By Allan Fox: Former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) will be fighting on July 9 or 16h in a tune-up fight to get him ready for his important title shot against Sergey Kovalev in November. Ward’s fight in July will be in his hometown of Oakland at the Oracle Arena, according to Dan Rafael. This is the 32-year-old Ward’s interim fight.
Ward’s promoters at Roc Nation Sports attempted to get #7 WBC Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (16-0, 13 KOs) for him to fight, but the money wasn’t right so the fight didn’t get made. If Ward can’t get an opponent for him to fight in July, then he might need to wait for the Kovalev fight in November on HBO PPV. That’s bad for Ward obviously and very good for Kovalev, because it would mean even rustier Ward than he already is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) says he’s open to a fight against WBO 140lb champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and he thinks he would beat the Omaha, Nebraska native if that fight takes place.
Broner also says he doesn’t need Floyd Mayweather Jr. Broner says the 39-year-old Mayweather needs him in order to stay relevant in the sport. In other words, Broner seems to be putting himself in the position as the younger generation and one of the top guys that Mayweather has to fight to keep himself in the limelight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is going to need to start facing better opposition if he wants to get a fight against him.
Canelo wasn’t impressed with Golovkin’s last opponent Dominic Wade, who he knocked out in two rounds last month in a mandatory title defense for his IBF belt. Canelo says that Golovkin will need to upgrade his competition from the likes of Wade if he wants to fight him in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ken Wills: This is my opinion based upon who they have beaten, and pure boxing skills not hype. It’s funny how after Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired last September all of a sudden fighters who weren’t even considered in the pound for pound discussion suddenly ended up number 1 or 2 or 3 without even fighting a champion former champion or Hall of Famer to get their spot.
Gennady Golovkin, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Roman Gonzalez and Terence Crawford all look to me like they could be number one pound for pound, but you have to take that spot by beating the best, and they haven’t had their opportunity to prove that they are the best in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: At today’s final press conference, challenger Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) reminded the boxing fans that he’s coming to beat WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in this Saturday’s fight on HBO pay-per-view, take his WBC title and then bring it back with him to the UK to show it off.
Khan says he’s not worried about being outweighed by 10 to 12 pounds by Canelo in this fight, because he feels his superior hand speed will take away Canelo’s power by not giving him the ability to land his shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) believes he won round one in his meeting with IBF heavyweight champion Antony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) today in London ahead of their fight next month on June 25. The two fighters had a couple of face offs, and during the first one, Joshua got upset at some of the things Breazeale said and with the way he was crowding him.
Breazeale noticed how flustered Joshua appeared, and he feels that the 6’6” fighter is scared because he now knows that he’s going to be in for a real dog fight on June 25 when the two of them face each other at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
by Scott Gilfoid: American challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) had IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) about to blow his top earlier Wednesday during their face off in London to promote their June 25 fight on Sky Box Office at the O2 Arena in London.
The two fighters were posing for photographs when the friction started. They turned around and had a face off, and during this time, Breazeale had some words with the 6’6” Joshua that got him hopping made. In analyzing the two fighters body language, I think Joshua looked scared. He seemed unnerved completely with the words and the icy cool coming from the big 6’7” Breazeale. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ian Aldous: This Saturday night, as part of a huge HBO PPV event emanating from the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, former world title challenger, Curtis Stevens (27-5) will battle the unbeaten Brazilian, Patrick Teixeira (26-0) in the 168lbs division. The event is headlined by the eagerly anticipated WBC world middleweight championship bout, as Saul Alvarez defends against Amir Khan. Earlier this week Curtis took some time to chat with me over the phone during final preparations for Saturday.
Earlier this year, Stevens made the big decision to begin training with John David Jackson in Florida, after a lifetime of being trained by his uncle Andre Rozier. Read the rest of this entry »
By BT95: Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KO’s) is slated to face Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KO’s) on the May 21st David Haye undercard. Briggs who is no stranger to delivering vicious knockouts was left very impressed by the recent 2nd round knockout performance of Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KO’s) against American heavyweight Charles Martin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Harold Lederman of HBO thinks WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is trying to avoid fighting his mandatory challenger Gennady “GGG” Golovkin by asking for a catch-weight for the fight, which he doesn’t need.
Lederman thinks it’s silly that the 25-year-old Canelo would be asking for a catch-weight for a title defense at middleweight against Golovkin because the mandatory challenger for Canelo’s belt. To Lederman, he thinks Canelo doesn’t want the fight with Golovkin and is looking for a reason to get out of it. Read the rest of this entry »