By Jim Dower: unbeaten WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) boxed his way to a very, very boring 12 round unanimous decision over WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol 28-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night to win Postol’s WBC belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 118-107, 118-107, 117-108. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: In an incredibly dominant performance, undefeated #1 WBO featherweight Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) totally obliterated a badly over-matched Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda (26-1, 23 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round to capture the vacant WBO featherweight title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Undefeated welterweight Jose Benavidez (25-0, 16 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an unimpressive 10 round unanimous decision over Francisco Santana (24-5-1, 12 KOs) tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The judges scored the fight 100-90, 96-94 and 98-92. Benavidez was the A-side fighter, the Top Rank fighter. I had the fight scored a draw. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Unbeaten light heavyweight 2012 Olympian Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) had to get up off the deck from a 1st round knockdown to come back and defeat former two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-6-1, 15 KOs) by a 6th round knockout on Saturday night on HBO pay-per-view from the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Undefeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (11-0, 8 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an impressive 1st round knockout win over the always tough George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (34-3-3, 24 KOs) in stopping him in the 1st round in middleweight action on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) is hoping to take a big step forward in his career tonight in his fight against WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) in their fight on HBO PPV. Crawford sees himself as the replacement for superstars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the sport. Crawford and Postol will be fighting on HBO pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford is around the same age as both of them when they became huge PPV attractions. Crawford hasn’t shown the same kind of talent that we saw from Pacquiao and Mayweather when they both young at 28. However, it might not matter that Crawford doesn’t have the talent of the guys he replaces at the top of the sport.
There’s an empty spot at the top right now and the boxing public may be willing to accept a lesser fighter like Crawford as the top guy. Read the rest of this entry »
Eric Baldwin: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-6-1, 31 KOs) passed their drug tests from their July 16 fight at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Both fighters’ urine tests came up negative in VADA’s pre and post-fight tests for drugs, according to Dan Rafael.
Wilder, 6’7”, scored an 8th round stoppage after Arreola failed to come out for the 9th round. Arreola’s left eye was nearly closed and he’d suffered a cut over his right eye. His left was the bigger problem because he couldn’t see out of it to track Wilder’s powerful jab. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: After nearly two years out of the ring, Bernard Hopkins is planning on potentially making a ring return in 2016. Hopkins, 51, lost his last fight to Sergey Kovalev in 2014, and he’s not fought since then. It’s unclear whether Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) has been picky or what.
Hopkins probably could have stayed active if he was willing to fight the top contenders, but whatever reason he’s not continued to fight. That’s unfortunate because he seems to be following the same path we saw from former world champion Winky Wright in his final years of his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Tonight, Top Rank will be putting on a fight card on HBO pay-per-view headlined by light welterweights Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol. The fight is going for between $49.99 and $59.99 on pay-per-view. According to their promoter Bob Arum, he had no choice but to make the Crawford-Postol fight PPV because HBO didn’t have any available fight dates.
This is the same promotional company that put on Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. on pay-per-view last year with asking price of $100. It was a huge disappointment for the fight fans when the bout failed to produce fireworks of any kind. Pacquiao fought like he was scared after the first two rounds, and Mayweather moved around the ring to avoid getting hit.
You can’t blame the boxing public if they’re not ready to put their hard-earned money on another pay-per-view fight after their experience a year ago. Arum isn’t making things easy on himself by having the lesser known fighters like Crawford and Postol headline the PPV card on HBO. When casual boxing fans see a fight like this on PPV, it just reeks of a money grab attempt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former super middleweight world title challenger Paul Smith thinks that welterweight Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) will be able to land some shots against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in the first few rounds of their fight on September 10. However, Smith sees Golovkin catching up to Brook after three rounds and the fight could go downhill for the British fighter from that point on. Smith, 33, isn’t ruling out an upset in the fight. Smith does think Brook has a chance to beat Golovkin, but he sees it as a tough ask. Brook will need to move up two entire weight divisions to fight Golovkin.
Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn have made a big deal about him being a junior middleweight in size, and possibly even as big as Golovkin on the night of their fight on September 10. Read the rest of this entry »