By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao will be fighting Amir Khan on May 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rather than the original date of April 23. Michael Koncz, the adviser for the 38-year-old Pacquiao, says the decision behind moving the date from April 23 to May 19 was so that there would be more time to promote the fight properly.
With an extra month to market the Pacquiao-Khan fight, it gives Top Rank more time to promote it properly. The fight will be on a Friday rather than a Saturday in the U.S, which is when pay-per-view fights are normally shown. It’ll be on May 20th for the UAE. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt Plumridge: Take one large, fast, heavy hitting former world champion heavyweight boxer David Haye, and add in a cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, formerly a light heavyweight contender; stir in a mind-boggling amount of money, a large dose of posturing, a Hollywood movie and some frizzy hair and you end up with a greatly mismatched non-title fight with plenty of icing for the promoter and some crumbs for us fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: For some reason, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is pulling for Tony Bellew to defeat David Haye this Saturday night in their big fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Unfortunately for Joshua, Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) is the underdog in the fight, and it’s going to take the perfect set of circumstances for him to pull off the upset against Haye. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Abel Sanchez believes that Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) is making a mistake being so heavy for his upcoming fight this month against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) on March 18. Jacobs weighed in at 174 pounds for the World Boxing Council mandated 30-day weigh-in, and was 9 lbs. heavier than GGG, who weighed in at 165 lbs. With that much weight, Jacobs appears to be looking to beat Golovkin on size rather than speed.
Sanchez sees that as a blunder on Jacobs and his trainer’s part, because he doesn’t see him being any faster with the added weight. In fact, Sanchez believes that Jacobs will be slower for having to carry around all the weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Last Saturday night’s Premier Boxing Champions on Fox card headlined by IBF heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder vs. Gerald Washington averaged 1.76 million viewers, according to Dan Rafael. The numbers are a slight dip from the 1.81 million viewers Wilder’s fight against Chris Arreola averaged on July 16 last year.
It’s not all that surprising that the Wilder vs. Washington didn’t bring in better numbers than the Wilder-Arreola fight, because Washington was a replacement opponent. Arreola is a better known heavyweight, who has been around for a long time and fought for a world title years ago against Vitali Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Andre Ward reportedly wants to face Sergey Kovalev in a rematch, according to his lawyer Josh Dubin. He says that the negotiations have begun between Kovalev’s promoters at Main Events and Ward’s promoters at Roc Nation Sports for a rematch on June 17. This would be another fight on HBO pay-per-view like the previous one on November 19 in 2016.
The Kovalev-Ward fight ended in controversy with Ward winning by a 12 round unanimous decision that easily could have gone the other way. One of the reasons why the decision could have gone to Kovalev is because he knocked Ward down in round 2. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin isn’t too interested in discussing a fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez after he failed to face him in 2016. Golovkin says he’s tired of the 26-year-old Canelo’s talking, and now sees the Golden Boy Promotions fighter as a “sailfish.” In other words, a big game fish that is very hard to catch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: David Haye could wind up in hot water with the British Boxing Board of Control for some of the comments he’s made about his opponent Tony Bellew for this Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, England. Haye said that he’s going to “hospitalize” the 33-year-old Bellew, and cave in his skull.
Haye also said he’ll be ending Bellew’s boxing career on Saturday night. It seems that Bellew has gotten on Haye’s nerves with some of the comments he’s made about him, and he genuinely upset by them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: The big punching Lucas Matthysse will be fighting at welterweight against 140lb fighter Emmanuel Taylor on the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. card on May 6 on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena I Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s unknown if the Matthysse-Taylor fight will the co-main event on the Canelo-Chavez Jr. card. If so, it’ll be kind of a disappointment to some boxing fans, because the 26-year-old Taylor has lost many of his recent fights.
He’s lost 3 out of his last 6 fights since 2014. Taylor was beaten by Chris Algieri, Adrien Broner and Antonio Orozco. The fights were competitive and close, but Taylor still lost. Given that the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. card is on HBO PPV, you’d like to see more meaningful fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Despite the news from former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan saying that their fight on April 23 is a “done deal”, Dean Lonergan, the promoter for #2 WBO Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), doubts the Pacquiao-Khan fight will take place. He doesn’t see the $38 million materializing for the fight, and he sees that there still isn’t a venue for the fight in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) either. Read the rest of this entry »