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title Malignaggi surprised HBO not televising Pacquiao-Vargas

By Patrick McHugh: HBO decided recently not to televise the November 5 fight between Top Rank promoted welterweights Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas for their fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. HBO reportedly wants to televise the Pacquiao-Vargas fight on October 29 in order to package it with the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight card.

Showtime commentator Paulie Malignaggi was surprised that HBO chose not to televise the Pacquiao-Vargas fight because he still sees the Filipino star as capable of bringing in pay-per-view buys at this point in his career, even though his last fight against Tim Bradley was said to have done poorly in not selling what he’d done in the past. Read the rest of this entry »



title Canelo STILL saying fans will get “big surprise” for Smith fight

By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) is starting to sound like a parrot with the way he’s repeating over and over that his boxing fans will be getting a “big surprise” when they tune in for his title shot against WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 on HBO pay-per-view.

Smith is an underdog in this fight, so it’s hard to see it as kind of surprise if Canelo beats him. A surprise would be Canelo losing the fight or if him making a big announcement of a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. But beating Smith won’t be a surprise.

“I think people are going to be very surprised that day,” said Canelo to Fighthpe.com. “We are going to put on a great event and a great fight. We will give everyone a big surprise. I want people to be happy because these are very important dates for me. Mexican Independence Day is very important to me to represent my country and we will give everyone a big surprise. It’s very important for me,” said Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »



title Liam Smith: I’m going to stop Canelo

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By Dan Ambrose: WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) doesn’t want to leave anything to chance against the highly popular Mexican fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) on September 17 in their fight on HBO pay-per-view at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Smith takes issue with him being viewed as a “paper champion” in the minds of many boxing fans, and he wants to show them that he’s not a paper belt holder by him beating the 26-year-old Canelo. However, even if Smith does defeat Canelo, it won’t stop fans from seeing him as a paper champion, because there are arguably better champions at 154 than Canelo in the Charlo brothers and Erislandy Lara. Read the rest of this entry »



title Luis Ortiz and Golden Boy Promotions part ways

By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten interim World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) have reportedly parted ways. According to Dan Rafael, the 37-year-old Ortiz has bought out his contract with Golden Boy and the two will now go their separate ways. It’s unknown who the Cuban Ortiz will sign with for his next promoters. But with his kind of talent, he’s likely going to have a lot of takers. The 6’4”, 240lb Ortiz would be a great addition to Al Haymon’s team of fighters. If Lou Dibella signed him, he would give Haymon an excellent heavyweight for his stable.

Here’s what Golden Boy Promotions said about Ortiz in a statement sent out to the boxing media on Tuesday: Read the rest of this entry »



title Shakur Stevenson and Robeisy Ramirez – Their contrasting futures

By Gav Duthie: The greatest male American hope since Andre Wards gold medal in 2004 has fallen at the final hurdle. Shakur Stevenson boxed well but was eventually outworked by now two time Gold medalist Cuban Robeisy Ramirez. Stevenson drops to 26-1 in international competition and was distraught after the decision but at only 19 he has a bright future ahead. The financial lure will likely turn Shakur professional before the end of the year and he will still return home a hero and possibly a millionaire by the years end as promoters vie for his signature.

Being a silver medalist was no disgrace against Ramirez. Being from the UK it reminded me of 2004 when 17 year old Amir Khan lost in the final to Mario Kindelan, he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a professional boxing as an amateur, a multiple world champion that never was, Robeisy Ramirez could be the same so should he turn professional? Read the rest of this entry »



title Saunders still offering Eubank Jr. an 80-20 split

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By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like you can add Chis Eubank Jr’s name to the list of fighters that WBO middleweight belt holder Billy Joe Saunders won’t be fighting anytime soon. Saunders is offering Eubank Jr. a small 80-20 revenue split for a rematch between them, and it looks like he’s not going to be budging from that offer.

Saunders recently turned down fights against Gabriel Rosado, Willie Monroe Jr. and Curtis Stevens for fights on the undercard of Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith card on September 17, and it’s unclear when he’ll finally get around to making his first defense of his World Boxing Organization 160lb title. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kell Brook interested in Errol Spence fight

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By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook says he could move back down to 147 to defend his IBF welterweight title against his new #1 IBF mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) after his title challenge against unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in their fight next month on September 10.

Brook says he’ll move back down to 147 for a huge fight, and he considers the Spence fight as a huge one. As such, Brook will do what he has to do for him to get the big money fight against a big name. Brook would be really up against it in facing a talent like Spence after coming off of a fight against Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »



title Dereck Chisora faces Drazan Janjanin on 9/10

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By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight world title challenger Dereck Chisora (25-6, 17 KOs) will be taking a stay busy confidence booster type fight next month on September 10 against little known Drazan Janjanin (13-7, 12 KOs) in a scheduled eight round fight fat the Hovet in Stockholm. It’s hard to know what Chisora is hoping to accomplish with all these tune-up fights at this stage in his career.

If the fight against the 27-year-old Janjanin was the first fight against a low level opponent for Chisora in many years, then I could understand it, but this is his sixth weak opponent in his last seven fights. Chisora was beaten by Tyson Fury by a 10th round knockout in November 2014. Read the rest of this entry »



title Spence-Bundu brings in HUGE ratings on NBC

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By Allan Fox: Last Sunday’s IBF welterweight title eliminator fight between unbeaten #2 IBF Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) and Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) brought in huge ratings on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. According to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, the Spence-Bundu fight brought in a rating of 4.6 with about six million having watched it. Those are tremendous numbers for a boxing event.

The fight had an advantage of being televised on free television after Olympic basketball, but it’s still a great sign that that many casual boxing fans stuck around to watch the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Andre Ward the favorite to beat Sergey Kovalev

By Allan Fox: Unbeaten challenger Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is a slight favorite to beat IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO) in their fight on November 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward, 32, is the favorite by Bovada by the line -150 to +120 for Kovalev. The odds are likely to change by the time the two unbeaten 175lb fighters face each other on HBO pay-per-view in Las Vegas.

Kovalev, 33, likely would be the favorite in this fight if he had destroyed his last opponent Isaac Chilemba last July, but he struggled a little bit in beating him by a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »



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