By Scott Gilfoid: David Price says he’s ready to step in and knockout IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on December 10 in his next fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Joshua was hoping to fight former world champion Wladimir Klitschko on that date, but the fight remains in doubt given that the World Boxing Association hasn’t yet decided whether to sanction the Klitschko vs. Price fight as of yet.
We’re waiting to see if they will. The WBA was supposed to make their decision on Thursday, but they still haven’t said anything. It doesn’t look like it matters though, because it appears that Klitschko and former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne will be facing each other on December 10 for the vacant WBA title in Hamburg, Germany.
That’s a good fight for both guys, and it gives the 40-year-old Wladimir a chance to capture the WBA title and use it as leverage to get a bigger cut of the revenue for a unification match against Joshua in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ken Woods: The light heavyweight championship bout between Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is approximately a month away (Nov. 19, HBO pay-per-view) and is one of the most anticipated fights of the year. The keys to the battle are detailed below.
Smother, smother, smother
Ward is a competent inside fighter and stronger than he appears. We have seen his ability to smother his opponent’s punches and invade their space in the Mikkel Kessler fight and the Carl Froch contest. He will need to do more of that in this match. Kovalev is very adept at keeping the contest on the outside, counter punching and setting traps. So, in order to nullify that strength, Ward will have to get close, restrict his punches and create angles for hooks and uppercuts. Also, stifling him will not allow him to get off with his power, which is his best asset. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The rematch between unbeaten WBA Super World featherweight champion Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and former WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) is officially set for January 28, in 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Santa Cruz, 28, had a rematch clause in his contract from his previous fight against Frampton last July, which the Irish fighter won by a HIGHLY controversial 12 round majority decision by the scores of 114-114, 116-112, and 117-11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Gilfoid saw the Santa Cruz vs. Frampton fight, and he had Santa Cruz winning by the score of 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux gets past his fight against little known Cristian Fabian Rios this Saturday night on October 22, he could be facing superstar Saul Canelo Alvarez in the first quarter of 2017, according to Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez. He has two scenarios for the 27-year-old Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs), one of the scenarios is Lemieux fighting WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) for his WBO belt.
Gomez also likes the idea of matching Lemieux against Golden Boy’s flagship fighter Canelo. The odds of Lemieux fighting Saunders for his WBO title are extremely low. Saunders wants to fight Canelo or Golovkin. He’s probably not going to be agreeable at all in a fight against a dangerous puncher like Lemieux, even though he might have enough boxing skills to beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Organization has reportedly ordered Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) fight at their WBO convention in San Juan. The two fighters will fight for the vacant WBO heavyweight title that was recently vacated by champion Tyson Fury.
The winner of the Parker-Ruiz fight would then be required to fight has four months [120 days] to face #4 WBO contender David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs). If Haye chooses not to take the winner of the Parker vs. Ruiz fight, then it would be the next ranked contender in the WBO’s rankings. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) has officially vacated his December 10th date on HBO, according to Dan Rafael. Unbeaten WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) will be taking the December 10 date on HBO in a fight against an opponent still to be determined.
Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that he’ll be taking the date, and he’ll be fighting in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Andre Ward says he’s NEVER going to fight unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, because he had his chance he failed to take it. Ward is fighting in the 175lb division now, and he says he’s NOT going to move back down in weight at this point. In other words, if there’s ever to be a fight between them, it would need to be at light heavyweight if GGG decided to move up two weigh classes to make it happen.
Considering that Golovkin is no bigger than some of the fighters in the 147lb division like Errol Spence Jr., it doesn’t make a lot of sense for Golovkin up two weight classes to fight someone who would have a tremendous weight advantage over him like Andre. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Association is expected to make their decision today whether to sanction the December 10 fight between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is bellyaching something fierce about the rumors of the 40-year-old Wladimir facing Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne on December 10 in Hamburg, Germany.
Hearn has been talking about Wladimir taking on a “soft touch” instead of facing the 27-year-old Joshua. However, Wladimir appears to be making sure that he has a good Plan-B opponent in case the WBA chooses not to sanction the fight, which is clearly a very smart thing for the talented Ukrainian to do. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rob Blakeman: Ricky Hatton was the greatest best piece of luck his trainer Billy Graham ever had, let’s be honest. Hatton had a natural aggression and a certain amount of athleticism and in all probability would have done well with any trainer. But I wonder how good he might have been if he had been with someone who taught the basic fundamentals of boxing from the start?
By the time I was brought in as conditioning coach for Hatton in late 2000 he already had some very bad habits which his trainer not only indulged but practically encouraged-and they weren’t only in boxing technique. Graham would give Hatton days off training when he was hung over-heck, they even got drunk together sometimes! Hatton at this embryonic point in his career really needed a firm figure of discipline in his life-not an enabler.
Maybe even worse than this was the lack of progressive and fundamental boxing training. I remember going to the Manchester England gym with my then training partner Richie Woodhall, to watch Hatton train. Read the rest of this entry »
By Earl E: Lots of criticism has been thrown at Danny “The Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 Kos) in his fight with not known contender Samuel Vargas (25-2-1, 13 Kos), because many boxing fans demand boxers should always engage in tough competitive fights in and every match.
As a boxing fan, I accept this idea, but as an individual that is pro-labor I disagree. If the boxer was to engage in a hard fight for every match, then how long will his career last? More importantly, how will his health be after retirement? Read the rest of this entry »