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title GGG’s promoter: Canelo has tough fight against Smith

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By Dan Ambrose: Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Tom Loeffler believes that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has a tough fight on his hands in his title challenge against WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Loeffler isn’t saying that Canelo will lose to Smith, but he still sees this as a very, very tough fight for Canelo. The weight alone will be a battle for Canelo to prove that he can get down to 154 on fight night. Canelo hasn;t fought at junior middleweight for three years despite the fact that Golden Boy Promotions are saying that he’s a junior middleweight. It’s hard to buy into that argument when your fighter isn’t fighting in that weight class.

The fight is perceived by many boxing fans as an easy fight for the heavier, more powerful Canelo, who will be coming down in weight one pound from his normal weight at 155lbs. Losing an extra pound could be difficult for Canelo, because he’s already rehydrating into the 170s and some think the 180s. We’re talking about a fighter that will be losing 20 to 25 pounds of water weight to make weight for his match against Smith. Read the rest of this entry »



title Danny Garcia vs. Andre Berto possible for September 24

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By Patrick McHugh: WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) plans on being back inside the ring on September 24. #2 WBC Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) is the name that is being mentioned as Garcia’s possible opponent for Showtime Boxing, according to ESPN. Garcia reportedly turned down $4 million to fight against Manny Pacquiao for his November 5th fight.

Garcia hasn’t fought since winning the vacant WBC welterweight title last January against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero by a 12 round unanimous decision. It wasn’t a pretty performance from Garcia, but he did the job against Guerrero in picking up the WBC belt that had previously been held by Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he retired. Read the rest of this entry »



title Josh Warrington vs. Patrick Hyland this Saturday

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By Stephen Wilkinson: This Saturday night sees unbeaten Featherweight Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KO’s) headline a stacked card in his hometown of Leeds against Irish fringe contender Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KO’s).

Warrington, who has a future showdown with IBF kingpin Lee Selby firmly on his radar, is sure to expect a hard night’s work against the tough Hyland and cannot afford any complacency if he wishes to fulfill his world title aspirations. Hyland has himself recently challenged for world honors, falling to a 2nd round TKO defeat to Gary Russel Jr for the WBC Featherweight strap. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pacquiao beats Crawford at 147, says Sanchez

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By Chris Williams: If Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) makes the mistake of agreeing to fight WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) at 140, he’ll lose the fight, according to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. However, Sanchez thinks it’ll be so hard for Pacquiao to drop the needed weight to get to 140 that he’ll end up weakened in the process of dropping the weight. On the flipside, Sanchez says that Pacquiao gets Crawford to move up to 147 to fight him, then Pacquiao will win.

“I think Terence beats Manny at 140 pounds because Manny would kill himself to get down there, no matter what he says,” said Sanchez to the dailynews.com. ”But I think Manny wins at 147.”

Pacquiao should tell Crawford that if he wants to fight him, then he needs to come up to welterweight and beat a top name like Errol Spence Jr. first. Read the rest of this entry »



title Santa Cruz vs. Frampton: Carl expects to hit harder

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By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) expects to be a more dangerous fighter than he’s ever been before when he moves up in weight this Saturday night to challenge WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) for his title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Frampton, 29, is moving up in weight four pounds from the 122lb division where he abandoned his IBF/WBA titles. Frampton wants to beat Santa Cruz, and then face Gary Russell Jr. and Lee Selby in unification matches. Frampton hasn’t said anything about wanting to fight newly crowned WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez yet, but that might be a step too far for him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Crawford vs. Postol replay this Saturday, July 30

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By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night on July 30, HBO Sports will be playing the Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol light welterweight unification fight at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. This is a replay of last Saturday’s unification match-up on HBO pay-per-view. While Crawford-Postol fight probably had no business being televised on PPV and might end up losing money for Top Rank, the undercard at least had a good performance in featherweight Oscar Valdez’s 2nd round knockout win over previously Matias Rueda to claim the vacant WBO featherweight title.

If there was a potential superstar on the card, it was Valdez, not Crawford. Valdez looks like the real deal. Whether he can get enough casual boxing fans excited about seeing him fight at featherweight is another question. Valdez might need to move up to at least light welterweight to have a chance of becoming a huge star. Since that’s not likely to happen, he’ll probably need to be satisfied with toiling away at featherweight or super featherweight his entire career and probably not getting the attention he would receive if he fought at 140 or 147. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin-Brook: Boxing is all about the money

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By Poerqe: Through the ages there have been a lot of boxers who have influenced boxers and boxing as a whole. But none have made such on impact as Floyd ‘money’ Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs). It was always about the money, but never so much as during and post Mayweather. Mayweather has numerous times openly admitted that instead of trying to match himself against the very best and testing himself. He looks at what makes financially the most sense. This mantra seems to have been adopted by the other boxers who also look to maximize their purses and minimize the risk they take. And can we really blame them?

If we look at the September 10th Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) vs. Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) fight, you have to wonder How this fight is even allowed to take place? Well, there is only one reason. It makes sense financially and the risk for both fighters is pretty low. The money is obviously good, for GGG the fact he’ll lose is pretty none existing. Kell will lose but it probably won’t have effect on his career. People except him to lose (except for some delusional Brook fans). He’ll get exposure in the US and around the rest of the world. God knows he needs some. Read the rest of this entry »



title Roach: Brook is too small for Golovkin

By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it seems that it doesn’t really matter that welterweight Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) is reportedly weighing 178 pounds right now and is heavier than IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs). The general consensus is that Brook is just too little to be fighting Golovkin, and will be knocked out on September 10 when the two of them fight each other at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Trainer Freddie Roach also believes that the 30-year-old Brook is just too small to have a chance of beating Triple G. Roach sees the Golovkin vs. Brook fight as very similar to the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Amir Khan fight that took place last May. I bet that doesn’t make Brook feel too good in seeing himself being mentioned in the same light as welterweight Khan, because the hulking super middleweight-sized Canelo knocked him out in the 6th round. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Price vs. Eric Molina possible for November

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By Scott Gilfoid: In a move that reeks of desperation, Kalle Sauerland, the promoter for #11 WBO heavyweight contender David Price (20-3, 17 KOs), intends on taking a HUGE risk with the fragile-chinned 33-year-old Price by putting him in with the talented American knockout artist Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) in November on the undercard of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next fight at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Sauerland figures that if the 6’8” Price wins that fight, he’ll be in the heavyweight mix for a title shot against Joshua. To be sure, the risk could in theory pay off for Price if he can get the hard hitting 6’4” Molina out of there before he gets his high powered offense cranked up. Once Molina’s offense is firing on all eight cylinders like it was in the 10th round of his last fight against former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek last April, I don’t see Price lasting long. Read the rest of this entry »



title Crawford vs. Troyanovsky: IBF, IBO, WBO, WBC undisputed

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By Jaime Ortega: As I predicted and it came to pass, Terrence Crawford absolutely dominated and destroyed Viktor ‘overhyped’ Postol with relative ease. Postol became a hyped superstar from the ashes of Lucas Mathysse, who after many battles looked like the oil-less robot of the Wizard of Oz. Postol’s only reliable weapon is his jab, and his eight week training at Wildcard gym under Freddy Roach was not going upgrade his average skillset. Crawford vs Postol was a disappointing battle, and those who over hyped Postol as the next big star were rightly put on their place.

However, in the 140 division the biggest challenge for Crawford is not the one dimensional Ukrainian, but the omni-directional Russian Eduard Troyanovsky who is 24-0, 21 knockouts. Read the rest of this entry »



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