By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions are hoping to add WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders for the September 17 card headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Golden Boy vice president Eric Gomez is reportedly trying to work a deal to get Saunders on the undercard against an opponent still to be determined.
This would potentially help setup an eventual fight between Canelo and Saunders at some point in the future for his WBO middleweight title. It would make the young Canelo look good if he can be seen taking two scalps back to back in winning the WBO 154lb strap from Liam Smith and then the WBO 160lb belt from Saunders.
I think it’s a smart move by Golden Boy if they can swing it. However, the money would have to be worth it for Saunders to fight on the undercard of the Canelo-Smith card. Saunders is a popular fighter, and he obviously wouldn’t go for the idea of fighting for chump change on an undercard. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’ll be discussing later the fight between WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao. Arum wants to make that fight a reality, and he reportedly has already discussed it with Manny and he’s on board with it. Crawford needed to get a win last Saturday night over Viktor Postol to put him in the Pacquiao fight, and he did his part in defeating the Ukrainian fighter by a 12 round unanimous decision on HBO pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It wasn’t the most thrilling fight to watch from a fan’s perspective, but Crawford did win. It didn’t matter if he looked good or not. All Crawford had to do was win the fight in order to get the Pacquiao fight, and he did that. Arum wants the Pacquiao-Crawford fight because he promotes both guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kalle Sauerland, the promoter for WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs), recently made an odd choice in selecting the struggling, some say ‘over-the-hill’, former WBO 175lb champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) as the German Braehmer’s next opponent for his title defense on October 1 in Germany. It was a weird choice by Sauerland for him to pick Cleverly as an opponent for Braehmer, because his career is been sagging for the last several years.
Cleverly has lost two out of his last three fights and three out of his last six. Sauerland seems to be making a fight many years too late. At the minimum, the Braehmer vs. Cleverly fight is three years late, because that’s when Cleverly’s career started going into a steep downward nosedive with him losing to Sergey Kovalev by a 4th round knockout in 2013.
Losses to Tony Bellew and Andrzej Fonfara have quickly followed for Cleverly. He’s now coming off a loss to Fonfara, and heading towards journeyman status. I don’t see the 29-year-old Clevelry being able to pull his career out of the nosedive that it’s right now, because the dvisiion has improved too much for him to do anything. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 IBF heavyweight contender Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) is expected to have a stay busy fight announced this week for September against former contender Alexander Dimtrenko (38-2, 24 KOs). Parker, 24, is staying active while he waits for an eventual world title shot against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. It’s still not official yet that Parker will be fighting Dimitrenko next, but it’s expected to be announced this week. It’s a decent warm-up fight for Parker. He could do worse.
The Joshua-Parker fight could take place as early as November; although it’s more likely to take place in early 2017. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is keen on having him squeeze in another voluntary defense before he defends his IBF strap against the hard-hitting 6’4” Parker.
Parker looked good in obliterating Solomon Haumono by a 4th round knockout last week on July 21 in New Zealand. Parker showed good punch variety and excellent movement before lowering the boom on the 40-year-old Haumono in round four. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) expressed a disappointing viewpoint after his less than thrilling to watch fight last Saturday night against Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) by saying that he had the fight under control, so why should he press the fight to his over-matched opponent Postol? Crawford probably could have scored a knockout in this fight if he’d switched gears from 1st to at least 2nd gear.
The KO was there for the 28-year-old Crawford if he’d been willing to step it up a gear to try and make it exciting for the paying fans, who had paid as much as $59.99 to watch the fight on HBO pay-per-view. These are fans that were willing to pay to see the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will be stepping out of the safe confines of the UK this Saturday night when he challenges the talented WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0, 18 KOs) this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
This will be the second time that the 29-year-old undefeated Frampton has fought in the United States, and this time he has a good chance of leaving the country with his first loss of his seven-year pro career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Former WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol says he kind of got away from his game plan against WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 25 KOs) after being knocked down two times by him in round five last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision. It wasn’t pretty but he did the job and got the ‘W.’
Postol says he wants a rematch against Crawford in the near future. However, it’s unlikely that fight will happen unless Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has no real options for opponents for the two.
Arum likes to do repetitive rematches, so it’s quite possible that Postol could get a number of rematches against Crawford if he can get back on the winning track after this. Arum would look bad if he puts them back in with each other straightaway though. Read the rest of this entry »
By J. Calderon: WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) technically out-classed a frustrated and ineffective Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (28-1, 12 KOs), last Saturday night, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in front of over 7,000 fans. Both Crawford and Postol are technical fighters, and Crawford was simply the better chess player of the two.
Postol might have done better if he would’ve applied more pressure and use his superior size to push Crawford into a corner, or at least against the ropes, but that’s just not his style, and he is just too lean and long to bully the much-sturdier and muscular Crawford. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire believes that light welterweight champion Terence Crawford is at the point where he absolutely needs a win over a big name like Manny Pacquiao for him to become the new star in the sport of boxing. Donaire sees it as a passing of the torch. He notes that Pacquiao become a huge PPV attraction in his own right after he beat an old lion in Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, and now it’s Crawford’s turn in needing a big name for him to get to the next level.
Donaire doesn’t think Pacquiao should take the fight with Crawford in his next fight. He thinks he should fight WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday night the new unified WBC-WBO and also new Ring Magazine Champion undefeated light welterweight Terence “Bud” Crawford put up a boxing counter-punching clinic to outbox, outsmart, outpoint and outclass a clueless Viktor Postol. The official scorecards had Crawford winning by unanimous decision (118-107 twice and 117-108); I didn’t give Postol a single round.
Crawford used his speed and footwork to take total control since the first round. It is funny how fight fans criticize Guillermo Rigondeaux but Terence Crawford gets a pass for boxing the exact same way. As far for boxing counter-punching skills it was a superb exhibition, as for entertainment value it was not worth the pay per view cost. Read the rest of this entry »