By Dan Ambrose: In what has to be seen as a signal that the boxing public is about to see another mismatch involving Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, he and his trainers are now building up WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) by saying nice things about him in the media about how good he is.
Canelo is fighting the little known Smith on HBO pay-per-view at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The fans don’t seem to be showing much interest in the fight because they see Smith as pretty much just a sacrificial lamb that Team Canelo and Golden Boy have carefully selected. With Team Canelo now trying to build Smith up with the American boxing fans, it tells you that this is another bad mismatch like Canelo’s last fight against the badly flawed struggling welterweight Amir Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will be fighting the unranked Sergio Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) in a rematch that few boxing fans want to see next month on September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. It’s anyone’s guess why Jacobs’ management choose to have him fight the 35-year-old Mora for a second time, because it’s not a fight that the fans want to see a fan except for Mora’s fans.
Jacobs already stopped Mora in the 2nd round last year, and fighting him a second seems like a pointless endeavor. Jacobs, 29, says he’s hoping that Mora doesn’t make it a boring fight because he wants it to be an exciting fight for the fans for as long as it lasts. Read the rest of this entry »
(Martin Murray seen here getting worked over by Gennady Golovkin) By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Martin Murray is predicting that Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) won’t last long against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in their fight on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Murray (33-4, 16 KOs) was knocked out by Golovkin in 11 rounds last year in January 2015 after running all around the ring the entire fight to keep from getting stopped.
It was a pure survival oriented fight for Murray after the first two rounds. You could see the 33-year-olld Murray make the conscience decision by the third round to just try and survive rather than win the fight. It then got really ugly with Murray spending two rounds trying to clinch Golovkin nonstop the way Brook did against Shawn Porter in 2014.
In this case, Golovkin wasn’t having any of the holding business from Murray, so he would step back and nail him with shots each time he would come forward to put him in a bear hug to stall out the fight. Goodness knows, the referee wasn’t doing anything to control Murray’s clinching, so Golovkin took matters into his own fans by nailing Murray with hard shots each time he tried to clinch him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) and his undefeated #1 IBF challenger Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) could be facing each other in December due to the fight being pushed back because of an eye problem for the young 26-year-old Charlo, according to Ring TV. They had previously been looking to face each other in October, but the eye injury will require that the fight get pushed back two months to December. Hopefully, there won’t be any issues that will extend it even further.
Charlo might be better off giving up his International Boxing Federation 154lb title and moving up in weight to middleweight, because I think he needs to move up at this point in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 WBC super middleweight contender Callum Smith (20-0, 15 KOs) will be fighting little known Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati (21-3, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout on the undercard of the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Kell Brook card on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of the 21-year-old Nemesapati before.
I did notice that he’s coming off of a loss to someone named Umar Salamov last August. That’s not good. I mean, how do you get motivated to see Callum Smith fight an unknown guy that lost his last fight to another unknown fighter? I’m just saying. What’s the point of even having Callum on the Golovkin-Brook undercard if he’s not going to be fighting someone good? But then again, Smith’s resume is littered with unknown guys like Nemesapati, so it’s not all that surprising that he’s STILL fighting lesser fighters at this point in his career.
You can argue that Nemesapati is probably a better fighter than Smith’s last opponent Cesar Hernan Reynoso (14-8-3, 7 KOs), who he struggled to beat last May at Goodison Park in Liverpool, UK. Smith did not look good in that fight for an instant. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The date that’s being talked about for IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s mandatory defense of his International Boxing Federation title is in March against his #1 IBF mandatory challenger Joseph Parker. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to build up the Joshua-Parker fight first by having the 24-year-old talent fighting on Joshua’s next undercard, which could be on November 26.
The only opponent for Parker could be the well-known British heavyweight David Price, who really wants a title shot against Joshua in the worst way. Price is ranked #12 by the IBF so a fight between him and Parker would be an unofficial eliminator of sorts.
Parker has already locked himself down as the mandatory for Joshua, but if he loses to Price, then that would mess up his plans. The odds of Parker losing to Price would have to be seen as very, very low though. It’s a win-win fight for Parker to take on Price on Joshua’s next undercard because it will give him some badly needed visibility. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wants IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to fully understand that he’s the A-side, and that the fight will happen only when he decides it will happen in the future. Right now, Canelo doesn’t see any point in fighting Golovkin, but when that moment comes that he’s ready, he’ll give him the word and Golovkin will be able to come to him at that time. In other words, Canelo wants Golovkin to know once again that he’s calling ALL the shots and all he can do is sit and wait for his word.
Canelo describes Golovkin as an “older fighter” that still has yet to fight anyone good. Canelo says his own legacy is being formed with every fight because he’s already fought high quality opposition and GGG still has not.
“I’ve fought some of the best fighters in the world, every fight I’m making history,” Alvarez said via the dailystar. “He’s the older fighter and he hasn’t fought anybody. The fight’s going to happen, it has to happen, but he hasn’t fought anybody so why would you put GGG in the history books if he hasn’t fought anybody? Everyone knows I’m the A-side. The fight will happen when I want it to.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It looks like the much talked about fight between former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens won’t be taking place on October 22 on HBO as boxing fans had hoped. The negotiations between the two fighters have hit a stall, and it appears that the fight won’t be salvaged with help from HBO.
I had a feeling that Lemieux vs. Stevens wouldn’t happen when I first heard of the fight. I could not see Lemieux facing a live body like Stevens, because he’s too dangerous and would likely knock Lemieux into next week. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in potentially making a huge heavyweight triple-header on November 26, with IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) headlining at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in late November or December. Also on the card, British heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora is in play. A match between heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker is another one of the fights for the card. Discussions are being held for the fights, and it would be a pretty big deal if the card comes off.
Parker, 24, is Joshua’s IBF mandatory challenger, but Hearn will likely wait until early 2017 before he puts the fight together between them. In the meantime, Parker can get some valuable air time on Sky Box Office if he fights the 6’8” Price on the undercard of the Joshua-Pulev card. Price, 33, wants a title shot against Joshua, and if he can beat Parker, he would earn the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s understood by all that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is the favorite against Kell Brook going into their fight in less than two weeks from now on September 10, but Brook doesn’t care that he’s the underdog. He says he’s got the talent to pull off the upset and shock the boxing world by beating the 34-year-old Triple G and taking his IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight titles in their fight at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Brook hasn’t given away his special game plan for the fight as of yet, but he has let leak the fact that he plans on using movement to stifle GGG’s offense. Just how much movement Brook plans on using is the big question. Read the rest of this entry »