(Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME) By Allan Fox: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and challenger “Showtime” Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) both made weight on Friday afternoon for their fight on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
A very thin looking Thurman weighed in at 146 pounds. For his part, Porter weighed in right at the welterweight limit at 147lbs. Porter looked pretty thin too. You can tell that the two fighters will be huge by tomorrow night after they rehydrate because both appeared to be rail thin and not healthy looking. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s now official: Saul “Canel” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will be challenging unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 on HBO PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was expected that Canelo would take on Liam Smith rather than the dangerous/difficult 154lb champions in Jermall and Jermell Charlo, as well Erislandy Lara.
By choosing Liam Smith, Canelo appears to be looking for the path of least resistance. It doesn’t exactly make Canelo look good that he chose not to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and then turning around and facing Liam Smith rather than one of the Charlo brothers or Lara.
It’s one thing ducking Golovkin, but then another thing to duck the Charlo brothers and Lara too. It doesn’t make Canelo look good in the eyes of a lot of boxing fans in selecting Smith rather than one of those guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While few boxing fans believe that #2 WBA, #2 WBC Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) has any chance at all of beating IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in their proposed fight for September, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes Eubank Jr. could pull it off and be the one that finally beats GGG.
Eubank Jr. hasn’t yet shown the kind of talent that would suggest that he’ll be able to beat Golovkin, but he speaks if it’s a dead certainty of him doing that. Eubank Jr’s confidence is downright scary because he comes off so utterly convinced that he’s going to win. It makes you whether he actually can. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced earlier on Friday that he won’t be able to defend his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in their scheduled fight on July 9th due to an ankle injury that he suffered. Fury says he’ll need another six to seven weeks for the injury. However, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, sources say that Fury was not ready to take the fight with Wladimir due to his conditioning.
Fury had gained a great deal of weight before starting training camp for the Klitschko rematch. Taking that weight off has been job one for the 6’9” Fury. It’s unclear how far along he’s gotten at this point in trimming off the lard.
If Fury is still out of shape and overweight, he would have only three weeks to take the rest of the weight off. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) weighed in at his lightest weight in two years in weighing in at 243 ¼ pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense on Saturday night against unbeaten #13 IBF challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England.
For his part, Breazeale weighed in at 255 pounds, which is slightly heavier than the 252 ¾ pounds he came in for his last bout against Amir Mansour last January. Breazeale will be sporting a 12 pound weight and a one inch height advantage over Joshua when the two of them get inside the ring on Saturday night at the O2 Arena. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next opponent is expected to be announced soon for his next fight on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo, 25, won’t be fighting IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on this date, because Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions wants the fight to marinate more so that it makes more money when/if it does take place.
Now that Golovkin is out of the picture, Canelo is expected to fight for a world title at junior middleweight on September 17. The fighter that many believe Canelo will be facing is unbeaten WBO 154lb champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I knew it was too good to be true. After weeks of squawking about how he was going to beat 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) a second time in their rematch, IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is saying he’s injured his ankle and will need to postpone their July 9 fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Fury, 27, says the fight will still take place, but he’ll need between six to seven weeks for his injured ankle to heal before he can get back in the ring. It’s unclear whether Fury will need six or seven weeks before he can start training again or if that’s the amount of time he’ll need before he can fight Wladimir.
Having suffered a number of sprained ankles during my life during my athletic endeavors, I would guess that Fury will need six to seven weeks BEFORE he can start training again. As such, we could be looking at the Fury-Klitschko fight not taking place until November or December of this year depending on how well Fury’s angle heals. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter is hoping that the winner of his fight this Saturday night against WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman will lead to Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming out of retirement to fight one of them. Thurman and Porter will be fighting at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Their fight will be televised on CBS. A lot of casual boxing fans are expected to see the fight, and for many of them, it will be the first time they’ve seen them. It’s going to be a great opportunity for both fighters to display their talent to many new fans of the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is only going to have a small amount of time to make the fight between his fight Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) and IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs). According to Hearn, he has only seven days to make the Golovkin vs. Eubank Jr. after this Saturday’s fight between Eubank Jr. and Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
If Hearn hasn’t made the fight by the seven day time frame, then Golovkin will move on and be looking for another opponent. The problem is that Golovkin has wasted valuable time waiting on a fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and he just found out this week that the Mexican star won’t be fighting him this year.
Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions wants the fight between him and Golovkin to take place in the fall of 2017. It’s too bad they took this long in telling GGG this, because they could have saved him a lot of wasted time if they had told him months ago that they have no intentions of fighting him in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Back in April 2013, I wrote an article titled “The Gennady Golovkin inquiry”, back then a friend of mine asked me many question related to a new hungry lion, but sadly 4 years later, this fighter hasn’t solved most of the questions, and now, I have more than just one more question to answer.
Standing 5´10” half height, 70” reach, a natural middleweight, solid chin and impressive punching power in both hands, his boxing skills are over all great, even if he chooses to please the crowd he has a good defense and a solid jab to control aggressive pressure fighters as we all could see against former middleweight IBF David Lemieux. Read the rest of this entry »