Fight updates: Crawford v Jean; Bizier v Lawson; Drozd v Makabu

Phil Jay 19/08/2015

Talented two-weight world champion Terence Crawford is likely to defend his WBO super lightweight crown against NABF belt holder Dierry Jean on October 24 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The 27 year-old, who is undefeated through 26 fights and highly ranked pound for pound, will be making his second outing at 140lbs following a successful reign at 135lbs. The fight is said to be in advanced negotiations and ahead of possible encounters opposite Mauricio Herrera and Jason Pagara.

Jean, 33, has already lost one challenge for the IBF version at 140 and now gets a second chance following four straight victories on the back of his solitary loss to Lamont Peterson.

In other news, an IBF eliminator at welterweight has been decided as Kevin Bizier and Fredrick Lawson battle it out for the chance to challenge Kell Brook in 2016. Bizier and Lawson are the two highest ranked fighters available and will determine who will be the next mandatory for the Briton.

Brook is currently in talks to fight WBO champion Timothy Bradley, so the winner could conceivably be fighting to two titles once the smoke clears on the eliminator, although Diego Chaves is also said to be in the frame to fight Brook.

Finally, an injury to Grigory Drozd suffered last week has meant his WBC cruiserweight mandatory clash with Ilunga Makabu has to be rescheduled for a later date.