By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) thinks he’ll soon be getting tons of respect from fans he calls “haters” after he faces IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) next month on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Brook believes that he’s going to look so good in that fight while beating Porter that the haters will in turn give him respect.
Brook is kind of bent out of shape because there isn’t drug testing that he was hoping to have during the run up to the fight. It’s unknown what happened to the testing that Brook wanted, but perhaps it was too costly to have to pay for the extra testing. After all, we’re not talking about this being a pay-per-view fight or anything like that, so it’s not as if the money if falling from the sky for a fight of this nature. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) says he’s not sure who he’ll be fighting for his next fight on September 6th, but he said to Dan Rafael of ESPN that he’s hearing that it might be Emmanuel Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs). It won’t be former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora, apparently. He’s been ruled out for some reason.
Taylor, 23, beat Karim Mayfield recently on ESPN. But in his fight before that, Taylor was easily beaten by Chris Algieri by a 10 round decision last February. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Abel Sanchez, the trainer for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs), says a fight between Golovkin and WBA 168 pound champ Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) is a realistic option in the future, but only if Ward understands who the top guy is in this fight. In other words, who the A-side money guy is and that’s obviously Golovkin, in Sanchez’s eyes.
Sanchez said “We are ready to fight Andre Ward, but only if he will understand that Gennady is a bigger star, bigger draw.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Michael Miller, the co-manager for popular but seldom active James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO’s), is reportedly up for the idea of Kirkland facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) or WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto this year.
Either of those guys are fights that he wants to set up for the 30-year-old Kirkland. Canelo is the one that they really one. No doubt they smell blood in the water after seeing Canelo struggle to a controversial win over Erislandy Lara, lose to Floyd Mayweather Jr, and beat Austin Trout by a far from impressive decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia 34-0, 28 KOs) will be helping out title challenger Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) sparring to get him ready for his rematch against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mikey is the brother of Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia, and he wanted to the opportunity to spar with Maidana and help get ready. Mikey’s job will be to try and imitate Mayweather’s style as best as he can. It’s not going to be easy because Mikey is smaller than Mayweather, and he fights nothing like him. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Will Hart/HBO) By Chris Williams: In what shapes up to a 50-50 fight, #3 WBC Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) and Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) weighed in on Friday for their WBC heavyweight eliminator bout on Saturday night on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale clash at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Cuban Perez weighed in at 242.2 pounds. At 6’1”, Perez is stocky and powerful looking. He doesn’t appear to be that height. He’s probably closer to 6’0” than 6’1”, but it really won’t matter much because his opponent, 29-year-old Bryant Jennings, is only 6’2”, but with an incredibly long reach of 84.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: HBO/Will Hart) By Chris Williams: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) and his opponent Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) both successfully weighed in today in New York for their fight on Saturday night on HBO from Madison Square Garden. Both guys weighed almost the same with Golovkin coming in at 159.8 pounds, and Geale at 159.2lbs.
They looked in excellent shape for the fight. Golovkin played it cool during the face off and didn’t seem to be trying to intimidate the 33-year-old Geale. It was a friendly thing.
Geale had earlier said this at the fighter meetings: “I think his [Golovkin] weakness is his confidence. He has that huge amount of confidence. I’m going to break it and do my thing.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: As Arnie Schwarzenegger said in Kindergarten cop when asked “So who are you man” he replies I’m the party pooper”. Alexander Ustinov at just 4 days notice has the potential to ruin Tyson Fury’s party as the Brit faces the impressive Belorussian on Saturday.
Profile: Fighting background
Ustinov 29-1 (21) has fighting in his blood. He doesn’t have any boxing amateur record to speak of but boasts a “Kickboxing” record of 53-9-1-1 (31). He also fought a couple of fights of MMA and in total won 9 championship titles over kickboxing and Muay Thai disciplines and was never stopped. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) told WBA/WBO 122 pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KO’s) that he’s ready to face him in a brief exchange on twitter this week.
Rigondeaux and his manager Gary Hyde said that they’re willing to face Santa Cruz in his next scheduled fight date on September 13th on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana 2 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rigondeaux said to Santa Cruz “I’m ready to fight you in September anywhere. Team Rigondeaux are ready for you!” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) weighed in at 257 pounds today at the weigh-in for his fight on Saturday night against replacement opponent Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KO’s) at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, UK.
What’s interesting here is that the 37-year-old Ustinov, who usually looks kind of flabby, appeared to be in better shape than Fury in weighing in at 285 pounds. Fury had visible fat around the sides of his waist. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin “neds” O’Connor: On September 13th, Marcos Maidana and Floyd Mayweather Jr will be meeting in a rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first fight produced and provided many talking points and opinions on both sides that are still beings “debated” with a high degree of emotion.
From the fans points of view there is a strong belief amongst Mayweather’s fans that the tactics employed by the unbeaten champion were calculated and for the fans benefit and entertainment going “toe to toe” with the hard hitting Argentinean and adjusting in the later rounds to incorporate more success after weathering an early storm of “dirty” tactics from Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (21-1, 14 KO’s) says he expects to be back in the ring next Friday, August 1st in scheduled fight on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash.
According to Mlive.com, Dirrell has left his promoter 50 Cent under good terms, and he now plans on getting back in the ring and fighting regularly to get a top ranking. Dirrell is with high powered adviser Al Haymon now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) will be in action tonight against 34-year-old Roberto Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Prescott, 31, weighed in on Thursday at 146.5 lbs. Garcia game in at 146. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Will Hart, K2 Promotions) By Jay McIntyre: Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (also known to his fans as “Triple G”) has slowly risen to become one of the premier boxers of today. While it is true that he is not a major PPV star (as of yet), he does have all of the in-ring ingredients to make him both very marketable and very appealing to the casual and involved fans. With an impressive record of 29 wins (26 by way of knockout) and no losses on his record he has no signs of slowing down.
His three decision wins were during eight round fights, the last of which occurred in 2008 – he hasn’t gone the distance since. The only significant criticism that has been leveraged against him – which is worth noting – is the lack of elite opponents that he has encountered so far. His detractors certainly attribute this to careful planning on the part of his managers. His supporters, on the other hand, understandably believe that he is one of the most avoided boxers out there today. Read the rest of this entry »