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title Berto-Ortiz, Montiel-Lara make weight

(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) and Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) made weight on Friday for their non-title fight on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Berto weighed in at 146.8lbs and Ortiz also weighed in at 146.8lbs. Ortiz looked very drained at the weigh-in.

That makes you wonder how much weight he’ll be putting back on overnight. Berto could be dealing with a super middleweight by the time he gets in the ring tomorrow night. Ortiz looks like he’s going to rehydrate well into the 160s. He’s been training hard obviously, but it’s possible that Ortiz has grown out of the welterweight division at the age of 29. Read the rest of this entry »



title Berto not sure where Golovkin gets his power

By Allan Fox: Former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto is one of the many admirers of IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s punching power. Berto doesn’t quite understand where Golovkin gets his punching power though, because he notes that Kazakhstan fighter doesn’t have much muscle on his wiry frame, and yet he punches so hard.

Golovkin punches hard enough to hurt bigger fighters that spar with him. He says he’s not punching them to the head either. It’s body shots and he’s still able to generate a lot of power. Read the rest of this entry »



title Dirrell brothers in action tonight against Caparello and Truax

By Scott Gilfoid: The Dirrell brothers, Andre and Anthony, will be in action tonight on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV.

Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) has a tough assignment on his hands against former 175lb title challenger Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) at the beautiful Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »



title Weights: Jack-Bute & DeGale-Medina

Badou Jack and Lucian ButeBy Jeff Aranow: WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs) weighed in successfully at 167 ½ pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense against former IBF 168lb champion Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) this Saturday night on Showtime Boxing from the Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia.

Bute weighed in at 167lbs., and he looked good and ready to fight for another world title. Bute lost his last fight to IBF 168lb champion James DeGale last November. Read the rest of this entry »



title Shannon Briggs to fight Alexander Dimitrenko?

dimitrenko326By Scott Bells: I had read a couple articles today suggesting that heavyweight Shannon Briggs would be taking on B-level fighter Alexander Dimitrenko on the undercard of David Haye’s next show. If Briggs and Haye both win, they will face each other next.

Clearly this is a great fight for Briggs and one that will show people whether he should even be in the ring with Haye. After the beating he took off Vitali Klitschko a 6 years ago, from a health point of view, I certainly don’t want to see him in with a big puncher like Haye if he is likely to suffer a similar fate.

Unfortunately, the terrible opposition he has faced since has told us nothing about his ability to take a punch. Read the rest of this entry »



title Loeffler: Canelo-Khan winner faces Gennady or we take WBC title

golovkin903By Patrick McHugh: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is totally focused on WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight against Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7 next week. Loeffler wants to match his fighter interim WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) against the winner of that fight.

If the Khan-Canelo winner won’t fight Golovkin, then Loeffler says Golovkin will take the WBC title from them and then move on. Loeffler would rather Triple G win the WBC title in the traditional way in the ring, but if the Canelo vs. Khan winner doesn’t want to fight him, then they must give up the title.

The World Boxing Council president Jose Suliaman backed Loeffler up this week in saying that the winner of the Canelo-Khan fight will be stripped of the WBC title if they don’t face Golovkin next. Read the rest of this entry »



title Weights: Hughie Fury 231, Fred Kassi 233

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By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (19-0, 10 KOs) weighed in on Friday for his potentially nightmarish fight against the powerful Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK.

Fury looked his usual non-muscular self in weighing in at 231 pounds. That’s quite thin for a fighter 6’6”, but Fury doesn’t have a muscular built that you normally see in fighters. I would have to say that Fury’s physique is more like an office worker that shuffles papers than a guy that makes a living fighting. Read the rest of this entry »



title Shannon Briggs vs. Alexander Dimitrenko on May 21

dimitrenko434333By Scott Gilfoid: 44-year-old WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) will supposedly be facing 33-year-old Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on May 21 on the undercard of David Haye’s next fight against Arnold Gjergjaj (29-0, 21 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Fightnews.com says Briggs told them that he’ll be fighting Dimitrenko on the card on May 21. This is going to be a tough fight for Briggs if this match-up turns out to be true, because Briggs is pretty old and hasn’t fought a live body in six years since his one-sided loss to Vitali Klitschko in 2010.

Dimitrenko is a very flawed heavyweight, as many people have seen, but he’s still not an easy out for someone as old as Briggs. Dimitrenko has only been beaten twice in his career in defeats to Eddie Chambers and Kubrat Pulev. Those guys weren’t old when they beat Dimitrenko.
Chambers fully outclassed and exposed Dimitrenko years ago on his own home turf
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title Arum expects 100K PPV buys for Crawford-Postol

crawford4By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) and WBC champion Victor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting on July 23 on HBO pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s a controversial move on the part of their promoter Bob Arum, who says he had no choice but to put the fight on PPV due to HBO not having enough dates to put the fight on regular HBO. Arum says he expects the Crawford vs. Postol fight to bring in 100,000 PPV buys. He’s not expecting big numbers like his past stars Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao when they first fought on PPV as the headliners.

The 100K PPV buys for Crawford vs. Postol would put it at the same level as Gennady Golovkin’s recent PPV fight against David Lemieux. Arum says he would be selling the Crawford vs. Postol fight for $50 on PPV, and packaging it with WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez and featherweight Oscar Valdez. Read the rest of this entry »



title Dillian Whyte to announce fight date next week

whyte54By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) says he’ll be returning to the ring soon. He expects to announce his next fight date next week. Whyte, 28, has shoulder surgery following his 7th round knockout loss to Anthony Joshua last December.

Whyte is rehabbing his surgically repaired left shoulder. Whyte wants a rematch against the 27-year-old Joshua because he feels the outcome of their second fight will be different with him uninjured.

Whyte suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd round of the Joshua fight, and this left him with just one good arm to fight the 6’6” heavily muscular Joshua. Whyte was doing good before the injury. Read the rest of this entry »



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