Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall’s scheduled fight may now be postponed, but they dealt some serious blows on Twitter this weekend.
In addition, Amir Khan feels love in his retirement and Tony Yoka gets a shocking beating from Martin Bakole.
Here are just a few of the things happening in the boxing world this week.
A special date for Marshall v Shields
Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to see Claressa Shields play against Savannah Marshall. An undisputed fight for the world middleweight title was on the line for July, but Briton Marshall has applied for a postponement after receiving a doctor’s note saying she needs surgery.
These two have a long history, and Marshall was eager to remind her old foe this weekend of the time when she beat her at the amateur level.
The Hartlepool WBO middleweight champion remains the only woman to beat Shields, who has multiple world championships in three weight divisions.
Shields wouldn’t make that attack without firing back, of course.
And then WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Natasha Jonas joined in.
Amir Khan hangs up his gloves
It was news many of us expected, and on Friday, 35-year-old Khan officially announced that he… decided to devote time to his boxing career†
Khan entered the scene at the 2004 Athens Olympics, winning a silver medal at the age of 17.
When he defeated Zab Judah in 2011, he became a united world champion, famed for his lightning-fast hands.
However, he also had some big losses, including knockouts to Danny Garcia and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, plus defeats to Lamont Peterson and current pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford.
Most recently he was schooled by old rival Kell Brook†
So, how do we weigh the career of the boy from Bolton? Many fans have expressed their views this weekend and the consensus seems to be that we should have some respect for the man’s name.
Khan himself has said: he already feels like he has gained more respect since announcing his retirement.
“The message I get is that people appreciate you a little bit more now,” he noted.
“I never thought that would happen. Maybe you get more respect when you retire than when you’re in the sport.”
Among Khan’s many contributions to the sport, many will cite the way he has functioned as a role model and inspiration for British Asians.
With representation from the likes of WBC Youth World Champion Sahir Iqbal and WBO European Light Middleweight Mohammed Hamzah Sheeraz, British Asian boxing is in a healthy spot.
Before announcing his retirement, Khan revealed that he was dating another ex-professional in Dubai where he has a home.
You may wonder why that battle never materialized…
Either way, it remains to be seen exactly how Khan will choose to put his talents to use in the future.
In the meantime, if you miss him, you can watch him train, fight and talk about whether ketchup should be in the fridge or not in BBC Three reality series Meet The Khans, Big in Bolton (on iPlayer here†
Martin Bakole delivered a defeat on Tony Yoka’s home field on Saturday.
Many pundits expected Yoka, France’s 2016 Olympic gold medalist, to emerge victorious, but Congolese fighter Bakole dominated the Frenchman, giving him his first career defeat on points and dropping him to the canvas twice in the fight.
There was disbelief among some fans that one judge scored the fight as a draw.
We should have known Bakole meant it when he showed up in those electric green shorts. A man does not wear such shorts unless he is feeling confident.
Bakole trains in Scotland with trainer Billy Nelson, who has trained a number of successful boxers, including Ricky Burns, David Brophy and Stephen Simmons.
Irish boxer Michael Conlan was quick to congratulate Nelson but couldn’t quite bring himself to convey those good wishes to Nelson’s football team, Rangers, who will face a Europa League final on Wednesday.
Could Bakole now be lining up for a heavyweight fight with highly regarded British fighters such as Dillian Whyte, Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce or Hughie Fury?
And finally, we’re still not done with this viral video from last week of Terence Crawford’s daughter, Talaya, who lost her shoe on a running track but still absolutely smoked her opponents.