By Dan Ambrose: Gennady Golovkin is expected to be the one that is applying the pressure on Daniel Jacobs for as long as their fight lasts on March 18 on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. That’s what Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez believes, and that’s what many boxing fans believe. Sanchez says it bluntly that the 29-year-old Jacobs doesn’t have the strength to back Golovkin up and pressure him for any length of time.
Sanchez thinks it’s going to be Golovkin that will be doing most of the pressuring in the fight. It would be surprising if Jacobs does any pressuring, because it’s not his style when facing big punchers. Sanchez respects the right hand punching power of Jacobs, and he plans on having Golovkin to away from getting hit with that weapon. But he still thinks that Jacobs is going to land his big power shots at times, and he sees him potentially buzzing Golovkin with a big shot at some point in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Commentator and former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi says he doesn’t like the Saul “Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs), which is scheduled for HBO pay-per-view on May 6. Malignggi sees the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight as more of a business related match-up, which is a self-serving one that will help everyone involved in the fight.
It will help enrich Canelo, his promoters at Golden Boy, Chavez Jr., and his management team. But as far as giving the boxing public a good product in terms of a competitive match-up, Malignaggi sees the fight coming up short in that department. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) is seen by many boxing fans as the next knockout victim for IBF/IBO/WB A/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) in their fight on March 18 at on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jacobs’ trainer Andre Rozier says that he’s not going to be knocked down by Golovkin in the fight, and he’s not going to be making any mistakes in the fight like he did in his 5th round knockout loss to Russian Dmitri Pirog in 2010.
Rozier says Jacobs was winning the fight against Pirog at the time of the stoppage, which is true. Jacobs was ahead by the scores 39-37, 39-37 and 39-37. Jacobs didn’t do a good job of taking the right hand that Pirog knocked him out with in round 5. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Boxing fans in the UK have been scooping up tickets for the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight left and right for their April 29 match on Sky Box Office PPV at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
As of Monday, a mess of tickets have been sold. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to expand the 80,000 limit to 85,000 by having more tickets released. Hopefully, this doesn’t create a hazard by having too many people in the stadium. The fans need to be able to around a bit without feeling like a bunch of sardines. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto’s fight against James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) on February 25th next month is perceived by the boxing public as a dreadful mismatch, and not worthy of being televised on HBO PPV. Cotto, 36, doesn’t agree, because he’s saying that Kirkland is the best fighter.
Kirkland hasn’t shown himself to be the best though. He’s not ranked in the top 15 at 154, and he’s coming off of a 3rd round knockout win over Saul Canelo Alvarez from 2015. Kirkland opted not to fight in 2016, which isn’t surprising because he didn’t fight in 2014 either. Kirkland is one of those fighters who rarely sees action. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is excited about the May 6th fight between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. De La Hoya believes this is a fight that will FINALLY draw the casual boxing fans to purchase the fight in high numbers on HBO PPV.
It’s a match-up between two popular Mexican fighters, and the fight is going to be televised in the U.S on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. De La Hoya believes that the timing of the fight will bring a lot of success for the event. It remains to be seen though whether it will or not. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Chris Eubank Jr. says he’s coming for the rest of IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale’s teeth after he gets done with International Boxing Organization 168lb champion Renold Quinlan (11-1, 7 KOs) in their fight next month on February 4 at the Olympia in London, England.
DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) had some teeth knocked out by WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs) in their 12 round draw last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Having no luck in getting Orlando Salido to bite on a rematch with WBO World super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs), Top Rank is looking to put together a unification fight between Lomachenko and the 25-year-old WBA Super World super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) for April.
The Lomachenko vs. Corrales fight will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing if it gets made. The dates that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is looking at for the Lomachenko-Corrales fight is April 8th or 15th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #4 WBC, #4 WBO, #6 IBF middleweight contender David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) will be fighting former world title challenger Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) on HBO Boxing After Dark on March 11 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. There will be no titles on the line for this fight.
It’s just good match-up between two big sluggers. The winner of the fight will stay in the running for an eventual world title shot against one of the champions. Lemieux, 28, is a former IBF middleweight champion that is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. It’s believed by many boxing fans that Golden Boy is saving Lemieux for an eventual fight against their flagship star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at some point in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Adam Godfrey: Following their enthralling majority draw in Brooklyn this weekend, questions regarding British Super-Middleweight James DeGale’s next career move abound. The clamor for a swift rematch is readily apparent, with many fans eager to see a clear winner determined after what was a very tight battle between the two.
As an aside, I would hope that fight fans were content to see Boxing represented with with a to-and-fro humdinger between a pair of evenly matched opponents at the top of their game, and see the majority draw decision as a reflection of a close fight rather than a controversial one. A Super-fight it may not have been, but both pugilists gave World Class Boxing a welcome shot in the arm. With this in mind, what are the options for DeGale in the near future? Read the rest of this entry »