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title Barker doubts Eubank Jr. can beat Golovkin

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By Patrick McHugh: Former IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker doesn’t see Chris Eubank Jr. as having the ability of shocking the world if he winds up challenging multi-160lb belt holder Gennady “GGG” Golovkin this year. Barker understands that Eubank Jr. is extremely confident of his ability, but he still doubts whether he can pull off an upset as big as this one in him facing an A-level fighter like Triple G.

Barker notes that the 26-year-old Eubank Jr. would be going from fighting domestic level opposition like he’s been doing recently to face the No. 1 middleweight in the division in GGG. Barker thinks that step up might be too big of one for Eubank Jr. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kell Brook rated #1 in Ring Magazine rankings

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By Scott Gilfoid: Ring Magazine has IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) rated as their No.1 fighter at 147. This is pretty impressive given that the 30-year-old Brook has arguably only fought one good opponent in his entire 12-year pro career in Shawn Porter from two years ago in 2014.

If Brook retires now, he can go out on a high note knowing that he was rated as Ring’s top #1 welterweight. It would be Brook’s 15 minutes of fame. However, I’m not sure if I agree with the Ring’s ratings, because I tend to rate fighters based on a combination of talent and experience rather than a single victory they won two years ago. Frankly, I see Brook lacking in the talent department compared to several other fighters that I rate above him like Errol Spence Jr., Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter.

Brook will be facing WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) in a unification fight in September at a still to be determined official date. Brook says he wants to unify all the titles at welterweight. Whether he can accomplish that is anyone’s guess. Read the rest of this entry »



title Arum: Gilberto Ramirez will become PPV star if he beats Golovkin

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By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes his fighter WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) is on the cusp of superstardom. Arum will be matching the 25-year-old Ramirez against middleweight star Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in early 2017, and he believes that the 6’2” Ramirez will win that fight thanks to his four inch height and five inch reach advantage over the Kazakhstan fighter.

Arum sees a victory for Ramirez over Golovkin as a fight that will transform the Mexican fighter into a pay-per-view attraction on HBO. Whether that happens or not is debatable. Ramirez may need to do a lot more than beating the 34-year-old Golovkin for him to become a PPV attraction. Read the rest of this entry »



title Keith Thurman thinks Pacquiao and Mayweather fights are possible

By Dan Ambrose: With his narrow 12 round unanimous decision victory over Shawn Porter on June 25, WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) is talking about wanting to fight a unification match against WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia.

If Keith can’t get Garcia, then he wants to take on one of the other welterweights champions in IBF belt holder Kell Brook or WBO champion Jessie Vargas. Those two titles will be unified after Brook and Vargas fight each other in September, so there’s a possibility for Thurman to get two titles at once if he can face the winner of that fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Joseph Parker very confident of beating Anthony Joshua

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By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 IBF contender Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) saw IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s fight against Dominic Breazeale last Saturday night, and he feels very confident against British fighter when the two of them do face each other, according to Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan.

Parker is Joshua’s mandatory challenger, and he’s ready to fight him in November or in early 2017. He’ll be ready for that fight when it does take place. Parker, 24, has the youth, jab, size, power and the boxing skills to give Joshua his first loss of his career.

“How is AJ going to go when he’s eating Joseph’s jab all night?” said Lonerman to skysports.com. “After Saturday night, we’re very confident, Joseph is very confident.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Liam Smith can beat Canelo Alvarez, says Gallagher

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By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Gallagher, the trainer for WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), believes his fighter has a very good chance of pulling off the upset by beating former two division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1 33 KOs) in their fight in less than three months from now on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gallagher thinks Smith, 27, can win as long as he soundly beats Canelo in a conclusive enough way to where he can’t lose by a decision or by knocking him out. Gallagher notes that Amir Khan recently fought Canelo last May in a fight in which Khan appeared to win many of the first five rounds of the contest.

The judges gave most of those rounds to Canelo, and they had Khan trailing in the fight at the time that he was knocked out in round six. Read the rest of this entry »



title Gennady Golovkin: Nothing left to prove at 160?

By J. Calderon: We get it, WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) is presumably the best at 160. What we don’t get, is why GGG continues to beat at a dead horse in a stubborn attempt to unify the middleweight division. GGG now has three of the four major organizational belts, thanks in part to a giving and generous former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) who seemed happy to oblige with Gennady’s ultimatum: “Give me my belt, hey, I need my belt.”

The last remaining belt is in possession of WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KO’s), who insists that he is willing to face GGG, but the money has to be right. An eerily similar response was heard from another highly desired Golovkin opponent, WBA (regular) middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KO’s). Read the rest of this entry »



title Can Arreola beat Deontay Wilder?

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By Allan Fox: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) is going into his title defense next month against #9 WBC Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) as a heavy favorite when the two of them battle it out on July 16 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Arreola has a punchers chance of winning the fight if he can land something big. Wilder’s chin is a serious question mark.

It’s quite possible that Wilder won’t be able to handle Arreola’s punching power in this fight. The only question is will Arreola be able to stick around long enough for him to land his bombs? Read the rest of this entry »



title Andre Ward faces Alexander Brand on HBO

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By Dan Ambrose: It’s now official: Light heavyweight contender Andre Ward (29-, 15 KOs) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line in less than two months from now against #10 WBA Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on August 6 on HBO at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. This isn’t the fight that the boxing world wants to see.

The fans want to see Ward fight iBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. However, the two fighters agreed to take interim fights before facing each other later this year on November 19 on HBO PPV. Fans were hoping that Ward would take on a tough opponent for his tune-up, but it looks like he and his promoters at Roc Nation Sports decided to play it safe by choosing the 39-year-old Brand, whose only loss of his career was to Badou Jack in 2012 in losing an eight round split decision. Jack was also Brand’s only true quality opponent he’s faced during his career.

Brand has a lot of knockouts in his seven-year pro career, but his knockout has come against lower level opposition for the most part. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin vs. Eubank Jr. possible for August 27

By Scott Gilfoid: The much talked about fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) have a working date of August 27 on Sky Box Office in the UK, according to Dan Rafael. With the Golovkin-Eubank Jr. fight possible for 8/27, it will push the unification match between IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook and WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas for September 24 on Sky Box Office.

There’s no way that both PPV broadcasts could take place in September, because that would be asking a lot of the British fans to have to pay for two PPV events rather than one.
Eubank Jr. and his promoters at Matchroom Sport have a deadline of this week to sign the contract for the Golovkin fight. If they don’t get the fight negotiated in the next two days, then Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler will be moving on to face another opponent that they can sign quickly. Read the rest of this entry »



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