By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya says the offer that he made to WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders for a fight against Golden Boy Promotions star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is now going to be cut in half due to Saunders’ poor performance last Saturday night against fringe contender Artur Akavov at the Lagoon Centre in Paisley, Scotland.
Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) looked very, very poor in winning a narrow 12 round unanimous decision over the Russian Akavov (16-2, 7 KOs) by the scores 116-113, 116-112 and 116-113. There were a lot of boxing fans who felt that Akavov did enough to deserve the victory or at least a draw. However, Saunders was the home fighter in terms of him being from the UK and Akavov being the visiting fighter from the U.S, which is where he now lives. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After saying for ages that Saul Canelo Alvarez is a 154lb fighter, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has suddenly changed his tune when it comes to interest in a fight between Canelo and UFC star Conor McGregor. De La Hoya says he would love to make a fight between Canelo and McGregor at 160. Some would say that De La Hoya will do anything to have Canelo duck Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, even matching him against McGregor do dodge the fight. A fight between Canelo and McGregor would make a lot of money, but it’s not likely to happen.
De La Hoya says he would like to speak with McGregor and potentially promote him if he were interested in a boxing career. McGregor is under contract with the UFC, and it’s unclear whether that would forbid him from fighting or taking part in any other sport while he’s with the UFC. As far as De La Hoya is concerned, the only fight that makes sense to him is a match between McGregor and Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is talking about potentially putting unbeaten #2 IBF, #2 WBO , #13 WBA, #13 WBC Jeff Horn (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in with his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) in the second half of 2017. Arum is now co-promoting the Australian Horn, as well as unbeaten #1 WBO heavyweight contender Joseph Parker.
Horn will be fighting Ali Fukeka (39-5-3, 31 KOs) in a 10 round fight on the undercard of the Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. heavyweight clash this Saturday night at the Vector Arena in Auckland, Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) is predicting a knockout victory over #10 WBC Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) in their WBC heavyweight title eliminator bout this Saturday night on Sky Box Office PPV at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Chisora, 32, figures that he’s the much harder puncher of the two, so he’ll be knocking Whyte out to become the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Honestly, it’s hard for me to picture the winner of the Whyte vs. Chisora fight facing a talent like Deontay. Come on, these guys haven’t proven they’re better than domestic level guys, and the World Council is letting them fight in a WBC eliminator. Read the rest of this entry »
By Adam Hayes: Boxing has become a major spectator sport thanks to the advent of not only Pay-Per-View but also online marketing and promotion. There was a time when major boxing matches were mostly heavyweight title fights; these days, however, the most anticipated matches do not necessarily have to involve a boxer who rises through the ranks to challenge a belt.
The following matches are being discussed as probably taking place in 2017, which means that fight promoters will start working their magic during this holiday season: Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is now the co-promoter for unbeaten #1 WBO heavyweight contender Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs), which means that if he wins his fight against unbeaten #3 WBO Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight for the vacant WBO heavyweight title, Arum will have his first heavyweight champion in his stable since Hasim Rahman.
It’s pretty clever of the 84-year-old Arum to sign a co-promotional deal with the 24-year-old Parker, because it means that no matter what happens this Saturday on December 10, Arum will have a new heavyweight champion for his Top Rank stable. Arum also promotes the 27-year-old Ruiz Jr., so it’s a great deal for him. The Parker vs. Ruiz Jr. fight will be televised by HBO Championship Boxing on Saturday, and it’ll be taking place at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The start time for U.S fans watching the Parker-Ruiz Jr. fight on HBO in the States is at 9:35 p.m. ET/PT. It’s a delay fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) one last obstacle in front of him in Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) before he faces 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, 2017. According to ESPN, the Joshua-Klitschko fight is a done deal. The Joshua-Klitschko fight will take place at the 80,000 seat Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
It would be funny as heck if Joshua loses to Molina. He’s supposed to be just an opponent for this fight, but you know how that goes. Molina is the B-side in the equation on Saturday. In other words, Molina is not supposed to win. There’s too much at stake. Molina isn’t going to let it to go the cards. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley D. Cision: At a venue that once hosted 80,000 plus screaming fans for Carl Froch vs. George Groves, we will see a great match up on April 29, 2017 with former Champion Wladimir Klitschko challenging Anthony Joshua for his IBF Championship title.
In a time when fighters like Adonis Stevenson, Danny Garcia, and Canelo Alvarez are not fighting the best, these two fighters are daring to be great and putting it all on the line against each other.
This fight is guaranteed to generate a HUGE live gate and draw a lot of attention worldwide. THIS is the fight to be made in the heavyweight division right now, with Deontay Wilder sitting on the sidelines with an injury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s not looking good for the WBA’s 7-day deadline for the negotiations between middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBA ‘regular’ 160lb champion Daniel Jacobs. The deadline runs out this Wednesday. A purse bid will be ordered after the deadline.
Oddly enough, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler is still optimistic that he’ll be able to work a deal with Al Haymon, the manager for Jacobs, according to RingTV. However, Loeffler has been optimistic for months that he’d be able to get a deal done, and it’s just not happened. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) is saying he could be the next opponent for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) on February 25. Hughie, 22, says that Wilder wants a fight on the 25th of February next year. Hughie says he wants that fight. Whether it can happen is another thing.
It’s pretty hard to imagine the Deontay vs. Hughie fight taking place. Hughie and his management might want a lot of money for that fight, and I don’t see there being a ton of money. It’s not a pay-per-view worthy fight in the States, and Wilder isn’t a PPV guy – yet. Read the rest of this entry »