By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) came in overweight initially at Friday’s weigh-in for his defense of his British title against Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Eubank Jr. was one ounce over the 160lb weigh-in limit.
Eubank Jr. was able to take off the weight after being given some time to take it off. On the second weigh-in attempt, Eubank Jr. successfully weighed in at 159 ¾ pounds. For his part, Doran weighed in at 158 ¼ pounds.
Eubank Jr. said he wants to make a statement with the win to send a message to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin that he’s earned his title shot. I’m not sure that beating a 2nd tier fighter like Doran is necessarily a fight that should normally earn someone a title shot, but if that’s what Eubank Jr. wants to believe then what can you say. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Unbeaten #1 WBC light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will be facing former IBF/WBC 175lb champion Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) on July 29 on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV from the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Alvarez vs. Dawson fight will be the co-feature bout on the Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) vs. Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) card.
It’s hard to see Dawson being able to being able to take Alvarez’s big shots. Dawson has shown to have a chin problem in fights against Andre Ward, Stevenson and Karpency. Alvarez doesn’t have the same kind of power that Stevenson does, but he appears to be a bigger puncher than Ward.
It stands to reason that if Dawson couldn’t handle the power of Ward, he probably won’t be able to take the power of Alvarez for long without getting knocked out. Dawson used to be a very good defensive fighter during the early part of his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By J. Calderon: In an utterly predictable move, Golden Boy Promotions announced that former WBC Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be facing WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith on Sept. 17. Already, there has been a massive backlash on social media, with fans bombarding Canelo’s page with GGG memes and claiming to have abandoned ship.
Now, the point of view of Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya and Vice President Eric Gomez is simple: maximum reward for minimum risk. “Canelo” has already denied being a full-fledged middleweight, so moving back to 154 lbs. and fighting for a Jr. Middleweight title makes perfect sense. However, “Canelo” has claimed to be unable to make 154 lbs since his win over a weight drained Alfredo Angulo in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions have effectively steered their franchise fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) around a very dangerous obstacle in Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and now have the 25-year-old Mexican fighter in safer waters in challenging Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 on HBO pay-per-view. Golden Boy hasn’t listed the price for the Canelo-Smith fight, but you’d have to assume that it will go for $60 to $70.
There’s got to be some kind of break even mark in terms of PPV buys. My guess it will be fairly high in the $300,000 range due to Canelo getting big money for each fight. The thing is, I don’t know if Canelo-Smith is a fight that can even bring in 100,000 buys. Golden Boy will need to really market it like crazy to get fans to want to pay for this. They might need to consider bringing Smith over to do a tour of the major cities in the U.S, as well as the UK. There will surely be some kind of HBO 24/7 Canelo/Smith series to try and attract some interest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) is one of the possibilities for his fighter Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) if the 37-year-old Filipino fighter chooses return to the ring in the near future.
Right now, however, Arum isn’t sure whether he’ll come out of retirement, according to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
Pacquiao retired recently after his 12 round decision in his third fight against Tim Bradley last April. Pacquiao was elected into the senate in the Philippines last May, and he’s now serving a six-year term in office. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) was disappointed on Friday with the news of IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) pulling out of their July 9 fight due to an ankle injury. The two fighters were supposed to be fighting each other at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
The fight will likely be postponed until October under the best of circumstances. Wladimir, 40, says that he’ll still be beating Fury. It just means he’ll have to wait a little bit longer before he picks up the belts from the 27-year-old British fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME) By Allan Fox: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and challenger “Showtime” Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) both made weight on Friday afternoon for their fight on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
A very thin looking Thurman weighed in at 146 pounds. For his part, Porter weighed in right at the welterweight limit at 147lbs. Porter looked pretty thin too. You can tell that the two fighters will be huge by tomorrow night after they rehydrate because both appeared to be rail thin and not healthy looking. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s now official: Saul “Canel” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will be challenging unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 on HBO PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was expected that Canelo would take on Liam Smith rather than the dangerous/difficult 154lb champions in Jermall and Jermell Charlo, as well Erislandy Lara.
By choosing Liam Smith, Canelo appears to be looking for the path of least resistance. It doesn’t exactly make Canelo look good that he chose not to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and then turning around and facing Liam Smith rather than one of the Charlo brothers or Lara.
It’s one thing ducking Golovkin, but then another thing to duck the Charlo brothers and Lara too. It doesn’t make Canelo look good in the eyes of a lot of boxing fans in selecting Smith rather than one of those guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While few boxing fans believe that #2 WBA, #2 WBC Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) has any chance at all of beating IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in their proposed fight for September, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes Eubank Jr. could pull it off and be the one that finally beats GGG.
Eubank Jr. hasn’t yet shown the kind of talent that would suggest that he’ll be able to beat Golovkin, but he speaks if it’s a dead certainty of him doing that. Eubank Jr’s confidence is downright scary because he comes off so utterly convinced that he’s going to win. It makes you whether he actually can. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced earlier on Friday that he won’t be able to defend his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in their scheduled fight on July 9th due to an ankle injury that he suffered. Fury says he’ll need another six to seven weeks for the injury. However, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, sources say that Fury was not ready to take the fight with Wladimir due to his conditioning.
Fury had gained a great deal of weight before starting training camp for the Klitschko rematch. Taking that weight off has been job one for the 6’9” Fury. It’s unclear how far along he’s gotten at this point in trimming off the lard.
If Fury is still out of shape and overweight, he would have only three weeks to take the rest of the weight off. Read the rest of this entry »