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title Is Lemieux being saved for Canelo by Golden Boy?

lemieux665By Dan Ambrose: After David Lemieux’s recent 12 round decision win over Hassan N’Dam (31-2, 18 KOs) to capture the vacant IBF middleweight title on June 20th last month, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya ruled out any chance of Lemieux immediately fighting WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) in a unification fight.

De La Hoya’s reasoning for dismissing the fight was because Lemieux had a mandatory defense due for his newly won IBF title. In other words, the IBF wouldn’t allow Lemieux to face Golovkin even if he wanted to. Read the rest of this entry »

title Artur Beterbiev: The light-heavyweight stepping out of the shadows

beterbiev1022By Daniel Hughes: The light heavyweight division has two fighters who most writers and fans would love to see face each other as one of the potential fights of 2015,the hard hitting duo Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson.

The division’s top two ranked fighters have been on a potential collision course for some time, promotional politics of course so far it seems have been the spanner in the works of giving the fans a fight that everyone would want to see. The Russian at 32 seemingly at his peak, Stevenson the Canadian at 37 you would hope would want the biggest money fight out there in the division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Nonito Donaire faces Anthony Settoul on UniMás on July 18th in Macao

donaire7788By Chris Williams: 32-year-old Nonito Donaire (34-3, 22 KOs) won’t have HBO televise his next fight against little known Anthony Settoul (20-3, 8 KOs) on July 18th from the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. The fight will be televised by UniMás in the United States.

Donaire is ranked 3 WBO, 11 IBF. He’s hoping to get a title shot against WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg. I guess a rematch with WBA/WBO 122lb champion Guillermo Rigondeaux isn’t in the cards for Donaire. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather hasn’t complied with WBO’s rules, will likely be stripped of title on Monday

Floyd MayweatherBy Chris Williams: WBA/WBC/WBO welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) has reportedly not complied with the World Boxing Organization’s conditions for him to keep his newly won WBO 147lb title, according to Dan Rafael. As a result, Mayweather will probably be losing his WBO title this Monday.

The WBO gave Mayweather a deadline of July 3rd, at 4:30 p.m. ET to vacate his WBA/WBC junior middleweight titles, and give the WBO a sanctioning fee for the title. If/when the WBO strip Mayweather of his WBO title, they’ll then be giving the full title to interim WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »

title Anthony Joshua – Gary Cornish in the works for 9/12 in London

joshua9913By Scott Gilfoid: Boxing fans were hoping to see undefeated heavyweight contender/prospect Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) face a good opponent for his next fight to see how well he does against someone with an actual pulse rate, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen for Joshua’s next fight on September 12th.

It looks like Joshua’s next opponent will be Scotland’s Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs) on September 12th at the O2 Arena in London, England. Cornish is about the equivalent of Kevin Johnson, possibly a step below him in terms of talent.

About the best you can hope for is Cornish throwing some punches before going down for the count. Read the rest of this entry »

title Golovkin with few options for next fight

golovkin444By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) looks to be in a bad position for his next fight in terms of opposition. He’s not going to get David Lemieux, Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Andy Lee, Andre Ward, Daniel Jacobs, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Tim Bradley or Carl Froch. With the IBF ordering Tureano Johnson to fight Eamonn O’Kane in an IBF eliminator bout to pick out the mandatory for Lemieux, Golovkin now no longer has the option of fighting Johnson as well.

This means that Golovkin’s next opponent will likely be one of the lower hanging fruit in the WBA’s ranking. Read the rest of this entry »

title Malignaggi: You’re a moron if you think it’s going to be one-sided against Danny Garcia

malignaggi133By Dan Ambrose: The ring rusty Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) doesn’t think it’s going to be a one-sided fight when he gets inside the ring with Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) in less than 30 days from now on August 1st in their fight at welterweight at 147 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

While many boxing fans are giving the 34-year-old, light hitting Malignaggi no chance of beating Garcia, Malignaggi thinks that it’s not going to be a total wipeout that fans think it is. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao fires back at Mayweather over Instagram comment

pac009By Chris Williams: Former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao finally came to life in response to his conqueror Floyd Mayweather Jr’s recent Instagram in which he slapped around a Pacquiao dummy, calling it a liar for the shoulder excuse that Pacquiao came up with after his loss to Mayweather last May.

Pacquiao failed to agree that he lost the fight to Mayweather, and he blamed his poor performance on a preexisting injury to his right shoulder that he failed to disclose before the fight on a medical questionnaire form. Read the rest of this entry »

title Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares possible for August 29th at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

mares#1By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champ Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) and unbeaten but totally untested WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) could be facing each other next month on August 29th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The fighters have verbally agreed to the fight, according to the LA Times. However, they still need to put pen to paper to sign the contracts. Until they’ve signed you have to look at the fight as tentative. Read the rest of this entry »

title Brook-Rios nearly done for 9/12 says Arum

rios11By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) won’t be getting the big fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. that he so badly craves on September 12th, but he is on the verge of getting a fight against former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) on that date in London, UK.

Rios’ promoter Bob Arum says the Brook vs. Rios fight is almost done for September 12th, and will be televised in the U.S in the afternoon on HBO. It won’t bump into the Mayweather fight on the same date, which will be occurring in the evening on September 12th on Showtime pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »

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