By Patrick McHugh: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) wonders if Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is ever going to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) or not. Trout, 31, notes that Canelo is saying that he’ll fight Golovkin in September of next year rather than right now.
Trout sees that as a sign that Canelo could be looking to wait until Golovkin is over-the-hill before he finally agrees to fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The struggling fringe contender Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) will be getting an arguably undeserved world title shot this Saturday night against World Boxing Association “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Cleverly has done nothing to deserve a title shot unless you consider losing three out of his last six fights as deserving a shot at a world title. Cleverly was beaten in his last fight by Andrej Fonfara last October. Before that defeat, Cleverly had lot to Tony Bellew and Sergey Kovalev in the last three years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: While Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s fight against WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith was said to have brought in a low number of pay-per-view buys on HBO on September 17, the fight was seen by 18 million viewers in Mexico on free television on Azteca 7, according to ESPN. Having the Canelo-Smith fight televised on the Mexican Independence day holiday weekend likely help increase the viewers for the event.
It wasn’t much of a fight despite the claims by Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya about Smith being the best fighter in the 154lb division. Smith didn’t look like the best in taking a beating from a one-handed Canelo until the fight was halted in the 9th after Smith was knocked down by a left to the body. Read the rest of this entry »
By Iftisaam Khan: Continuing on from his blistering start to his career, welterweight prospect Conor Benn (5-0, 3 KOs) certainly showed why he’s been touted for special things in the future in defeating Ross Jameson (1-2) by a 6-round points decision last Saturday night in front of a vocal Manchester crowd on the undercard of the Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares event. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former two division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (62-4, 52 KOs) won his fourth straight fight in defeating 33-year-old journeyman Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, 3 KOs) by a 1st round knockout last Saturday night at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Wladimir Klitschko has been left high and dry by Britain’s Tyson Fury for the second time after the 6’9” Fury pulled out of their latest scheduled fight this past Friday. Fury needs to get his life together for a moment before he resumes his pro boxing career. Wladimir, 40, says he’s going to be moving forward with his career, and he could be fighting for one or more of Fury’s titles if the sanctioning bodies end up stripping him of his IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles.
That could be a positive or a negative for Wladimir. It would depend on who he winds up facing. There are some heavyweights that Wladimir would match up well against, but others like Luis Ortiz that he probably wouldn’t do well with if he winds up being the one he faces.
For Wladimir, it’s bad news that he can’t get a second crack at Fury, because with the way that he’s looked recently with him still not looking in great shape, it would have been a winnable fight for the Ukrainian fighter. I don’t know if Wladimir could beat a dialed in Fury, not at this point in his career. We might not ever know. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s going to get a rematch for his fighter Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) against Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) for him to try and avenge his 12 round unanimous decision loss from last Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Crolla lost the fight by the scores 115-114, 115-113 and 117-111.
Crolla lost his World Boxing Association lightweight title in the fight. Fortunately for him, he had a rematch clause in the contract. Even without a rematch clause, Crolla would have an excellent chance of getting a rematch with Linares, because the Tokyo based fighter says he want to come back to fight in the UK, because he likes to fight there due to the large crowds and excitement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer Peter Fury says IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is getting help to treat him because he’s not happy with the way he’s been dumped on by the world since he beat Wladimir Klitschko last November. Peter says he expects Fury to return to the ring at some point in the future, and defeat whoever has the world title belts by the time he does come back.
Peter says that Fury was no focused some of the days when he was training camp. His mind was elsewhere, and he wasn’t 100% in the way he needed to be. Peter wants Fury to be totally focused because it’s no use for him if he’s not mentally into the sport due to the danger involved.
There will be a statement released this coming Tuesday on Fury’s condition, says Peter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Paulie Malignaggi sees no point in talking about the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight for at least one to two years, as he feels that Golden Boy Promotions are not going to make the match until Triple G starts to age more. Right now, Golovkin is still fighting at too high a level for Golden Boy to make the fight. However, Malignaggi says that the 26-year-old Canelo has youth on his side, being that he can wait until Golovkin is sufficiently old before the fight gets made.
With Golovkin older and more vulnerable, then the fight can get made. Malignaggi sees the Golovkin vs. Danny Jacobs fight as a better fight, and a more realistic one than the Canelo-Golovkin fight right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) showed off his stuff tonight in defeating World Boxing Association lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to capture the WBA, Diamond strap and Ring lightweight title on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Read the rest of this entry »