By Jim Dower: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze” Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will be getting a purse of $900,000 for his title defense tonight against Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Washington will be getting a little less than Wilder with his purse being $250,000. That’s not bad money for a challenger with no big fight experience.
Wilder’s paydays should go up after the Washington fight. He could face Anthony Joshua next. Wilder I 31 now, and he needs to upgrade the level of his opposition for him to get the big money that we’re seeing from Joshua. The knock on Wilder is he’s been playing it safe in taking easy voluntary defenses of his World Boxing Council title since he captured the belt in January 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: It seems like we are seeing a lot of quality coming through in the heavyweight division at present but the man who has dominated it for so long may be too far gone to see the benefits. David Haye revealed this week that camp insiders have told him that former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko is really struggling in training camp for his fight with Anthony Joshua and that ring inactivity and age may have caught up to him.
If this turns out to be true and AJ duly dispatches him on April 29th at Wembley Stadium how will this affect Klitschko’s legacy. He may end up like the great Larry Holmes 69-6 (44) who although a legend sometimes doesn’t get the boxing credit he deserves due to a lack of competition in his prime through no fault of his own. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. spoke to Showtime last Friday night, telling them that there’s only one fight out there that the fans career about seeing and that’s a boxing match between him and UFC star Conor McGregor. Mayweather says he wants to give the fans what they want to see in him facing the 28-year-old McGregor. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If Oscar De La Hoya’s prediction comes true, Mexico stars Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be fighting a “civil war” on May 6 in their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya calls it a civil war due to both fighters being Mexican. It should be interesting to see if the fight does turn out to be a war. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. recently bet their purses on the outcome of their May 6th fight on HBO PPV. However, Chavez Jr. wants to make it a legal bet by having them sign a contract, because he doesn’t trust Canelo due to him having told middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin that he would fight him after he had beaten Amir Khan last May. Chavez Jr. noted that Canelo didn’t keep his word, and ended up not only not fighting Golovkin, but also vacating his WBC 160lb title.
If Canelo and Chavez Jr. do make it legal and bet their purses, the winner of the bet is going to have a lot of money. It’s a great deal for Chavez Jr., because he’s not getting the purse that Canelo is for this fight. By making a bet on Canelo’s purse, Chavez Jr. could walk away with a massive purse for the fight if he actually gets the money from the Golden Boy Promotions star. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank reportedly are working on putting together a fight between their fighter WBC /WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford and the recently beaten Adrian Granados for May 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. This is a fight would be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing if it gets made. Felix Diaz had been in play for a fight against Crawford until recently. The rumors are that Diaz wanted too much money for the Crawford fight.
“Been told Top Rank boxing going hard after EL Tigre AG [Adrian Granados] to fight Bud Crawford in May rather than Felix Diaz. #boxing,,” said Dan Rafael on his social media site. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #1 WBC Eleider Alvarez (22-0, 11 KOs) had too much youth and too much power for former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-4-1, 25 KOs) in stopping him in the 5th round on Friday night in their World Boxing Council light heavyweight title eliminator at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya thinks it’s a mistake for 2012 U.S Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) to be going to Europe to fight for the IBF welterweight title against Kell Brook. De La Hoya says that Spence’s career isn’t being moved a long like it should be for a fighter with his kind of talent. He says that if Spence was one of his fighters in his Golden Boy stable, he would turn him into a star. He would have Spence fighting on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. card on May 6. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) weighed in at 222 pounds on Friday for his title defense against the unbeaten Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham. Alabama. Washington outweighed Wilder by 17 lbs. in weighing in at 239 lbs. That’s a little lighter for Washington compared to what he usually weighs in for his fights.
Washington weighed in at 243 lbs. for his last fight against Ray Austin last July in beating him by a 4th round knockout. Washington came in at 239lbs for his fight against Eddie Chambers last year in April. He dominated Chambers in winning a one-sided eight round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBO Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) has signed the contract for his title fight against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs). Hughie’s trainer/father Peter Fury ha confirmed that the contract has been signed for the Parker fight. The deadline for Hughie to sign the contract was at 12 p.m. on Friday, according to WBO president Paco Valcarcel.
If Hughie hadn’t signed the contract for the fight by that time, Parker would have been allowed to take a voluntary defense. Hughie would have missed his chance for the title shot. That wouldn’t have been good for Hughie. He did not look solid in his last fight against Fred Kassi. Read the rest of this entry »