By Bradley D. Cision:: It looks like even Saul Canelo” Alvarez’s opponent WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith is criticizing Canelo Alvarez for ducking the universally recognized middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. In a recent interview with Fight News, Liam Smith was quoted as saying that Canelo ducked GGG massively and went about everything the wrong way when approaching a potential fight with Golovkin, and calling him out.
“Yeah, ducked him [Golovkin] massively. He went the wrong way about it. He’s being criticized a lot and losing a lot of fans about the way he did it,” said Liam Smith to Fightnews.com about Canelo ducking the Golovkin fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) has decided to bulk up in weight for his fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0 32 KOs) for their fight on September 10. Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says he wouldn’t trainer Brook the way he’s doing it with him bulking up to 176. Sanchez feels this isn’t going to work at all against Golovkin, because it’ll make him slower, easier to hit, and less able to get away from him.
Brook and his trainer Dominic Ingle seem to be betting that by being bigger than Golovkin, they’ll have a better chance of beating him on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Sanchez seems to believe that Brook would be better served by coming in as trim as he can so that he can use movement and his superb boxing skills to try and out-box Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Super featherweight Rod Salka (22-4, 4 KOs) will be fighting this Saturday night against Justin Savi (28-6-2, 18 KOs) in an eight round fight at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania.
The 33-year-old Salka was supposed to be fighting Wilberth Lopez on the card, but that fight was scratched in favor of Salka facing the 31-year-old Savi. It’s arguably a more winnable fight for the 5’7” Salka, who is trying to make something happen with his career following a devastating 2nd round knockout loss to Danny Garcia two years ago in August 2014.
That was a fight that probably should have never happened in the first place. Salka was fighting at super feather and he got pulled up all the way to welterweight to fight a much bigger, stronger and more talented Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: While doing a research related to the pound for pound all time boxer per weight division I noticed something odd. When we talk about the heavyweights, middleweights or welterweights it can become hard to have a consensus on who the greatest of all is and for sure we will spend time discussing without agreeing on a name. But even if the reader can name who is the best on the rest of the weight divisions, many casual fans won’t have a clue and even a few pseudo boxing fans who despise boxers who fight on the lower weight divisions won’t even have any interest to answer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Derrick James, the trainer for unbeaten #2 IBF welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr (21-0, 18 KOs), says that Keith “One Time” Thurman’s face was beaten up and swollen after his fight against Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) in December 2014. In contrast, Spence got out of the fight with Bundu without any swelling in his 6th round knockout win last Sunday night in their IBF welterweight title eliminator bout at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York.
Thurman knocked Bundu down in round one of their fight two years ago and went on to win a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 120-107, 120-107 and 120-107. However, Thurman looked uncomfortable and stressed out from the pressure that Bundu was putting on him in the fight. Bundu was landing solid shots to the head of Thurman in every round that forced him to move all night long. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) recently got Saul Canelo” Alvarez’s World Boxing Council title after he chose to cough it up rather than fight him, and now Golovkin is targeting WBO 160lb champion Billy Joe Saunders after the Kell Brook fight. Saunders, 26, has the last remaining middleweight title not in Golovkin’s pressure and he badly wants that belt so that he can hold all the titles in his possession. I have a feeling that Saunders will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the ring before he’d ever fight someone dangerous Golovkin.
Getting Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) to fight him may prove to be impossible, because he appears to be waiting for Canelo to fight him in December. That’s the fight that is being talked about. Canelo is expected to move up to middleweight after he makes light work of WBO 154lb strap holder Liam Smith on September 17, and it’s unlikely that Smith will be any problem for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez isn’t ready yet to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and he’s not saying when he will be ready to take the fight. Canelo says that when the fight does happen in the future, it’ll be Golovkin who will need to try and get ready for him and not the other way around. This means that Canelo expects to be the better fighter of the two when they do step inside the ring. Of course, if Canelo waits out the 34-year-old Golovkin until he’s older and lost his skills, then what he says about the better fighter would definitely apply.
Canelo has a fight next month against WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith on September 17. After that fight, Canelo says he’ll fight in December, May and then September. His promoters at Golden Boy Promotions have pegged September 2017 for when the Canelo-Golovkin fight will take place. However, Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya has stopped speaking of next year for when the Canelo-Golovkin fight will be taking place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs) says his team has been given an offer to fight unbeaten #2 IBF, #3 WBC, #3 WBA, #4 WBO Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) for a fight at a still to be determined date and time. Barrera, #4 WBA, #8 IBF, #12 BC, hasn’t fought since losing a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision to former super middleweight champion Andre Ward last March at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Barrera, 34, has been eager to fight since then, but he hasn’t had any fights lined up for him until this potential fight against the hard hitting Beterbiev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Abel Sanchez believes that Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) is going to need to use movement on September 10 if he doesn’t want to get knocked out by his fighter Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Sanchez doesn’t know for a fact whether Brook can hurt Golovkin, but he does know that Triple G can hurt him if he can land his shots. That’s why Sanchez thinks that Brook is going to need to use a lot of movement in this fight if he doesn’t want to get knocked out.
However, Sanchez has doubts whether Brook can do a lot of moving with his current weight of 176lbs. He believes that it’s going to be tough on Brook to move for long in the fight with him carrying around that kind of weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is gone from boxing with him retiring last year, and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is seen by his promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions as the replacement as the next star. The boxing world has been slow in agreeing that Canelo is Mayweather’s replacement, perhaps due to Canelo’s reluctance to step up to the plate and take on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Taking that fight and proving that he can beat the Kazakhstan star would seem to be the barrier that Canelo must pass through for him to be the replacement for Mayweather. It’s not enough for Canelo’s promoter De La Hoya to tell the boxing world that he’s the guy that has taken the torch from Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »