By Allan Fox: IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line next month against Oakland native Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) on November 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. With Ward moving up in weight from the 168lb division, it leaves the question of whether he’ll use his weight as an excuse if things go badly for him if he loses to Kovalev.
I must admit that the weight is a perfect excuse for Ward if he gets beaten by Kovalev. He can tell the boxing media and fans that he didn’t have the size to compete against Kovalev. Ward would then be able to move back down to super middleweight to resume fighting in that division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says heavyweight David Haye is the priority fight for WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew for his next fight on March 4th over Bellew’s World Boxing Council mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis. Bellew defeated BJ Flores by a 3rd round knockout last Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. There’s not much to say about that fight other than it was a mismatch the moment the fight contract was signed. Bellew did what most boxing fans expected him to do in stopping the hapless 37-year-old Flores after knocking him down three times in the fight.
The low lights of the fight was Bellew hitting Flores with low blow in the 2nd round, and then pounding him while he was defenseless until he hit the canvas. A further low was the referee failing to do anything about Bellew’s low blow. Flores never recovered from the knockdown. Two more knockdown came in the 2nd and then another knockdown in the 3rd. Flores never had a chance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: For the time being, trainer Abel Sanchez believes that his fighter IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) should be the number one pound-for-pound fighter in boxing unless the winner of the Andre” SOG” Ward vs. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev fight on November 19 proves that they should take the top pound-for-pound honors.
Right now, Sanchez believes that Golovkin deserves the top spot, because of the way he’s dominated the middleweight division. Ward just recently moved up to super middleweight, and he has a lot to prove. Even if Ward beats Kovalev, there are dangerous fights against Adonis Stevenson and Artur Beterbiev that Ward would need to win before he could prove himself as the No.1 fighter in the 175lb division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez believes that superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. is totally obsessed with Golovkin with the way that he’s talking about his constantly. Mayweather recently said that he thinks that he would have beaten Golovkin if he had fought him.
Mayweather also believes that welterweight Kell Brook “exposed” Golovkin last September despite the fact that he was knocked out in the 5th round by the Kazakhstan fighter. Brook was taking terrible punishment in the 5th round from Golovkin, and needed saving by his trainer Dominic Ingle, who threw in the towel to keep Brook from being knocked out. Brook ended up with a broken right eye socket from his troubles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a sign that former five division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) could soon be making a comeback to the sport of boxing, he’s now pouring compliments over the head of 36-year-old Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) by the bucketful in saying he’s one of the best fighter he’s ever fought before in his career.
It’s hard to understand the sudden compliments from Mayweather to Pacquiao considering how one-sided their fight was last year in May 2015. Will boxing fans be willing to pay another $100 dollars per household to see Mayweather fight Pacquiao a second time?
After their incredibly boring fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao last year, I think there’s a lot of fans that won’t want to pay to see them fight each other a second time. Neither guy looked like they were willing to put in any effort in that fight. Mayweather mostly jabbed and threw pot shots. Pacquiao looked like he was unwilling to take the chances that he needed to take for him to win. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is saying the mega-fight between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) and 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) is agreed on for December 10. The venue for the Joshua-Klitschko fight is at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
It’s not a good situation for Klitschko to agree to fight in the UK, because he’s the type of fighter who seems to do better when he has the boxing fans on his side rather than rooting against him. If you look at Wladimir’s fight against Tyson Fury last November, Wladimir seemed to be uncomfortable when the fans were cheering for Fury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew is eager to get heavyweight David Haye to commit to a pay-per-view fight between them RIGHT Now, otherwise he says he’s going to move on to other big fights like unification fights in the cruiserweight division. It appears to some boxing fans that Bellew is looking for a “cash out” fight to get a big payday on pay-per-view before gets beaten by one of his contenders at cruiserweight.
If Bellew doesn’t get the “cash out” fight against Haye, he’ll soon have to fight his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis, who he should have already fought in his first defense. It looks to some boxing fans like Bellew is dodging the Brieidis fight, because the guy like a giant asteroid heading towards Bellew and he’s not going to be able to stop him once he makes impact. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Fresh off his victory over the aging 37-year-old fringe contender BJ Flores from last Saturday night, WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew is now targeting heavyweight David Haye for his next fight in 2017. Bellew knocked out Flores in the 3rd round at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England in a voluntary defense. Haye and Bellew want to fight each other on pay-per-view in the UK. Is it a fight that will sell? I’d watch Bellew-Haye on free television, but Id NEVER pay to see a joke fight like this on pay-perr-view.
Without Bellew having fought at heavyweight before, how do you believe the fight would be a real fight and not just a rip off circus type of match? I think Bellew and Haye are doing it wrong. If they want to fight each other and make a killing in pay-per-view, then Bellew needs to vacate his WBC cruiserweight title, and then move up to heavyweight and beat one of the following heavyweights: Shannon Briggs, Kubrat Pulev, Luis Ortiz, Joseph Parker, Andy Ruiz Jr., Alexander Povetkin, Carlos Takam, Eric Molina, or Jarrell Miller. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) failed to impress heavyweight David Haye with his 3rd round knockout win over Haye’s friend BJ Flores (32-3-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Bellew called Haye out after the fight, saying he wants to fight him.
Bellew even jumped over the ropes WWE style and had to be restrained by the security staff when he tried to get to Haye. The whole thing looked HORRIBLY staged. The security was already there waiting, and Bellew’s theatrics looked unbelievable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a huge upset, heavyweight Christian Hammer (20-4, 11 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten #14 WBO Erkan Teper (16-1, 10 KOs) by a 12 round split decision to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization European heavyweight title on Saturday night at the G 18-Halle in Hamburg, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »