By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) expects 2017 to be a huge year for him starting with his fight against Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) on March 11 at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. The fight will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
This is a pretty even fight between two highly ranked contenders in the 160lb division, both of which have been knocked out by middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Stevens was stopped in 8 rounds by Golovkin in 2013, whereas Lemieux was knocked out in the 8th by him in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former four division world champion Adrien Broner thinks WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) should not fight unbeaten welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) right now. Broner doesn’t see that fight as a good career move for the 29-year-old Crawford right now.
Broner says that Crawford should keep winning and building a name for himself. As for why Broner doesn’t think it’s such a good idea for the 5’8” Crawford to take the fight with the 5’9” Spence, he sees Spence as the bigger fighter. As in bigger, Broner would be meaning heavier. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s career is arguably ending slowly in a sad way for the former eight-division world champion with him facing one non-star after another in pay-per-view fights that the boxing fans have little interest in purchasing in high numbers. Pacquiao is expected to fight someone named Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) next on April 23 at the Suncorps Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Horn is someone that Pacquiao’s 85-year-old promoter Bob Arum wants him to fight next. Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) says he doesn’t know who Horn is, and he’s never seen his face. Despite all that, Pacquiao still wants to fight in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman )27-0, 22 KOs) says WBC belt holder Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) has made a grave mistake in signing the contract to fight him on March 4, because he’s going to knock him out and take his WBC title in the process.
Thurman, 28, respects the punching power of Garcia, but he sees his own knockout power as being a level above his. Thurman points out that when Garcia hits guys, they go down and then get right back up. In contrast, when he knocks guys down, they stay down and don’t get back up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Leo Santa Cruz feels that he’s improve since his loss to Carl “The Jackal” Frampton last July, and he plans on getting inside the ring and showing it on January 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) knows what he did wrong in his previous fight against the unbeaten Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs), and he plans on correcting all of those mistakes when he faces the 29-year-old Irish fighter in the rematch on Showtime Championship Boxing.
The WBC Diamond strap will be up for grabs in the Frampton-Santa Cruz rematch. It’s nice little trinket for the winner. However, it doesn’t mean nearly as much for the winner as getting the victory and moving on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley D. Cision: In the last five or so years we have seen an alarming trend in boxing, and that is the catch-weight. Lately, several boxers have started using catch-weights as weapons, and this needs to be put to an end as quickly as possible.
The latest fight to have a catch-weight contract is the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight on May 6. Historically, Chavez Jr. has had a good amount of difficulty making weight, and lately has been fighting at over 170 pounds. However, in his last fight against Dominik Britsch on December 10, he did come in lighter, but looked incredibly drawn and gaunt on the scales. The Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight has a catch-weight set at 164 1/2 pounds. Why the half pound? This seems ridiculous and pointless. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Miller: Ask most fighters and they will tell you “Boxing is 90% mental and 10% physical.” Nobody knows the exact ratio but for sure a huge chunk of ability is certainly housed between the ears. There is nobody who can antagonize or ignite emotion in a fighter the way trainer Angel Garcia manages to.
Good or bad, whatever your views are, he seems to be an Angel to his son WBC champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia, but a demon to any opponent. That opponent now is current WBA welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Price (21-3, 18 KOs) believes he could be soon fighting for a world title in the near future if he can get past Christian Hammer (20-4, 11 KOs), and then win another fight. Price, 33, wants to become the mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker before fighting for a world title. However, Price might be lucky if he can even beat the 29-year-old Hammer next month, because he’s had problems with taking hard head shots.
Price has been knocked out three times since 2013, and he hasn’t even fought anyone particularly dangerous. Price’s knockouts have come against Tony Thompson [x 2] and Erkan Teper. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Froch is picking #1 WBC Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) to beat No.1 WBO Anthony Dirrell (30-1, 24 KOs) when the two of them face each other for the now vacant WBC super middleweight title.
Champion Badou Jack vacated the belt on Wednesday of this week in order to move up to light heavyweight to get bigger fights than the ones available in the 168lb division. The World Boxing Council will soon be ordering the Dirrell vs. Smith fight for the vacant WBC super middleweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight David Haye and Tony Bellew have both reportedly received warnings from the British Boxing Board of Control before they meet up in “The Gloves Are Off” special. Bellew and Haye got into it during their kickoff press conference on November 4 for their fight on March 4 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Bellew shoved Haye when he got too close to him, and this led to Haye appearing to swat him with a left to the chin. This all could have been avoided if promoter Eddie Hearn had made sure that the two fighters were kept separated, but he wanted them to have a face off because he thinks it’s needed to help drum up interested in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »