Mahmoud Charr and Christopher Lovejoy will collide on May 15 with a version of the WBA heavyweight championship at stake, they said.
They are two of the most mysterious characters in the heavyweight division and teased an unexpected clash against each other on Thursday night.
Charr hasn’t boxed in four years as Lovejoy has an intimidating 19-0 record with 19 knockouts, but all of his fights have been in Mexico and there is almost no streak of him inside the ring.
Charr owns a “ regular ” WBA title – Anthony Joshua holds the full version of the belt – which he hasn’t defended since 2017.
Charr is best known for a planned fight with David Haye that never came to fruition. He lost to Vitali Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin.
Lovejoy already said Sky Sports: “There is a mystery with me -” can he really fight? Is he in good shape? “
“I’m up there with the best. In a fight, every time I touch someone, it changes the whole dynamic. As soon as I touch someone, they fall.
“Ask anyone who trains with me and they’ll tell you I hit like a mule.”
“Power comes naturally.”
Conor Benn against Samuel Vargas, Savannah Marshall’s world title defense and the grudge match between Ebania Bridges and Shannon Courtenay take place on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.