By Dan Ambrose: After last Saturday’s less than crowd-pleasing performance in beating Viktor Postol, WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) has a lot of question marks about him and whether he’s got the mindset to become the new face of boxing. That’s what Crawford wants, and that’s obviously what his promoters at Top Rank want to see him become.
The fastest way for Crawford to become a pay-per-view attraction is for him to start knocking out all of his opponents. It wasn’t promising to see Crawford taking it easy last Saturday night against Postol after knocking him down twice in round five. If that had been middleweight star Gennady Golovkin that had knocked Postol down twice in the 5th round, you can bet that he would have been looking to finish him off in the 6th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: It always feels great to watch encounters that bring in mind the mythical battle of David vs. Goliath, the tiny vs. the giant. IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KO’s) is the rising star from England who dares to challenge the top gun of the middleweight division, one of the most feared fighters of our time: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s).
Golovkin and Brook will be fighting on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Their fight will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing in the States and on Sky Box Office pay-per-view in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero thinks Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) is crazy to be moving up two weight divisions to take on unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0 32 KOs) on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Guerrero thinks Brook should have at least fought a couple of tune-up fights at 160 beore taking on Golovkin, who he rates as the best fighter in the middleweight division today. Guerrero thinks that the 30-year-old Brook is taking a dangerous move by jumping straight into the middleweight division against Golovkin rather than easing his way in by facing a couple of guys to get acclimated to the weight. Guerrero sees this fight as one that could wind up with Brook getting hurt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t see any indication outside of Bob Arum where Manny Pacquiao has officially stated that he is ready to fight again. A columnist for the Manila Times, claimed that only Arum seems interested to make Pacquiao comeback from retirement to basically financially squeeze what is left of the Filipinos legacy. The article reiterates that Pacquiao is busy with his job as a senator to fight anytime soon. Those pairing Pacquiao to fight against any present welterweight are smoking the good stuff. There is absolutely no evidence that Pacquiao will comeback from retirement outside of Arum’s mouth, and people’s imagination.
It looks like Terrence Crawford is now hailed as the future of boxing based of his win against overhyped Viktor Postol. It seems incredible, but some have gone beyond the realm of reality to hype Crawford to a standard that he hasn’t earned yet by claiming that he is the new Floyd Mayweather Jr. of boxing, pointing how he will destroy “Pacquiao”. It took Juan Manuel Marquez four fights to finally beat Pacquiao and get that devastating KO. Is Crawford a better boxer than Marquez? Athletic wise maybe, skill wise no. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night on July 30, British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) will be facing unbeaten but totally untested 24-year-old Dave Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title at the First Direct Arena, in Leeds. These two heavyweights have a lot of bad blood between them due to the trash talking that they’ve done.
On Saturday, they can finally settle things once and for ll to determine which of the two is better. Whyte, 28, is widely considered to be the far better of the two. However, Whyte’s recent shoulder surgery on his left shoulder has left him essentially a one-armed fighter since coming back from surgery last June against Ivica Bacurin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Tom Loeffler believes that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has a tough fight on his hands in his title challenge against WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Loeffler isn’t saying that Canelo will lose to Smith, but he still sees this as a very, very tough fight for Canelo. The weight alone will be a battle for Canelo to prove that he can get down to 154 on fight night. Canelo hasn;t fought at junior middleweight for three years despite the fact that Golden Boy Promotions are saying that he’s a junior middleweight. It’s hard to buy into that argument when your fighter isn’t fighting in that weight class.
The fight is perceived by many boxing fans as an easy fight for the heavier, more powerful Canelo, who will be coming down in weight one pound from his normal weight at 155lbs. Losing an extra pound could be difficult for Canelo, because he’s already rehydrating into the 170s and some think the 180s. We’re talking about a fighter that will be losing 20 to 25 pounds of water weight to make weight for his match against Smith. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) plans on being back inside the ring on September 24. #2 WBC Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) is the name that is being mentioned as Garcia’s possible opponent for Showtime Boxing, according to ESPN. Garcia reportedly turned down $4 million to fight against Manny Pacquiao for his November 5th fight.
Garcia hasn’t fought since winning the vacant WBC welterweight title last January against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero by a 12 round unanimous decision. It wasn’t a pretty performance from Garcia, but he did the job against Guerrero in picking up the WBC belt that had previously been held by Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he retired. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stephen Wilkinson: This Saturday night sees unbeaten Featherweight Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KO’s) headline a stacked card in his hometown of Leeds against Irish fringe contender Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KO’s).
Warrington, who has a future showdown with IBF kingpin Lee Selby firmly on his radar, is sure to expect a hard night’s work against the tough Hyland and cannot afford any complacency if he wishes to fulfill his world title aspirations. Hyland has himself recently challenged for world honors, falling to a 2nd round TKO defeat to Gary Russel Jr for the WBC Featherweight strap. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) makes the mistake of agreeing to fight WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) at 140, he’ll lose the fight, according to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. However, Sanchez thinks it’ll be so hard for Pacquiao to drop the needed weight to get to 140 that he’ll end up weakened in the process of dropping the weight. On the flipside, Sanchez says that Pacquiao gets Crawford to move up to 147 to fight him, then Pacquiao will win.
“I think Terence beats Manny at 140 pounds because Manny would kill himself to get down there, no matter what he says,” said Sanchez to the dailynews.com. ”But I think Manny wins at 147.”
Pacquiao should tell Crawford that if he wants to fight him, then he needs to come up to welterweight and beat a top name like Errol Spence Jr. first. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) expects to be a more dangerous fighter than he’s ever been before when he moves up in weight this Saturday night to challenge WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) for his title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Frampton, 29, is moving up in weight four pounds from the 122lb division where he abandoned his IBF/WBA titles. Frampton wants to beat Santa Cruz, and then face Gary Russell Jr. and Lee Selby in unification matches. Frampton hasn’t said anything about wanting to fight newly crowned WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez yet, but that might be a step too far for him. Read the rest of this entry »