By Leigh K. Seto: As a long time fan of the sweet science and somewhat of a historian of the sport, I was pleased to see the Premier Boxing Champions match up last Saturday night on June 25 between WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was televised on Showtime Boxing on CBS. It’s rare to see two fighters that are on the rise going toe to toe with each other and taking challenges that other top fighters seem to avoid. The Thurman vs Porter delivered on the hype an we were all watching.
Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter both have an old school style of fighting. With more engaged assaults which captivate and inspire their audience. Like the millions of viewers I was glued to my seat avoiding the occasional fridge trips and idle conversation this fight was exciting from the opening bell. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman said recently that he doesn’t want to fight on pay-per-view, because he wants more boxing fans to see him fight. Thurman, 27, thinks that too many boxing events wind up on PPV nowadays, and he doesn’t like the idea of the fans having to pay to see him fight.
Thurman says he’s not looking to gauge the boxing fans by asking them to pay extra money to see him fight on top of the money that they’re already paying to get the premium channels each month like Showtime and/or HBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) says he wants to fight a unification match against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) this year, and after he beats him, he wants to face IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Goovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) for all the marbles next year in the fall of 2017 in a pay-per-view fight. But first, Jacobs wants to take Saunders’ scalp and get some momentum by adding his WBO strap to his collection before looking to face the main man in the division in GGG.
Getting Saunders inside the ring may prove to be difficult for Jacobs, however, as Saunders has been sitting on his WBO title without defending it for the past seven months since winning it with a narrow 12 round decision victory over former champion Andy Lee last December. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and WBA 147lb champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) could be facing each other in the future if Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has anything to do with it. Hearn wants to match Brook against Thurman in a unification match if Brook can beat WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in their fight in September.
Hearn likes Brook’s chances of beating Thurman to take his WBA strap. Indeed, Hearn thinks Brook is a better fighter than Thurman. I’m not sure that I agree with Hearn, but then again, I’ve seen Brook fight many times. I saw how Brook was out on his feet in the 12th round against Carson Jones in 2012. Somehow, I don’t think Thurman would ever be hurt by Jones, but Brook sure was. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is working on finalizing the deal between his fighter IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and the Matchroom Sport promoted Chris Eubank Jr. for a fight that could take place in either late August or early September at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Golovkin, 34, will have all four of his 160lb titles on the line for the fight against #2 WBA, #2 WBC Eubank Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By J. Calderon: It appears that former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) is on track to replace retired former five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KO’s), not as the next PPV attraction, but as the biggest villain in boxing.
Alvarez, 25, has been barraged relentlessly this week by boxing fans and critics alike, after Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya announced that they will be going after the weakest link in the 154 lb. division: WBO light middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KO’s). Some argue that this could be a cherry-pick gone wrong for Oscar, others are perplexed by the baffling and unwarranted rumored purchase price of $70, arguing that they wouldn’t tune in if this was a free fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Last Saturday night’s card headlined by the welterweight clash between WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and Shawn Porter brought in tremendous ratings on Showtime Boxing on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Thurman vs. Porter main event averaged 3.1 million viewers, according to Dan Rafael. The card itself averaged 2.4 million viewers. Those are tremendous ratings.
Having welterweights as good as Thurman and Porter face each other is a rare thing in the sport nowadays. The fight fans in the U.S saw this fight as an interesting one, so they gladly tuned in to see it. What helped matters is there was a great deal of marketing of the Thurman-Porter fight ahead of time. The fans knew the fight was taking place last Saturday, so the fans tuned in to see it in large numbers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Reynaldo Sanchez: Stephen Espinoza, SHOWTIME executive Vice President, is not convinced that the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight, will take place in September 2017. Espinoza believes that this announcement it is just a hot towel to calm the wave of criticism being targeted towards Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions.
Espinoza is not sure this fight will ever happen and his opinion is that Golden Boy Promotions made this announcement because they were practically forced by the criticism that arose in social networks, after Canelo Alvarez left the WBC belt to avoid a fight with his mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Association has reportedly given newly crowned WBA World light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs( 30 days to negotiate with his unbeaten and highly talented #1 WBA mandatory challenger Relikh Kiryl (21-0, 19 KOs) for a title defense. It’ll go to a purse bid of Burns and Kiryl’s management are unable to reach a deal to arrange a fight between them.
This is obviously bad luck for Burns to have a guy as dangerous as the 26-year-old Kiryl as his mandatory challenger for his first defense. Burns recently captured the vacant WBA 140lb title last May in stopping Michele Di Rocco in the 8th round in Glasgow, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: For WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s next defense against 35-year-old Chris Arreola, the two fighters will be tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency [VADA] to be tested for banned drugs all the way up until their fight on July 16 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
With the Wilder-Arreola fight being a little more than two and a half weeks to go, there isn’t much time for VADA to test the two fighters before they meet up next month. The Wilder-Arreola fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and Fox Deportes. It should be an interesting fight for as long as it lasts. Read the rest of this entry »