By Patrick McHugh: Making his first appearance since undergoing left shoulder surgery last December, heavyweight Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) defeated journeyman Ivica Bacurin (25-10, 14 KOs) by a 6th round knockout on Saturday night on the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale card at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #8 WBA Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs) put in a great performance in defeating WBA World super featherweight champion Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) by an 11th round knockout last Friday night at the Capital Gym, in Beijing, China. Sosa, 28, knocked Fortuna down twice in dropping him in the 10th and 11th rounds.
The fight was stopped by referee Raul Caiz Jr. in the 11th after Sosa had knocked Fortuna down with a big left hook to the head followed by two hard right hands. Fortuna, 26, made it back to his feet, but the referee Caiz Jr. decided to halt the fight anyway after seeing how hurt Fortuna was.
The official time of the stoppage was at 0:45 of round 11. Immediately after the fight was stopped, Fortuna was staggering around and seemingly in need of help by Caiz Jr. It’s good thing that the fight was halted, because Sosa would have flattened the badly hurt Fortuna with the amount of time remaining in the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) wants to become a big star and make the big money that guys like Floyd Mayweather Jr. made during his career. Thurman will be getting a $1.4 million purse for his title defense tonight against former IBF 147lb champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in their fight on Premier Boxing Champion on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Porter is getting $1 million. That’s good money for a challenger. For both of these fighters to get the kind of money that we saw from Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, they’re going to need to up their game to become more exciting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is holding October 15 for a possible comeback for his top fighter Manny Pacquiao. Arum has three potential opponents he’s interested in matching Pacquiao against on that date: Terence Crawford, Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner.
You would have to assume that the 84-year-old Arum’s interest would be for Pacquiao to fight Crawford, and if not him, then Garcia as the Plan-B option. Broner would probably be the Plan-C guy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) has convinced himself that he can beat the best middleweight in the division Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs), and he plans on trying to realize his dreams by facing the Kazakhstan star in September.
Eubank Jr. believes the fight against GGG will be one of the biggest fights in British boxing history, even though it would only have one Brit involved rather than two. Eubank Jr. thinks he can defeat Golovkin by brawling and boxing him. It’s hard to picture Eubank Jr. out-brawling Golovkin. If you look at how marked up Eubank Jr. was in his last fight against Nick Blackwell, I just can’t see Eubank Jr. being able to defeat Triple G.
Eubank Jr’s promoter Eddie Hearn is said to be close to making the Golovkin fight for September. Eubank Jr. needs to do his part by beating Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) tonight, and not getting in the way of the negotiations with GGG by making unreasonable demands. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) has been known to be a pure brawler since his amateur days. He’s continued that trend into the pro ranks in knocking out the vast majority of his opponents inside four rounds. But for tonight’s fight, Joshua wants to beat challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) mentally before stopping him inside the distance in their bout at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Does this mean that the 26-year-old Joshua will try to actually box Breazeale rather than using his normal approach of steamrolling his over-matched opposition? We’ll have to find out tonight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) and Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) weighed in on Friday for their WBA super middleweight eliminator bout tonight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Murray weighed in at 167 ¾ pounds. Groves came in at 167½lbs. These two fighters are the chief support for the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale card.
Murray came in over the limit at the first attempt. He was able to take the weight off and make weight on the second weigh-in.
Groves has the power, size and youth advantage, but Murray is the superior guy with the stamina, experience and ring IQ. Groves wins if he can either KO Murray in the first six rounds before fatigue sets in or if he can win the majority of the rounds in the first half. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) came in overweight initially at Friday’s weigh-in for his defense of his British title against Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Eubank Jr. was one ounce over the 160lb weigh-in limit.
Eubank Jr. was able to take off the weight after being given some time to take it off. On the second weigh-in attempt, Eubank Jr. successfully weighed in at 159 ¾ pounds. For his part, Doran weighed in at 158 ¼ pounds.
Eubank Jr. said he wants to make a statement with the win to send a message to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin that he’s earned his title shot. I’m not sure that beating a 2nd tier fighter like Doran is necessarily a fight that should normally earn someone a title shot, but if that’s what Eubank Jr. wants to believe then what can you say. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Unbeaten #1 WBC light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will be facing former IBF/WBC 175lb champion Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) on July 29 on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV from the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Alvarez vs. Dawson fight will be the co-feature bout on the Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) vs. Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) card.
It’s hard to see Dawson being able to being able to take Alvarez’s big shots. Dawson has shown to have a chin problem in fights against Andre Ward, Stevenson and Karpency. Alvarez doesn’t have the same kind of power that Stevenson does, but he appears to be a bigger puncher than Ward.
It stands to reason that if Dawson couldn’t handle the power of Ward, he probably won’t be able to take the power of Alvarez for long without getting knocked out. Dawson used to be a very good defensive fighter during the early part of his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By J. Calderon: In an utterly predictable move, Golden Boy Promotions announced that former WBC Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be facing WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith on Sept. 17. Already, there has been a massive backlash on social media, with fans bombarding Canelo’s page with GGG memes and claiming to have abandoned ship.
Now, the point of view of Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya and Vice President Eric Gomez is simple: maximum reward for minimum risk. “Canelo” has already denied being a full-fledged middleweight, so moving back to 154 lbs. and fighting for a Jr. Middleweight title makes perfect sense. However, “Canelo” has claimed to be unable to make 154 lbs since his win over a weight drained Alfredo Angulo in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »