By Scott Gilfoid: Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) will be challenging WBA 175lb champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) this Saturday night in a long awaited fight five years in the making in Germany. The fight is happening at the wrong time of their careers, as both fighters appear to be nearing the end. However, Cleverly believes that he’s just now hitting the peak of his career at 29.
The fact that Cleverly’s record is a pitiful 3-3 in his last six fights suggests otherwise. Fighters that are losing 50 percent of the time ARE NOT hitting their peak. They’re heading downhill, which is what I believe the case is with Cleverly. The thing is, we couldn’t really see how good or not so good Nathan was during the first eight years of his career, because he wasn’t being matching against quality fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Angel Flowers: Boxing fans already have shown that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is only a draw on free TV and does not have a pay per view presence. This is because Golovkin has failed to challenge himself and take on the tough fights. Months after criticizing his supposed rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for fighting a welterweight in Amir Khan, GGG himself went after Kell Brook, another welterweight.
This is not the first time Golovkin has wanted to fight a welterweight; before he retired he expressed interest in fighting Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. instead of guys closer to his weight. When Golovkin offered to fight Mayweather at 154 pounds, boxers at junior middleweight offered to take him on, most notably Erislandy Lara, the WBA junior middleweight champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Adam Godfrey: IBF Welterweight champion Kell Brook underwent surgery last week to reverse the damage caused to his right eye socket during his TKO loss to Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin on September 10th. Surgery was presumably delayed for two weeks to ensure the swelling had abated sufficiently for the surgeon to carry out the operation, which, according to Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle, involved told The Star:
“…The surgeon-who was called Mohammed Ali, believe it or not- going up through his gums, his front teeth, moving an eye to one side and then sorting out the fracture”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight talent Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will be looking to get out of the way the last obstacle that stands in his way before fighting IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when he faces German based Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) this Saturday night in a stay busy fight at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand.
There’s still a chance that Parker might wind up facing 33-year-old David Price in his next fight, but I tend to doubt it. Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn seems to want to put Joshua in with Parker on November 26. What could change this is if Hearn can get Wladimir Klitschko as Joshua’s opponent for the November 26 date.
For that to happen, one or more of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s WBA or WBO titles will need to be stripped from him and put up for grabs for Wladimir and Joshua to fight over for the November 26 date. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew believes that #10 WBA Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) can pull off the upset against WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Bellew thinks the 29-year-old Cleverly has the talent to beat the 37-year-old Braehmer and importantly the work rate to outwork the German.
What Bellew isn’t sure about is whether Cleverly has the desire to do what he needs to do for him to get the win. In other words, Bellew questions whether Cleverly is ready to put it on the line to fight a grueling match to get the win. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Freddie Roach, the trainer for Manny Pacquiao, still is very interested in having him fight Mexican middleweight Saul Canelo Alvarez in a mega-fight despite Pacquiao having recently said that he’s too big for him. Pacquiao didn’t want to keep fighting junior middleweights after his win over Antonio Margarito six years ago. That fight turned out to be a grueling one in some ways for Pacquiao. Roach seems to want the Canelo fight for Pacquiao. He wants it before Pacquiao fights other guys like Terence Crawford.
Roach says there would need to be a rehydration clause in the contract to keep Canelo from rehydrating up to 200 pounds. Roach is joking about Canelo rehydrating that heavy, but he likely doesn’t want Canelo rehydrating into the 170s or 180s for the fight because that would put Pacquiao at a huge weight disadvantage. Pacquiao rehydrates to around 150. If he has to fight a 180lb Canelo, he’d be giving away 30 pounds and it would be nearly impossible for him to beat him. It would be like Jack Dempsey vs. Jess Willard all over again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: After the previous failed negotiations for a super fight, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) and Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) were finally able to get a fight put together for them to face each other on November 26 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes that the 28-year-old Lomachenko is the best fighter in boxing. I’m not sure if the facts bear that out. Lomachenko is a good fighter, but up until recently, he was more of a boxer rather than a puncher. Arum sees Lomachenko as a puncher now, and I still don’t think that’s accurate. We’ll have to see. Read the rest of this entry »
The Penge punch picker is flying up the world ratings – ranked sixth by the WBO and seventh by the IBF – and with seven of his last nine victims failing to finish, the stylish south Londoner has finally added potency to his purity.
Self belief was coursing through the 28 year old champ’s veins when he spoke to Glynn Evans about his forthcoming first title defence against Colne’s Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton on Frank Warren’s monster Cardiff promotion next month. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy should STOP hiding his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez from middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Arum says De La Hoya should go ahead and make the fight on a percentage deal and not on an offer of eight figures like the one that De La Hoya offered Triple G’s management.
Arum thinks it’s nonsense for De Hoya to be offering Golovkin an eight-figure payday, because he says that’s not how big fights can made. You don’t offer popular fighters a lump sum and think you’re going to get the fight put together. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former British and Commonwealth 147lb champion Sam Eggington (18-3, 10 KOs) was recently offered a fight against unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs), but the match couldn’t get made due to the money not being right for the 22-year-old Eggington. Garcia’s manager Al Haymon was said to have contacted Eggington’s promoter Eddie Hearn about making the fight shortly after Eggington had been beaten by Bradley Skeete.
Why Garcia’s management would want to match him against Eggington is the big question, because you could argue that this would be a COMPLETE mismatch. It would be similar to how Danny Garcia was matched against lightweight Rod Salka in 2014 and the past his best Paulie Malignaggi in 2015. It would have been a real mismatch for Garcia to be fighting a guy like Eggington.
“Al Haymon rang me asking for welters,” said Hearn via britishboxers.co.uk. “Sam Eggington was offered Danny Garcia fight, but the money wasn’t right. Sam wanted it, though.” Read the rest of this entry »