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title Andre Ward faces Alexander Brand on HBO

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By Dan Ambrose: It’s now official: Light heavyweight contender Andre Ward (29-, 15 KOs) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line in less than two months from now against #10 WBA Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on August 6 on HBO at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. This isn’t the fight that the boxing world wants to see.

The fans want to see Ward fight iBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. However, the two fighters agreed to take interim fights before facing each other later this year on November 19 on HBO PPV. Fans were hoping that Ward would take on a tough opponent for his tune-up, but it looks like he and his promoters at Roc Nation Sports decided to play it safe by choosing the 39-year-old Brand, whose only loss of his career was to Badou Jack in 2012 in losing an eight round split decision. Jack was also Brand’s only true quality opponent he’s faced during his career.

Brand has a lot of knockouts in his seven-year pro career, but his knockout has come against lower level opposition for the most part. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin vs. Eubank Jr. possible for August 27

By Scott Gilfoid: The much talked about fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) have a working date of August 27 on Sky Box Office in the UK, according to Dan Rafael. With the Golovkin-Eubank Jr. fight possible for 8/27, it will push the unification match between IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook and WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas for September 24 on Sky Box Office.

There’s no way that both PPV broadcasts could take place in September, because that would be asking a lot of the British fans to have to pay for two PPV events rather than one.
Eubank Jr. and his promoters at Matchroom Sport have a deadline of this week to sign the contract for the Golovkin fight. If they don’t get the fight negotiated in the next two days, then Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler will be moving on to face another opponent that they can sign quickly. Read the rest of this entry »



title Haye says Fury’s injured leg can’t be that bad

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By Patrick McHugh: David Haye says he saw the injured IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury dancing around on his injured leg, and he says it can’t be that bad. Fury recently reported that he suffered an ankle injury while training.

Fury then supplied pictures of his discovered ankle as proof of his injury. The injury has resulted in Fury’s scheduled July9 fight against Wladimir Klitschko to be postponed until a still to be determined date.

In the past, Haye was twice scheduled to fight Fury and both occasions, he had to pull out of the fight with injuries. Haye suffered a cut while training for their September 2013 fight, which led to it being postponed until February 2014. However, Haye suffered a bad shoulder injury in November of 2013 that caused him to cancel the fight with Fury. Read the rest of this entry »



title Crawford vs. Postol: Will this fight determine best at 140?

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By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) sees his fight next month on July 23 against WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) as a match that will decide who the best fighter is in the division. The winner of the Crawford-Postol fight will be seen by the fans as the best, but the winner still need to face WBA champion Ricky Burns and IBF champ Eduard Troyanovsky to determine who the overall No.1 fighter is at 140.

It won’t be enough for the winner of the Crawford-Postol fight to proclaim that they’re the best. They’ll need to actually fight the rest of the champions for them to prove it. It’s not known how much longer the 28-year-old Crawford will stay at 140.

Crawford wants to become a PPV star and he probably won’t be able to do that if he stays at 140 and gets stuck fighting guys like Dierry Jean, Hank Lundy and Thomas Dulorme over and over again. The Crawford-Postol fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view, but that’s only because HBO didn’t have any open dates to televise the fight on regular HBO Championship Boxing. Read the rest of this entry »



title Fury vs. Klitschko: Wladimir not concerned with titles

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By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Wladimir Klitschko says he doesn’t care about the titles when it comes to his rematch with Tyson Fury. Wladimir’s focus is on beating Fury and avenging his loss from last November.

The world titles Wladimir lost, IBF, IBO/WBA/WBO, straps are secondary to him. The Fury-Klitschko 2 rematch was supposed to be taking place on July 9 next month at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. However, Fury suffered an ankle injury recently, and the injury is expected to keep him out of the ring for the next four months until the end of October if then.

The possible date for the Fury-Klitschko2 rematch is on October 29 at the Manchester Arena. Read the rest of this entry »



title Thurman wants Danny Garcia, hopes to take his WBC strap

By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) is still talking about wanting to get a unification fight against WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs), because he wants his WBC 147lb title, which had previously been in the possession of superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.

Thurman was never given a fight by Mayweather, and he still seems to be a little perturbed about that. Thurman feels that by beating Garcia and taking his WBC title, he’ll have his name connected with that belt due to it previously belonging to Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »



title Anthony Joshua will struggle against a heavyweight with mobility

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By Scott Gilfoid: We saw last Saturday night the pros and the cons of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s fighting style with his 7th round knockout victory over the stationary American Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs). Joshua, weighing 243 pounds, was able to plod forward and nail the immobile 6’7” Breazeale with power shots all night long until the American was finished off in the 7th.

What was crystal clear in watching Joshua was that he does well against guys that stand directly in front of him and don’t move around. Had that been Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in the ring with Joshua, he would have had major problems with their movement. The fact of the matter is that Joshua does not do well against guys that move on him. Read the rest of this entry »



title George Groves vs. Fedor Chudinov possible for WBA 168lb tite

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By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #4 WBA George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) won his third consecutive victory last Saturday night in defeating #10 WBC Martin Murray (34-4-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 118 x3 in their WBA super middleweight eliminator bout at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Groves now will possibly face #1 WBA Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) for the WBA 168 Super belt if/when it’s stripped from Felix Sturm. Groves feels confident can beat any of the champions at super middleweight despite the fact that he’s failed on three previous occasions when challenging for world titles. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hearn wants Joshua to take another voluntary defense in November

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By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is talking about having IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua fight another voluntary defense in November or December, and then from taking on his IBF mandatory challenger Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) in his fight after that.

Hearn is talking about wanting to potentially have Joshua fight in December and asking the International Boxing Federation for an exception so that he doesn’t need to fight the 24-year-old Parker at that time. I knew it was too good to be true. As soon as Hearn first started talking about wanting to match Joshua against Parker before the end of the year, I didn’t believe it. Sure enough, it looks like Hearn is going to try and have Joshua dodge the Parker fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Eubank Jr. to Golovkin: “You’re not ready for what’s coming”

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By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) briefly traded shots on social medial last Sunday, a day after Eubank Jr. smashed a badly over-matched Tom Doran (17-1, 7 KOs) last Saturday night at the O2 Arena, in London, UK. After the fight, Eubank Jr. called Golovkin out when interviewed inside the ring. Eubank Jr. continued to talk about Golovkin at the post-fight press conference.

Indeed, the entire press conference consisted of Eubank Jr. talking about how much better he is than GGG, and how he’s going to beat him when/if they face each other in August or September. What was weird is that Eubank Jr. said only a few words about the defeated Doran. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a post-fight press conference where so little was said about the defeated opponent. It was as if Eubank Jr. hadn’t fought at all, because he sure as heck wasn’t talking about poor Doran, who he dropped four times in the one-sided massacre. Read the rest of this entry »



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