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title WBO orders Saunders to fight two mandatory challengers back to back


By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Organization has ordered WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) to fight back to back mandatory defenses of his WBO 160lb title due to his inactivity since winning their belt in 2015, according to Fight News. However, one of Saunders’ mandatory defenses might wind up being Saul Canelo Alvarez if the WBO catapults him above the current #1 Avtandil Khurtsidze.

Some in the boxing world might see that as being unfair to Khurtsidze, because he’s been Saunders’ No.1 contender for some time, and he STILL hasn’t been given a title shot. For Canelo to jump ahead of Khurtsidze to become the NEW mandatory challenger might look strange. Read the rest of this entry »

title Canelo vs. Cotto rematch possible early 2017

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By Dan Ambrose: A rematch between former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) and WBO junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is being talked about in the four quarter of 2017. Canelo, 26, says he wants to fight the 35-year-old Cotto a second time. It’s not surprising that a rematch between Canelo and Cotto is now being talked about.

Their fight in 2015 brought in 900,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO. With that many buys, it goes without saying that they’ll be fighting each other again. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya was talking about possible two or three fights between them. If that’s the case, then it might be a while before Canelo faces IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »

title 2017: A Heavyweight Odyssey


By Matt Plumridge: We all know what it feels like to look back and reminisce about the good ol’ days. Heavyweight boxing gets more than a fair share of pondering, whether it be Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson; all involved in the greatest era ever, depending on your age.

Much more difficult to smell the coffee that is right in front of you and know that one day you will be telling your kids about how it was the best you ever drank.

At the moment, the selection of Heavyweights on offer would put a Starbucks menu to shame. We have classic brews in Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin; Frothy coffee’s in the form of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder; and the new breed of large T’s in Joseph Parker and Luis Ortiz. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao ready for Vargas says Koncz


By Allan Fox: Adviser Michael Koncz says former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) is ready for his title shot against WBO World welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao is moving to the second of his training camp by training in the U.S at the Wildcard Gym with trainer Freddie Roach on Monday in Los Angles, California.

“He was fast, furious and he was fabulous,” said Koncz to about Pacquiao’s training for the 27-year-old Vargas. Read the rest of this entry »

title Price to Joshua: I’m coming to KO you on December 10


By Scott Gilfoid: David Price says he’s ready to step in and knockout IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on December 10 in his next fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Joshua was hoping to fight former world champion Wladimir Klitschko on that date, but the fight remains in doubt given that the World Boxing Association hasn’t yet decided whether to sanction the Klitschko vs. Price fight as of yet.

We’re waiting to see if they will. The WBA was supposed to make their decision on Thursday, but they still haven’t said anything. It doesn’t look like it matters though, because it appears that Klitschko and former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne will be facing each other on December 10 for the vacant WBA title in Hamburg, Germany.

That’s a good fight for both guys, and it gives the 40-year-old Wladimir a chance to capture the WBA title and use it as leverage to get a bigger cut of the revenue for a unification match against Joshua in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kovalev vs. Ward: Keys to the Fight

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By Ken Woods: The light heavyweight championship bout between Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is approximately a month away (Nov. 19, HBO pay-per-view) and is one of the most anticipated fights of the year. The keys to the battle are detailed below.

Andre Ward

Smother, smother, smother

Ward is a competent inside fighter and stronger than he appears. We have seen his ability to smother his opponent’s punches and invade their space in the Mikkel Kessler fight and the Carl Froch contest. He will need to do more of that in this match. Kovalev is very adept at keeping the contest on the outside, counter punching and setting traps. So, in order to nullify that strength, Ward will have to get close, restrict his punches and create angles for hooks and uppercuts. Also, stifling him will not allow him to get off with his power, which is his best asset. Read the rest of this entry »

title Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz on January 28

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By Scott Gilfoid: The rematch between unbeaten WBA Super World featherweight champion Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and former WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) is officially set for January 28, in 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Santa Cruz, 28, had a rematch clause in his contract from his previous fight against Frampton last July, which the Irish fighter won by a HIGHLY controversial 12 round majority decision by the scores of 114-114, 116-112, and 117-11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Gilfoid saw the Santa Cruz vs. Frampton fight, and he had Santa Cruz winning by the score of 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lemieux vs. Canelo possible for early 2017

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By Dan Ambrose: If former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux gets past his fight against little known Cristian Fabian Rios this Saturday night on October 22, he could be facing superstar Saul Canelo Alvarez in the first quarter of 2017, according to Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez. He has two scenarios for the 27-year-old Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs), one of the scenarios is Lemieux fighting WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) for his WBO belt.

Gomez also likes the idea of matching Lemieux against Golden Boy’s flagship fighter Canelo. The odds of Lemieux fighting Saunders for his WBO title are extremely low. Saunders wants to fight Canelo or Golovkin. He’s probably not going to be agreeable at all in a fight against a dangerous puncher like Lemieux, even though he might have enough boxing skills to beat him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz ordered for vacant WBO title


By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Organization has reportedly ordered Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) fight at their WBO convention in San Juan. The two fighters will fight for the vacant WBO heavyweight title that was recently vacated by champion Tyson Fury.

The winner of the Parker-Ruiz fight would then be required to fight has four months [120 days] to face #4 WBO contender David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs). If Haye chooses not to take the winner of the Parker vs. Ruiz fight, then it would be the next ranked contender in the WBO’s rankings. Read the rest of this entry »

title Golovkin vacates Dec.10 HBO date; Crawford takes it


By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) has officially vacated his December 10th date on HBO, according to Dan Rafael. Unbeaten WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) will be taking the December 10 date on HBO in a fight against an opponent still to be determined.

Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that he’ll be taking the date, and he’ll be fighting in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Read the rest of this entry »



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