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title Kovalev-Ward WON’T decide No.1 P-4-P; Golovkin still best says Roach


By Allan Fox: Trainer Freddie Roach says the winner of the Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward fight next month won’t decide who the best pound-for-pound fighter is in his view, because he still believes that middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is the best fighter in the sport of boxing pound-for-pound.

If anything, Roach says the winner of the November 5th fight between Kovalev and Ward will bring the winner closer to where Golovkin is, but it WON’T make them better than him.

What Kovalev and Ward have going against them is that neither of them has looked good in their recent tune-up fights. Kovalev, 33, struggled to beat Isaac Chilemba last July in Russia, and Ward has looked poor in three straight fights since making his comeback. Neither fighter looks like a No.1 pound-for-pound fighter, because they’re not dominating the 175lbd vision in an effortless manner the way that Golovkin is at 160. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lemieux fails to impress against Rios


By Eric Baldwin: Former IBF 160lb belt holder David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) was supposed to impress in his fight against journeyman opponent Christian Fabian Rios (21-8-3, 6 KOs), but instead he labored to a 10 round unanimous decision last Saturday night in front of a large crowd of supporters at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

For his troubles, Lemieux was hurt twice by left hands from the southpaw Rios in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Lemieux ended up with a badly bruised right eye. Rios appeared to win at least two rounds of the fight; although judges gave him no credit for it by scoring the fight 100-90, 99-91 and 100-90. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ogogo was experiencing double-vision against Cunningham


By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says previously unbeaten middleweight prospect Anthony Ogogo (11-1, 7 KOs) was experiencing double vision in his 8th round TKO loss to unheralded Craig Cunningham (17-1, 4 KOs) last Saturday night in their scheduled 10 round fight at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, UK.

The 28-year-old southpaw Cunningham came into the fight with 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Ogogo as the underdog. However, Cunningham dropped Ogogo with a right hook to the head in the 2nd round, and continued to pot shot him though the next six rounds.

Ogogo appeared to come back from the knockdown somewhat, and did reasonably well until the 8th. Cunningham started to tee off on the tired looking Ogogo. The referee Ian John Lewis stopped the action to let Ogogo have some loose tape removed from his gloves. While Ogogo was in the corner, his trainer stopped the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Khalid Yafai vs. Johnson Tellez – Results


By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated super flyweight contender Khalid Yafai (20-0, 14 KOs) defeated Nicaraguan journeyman Johnson Tellez (9-28-5, 6 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout last Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, UK. The 27-year-old Yafai nailed Tellez with a left to the midsection to put him down on the canvas. The fight was then halted by referee Kevin Parker at 2:48 of the round after Tellez failed to get back to his feet.

The official time of the stoppage was at 2:48 of the 3rd round. In looking at the knockout blow on replay, it appeared to be partially low, as it was a belt-line shot where most of Yafai’s left glove was below the belt-line rather than on it. Read the rest of this entry »

title Canelo will need to fight dangerous opponent in early 2017 says Sanchez


By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could be facing some very dangerous fights for him now that he’s moving up to middleweight, says Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. With Canelo and his promoters at Golden Boy wanting his fights in early 2017 to be televised on HBO pay-per-view, it means that he’s going to need to fight good middleweights like David Lemieux, Billy Joe Saunders or Curtis Stevens, says Sanchez. He feels those will be dangerous fights for Canelo that he could potentially lose.

Sanchez isn’t sure if those fights would result in Canelo being in a war, but he does think those will be matches where he’ll definitely be in a fight. Golovkin has already beaten Lemieux and Stevens by a knockout. Those were easy fights for him, but they may not be easy matches for Canelo. He doesn’t have the same boxing skills that Golovkin possesses. Read the rest of this entry »

title Jamie Cox vs. Martin Fidel Rios – Results


By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated super middleweight Jamie Cox (21-0, 12 KOs) defeated Martin Fidel Rios (20-10-3, 11 KOs) by a 10 round points decision to capture the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton. Referee Phil Edwards, who really had his hands full in controlling this fight, scored it 98-86 for Cox to give him the win.

That was a fair score. However, you can argue that Edwards should have disqualified the 30-year-old Cox for all the awful fouling he was doing the entire fight. I lost track of all the head-butts that were initiated by Cox in the fight. He was constantly sticking his head into the face of Rios like a Billy goat for the full 10 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »

title David Lemieux defeats Christian Rios – Results


By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) defeated journeyman Cristian Fabian Rios (27-8-3, 6 KOs) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in a fight in the 168lb division at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The final judges’ score were 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.

Lemieux, coming in heavier than usual, attempted to score a knockout, but he wasn’t able to get the job done against the tough Argentinian. Lemieux was getting hit in return, and he couldn’t get the KO like he’s used to. Read the rest of this entry »

title Terence Crawford needs BIG name for December 10th fight


By Allan Fox: Unbeaten light welterweight champion Terence Crawford hit the jackpot last week with the news that middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was pulling out of his December 10 date on HBO Championship Boxing due to his promoter Tom Loeffler being unable to reach agreement with his WBA ordered opponent Daniel Jacobs in time to make the fight date. Golovkin and Jacobs are still wrapped up in negotiations, but the fight will be pushed o 2017.

In the meantime, Crawford, 29, will be taking Golovkin’s spot on HBO on December 10. That’s a real positive for Crawford’s career, but his promoters at Top Rank are still going to need to find him a good name that the casual boxing fans can recognize and care about. Read the rest of this entry »

title Anthony Ogogo vs. Craig Cunningham – Results

By Jim Dower: Super middleweight Craig Cunningham (17-1, 4 KOs) proved to be too much for previously unbeaten 2012 Olympian Anthony Ogogo (11-1, 7 KOs) in defeating him by an 8th round TKO on Saturday night to win the vacant WBC International middleweight title in Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry »

title Sam Eggington vs. Frankie Gavin – Results

By Scott Gilfoid: Sam Eggington (19-3, 11 KOs) was too much for former welterweight world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-3, 14 KOs) in stopping him in the 8th round on Saturday night to claim the vacant WBC International welterweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, Uk. Read the rest of this entry »



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