By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) sees his fight next month on July 23 against WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) as a match that will decide who the best fighter is in the division. The winner of the Crawford-Postol fight will be seen by the fans as the best, but the winner still need to face WBA champion Ricky Burns and IBF champ Eduard Troyanovsky to determine who the overall No.1 fighter is at 140.
It won’t be enough for the winner of the Crawford-Postol fight to proclaim that they’re the best. They’ll need to actually fight the rest of the champions for them to prove it. It’s not known how much longer the 28-year-old Crawford will stay at 140.
Crawford wants to become a PPV star and he probably won’t be able to do that if he stays at 140 and gets stuck fighting guys like Dierry Jean, Hank Lundy and Thomas Dulorme over and over again. The Crawford-Postol fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view, but that’s only because HBO didn’t have any open dates to televise the fight on regular HBO Championship Boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Wladimir Klitschko says he doesn’t care about the titles when it comes to his rematch with Tyson Fury. Wladimir’s focus is on beating Fury and avenging his loss from last November.
The world titles Wladimir lost, IBF, IBO/WBA/WBO, straps are secondary to him. The Fury-Klitschko 2 rematch was supposed to be taking place on July 9 next month at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. However, Fury suffered an ankle injury recently, and the injury is expected to keep him out of the ring for the next four months until the end of October if then.
The possible date for the Fury-Klitschko2 rematch is on October 29 at the Manchester Arena. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) is still talking about wanting to get a unification fight against WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs), because he wants his WBC 147lb title, which had previously been in the possession of superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.
Thurman was never given a fight by Mayweather, and he still seems to be a little perturbed about that. Thurman feels that by beating Garcia and taking his WBC title, he’ll have his name connected with that belt due to it previously belonging to Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: We saw last Saturday night the pros and the cons of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s fighting style with his 7th round knockout victory over the stationary American Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs). Joshua, weighing 243 pounds, was able to plod forward and nail the immobile 6’7” Breazeale with power shots all night long until the American was finished off in the 7th.
What was crystal clear in watching Joshua was that he does well against guys that stand directly in front of him and don’t move around. Had that been Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in the ring with Joshua, he would have had major problems with their movement. The fact of the matter is that Joshua does not do well against guys that move on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #4 WBA George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) won his third consecutive victory last Saturday night in defeating #10 WBC Martin Murray (34-4-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 118 x3 in their WBA super middleweight eliminator bout at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Groves now will possibly face #1 WBA Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) for the WBA 168 Super belt if/when it’s stripped from Felix Sturm. Groves feels confident can beat any of the champions at super middleweight despite the fact that he’s failed on three previous occasions when challenging for world titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is talking about having IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua fight another voluntary defense in November or December, and then from taking on his IBF mandatory challenger Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) in his fight after that.
Hearn is talking about wanting to potentially have Joshua fight in December and asking the International Boxing Federation for an exception so that he doesn’t need to fight the 24-year-old Parker at that time. I knew it was too good to be true. As soon as Hearn first started talking about wanting to match Joshua against Parker before the end of the year, I didn’t believe it. Sure enough, it looks like Hearn is going to try and have Joshua dodge the Parker fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) briefly traded shots on social medial last Sunday, a day after Eubank Jr. smashed a badly over-matched Tom Doran (17-1, 7 KOs) last Saturday night at the O2 Arena, in London, UK. After the fight, Eubank Jr. called Golovkin out when interviewed inside the ring. Eubank Jr. continued to talk about Golovkin at the post-fight press conference.
Indeed, the entire press conference consisted of Eubank Jr. talking about how much better he is than GGG, and how he’s going to beat him when/if they face each other in August or September. What was weird is that Eubank Jr. said only a few words about the defeated Doran. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a post-fight press conference where so little was said about the defeated opponent. It was as if Eubank Jr. hadn’t fought at all, because he sure as heck wasn’t talking about poor Doran, who he dropped four times in the one-sided massacre. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) was quick to call out IBF champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) last Saturday night moments after he’d registered his 17th consecutive knockout in stopping American challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) in the 7th round at the O2 Arena in London, England. Wilder says he wants Joshua to come to the U.S to fight him, and he doesn’t want to wait any longer for that fight to happen. Wilder wants the fight now. Joshua’s response to that was to suggest that Wilder needs to focus on his next title defense against Chris Arreola on July 16.
“Since the winter time you planned on Tyson Fury. Hey, it’s time to make your American debut Anthony Joshua. Eddie Hearn said sooner than later so let’s make sooner “NOW”!!!!!” said Wilder on his Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It looks like unbeaten #2 IBF welterweight contender Errol Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) will be facing #7 IBF Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) on August 21 at the new Barclays Center owned Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York, according to Dan Rafael. As already reported, the Spence-Bundu fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC.
The venue seats 5,000, which is a good number for a fight of this kind. It was an accomplishment if the two fighters are able to sellout the venue. The Spence vs. Bundu fight will be an IBF welterweight eliminator. The winner of the fight will be the mandatory challenger to IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 39-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. says might come back to boxing to fight again for the right price. Mayweather has said repeatedly that if he does fight again, it would be for a nine-figure payday.
For Mayweather to make that kind of money, he would need to take a real risk by fighting someone like Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, because there are no longer any huge names at 147 for him to fight now that Manny Pacquiao has retired from the sport to go into politics.
Mayweather is satisfied with being a promoter right now, and he’s currently not tempted to come back to fight any of the top welterweights like Tim Bradley, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Kell Brook or Shawn Porter. Read the rest of this entry »