By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I knew it was too good to be true. After WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) stepped up to the plate to volunteer to fight IBF heavyweight belt holder Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) for his next fight, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says he would like to match him against his mandatory challenger #1 IBF Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) or 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) next in November.
It’s unclear why Hearn doesn’t want to pull the trigger on the Joshua vs. Wilder fight, but you have to guess that he might have reservations about wanting to throw his golden goose into the deep end of the pool in the shark infested waters where he could wind up getting ripped apart.
Joshua beat the easy to hit fringe contender Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) by a 7th round knockout last Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Breazeale was just hanging around taking punishment for seven rounds without even trying to throw right hands. It was pretty sad to watch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) heard the news last Saturday night of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s 7th round annihilation of American Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs), and he says he’s ready to fight Joshua right now.
Deontay says that Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) should make the fight with him because he’s ready to face him now rather than later like his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is talking about. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Chris Eubank Jr’s victory over a hopelessly over-matched domestic level fighter Tom Doran (17-1, 7 KOs) last Saturday night seems to have taken Eubank Jr’s confidence to a new level, because he’s not only calling out the highly talented IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs), but he’s also saying he wants WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders, who already beat him two years ago in 2014.
Eubank Jr. defeated Doran by a 4th round knockout at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Doran was knocked down four times in the fight, and he looked like he had wondered into the wrong ring. He just did not belong there. Read the rest of this entry »
By J. Calderon: WBA Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s) successfully defended his crown from a hungry and relentless young lion in former IBF Welterweight Champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (26-2-1, 16 KO’s) via unanimous decision in front of a roaring crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The closely contested action-packed fight was scored 115-113 for Keith Thurman on all three judges’ scorecards. It was televised for free on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS, in what has to be seen as the most successful and competitive matchup in the series thus far. The crowd was visibly unhappy with the decision, but Shawn and Keith both had each other hurt throughout the bout, with Keith out-landing Shawn in power punches 203 to 177 and Shawn out-landing Keith in jabs 59 to 32 respectively. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 Kos) retained his WBA title in edging former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 115-113 and 115-113.
Both fighters were hurt in the fight, but Thurman landed the cleaner shots. His movement and pot shots were the difference. The crowd at the Barclays Center didn’t like the decision and booed loudly. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten #10 WBA junior middleweight contender Jarret Hurd (18-0, 12 Kos) stayed unbeaten in stopping #10 WBC Oscar Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) by a controversial 10th round knockout on Saturday night on the undercard of the Keith “One Time” Thurman vs. Shawn Porter card on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Hurd, 25, hurt Molina with a series of short punches in the 10th round. Referee Ricky Gonzalez then stopped in and halted the fight with Molina still on his feet and trying to fight back. It looked like a premature stoppage. However, Hurd was ahead of the fight at the stoppage of the stoppage, so he would have won even if the fight had gone to the cards. The official time of the stoppage was 2:02 of the 10th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) won his 17th straight victory on Saturday night in stopping fringe contender #13 IBF Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) in the 7th round at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Joshua dropped Breazeale twice in round seven to get the stoppage. Breazeale, 30, was too hurt to get up after the second knockdown of the round. Breazeale was not happy with the referee attempting to assist him while he was down, as he pushed him away angrily. Referee Howard John Foster stopped the fight officially at 1:01 of the 7th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: In a battle for struggling 168lb contenders, #2 WBC George groves (24-3, 18 KOs) defeated former four-time world title challenger Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in their WBA super middleweight title eliminator bout at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: British middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) made easy work of the previously unbeaten challenger Tom Doran (17-1, 7 KOs) in stopping him in the 4th round tonight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Eubank Jr. knocked Doran down four times in the fight, dropping him once in round three and three times in round four. Read the rest of this entry »