By Allan Fox: After nearly two years out of the ring, Bernard Hopkins is planning on potentially making a ring return in 2016. Hopkins, 51, lost his last fight to Sergey Kovalev in 2014, and he’s not fought since then. It’s unclear whether Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) has been picky or what.
Hopkins probably could have stayed active if he was willing to fight the top contenders, but whatever reason he’s not continued to fight. That’s unfortunate because he seems to be following the same path we saw from former world champion Winky Wright in his final years of his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Tonight, Top Rank will be putting on a fight card on HBO pay-per-view headlined by light welterweights Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol. The fight is going for between $49.99 and $59.99 on pay-per-view. According to their promoter Bob Arum, he had no choice but to make the Crawford-Postol fight PPV because HBO didn’t have any available fight dates.
This is the same promotional company that put on Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. on pay-per-view last year with asking price of $100. It was a huge disappointment for the fight fans when the bout failed to produce fireworks of any kind. Pacquiao fought like he was scared after the first two rounds, and Mayweather moved around the ring to avoid getting hit.
You can’t blame the boxing public if they’re not ready to put their hard-earned money on another pay-per-view fight after their experience a year ago. Arum isn’t making things easy on himself by having the lesser known fighters like Crawford and Postol headline the PPV card on HBO. When casual boxing fans see a fight like this on PPV, it just reeks of a money grab attempt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former super middleweight world title challenger Paul Smith thinks that welterweight Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) will be able to land some shots against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in the first few rounds of their fight on September 10. However, Smith sees Golovkin catching up to Brook after three rounds and the fight could go downhill for the British fighter from that point on. Smith, 33, isn’t ruling out an upset in the fight. Smith does think Brook has a chance to beat Golovkin, but he sees it as a tough ask. Brook will need to move up two entire weight divisions to fight Golovkin.
Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn have made a big deal about him being a junior middleweight in size, and possibly even as big as Golovkin on the night of their fight on September 10. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) beats WBO 140lb champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) tonight in their fight on HBO pay-per-view, it might not lead to a big money fight against Filipino star Manny Pacquiao. While Crawford has a chance to get the Pacquiao fight, apparently, Postol doesn’t. Bob Arum, the Top Rank promoter for all three fighters, says that he doesn’t know if he’ll let the 5’11” Postol get a fight against Pacquiao if he beats the 28-year-old Crawford tonight, because of the size difference between him and the much shorter 5’6 ½” Filipino star.
We’re not even sure if Crawford will get the fight with Pacquiao if he wins against Postol, because the decision rests with Pacquiao, not with Arum. The 84-year-old promoter has unknowingly put a lot of pressure on Pacquiao to fight Crawford if he wins by frequently mentioning to the media that he could get the fight with the Filipino star next.
It’s now to the point where if Pacquiao doesn’t agree to fight Crawford, he’s probably going to take a lot of criticism from fans and the media simply because Arum has mentioned the possibility of that fight happening so often. If Pacquiao wanted to keep Arum from doing this, then he should have spoken up months ago to tell him to stop saying that there was a chance that he would fight Crawford. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol have a great deal at stake for their fight this Saturday night on HBO PPV at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of the fight could wind up in the ring facing PPV star Manny Pacquiao on November 5. The 37-year-old Pacquiao retired recently after beating Tim Bradley last April by a 12 round decision.
Pacquiao won a seat in the senate in the Philippines, but he still wants to fight and has a little time to go through a brief training camp. His promoter Bob Arum isn’t sure if Pacquiao will fight at 140 or 147 when he does come back. However, Arum has been talking a great deal about the possibility of Pacquiao fighting the winner of the Crawford-Postol fight.
It obviously will be a disappointment to Arum if Pacquiao turns up his nose to fighting the winner of the Crawford vs. Postol fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #1 WBO Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KOs) and #2 WBO Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) will be fighting it out this Saturday night for the vacant WBO World featherweight title in the co-feature bout on the Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol card on HBO pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the 25-year-old Valdez’s moment in the sun to shine after four years as a pro. Valdez’s promoters at Top Rank haven’t thrown him in with the dangerous guys like Vasyl Lomachenko, Nicholas Walters and Gary Russell Jr.
Valdez has competed in the Olympics twice in taking part in 2008 and 2012. He was eliminated both times by superior fighters. As a pro, Valdez has found things a lot easier, as he’s not been matched against the high quality fighters as of yet. Valdez did defeat former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich by a 4th round knockout last April. However, Gradovich hasn’t been the same fighter since fighting to a 12 round draw against Jayson Velez in November 2014. Beating Gradovich now isn’t such a big deal because his career has really tanked in the last two years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: #2 IBF Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) won’t have long to wait for a world title shot against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs). If the fight doesn’t take place this year, then he should be able to get a crack at Joshua’s title, according to his promoter Kalle Sauerland.The 35-year-old Pulev is right behind #1 Joseph Parker as the next mandatory challenger for the 6’6” Joshua, so he’ll be soon getting a title shot.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn still hasn’t picked out his next opponent for November. Pulev might have a chance to get that fight if Hearn doesn’t go with a lighter test. Matchroom Sport promoter Barry Hearn likes the idea of Joshua defending his title against former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne in his next fight.
Stiverne has a good chin and might be able to give him some rounds. Stiverne is also well known in the United States by the hardcore boxing fans, but not by the casual fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten light welterweight champions Viktor Postol and Terence Crawford both made weight on Friday for their clash this Saturday night on HBO PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford came in at 140 pounds at the upper limit of the light welterweight division.
For his part, Postol weighed in slightly less at 139.5lbs. During the face off, Crawford attempted to get into the head of Postol by moving up in down and staring at Postol in a gleeful way. Postol started grinning and turned away. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) will be getting most of the loot this Saturday night in terms of purses for his unification match against WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) on HBO PPV at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford will be getting $1.3 million for the fight compared to $675,000 for the 32-year-old Postol.
Both fighters are with Top Rank, but Crawford is going to get most of the cash for the fight. That should tell you a little about the pecking order for this promotion. Of course, this could all change in the future if Postol blasts Crawford apart or beats him soundly be a decision.
Crawford is seen as the guy that will be the next big star for the company. If that fails to happen and if Postol wins, it’s going to send shockwaves through Top Rank. They’re going to need to refocus and think of whom next to start hyping like mad. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum would likely be quick to circle his wagons around Postol and start giving him the heavy push in an effort to make him Top Rank’s replacement PPV fighter for Manny Pacquiao, who may not be around more than one or two fights before he retires for good. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez says he doesn’t like the September 10 fight between unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and unbeaten welterweight Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs), because he doesn’t think Brook has any chance of winning the fight. Ramirez thinks Brook will try moving around the ring for two or three rounds, but the match will end as soon as Triple G lands one of his big shots.
“For me, I don’t like the fight, but if you want to fight with me, then let’s do it,” said Ramirez to fighthub.com. “No, I don’t give him [Brook] a chance. I think he’s going to move around for two or three rounds, but when Gennady throws a good punch, he’s going to knock him out. One punch,” said Ramirez. Read the rest of this entry »