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 »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) weighed in at his lightest weight in two years in weighing in at 243 ¼ pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense on Saturday night against unbeaten #13 IBF challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England.
For his part, Breazeale weighed in at 255 pounds, which is slightly heavier than the 252 ¾ pounds he came in for his last bout against Amir Mansour last January. Breazeale will be sporting a 12 pound weight and a one inch height advantage over Joshua when the two of them get inside the ring on Saturday night at the O2 Arena. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next opponent is expected to be announced soon for his next fight on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo, 25, won’t be fighting IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on this date, because Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions wants the fight to marinate more so that it makes more money when/if it does take place.
Now that Golovkin is out of the picture, Canelo is expected to fight for a world title at junior middleweight on September 17. The fighter that many believe Canelo will be facing is unbeaten WBO 154lb champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I knew it was too good to be true. After weeks of squawking about how he was going to beat 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) a second time in their rematch, IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is saying he’s injured his ankle and will need to postpone their July 9 fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Fury, 27, says the fight will still take place, but he’ll need between six to seven weeks for his injured ankle to heal before he can get back in the ring. It’s unclear whether Fury will need six or seven weeks before he can start training again or if that’s the amount of time he’ll need before he can fight Wladimir.
Having suffered a number of sprained ankles during my life during my athletic endeavors, I would guess that Fury will need six to seven weeks BEFORE he can start training again. As such, we could be looking at the Fury-Klitschko fight not taking place until November or December of this year depending on how well Fury’s angle heals. Read the rest of this entry »