By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten #2 IBF Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) doesn’t intend on losing focus for his next fight against #6 IBF Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) on August 21 at the Amphitheater in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Spence is fighting the 41-year-old Bundu in an IBF welterweight eliminator bout. The winner of the fight will be the new IBF mandatory challenger to champion Kell Brook. Spence will be facing Bundu on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC on 8/21.
Spence, 26, is the favorite in the Bundu fight. It looks like Spence wants to make sure that he doesn’t overlook Bundu, because if he takes the fight for granted and loses, it will prevent him from getting the much bigger fights in the future against the like of Brook, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner and Terence Crawford. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (25-5, 18 KOs) is reportedly deciding whether or not to return to the ring after having lost his last fight against John Molina by a 12 round unanimous decision last June. Provodnikov’s promoter Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions believes that he’ll continue his career, according to Dan Rafael.
Provodnikov’s latest defeat to Molina was a bad one because Provodnikov didn’t look nearly as motivated for that fight compared to some of his fights in the past. Provodnikov’s once promising career has gone downhill recently with him losing three out of his last five fights. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME) By Patrick McHugh: Former two division world champion Ricky Hatton believes that welterweight Kell Brook will do well for a few rounds in his title challenge against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0 32 KOs) in their fight on September 10, but ultimately, Golovkin’s size, power and punching ability will be too much for Brook.
Hatton doesn’t blame Brook for taking the shot against Golovkin, because it’s such a big payday for him. Hatton notes that the top guys in the 147lb division didn’t want any part of fighting Brook, so he had to do something to get a big fight. The parade was passing Brook by and he was watching his career move forward without him being able to get any of the big career defining fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Amir “King” Khan (31-4, 10 KOs) says he’s interested in fighting either Manny Pacquiao or Danny Garcia for his next fight in January, 2017. Khan, 29, is the mandatory challenger to Danny Garcia’s WBC welterweight title. Khan would like to take that fight in January or a fight against Filipino star Manny Pacquiao. However, Khan isn’t sure if Pacquiao’s 84-year-old promoter Bob Arum would let him get a crack at Pacquiao at this point.
Indeed, Arum seems more interested in keeping Pacquiao’s next two fights in house with him fighting either WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford or WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas next. It’s very likely that whichever one of those fighters that doesn’t get the fight against Pacquiao this time around for his November 5 fight, will be facing him in his next fight after that if he chooses to continue his career after November. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) expects his fight against WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) to be a really tough one on Saturday nighton July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Frampton, 29, has his game plan down for the match and ready to spring it on Santa Cruz, but he realizes too that the fight could ultimately come down to the two of them brawling in center ring. In other words, tactics might fail and Frampton could be stuck having to prove that he can beat Gonzalez the old fashioned way by slugging it out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After last Saturday’s less than crowd-pleasing performance in beating Viktor Postol, WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) has a lot of question marks about him and whether he’s got the mindset to become the new face of boxing. That’s what Crawford wants, and that’s obviously what his promoters at Top Rank want to see him become.
The fastest way for Crawford to become a pay-per-view attraction is for him to start knocking out all of his opponents. It wasn’t promising to see Crawford taking it easy last Saturday night against Postol after knocking him down twice in round five. If that had been middleweight star Gennady Golovkin that had knocked Postol down twice in the 5th round, you can bet that he would have been looking to finish him off in the 6th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: It always feels great to watch encounters that bring in mind the mythical battle of David vs. Goliath, the tiny vs. the giant. IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KO’s) is the rising star from England who dares to challenge the top gun of the middleweight division, one of the most feared fighters of our time: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s).
Golovkin and Brook will be fighting on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Their fight will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing in the States and on Sky Box Office pay-per-view in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero thinks Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) is crazy to be moving up two weight divisions to take on unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0 32 KOs) on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Guerrero thinks Brook should have at least fought a couple of tune-up fights at 160 beore taking on Golovkin, who he rates as the best fighter in the middleweight division today. Guerrero thinks that the 30-year-old Brook is taking a dangerous move by jumping straight into the middleweight division against Golovkin rather than easing his way in by facing a couple of guys to get acclimated to the weight. Guerrero sees this fight as one that could wind up with Brook getting hurt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t see any indication outside of Bob Arum where Manny Pacquiao has officially stated that he is ready to fight again. A columnist for the Manila Times, claimed that only Arum seems interested to make Pacquiao comeback from retirement to basically financially squeeze what is left of the Filipinos legacy. The article reiterates that Pacquiao is busy with his job as a senator to fight anytime soon. Those pairing Pacquiao to fight against any present welterweight are smoking the good stuff. There is absolutely no evidence that Pacquiao will comeback from retirement outside of Arum’s mouth, and people’s imagination.
It looks like Terrence Crawford is now hailed as the future of boxing based of his win against overhyped Viktor Postol. It seems incredible, but some have gone beyond the realm of reality to hype Crawford to a standard that he hasn’t earned yet by claiming that he is the new Floyd Mayweather Jr. of boxing, pointing how he will destroy “Pacquiao”. It took Juan Manuel Marquez four fights to finally beat Pacquiao and get that devastating KO. Is Crawford a better boxer than Marquez? Athletic wise maybe, skill wise no. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night on July 30, British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) will be facing unbeaten but totally untested 24-year-old Dave Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title at the First Direct Arena, in Leeds. These two heavyweights have a lot of bad blood between them due to the trash talking that they’ve done.
On Saturday, they can finally settle things once and for ll to determine which of the two is better. Whyte, 28, is widely considered to be the far better of the two. However, Whyte’s recent shoulder surgery on his left shoulder has left him essentially a one-armed fighter since coming back from surgery last June against Ivica Bacurin. Read the rest of this entry »