Billy Joe Saunders signs multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing

first_imgSaid Hearn: “This is a huge signing for us and the perfect place for Billy to be. Everyone in boxing knows how good Billy is and now he is going to get the chance to prove it against the elite.”Saunders has a 28-0 record and has been linked with a huge domestic showdown with Callum Smith at super middleweight next.Smith, who is also on Matchroom’s books, is the WBA “super” champion and has spoken of wanting to face WBO strap holder Saunders in a unification bout. Billy Joe Saunders has signed with Matchroom Boxing, after splitting with longtime promoter Frank Warren earlier this month.Two-weight world champion Saunders ended an 11-year partnership with Warren after being repeatedly frustrated in his bid to secure fights with world-renowned stars such as Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The 29-year-old has now instead teamed up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom and again outlined a desire to make those blockbuster bouts happen.MORE: Watch more than 100 fight nights a year on DAZNSaunders has agreed to a multi-fight deal, with his next opponent to be confirmed next week.He said in a statement: “This move is going to benefit me massively. Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing can put me right out on the branch for those big fights.Welcome to the team, @bjsaunders_Some BIG fights to be made pic.twitter.com/HO6VGfpfzW— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) August 13, 2019″I’m on Golovkin and Canelo’s turf. I’ve made this move to make them fights because I’m sick of hearing their bullsh— excuses.”Those fights make financial sense and they make sense because we’re on the same network.”last_img read more

Updated: Wellington sporting events that have been postponed…

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following sports cancelations have been made for today:•Wellington High School tennis match at Chaparral has been postponed until Friday, April 12.•Wellington junior varsity tennis match today has been postponed  to Friday, April 5.•The Wellington Middle School tennis match in Winfield has been postponed. No makeup date has been determined yet.last_img

Grassley: evaluate current coronavirus relief before creating “Phase Four”

first_imgNEW HARTFORD — Some government leaders say the massive CARES Act that passed Congress last month may not be doing enough to keep states, small businesses, hospitals, and individuals afloat during the pandemic.While the so-called Phase Three emergency bailout package was the largest ever at $2.2 trillion, Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says there’s already talk of a Phase Four measure. “I would not conclude at this point that we need a fourth package,” Grassley says. “I think we’re going to have one even if we don’t need it for various reasons of equity. Let me tell you, we’re in the process of even now thinking, do we need one or not need one?”Grassley, a Republican, says most elements incorporated into the CARES Act were designed to provide financial aid for three to four months, while some were for programs through the end of the year. The package includes $1,200 checks to most Americans as well as tens of billions for states, a range of businesses and health care providers.“Two-and-a-half weeks ago when we started putting this package together,” Grassley says, “we went into the negotiations with the Democrats with open eyes, that we’re going to try to put together a package that will hopefully get us past the height of the pandemic,” Grassley says it’s too early to start second-guessing the merits of Phase Three, as it’s only been a little over a week that it’s been in place. He says Congress will need to reevaluate the situation in another five or six weeks.“If our head isn’t going to be above water, then we start putting together a fourth package,” Grassley says. “If it looks like this economy is going to rebound, strongly, then probably not.”Iowa’s other U.S. Senator Joni Ernst agrees with Grassley, saying she’s not yet sure a fourth federal stimulus package will be needed. Ernst says if one is developed, it should include more help for the health care system to make sure “we are investing properly in vaccinations and making sure that we are also developing plans for other future possibilities of other pandemics.”last_img read more