By Chris Williams: It looks like the much talked about fight between former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens won’t be taking place on October 22 on HBO as boxing fans had hoped. The negotiations between the two fighters have hit a stall, and it appears that the fight won’t be salvaged with help from HBO.
I had a feeling that Lemieux vs. Stevens wouldn’t happen when I first heard of the fight. I could not see Lemieux facing a live body like Stevens, because he’s too dangerous and would likely knock Lemieux into next week. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in potentially making a huge heavyweight triple-header on November 26, with IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) headlining at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in late November or December. Also on the card, British heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora is in play. A match between heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker is another one of the fights for the card. Discussions are being held for the fights, and it would be a pretty big deal if the card comes off.
Parker, 24, is Joshua’s IBF mandatory challenger, but Hearn will likely wait until early 2017 before he puts the fight together between them. In the meantime, Parker can get some valuable air time on Sky Box Office if he fights the 6’8” Price on the undercard of the Joshua-Pulev card. Price, 33, wants a title shot against Joshua, and if he can beat Parker, he would earn the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s understood by all that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is the favorite against Kell Brook going into their fight in less than two weeks from now on September 10, but Brook doesn’t care that he’s the underdog. He says he’s got the talent to pull off the upset and shock the boxing world by beating the 34-year-old Triple G and taking his IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight titles in their fight at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Brook hasn’t given away his special game plan for the fight as of yet, but he has let leak the fact that he plans on using movement to stifle GGG’s offense. Just how much movement Brook plans on using is the big question. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) is continuing his theme of him not being afraid of any man – including Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – and that he’ll eventually take on all the top fighters in the middleweight division when his body grows into the weight. In a bizarre move, Canelo is draining down in weight to fight WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 on HBO pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten super bantamweight Kid Galahad been training alongside Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and he’s seen enough of him recently to believe that he’ll give IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) his first loss of his career on September 10. Galahad thinks Brook is going give Triple G a boxing lesson inside the ring in their fight on HBO and Sky Box Office pay-per-view at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Galahad says that Brook has fought higher quality opposition than Golovkin before. Galahad doesn’t say who that it is, but it would seem that he’s referring to the twice beaten Shawn Porter. Just how Porter could be seen as a better fighter than Golovkin when he’s been beaten twice is unknown. Just getting beaten twice would seem to indicate that Porter is not better than Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew got some bad news today with the World Boxing Council saying that he’s got to fight his mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis (20-0, 17 KOs) in his next fight if he successfully defeats #14 WBC fringe contender BJ Flores (32-2-1, 20 KOs) on October 15 in their fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
Bellew, 33, could have gotten the fight against the talented Brieidis out of the way in his first defense, but instead he opted to fight the 37-year-old Flores, who was recently easily beaten by Beibut Shumenov by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision last year in July 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Trainer Kenny Porter says he’s 1000 percent sure that Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) will be winning the International Boxing Federation welterweight title soon whether it be against IBF champion Kell Brook or someone else if he vacates the title after his match next month against Gennady Golovkin. Kenny says that Spence won’t be fighting his son Shawn Porter for the vacant IBF title.
Spence, 26, defeated Leonard Bundu by a 6th round knockout on August 21 in their IBF welterweight title eliminator to become the mandatory challenger to Kell Brook. Spence has already called out Brook for him to come back down after his fight against Golovkin, but it’s unclear if he’ll do so. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin says he doesn’t plan on letting his fight against British fighter Kell “Special K” Brook go to a decision on September 10. Golovkin doesn’t want to let the judges decide his fight, which is why he intends on going after the 30-year-old Brook to get the knockout.
Golovkin isn’t bothered about the UK fans cheering for Brook, because he plans on during it into a “drama show” to entertain the British fans by looking to slug with Brook at every opportunity.
Golovkin says if Brook stands in front of him, he will beat him and finish him off. If Brook moves around, Golovkin says it will take him a little bit longer but he’ll still get to him and knock him out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will be defending his title against Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) in a rematch in less than two weeks on Friday, September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pa. The Jacobs-Mora II rematch hasn’t caught the attention of boxing fans because it’s not a fight that is in demand at all, period.
The management for Mora and Jacobs obviously saw it as an important enough fight to have it televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. As far as rematches go, I think it would have been far better for Jacobs to have fought Peter Quillin again if he wanted a rematch. I’d rather see the two of them fight each other again rather than another mismatch between Jacobs and the 35-year-old Mora. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #11 WBO middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado (29-3, 13 KOs) is saying that he plans on making #15 WBO Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) quit when the two of them fight next month on September 17 in the co-feature bout on HBO pay-per-view at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The winner of the Rosado-Monroe Jr. is expected to be matched against fellow Golden Boy Promotions fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“The big prize is Canelo,” Golden Boy Promotions executive Eric Gomez said on Monday. “The winner of (Rosado-Monroe) could very well be fighting Canelo in December.”
Just when that fight will take place is unknown. It could either be this December or in May of 2017. It probably won’t be in September next year, because supposedly that will be when Canelo will be fighting Golovkin; although many boxing fans highly doubt that will be happening. They expect Golden Boy to be using a walker or a cane and eating pureed food by the time Canelo finally fights him. Read the rest of this entry »