By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) briefly traded shots on social medial last Sunday, a day after Eubank Jr. smashed a badly over-matched Tom Doran (17-1, 7 KOs) last Saturday night at the O2 Arena, in London, UK. After the fight, Eubank Jr. called Golovkin out when interviewed inside the ring. Eubank Jr. continued to talk about Golovkin at the post-fight press conference.
Indeed, the entire press conference consisted of Eubank Jr. talking about how much better he is than GGG, and how he’s going to beat him when/if they face each other in August or September. What was weird is that Eubank Jr. said only a few words about the defeated Doran. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a post-fight press conference where so little was said about the defeated opponent. It was as if Eubank Jr. hadn’t fought at all, because he sure as heck wasn’t talking about poor Doran, who he dropped four times in the one-sided massacre. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) was quick to call out IBF champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) last Saturday night moments after he’d registered his 17th consecutive knockout in stopping American challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) in the 7th round at the O2 Arena in London, England. Wilder says he wants Joshua to come to the U.S to fight him, and he doesn’t want to wait any longer for that fight to happen. Wilder wants the fight now. Joshua’s response to that was to suggest that Wilder needs to focus on his next title defense against Chris Arreola on July 16.
“Since the winter time you planned on Tyson Fury. Hey, it’s time to make your American debut Anthony Joshua. Eddie Hearn said sooner than later so let’s make sooner “NOW”!!!!!” said Wilder on his Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It looks like unbeaten #2 IBF welterweight contender Errol Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) will be facing #7 IBF Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) on August 21 at the new Barclays Center owned Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York, according to Dan Rafael. As already reported, the Spence-Bundu fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC.
The venue seats 5,000, which is a good number for a fight of this kind. It was an accomplishment if the two fighters are able to sellout the venue. The Spence vs. Bundu fight will be an IBF welterweight eliminator. The winner of the fight will be the mandatory challenger to IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 39-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. says might come back to boxing to fight again for the right price. Mayweather has said repeatedly that if he does fight again, it would be for a nine-figure payday.
For Mayweather to make that kind of money, he would need to take a real risk by fighting someone like Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, because there are no longer any huge names at 147 for him to fight now that Manny Pacquiao has retired from the sport to go into politics.
Mayweather is satisfied with being a promoter right now, and he’s currently not tempted to come back to fight any of the top welterweights like Tim Bradley, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Kell Brook or Shawn Porter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) could be back inside the ring next month against 35-year-old Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) on the undercard of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton fight card on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Malignaggi-Bracero fight is in the process of being finalized, according to Dan Rafael.
Malignaggi won his last bout against Italian Antonio Moscatiello (21-3-1, 14 KOs) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant EBU-EU welterweight title last December on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte card.
Malignaggi won his previous fight against Lazlo Fazekas last September by an eight round decision. Before that, Malignaggi was stopped in the 9th round by Danny Garcia in August of last year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: I am a big fan of the middleweight Champion Jake LaMotta, his inside the ring fighting style and on times troubled life outside the ring, are impossible for me to not to follow. Maybe there a couple of young fight fans who don’t know him, perhaps the reader is thinking to skip the article, possibly the older fight fans can recall a lot more names of Italian boxers who pleased the crowd with their fan friendly fighting style, but for sure the void left by them in the last years, sooner than later must be fulfill.
Although I rather not give nationalities to any boxer, it is true that a couple of nationalities have produced great fighters thru the years. And the rivalries among the fan bases make fights special to watch. The Puerto Rico versus Mexico boxing rivalry is a tradition in prize fighting.
The biggest and loudest fan bases do have an impact on Pay Per View numbers and can make a boxer become a huge star overnight. When Floyd Mayweather Jr fought Ricky Hatton it was sensational to see the American fans antagonize the United Kingdom fan base. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sporting a slight double chin, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) said last Saturday night that he wants to fight WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) after he beats WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) in their unification fight in September at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, UK.
Brook says there’s no reason for Thurman to fight a rematch against Shawn Porter, who Thurman defeated by a razor thin 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Brook, 30, wants a crack at Thurman, because he wants to collect his WBA belt after he’s taken care of business in taking Vargas’s WBO strap.
Thurman would have to be seen as the favorite against Brook, because he’s faster and a very elusive. Brook wouldn’t be able to go back to his bag of tricks to try and beat a fighter like Thurman like he did in his 12 round decision win over Porter from 2014, because Thurman doesn’t fight on the inside that often. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: For boxing fans that didn’t get a chance to see last Saturday night’s thrilling fight between WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs), the fans can see it tonight on CBS Sports Network at 10:00 p.m. ET. Thurman won the fight just barely by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 115-113.
CBS will also be showing the war between 154lb contenders Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina, which in some ways was a more action-packed fight than the Thurman-Porter fight. The Hurd-Molina fight was pure punching with the movement that we saw from Thurman, who did a fair amount of circling of the ring to avoid Porter’s attacking style. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) says he probably won’t be facing IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) for another 1 ½ years from now. In other words, Jacobs is using the same approach as Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to wait a year and a half before he decides to fight Golovkin. Jacobs and Canelo both seem to be calling the shots with Golovkin by saying when the fight can happen and when it can’t happen. The question is will Golovkin let himself be led by the nose by Canelo and Jacobs or will he tell them to get lost when they show interest in a year and a half from now? Golovkin might be better off telling Canelo and Jacobs that if they want to fight him, then they should work their way up the rankings to become his mandatory challenger.
Canelo and his promoters at Golden Boy believe the Canelo-Golovkin fight will be a bigger one if they let it marinate until the fall of 2017. It’ unknown if it will be bigger, especially if Canelo isn’t going to be facing the big enough names to increase his own star power. You would have to assume that Canelo isn’t getting more popular with each fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Carl Froch has serious doubts whether #2 WBA, #2 WBC contender Chris Eubank Jr. really wants the fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Froch suspects that Eubank Jr. is just saying stuff about wanting the GGG fight, but won’t go ahead and take it.
Froch thinks it’s too soon for the 26-year-old Eubank Jr. to take on an experienced guy like Golovkin, because he sees it as a potentially dangerous fight for Junior. Froch says he would prefer that Eubank Jr. continue to defend his British middleweight title until he wins it outright, and then he should go after the European middleweight title. Read the rest of this entry »