By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 IBF contender Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) saw IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s fight against Dominic Breazeale last Saturday night, and he feels very confident against British fighter when the two of them do face each other, according to Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan.
Parker is Joshua’s mandatory challenger, and he’s ready to fight him in November or in early 2017. He’ll be ready for that fight when it does take place. Parker, 24, has the youth, jab, size, power and the boxing skills to give Joshua his first loss of his career.
“How is AJ going to go when he’s eating Joseph’s jab all night?” said Lonerman to skysports.com. “After Saturday night, we’re very confident, Joseph is very confident.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Gallagher, the trainer for WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), believes his fighter has a very good chance of pulling off the upset by beating former two division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1 33 KOs) in their fight in less than three months from now on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gallagher thinks Smith, 27, can win as long as he soundly beats Canelo in a conclusive enough way to where he can’t lose by a decision or by knocking him out. Gallagher notes that Amir Khan recently fought Canelo last May in a fight in which Khan appeared to win many of the first five rounds of the contest.
The judges gave most of those rounds to Canelo, and they had Khan trailing in the fight at the time that he was knocked out in round six. Read the rest of this entry »
By J. Calderon: We get it, WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) is presumably the best at 160. What we don’t get, is why GGG continues to beat at a dead horse in a stubborn attempt to unify the middleweight division. GGG now has three of the four major organizational belts, thanks in part to a giving and generous former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) who seemed happy to oblige with Gennady’s ultimatum: “Give me my belt, hey, I need my belt.”
The last remaining belt is in possession of WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KO’s), who insists that he is willing to face GGG, but the money has to be right. An eerily similar response was heard from another highly desired Golovkin opponent, WBA (regular) middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KO’s). Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) is going into his title defense next month against #9 WBC Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) as a heavy favorite when the two of them battle it out on July 16 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Arreola has a punchers chance of winning the fight if he can land something big. Wilder’s chin is a serious question mark.
It’s quite possible that Wilder won’t be able to handle Arreola’s punching power in this fight. The only question is will Arreola be able to stick around long enough for him to land his bombs? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s now official: Light heavyweight contender Andre Ward (29-, 15 KOs) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line in less than two months from now against #10 WBA Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on August 6 on HBO at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. This isn’t the fight that the boxing world wants to see.
The fans want to see Ward fight iBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. However, the two fighters agreed to take interim fights before facing each other later this year on November 19 on HBO PPV. Fans were hoping that Ward would take on a tough opponent for his tune-up, but it looks like he and his promoters at Roc Nation Sports decided to play it safe by choosing the 39-year-old Brand, whose only loss of his career was to Badou Jack in 2012 in losing an eight round split decision. Jack was also Brand’s only true quality opponent he’s faced during his career.
Brand has a lot of knockouts in his seven-year pro career, but his knockout has come against lower level opposition for the most part. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The much talked about fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) have a working date of August 27 on Sky Box Office in the UK, according to Dan Rafael. With the Golovkin-Eubank Jr. fight possible for 8/27, it will push the unification match between IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook and WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas for September 24 on Sky Box Office.
There’s no way that both PPV broadcasts could take place in September, because that would be asking a lot of the British fans to have to pay for two PPV events rather than one.
Eubank Jr. and his promoters at Matchroom Sport have a deadline of this week to sign the contract for the Golovkin fight. If they don’t get the fight negotiated in the next two days, then Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler will be moving on to face another opponent that they can sign quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: David Haye says he saw the injured IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury dancing around on his injured leg, and he says it can’t be that bad. Fury recently reported that he suffered an ankle injury while training.
Fury then supplied pictures of his discovered ankle as proof of his injury. The injury has resulted in Fury’s scheduled July9 fight against Wladimir Klitschko to be postponed until a still to be determined date.
In the past, Haye was twice scheduled to fight Fury and both occasions, he had to pull out of the fight with injuries. Haye suffered a cut while training for their September 2013 fight, which led to it being postponed until February 2014. However, Haye suffered a bad shoulder injury in November of 2013 that caused him to cancel the fight with Fury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) sees his fight next month on July 23 against WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) as a match that will decide who the best fighter is in the division. The winner of the Crawford-Postol fight will be seen by the fans as the best, but the winner still need to face WBA champion Ricky Burns and IBF champ Eduard Troyanovsky to determine who the overall No.1 fighter is at 140.
It won’t be enough for the winner of the Crawford-Postol fight to proclaim that they’re the best. They’ll need to actually fight the rest of the champions for them to prove it. It’s not known how much longer the 28-year-old Crawford will stay at 140.
Crawford wants to become a PPV star and he probably won’t be able to do that if he stays at 140 and gets stuck fighting guys like Dierry Jean, Hank Lundy and Thomas Dulorme over and over again. The Crawford-Postol fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view, but that’s only because HBO didn’t have any open dates to televise the fight on regular HBO Championship Boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Wladimir Klitschko says he doesn’t care about the titles when it comes to his rematch with Tyson Fury. Wladimir’s focus is on beating Fury and avenging his loss from last November.
The world titles Wladimir lost, IBF, IBO/WBA/WBO, straps are secondary to him. The Fury-Klitschko 2 rematch was supposed to be taking place on July 9 next month at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. However, Fury suffered an ankle injury recently, and the injury is expected to keep him out of the ring for the next four months until the end of October if then.
The possible date for the Fury-Klitschko2 rematch is on October 29 at the Manchester Arena. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) is still talking about wanting to get a unification fight against WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs), because he wants his WBC 147lb title, which had previously been in the possession of superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.
Thurman was never given a fight by Mayweather, and he still seems to be a little perturbed about that. Thurman feels that by beating Garcia and taking his WBC title, he’ll have his name connected with that belt due to it previously belonging to Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »