(Matthew Macklin seen here after getting knocked out by a body shot from Gennady Golovkin) By Scott Gilfoid: British fighter Matthew Macklin says he wants to give some helpful tips to Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) to help him get ready for his fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in a little over two weeks from now on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
It’s hard to understand what useful advice Macklin could have for Brook to help him against Golovkin, because he was knocked out in the 3rd round by him three years ago in 2013. Macklin ran around the ring trying not to get hit by GGG. Eventually, Golovkin caught up with Macklin and knocked him put with a body shot in the third round.
“I fought Golovkin and didn’t fare too well but hopefully I can pass on a few pointers to Kell and hopefully he can do a much better job,” said Macklin to skysports.com. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) made weight on Friday for his fight against Argentinian David Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) this Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The 5’8” Guerrero weighed at 146.8 pounds. His taller opponent Peralta, 5’10”, weighed in at 147lbs. Guerrero, 33, is supposed to win this fight, but it’s hard to say whether he will. Guerrero wants a rematch against WBC 147lb belt holder Danny Garcia, who beat him by a 12 round unanimous decision last January. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) is the favorite to defeat unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 on HBO PPV, but Smith believes he’s going to defeat Canelo and embarrass him with his victory. Smith is amused that Canelo has been talking this week about wanting to fight Manny Pacquiao, because he feels he’s going to give him a big fat loss next month in their fight at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Smith says that after he defeats Canelo, they’re going to look to have a rematch with him straightaway. Smith expects the money he’ll be offered will be a lot, and that they’ll be thinking up excuses to try and explain why they lost. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s time for me to clear up the confusion with all the ragged pound-for-pound lists that I’ve seen floating around the boxing world. We all know that Floyd Mayweather Jr. still belongs at the of the pound-for-pound list, because you can’t consider him truly retired until he’s been out of the ring for more than five years.
For that reason, Mayweather belongs at the top of the totem pole in the pound-for-pound rankings untol that five0year period has passed. There are too many people coming up with crazy rankings that make sense at all unless you consider their picks coming from a place of wishful thinking on their part.
Here is my list of the top 10 pound-for-pound list and think you’ll agree it’s pure quality from top to bottom: Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is back in training and it has a lot of boxing fans wondering whether he’ll soon be announcing his comeback to see win No.50. Mayweather, 39, posted an Instagram message on Thursday, showing him working out in front of his large entourage.
While it might not mean anything that Mayweather is working out, the fact that he chose to put the workout on his Instagram has many people feeling that he could be looking to return to the ring soon to continue his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) will be making his first defense of his World Boxing Association against his #1 WBA mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh (21-0, 19 KOs) on October 7 at The SSE Hydro, in Glasgow, Scotland.
This is going to be a really tough fight for the 33-year-old Burns, because Relikh is a real talent from Belarus with a lot of punching power and youth. Relikh is only 26, and he’s knocked out his last 11 opponents over a four-year time span. I see Relikh as the 140lb division’s version of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, but he’s a heck of a lot younger than him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith is saying today that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez purposefully ducked the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight by choosing to go in another direction. Smith says that Canelo built up the hopes of the boxing fans for the GGG fight by talking tough with him inside the ring after his fight against Amir Khan last May, but then he chose to give up his WBC belt rather than fight him.
I personally don’t see Canelo doing anything wrong by not taking the Golovkin fight. I think Canelo should wait five years before he fights Golovkin. If he’s still around by that point, then so be it. He gets the fight. If not, then that’s his problem. I mean, it’s not as if the casual boxing fans were demanding the fight. It was a fight too soon to be made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Don Charles, the trainer for Dereck Chisora, thinks that former two division world champion David “Hayemaker” Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) would beat unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) if the two British heavyweights were to face each other right now.
Charles thinks that the 35-year-old Haye’s ability to make his opponents miss would help him beat the much bigger 6’6” 245lb Joshua. The problem is that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t in a hurry to match his money maker against Haye.
While Hearn has been talking about wanting to make that fight in 2017, I’d be very surprised if he does. The only way I see Hearn letting Joshua fight Haye next year is if we see a poor performance from the “Haymaker” in his next fight in 2016. At this point, I don’t even know if Haye is going to fight again this year, because he’s been out of the ring since his easy win over little known fringe contender Arnold Gjergjaj last May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley D. Cision:: It looks like even Saul Canelo” Alvarez’s opponent WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith is criticizing Canelo Alvarez for ducking the universally recognized middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. In a recent interview with Fight News, Liam Smith was quoted as saying that Canelo ducked GGG massively and went about everything the wrong way when approaching a potential fight with Golovkin, and calling him out.
“Yeah, ducked him [Golovkin] massively. He went the wrong way about it. He’s being criticized a lot and losing a lot of fans about the way he did it,” said Liam Smith to Fightnews.com about Canelo ducking the Golovkin fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) has decided to bulk up in weight for his fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0 32 KOs) for their fight on September 10. Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says he wouldn’t trainer Brook the way he’s doing it with him bulking up to 176. Sanchez feels this isn’t going to work at all against Golovkin, because it’ll make him slower, easier to hit, and less able to get away from him.
Brook and his trainer Dominic Ingle seem to be betting that by being bigger than Golovkin, they’ll have a better chance of beating him on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Sanchez seems to believe that Brook would be better served by coming in as trim as he can so that he can use movement and his superb boxing skills to try and out-box Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »