A few notes from around the boxing world:
Terence Crawford’s resounding decision win against Viktor Postol to unify junior welterweight world titles on July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was a money loser, as most expected it would be, but it did not lose as much as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thought it would. Arum told ESPN.com that the fight generated between 50,000 and 60,000 buys on HBO PPV but a stronger-than-expected gate helped offset losses, which he said amounted to about $100,000.
“We lost a little money but very little,” said Arum, who said all along that he preferred for the fight to be on HBO but that the network did not have the money in its budget to buy the fight, forcing it to pay-per-view.
“Certainly if we had a rights fee that would have been the way to go but if I had looked for a rights fee I’d still be waiting for a phone call. Look, I got the fight on. It was an important fight for Terence’s career and he looked great. And (Oscar) Valdez won his (featherweight) title on the card, so it was worth it. I probably lost around $100,000 but the gate really surprised us. We were projecting it to be much lower but it did almost $750,000 and that really helped on a fight like this.”
When heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs), 26, of England, makes his second defense on Nov. 26 the fight will take place at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced Friday. Joshua does not yet have an opponent, although Bulgarian contender Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs), 35, has been mentioned as a possible foe. His lone loss came by fifth-round knockout to then-world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. Pulev has won three in a row since. Joshua will be fighting at Manchester Arena for the first time since his eighth fight, when he knocked out Konstantin Airich in the third round of an eight-rounder in September 2014.
“When I first started my professional career I traveled all round the country fighting, which I loved,” Joshua said. “This is taking me back to the grass roots. I can’t wait to get back up north and show the people of Manchester how much I have improved since the last time I was there. I have been inspired over the summer by the fighters in the Olympics. It has given me a new perspective and huge hunger to get back in ring. It has taken a bit of time to officially announce the fight. We want this to be a spectacular show, all the way up the card and it takes time to get these things right.”
Matchroom said an opponent and ticket details will be announced the week of Sept. 26.
Former junior lightweight titleholder Javier Fortuna is set for his first fight since losing his belt, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz told ESPN.com. Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs), a 27-year-old southpaw, will fight in his native Dominican Republic on Sept. 23 at the Coliseo Carlos “Teo” Cruz in Santo Domingo and face countryman Marlyn Cabrera (22-0, 10 KOs), 29, in a scheduled 10-round bout. Fortuna won a secondary 130-pound belt in May 2015 by unanimous decision against Bryan Vasquez, defended it by 10th-round knockout of Carlos Ivan Velasquez last September and then lost it when Jason Sosa scored a major upset by rallying for an 11th-round knockout on June 24 in Beijing.