By Gerardo Granados: I am a big fan of the middleweight Champion Jake LaMotta, his inside the ring fighting style and on times troubled life outside the ring, are impossible for me to not to follow. Maybe there a couple of young fight fans who don’t know him, perhaps the reader is thinking to skip the article, possibly the older fight fans can recall a lot more names of Italian boxers who pleased the crowd with their fan friendly fighting style, but for sure the void left by them in the last years, sooner than later must be fulfill.
Although I rather not give nationalities to any boxer, it is true that a couple of nationalities have produced great fighters thru the years. And the rivalries among the fan bases make fights special to watch. The Puerto Rico versus Mexico boxing rivalry is a tradition in prize fighting.
The biggest and loudest fan bases do have an impact on Pay Per View numbers and can make a boxer become a huge star overnight. When Floyd Mayweather Jr fought Ricky Hatton it was sensational to see the American fans antagonize the United Kingdom fan base. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sporting a slight double chin, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) said last Saturday night that he wants to fight WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) after he beats WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) in their unification fight in September at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, UK.
Brook says there’s no reason for Thurman to fight a rematch against Shawn Porter, who Thurman defeated by a razor thin 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Brook, 30, wants a crack at Thurman, because he wants to collect his WBA belt after he’s taken care of business in taking Vargas’s WBO strap.
Thurman would have to be seen as the favorite against Brook, because he’s faster and a very elusive. Brook wouldn’t be able to go back to his bag of tricks to try and beat a fighter like Thurman like he did in his 12 round decision win over Porter from 2014, because Thurman doesn’t fight on the inside that often. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: For boxing fans that didn’t get a chance to see last Saturday night’s thrilling fight between WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs), the fans can see it tonight on CBS Sports Network at 10:00 p.m. ET. Thurman won the fight just barely by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 115-113.
CBS will also be showing the war between 154lb contenders Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina, which in some ways was a more action-packed fight than the Thurman-Porter fight. The Hurd-Molina fight was pure punching with the movement that we saw from Thurman, who did a fair amount of circling of the ring to avoid Porter’s attacking style. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) says he probably won’t be facing IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) for another 1 ½ years from now. In other words, Jacobs is using the same approach as Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to wait a year and a half before he decides to fight Golovkin. Jacobs and Canelo both seem to be calling the shots with Golovkin by saying when the fight can happen and when it can’t happen. The question is will Golovkin let himself be led by the nose by Canelo and Jacobs or will he tell them to get lost when they show interest in a year and a half from now? Golovkin might be better off telling Canelo and Jacobs that if they want to fight him, then they should work their way up the rankings to become his mandatory challenger.
Canelo and his promoters at Golden Boy believe the Canelo-Golovkin fight will be a bigger one if they let it marinate until the fall of 2017. It’ unknown if it will be bigger, especially if Canelo isn’t going to be facing the big enough names to increase his own star power. You would have to assume that Canelo isn’t getting more popular with each fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Carl Froch has serious doubts whether #2 WBA, #2 WBC contender Chris Eubank Jr. really wants the fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Froch suspects that Eubank Jr. is just saying stuff about wanting the GGG fight, but won’t go ahead and take it.
Froch thinks it’s too soon for the 26-year-old Eubank Jr. to take on an experienced guy like Golovkin, because he sees it as a potentially dangerous fight for Junior. Froch says he would prefer that Eubank Jr. continue to defend his British middleweight title until he wins it outright, and then he should go after the European middleweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is confident he’ll be able to make the Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Gennady Golovkin fight this week, he’s only got 48 to 72 hours for the deadline otherwise Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler are moving on towards another opponent.
They wasted valuable time on trying to get a fight against Mexican star only to be put off until the fall of 2017. They’re not going to make that same mistake again by waiting on Eubank Jr., especially if he’s not really serious about wanting the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Danny Esch: Last Saturday night over 2 million viewers witnessed two great welterweight fighters in the prime of their careers in the squared circle putting on a great performance with WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) defeating Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was televised on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS on primetime.
We should all congratulate both camps for putting in the hours of intense training and major sacrifices to travel from their respective homes to Brooklyn New York to put on a memorable performance. In my opinion this fight definitely lived up to the hype that was surrounding it. Thurman and Porter both came to the fight to win and both fighters came to present their “A” game to be victorious over the other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: “Gennady Golovkin I’m coming for you”, the message from Chris Eubank Jnr post fight on Saturday was clear and concise. Promoter Eddie Hearn has said if they want the fight its there. GGG doesn’t seem to be a hard man to deal with and Eubank Jnr is ranked #1 with the WBA so this should be easy right? The problem is nothing is ever easy when Eubank Snr a.k.a English is involved. He is the middle man that we don’t need in this scenario, he is the guy who eccentric personality would delude him into making his son the A-list fighter and he never fought any of the number 1 fighters in the 90s in his division unless they were British.
Unpredictable career so far
Despite only being the British champion and relatively unknown outside the UK Eubank Jnr’s career has been hard to predict. He started it surprisingly on terrestrial TV on Channel 5 with Mick Hennessey and has linked up with Frank Warren and Box Nation and now twice with Eddie Hearn. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 28-year-old former two division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) will be restarting his career on July 30th against 34-year-old light welterweight Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight on Showtime Boxing on the undercard of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton featherweight fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia hasn’t fought since his 12 round decision win over Juan Carlos Burgos in January 2014. Garcia hasn’t fought since then because he was embroiled in promotional issues with his past promoters at Top Rank. All that is now behind him, and he’s hoping to regain his place in the sport as one of the best fighters. Garcia says his fight against Rojas will be at light welterweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBA, #2 WBC Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) says he’ll be signing for a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) this Monday. They only have 48 hours to get the deal done, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
It looks like Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler are going to move on if the fight isn’t signed by the deadline. They’ve got to get back into the ring quickly because they wasted a great deal of time waiting for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his promoters at Golden Boy for a fight. They found out recently that Canelo won’t fight him for a year and a half until the fall of 2017.
Eubank Jr. says he’ll definitely beat Golovkin and take everything he has. We’ll see. Many people believe that the fight won’t get made at all, period. Read the rest of this entry »