisora

Boxing news you need to know this week. The Return of Maravilla! Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora this October and The Monster eyes the WBO title!

1. Sergio Martinez The Return of Maravilla

The return of former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, age 45, after a six-year hiatus! Thats right the Maravilla will return next month to face Jose Miguel Fandino in a middleweight bout. The fight will take place @ El Malecon, Torrelavega, Cantabria, Spain. The event will not be televised in the USA. The last time we saw Martinez, was in 2014 when he fought Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden, New York. Not much is known about Jose Miguel Fandino (15W 6L 0D 8KOs). He does not have a great record or resume. This is definitely a fight to see where the aging Maravilla stands as far as a comeback.

2. The Monster Naoya Inoue Eyes WBO Title

The man who unified the IBF & WBA titles after wins over Juan Carlos Payano, Emmanuel Rodriguez & Nonito Donaire is now looking for the WBO title. Also The Monster wants to move up in weight as he struggles to find opponents at super flyweight. Last time he fought was against Nonito Donaire in November of 2019. Inoue was schedule to make his Vegas primetime debut but that fight like so many others got canceled due to the coronavirus. Inoue (19-0, 16 KO), who signed with Top Rank is looking to fight John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KO) who holds the WBO bantamweight title. We will see if that fight takes place this year.

3. Usyk-Chisora Rescheduled for October

Ukraine’s Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) were all set to face each on May 23rd at O2 Arena in London. Their 12-round bout was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. David Haye, who manages Chisora, told Sky Sports News on Wednesday that Usyk-Chisora likely will take place sometime in October. The event will likely be on SKY PPV.

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  • Fri, Jul 31 2020 @ BT Sport Studio, Stratford, London, United Kingdom - Lyndon Arthur vs. Dec Spelman

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