By Scott Gilfoid: Despite being offered a shot to fight for the WBO heavyweight title against the winner of the December 10 fight between Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr., #4 WBO David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) says he’s ready to fight WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) if he seriously wants to make the fight.
Bellew, 33, seems to be VERY SERIOUS about wanting to fight Haye, and you can understand why. Bellew will probably never be in a better position than he is right now after his two recent wins over BJ Flores and Ilunga Makabu.
Bellew hasn’t had to fight any of the talented cruiserweights yet, so he’s currently what many boxing fans see as a paper champion in holding down the WBC strap. However, if Bellew doesn’t get the Haye – or some other high payday match – soon, he’s going to have to face his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis. That’s a fight that will likely see Bellew knocked out and dethroned. I hate to say it, but Briedis is too good for Bellew, and I suspect that he knows that himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook and Amir Khan are both coming off of stoppage losses in 2016, but they could wind up facing each other in 2017 if the fight can get negotiated. Brook, 30, wants Khan to commit to fighting him next year. Khan seems to be open to the idea of finally facing Brook, but he wants it to take place in the welterweight division.
Brook recently moved up to middleweight in a failed attempt to defeat IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Brook landed some shots here and there, but he was only competitive for one round in the fight. Brook was staggered in the 1st, and running in rounds 3 through 5. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions reportedly was given a 15-day extension by the World Boxing Association to continue negotiating the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs fight. The deadline for the negotiations to end is on Saturday, October 22nd.
Golovkin has already given up the December 10 fight date on HBO. The negotiations that Loeffler is doing now are to try and get the fight put together for early 2017 in February or March. It’s hard to imagine the fight not taking place by that point if the negotiations are done, because it’s in both of their interest to keep fighting often as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: David Lemieux successfully weighed in at 163 ¾ pounds on Friday for his 10 round fight on Saturday night against Cristian Fabian Rios at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Rios (21-7-3, 6 KOs) weighed in at 163 ¾ pounds. This is an important fight for the 27-year-old former IBF middleweight champion Lemieux, because he’s in the running for a big payday fight against fellow Golden Boy promotions star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in early 2017.
As we’ve seen in the past, Lemieux isn’t one of those types of fighters that can be counted on to win each time he fights. His losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine showed that he doesn’t have the stamina or the talent to get by the fringe level guys 100 percent of the tine. Lemieux will win most of the time, but he gets beaten at other times. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum plans on trying to put together a fight between his two fighters Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford in April 2017 on Top Rank pay-per-view. Arum wanted to make the fight between Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) and Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) for November 5, but Pacquiao instead chose to fight World Boxing Organization 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 84-year-old Arum says he’s going to try again to match Pacquiao and Crawford against each other by trying match them in April next year. Crawford has a fight on December 10 on HBO World Championship Boxing that he needs to first. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: According to promoters Zanfer, former World Boxing Council middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) will be fighting in December against #11 WBO super middleweight contender Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) at a still to named venue. The date still hasn’t been confirmed as well.
”CONFIRM: Dominik Britsch vs @jcchavezjr1 in December,” said Zanfer on their Twitter.
It’s not surprising that Chavez Jr. is having a fight in December, because in the recent photos of him in raining, he looks to be in the best shape in years. Chavez Jr. has trimmed off a lot of the baby fat that he’s been carrying around in his last four fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) will be challenging World Boxing Council lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) on the undercard of the Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz rematch on January 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This will be the soon to be 29-year-old Garcia’s second fight of his comeback. Mikey came off of a two and a half year layoff last July in stopping former two-time WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas in the 5th round after knocking him down four times in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer John David Jackson thinks that Andre “SOG” Ward is going to need to have a Plan-B or Plan-C to fall back on next month when he faces IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jackson notes that the 32-year-old Ward likes to switch from the orthodox stance to southpaw often during his fights.
Jackson feels that Kovalev is going to nail Ward with a big shot while he’s in the southpaw stance that is going to make him forget about using that strategy for the remainder of the fight. Ward will then need to have some kind of backup plan to use against Kovalev for him to stay competitive, because the fight could get out of hand very quickly if Ward continues to try and fight southpaw. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Organization has ordered WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) to fight back to back mandatory defenses of his WBO 160lb title due to his inactivity since winning their belt in 2015, according to Fight News. However, one of Saunders’ mandatory defenses might wind up being Saul Canelo Alvarez if the WBO catapults him above the current #1 Avtandil Khurtsidze.
Some in the boxing world might see that as being unfair to Khurtsidze, because he’s been Saunders’ No.1 contender for some time, and he STILL hasn’t been given a title shot. For Canelo to jump ahead of Khurtsidze to become the NEW mandatory challenger might look strange. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A rematch between former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) and WBO junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is being talked about in the four quarter of 2017. Canelo, 26, says he wants to fight the 35-year-old Cotto a second time. It’s not surprising that a rematch between Canelo and Cotto is now being talked about.
Their fight in 2015 brought in 900,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO. With that many buys, it goes without saying that they’ll be fighting each other again. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya was talking about possible two or three fights between them. If that’s the case, then it might be a while before Canelo faces IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »