By Chris Williams: Just days after Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said that Amir Khan is not in the picture for Manny Pacquio’s next fight in April, the Filipino star announced the news tonight that he IS in negotiations with Khan. Pacquiao, 38, sounds pretty confident about the Khan fight being a possibility for him.
Khan is a far better fight for Pacquiao than Jeff Horn in my view. I still don’t know why Arum didn’t match Pacquiao against Khan last year when he was interested in the fight. Instead of signing Khan for Pacquiao, Arum matched him against two of his Top Rank fighters in Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas. Not surprisingly, neither fight brought in a lot of PPV buys. It was a missed opportunity to make the Khan vs. Pacquiao fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Daniel Jacobs says that he’s going to test IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin without a doubt in their fight on March 18, and that he’s going to give him respect inside the ring. Jacobs says he may not hit quite as hard as Golovkin, but he hits hard enough to hurt his opponent. The 6’0” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) is very aware of his height, reach and weight advantage and he is going to be looking to use that against the 5’10 ½” Golovkin. Jacobs is 1 ½ inches taller than Golovkin, but he has a 3” inch reach advantage.
Golovkin-Jacobs fight take place in three and a half weeks from now on March 18 on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. The venue favors Jacobs too, as he’s from Brooklyn. It’s interesting that Golovkin was willing to fight in Jacobs’ hometown. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBC welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) views his fight against WBA champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) as a fight that will help shape his legacy when the two of them fight each other in less than two weeks on March 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia wants to add Thurman’s scalp to his collection of scalps, and adding his WBA 147lb title will definitely help his career. Thurman would be the biggest name on Garcia’s resume next to his wins over Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan. Those wins came a while ago, and Garcia hasn’t beaten a big name since his the Matthysse fight four years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Last Saturday night, Adrien Broner proved that he can still bring in good ratings with him pulling in an average of 779,000 viewers with a peak of 850,000 viewers on Showtime Championship Boxing for his fight against Adrian “Tigre” Granados at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This is potentially good news for the career of the 27-year-old Broner, because it might increase his chances of getting a big fight. That’s something that Broner has never had in his 9-year pro career despite being a popular fighter himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former world champion Chris Algieri is working with Daniel Jacobs as his nutritionist to help him get ready for his fight against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin next month on March 18. Jacobs surprised a lot of people recently in weighing in at 174.8 pounds for the World Boxing Council’s 30-day weight check this month on February 18.
The upper limit for the weigh-in was 176 lbs. and Jacobs barely made it. In contrast, Golovkin weighed in at a slim 165.1 lbs., which is only 5.1 pounds away from the 160lb limit for their fight on March 18. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Oscar De La Hoya, the head honcho at Golden Boy Promotions, says his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his opponent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bet their fight purses for their May 6 fight on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Apparently, Canelo (48-1-1, 34 KOs) got upset with Chavez Jr. predicting an 8th round knockout of him on May 6. Canelo also took issue with Chavez Jr. pointing out that he’s not fought anyone. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua got on his soapbox today to lecture WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) about the level of his opposition he’s fighting. It seems that Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) wants Wilder to raise the bar of the opponents he’s facing by taking on better fighters than the likes of #8 WBC Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs), who he faces this Saturday night on February 25 on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Wilder-Washington fight will also be televised on Sky Sports in the UK. Washington, 34, is a replacement opponent for Wilder, as his previously scheduled challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk was replaced after he tested positive for a banned substance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2,-1, 32 KOs) has analyzed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and come to the conclusion that he’s afraid of middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Chavez Jr. has been thinking this for a while now, but he thinks that Canelo chose him because he thinks it’s going to be an easier fight than if he were to step inside the ring with GGG, which would be a hard fight for him potentially.
Chavez Jr. says he wants to show that Canelo made a mistake in selecting him, because he’s going to use his size and punching power on the 26-year-old Canelo when the two of them fight in three months from now on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) pulled off a huge upset in stopping the talented 24-year-old prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 KOs) on Tuesday night on Premier Boxing Champions on FSI at the Silver Street Studios in Houston, Texas. The 34-year-old Nguyen nailed Flores with beautiful left-fight combination to the head in the 6th round that put him down on the canvas.
Flores barely beat the count and was barely able to stand when referee Lawrence Cole checked him over and allowed him to continue. In the meantime, Nguyen was in a sprinters pose ready to run across the ring and finish off Flores. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez reminded the media today that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has been given an offer for a fight between them. Golovkin can take the offer or not. Canelo didn’t say what the offer is, but it appears that it’s the same $15 million flat fee offer that was given months ago.
Canelo says it’s up to Golovkin. Canelo says his concentration is on his next fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6. Golovkin has his offer from him and Golden Boy. He can do what he wants. Canelo didn’t say whether this is a new offer or the same existing one. Read the rest of this entry »