By Allan Fox: Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza is planning on a possible heavyweight unification fight in the fall of 2017 between unbeaten IBF champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) and WBC champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), according to RingTV.
Espinoza would have the fight take place in early 2017, but Wilder suffered a broken right hand and torn right biceps injury in his last title defense against Chris Arreola this month on July 16. The injuries will likely keep Wilder derailed until early 2017. It wouldn’t be a good time for the Wilder vs. Joshua fight with Wilder coming off of those injuries. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Light heavyweight contender Andre Ward’s tune-up fight against #10 WBA Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) is little over a week away and very few boxing fans are talking about the Ward-Brand fight. Instead, the fans are discussing Ward’s scheduled fight against IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is supposed to be facing on November 19 if he beats Brand.
Ward vs. Brand will be taking place on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. California. HBO Boxing will be televising it despite the fact that it’s considered to be a mismatch.
It doesn’t seem hardly fair to Brand that the fans are already counting him as a win for Ward and are talking now of the Ward vs. Kovalev fight. Brand has a real chance of winning this fight against Ward, because he’s better than the last two guys that Ward has fought. Read the rest of this entry »
Photos Courtesy/Abel Sanchez ) By Chris Williams: (IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) is hard at work in training camp in Big Bear Lake, California with trainer Abel Sanchez to get ready for his September 10 fight against Britain’s Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England.
The fight is already sold-out, and it’s very likely to do well on Sky Box Office PPV. The fight will be televised in the U.S on HBO World Championship Boxing. Golovkin has been adopted by many of the American fans despite the fact that he’s not from the U.S. Golovkin is currently living in Los Angeles, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Showtime vice president of sports Stephen Espinoza is hoping to put together a unification fight between unbeaten welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Keith “One Time’ Thurman for early 2017. Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) and Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) are both reportedly on board for the fight, according to Ring TV.
Thurman, 27, may have to defend his WBA welterweight title against his #1 WBA mandatory challenger David Avanesyan before he can meet up with Garcia. The World Boxing Association has already ordered negotiations to take place between Thurman and Avanesyan. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) made weight on Thursday for his voluntary defense against #9 WBC challenger Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) for their fight this Friday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV from the Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC, #5 IBF #11 WBA featherweight contender Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KOs) will be inside the ring this Saturday night fighting 32-year-old Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Warrington, 25, wants a world title shot, be it against Gary Russell Jr, Lee Selby or Oscar Valdez.
Rightly or wrongly, Warrington will soon be getting a title shot against one of the champions at featherweight. He might not like the results of the fight, but he’ll get his title shot as long as he gets past former world title challenger Hyland on Saturday night. Warrington is supposed to beat Hyland, but you never know. If Warrington gets too brave, he might run into something. Don’t say I didn’t warn him if that happens. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweights Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) and Dave Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs) will be slugging it out on Saturday night in what many boxing fans see as a good old fashioned war at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Whyte is seen as the prospect with by far the most potential of the two fighters. The only thing we don’t know about the 28-year-old Whyte is whether his surgically repaired left shoulder will return to the form he had before his surgery last December. However, even if Whyte only has partial use of his left shoulder in this fight, he’s expected to win easily.
Allen, 24, claims that he got the better of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in sparring in the past. Since Allen is the only one saying this, it’s hard as heck to buy into what he’s saying because he’s looked so mediocre in his 10 fights at the pro level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Amir “King” Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) says that former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) was 187 pounds on the night that they fought on May 7 earlier this year in their fight on HBO pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. What’s interesting is that HBO didn’t give a rehydrated weight for Canelo to the viewing audience like they normally do for fighters on their broadcasts.
The boxing fans were left to speculate what weight that Canelo weighed in for the fight. Khan is saying that Canelo weighed in at 187lbs, which means he rehydrated 32 pounds after weighing in at 155lbs for their catch-weight fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: Unlike the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao age, this generation of welterweights presents a wider diversity of boxing styles. Whomever comes on top in this era should rank higher than Floyd and Pacquiao’s legacy given the adversity and challenges he or them will have to overcome. We could end up with several different legends in this era and not just one.
The amount of undefeated boxers in the welterweight division is very high, and new prospects are ferociously coming to the scene to dominate and take all the belts. No welterweight will retire undefeated and boxing fans will probably witness many trilogies. If Floyd or Pacquiao fought in this era, I am convinced their boxing records would look different than what it looks today given the pool of talent lurking the welterweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis is picking unbeaten IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to give IBF belt holder Anthony Joshua his first defeat of his career when/if the two of them face each other soon inside the ring. Lewis believes that the fight would need to happen soon for Fury to have a chance of beating the 6’6” Joshua, because the 2012 Olympic gold medalist is improving at a rapid pace and soon should be past Fury.
“Right now the No 1 is Tyson Fury because he beat the man that beat the man that beat the man,” Lewis said to the bbc.com. “But Anthony Joshua is growing, he’s knocking out everyone they put in front of him and he’s looking good.” Read the rest of this entry »