DKP world title twinbill set for Jan 29

Don King Productions has booked the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida for January 29. In the main event, WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) is facing WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs). Charr hasn’t fought since November 2017 and Bryan hasn’t fought since August 2018, but finally this bout looks like it’s happening.

In the co-feature, WBA cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12 KOs) is slated to defend against #8 rated Raphael Murphy (14-1, 11 KOs). Also, former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-4-1, 21 KOs) is penciled in to meet unbeaten Christopher Lovejoy (19-0, 19 KOs).

No details on TV or streaming as of yet.

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  • I know it’s been discussed ad nauseam, but what the hell is an “interim champion”? You’re either the champ, or you’re not. As far as I’m concerned Trevor Bryan is definintely not! I can’t name one fighter he’s ever fought and he hasn’t fought since 2018! Can’t blame the pandemic for that one. And Manuel Charr- Who invited him to the party? Has he even fought since he donated half his blood against Vitali Klitsko? This is a mildly intriguing heavyweight matchup, but please don’t call it a title fight.

    • I guess I shouldnt be so harsh-I was a Fightnews interim champion before I was recently promoted to regular champion status. Haha!

    • Absolute joke that this is a title fight. Is Fres Oquendo still in line to face the winner of this?

    • Rafael Murphy is ranked #8 and getting a title shot. His last 7 fights:

      UD over 11-20 Larry pryor
      TKO over 3-11 Oswaldo Ortega
      KO over 6-9-1 Juan Reyna
      TKO LOSS to 2-0-1 Hugo Trujillo
      TKO over 12-17 Skylar Thompson
      TKO over 6-1-1 Gary Tapusoa
      UD over 14-46 Andrew Greeley

      His first eight fights that I didn’t list, only one opponents had a winning record at 2-1. He fought the 14-46 Andrew Greeley 3 times. That resume got him a Top 10 rating and a title shot. Seriously, somebody absolutely has to come up with a way to clean this sport up. The corruption is so blatantly obvious, and there’s nobody to stop it…

      • He fought Andrew Greeley only twice. Maybe the rematch was demanded by the public 😉

        • He actually did fight Greeley 3 times. He had to get that third fight in there, because nothing says you’re title fight material like proving your superiority over 14-46 Andrew Greeley.

          In all seriousness, King has been doing this crap unchecked for decades. Sign with him, you magically appear in the rankings. Wish there was an International Governing Body that could oversee the sport. Something along the lines of FIFA, the governing body for International Soccer. There’s plenty of talent in boxing, just have to get the top guys fighting one another, and crack down on the corruption.

  • Everytime I see the name Bermane Stiverne, I just remember him being blasted in rd 1 vs Wilder. Stiverne thinking he would rather be at Burger King than in the ring after the first knockdown.

    • Anyone who just stands still in front of wilder will get blasted..stiverne , breazeale , boring….

  • This card desrves to be a PPV event with at least two millions buyers expected

  • Christopher Lovejoy: 19-0 19 KOs. Not a single opponent of Lovejoy’s had a winning record, and he’s 37 years old. Never seen him, but not expecting him to be a World Beater.

    • John Ruiz was spotted doing sit-ups recently. He’ll be a mandatory after Oquendo gets his shot.

  • Breaking News: Comedy Central will be televising this event on a tape delay basis at 4am.

  • Looking forward to seeing Lovejoy again. A delightful rogue and real divy. Once bought a 16th Century bronze Italian Venus and 2 antique shotguns off him.

  • WBC should issue “champeen in recess belts” to any pro boxer with at least 1 win. I can not wait to see a fight for the female Bridgerweight chamionship in a Wallmart checkout asile. Manuel Mahmoud Charr can be the referee / Wallmart security guard

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