30 Days in Boxing: December 2023

December 31, 2023
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It’s been a wild month in boxing. From stacked cards to championship bouts, there’s been a swelling in the amount of great in-ring action to gorge upon. We review some of the very best moments from December 2023.

Haney Gets Past Prograis in Heated Rivalry

There might not have been a more baited or bitter boxing fight in the entire year than the feud that ran between Devin Haney and Regis Prograis. The two were exceptionally vocal toward one another at the press conference leading up to the fight. On the night, Haney managed to get the better of his rival but only after all 12 rounds of action, when he had previously promised a KO victory.

Bridges Gets Upset After 10 Rounds

While the Haney-Prograis had plenty of trending boxing news, a more shocking result came in the women’s title fight for the IBF bantamweight title. Ebanie Bridges was supposed to defend that title against Avril Mathie, but she pulled out due to injury. The Blonde Bomber’s fight was still on, however. A late replacement, the experienced Miyo Yoshida, stepped in. The Japanese fighter looked comprehensively better and picked up a unanimous decision victory, upsetting the applecart in the process. Bridges, however, took the defeat well and praised her opponent for being the better woman on the night.

Joshua Defeats Wallin in the Mega Card Main Event

Boxing news sites couldn’t get enough of the ‘Day of Reckoning’ super card event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Anthony Joshua was headlining the event with a heavyweight clash against Otto Wallin, a man who had famously boxed well against Tyson Fury despite losing. There was no such performance from the Swedish fighter this time as Joshua roughed him up, leaving Wallin with visible wounds by the end of the fifth round.

The corner team attending to Wallin decided that he couldn’t continue, leading to Joshua having his hand raised in victory. The British fighter closed the year out with three wins in 2023 as he continues to angle himself back into the title picture after consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk. 2024 should be a big year for Joshua, given he’s reaching the apex of his powers again. Zhilei Zhang, the Chinese fighter, has been vocal that he would like to fight the Englishman next. That bout would certainly cause a stir in the Joshua Latest Boxing News search results.

Parker Builds Momentum with Fifth Win in 2023

If you think that Anthony Joshua has been a busy man this year, spare a thought for Joseph Parker; he’s fought five fights this year and won them all. He saved his best for last as he took on Deontay Wilder and made the former champion look like an amateur. Parker stayed firmly in control of the fight and limited the American to little offense, as Wilder seldom looked like landing his famous power punch. The fight went the distance, and the judges gave the Kiwi fighter a resounding victory. He fought Joshua in 2018 and lost, but could the pair meet again next year – with both at similar points in their career?

Jake Paul Finally Defeats ‘Real Boxer’

There’s a long-standing conjecture on whether Jake Paul and his charades constitute real boxing or whether it’s just trashy media hype. Irrespective of opinions, he’s entering boxing rings and attempting the sport. While he’s won multiple fights, his first six were against people who are categorically not boxers. His first-ever entanglement against someone who wasn’t a YouTuber, an MMA trainer, or a basketballer was against Tommy Fury, which he lost.

Well, earlier this month, he put this specific strand of criticism to bed by defeating Andre August, a legitimate boxer. Granted, August doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, so it’s not really world boxing latest news…but he is a boxer. Paul claimed the win with a decent-looking uppercut, which ended the fight in the first round.

Bivol Returns After 13 Months Out

After Dmitry Bivol defeated Canelo Alvarez back in the spring of 2022, the Russian light-heavyweight was set to be a superstar. He retained his titles again in November of that year but then ghosted the world. He returned to active competition at the Day of Reckoning event, where he took on Lyndon Arthur, another champion from the division.

It was another unanimous decision victory for Bivol as he made the British boxer look tame throughout most of the fight. As a result, he took home the IBO championship while retaining his WBA strap. Fight fans will be hoping for a lot more from the Russian in 2024, having seldom seen him this year.

Undefeated Hrgović Begs Title Contention

Filip Hrgović could be incredibly bitter about his bookings in 2023. This is a man who is undefeated and has earned KO victories on some of the biggest cards in the past few years. What does the Croatian have to do to get a title shot or get closer? Keep winning fights is a short answer. He went to the Day of Reckoning card to fight Mark De Mori and scored a very easy-looking win in the very first round. The promoters will be looking at him as a very valuable commodity for 2024.

Mayer and Jonas Want Three-Minute Rounds

Ahead of their title fight in January 2024, both the challenger and champion, Mikaela Mayer and Natasha Jonas, have stated that they want to fight with the three-minute rounds. At present, female boxers typically only fight in two-minute rounds while their male counterparts have three. The only notable exception was Amanda Serrano’s fight in September 2023, which observed three-minute rounds. This is seen by many women’s boxing fans as archaic, and the rules need to represent equality.

Inoue Goes Undisputed on Boxing Day

Christmas Day isn’t an official holiday in Japan, but Boxing Day could be considered one after their national boxing hero, Naoya Inoue, became the undisputed super bantamweight champion by defeating Marlon Tapales with a tenth-round KO. Now in possession of the WBC, WBO, WBA, and IBF championships, Inoue holds all the power in the division.

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