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Hooks and Jabs: Nicolson’s Return, Mayer’s New Deal & Alvarez’s Weight Move

A Big Drama Show in Japan kicks off a monster April today.

The likes of Golovkin, Spence Jr, Fury, Whyte and more are getting ready for pivotal moments in their career. Also, this week Frank Warren has continued to fight his corner, Eubank Jr and Brook appeared to have settled on a catch-weight but there may have been some other news stories you may have missed.

The likes of Golovkin, Spence Jr, Fury, Whyte and more are getting ready for pivotal moments in their career. Also, this week Frank Warren has continued to fight his corner, Eubank Jr and Brook appeared to have settled on a catch-weight but there may have been some other news stories you may have missed.

Welcome to this week’s Hooks and Jabs.

Skye Nicolson will make history when she takes her place on the Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano card later this month. The 2020 Olympian becomes the first Australian woman to box at Madison Square Garden as she looks to go three from three in the pros against Shanecqua Paisley Davis (3-1) on April

“It’s an honour for me to not only fight on this historic card but also to become one of the few Australians to fight at the Mecca of boxing Madison Square Garden and the first female,” said Nicolson.

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Sticking with women’s boxing and unified super-featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer has committed her future after re-signing with Top Rank.

The unbeaten 31-year-old defends her IBF and WBO titles against Jennifer Han tonight in California. “This contract represents everything I have
been working for since I stepped foot in a gym 14 years ago. It’s a dream contract,” said Mayer.

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Former two-time world title challenger Jazza Dickens makes his return to action on April 22. The 33- year-old faces Andoni Gago in his home city of Liverpool at the M&S Bank Arena. Paul Butler’s world title challenge against WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero tops the Probellum show.

“The way my career has gone, I don’t know when I will be fighting at home again, so I plan on making the most of this opportunity in front of my fans as I rebuild towards a world title fight,” said Dickens who last fought in August 2021 losing to Kid Galahad in a vacant IBF featherweight title fight.

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Eleider Alvarez is looking to become a two-weight world champion as he relaunches his career at cruiserweight. The 38-year-old Colombian won the WBO light-heavyweight title against Sergey Kovalev in August 2018 before losing the rematch six months later. Alvarez will fight in an 8-round bout on May 5 in Montreal after nearly two years out of the ring.