By Gav Duthie: The greatest male American hope since Andre Wards gold medal in 2004 has fallen at the final hurdle. Shakur Stevenson boxed well but was eventually outworked by now two time Gold medalist Cuban Robeisy Ramirez. Stevenson drops to 26-1 in international competition and was distraught after the decision but at only 19 he has a bright future ahead. The financial lure will likely turn Shakur professional before the end of the year and he will still return home a hero and possibly a millionaire by the years end as promoters vie for his signature.
Being a silver medalist was no disgrace against Ramirez. Being from the UK it reminded me of 2004 when 17 year old Amir Khan lost in the final to Mario Kindelan, he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a professional boxing as an amateur, a multiple world champion that never was, Robeisy Ramirez could be the same so should he turn professional? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like you can add Chis Eubank Jr’s name to the list of fighters that WBO middleweight belt holder Billy Joe Saunders won’t be fighting anytime soon. Saunders is offering Eubank Jr. a small 80-20 revenue split for a rematch between them, and it looks like he’s not going to be budging from that offer.
Saunders recently turned down fights against Gabriel Rosado, Willie Monroe Jr. and Curtis Stevens for fights on the undercard of Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith card on September 17, and it’s unclear when he’ll finally get around to making his first defense of his World Boxing Organization 160lb title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook says he could move back down to 147 to defend his IBF welterweight title against his new #1 IBF mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) after his title challenge against unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in their fight next month on September 10.
Brook says he’ll move back down to 147 for a huge fight, and he considers the Spence fight as a huge one. As such, Brook will do what he has to do for him to get the big money fight against a big name. Brook would be really up against it in facing a talent like Spence after coming off of a fight against Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight world title challenger Dereck Chisora (25-6, 17 KOs) will be taking a stay busy confidence booster type fight next month on September 10 against little known Drazan Janjanin (13-7, 12 KOs) in a scheduled eight round fight fat the Hovet in Stockholm. It’s hard to know what Chisora is hoping to accomplish with all these tune-up fights at this stage in his career.
If the fight against the 27-year-old Janjanin was the first fight against a low level opponent for Chisora in many years, then I could understand it, but this is his sixth weak opponent in his last seven fights. Chisora was beaten by Tyson Fury by a 10th round knockout in November 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Last Sunday’s IBF welterweight title eliminator fight between unbeaten #2 IBF Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) and Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) brought in huge ratings on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. According to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, the Spence-Bundu fight brought in a rating of 4.6 with about six million having watched it. Those are tremendous numbers for a boxing event.
The fight had an advantage of being televised on free television after Olympic basketball, but it’s still a great sign that that many casual boxing fans stuck around to watch the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten challenger Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is a slight favorite to beat IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO) in their fight on November 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward, 32, is the favorite by Bovada by the line -150 to +120 for Kovalev. The odds are likely to change by the time the two unbeaten 175lb fighters face each other on HBO pay-per-view in Las Vegas.
Kovalev, 33, likely would be the favorite in this fight if he had destroyed his last opponent Isaac Chilemba last July, but he struggled a little bit in beating him by a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Chris Eubank Sr. is still interested in setting up a rematch between his son #2 WBA, #2 WBC Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) and unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) so that his son can avenge his loss to Saunders from 2014. However, Eubank Sr. doesn’t know if Saunders is interested in the fight with Eubank Jr. Saunders has a chance of potentially getting a nice payday fight against former two division champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in December.
If Saunders takes energy showing interest in a fight against Eubank Jr. right now, he could wind up missing out on a fight against Canelo Alvarez. A fight against Canelo might have a more realistic chance of taking place for Saunders than a rematch against Eubank Jr., because the negotiations for that fight could prove to be a real headache for Saunders and his promoter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez thinks that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is talking foolishly lately with the way he’s trash talking him in the media. Canelo says he thinks the people around Golovkin are changing him to get him to start talking trash the way he’s now doing. Canelo say he doesn’t care. The trash talking will make him angry and he’ll use that to make the fight with him more interesting when he does face him in the future.
Canelo says he has no doubts that he’ll beat Golovkin when the two of them do face each other. Like his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo insists that the fight with Triple G will happen, but the negotiations will be complicated.
Canelo doesn’t say why the negotiations with Golovkin will be difficult. He also doesn’t say whether they’ll insist on a catch-weight handicap to try and boil Golovkin’s weight down to try and weaken him to gain an edge. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I thought I’d seen everything in boxing when it came to oddball pound-for-pound list until I’d seen former super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s own list, and it takes the cake.
Froch’s list resembles a list picked with one’s eyes closed with fighters selected at random rather than from careful consideration of their various talent levels. I honestly don’t know what Froch was thinking with his oddball pound-for-pound list, but I’ll be improving it with my own list, which makes a heck of a lot more sense than the guys that Froch has selected. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The 5’9” Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will be giving up a little in the way of height to the 5’10” WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) in their fight in less than a month from now on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In the tale of the tape, Canelo has a three inch reach advantage at 72 inches compared to Smith’s 69”.
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You can bet that Canelo will be looking to take advantage of his reach by jabbing on the outside as much as possible. Canelo, 26, has a good jab, and he likes to use it to avoid getting hit when he faces guys that have shorter arms. Smith, 27, is going to need to get in close for him to land his big body shots. That’s where Smith has a real chance of winning this fight, because Canelo’s main weakness is his ability take hard body punches.
Canelo can be out-boxed by faster guys with good mobility. That obviously isn’t something that Smith is going to be able to do, because he’s not very fast on his feet. Smith likes to bang with big power shots, and never hard to find in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »