By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said today that if his fighter Manny Pacquiao looks good against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5, they might look at middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin for Manny to fight.
Arum had to be kidding, but it’s hard to know for sure. Putting Pacquiao in with Golovkin would be one sure fire way to bring the Filipino fighter’s pay-per-view numbers back up to over 1 million buys where they used to be at. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: 40-year-old former heavyweight world champ Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) has reportedly suffered an injury, and he WON’T be able to fight on December 10 against the likes of IBF belt holder Anthony Joshua or whoever.
There’s no word what kind of injury it is that Wladimir suffered, but it’s obviously bad enough for him not to be able to fight on the December 10 date. This news is not going to make Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn happy, because they were hoping to face Wladimir on December 10 for the vacant World Boxing Association heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British middleweight prospect Anthony Ogogo (11-1, 7 KOs) reportedly suffered a broken eye socket in his 8th round stoppage loss to southpaw Craig Cunningham (17-1, 4 KOs) last Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, UK. Ogogo suffered a fracture in two places in his left eye.
Ogogo is expected back in the ring in 2017 after he recovers from his eye injury. It’s unclear whether he’ll need surgery or not.
Ogogo’s promoter Kalle Sauerland believes that the 27-year-old Ogogo had problems from the 1st round against Cunningham. However, it’s unclear precisely when the injury took place. Sauerland says a rematch between Ogogo and Cunningham might be a possibility in 2017.
I don’t know if Sauerland is serious about wanting to put Ogogo back in with Cunningham or if he’s just saying that because it makes for a good sound bite. A rematch might be bad news for Ogogo if he mixes it up with Cunningham again, because he was getting nailed by him all night long. Each time Ogogo would come forward to try and land anything, Cunningham would hit him with right hooks and then back away. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) is on the verge of cleaning out the 160lb division once he beats Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders and Saul Canelo Alvarez.
Golovkin may not need to defeat Saunders, because he’ll likely be eliminated in early 2017 once he fights the young 26-year-old Canelo Alvarez in a fight that will almost surely wind up on HBO pay-per-view in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s former trainer Abel Sanchez thinks unbeaten former super middleweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) isn’t ready to take on a top 175lb fighter like Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), and he expects him to lose their fight on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sanchez thinks the 32-year-old Ward was a great fighter many years ago when he was in the Super Six tournament from 2009 to 2011, but that fighter no longer seems to exist. Ward has changed, and Sanchez has seen that. Further, Sanchez feels that Ward is taking too quick of a step up in facing the 33-year-old Kovalev in just his third fight since moving up to light heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings says he’s willing to step in and replace Wladimir Klitschko as the next opponent for IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to fight on December 10 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
The World Boxing Association is expected to rule today whether they’ll be sanctioning the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight for December 10. If they don’t sanction it, then the 40-year-old Klitschko intends on going in another direction towards perhaps a fight against Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne on December 10 for the vacant World Boxing Association title.
Jennings (19-2, 10 KOs) has run into a patch of bad luck recently with him suffering back to back losses to Luis “King Kong” Ortiz and Klitschko in his last two fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes in his fighter Andy Ruiz Jr’s chances against unbeaten Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) in their fight on December 10 for the vacant WBO heavyweight champion. Arum thinks that Ruiz Jr. will beat the 24-year-old Parker to become the first Mexican to win a heavyweight world title.
For Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) to accomplish that goal, he’ll need to improve over the efforts that he’s shown in his fights against Franklin Lawrence, Raphael Zumbano Love and Siarhei Liakhovich.
It would be big deal for Arum if Ruiz Jr. could win the WBO heavyweight title. Arum obviously wouldn’t care that Ruiz Jr. would be merely one of four heavyweight champions, and not the No.1 champion in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Los Angeles and he’s finishing up the very last part of his long training camp to get ready for his title shot against WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas on November 5. The fight could lead to a match between Pacquiao and light welterweight champion Terence Crawford, according to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum.
We don’t know that for a factor though. Arum mentioning Pacquiao vs. Crawford right now reminds me a lot of how Arum used to mention Floyd Mayweather Jr’s name a lot before Pacquiao’s fights before they eventually faced each other last year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer Freddie Roach says the winner of the Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward fight next month won’t decide who the best pound-for-pound fighter is in his view, because he still believes that middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is the best fighter in the sport of boxing pound-for-pound.
If anything, Roach says the winner of the November 5th fight between Kovalev and Ward will bring the winner closer to where Golovkin is, but it WON’T make them better than him.
What Kovalev and Ward have going against them is that neither of them has looked good in their recent tune-up fights. Kovalev, 33, struggled to beat Isaac Chilemba last July in Russia, and Ward has looked poor in three straight fights since making his comeback. Neither fighter looks like a No.1 pound-for-pound fighter, because they’re not dominating the 175lbd vision in an effortless manner the way that Golovkin is at 160. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former IBF 160lb belt holder David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) was supposed to impress in his fight against journeyman opponent Christian Fabian Rios (21-8-3, 6 KOs), but instead he labored to a 10 round unanimous decision last Saturday night in front of a large crowd of supporters at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
For his troubles, Lemieux was hurt twice by left hands from the southpaw Rios in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Lemieux ended up with a badly bruised right eye. Rios appeared to win at least two rounds of the fight; although judges gave him no credit for it by scoring the fight 100-90, 99-91 and 100-90. Read the rest of this entry »