JEFF POWELL: Tyson Fury took what is likely to be a last, lingering look on Tuesday at the world heavyweight championship belts he is believed to be in the throes of relinquishing as treatment for clinical depression prolongs his absence from the ring. Manchester’s Gypsy King, having pulled out of his contracted rematch with Wladimir Klitschko twice in the 11 months since his upset triumph in Germany, hopes to be declared champion in recess by the WBA and WBO, whose belts feature in his collection. That is more certain if he stands down, rather being stripped of his titles, and would position him to challenge for the belts as soon as he is declared fit to box again.
JEFF POWELL: Carl Froch is challenging Andre Ward to cross the Atlantic for the first time in his career and face him at Nottingham Forest's City Ground. Ward earned recognition as the world's supreme super-middleweight when he defeated Froch in the final of the Super Six tournament in Atlantic City.
Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero gave a prime-time television audience something to watch Saturday night. Thurman won a piece of the welterweight title with a bruising decision win over Guerrero in the debut of a new boxing series on network television. And he did it with the kind of fight that had the crowd on its feet and gave a much needed boost to boxing in the first prime-time fights on NBC in 30 years.
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JEFF POWELL: Carl Frampton delivered big-time and now he hopes ITV will do the same, along with rival Scott Quigg and his pound-wise promoter Eddie Hearn.