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title Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev – Official weights

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By Jeff Aranow: IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) weighed in successfully in coming in at 199.7lbs on Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense against the much younger 23-year-old Russian Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) this Saturday night at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.

The 6’3” Gassiev weighed in at slightly less than Lebedev at 198.4lbs. This is a great fight. The boxing world is very excited about the Lebedev-Gassiev match-up, because it could be the passing of the baton from a very good champion to a future star in the cruiserweight division in Gassiev, who is seen by some as the cruiserweight division’s version of Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kubrat Pulev vs. Samuel Peter – Official weights

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By Jeff Aranow: Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) weighed in on Friday in coming in at 251 pounds for his scheduled 12 round fight against former world title challenger Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) this Saturday night at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. The two fighters will be battling for the vacant their WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title.

Peter looked pretty out of condition in weighing in. This isn’t the well-conditioned looking Samuel Peter we saw in his first fight against former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko 11 years ago in 2005. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin’s promoter believes Jacobs deal can be reached

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By Dan Ambrose: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is confident that he can reach a deal with Al Haymon, the manager for WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) for a fight against his fighter IBF/IBO.WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) for a fight that would take place on March 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Golovkin-Jacobs fight will be shown on HBO Championship Boxing. The WBA gave the two fighters’ camps a seven-day deadline to get the negotiations completed. The management for the two fighters has been in negotiations for three solid months without being able to finish the process. Read the rest of this entry »



title Deontay Wilder recovers from right arm injuries

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By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) is finally fully recovered from his right arm injuries he suffered in his last fight against Chris Arreola last July in a title defense in Birmingham, Alabama, Wilders, 31, suffered a fractured right hand and a torn right biceps injury in the 4th round of that right, which he won by an 8th round knockout.

Wilder had surgery on both injuries, and he’s been healing and doing rehab during the last five months. It’s taken this long for the talented 6’7” Wilder to come fully back from the injuries, but he’s finally ready to go. The injury has arguably helped Wilder’s career, because it’s given him more time to work on developing his left hand to make it more of a weapon for him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Richard Commey vs. Denis Shafikov – Official weights

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By Eric Baldwin: #3 IBF Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KOs) weighed in successfully on Thursday in coming in at 134 ¾ pounds for his IBF lightweight eliminator match against #5 IBF Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 20 KOs) this Friday on December 2 at the Tough Fight Gym in Moscow, Russia. The 31-year-old Shafikov weighed in at 134 ¼ pounds.

The winner of the contest will be the mandatory challenger to IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs). Commey, 29, lost to Easter Jr. by a 12 round split decision last September in a very close fight. Commey knocked the 5’11” Easter Jr. down in the 8th round with a chopping right hand to the head. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kovalev-Ward replay draws 834K viewers on HBO

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By Allan Fox: Last Saturday night’s replay on HBO of the light heavyweight clash between IBF/WBA/WBO champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Andre “SOG” Ward did a respectable 834,000 viewers on HBO. The fight, which was won by Ward by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision, took place on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ward won the fight by the scores 114-113, 114-113 and 114-113. Many of the members of the boxing media had Ward losing the fight. Ward had been knocked down in the 2nd round of the fight, and he wasn’t able to do much in the fight other than land jabs. Read the rest of this entry »



title Saunders targeting Golovkin after Akavov

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By Eric Baldwin: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has targeted middleweight champ Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2017 after he takes care of business on Saturday night against Artur Akavov at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. This is the first of what Saunders hopes is many more defenses of his WBO title.

We’ll soon see if he’s got what it takes to get beyond one successfully defense. A win for Saunders over Akavov is almost assured, as the Russian was picked out from near the bottom of the World Boxing Organization’s rankings. However, this will be the last easy fight for Saunders for some time, because he’s either going to need to take a unification next or face his mandatory challenger, which could be Saul Canelo Alvarez or Avtantil Khurtsidze. Read the rest of this entry »



title Billy Joe Saunders talks Artur Akavov fight

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By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) defends his title this Saturday night against challenger Artur Akavov (16-1,7 KOs) in what he hopes will lead to big fights in 2017. Saunders says he wants a fight against middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and he would also like a fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez, who he feels he’s confident he can beat comfortably.

Saunders and Akavov will be fighting this Saturday night at the Lagoon Leisure Centre, in Paisley, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence possible for April or May

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By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) will be putting his IBF title on the line against his unbeaten and highly talented mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. (21-0 18 KOs) in April or May, according to Dan Rafael. That’s when Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to have him defend his International Boxing Federation 147lb title.

Brook has already been given a medical extension by the IBF to give him time for his surgically repaired right eye to heal before he has to defend his title against Spence. I doubt that the IBF will give Brook another medical extension if his eye still isn’t ready to go by March or April. Read the rest of this entry »



title Murat Gassiev ready for Denis Lebedev says Sanchez

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By Eric Baldwin: Trainer Abel Sanchez believes his young fighter unbeaten Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) is ready to dethrone IBF World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. The 5’11” Lebedev has looked invincible in his last four fights since losing to the much taller and longer armed 6’4” Guillermo Jones in 2013 in losing by an 11th round TKO due to swelling on his right cheekbone.

This Saturday, Lebedev will be facing a fighter with similar height and reach in the 6’3 ½” Gassiev, and it could prove to be a very difficult fight for him. Sanchez believes that his fighter 23-year-old Gassiev has the punching power and the ability to beat the 37-year-old Lebedev despite not having nearly as much experience as him. Read the rest of this entry »



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