By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) and WBC champion Victor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting on July 23 on HBO pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s a controversial move on the part of their promoter Bob Arum, who says he had no choice but to put the fight on PPV due to HBO not having enough dates to put the fight on regular HBO. Arum says he expects the Crawford vs. Postol fight to bring in 100,000 PPV buys. He’s not expecting big numbers like his past stars Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao when they first fought on PPV as the headliners.
The 100K PPV buys for Crawford vs. Postol would put it at the same level as Gennady Golovkin’s recent PPV fight against David Lemieux. Arum says he would be selling the Crawford vs. Postol fight for $50 on PPV, and packaging it with WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez and featherweight Oscar Valdez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) says he’ll be returning to the ring soon. He expects to announce his next fight date next week. Whyte, 28, has shoulder surgery following his 7th round knockout loss to Anthony Joshua last December.
Whyte is rehabbing his surgically repaired left shoulder. Whyte wants a rematch against the 27-year-old Joshua because he feels the outcome of their second fight will be different with him uninjured.
Whyte suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd round of the Joshua fight, and this left him with just one good arm to fight the 6’6” heavily muscular Joshua. Whyte was doing good before the injury. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Andre Berto is picking Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) to defeat WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in their fight on May 7.
The two fighters have less than two weeks to go for their big fight on HBO PPV, and it’s going to be interesting to see which of these two will come out on top. Canelo is the clear favorite in this fight, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot because Canelo was made to look silly by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013, and Canelo didn’t look any better against the only fighter with reasonably fast hands that he’s faced since then in Erislandy Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) says he’s looked into the eyes of his opponent 32-year-old Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) and he sees loss in those eyes.
Ortiz and Berto will be fighting each other this Saturday night in a rematch on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The two of them fought each other five years ago when they were among the best fighters in the 147lb division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is in talks with Top Rank to put together a unification fight between IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) for July or August, according to Dan Rafael.
Brook has been talking about wanting a big name fight for his next bout and he’s hoping that it would take place in a stadium in the UK. Vargas, 26, is one of the names that Brook has mentioned wanting to fight. He and his promoter Hearn are also interested in Tim Bradley, Adrien Broner, Amir Khan and Danny Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
(Credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: Former world title challenger Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) weighed on Thursday for his fight on Friday night against the dependable Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) for their fight at the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dirrell weighed in at 169lbs. Caparello weighed in slightly less at 167.
This is necessary win fight for Dirrell, #5 WBC, #5 IBF. Dirrell came up a little short last year in his contest against James DeGale for the vacant IBF super middleweight title. Dirrell, 32, is now fine-tuning his game to go for another world title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 IBF, #5 WBC Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) has to take care of business on Friday night with his 10 round fight against Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox from the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Dirrell, 32, plans on beating Caparello and then going on to avenge his loss to IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale after that. Dirrell lost to DeGale last year by a close 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 114-112, 117-109 and 114-112.
The loss didn’t sit so well with Dirrell, as he wants to get DeGale back into the ring to prove who the better fighter is. Dirrell doesn’t care if he has to travel to the UK to make the fight happen. He wants that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman says that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has advised the 25-year-old WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) to stay away from fighting unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs).
Canelo is behind the eight ball right now, given that he’s the WBC 160lb champion and the World Boxing Council has mandated that he fight Golovkin after Canelo’s next fight against Amir Khan on May 7 next month. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) chose to keep his shirt on for today’s press conference with Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-, 53 KOs) in Cologne, Germany to publicize their rematch on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester. UK.
Fury chose to focus instead on telling the media how boring he sees the 40-year-old Wladimir, and how the Ukrainian fighter even admitted that he didn’t try the last time he fought Fury in November of last year in Dusseldorf, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will be moving up in weight in three months from now to take on unbeaten WBA World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
This is going to be a tough fight for the diminutive 5’5” Frampton, because he’ll be fighting a bigger guy in 5’7 ½” Santa Cruz, and he won’t be enjoying the hometown advantage by being able to fight in his home city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Read the rest of this entry »