By Scott Gilfoid: WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew got some bad news today with the World Boxing Council saying that he’s got to fight his mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis (20-0, 17 KOs) in his next fight if he successfully defeats #14 WBC fringe contender BJ Flores (32-2-1, 20 KOs) on October 15 in their fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
Bellew, 33, could have gotten the fight against the talented Brieidis out of the way in his first defense, but instead he opted to fight the 37-year-old Flores, who was recently easily beaten by Beibut Shumenov by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision last year in July 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Trainer Kenny Porter says he’s 1000 percent sure that Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) will be winning the International Boxing Federation welterweight title soon whether it be against IBF champion Kell Brook or someone else if he vacates the title after his match next month against Gennady Golovkin. Kenny says that Spence won’t be fighting his son Shawn Porter for the vacant IBF title.
Spence, 26, defeated Leonard Bundu by a 6th round knockout on August 21 in their IBF welterweight title eliminator to become the mandatory challenger to Kell Brook. Spence has already called out Brook for him to come back down after his fight against Golovkin, but it’s unclear if he’ll do so. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin says he doesn’t plan on letting his fight against British fighter Kell “Special K” Brook go to a decision on September 10. Golovkin doesn’t want to let the judges decide his fight, which is why he intends on going after the 30-year-old Brook to get the knockout.
Golovkin isn’t bothered about the UK fans cheering for Brook, because he plans on during it into a “drama show” to entertain the British fans by looking to slug with Brook at every opportunity.
Golovkin says if Brook stands in front of him, he will beat him and finish him off. If Brook moves around, Golovkin says it will take him a little bit longer but he’ll still get to him and knock him out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will be defending his title against Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) in a rematch in less than two weeks on Friday, September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pa. The Jacobs-Mora II rematch hasn’t caught the attention of boxing fans because it’s not a fight that is in demand at all, period.
The management for Mora and Jacobs obviously saw it as an important enough fight to have it televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. As far as rematches go, I think it would have been far better for Jacobs to have fought Peter Quillin again if he wanted a rematch. I’d rather see the two of them fight each other again rather than another mismatch between Jacobs and the 35-year-old Mora. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #11 WBO middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado (29-3, 13 KOs) is saying that he plans on making #15 WBO Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) quit when the two of them fight next month on September 17 in the co-feature bout on HBO pay-per-view at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The winner of the Rosado-Monroe Jr. is expected to be matched against fellow Golden Boy Promotions fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“The big prize is Canelo,” Golden Boy Promotions executive Eric Gomez said on Monday. “The winner of (Rosado-Monroe) could very well be fighting Canelo in December.”
Just when that fight will take place is unknown. It could either be this December or in May of 2017. It probably won’t be in September next year, because supposedly that will be when Canelo will be fighting Golovkin; although many boxing fans highly doubt that will be happening. They expect Golden Boy to be using a walker or a cane and eating pureed food by the time Canelo finally fights him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Depending on Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s success in the with his coming fights this year and in 2017, he could be on his way to becoming the next crossover star if he can beat the likes of Liam Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya believes that Canelo is on the cusp of becoming a crossover star in becoming a huge star in the United States.
The 26-year-old Canelo already is a big star in his native Mexico, and he has been for some time. Breaking into the U.S markets to get the riches from the huge population has proven to be tougher for Canelo, because the fans haven’t fully adopted the Mexican star as of yet. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (18-1, 14 KOs) is hoping to fight Gary Cornish (23-1, 12 KOs) for his next fight on October 7 on the undercard of the Ricky Burns v Kiryl Relikh card at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland. Whyte, 28, wanted to fight Sam Sexton for that card, but he’s not going to be available for the fight.
Cornish, 29, might not take the fight against Whyte though. If not, then Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn will need to try and dig up someone else. Cornish is not a great opponent, but you can’t blame Whyte wanting to fight him.
Whyte’s surgically repaired left shoulder doesn’t seem strong or even close to being strong since he came back from the surgery. Whyte has won his last two fights against poor opposition but he’s not using his left hand for much in his fights. He’s mostly throwing right hands and not looking very powerful. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Light welterweight contender John Molina is predicting a victory for unbeaten Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) in his title fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) on September 10. Molina, 33, thinks Brook is a special talent and will be able to come out with the victory in this fight.
Molina sees Brook and his management as having selected Golovkin not for the money, but because they feel they can beat him. Molina believes Brook will go out and defeat the 34-year-old Golovkin next month in their fight on HBO pay-per-view and Sky Box Office pay-per-view at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In something of an odd move, World Boxing Organization junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) and the Golden Boy Promotions flagship fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will NOT be taking part in the drug testing from Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) for their upcoming fight next month on September 17 on HBO pay-per-view at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
It’s too bad there won’t be drug testing for the Canelo-Smith fight, because I think it helps when boxing fans know that the testing is being done. Neither of these fighters have ever been under suspicion for using performance enhancing drugs in the past, but it would still be nice if the testing had been done. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #11 WBC heavyweight contender Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) is interested in facing either David Price (20-3, 17 KOs) or David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) in November in order to get a title shot against International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Prices trainer Dave Coldwell said recently that he was interested in matching the 33-year-old Price against Molina in November. Whether he was serious or not is the important question. Molina, 34, is a real talent with excellent punching power and good size. For Price to go from beating the likes Vaclav Pejsar in his last match to facing Molina in November would be a monstrous leap up in competition for the struggling heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »