By Gerardo Granados: This Saturday 26th at the Stub Hub Center, California, USA, former two division title holder Tim Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) will fight at the welterweight limit against WBA light welterweight belt holder Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs), in a fight that will decide who moves on to better fights and purses and who stays behind trying to rebuild his once promising boxing career. Read the rest of this entry »
By AK: Here we have one the greatest boxers of all time, yet Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains to be one of the most hated and controversial sportsmen alive. Not many boxers can get booed fighting in their own country against someone that is not against Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather managed to get booed during the weigh in, entrance, and even when he was announced the winner.
So why do ‘we’ hate Mayweather? I am only putting ‘we’ in quotation marks because I do not consider myself to be part of that group. No matter the sport I enjoy watching greatness, whether it is watching Roger Federer play tennis, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the football pitch, Usain Bolt on the tracks, or even Michael Phelps swimming. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) doesn’t want fellow Brit Amir Khan to get the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September, even though it doesn’t look like Khan is even in the running.
Brook feels that he rates the fight against Mayweather because he’s sporting an unbeaten and has the IBF welterweight title in his possession at this time. Brook wants Mayweather or Khan, but it’s becoming readily apparent that he’s going to need to settle for Brandon Rios. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If former two division world champion Tim Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) was hoping to get a war out of WBA 140lb champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) on Saturday night, then he got some bad news today in their final press conference when Vargas said that he’s going to be fighting Bradley in his own style when they go at it at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The fight will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By HK: Well it has been quite a successful and exciting month of boxing, especially from a British perspective. We now have four fully fledged British world champions, who all hold the IBF version of the title. James DeGale (Super-Middleweight), Kell Brook (Welterweight), Lee Selby (Featherweight) and Carl Frampton (Super Bantamweight).
Although these haven’t all come from within the space of one month it is nonetheless extremely encouraging to see British fighters consistently challenging at world level. This coupled with the various interim and regular titles held by British fighters and British boxing could not be in a better place right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya is still insisting that his fighter IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux has a mandatory defense that he needs to get out of the way first in his next fight despite Tom Loeffler, the promoter for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), having made contact with the International Boxing Federation and being told that the Golovkin vs. Lemieux fight can go ahead next rather than Lemieux’s mandatory defense.
De La Hoya’s insistence that the Lemieux must fight his IBF mandatory next comes across like De La Hoya prefers that he take that fight rather than taking a risky fight against Golovkin that Lemieux could very well lose. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) has rejected Floyd Mayweather Jr’s offer to defend his WBA title against unbeaten #8 WBA Errol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs) on his September 12th undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the second fighter who has turned down an offer to fight on Mayweather’s undercard.
Former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter said last Saturday night that he won’t be fighting Spence. He said he doesn’t want to fight on Mayweather’s undercard. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t quite sure if his fighter super middleweight Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) will continue his career or not, but if he does, Hearn is hoping that the Nottingham fighter will wrap up his career fighting George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
For a third fight between Froch and Groves to take place, it will obviously require that the 27-year-old Groves defeat WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) in their fight in August or September of this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s soft match-making is catching up to him and preventing him from getting that dream fight against Amir Khan that he’s been eager to get for years and years. Khan feels that Brook just sees him as a vehicle to get a big payday without him having to earn it by facing the best in the welterweight division.
Khan says that if the 29-year-old Brook wants a payday fight against him, then he needs to earn it by beating three highly talented welterweights. If Brook can do that, then Khan will grant him his wish by giving him the fight that he’s been yearning for. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former three time world title challenger Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) weighed in successfully on Thursday for his super middleweight debut on Friday against little known George Beroshvili (19-5-2, 12 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Murray weighed in at 12st 4lbs 4oz, and his overmatched opponent Beroshvili came in at 11st 13lbs.
Murray, 32, recently signed on with Eddie Hearn and his Matchroom Sport stable. He’s hoping that he can be built up slowly by Hearn and eventually matched up against the likes of Carl Froch, James DeGale and George Groves. Read the rest of this entry »