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title Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura on December 17

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By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) will be facing former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KOs) on December 17 on HBO at The Forum in Inglewood, California. This is good news. It means there could be three excellent fights coming up with the Salido-Miura fight on December 17, Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters fight on November 26, and potentially Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs on December 10. Those are all fights on HBO Boxing. It’s great stuff.

Salido hasn’t won a fight in two years since his 11th round stoppage win over Terdsak Kokietgym in September 2014. Read the rest of this entry »



title Artur Beterbiev battles Isidro Prieto on Dec.23

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By Allan Fox: In a disappointing match-up, unbeaten light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev will be facing fringe contender Isidro Prieto in a 12 round fight on December 23 at the Lac Leamy Casino in Quebec, Canada. This is the second fight for the 31-year-old Beterbiev since coming off of a year layoff from a shoulder injury. Beterbiev fought last June in defeating Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (24-3, 16 KOs) by a 4th round knockout.

That was a decent fight for Beterbiev, because he was coming off of a year out of the ring, so you couldn’t expect much from him. However, Beterbiev is now heading into another long spell before he fights Prieto on December 23. By the time Beterbiev fights him, he’ll have been out of the ring for six months. That’s not good. Beterbiev needs to be busy, and he’s not unfortunately. Read the rest of this entry »



title Sanchez: Kovalev will defeat Ward like he did Hopkins

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By Allan Fox: Uneaten Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) will be the smaller and weaker fighter when he gets inside the ring with IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) on November 19 in their fight on HBO pay-per-view. Trainer Abel Sanchez has made up his mind a long time ago about who will come out on top in this fight between the two unbeaten 175lb fighters.

Sanchez feels that Kovalev will have too much size and punching power for Ward to deal with in this fight, and he sees Kovalev beating him just like he did Bernard Hopkins in 2014. In other words, Sanchez expects Kovalev to stay on the outside and box Ward so that he doesn’t let him get close. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pacquiao-Vargas competing with Kovalev-Ward for PPV buys

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By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will have his fight between his stable fighters Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas competing on November 5 in the same month as the arguably much compelling fight between light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view. With these two separate cards taking place in the same month, it means that boxing fans will be need to make a decision which of the two that they’ll be purchasing.

With the HUGE costs of cable in the United States, it’s asking a lot of the boxing public to purchase two pay-per-view cards in the same month in November. By having two PPV cards in the same month, it doubles the monthly bill of the average cable bill from $103, according to Fortune, to over $200. That’s a lot of money for many fans of the sport, which is why one of the two PPV fights will suffer. Read the rest of this entry »



title Canelo, Pacquiao & Crawford: Fighters facing the best

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By Angel Flowers: We have seen recently boxers from all divisions avoiding the tough fights while fighting people who match up favorably against them. With so many titles running around any half decent boxer can get one if they are at the right place at the right time. Unfortunately they then refuse to fight other champions who have raised themselves above the common contenders, everyone is concerned with becoming the next Floyd “Money” Mayweather and do not want to put themselves in a position where they have to fight the tough fights and risk losing their undefeated status.

There are boxers out there though who buck this trend by fighting other world champions to test themselves. I am not speaking about fighters who battle contenders holding a lesser version of a title, I am talking about the cream of the crop. In their last ten fights I think it is obvious which fighters have fought the tough fights and which ones have been running. Read the rest of this entry »



title Saul Alvarez plans 2017 comeback after injury

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By Angel Flowers: WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez expects to be back in the ring by Cinco de Mayo in 2017 after injuring his right thumb in his 9th round knockout win over World Boxing Organization 154lb champion Liam Smith on September 17.

Alvarez had originally wanted to fight again in December and take on a bigger fight next year on the Mexican holiday. Alvarez expects to get some of the big names around his weight class to fight him, but after what he did to Liam Smith and Amir Khan, I doubt he will get many takers in that department.

I suspect only boxers willing to challenge themselves will be the only contenders, people looking for middleweight kingpin Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to finally step up shouldn’t hold their breath.

Alvarez agreed to fight Gennady Golovkin at 160 pounds and offered to double his biggest payday by giving him a guaranteed 10 million dollars. This is a lot for a fighter whose previous high was just under 5 million for fighting the welterweight Kell “Special K” Brook recently on September 10.

Before that, Golovkin’s biggest payday was $2 million in a title unification bout with former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux last October on HBO pay-per-view in GGG’s only failed pay per view, which failed to break 150,000 buys. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hearn says Joshua-Klitschko not done yet

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By Scott Gilfoid: There’s been a great deal of discussion in the boxing world about a fight between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for November 26, but unfortunately that fight is far from being made. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight isn’t done yet.

It still remains to be seen who the 26-year-old Joshua will be fighting on that date at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Wladimir’s manager Bernd Boente says they’re waiting to hear from the World Boxing Organization about whether they’ll be stripping Tyson Fury of his WBO or WBA heavyweight titles following his recent pull out of his scheduled October 29 rematch against the 40-year-old Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »



title Without Fury, will the boredom kingdom strike back?

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By Gerardo Granados: I can’t find the reason of why there is so much hatred towards the reigning Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury. Major media had never tried so hard to destroy the image of a heavyweight champion in the past. There have been ex-convicts and others who ended in prison who held the heavyweight crown, but none of them had been so criticized like the Gypsy King.

Tyson Fury is neither a puppet nor boring, he speaks his mind and I agree with him on many things he has said. Now days we have to be tolerant to many things but if you don’t fully agree with an issue then you risk to be called names and to be tagged as intolerant. Tyson wasn’t born in a golden cradle; he fought his way up, just like most prize fighters he made sacrifices to achieve success. He deserves respect not only as the heavyweight Champion of the World but mostly as a human being. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kell Brook was a punching bag for Golovkin says Arum

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By Scott Gilfoid: There seems to be a disagreement with fans of Kell Brook about how well he did in his 5th round knockout loss to middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and with some of the more knowledgeable boxing experts like promoter Bob Arum. While Brook’s fans think he was doing a swell job in the first four rounds against Triple G and leading by a three rounds to one scoring going into the 5th, Arum says Brook was little more than a punching bag for Golovkin once he realized that he couldn’t punch.

Arum says the fight wasn’t a real fight because of Brook not having the power to make Golovkin respect him. I have to agree with that. Brook looked like an arm puncher in the ring in that fight, and many of his shots were thrown with him leaping into the air, without him setting his feet like the talented fighters do. In other words, Brook undermined his own power by not setting his feet when throwing his shots. Read the rest of this entry »



title Sanchez hoping Golovkin-Jacobs can get made

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By Dan Ambrose: With a match against Saul Canelo Alvarez not happening due to the Mexican star being injured and his promoters at Golden Boy not interested in making a fight, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady GGG Golovkin is looking to face WBA “regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs next on December 10. HBO wants the fight, as it’ll be a big one for boxing fans, and Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez wants the fight to take place.

Sanchez is hoping that Jacobs doesn’t price himself out of the fight by asking for more money than the fight can provide. Sanchez suspects that Jacobs will be stripped of his WBA title by the World Boxing Association if he chooses to not take the place, because they’ve ordered the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



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