By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will have his fight between his stable fighters Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas competing on November 5 in the same month as the arguably much compelling fight between light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view. With these two separate cards taking place in the same month, it means that boxing fans will be need to make a decision which of the two that they’ll be purchasing.
With the HUGE costs of cable in the United States, it’s asking a lot of the boxing public to purchase two pay-per-view cards in the same month in November. By having two PPV cards in the same month, it doubles the monthly bill of the average cable bill from $103, according to Fortune, to over $200. That’s a lot of money for many fans of the sport, which is why one of the two PPV fights will suffer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Angel Flowers: We have seen recently boxers from all divisions avoiding the tough fights while fighting people who match up favorably against them. With so many titles running around any half decent boxer can get one if they are at the right place at the right time. Unfortunately they then refuse to fight other champions who have raised themselves above the common contenders, everyone is concerned with becoming the next Floyd “Money” Mayweather and do not want to put themselves in a position where they have to fight the tough fights and risk losing their undefeated status.
There are boxers out there though who buck this trend by fighting other world champions to test themselves. I am not speaking about fighters who battle contenders holding a lesser version of a title, I am talking about the cream of the crop. In their last ten fights I think it is obvious which fighters have fought the tough fights and which ones have been running. Read the rest of this entry »
By Angel Flowers: WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez expects to be back in the ring by Cinco de Mayo in 2017 after injuring his right thumb in his 9th round knockout win over World Boxing Organization 154lb champion Liam Smith on September 17.
Alvarez had originally wanted to fight again in December and take on a bigger fight next year on the Mexican holiday. Alvarez expects to get some of the big names around his weight class to fight him, but after what he did to Liam Smith and Amir Khan, I doubt he will get many takers in that department.
I suspect only boxers willing to challenge themselves will be the only contenders, people looking for middleweight kingpin Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to finally step up shouldn’t hold their breath.
Alvarez agreed to fight Gennady Golovkin at 160 pounds and offered to double his biggest payday by giving him a guaranteed 10 million dollars. This is a lot for a fighter whose previous high was just under 5 million for fighting the welterweight Kell “Special K” Brook recently on September 10.
Before that, Golovkin’s biggest payday was $2 million in a title unification bout with former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux last October on HBO pay-per-view in GGG’s only failed pay per view, which failed to break 150,000 buys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: There’s been a great deal of discussion in the boxing world about a fight between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for November 26, but unfortunately that fight is far from being made. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight isn’t done yet.
It still remains to be seen who the 26-year-old Joshua will be fighting on that date at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Wladimir’s manager Bernd Boente says they’re waiting to hear from the World Boxing Organization about whether they’ll be stripping Tyson Fury of his WBO or WBA heavyweight titles following his recent pull out of his scheduled October 29 rematch against the 40-year-old Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: I can’t find the reason of why there is so much hatred towards the reigning Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury. Major media had never tried so hard to destroy the image of a heavyweight champion in the past. There have been ex-convicts and others who ended in prison who held the heavyweight crown, but none of them had been so criticized like the Gypsy King.
Tyson Fury is neither a puppet nor boring, he speaks his mind and I agree with him on many things he has said. Now days we have to be tolerant to many things but if you don’t fully agree with an issue then you risk to be called names and to be tagged as intolerant. Tyson wasn’t born in a golden cradle; he fought his way up, just like most prize fighters he made sacrifices to achieve success. He deserves respect not only as the heavyweight Champion of the World but mostly as a human being. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: There seems to be a disagreement with fans of Kell Brook about how well he did in his 5th round knockout loss to middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and with some of the more knowledgeable boxing experts like promoter Bob Arum. While Brook’s fans think he was doing a swell job in the first four rounds against Triple G and leading by a three rounds to one scoring going into the 5th, Arum says Brook was little more than a punching bag for Golovkin once he realized that he couldn’t punch.
Arum says the fight wasn’t a real fight because of Brook not having the power to make Golovkin respect him. I have to agree with that. Brook looked like an arm puncher in the ring in that fight, and many of his shots were thrown with him leaping into the air, without him setting his feet like the talented fighters do. In other words, Brook undermined his own power by not setting his feet when throwing his shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With a match against Saul Canelo Alvarez not happening due to the Mexican star being injured and his promoters at Golden Boy not interested in making a fight, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady GGG Golovkin is looking to face WBA “regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs next on December 10. HBO wants the fight, as it’ll be a big one for boxing fans, and Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez wants the fight to take place.
Sanchez is hoping that Jacobs doesn’t price himself out of the fight by asking for more money than the fight can provide. Sanchez suspects that Jacobs will be stripped of his WBA title by the World Boxing Association if he chooses to not take the place, because they’ve ordered the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Angel Flower: It’s no secret Kell “Special K” Brook and Amir “King” Khan have a pretty heated rivalry going on. Amir Khan has refused to fight Brook in the past because he felt Brook had not done anything to earn the fight and wanted too much money.
I can see this all changing now and expect these two dynamic fighters to finally give the people of the UK the biggest all UK fight of 2017 if not the biggest fight in the world. Fans from both sides of the ocean want to see this match up from two of the toughest men in boxing right now, their resume speaks for itself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: It took Wladimir Klitschko just three days to find a replacement opponent for Tyson Fury, as it appears that the big 6’6” Ukrainian heavyweight will be facing Anthony Joshua in November or December for one of Fury’s titles. Klitschko and his management are waiting to find out what the World Boxing Organization will be doing with Fury as far as stripping him or not of his WBO heavyweight title.
Wladimir and Joshua could be fighting in November or December for one of the two titles that Fury has holding since last November after beating Wladimir by a narrow 12 round decision. For Wladimir and Joshua to face each other, they’ll need a title to be up for grabs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: It’s been three years since Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) lost his WBO light heavyweight title in getting blasted out by Sergey Kovalev in 2013, but this Saturday, Cleverly will be attempting to unseat WBA World 175lb champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) in Germany. It would be a big accomplishment and big news for Cleverly to beat Braehmer, because the German fighter hasn’t lost a fight since getting beaten by Hugo Hernan Garay back in 2008.
Braehmer has been matched pretty weakly since that time, so it’s kind of not surprising that he hasn’t tasted defeat in the last eight years of his career. You can argue that it’s fairly easy for fighters to stay unbeaten over an eight year period like Braehmer has if you fight the same kind of guys that he has. We’re not talking about superstars here when he talk about the level of competition that Braehmer has been feasting on. Read the rest of this entry »