Jeff Aranow: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says he wants his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions to continue working on negotiations for a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Canelo hasn’t officially ducked the hard hitting Kazakhstan fighter yet, but there’s a very good chance we could see that in the near future.
Canelo giving up his WBC middleweight title this month was the first hint that he might choose to avoid facing Triple G. The other hints were Canelo saying he’s still a 154lb fighter and that he won’t fight a middleweight at the full weight of 160lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Many boxing fans are hoping that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) doesn’t wind up facing MMA fighter Conor McGregor (0-0) this year or ever in a boxing match due to the fight potentially hurting the sport because of it being such a gross mismatch.
Mayweather’s Tweet today in posting a fight-poster of himself and McGregor posing in the type of poster you see when a fight is taking place, it suggests that the two of them will be facing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says his fighter Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) would be open to traveling to the United States to face former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner in order to get the fight.
Hearn is very interested in making that fight happen. Hearn says Broner’s management sent a congratulations message to him and Burns, and he sees this as a sign that they’ll be looking to contact them in the near future to start negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) has less than a month before he faces Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The two fighters sparred together three years ago, and Thurman supposed spent much of the time running from Porter to keep from getting hit.
Thurman, 27, has a different perception of what took place during the sparring sessions, which he says took place over a three to four week period. Thurman says he wasn’t running from Porter, he was “dodging” him and making him hit air. It’s understandable why some people might interpret dodging as a form of running because what it means is that Thurman wasn’t staying in the pocket against Porter. He was moving to keep from getting hit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) will be challenging WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. This will be the 31-year-old Vargas’ first defense of his WBC title.
Vargas won the WBC belt with an exciting 9th round knockout win over WBC champion Takashi Miura last November in a grueling fight. Vargas was knocked down in the 4th round of the fight and looked to be on his way to losing the bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) and former two division world champion David Haye have been exchanging words since Bellew won the WBC title last Sunday night in beating Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 18 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout at Goodison Park in Liverpool, UK. Bellew vs. Haye can’t take place for Bellew’s WBC belt because he’s due for his mandatory next.
Bellew says he’s ready to fight Haye. However, for that fight to take place, it would mean that Bellew will almost surely need to move up to heavyweight to make it possible. Haye says he wants to face Bellew after he gets done with his fight against 44-year-old Shannon Briggs in the summer.
Haye should win that fight without any problems. The real issue is whether Bellew will be willing to move up to heavyweight to take the fight with Haye because there is no way earth that Haye is going to be able to trim off all the muscles he’s put on in order to face Bellew at cruiserweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Super Man” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) announced today that he’ll be defending his WBC title next on July 16 against #9 WBC Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in Quebec, Canada. This choice of opponent probably won’t please boxing fans because they’ve been waiting for Stevenson to start facing the really talented light heavyweights like Sergey Kovalev, Andre Ward, Artur Beterbiev and Eleider Alvarez.
The fans want to see Stevenson face one or all of those fighters, but instead they’ve seen him take a lot of safe fights against guys that arguably don’t belong in the same ring with him like his last opponent Tommy Karpency. Williams, 28, is a slight upgrade over Karpency but not by much. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr. avoided a fight with him when he was still fighting. Thurman appears to be still unhappy about it, and he doesn’t even want to discuss the topic of Mayweather because he doesn’t like the way things were done.
Thurman says the World Boxing Association elevated Mayweather to WBA Super champion at a time when Thurman was his #1 WBA challenger. The WBA then moved Thurman from contender to WBA regular champion, which meant he had to fight mandatory challengers and Mayweather didn’t, says Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In his moment of glory last night, Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) called out David Haye and IBF/WBA cruiserweight Denis Lebedev for fights. Bellew dared Haye to come down to the cruiserweight division to face him, even though it would mean that Haye would need to lose 24 pounds of muscle to make that fight a possibility.
For Lebedev, Bellew says he would need to come to the UK to fight him, which is another unlikely possibility because Lebedev attracts large crowds in Russia for his fights. I think it would pretty much destroy Haye to lose 24 pounds of muscle right now to drain down to 200lbs just so that he can fight Bellew in a fight that wouldn’t make nearly the money that a fight against Anthony Joshua would make.
If Haye did make that mistake, then he could forget about having a chance to beat Joshua. He might still get the fight against Joshua, but his body would likely be in shock from losing 24 pounds and then putting it back on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In what has to be interpreted as a huge hint by Floyd Mayweather Jr. that he plans on going through with his circus fight against MMA fighter Conor McGregor, Mayweather posted a fight poster of him and McGregor on his Instagram last night. Mayweather is calling it a Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on pay-per-view.
Mayweather wouldn’t have posted this Instragram picture if he wasn’t interested in fighting the 27-year-old McGregor, who has never fought in a boxing match in his life. The closest thing to a boxing match for McGregor was his recent sparring session with former IBO welterweight champion Chris Van Heerden, which McGregor was schooled badly in. Read the rest of this entry »