Manager Keith Connolly, who has been side by side with Danny Jacobs since the Brownsville boxer was 15, has been beefing up his stable.
The NYC finance guy told me Thursday at the famed and fabled Gleason’s Gym, where a media gathering to hype the April 28 Jacobs-topped card at Barclays Center was held, that his light heavyweight Marcus Browne is still on track to meet up with WBO 175 champ Sergey Kovalev on July 14, in a Kovalev title defense which would run on HBO. (Kovalev manager Egis Klimas told me Friday that Main Events boss Kathy Duva is still firming up the next Kovalev fight, and it’s still in process.)
Others in the Connolly stable will be gloving up soon, as well, Connolly said. Ultra vet Luis Collazo, a 37-7 welterweight, looked super sharp in his last glove-up, when he stopped Sammy Vasquez in Feb. 2017. He’s been waiting on a fight, dealt with some aches and pains and is now good to go. “Luis Collazo, we’re going to have news very, very soon,” the manager said. “He’s gonna have a big fight, actually, a relatively big fight, in June. And if he wins that fight, he’ll be fighting one of the big boys next.” By “big boys,” you can infer that means from the Haymon crew in and around 147 and thereabouts.
Connolly’s guy Chordale Booker, now 9-0, will rumble at Barclays Center on April 21, he noted, “and is a few fights away from TV, he’s a really talented guy. He’s a guy that should be on major network tevelvison in a year and a half, two years.” And another Connolly fighter got some good news. Ivgen Khytrov (16-1 middleweight; age 29; born in Ukraine, lives in NY) will be taking part in the re-do of “The Contender,” which will screen on the Paramount platform, and flew to Cali today (Friday) to start taping. Taping will be about five weeks, and the first week the while crew, which includes, will get situated and familiarized.