By Patrick McHugh: Former 154lb champion Demetrius Andrade is calling out Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to fight him now that he’s the WBO junior middleweight champion after his 9th round knockout win over Liam “Beefy” Smith on September 17. The unbeaten Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) is the number one challenger for the WBO 154lb belt that Canelo now holds, and he wants to fight him to prove that he’s the better fighter of the two.
Canelo is now talking about moving up in weight to challenge the best fighters in the 160lb division despite the fact that you can argue that he failed to fight the best guys at 154 like Andrade, Julian Williams and the Charlo brothers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Billy Joe Saunders will be defending his WBO middleweight title next month against an opponent still to be determined on October 22 at the Motorpoint Arena, in Cardiff, Wales. The fact that the 27-year-old Saunders still doesn’t have an opponent for the fight isn’t the greatest news for boxing fans, because it suggests that it might be an underwhelming name that he winds up facing.
Saunders’ opponent will be announced later this week. The two names that have been mentioned as being in the running for the fight are #7 Rob Brant and #11 WBO Artur Akavov. Having seen both of those fighters in action, I’m predicting that Saunders will wind up facing the 28-year-old Akavov, as he looks to be by FAR the worst of the two candidates. It’s not even close, which is why I see Akavov getting the job. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s helper Buboy Fernandez believes that World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) will be there right in front of Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) when they meet up in less than two months on November 5 in Top Rank’s pay-per-view fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vargas, 5’10”, will have a four inch height and reach advantage to go along with a 10 year youth advantage over the 37-year-old Pacquiao. Why wouldn’t Vargas stand in front of Pacquiao? With the size and youth that Vargas has, it might not make much sense for him to try and move away from Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) wonders if Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is ever going to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) or not. Trout, 31, notes that Canelo is saying that he’ll fight Golovkin in September of next year rather than right now.
Trout sees that as a sign that Canelo could be looking to wait until Golovkin is over-the-hill before he finally agrees to fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The struggling fringe contender Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) will be getting an arguably undeserved world title shot this Saturday night against World Boxing Association “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Cleverly has done nothing to deserve a title shot unless you consider losing three out of his last six fights as deserving a shot at a world title. Cleverly was beaten in his last fight by Andrej Fonfara last October. Before that defeat, Cleverly had lot to Tony Bellew and Sergey Kovalev in the last three years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: While Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s fight against WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith was said to have brought in a low number of pay-per-view buys on HBO on September 17, the fight was seen by 18 million viewers in Mexico on free television on Azteca 7, according to ESPN. Having the Canelo-Smith fight televised on the Mexican Independence day holiday weekend likely help increase the viewers for the event.
It wasn’t much of a fight despite the claims by Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya about Smith being the best fighter in the 154lb division. Smith didn’t look like the best in taking a beating from a one-handed Canelo until the fight was halted in the 9th after Smith was knocked down by a left to the body. Read the rest of this entry »
By Iftisaam Khan: Continuing on from his blistering start to his career, welterweight prospect Conor Benn (5-0, 3 KOs) certainly showed why he’s been touted for special things in the future in defeating Ross Jameson (1-2) by a 6-round points decision last Saturday night in front of a vocal Manchester crowd on the undercard of the Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares event. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former two division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (62-4, 52 KOs) won his fourth straight fight in defeating 33-year-old journeyman Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, 3 KOs) by a 1st round knockout last Saturday night at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Wladimir Klitschko has been left high and dry by Britain’s Tyson Fury for the second time after the 6’9” Fury pulled out of their latest scheduled fight this past Friday. Fury needs to get his life together for a moment before he resumes his pro boxing career. Wladimir, 40, says he’s going to be moving forward with his career, and he could be fighting for one or more of Fury’s titles if the sanctioning bodies end up stripping him of his IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles.
That could be a positive or a negative for Wladimir. It would depend on who he winds up facing. There are some heavyweights that Wladimir would match up well against, but others like Luis Ortiz that he probably wouldn’t do well with if he winds up being the one he faces.
For Wladimir, it’s bad news that he can’t get a second crack at Fury, because with the way that he’s looked recently with him still not looking in great shape, it would have been a winnable fight for the Ukrainian fighter. I don’t know if Wladimir could beat a dialed in Fury, not at this point in his career. We might not ever know. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s going to get a rematch for his fighter Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) against Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) for him to try and avenge his 12 round unanimous decision loss from last Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Crolla lost the fight by the scores 115-114, 115-113 and 117-111.
Crolla lost his World Boxing Association lightweight title in the fight. Fortunately for him, he had a rematch clause in the contract. Even without a rematch clause, Crolla would have an excellent chance of getting a rematch with Linares, because the Tokyo based fighter says he want to come back to fight in the UK, because he likes to fight there due to the large crowds and excitement. Read the rest of this entry »