By Jim Dower: Unbeaten Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) weighed in at 255.7 pounds on Thursday for his fight against #1 WBO Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) in a battle of puncher vs. boxer this Saturday night at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker weighed in at 246.7lbs. The two heavyweights will be fighting for the vacant WBO heavyweight title that was recently vacated by Tyson Fury.
Ruiz Jr’s nine pound weight advantage might not be enough for him to get a win on Saturday night, because he’s going to have a hard time cornering Parker, who likes to use movement to keep out of punching range. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo & Text: Rey Sanchez: David Haye, former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, visited this morning the 5th St. GYM in Miami, Fla. Haye was accompanied by his friend Joe Fournier to do light work on the sandbag and make some shade. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight fringe contender Dereck Chisora will be fined by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBB of C) for his behavior or Wednesday in his press conference with British heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte.
The BBBofC will still allow the Whyte-Chisora fight to take place this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. However, Chisora will be given a 2-year suspended suspension and fined £25,000 plus £5,000 in additional costs, according to ESPN. Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) and Whyte will no longer be permitted to have any additional face-offs, and the two fighters will be weighed at separate times on Friday at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: For the right kind of money, Terence Crawford would be willing to move down three pounds to fight super featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko at 137 pounds, according to his trainer Brian McIntyre. The money would have to be good though. Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank, so there wouldn’t be a problem making the fight if there were interest from Lomachenko’s side.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum has spoken of matching Lomachenko and Crawford up against each other. Lomachenko will likely get a shot at Manny Pacquiao in 2017. Crawford is in a tough situation if he can’t get someone like Lomachenko. It doesn’t look like Crawford will ever fight Pacquiao. Crawford can probably forget about fights against Al Haymon fighters like Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Errol Spence Jr. or Keith Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) says he’s going to make a statement this Saturday night in defending his two titles against 33-year-old John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) in their fight on HBO Championship Boxing from the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
Crawford says he’s going to make the same kind of statement against Molina Jr. that he did in his last fight against Viktor Postol last July. Crawford beat Postol by a 12 round unanimous decision after knocking him down twice in the 5th. The final judges’ scores were 118-107, 117-108 and 118-107. That was boring fight to watch for me, and for a lot of boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: American Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) says he’ll be ready to take full advantage of any mistakes IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) makes this Saturday night. Molina, 6’4”, says Joshua will be in trouble if he messes up inside the ring. Joshua tends to leave himself open quite a bit when he’s attacking his opponents unfortunately.
All it takes is one mistake by Joshua and he could be out on his feet from one of Molina’s hard power shots. Molina realizes what’s at stake in this fight. If he can score a knockout over Joshua, he’ll make a bundle of cash in the rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Unbeaten #1 WBO lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (22-0, 15 KOs) will be back in action in less than two months against an opponent still to be determined on February 3 in a fight that will be shown on UniMas Solo Boxeo Tecate series. The venue still hasn’t been decided either.
The 23-year-old Verdejo last fought in June of this year after beating Juan Jose Martinez by a 5th round knockout. Verdejo’s promoter had hoped of getting him a title shot by now against WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan. Unfortunately, Verdejo was injured in a motorcycle accident last summer in August, and he’s been out of the ring ever since. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua figures he’s got maybe five more years left in his boxing career before he hangs up his gloves and retires from the sport. That’s if everything goes as planned with his career. Joshua needs to keep his eye on the task at hand for this Saturday, because he’s facing a real big puncher in Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
It wouldn’t be surprising at all of Joshua gets knocked out in that fight, because Molina is going to be fighting above his head knowing that if he beats AJ, he’ll get a huge money rematch. Molina will be set for life if he beats Joshua. The cash that Molina will get for the rematch will be out of this world good. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A deal was not reached by Wednesday’s deadline of 5:00 p.m. ET for the negotiations between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs’ management for a fight. The World Boxing Association has now ordered a purse bid on December 19 in their headquarters in Panama.
The minimum bid for the Golovkin-Jacobs purse bid is $400,000. The purse split is in favor of Golovkin 75% – Jacobs 25%. I’m sure the 25% purse split isn’t quite what Jacobs and his manager Al Haymon were looking for from the negotiations. They reportedly wanted a 60-40 deal. Read the rest of this entry »