By Scott Gilfoid: Sam Eggington (19-3, 11 KOs) was too much for former welterweight world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-3, 14 KOs) in stopping him in the 8th round on Saturday night to claim the vacant WBC International welterweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, Uk. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Abel Sanchez says he has no problems with WBC welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) taking a tune-up fight to get him ready for a fight against WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) in early 2017. Sanchez notes that Garcia’s management don’t fight him enough to keep him sharp, and they match him against too many poor opponents.
Sanchez feels that it’s not possible for Garcia to beat the better fighters due to him fighting so infrequently, and against bad opposition. For this reason, Sanchez feels that Garcia will lose to Thurman next year when the two of them face each other in the first quarter of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Team Golovkin is now in it’s second month of negotiations with WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs’ management team, and a fight between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) appears to be no closer to getting done than it was when the two fighters’ promoters started the negotiations.
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler asked for a 15-day extension with the World Boxing Association on Friday to avoid the purse bid deadline of Saturday, October 22. The negotiations will now continue even though the fight is no longer going to take place on December 10 on HBO like was originally planned. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated light welterweight prospect Josh Taylor (7-0, 7 KOs) had an EASY time defeating a terribly overmatched 33-year-old journeyman Dave Ryan (17-10, 4 KOs) by a 5th round knockout on Friday night go capture the vacant Commonwealth light welterweight title at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
After trapping the battled Ryan in the corner, Taylor, 25, flurried on him until referee Michael Alexander stepped in and halted the slaughter with Ryan still on his feet but looking in bad shape. Taylor had knocked Ryan down earlier in the round with a right to the body.
It was all target practice for Taylor after the knockdown. Heck, it was target practice for Taylor the moment the fight was started, as Ryan didn’t have the power, speed or boxing skills to neutralize Taylor’s game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite being offered a shot to fight for the WBO heavyweight title against the winner of the December 10 fight between Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr., #4 WBO David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) says he’s ready to fight WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) if he seriously wants to make the fight.
Bellew, 33, seems to be VERY SERIOUS about wanting to fight Haye, and you can understand why. Bellew will probably never be in a better position than he is right now after his two recent wins over BJ Flores and Ilunga Makabu.
Bellew hasn’t had to fight any of the talented cruiserweights yet, so he’s currently what many boxing fans see as a paper champion in holding down the WBC strap. However, if Bellew doesn’t get the Haye – or some other high payday match – soon, he’s going to have to face his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis. That’s a fight that will likely see Bellew knocked out and dethroned. I hate to say it, but Briedis is too good for Bellew, and I suspect that he knows that himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook and Amir Khan are both coming off of stoppage losses in 2016, but they could wind up facing each other in 2017 if the fight can get negotiated. Brook, 30, wants Khan to commit to fighting him next year. Khan seems to be open to the idea of finally facing Brook, but he wants it to take place in the welterweight division.
Brook recently moved up to middleweight in a failed attempt to defeat IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Brook landed some shots here and there, but he was only competitive for one round in the fight. Brook was staggered in the 1st, and running in rounds 3 through 5. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions reportedly was given a 15-day extension by the World Boxing Association to continue negotiating the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs fight. The deadline for the negotiations to end is on Saturday, October 22nd.
Golovkin has already given up the December 10 fight date on HBO. The negotiations that Loeffler is doing now are to try and get the fight put together for early 2017 in February or March. It’s hard to imagine the fight not taking place by that point if the negotiations are done, because it’s in both of their interest to keep fighting often as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: David Lemieux successfully weighed in at 163 ¾ pounds on Friday for his 10 round fight on Saturday night against Cristian Fabian Rios at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Rios (21-7-3, 6 KOs) weighed in at 163 ¾ pounds. This is an important fight for the 27-year-old former IBF middleweight champion Lemieux, because he’s in the running for a big payday fight against fellow Golden Boy promotions star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in early 2017.
As we’ve seen in the past, Lemieux isn’t one of those types of fighters that can be counted on to win each time he fights. His losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine showed that he doesn’t have the stamina or the talent to get by the fringe level guys 100 percent of the tine. Lemieux will win most of the time, but he gets beaten at other times. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum plans on trying to put together a fight between his two fighters Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford in April 2017 on Top Rank pay-per-view. Arum wanted to make the fight between Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) and Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) for November 5, but Pacquiao instead chose to fight World Boxing Organization 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 84-year-old Arum says he’s going to try again to match Pacquiao and Crawford against each other by trying match them in April next year. Crawford has a fight on December 10 on HBO World Championship Boxing that he needs to first. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: According to promoters Zanfer, former World Boxing Council middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) will be fighting in December against #11 WBO super middleweight contender Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) at a still to named venue. The date still hasn’t been confirmed as well.
”CONFIRM: Dominik Britsch vs @jcchavezjr1 in December,” said Zanfer on their Twitter.
It’s not surprising that Chavez Jr. is having a fight in December, because in the recent photos of him in raining, he looks to be in the best shape in years. Chavez Jr. has trimmed off a lot of the baby fat that he’s been carrying around in his last four fights. Read the rest of this entry »