By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions planned on matching Saul Canelo Alvarez against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders if the negotiations between him and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hadn’t been successful for their May 6 fight on Cinco de Mayo on HBO PPV. Golden Boy was reportedly in negotiations with Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) promoter to have him as Canelo’s opponent on May 6.
The fight would have given Canelo (48-1-1, 34 KOs) the chance to pick up the WBO 160lb title, which he and Golden Boy wants. Fortunately for Canelo, Golden Boy was able to negotiate the fight with the former WBC middleweight champion Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs). The Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in as Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Floyd Mayweather Jr. says his fighter WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs) will be moving up to light heavyweight for his next fight to challenger WBC 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson in June. Mayweather says that a rematch between Jack, 32, and IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) can take place, but it will need to take place in the light heavyweight division, because that’s the weight class Jack is moving up to.
DeGale and Jack fought to a 12 round draw last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Mayweather is not happy about the draw, as he thought that his fighter Jack won the fight EASILY. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Former super middleweight champion Carl Froch is picking IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) to beat both WBA champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) in their fight on March 18, as well as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) later on in the year in September if the fight can get made. Froch likes Golovkin’s punching power as the main factor that will lead him to victory over Canelo and Jacobs.
Froch notes that Golovkin gets hit a lot in his fights, and he sees Canelo as having a chance of beating him if he can get to him early with one of his hard power shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a big upset, unbeaten 23-year-old Immanuwel Aleem (17-0-1, 10 KOs) defeated the highly ranked #2 WBC Ievegen Khytrov (14-1, 12 KOs) by a 6th round knockout on Saturday night to win the vacant WBC Silver middleweight title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The win for Aleem puts him in striking distance for a title shot against WBC champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Aleems does not ready for a fight against Golovkin. Aleem looked shaky in many rounds against the 28-year-old Khytrov. If not for the Ukrainian fighters’ lack of defensive skills, we would have seen Aleem losing the fight, because he was there to be beaten. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (23-1-, 14 KOs) looked bloodied and battered last Saturday night following his 12 round draw against the talented WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
DeGale lost some upper front teeth, and suffered a broken eardrum. DeGale, 30, reportedly was taken to a nearby New York hospital to be checked out after the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale (24-1-1, 14 Kos) fought to a controversial 12 round draw on Saturday night against IBF 168lb champion Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs) on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Jack appeared to win the fight after knocking DeGale down in round 12. However, the judges scored the fight 114-112, 113-113, and 113-113. Boxing News 24 scored the fight 8 rounds to 4 in favor of Badou. I thought the scoring was atrocious, but it’s not surprising to me that DeGale, arguably the more popular fighter, got a draw out of the fight. I figured that Jack needed a knockout anyway to get the win, and I guess I was right. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: #8 IBF Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) pulled off a surprising 7th round knockout win over previously unbeaten IBF World super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Barlclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Davis, 22, knocked Pedraza down with a right hand to the head in the 7th. Pedraza made it back to his feet on weak legs, but referee Rocky Gonzalez halted the fight anyway. Pedraza was too hurt to be allowed to continue. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) could prove to be the toughest test of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s career, according to his trainer Abel Sanchez. Golovkin will be facing Jacobs on March 18 on HBO pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in New York. Sanchez thinks that Jacobs will a difficult opponent because of his punching power, speed and athleticism, and he’s looking forward to the fight.
Sanchez is happy that Golovkin is finally facing someone with punching power for a change. However, Jacobs is far from the first big puncher Golovkin has faced in his 12-year pro career. He’s been in with David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Fresh off his 4th round KO win over Yuri Foreman (34-3, 10 KOs) last Friday night, WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) made it clear that he wants to fight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and/or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Lara is ready to take those big fights.
Lara, 33, didn’t say if he’s going to vacate his WBA title to go up in weight and pursue those fighters or not. That would be the first move for Lara if he wanted to let the boxers know that he’s serious about wanting to fight them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook hasn’t officially vacated his IBF welterweight title yet to avoid the dangerous an incredibly talented Errol Spence Jr., but it appears that he’s heading in that direction now.
On Friday, Brook dropped the biggest hint possible in showing his hand that he’s going to steer around the fight against the 2012 U.S Olympian Spence by saying that the boxing public doesn’t know who he is. Moreover, Brook also said that if he’s going to go through the trouble of going back down to 147 for a fight, it’s going to be a big money fight against one of the following names: Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »