By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated #13 WBC former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) reportedly is in the running for a fight against unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Liam Smith card on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Golden Boy Promotions are looking to add Saunders to the undercard of the fight card with the possible idea of matching Canelo against him later this year in December or at some point in the near future.
Golden Boy wants to move Canelo up to middleweight soon, and a fight against Saunders is thought to be Canelo’s first at the full weight of 160 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says unbeaten welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) beats WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) in a couple more fights from now. Spence would be a nightmare for Crawford with his punching power and his body attacks.
Crawford was staggered badly by former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2014, and that’s the only hard puncher that he’s fought during his career. Spence is a completely different animal. He’s bigger, stronger, and very good at cutting off the ring on guys that run from him.
Spence, 26, is younger than the 28-year-old Crawford and has a two inch reach advantage. Being a body puncher, Spence wouldn’t miss with his punches the way that Victor Postol did last Saturday night in his unification match against Crawford at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten #1 IBF, #2 WBA, #2 WBO light heavyweight contender Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) will be taking what he expects to be a tough fight next month against #10 WBA 175lb contender Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. This is a fight for Ward to get him ready for his November 19 bout against IBF/IWBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. Ward needs a win to get to the fight with Kovalev, which will be televised on HBO PPV.
Ward, 31, isn’t taking the 39-year-old Brand lightly, even though he’s almost 40-years-old and has fought only once at light heavyweight in his seven-year pro career. Ward has missed too much action in the ring in the last four years for him to take anyone light, even the 39-year-old Brand. Read the rest of this entry »
By Leigh K. Seto: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has been one of the single most influential figures in Boxing for decades. He has had run-ins inside and outside of ring. He has helped shaped the careers of many Legends in the ring Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to name a few. He has made himself and his fighters very rich along the way. He graduated from Harvard Law and was hired by then President Kennedy to join his legal staff. Needless to say, Bob is a pretty smart guy.
Bob orchestrates the soap opera of boxing like a brilliant puppet master, choosing the right fights to keep his top fighters winning or matching his top fighters against each other so he wins either way. It’s not always popular, but its good business. The Manny Pacquiao vs. Terence Crawford fight has a similar story line to the not so distant past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions are hoping to add WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders for the September 17 card headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Golden Boy vice president Eric Gomez is reportedly trying to work a deal to get Saunders on the undercard against an opponent still to be determined.
This would potentially help setup an eventual fight between Canelo and Saunders at some point in the future for his WBO middleweight title. It would make the young Canelo look good if he can be seen taking two scalps back to back in winning the WBO 154lb strap from Liam Smith and then the WBO 160lb belt from Saunders.
I think it’s a smart move by Golden Boy if they can swing it. However, the money would have to be worth it for Saunders to fight on the undercard of the Canelo-Smith card. Saunders is a popular fighter, and he obviously wouldn’t go for the idea of fighting for chump change on an undercard. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’ll be discussing later the fight between WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao. Arum wants to make that fight a reality, and he reportedly has already discussed it with Manny and he’s on board with it. Crawford needed to get a win last Saturday night over Viktor Postol to put him in the Pacquiao fight, and he did his part in defeating the Ukrainian fighter by a 12 round unanimous decision on HBO pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It wasn’t the most thrilling fight to watch from a fan’s perspective, but Crawford did win. It didn’t matter if he looked good or not. All Crawford had to do was win the fight in order to get the Pacquiao fight, and he did that. Arum wants the Pacquiao-Crawford fight because he promotes both guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kalle Sauerland, the promoter for WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs), recently made an odd choice in selecting the struggling, some say ‘over-the-hill’, former WBO 175lb champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) as the German Braehmer’s next opponent for his title defense on October 1 in Germany. It was a weird choice by Sauerland for him to pick Cleverly as an opponent for Braehmer, because his career is been sagging for the last several years.
Cleverly has lost two out of his last three fights and three out of his last six. Sauerland seems to be making a fight many years too late. At the minimum, the Braehmer vs. Cleverly fight is three years late, because that’s when Cleverly’s career started going into a steep downward nosedive with him losing to Sergey Kovalev by a 4th round knockout in 2013.
Losses to Tony Bellew and Andrzej Fonfara have quickly followed for Cleverly. He’s now coming off a loss to Fonfara, and heading towards journeyman status. I don’t see the 29-year-old Clevelry being able to pull his career out of the nosedive that it’s right now, because the dvisiion has improved too much for him to do anything. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 IBF heavyweight contender Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) is expected to have a stay busy fight announced this week for September against former contender Alexander Dimtrenko (38-2, 24 KOs). Parker, 24, is staying active while he waits for an eventual world title shot against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. It’s still not official yet that Parker will be fighting Dimitrenko next, but it’s expected to be announced this week. It’s a decent warm-up fight for Parker. He could do worse.
The Joshua-Parker fight could take place as early as November; although it’s more likely to take place in early 2017. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is keen on having him squeeze in another voluntary defense before he defends his IBF strap against the hard-hitting 6’4” Parker.
Parker looked good in obliterating Solomon Haumono by a 4th round knockout last week on July 21 in New Zealand. Parker showed good punch variety and excellent movement before lowering the boom on the 40-year-old Haumono in round four. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) expressed a disappointing viewpoint after his less than thrilling to watch fight last Saturday night against Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) by saying that he had the fight under control, so why should he press the fight to his over-matched opponent Postol? Crawford probably could have scored a knockout in this fight if he’d switched gears from 1st to at least 2nd gear.
The KO was there for the 28-year-old Crawford if he’d been willing to step it up a gear to try and make it exciting for the paying fans, who had paid as much as $59.99 to watch the fight on HBO pay-per-view. These are fans that were willing to pay to see the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will be stepping out of the safe confines of the UK this Saturday night when he challenges the talented WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0, 18 KOs) this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
This will be the second time that the 29-year-old undefeated Frampton has fought in the United States, and this time he has a good chance of leaving the country with his first loss of his seven-year pro career. Read the rest of this entry »