By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could be facing WBC champion Deontay Wilder’s leftovers in facing Eric Molina in his next fight on December 10 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. That’s the name that is being mentioned for Joshua.
Molina, 34, still hasn’t been officially named as Joshua’s next opponent, but he’s expected to. It won’t be the greatest news for the boxing world if that’s who Joshua winds up fighting. I hate to say it, but this going to be a step down for Joshua from his last fight against Dominic Breazeale. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight champion Wladimir “Steel hammer” Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) says he’s not about to retire from boxing, and he’s very much interested in facing IBF heavyweight belt holder Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) in March or April of 2017. The soon to be 41-year-old Klitschko thinks a fight between him and the 26-year-old Joshua will be the hugest fight at heavyweight in many years.
It’s a fight that would certainly give Wladimir and Joshua big paydays. However, it might under produce like the dud between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis in 2002. There was a TREMENDOUS amount of hype before that fight, even though Tyson was clearly no longer the fighter he’d been in the late 1980s. As such, it was a fight that was 15 years too late. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In not surprising news, the soon to be 37-year-old former two division world champion Arthur Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) has suffered an injury, and he won’t be able to fight a rematch against fringe contender Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs) on November 12 at Monte Carlo.
The German based Abraham suffered an injury during sparring, and won’t be able to fight the 34-year-old Murray in a rematch. It’s just as well, because it wasn’t a huge fight by any means, as Murray has lost two out of his last three fights. One of those loses was to Abraham in November of last year in losing a 12 round split decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: Danny Garcia finally decided to take on Keith Thurman. The WBC and WBA unification title promises to be a legacy fight between two undefeated fighters that encompass different styles of boxing. The sharp stationary shooter versus the explosive poignant boxer.
Yet despite all the hype that surrounds the March fourth match up, it won’t be as entertaining as Shawn Porter versus Thurman for a number of reasons. First: Porter was overly aggressive – Danny won’t be as aggressive. Second: Porter never gasses-out, whereas Danny has shown to gas-out in the latter rounds of a fight — especially against Lamont Peterson. Third: Thurman has shown the ability to control the pace of the fight regardless of the style –if he was able to control Shawn’s tempo – he will surely control Danny’s. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) will be defending his title against his #1 IBF mandatory challenger Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) on December 10 on Showtime Boxing at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
This should be a good test for the 26-year-old Charlo. He did not shine in his second defense of his International Boxing Federation 154lb title last May. Charlo won the fight by building an early lead, but he really ran out of gas in the second half of the contest, as Trout came storming back to make it close on the cards. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza is hoping that a fight between former four division world champion Adrien Broner and lightweight contender Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) can take place in the future once Mikey moves up to the 140lb division. Espinoza thinks it would be a great fight if Broner and Mikey were to face each other.
There’s likely a lot that could happen before they meet up. Broner fights next on February 11 against light welterweight contender Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) on Showtime Boxing. There’s no telling if Broner will win that fight, because he’s too hard predict what you’re going to get out him. Read the rest of this entry »
By All Fox: Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) doesn’t have the size, willingness to fight, or the talent to beat IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), according to the “Krusher” Kovalev’s former trainer Abel Sanchez, who currently trains unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Sanchez says that Ward is too focused on being technical in his fights, and not willing to mix it up the way he’d need to be able to for him to beat the more powerful Kovalev. The two fighters are going to be facing each other soon on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view from the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the fight if Ward is going to spend the entire fight just trying not to get hit instead of delivering blows. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and WBC champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) have an official date for their unification fight on March 4 on Showtime Boxing, as long as Garcia wins his tune-up fight against #6 WBA Samuel Vargas (25-2-1, 13 KOs) on November 12 at the Liacouras Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
That’s a winnable fight for Garcia, so his fight against Thurman is as good as gold. It’s definitely going to happen. The venue of the Garcia vs. Thurman fight could take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to RingTV.com. Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza said that’s where the fight could wind up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Showtime Boxing has confirmed that IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) will be fighting a unification match against WBC 168lb champion Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) on January 14, 2017 on Showtime at a still to be determined venue. The two fighters fought earlier this year on April 30 on Showtime from the Armory in Washington, DC, and it was thought that they would soon be facing each other.
Unfortunately, it’s taken a little longer than anyone expected it to take for the two of them to fight. By the time DeGale and Jack meet up in January, 2017, they’ll both have been outside of the ring for nine months. That’s a long time for world champions to be outside of the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao isn’t entirely sure whether he’ll continue his boxing career after he challenges WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao, 36, doesn’t want to look past his fight against Vargas to make a decision on his career at this point.
Things could work badly for the 5’6 1/2” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), because he’s facing a guy a lot bigger than him in the 5’10 ½” Vargas. If Pacquiao loses this fight, then it’s pretty clear that he has nowhere to go at least in the 147lb division. Read the rest of this entry »