By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya thinks it’s a mistake for 2012 U.S Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) to be going to Europe to fight for the IBF welterweight title against Kell Brook. De La Hoya says that Spence’s career isn’t being moved a long like it should be for a fighter with his kind of talent. He says that if Spence was one of his fighters in his Golden Boy stable, he would turn him into a star. He would have Spence fighting on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. card on May 6. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) will be fighting tonight in a WBC 175lb title eliminator against Eleider Alvarez (21-0, 10 KOs) on PPV from the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada. This is a big fight for both of these Canadian based fighters. It’s not that either of them will have much chance of beating World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Adonis “Super Man” Stevenson.
It’s more of the one of them getting a good payday in fighting Stevenson. Stevenson will be a clear favorite over the Bute vs. Alvarez winner. There’s no question about that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) weighed in at 222 pounds on Friday for his title defense against the unbeaten Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham. Alabama. Washington outweighed Wilder by 17 lbs. in weighing in at 239 lbs. That’s a little lighter for Washington compared to what he usually weighs in for his fights.
Washington weighed in at 243 lbs. for his last fight against Ray Austin last July in beating him by a 4th round knockout. Washington came in at 239lbs for his fight against Eddie Chambers last year in April. He dominated Chambers in winning a one-sided eight round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBO Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) has signed the contract for his title fight against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs). Hughie’s trainer/father Peter Fury ha confirmed that the contract has been signed for the Parker fight. The deadline for Hughie to sign the contract was at 12 p.m. on Friday, according to WBO president Paco Valcarcel.
If Hughie hadn’t signed the contract for the fight by that time, Parker would have been allowed to take a voluntary defense. Hughie would have missed his chance for the title shot. That wouldn’t have been good for Hughie. He did not look solid in his last fight against Fred Kassi. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya says that he still hopes to match Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September, but it depends on how things go in May 6 fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Canelo (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is fighting Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
De La Hoya says that if Canelo loses to Chavez Jr. or if there fight is very exciting for the boxing public, then there would be a rematch. Golden Boy already has plans for Canelo to fight Miguel Cotto in December, and that’s obviously not going to change. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former four-time world title challenger Martin Murray will be facing former two-time world title challenger Gabriel Rosado on April 22 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. This is the big fight that Murray’s promoter Eddie Hearn has been talking about for a week now.
Murray won his last fight against the previously unbeaten fringe contender Nuhu Lawal by a 12 round unanimous decision on November 12 last year. It was a good win for Murray, but it wasn’t a victory over a top name. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum still hasn’t given up on matching him against Australian fighter Jeff Horn IF the fight against Amir Khan fails to materialize. Arum said that if the deal for Pacquiao to fight Khan in the UAE gets done this weekend, then the fight will take place on April 22.
Pacquiao is hoping the Khan fight will take place next. He’s received a big $38 million offer to fight in the United Arab Emirates, but it wouldn’t be against Horn. It would be against Khan. Many of Pacquiao’s boxing fans aren’t interested in seeing Pacquiao fight Jeff Horn, but Arum isn’t letting go of the idea of still making the fight between them. It’s unclear why Arum wouldn’t look for someone besides Horn for Pacquiao to fight if the match against Khan fails to take place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) successfully weighed in on Thursday afternoon inn coming in at 173.6 pounds for his WBC light heavyweight title eliminator fight against #1 WBC Eleider Alvarez (21-0, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec, Canada.
Alvarez weighed at 174.6lbs. The winner of the Bute vs. Alvarez fight will be the mandatory challenger to WBC 175lb champion Adonis “Super Man” Stevenson. This is a pay-per-view fight between Bute and Alvarez. The fight will be shown on Integrated Sports Media for $29.95 in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Undefeated interim WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (9-0, 7 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an impressive 4th round technical knockout victory over 32-year-old southpaw Robert Berridge (29-6, 21 KOs) on Thursday evening at the Forum in Nizhny, Tagil, Russia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Peter Fury, the trainer for Hughie Fury, says that he WILL be signing the contract for the fight against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker as soon as they get the contract from him to sign.
Earlier on Thursday, the World Boxing Organization president Paco Valcarcel said that if Hughie doesn’t sign the contract by 12 p.m. on Friday, the WBO will possibly have Parker take a voluntary defense of his title. Read the rest of this entry »