By Chris Williams: If Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) makes the mistake of agreeing to fight WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) at 140, he’ll lose the fight, according to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. However, Sanchez thinks it’ll be so hard for Pacquiao to drop the needed weight to get to 140 that he’ll end up weakened in the process of dropping the weight. On the flipside, Sanchez says that Pacquiao gets Crawford to move up to 147 to fight him, then Pacquiao will win.
“I think Terence beats Manny at 140 pounds because Manny would kill himself to get down there, no matter what he says,” said Sanchez to the dailynews.com. ”But I think Manny wins at 147.”
Pacquiao should tell Crawford that if he wants to fight him, then he needs to come up to welterweight and beat a top name like Errol Spence Jr. first. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) expects to be a more dangerous fighter than he’s ever been before when he moves up in weight this Saturday night to challenge WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) for his title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Frampton, 29, is moving up in weight four pounds from the 122lb division where he abandoned his IBF/WBA titles. Frampton wants to beat Santa Cruz, and then face Gary Russell Jr. and Lee Selby in unification matches. Frampton hasn’t said anything about wanting to fight newly crowned WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez yet, but that might be a step too far for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night on July 30, HBO Sports will be playing the Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol light welterweight unification fight at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. This is a replay of last Saturday’s unification match-up on HBO pay-per-view. While Crawford-Postol fight probably had no business being televised on PPV and might end up losing money for Top Rank, the undercard at least had a good performance in featherweight Oscar Valdez’s 2nd round knockout win over previously Matias Rueda to claim the vacant WBO featherweight title.
If there was a potential superstar on the card, it was Valdez, not Crawford. Valdez looks like the real deal. Whether he can get enough casual boxing fans excited about seeing him fight at featherweight is another question. Valdez might need to move up to at least light welterweight to have a chance of becoming a huge star. Since that’s not likely to happen, he’ll probably need to be satisfied with toiling away at featherweight or super featherweight his entire career and probably not getting the attention he would receive if he fought at 140 or 147. Read the rest of this entry »
By Poerqe: Through the ages there have been a lot of boxers who have influenced boxers and boxing as a whole. But none have made such on impact as Floyd ‘money’ Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs). It was always about the money, but never so much as during and post Mayweather. Mayweather has numerous times openly admitted that instead of trying to match himself against the very best and testing himself. He looks at what makes financially the most sense. This mantra seems to have been adopted by the other boxers who also look to maximize their purses and minimize the risk they take. And can we really blame them?
If we look at the September 10th Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) vs. Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) fight, you have to wonder How this fight is even allowed to take place? Well, there is only one reason. It makes sense financially and the risk for both fighters is pretty low. The money is obviously good, for GGG the fact he’ll lose is pretty none existing. Kell will lose but it probably won’t have effect on his career. People except him to lose (except for some delusional Brook fans). He’ll get exposure in the US and around the rest of the world. God knows he needs some. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it seems that it doesn’t really matter that welterweight Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) is reportedly weighing 178 pounds right now and is heavier than IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs). The general consensus is that Brook is just too little to be fighting Golovkin, and will be knocked out on September 10 when the two of them fight each other at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Trainer Freddie Roach also believes that the 30-year-old Brook is just too small to have a chance of beating Triple G. Roach sees the Golovkin vs. Brook fight as very similar to the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Amir Khan fight that took place last May. I bet that doesn’t make Brook feel too good in seeing himself being mentioned in the same light as welterweight Khan, because the hulking super middleweight-sized Canelo knocked him out in the 6th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a move that reeks of desperation, Kalle Sauerland, the promoter for #11 WBO heavyweight contender David Price (20-3, 17 KOs), intends on taking a HUGE risk with the fragile-chinned 33-year-old Price by putting him in with the talented American knockout artist Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) in November on the undercard of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next fight at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Sauerland figures that if the 6’8” Price wins that fight, he’ll be in the heavyweight mix for a title shot against Joshua. To be sure, the risk could in theory pay off for Price if he can get the hard hitting 6’4” Molina out of there before he gets his high powered offense cranked up. Once Molina’s offense is firing on all eight cylinders like it was in the 10th round of his last fight against former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek last April, I don’t see Price lasting long. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: As I predicted and it came to pass, Terrence Crawford absolutely dominated and destroyed Viktor ‘overhyped’ Postol with relative ease. Postol became a hyped superstar from the ashes of Lucas Mathysse, who after many battles looked like the oil-less robot of the Wizard of Oz. Postol’s only reliable weapon is his jab, and his eight week training at Wildcard gym under Freddy Roach was not going upgrade his average skillset. Crawford vs Postol was a disappointing battle, and those who over hyped Postol as the next big star were rightly put on their place.
However, in the 140 division the biggest challenge for Crawford is not the one dimensional Ukrainian, but the omni-directional Russian Eduard Troyanovsky who is 24-0, 21 knockouts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will be defending his title this Friday night on June 29 against #8 WBC Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in what should be a very winnable fight for the 38-year-old Stevenson on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike TV from the Centre Videotron, in Quebec city, Canada.
This is a fight that Stevenson wants because he likes the match-up. Read: Stevenson believes he can get through this fight without too much trouble. Williams Jr. is still largely the same flawed fighter that was stopped by Gabriel Campillo two years ago in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s right hand is still in need of an additional surgery from his fight against Chris Arreola on July 16. Wilder already had his first surgery on his broken right hand last week, and he’ll a second one this week. Wilder could have surgery on his torn right bicep at the same time.
The prognosis is Wilder being out of the ring potentially until November or December if things go well. If not, then he’ll be back in the first quarter of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #13 WBC former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) reportedly is in the running for a fight against unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Liam Smith card on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Golden Boy Promotions are looking to add Saunders to the undercard of the fight card with the possible idea of matching Canelo against him later this year in December or at some point in the near future.
Golden Boy wants to move Canelo up to middleweight soon, and a fight against Saunders is thought to be Canelo’s first at the full weight of 160 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »