By Michael Montero: Golden Boy Promotions kicked off the holiday weekend in style with another “LA Fight Club” card at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The card was streamed online at RingTVLive.com and aired on Spanish language channel Estrella TV. As always, it was a fun club atmosphere with plenty of local talent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith’s promoter Frank Warren believes he has a real chance of pulling off an upset against former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) in their fight in two months from now on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Warren sees the 27-year-old Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) as the best of the Smith brothers (Paul, Callum and Stephen), and he feels that he is a natural 154lb fighter. He rates Smith as having better punching power than Canelo’s last opponent Amir Khan, who moved up in weight from the welterweight division to face Canelo at a catch-weight of 155lbs last May in Las Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »
(Martin Murray seen here hiding behind his clam-shell guard against George Groves) By Scott Gilfoid: Former four time world title challenger Martin Murray (33-4, 16 KOs) suffered a disappointing 12 round unanimous decision loss to George Groves last Saturday night in their WBA 168lb eliminator bout at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
The loss has many boxing fans expecting the soon to be 34-year-old Murray to hang up his gloves after nine years as a pro. However, commentator Glen McCrory thinks Murray should hold off on his retirement and look instead to move back down to the 160llb division to resume fighting in that weight class. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer Virgil Hunter says his fighter Andre Ward is in the same predicament as IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin as far as not being able to find high quality opposition for him to fight. Ward, 31, has been taking a lot of heat from boxing fans and the media for his choice opponent for his August 6 fight at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Ward is fighting 39-year-old Alexander Brand. This is Ward’s interim fight to get him ready for an important fight against IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on November 19. Brand isn’t even a light heavyweight, and the fans don’t understand why Ward is fighting a non 175lb fighter.
The fans don’t understand why Ward is fighting an older guy like Brand rather than a younger fighter in the 175lb division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Barry McGuigan thinks IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) needs to keep improving by facing better opposition than what he’s currently facing now. McGuigan thinks Joshua looked robotic and very predictable in his recent title defense against #13 IBF Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) last month.
Joshua won the fight by a 7th round knockout, but he seemed to be relying on throwing 1-2 combinations all night long, and didn’t show much in terms of variety when it came to his punch assortment. McGuigan doesn’t see #1 IBF Joseph Parker giving Joshua any problems when the two of them get around to facing each other in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Leigh K. Seto: As a long time fan of the sweet science and somewhat of a historian of the sport, I was pleased to see the Premier Boxing Champions match up last Saturday night on June 25 between WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was televised on Showtime Boxing on CBS. It’s rare to see two fighters that are on the rise going toe to toe with each other and taking challenges that other top fighters seem to avoid. The Thurman vs Porter delivered on the hype an we were all watching.
Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter both have an old school style of fighting. With more engaged assaults which captivate and inspire their audience. Like the millions of viewers I was glued to my seat avoiding the occasional fridge trips and idle conversation this fight was exciting from the opening bell. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman said recently that he doesn’t want to fight on pay-per-view, because he wants more boxing fans to see him fight. Thurman, 27, thinks that too many boxing events wind up on PPV nowadays, and he doesn’t like the idea of the fans having to pay to see him fight.
Thurman says he’s not looking to gauge the boxing fans by asking them to pay extra money to see him fight on top of the money that they’re already paying to get the premium channels each month like Showtime and/or HBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) says he wants to fight a unification match against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) this year, and after he beats him, he wants to face IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Goovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) for all the marbles next year in the fall of 2017 in a pay-per-view fight. But first, Jacobs wants to take Saunders’ scalp and get some momentum by adding his WBO strap to his collection before looking to face the main man in the division in GGG.
Getting Saunders inside the ring may prove to be difficult for Jacobs, however, as Saunders has been sitting on his WBO title without defending it for the past seven months since winning it with a narrow 12 round decision victory over former champion Andy Lee last December. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and WBA 147lb champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) could be facing each other in the future if Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has anything to do with it. Hearn wants to match Brook against Thurman in a unification match if Brook can beat WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in their fight in September.
Hearn likes Brook’s chances of beating Thurman to take his WBA strap. Indeed, Hearn thinks Brook is a better fighter than Thurman. I’m not sure that I agree with Hearn, but then again, I’ve seen Brook fight many times. I saw how Brook was out on his feet in the 12th round against Carson Jones in 2012. Somehow, I don’t think Thurman would ever be hurt by Jones, but Brook sure was. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is working on finalizing the deal between his fighter IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and the Matchroom Sport promoted Chris Eubank Jr. for a fight that could take place in either late August or early September at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Golovkin, 34, will have all four of his 160lb titles on the line for the fight against #2 WBA, #2 WBC Eubank Jr. Read the rest of this entry »