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title Jacobs wants Saunders, then Golovkin

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By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) says he wants to fight a unification match against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) this year, and after he beats him, he wants to face IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Goovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) for all the marbles next year in the fall of 2017 in a pay-per-view fight. But first, Jacobs wants to take Saunders’ scalp and get some momentum by adding his WBO strap to his collection before looking to face the main man in the division in GGG.

Getting Saunders inside the ring may prove to be difficult for Jacobs, however, as Saunders has been sitting on his WBO title without defending it for the past seven months since winning it with a narrow 12 round decision victory over former champion Andy Lee last December. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hearn: Kell Brook is better than Thurman

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By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and WBA 147lb champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) could be facing each other in the future if Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has anything to do with it. Hearn wants to match Brook against Thurman in a unification match if Brook can beat WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in their fight in September.

Hearn likes Brook’s chances of beating Thurman to take his WBA strap. Indeed, Hearn thinks Brook is a better fighter than Thurman. I’m not sure that I agree with Hearn, but then again, I’ve seen Brook fight many times. I saw how Brook was out on his feet in the 12th round against Carson Jones in 2012. Somehow, I don’t think Thurman would ever be hurt by Jones, but Brook sure was. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin vs. Eubank Jr: Loeffler finalizing details

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By Scott Gilfoid: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is working on finalizing the deal between his fighter IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and the Matchroom Sport promoted Chris Eubank Jr. for a fight that could take place in either late August or early September at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Golovkin, 34, will have all four of his 160lb titles on the line for the fight against #2 WBA, #2 WBC Eubank Jr. Read the rest of this entry »



title Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the road to GGG

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By J. Calderon: It appears that former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) is on track to replace retired former five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KO’s), not as the next PPV attraction, but as the biggest villain in boxing.

Alvarez, 25, has been barraged relentlessly this week by boxing fans and critics alike, after Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya announced that they will be going after the weakest link in the 154 lb. division: WBO light middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KO’s). Some argue that this could be a cherry-pick gone wrong for Oscar, others are perplexed by the baffling and unwarranted rumored purchase price of $70, arguing that they wouldn’t tune in if this was a free fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Thurman-Porter, Joshua-Breazeale ratings numbers

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By Allan Fox: Last Saturday night’s card headlined by the welterweight clash between WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and Shawn Porter brought in tremendous ratings on Showtime Boxing on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Thurman vs. Porter main event averaged 3.1 million viewers, according to Dan Rafael. The card itself averaged 2.4 million viewers. Those are tremendous ratings.

Having welterweights as good as Thurman and Porter face each other is a rare thing in the sport nowadays. The fight fans in the U.S saw this fight as an interesting one, so they gladly tuned in to see it. What helped matters is there was a great deal of marketing of the Thurman-Porter fight ahead of time. The fans knew the fight was taking place last Saturday, so the fans tuned in to see it in large numbers. Read the rest of this entry »



title Stephen Espinoza: Canelo vs Golovkin in 2017; it’s just a “Hot Towel”

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By Reynaldo Sanchez: Stephen Espinoza, SHOWTIME executive Vice President, is not convinced that the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight, will take place in September 2017. Espinoza believes that this announcement it is just a hot towel to calm the wave of criticism being targeted towards Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions.

Espinoza is not sure this fight will ever happen and his opinion is that Golden Boy Promotions made this announcement because they were practically forced by the criticism that arose in social networks, after Canelo Alvarez left the WBC belt to avoid a fight with his mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »



title WBA gives Ricky Burns 30 days to negotiate with Relikh Kiryl

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By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Association has reportedly given newly crowned WBA World light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs( 30 days to negotiate with his unbeaten and highly talented #1 WBA mandatory challenger Relikh Kiryl (21-0, 19 KOs) for a title defense. It’ll go to a purse bid of Burns and Kiryl’s management are unable to reach a deal to arrange a fight between them.

This is obviously bad luck for Burns to have a guy as dangerous as the 26-year-old Kiryl as his mandatory challenger for his first defense. Burns recently captured the vacant WBA 140lb title last May in stopping Michele Di Rocco in the 8th round in Glasgow, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wilder vs. Arreola to be tested by VADA

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By Allan Fox: For WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s next defense against 35-year-old Chris Arreola, the two fighters will be tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency [VADA] to be tested for banned drugs all the way up until their fight on July 16 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

With the Wilder-Arreola fight being a little more than two and a half weeks to go, there isn’t much time for VADA to test the two fighters before they meet up next month. The Wilder-Arreola fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and Fox Deportes. It should be an interesting fight for as long as it lasts. Read the rest of this entry »



title Joshua has until January 9 to face Joseph Parker

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By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) has less than five months to make his final voluntary defense before needing to negotiate a fight against his IBF mandatory challenger 24-year-old Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs). Joshua’s defense against Parker is due by January 9, 2017. If he doesn’t defend it against him by that point, then he’ll likely be stripped of his title by the International Boxing Federation. Parker is going to be a tough out for Joshua, because unlike many of the opponents that the British heavyweight has been matched against since he turned pro, Parker will fight back. He’s not just going to stand there like a human punching bag with arms for 12 rounds hoping that Joshua gets tired at some point of throwing punches.

Joshua destroyed #13 IBF Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) by a 7th round knockout last Saturday night in Joshua’s first optional defense of his title at the O2 Arena in London, England. Breazeale was chosen by Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn in part due to him being unbeaten, a 2012 U.S Olympian, and because Joshua recently signed a multi-fight contract with U.S cable network Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »



title Canelo to fight on December 10 on regular HBO

By Dan Ambrose: Besides his fight on September 17th against WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) plans on making a quick return on December 10 on regular HBO against an opponent still to be determined, according to Dan Rafael.

The fact that Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy are looking to bring him back so quickly after the Liam Smith fight tells you that they see him beating the British fighter with ease. Three months is not a lot of time for a fighter to come back from fighting in a world title match against a champion. However in this case, Canelo is facing what many see as the weakest of the champions at 154 in Smith. Read the rest of this entry »



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