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title Carl Frampton Looking to Impress With Big Win on PBC Debut

frampton4By Jonathan Gonzalez: IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton’s rise seemed inevitable given his amateur background as one of Ireland’s most successful amateurs in recent years. Now, with a PBC date on July 18th creeping up, it seems that Frampton is on the cusp of breaking out to mainstream boxing audiences. He’ll be facing Alejandro Gonzalez Jr., an experienced Mexican fighter, who carries a record of 25-1-2 (although against no notable opponents).

The fight will take place in El Paso, TX (chalk another one up for the bizarre matchmaking and venue selections made by Al Haymon & Co.), but nonetheless Frampton takes the task on with a professionalism characteristic of an assassin – quiet, focused, and determined. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather’s options for 9/12 are Khan and Berto, says Pugmire

khan5By Scott Gilfoid: It looks Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) isn’t entirely out of the running for a lottery ticket winning fight against WBA/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) on September 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Lance Pugmire, Khan is in the running for the Mayweather fight, as is former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs). We already knew that Berto was one of the guys that had a chance for the Mayweather fight, but we didn’t know that Khan was being factored in. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lucas Browne says Deontay Wilder has no chin

1-DEONTAY WILDER VICTORY-06132015-5328By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) appears to be barking up the wrong street in heavily pursuing a fight against KO artist Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) for his September 26th title defense of his WBC heavyweight title.

Browne is started trash talking the talented 6’7” Wilder something fierce and it looks like the 36-year-old Australian really fancies his chances against him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto won’t vacate his WBC title after Canelo fight to avoid Golovkin

cotto00000By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) plans on keeping his WBC 160lb title after his next defense against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) in November rather than vacating it to avoid his No.1 WBC mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), according to Roc Nation Sports COO David Iskowitch.

He told Fight News that they will look to make sure Cotto keeps his WBC title after the Canelo fight. Just what that means is unclear. Cotto was supposed to be fighting Golovkin next, but both the WBC and Golovkin agreed to let the Cotto-Canelo fight take place as long as Golovkin gets the next shot at the title. Read the rest of this entry »

title Deontay Wilder targeting Vyacheskav Gkazkov or Lucas Browne on September 26th on NBC

1-DEONTAY WILDER-MEDIA WORKOUT-9911By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) will be defending his WBC strap against one of two undefeated heavily ranked top 10 contenders on September 26th against #3 WBC Vyacheslav Glazkov (20-0-1, 12 KOs) or #6 WBC Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC, according to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

This is a voluntary defense for the 6’7” Wilder, so he’d be showing a ton of courage to face one of those two guys for his next title defense. However, Wilder will be in tough in his fight after this when he has to defend his WBC strap against his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in early 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto-Canelo possible for November 21st, says Peñagarícano

1-cotto (7)By Dan Ambrose: Gabriel Peñagarícano, the adviser for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs), says they’re making a lot of progress in the negotiations with former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) for their mega-fight on HBO pay-per-view.

Peñagarícano says they’re looking at November 21st as a possible date for the fight, and they’ve narrowed the cities down to Las Vegas, Nevada or New York. Las Vegas is the No.1 choice right now with New York No.2. Dallas, Texas is also a possibility. They’re hoping to announce the fight in July once they have the signatures on the contracts. Read the rest of this entry »

title The Thurminator: A Man Amongst men

thurman8888By Jonathan Gonzalez: Having exploded onto the boxing scene over the last years, Keith Thurman hasn’t wasted any time in carving out his name amongst the greatest of boxing’s hottest division today. It’s one thing to be a standout where competition is scarce but to become the known as the “boogeyman” in a realm where boxing’s #1 pound-for-pound fighter resides is something in and of itself.

That’s not to say that Thurman would handle Mr. Money Mayweather easily, but to be considered a potential threat to the throne merits enough credit considering the countless number of fighters in the world struggling to make names for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

title Arum wants to match Bradley against Mayweather in September

bradley#1By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is hoping Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) will want to contact him about a fight against his fighter Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) for Mayweather’s next fight on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Arum believes that the 31-year-old Bradley can give Mayweather his best fight out of all the available guys for him to face. Bradley has already dismissed the idea of facing Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) in a rematch after beating him by a slightly controversial 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »

title Walters isn’t interesting for Lomachenko, says manager Klimas

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Gamalir RodriguezBy Dan Ambrose: With WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters losing his title on the scales before his last fight against Miguel Marriaga, he lost whatever chance there was to fight WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) in a unification match.

Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas says that without a title in Walters’ possession, they’re not interested in fighting him. Additionally, they’re concerned with Walters’ ability to make weight for a featherweight contest after seeing him rehydrate to 145 pounds for his featherweight contest against Marriaga. Read the rest of this entry »

title Anthony Joshua will be ready to challenge to world title by 2016, says Hearn

joshua56777By Scott Gilfoid: While heavyweight contender/prospect Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) still hasn’t fought a contender yet in the division that can test whether he’s any good or not, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is already thinking that he’ll be ready to fight for a world title by next year.

Hearn believes that Joshua is already good enough to destroy the top domestic heavyweights David Price, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora. Hearn wants to match Joshua up against former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye next year at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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