By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) may have lost his only chance of getting a fight against Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) when Canelo vacated his WBC 160lb title last week.
With the WBC title, there was no way that Canelo could give the knockout artist Golovkin a take it or leave it offer by telling him that he must fight at a strength-draining catch-weight of 155lbs and agree to a lopsided purse split of 90-10. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a month from now former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) will be challenging WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) for his title on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
There are many boxing fans who are leaning in the direction of the 27-year-old Thurman to defeat Porter in this clash. However, it’s a fight that is really a toss-up when you look at the two fighters’ previous fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite being ranked at only #7 WBA at light welterweight and not having done much in that division, Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBA 140lb title on Saturday night against #1 WBA Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
It couldn’t get any easier than this for the 33-year-old Burns. Di Rocco is terribly flawed with a built up record based on wins over C-level fighters. Di Rocco has been fighting the type of guys that one would start their career out fighting. But instead of moving from facing weaker opponents to the top rung of the light welterweight division, Di Rocco continued to fight the weaker opponents right up to his fight against Burns on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Knockout specialist Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) says there is no doubt in his mind that he’s going to be knocking out home fighter Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) on Sunday night when the two of them fight for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK.
Makabu, 29, has been knocking out everybody he’s faced pretty much since he first turned pro in 2008. The boxing world really took notice of the talented Makabu in his last fight against the defensive wizard Thabiso Mchunu last year in May 2015. The fight was basically even going into the 11th round when Makabu knocked Mchunu out in the round with a pulverizing left upper cut to the head.
Mchunu is a guy that some fans compare to Floyd Mayweather Jr. due to his craftiness in the ring. He’s very hard to hit cleanly, and perhaps that’s why Makabu couldn’t take him out until the 11th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: It’s only been days since Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) defeated Carlos Takam by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night, but now Parker is already scheduled for another fight in two months from now against #12 WBA Solomon Haumono (24-2-2, 21 KOs) on July 21 at the Horncastle Arena, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Haumono is at least as good as heavyweight David Haye’s last opponent Arnold Gjergjaj but no better. It’s good match-making for Parker in giving him a body that he can test out new things on and use as a tool to improve his game. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »