By Scott Gilfoid: WBA lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) successfully weighed in on Friday for his title defense against his mandatory challenger Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
The 29-year-old Crolla weighed in at 134.3lbs and looked like he always does at his weigh-ins. He looked more like an office worker than a fighter in contrast to Barroso. You’ve got to hope for Crolla’s sake that he brings more to the table than the way he looked at the weigh-in, because he didn’t look nearly as fierce as the powerful looking Barroso. After Crolla weighed in, he screeched to the crowd. I’m not sure what that was about. Read the rest of this entry »
By Edgar Solorzano: The world of boxing is stacked with young hungry lions ready to conquer inside the squared circle. We have fighters like Gervonta Davis, Roman Gonzalez, Randy Caballero, Joseph Diaz, Anthony Joshua, Felix Verdejo; the list goes on. The sport of boxing is healthier and greener than ever.
One fighter I did not mention on that list is no other than the youngest fighter to fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. He goes by Devin “The Dream” Haney. A 17 year old undefeated prodigy with a professional record of 5-0, 3 KO’s, born in San Francisco, Calif. and fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.
This prodigy is taking the sport of boxing by storm, dominating fighters with explosive combinations and ring intelligence. Haney’s USA debut took place on the pay-per-view Pacquiao-Bradley III undercard. Read the rest of this entry »
by: Shaun La – Tomorrow evening, in Las Vegas, at the T-Mobile Arena, Amir Khan (31-3 with 19 knockouts) will be entering into a boxing ring for a chance to earn the Ring Magazine belt, the WBC middleweight title and a lineal prestige. Agreeing to box Canelo Álvarez (46-1 with 1 DRAW, 32 knockouts) at a catch-weight of 155 pounds, the boxing world has been passionately explaining, it will be the heaviest weight that Amir has ever carried into a professional boxing ring; it will be a glimpse of his elevation through the weight classes, ever since winning the WBA International Lightweight (130 pounds) title with his 20th pro bout against Oisin Fagan in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has every reason in the world to want Amir Khan to lose his fight this Saturday night against WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez due to Khan having turned down fight offers from him and his promoter Eddie Hearn for the last several years including recently.
Brook still is open enough to say he thinks the 29-year-old Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) has a chance of pulling off an upset against Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KOs) if he fights the perfect fight and doesn’t get caught up trying to slug with the Mexican fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) is fighting in the biggest match of his 11-year pro career on Saturday night against the bigger and stronger WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in a catch-weight of 155lbs.
Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter sees this fight as a dangerous one for Khan due to the size and punching power that Canelo has. While Khan and Canelo have both looked around the same size in the lead up to this fight, Canelo is going to transform himself like a magician on Saturday night and come into the fight looking like a light heavyweight in the ring by rehydrating to the 170s and possibly the 180s. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman says he will enforce the agreement between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and interim WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to strip Canelo of the WBC middleweight title if he or Amir Khan fails to fight GGG next.
Canelo and Golovkin have an agreement with the World Boxing Council that the winner of their next interim fights must then face each other next. Golovkin did of the agreement by beating Dominic Wade last month. Now it’s Canelo’s turn with his interim fight against Khan on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Stephen Espinoza, the vice president of Sports with Showtime, seriously doubts Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be coming out of retirement to resume his boxing career. Mayweather told Showtime’s Jim Gray last Saturday that he’s not ruling out a comeback in the future, albeit if he can receive a nine-figure payday in the process.
Espinoza says they ask Mayweather all the time if he’s interested in returning to the sport, but thus far he’s not saying he will. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) believes IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) is a very hard puncher, but not the hardest puncher in the 160lb division. Lemieux disagrees with former world title challenger Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs), who said this week that he doesn’t think Golovkin is a hard puncher at all.
Stevens sparred with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to help him get ready for his fight last November against Miguel Cotto, and he came away impressed with Canelo’s power more so than Golovkin. However, Stevenson was stopped by Golovkin in the 8th round in their fight in November 2013, so that tells you that Golovkin hits hard enough to make Stevens quit. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) won’t be able to resist coming out of retirement to fight him if he beats WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday night in their fight on HBO PPV.
Besides Mayweather, Khan says a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) is also an option for him. Khan will sit down with his people and make a decision about whether to take the Golovkin fight. However, Khan says his own health is important to him, so he might not fight Golovkin and instead move back down to welterweight to fight WBC champion Danny Garcia for his title. Read the rest of this entry »