By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2,-1, 32 KOs) has analyzed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and come to the conclusion that he’s afraid of middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Chavez Jr. has been thinking this for a while now, but he thinks that Canelo chose him because he thinks it’s going to be an easier fight than if he were to step inside the ring with GGG, which would be a hard fight for him potentially.
Chavez Jr. says he wants to show that Canelo made a mistake in selecting him, because he’s going to use his size and punching power on the 26-year-old Canelo when the two of them fight in three months from now on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) pulled off a huge upset in stopping the talented 24-year-old prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 KOs) on Tuesday night on Premier Boxing Champions on FSI at the Silver Street Studios in Houston, Texas. The 34-year-old Nguyen nailed Flores with beautiful left-fight combination to the head in the 6th round that put him down on the canvas.
Flores barely beat the count and was barely able to stand when referee Lawrence Cole checked him over and allowed him to continue. In the meantime, Nguyen was in a sprinters pose ready to run across the ring and finish off Flores. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez reminded the media today that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has been given an offer for a fight between them. Golovkin can take the offer or not. Canelo didn’t say what the offer is, but it appears that it’s the same $15 million flat fee offer that was given months ago.
Canelo says it’s up to Golovkin. Canelo says his concentration is on his next fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6. Golovkin has his offer from him and Golden Boy. He can do what he wants. Canelo didn’t say whether this is a new offer or the same existing one. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican stars Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. checked in at the second stop of their 4-city International press tour on Tuesday in New York to talk about their big fight on May 6 on HBO pay-per-view. Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya was in fine form in talking about how a Golden Boy Promotions poll has the boxing fans predicting a knockout in the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight by 99.9%.
De La Hoya didn’t say who the fans were predicting would be the one that gets knocked out, but if you put his feet to the fire, he would likely say Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
Two-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and former WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) today hosted a press conference in New York City, the second stop on their four-city press tour. The fans for both fighters came out in throngs and lined up early to get close to Canelo and Chávez, Jr. at the event. Canelo and Chávez, Jr. will meet on Cinco de Mayo weekend, Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez doesn’t care for the idea of Floyd Mayweather Jr. facing UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match. Canelo thinks it’s a bad idea for the sport for a fight between Mayweather and a fighter that has never boxed before in 28-year-old McGregor.
The Mayweather vs. McGregor fight has a lot of hurdles to overcome before it can take place right now, and it remains to be seen if Mayweather can negotiate it. McGregor is under contract with the UFC, and they might not agree to the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has taken the hot air out of the idea of his fighter Manny Pacquiao facing former light welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan in his next fight. Arum says the Pacquiao-Khan fight IS NOT happening.
Arum didn’t say anything about former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner saying that he received a call from Pacquiao’s promoter recently about a fight. Could Broner be a potential opponent for Pacquiao to fight net in Dubai? Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: On Saturday night, Ohio hosted an event which saw two new players in Adrian Broner and Lamont Peterson added to an already talent stacked welterweight division. The 147lb weight class has been a bit stagnant since the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015 but with additions like Adrien Broner and Lamont Peterson as well as top end fights between Danny Garcia v Keith Thurman and Kell Brook v Errol Spence conveys a bright future.
The question after Saturday is just how relevant will Broner and Peterson be in this future. Adrien Broner won a split decision over 10 rounds against the relentless Adrian Granados whilst on the undercard Lamont Peterson outpointed David Avanyesan to capture the vacant WBA title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. says there is a $1 million per pound weight penalty for his May 6 fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez. It’s a penalty that can impact either fighter, although you have to figure that Chavez Jr. would be the one more at risk at being hit with the $1 million per pound weight penalty due to him coming in over the 168 lb. super middleweight limit several times in the last three years.
The Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight will take place at a catch-weight of 164 ½ pounds. Chavez Jr. says he’s at 180 pounds right now, and he feels that he’s going to be able to make the catch-weight. If he fails to, then the money will go to Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Eleider Alvarez (21-0, 10 KOs) will be in action this Friday night on February 24 to face former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) in a World Boxing Council 175 lb. title eliminator bout at the Videoron Centre in Quebec, Canada. The Bute-Alvarez fight will be televised on pay-per-view in the U.S on Integrated Sports Medium. The cost is $29.95.
On paper, the Bute vs. Alvarez fight is an evenly matched affair that could do either way. Bute, 36, has turned his career around recently since suffering losses to Carl Froch, Jean Pascal and James DeGale, although he hasn’t won a fight since August 2015. Read the rest of this entry »