By Brian Garnett: Too many times in boxing the fans are forced to wait for the fights that we want to see, such as, the five year wait for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao. What we were left with, was a boring fight that looked like it was five years too late. Interestingly enough, we are on the cusp of some premier fights being put together in the next few months featuring the best fighters in their respective divisions facing each other with everything on the line.
Unbeaten, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman will be facing former IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter whose only defeat came at the hands of Kell Brook. At age 27 and 28, Thurman and Porter, respectively, are considered to be the cream of the crop at 147lbs and both in their prime. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: It’s been a week since the World Boxing Council postponed the title fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder vs. Alexander Povetkin after Povetkin’s positive test for the banned substance Meldonium and yet the WBC still hasn’t suspended the 36-year-old Povetkin or officially removed him as Wilder’s mandatory challenger.
If you look at the WBC’s top 15 rankings, Povetkin is still listed as the No.1 contender in the division. Povetkin tested positive for Meldonium on April 27 during VADA’s testing of the two fighters. However, Povetkin had reportedly tested negative for the drug earlier in the month. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: While it still remains uncertain whether the fans will soon see a unification fight between Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, former welterweight champion Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) is already saying he wants to fight the winner of the contest.
#3 WBC Berto is coming off a big career-saving 4th round knockout win over Victor Ortiz last April, and he’s in line for a world title shot against WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler is thinking of matching Golovkin against WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) later this year if talks with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions fails to produce a fight, according to the LA Times. Ramirez has been very open about his interest in getting in the ring with Golovkin. Ramirez took a shot at Canelo by saying he’d fight Golovkin like a real Mexican.
“If Gennady Golovkin wants to fight a real Mexican, here I am raising his hand to face, for the honor of Mexico,” Ramirez said to espndesportes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan’s recent brutal knockout loss to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez seems to have knocked some sense into him briefly, as he’s now saying he’s willing to fight IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. However, Khan says the fight cannot happen as long as he’s with Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn.
Why precisely Khan doesn’t want Hearn involved is anyone’s guess. Perhaps Khan isn’t pleased with some of the less than glowing things Hearn has said about him over the years or maybe it’s something Hearn said recently after Khan was knocked the spark out in the 6th round by Canelo on May 7 of this month on HBO PPV in Las Vegas, Nevada. Whatever the case, Khan doesn’t want Hearn involved in a fight between him and Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: #3 WBA Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) will riding his two-fight winning streak into his clash this Saturday night against interim WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) in their fight at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The Mosley-Avanesyan fight will be televised on CBS Sports net. The start time is at 10:30 ET/7:30 PT.
This should be a tough fight for the 44-year-old Mosley, because he’s fighting one of the better welterweights in the division in 27-year-old Russian Avanesyan. Mosley hasn’t fought a fighter as good as Avanesyan since making his comeback last year. It’s going to be a tough test for Mosley because the last time he fought a good fighter in 2013, he was beaten by Anthony Mundine by a 7th round stoppage after his back froze up on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) did what everyone expected him to last Saturday night in smashing an over-matched Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) in two rounds at the O2 Arena in London, UK. It wasn’t a fight, and it clearly wasn’t supposed to be. Gjergjaj was just some second tier fighter with an inflated resume of empty wins until Haye signed him. Now that the Haye-Gjergjaj is done with, Haye will be facing 44-year-old Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) in September in the UK.
Haye, 35, is very wary of Briggs’ punching power, and he should be. Briggs looked devastating in destroying Emilio Zarate in one round last Saturday night on the undercard of the Haye vs. Gjergjaj fight. Heck, Briggs looked even better than Haye. He was throwing nothing but body shots and he looked very powerful, and not like an older guy. Briggs fought like someone in his 30s.
While the 224 pound Haye showed good punching power in throwing head shots against Gjergjaj, the 250lb Briggs looked considerably stronger in ripping punches to the body of Zarate until he collapsed on the canvas and laid there in pain. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Barry Hearn believes it’s time for the 29-year-old former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) to hang up his gloves after his 6th round knockout loss to former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez earlier this month on May 7 in their HBO pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hearn thinks the only fight out there for Khan right now is WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) and that’s only because Garcia’s people are looking for an easy fight for him. Hearn sees Khan as an easy fight for the 27-year-old Garcia.
Hearn thinks Khan should hang up his gloves for his own good to protect his health. He’s been knocked out by Breidis Prescott, Danny Garcia and Canelo. Hearn thinks Khan would be knocked out if he fights his guy IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. However, he wonders whether the fight would be viable now given how badly Khan was knocked out by Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it’s the moment of truth for #6 WBC Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) in him facing #1 WBC Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) this Sunday on May 29 at Goodison Park Stadium, in Liverpool, UK. After toiling away in the cruiserweight division for two years, Bellew, 33, will be fighting for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title against one of the best fighters in that weight class in Makabu.
This is going to be a really tough match for Bellew because he was flopping around like a fish out of water the last time he fought a huge puncher in Adonis Stevenson three years ago in 2013. Bellew could not stand up to Stevenson’s power once he started exchanging punches with him.
In facing Makabu, Bellew will be fighting a guy with better punching power than Stevenson, and it’s going to be tough for Bellew to be able to stand up to his withering power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a real head shaker, #7 WBA Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) will be fighting #1 WBA Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA light welterweight title this Saturday night on May 28 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It’s one of those fights that makes you wonder what’s going on in the heads of the sanctioning bodies.
Burns, 33, has lost two out of his last five fights, and he hasn’t beaten anyone of real quality since his victory over Jose Gonzalez three years ago in 2013. Burns’ recent wins over Josh King and Prince Ofotsu were nothing to get excited about. Read the rest of this entry »