By Jeff Aranow: IBO/WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara’s mismatch against Yuri Foreman (34-3, 0 KOs) last Friday night brought in good ratings on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) won the fight by a 4th round knockout over the 36-year-old Foreman. Foreman was also down in round 3 of their fight at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Hialeah, Florida.
The match brought in an average of 547,000 viewers with a high of 707,000 on Spike TV. Lara ended the fight with an uppercut that put Foreman down for the count. Surprisingly, the Lara-Foreman fight pulled in more viewers than the Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora rematch fight had brought in. That was a mismatch too. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook is bellyaching that he can’t get a big fight against one of the top stars in the 147lb division, and that he may need to defend his title next against his mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. or else be forced to give up his IBF title by the International Boxing Federation.
Brook doesn’t understand why he can get a big money fight against Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao or Keith Thurman. The problem that Brook has is pretty clear. Those guys are all busy or have other plans. The fights happen rarely, and there’s a lot of waiting involved with them. Look at Garcia and Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After talking for months about Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fighting middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2017, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is now saying that the fight might not happen this year, because there’s a possibility of a rematch between Canelo and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) taking place. In fact, De La Hoya says the Canelo and Chavez Jr. could fight a trilogy against each other.
In that case, Canelo would fight Chavez Jr. on May 6 on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, then on the Mexican Independence Day holiday in September, and finally in December. However, De La Hoya might still put Canelo in with Miguel Cotto for December, and then match Canelo against Chavez Jr. in May of 2018 for the third fight between them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Super heavyweight Olympic gold medalist Tony Victor James Yoka is one of the first big names to sign with the newly formed promotional company Hayemaker Ringstar developed by David Haye and Richard Schaefer. Yoka who recently signed a TV deal upon turning professional with Canal+ for four years is said to be only the first of many big names to join this new venture.
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By Gav Duthie: Its only January but 2017 is shaping up to be a fantastic year already. We have already seen a cracking unification bout between Badou Jack and James Degale, Joshua v Klitschko has sold over 80,000 tickets, Canelo v Chavez Jnr will likely do the same. The #1 and #2 middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs are signed to fight but one of the fights I’m looking forward to most is the rematch between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz. To make 2017 a top year here are 5 other rematches I would like to see happen.
Vasyl Lomachenko 7-1 (5) v Orlando Salido 43-13-4 (30) Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Eddie Hearn plans on taking IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua over to the U.S next week to help attract interest in his April 29 fight against non-American Wladimir Klitschko at the Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Hearn hopes to drive interest from the American fans for a future fight between Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for a possible unification fight in late 2017. According to Hearn, the U.S boxing fans are starting to go crazy for Joshua. He thinks the fans in the States are really going wild about Joshua. Joshua is known by the hardcore boxing fans in the States, but he’s a complete unknown with the casual fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Undefeated #2 IBF Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) is hoping that either #9 IBF Sullivan Barrera or Oleksandr Gvozdyk will agree to face him in an International Boxing Federation eliminator bout in his next fight to decide the #1 mandatory challenger to IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward.
Thus far, #4 Sean Monaghan and #5 Enrico Kölling has said to have chosen not to take the fight with Beterbiev. Beterbiev is counting on Sullivan Barrera agreeing to the fight. He recently picked up an impressive stoppage win over contender Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) expects 2017 to be a huge year for him starting with his fight against Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) on March 11 at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. The fight will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
This is a pretty even fight between two highly ranked contenders in the 160lb division, both of which have been knocked out by middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Stevens was stopped in 8 rounds by Golovkin in 2013, whereas Lemieux was knocked out in the 8th by him in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former four division world champion Adrien Broner thinks WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) should not fight unbeaten welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) right now. Broner doesn’t see that fight as a good career move for the 29-year-old Crawford right now.
Broner says that Crawford should keep winning and building a name for himself. As for why Broner doesn’t think it’s such a good idea for the 5’8” Crawford to take the fight with the 5’9” Spence, he sees Spence as the bigger fighter. As in bigger, Broner would be meaning heavier. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s career is arguably ending slowly in a sad way for the former eight-division world champion with him facing one non-star after another in pay-per-view fights that the boxing fans have little interest in purchasing in high numbers. Pacquiao is expected to fight someone named Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) next on April 23 at the Suncorps Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Horn is someone that Pacquiao’s 85-year-old promoter Bob Arum wants him to fight next. Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) says he doesn’t know who Horn is, and he’s never seen his face. Despite all that, Pacquiao still wants to fight in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »