By Jeff Aranow: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) has tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine [also known as Enobosarm] from his last fight WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack on April 30 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. The Jack vs. Bute fight was scored a 12 round draw.
The 36-year-old Bute tested positive in the post-fight drug test for the Ostarine substance. The World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman has already sent a press release to the media on Thursday letting them know of the positive drug test for Bute. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: 33-year-old former world title challenger Matt Korobov (25-1, 14 KOs) will be trying to keep his career alive next month against 34-year-old journeyman Bryan Vera (23-10, 14 KOs) on June 25 on the Mike Alvarado vs. Josh Torres fight card at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.
Korobov will be fighting at super middleweight rather than middleweight. It remains whether he’ll be stronger at this weight.
The fight will be the second for Korobov since he was stopped in the 6th round by Andy Lee in December 2014. That was a bout in which Korobov was ahead in the 6th round when he was caught by a hard right hook from Lee and then taken out with a flurry of heavy shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBA, #3 WBC Chris Eubank Jr. recently signed a new two-fight contract with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport promotional company, and Eubank Jr. reportedly wants a title shot against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin before the end of the year.
Hearn says he’s made an offer to Golovkin’s promoters at K2 to make the fight happen with Eubank Jr. Hearn believes it’s the second biggest money fight available to Golovkin behind only the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight.
The question is can Hearn deliver the fight for the 26-year-old Eubank Jr? The other question is what happens if Hearn doesn’t get the fight for Eubank Jr. against Golovkin? Will Eubank Jr. leave Matchroom Sport when his promotional contract expires or will he re-up with them despite their failure to land him the fight he wants against Golovkin? There’s got to be some pressure on Hearn to try and make the fight with Golovkin in order to keep Eubank Jr. and his father happy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is finishing up on the touches of a deal for a unification fight between his fighter IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and the Top Rank promoted WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) for a fight in either late August or early September, on August 20, August 27, and September 3rd.
The fight will take place in Sheffield, UK. Hearn has made the 27-year-old Vargas an offer he can’t refuse, and he’s now willing to come over to the UK and fight on Brook’s own turf. The money that Vargas is getting for the fight is rumored to be three times more than he’s received for his biggest payday of his career.
As such, you can argue that Hearn is buying Brook a world title by getting Vargas to come over to the UK and fight in an unfriendly environment where he may need a knockout to have a chance at winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn believes that former two division world champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) is getting further away from a big money fight against his fighter IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) rather than heading towards the fight.
Hearn believes that the poor level of opposition that Haye has been facing lately is hurting his chances for him to get the big money match against the 6’6” Joshua in the future. Hearn wants to see the 35-year-old Haye step it up against a better clash of heavyweight such as Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs).
This opponent would be a HUGE step up in class for Haye from the last two gawd awful opponents he’s faced in his comeback. Whyte would at least have a chance of beating Haye if his surgically repaired left shoulder was at 100 percent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Peter Fury, the trainer for unbeaten IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, says IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua needs to be cautious with his new IBF mandatory challenger Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs), who just finished defeating ring veteran Carlos Takam by a 12 round decision last Saturday night in their IBF heavyweight eliminator bout in New Zealand.
Parker will likely need to wait until 2017 before he gets his mandatory title shot against Joshua, because Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has several different fighters he’s thinking of matching against him for his fight in November.
None of them are named Parker. Hearn wants to match Joshua against Tyson Fury in November if he beats Wladimir Klitschko in their rematch on July 9. If not Fury, then heavyweights that American boxing fans are familiar with like Bryant Jennings or Bermane Stiverne. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) is one of the potential opponents for WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia for his next fight. Berto, Adrien Broner and Amir Khan are considered three strong potential opponents for the 27-year-old Garcia.
Berto says he sees flaws in Garcia’s game that he would look to take advantage of it he winds up facing him. Ultimately, whether Berto faces Garcia or now will depend on their mutual adviser Al Haymon, and of course it’ll depend on Garcia and his father Angel Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) has been given permission by the World Boxing Council to take a voluntary defense while they decide what to do with the 36-year-old Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs), who was popped on a latest drug test by VADA on April 27.
Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance Meldonium, and the WBC took it seriously enough to postpone but not cancel the Wilder vs. Povetkin mandatory defense. On Wednesday, the WBC announced that Wilder can take a voluntary defense. However, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said that they’re still investigating the Povetkin case. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says a fight between his fighter #2 WBA, #3 WBC Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) and IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) will be taking place in 2016 in September, October, November or December.
Hearn is confident the fight will take place. He says he’s made an offer to Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler. Whether he accepts the offer is unclear, but Hearn says it’s the second most money Triple G can make behind Canelo. He believes it’s a fight that can definitely get made.
Eubank Jr. will be fighting (Tom Doran 17-0, 7 KOs) next month on the undercard of Dominic Breazeale vs. Anthony Joshua on June 25 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. This is another mismatch for the 26-year-old Eubank Jr. similar to his last fight against Nick Blackwell but far worse. Doran is not in Blackwell’s league and he’s going to be in trouble against Eubank Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson says he likes the current IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) in part because he was named after him. Tyson, 49, follows Fury’s fights, and he was impressed with his recent victory over 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko last November in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Tyson notes that Wladimir had been champion for many years until Fury came along and beat him. Tyson hears how some people call the 27-year-old Fury a bum, but he still likes him because he showed that he could beat the best heavyweight of current era in Wladimir.
Fury will be facing Wladimir in a rematch on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Read the rest of this entry »