By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez says that his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight could be taking place at 154 in defending his WBO junior middleweight title if he’s able to fight in February. Whether the 26-year-old Canelo defends his WBO title or not will depend on if his injured right hand is healed enough for him to fight. If not, then Canelo will stay out of the ring until May for his fight on Cinco de Mayo holiday, as he’s been doing. That fight would take place at middleweight, says Gomez.
Canelo’s fight in May is supposed to be at middleweight in order to get him ready for his match against middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September 2017. Canelo can’t be still fighting over-matched guys at catchweights by that point in time if he wants to be ready for the Golovkin fight later in the year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If former two division world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (36-7, 7 KOs) gets his way, he’s going to be the one to teach UFC star Conor McGregor a lesson if he chooses to fight inside of a boxing ring rather than inside a cage.
The 28-year-old McGregor recently picked up a boxing license to fight in California, and he’s very interested in fighting retired superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he comes out of retirement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) weighed in successfully in coming in at 199.7lbs on Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense against the much younger 23-year-old Russian Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) this Saturday night at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.
The 6’3” Gassiev weighed in at slightly less than Lebedev at 198.4lbs. This is a great fight. The boxing world is very excited about the Lebedev-Gassiev match-up, because it could be the passing of the baton from a very good champion to a future star in the cruiserweight division in Gassiev, who is seen by some as the cruiserweight division’s version of Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) weighed in on Friday in coming in at 251 pounds for his scheduled 12 round fight against former world title challenger Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) this Saturday night at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. The two fighters will be battling for the vacant their WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title.
Peter looked pretty out of condition in weighing in. This isn’t the well-conditioned looking Samuel Peter we saw in his first fight against former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko 11 years ago in 2005. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is confident that he can reach a deal with Al Haymon, the manager for WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) for a fight against his fighter IBF/IBO.WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) for a fight that would take place on March 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Golovkin-Jacobs fight will be shown on HBO Championship Boxing. The WBA gave the two fighters’ camps a seven-day deadline to get the negotiations completed. The management for the two fighters has been in negotiations for three solid months without being able to finish the process. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) is finally fully recovered from his right arm injuries he suffered in his last fight against Chris Arreola last July in a title defense in Birmingham, Alabama, Wilders, 31, suffered a fractured right hand and a torn right biceps injury in the 4th round of that right, which he won by an 8th round knockout.
Wilder had surgery on both injuries, and he’s been healing and doing rehab during the last five months. It’s taken this long for the talented 6’7” Wilder to come fully back from the injuries, but he’s finally ready to go. The injury has arguably helped Wilder’s career, because it’s given him more time to work on developing his left hand to make it more of a weapon for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: #3 IBF Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KOs) weighed in successfully on Thursday in coming in at 134 ¾ pounds for his IBF lightweight eliminator match against #5 IBF Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 20 KOs) this Friday on December 2 at the Tough Fight Gym in Moscow, Russia. The 31-year-old Shafikov weighed in at 134 ¼ pounds.
The winner of the contest will be the mandatory challenger to IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs). Commey, 29, lost to Easter Jr. by a 12 round split decision last September in a very close fight. Commey knocked the 5’11” Easter Jr. down in the 8th round with a chopping right hand to the head. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Last Saturday night’s replay on HBO of the light heavyweight clash between IBF/WBA/WBO champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Andre “SOG” Ward did a respectable 834,000 viewers on HBO. The fight, which was won by Ward by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision, took place on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ward won the fight by the scores 114-113, 114-113 and 114-113. Many of the members of the boxing media had Ward losing the fight. Ward had been knocked down in the 2nd round of the fight, and he wasn’t able to do much in the fight other than land jabs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has targeted middleweight champ Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2017 after he takes care of business on Saturday night against Artur Akavov at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. This is the first of what Saunders hopes is many more defenses of his WBO title.
We’ll soon see if he’s got what it takes to get beyond one successfully defense. A win for Saunders over Akavov is almost assured, as the Russian was picked out from near the bottom of the World Boxing Organization’s rankings. However, this will be the last easy fight for Saunders for some time, because he’s either going to need to take a unification next or face his mandatory challenger, which could be Saul Canelo Alvarez or Avtantil Khurtsidze. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) defends his title this Saturday night against challenger Artur Akavov (16-1,7 KOs) in what he hopes will lead to big fights in 2017. Saunders says he wants a fight against middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and he would also like a fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez, who he feels he’s confident he can beat comfortably.
Saunders and Akavov will be fighting this Saturday night at the Lagoon Leisure Centre, in Paisley, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »