By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol have a great deal at stake for their fight this Saturday night on HBO PPV at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of the fight could wind up in the ring facing PPV star Manny Pacquiao on November 5. The 37-year-old Pacquiao retired recently after beating Tim Bradley last April by a 12 round decision.
Pacquiao won a seat in the senate in the Philippines, but he still wants to fight and has a little time to go through a brief training camp. His promoter Bob Arum isn’t sure if Pacquiao will fight at 140 or 147 when he does come back. However, Arum has been talking a great deal about the possibility of Pacquiao fighting the winner of the Crawford-Postol fight.
It obviously will be a disappointment to Arum if Pacquiao turns up his nose to fighting the winner of the Crawford vs. Postol fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #1 WBO Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KOs) and #2 WBO Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) will be fighting it out this Saturday night for the vacant WBO World featherweight title in the co-feature bout on the Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol card on HBO pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the 25-year-old Valdez’s moment in the sun to shine after four years as a pro. Valdez’s promoters at Top Rank haven’t thrown him in with the dangerous guys like Vasyl Lomachenko, Nicholas Walters and Gary Russell Jr.
Valdez has competed in the Olympics twice in taking part in 2008 and 2012. He was eliminated both times by superior fighters. As a pro, Valdez has found things a lot easier, as he’s not been matched against the high quality fighters as of yet. Valdez did defeat former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich by a 4th round knockout last April. However, Gradovich hasn’t been the same fighter since fighting to a 12 round draw against Jayson Velez in November 2014. Beating Gradovich now isn’t such a big deal because his career has really tanked in the last two years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: #2 IBF Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) won’t have long to wait for a world title shot against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs). If the fight doesn’t take place this year, then he should be able to get a crack at Joshua’s title, according to his promoter Kalle Sauerland.The 35-year-old Pulev is right behind #1 Joseph Parker as the next mandatory challenger for the 6’6” Joshua, so he’ll be soon getting a title shot.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn still hasn’t picked out his next opponent for November. Pulev might have a chance to get that fight if Hearn doesn’t go with a lighter test. Matchroom Sport promoter Barry Hearn likes the idea of Joshua defending his title against former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne in his next fight.
Stiverne has a good chin and might be able to give him some rounds. Stiverne is also well known in the United States by the hardcore boxing fans, but not by the casual fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten light welterweight champions Viktor Postol and Terence Crawford both made weight on Friday for their clash this Saturday night on HBO PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford came in at 140 pounds at the upper limit of the light welterweight division.
For his part, Postol weighed in slightly less at 139.5lbs. During the face off, Crawford attempted to get into the head of Postol by moving up in down and staring at Postol in a gleeful way. Postol started grinning and turned away. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) will be getting most of the loot this Saturday night in terms of purses for his unification match against WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) on HBO PPV at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford will be getting $1.3 million for the fight compared to $675,000 for the 32-year-old Postol.
Both fighters are with Top Rank, but Crawford is going to get most of the cash for the fight. That should tell you a little about the pecking order for this promotion. Of course, this could all change in the future if Postol blasts Crawford apart or beats him soundly be a decision.
Crawford is seen as the guy that will be the next big star for the company. If that fails to happen and if Postol wins, it’s going to send shockwaves through Top Rank. They’re going to need to refocus and think of whom next to start hyping like mad. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum would likely be quick to circle his wagons around Postol and start giving him the heavy push in an effort to make him Top Rank’s replacement PPV fighter for Manny Pacquiao, who may not be around more than one or two fights before he retires for good. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez says he doesn’t like the September 10 fight between unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and unbeaten welterweight Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs), because he doesn’t think Brook has any chance of winning the fight. Ramirez thinks Brook will try moving around the ring for two or three rounds, but the match will end as soon as Triple G lands one of his big shots.
“For me, I don’t like the fight, but if you want to fight with me, then let’s do it,” said Ramirez to fighthub.com. “No, I don’t give him [Brook] a chance. I think he’s going to move around for two or three rounds, but when Gennady throws a good punch, he’s going to knock him out. One punch,” said Ramirez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum appeared to lose his cool on Thursday when asked during an interview whether he would be interested in matching his fighter Manny Pacquiao with WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman. Arum said that if Thurman is truly interested in fighting Pacquiao, then he needs to contact his manager Al Haymon and have him contact him to see if they can make the fight. Arum then said that the interviewer Marcos Villegas of Fighthub was being used by people.
It’s unclear why Villegas would be used by Thurman when it comes to him telling that he would like to fight Pacquiao. That seems like Thurman speaking the truth, doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Brian McIntyre, the trainer for WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford, believes that his fighter is in position to get a fight against fellow Top Rank fighter Manny Pacquiao for later this year if they beat WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) this Saturday night on July 23 on HBO pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford is the favorite to win the fight over the 32-year-old Postol, but it’s unclear whether a win over the little known Ukrainian will be enough for him to get the fight with Pacquiao. It’s not up to Crawford or even the 84-year-old Top Rank boss Bob Arum who the opponent will be for Pacquiao.
Arum has kind of jumped the gun a little by saying that the three candidates for Pacquiao’s next fight is the winner of the Crawford-Postol fight and WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao and his adviser Michael Koncz might not be too eager to face any of those guys, who all happen to be promoted by Arum. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #2 IBF Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) will be taking his final step to get to a title shot against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook when he fights #6 IBF Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in exactly one month from now on August 21 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. Spence has wanted to get a crack at Brook for some time now, but he’s been made to wait because he wasn’t going to be given a voluntary shot at his IBF belt.
Spence, 26, and Bundu will be fighting in an IBF welterweight eliminator bout, and the winner will be the mandatory for Brook. At this point, it’s still too early to know whether Brook will even be coming back down in weight to continue to defend his IBF 147lb title. Spence reminds me of a welterweight version of KO artist Julian Jackson. He’s got the same type of power shots as Jackson. He’s just a little smaller. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like former WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg can’t let go of his 12 round split decision loss last February against Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs). Instead of just forgetting about it and accepting reality that he wasn’t good enough, Quigg is pining away for a rematch against the 5’5” Frampton.
Indeed, Quigg (31-1-2, 23 KOs) wants a rematch so badly that he says he would turn down a title shot against WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs), who Frampton will be facing this month on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Frampton has already vacated his IBF/WBA super bantamweight titles in order to move up to featherweight to challenge Santa Cruz. Had Frampton decided to keep his 122lb belts, he would have had to face unbeaten two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux, and that probably wouldn’t have worked out too well for him. Read the rest of this entry »