By Allan Fox: Last Saturday night’s card headlined by the welterweight clash between WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and Shawn Porter brought in tremendous ratings on Showtime Boxing on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Thurman vs. Porter main event averaged 3.1 million viewers, according to Dan Rafael. The card itself averaged 2.4 million viewers. Those are tremendous ratings.
Having welterweights as good as Thurman and Porter face each other is a rare thing in the sport nowadays. The fight fans in the U.S saw this fight as an interesting one, so they gladly tuned in to see it. What helped matters is there was a great deal of marketing of the Thurman-Porter fight ahead of time. The fans knew the fight was taking place last Saturday, so the fans tuned in to see it in large numbers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Reynaldo Sanchez: Stephen Espinoza, SHOWTIME executive Vice President, is not convinced that the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight, will take place in September 2017. Espinoza believes that this announcement it is just a hot towel to calm the wave of criticism being targeted towards Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions.
Espinoza is not sure this fight will ever happen and his opinion is that Golden Boy Promotions made this announcement because they were practically forced by the criticism that arose in social networks, after Canelo Alvarez left the WBC belt to avoid a fight with his mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Association has reportedly given newly crowned WBA World light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs( 30 days to negotiate with his unbeaten and highly talented #1 WBA mandatory challenger Relikh Kiryl (21-0, 19 KOs) for a title defense. It’ll go to a purse bid of Burns and Kiryl’s management are unable to reach a deal to arrange a fight between them.
This is obviously bad luck for Burns to have a guy as dangerous as the 26-year-old Kiryl as his mandatory challenger for his first defense. Burns recently captured the vacant WBA 140lb title last May in stopping Michele Di Rocco in the 8th round in Glasgow, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: For WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s next defense against 35-year-old Chris Arreola, the two fighters will be tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency [VADA] to be tested for banned drugs all the way up until their fight on July 16 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
With the Wilder-Arreola fight being a little more than two and a half weeks to go, there isn’t much time for VADA to test the two fighters before they meet up next month. The Wilder-Arreola fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and Fox Deportes. It should be an interesting fight for as long as it lasts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) has less than five months to make his final voluntary defense before needing to negotiate a fight against his IBF mandatory challenger 24-year-old Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs). Joshua’s defense against Parker is due by January 9, 2017. If he doesn’t defend it against him by that point, then he’ll likely be stripped of his title by the International Boxing Federation. Parker is going to be a tough out for Joshua, because unlike many of the opponents that the British heavyweight has been matched against since he turned pro, Parker will fight back. He’s not just going to stand there like a human punching bag with arms for 12 rounds hoping that Joshua gets tired at some point of throwing punches.
Joshua destroyed #13 IBF Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) by a 7th round knockout last Saturday night in Joshua’s first optional defense of his title at the O2 Arena in London, England. Breazeale was chosen by Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn in part due to him being unbeaten, a 2012 U.S Olympian, and because Joshua recently signed a multi-fight contract with U.S cable network Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Besides his fight on September 17th against WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) plans on making a quick return on December 10 on regular HBO against an opponent still to be determined, according to Dan Rafael.
The fact that Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy are looking to bring him back so quickly after the Liam Smith fight tells you that they see him beating the British fighter with ease. Three months is not a lot of time for a fighter to come back from fighting in a world title match against a champion. However in this case, Canelo is facing what many see as the weakest of the champions at 154 in Smith. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten former two division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) hasn’t fought in two years, but he’s already targeting WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (30-0, 12 KOs) to go after his scalp and take his WBO title from him before moving up to light welterweight. Garcia, 28, isn’t ranked in the top 15 by the World Boxing Organization at the moment, which could make it kind of tough on him to get a crack at Flanagan’s title unless a fight can be worked out between them anyway.
Garcia will be fighting next month against Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) on July 30 on the undercard of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. That should be a very wasy fight for Garcia, as Rojas is not a major talent in the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao does come out of retirement this year to resume his boxing career, it looks like it won’t be to fight the Top Rank promoted Terence Crawford. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz says that Crawford isn’t under consideration as an opponent for him and never has been.
This news isn’t likely going to make Pacquiao’s 84-year-old promoter Bob Arum a happy, because Crawford could become a star if he’s able to fight Pacquiao and take his scalp. It doesn’t matter that Pacquiao is 37 now, and was recently soundly beaten by Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year in May in the ‘Fight of the Century.’ If Crawford can be seen beating Paquiao, it might turn him into a PPV star. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) doubts that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will ever fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in a mega-fight. Martinez thinks that Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy will never let that fight take place because they want to look out for the best interests for him.
Obviously, Golden Boy wants to also look out for their own best interests, and clearly it’s better for them if Canelo doesn’t get knocked out by Golovkin. Canelo can make good money fighting guys that are sure thing wins like Amir Khan and Liam Smith. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rishad Marquardt: In the last few months, the momentum of Chris Eubank Jr’s ascent into the upper tier of the middleweight division has become ever more evident from his increased media exposure and increased airtime on big fight undercards. The Blackwell fight, and its momentarily gruesome aftermath, further underlined Eubank Jr’s emboldening presence in the British and, to a certain extent, international boxing scene.
While some may argue this is largely down to him sharing the Eubank name with his father, a figure with a thrilling career himself in the fight game, it would be grossly unfair to deny Eubank Jr of the credit he deserves for his endeavors in the ring up to this point. Read the rest of this entry »