By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) has dubbed himself, “The Road Warrior,” because he frequently has to travel outside of his own country of the UK to scratch up fights. DeGale will be fighting outside of the UK once again this Saturday night in his unification match against WBC champion Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
This will be DeGale’a fourth consecutive fight on the road where he’s fighting in another country. That’s pretty impressive and also sad for a fighter that won an Olympic gold medal in 2008 for Great Britain. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KOs) could be retiring from boxing after he finishes out his existing two-year contract with his promoters at Top Rank in August 2018. It’s probably a good thing that Bradley is retiring soon. He could get hurt if he faces someone good.
Bradley, 33, only fought once in 2016 in losing a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao in April in a fight that few fans were interested in seeing. Now with the cycle of rematches against 38-year-old Pacquiao appearing to be done, Bradley doesn’t have a lot of options for big money fights at 147. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: David Haye versus Tony Bellew, only a money fight surely? Bellew first called David Haye out after he spectacularly knocked out Illunga Makubu to win the WBC Cruiserweight title. If you’d asked me the day before that fight to name 20 possible next opponents for David Haye, Bellew wouldn’t be on there.
It seemed bizarre but now here we are, they will fight in March for nothing other than pride and of course lots of cash. A win over Bellew does nothing really for Haye in the heavyweight division. He could have secured a WBO title shot as mandatory against Joseph Parker and he is also well ranked with the other organizations. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is hoping to make quick work of Polish fighter Andrzej Wawrzyk in their fight on February 25 so that he can return to the ring on April 8 to fight WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) in a unification fight.
Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) says that if he doesn’t suffer any other hand injuries or any other injuries in his fight against the 6’5” Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs), then he’ll be able to face the 25-year-old Parker for his WBO title in a unification fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) spoke to the boxing media on Tuesday to discuss their March 18 fight on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jacobs says he wants to “shock the world” and “I’m pretty sure I’ll be victorious” against Golovkin.
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler revealed at the press conference that unbeaten WBC super-flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will be facing #2 WBC challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the co-feature bout on the card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: With the negotiations for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight still not producing a fight, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) could be facing unbeaten two-time Olympian Kanat Islam (22-0, 18 KOs) potentially at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Cinco de Mayo on May 6 instead, according to Fight News.
This would be a voluntary title defense for Canelo of his WBO junior middleweight strap that he won on September 17 in beating champion Liam Smith. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) has a match scheduled this Friday against a name from the past in Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) at Hialeah Park in Hialeah, Florida on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. Lara has talked a lot in the past about wanting to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
With Lara being the WBA champion, he can easily make a request to the WBA to have him positioned at No.1 in the WBA’s 160lb rankings. The WBA would likely do this just as the World Boxing Organization recently elevated WBO 154lb champion Saul Canelo Alvarez to the No.1 contender for WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Earlier tonight, middleweight champions Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs met up at the New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. This is the same venue that the unbeaten Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) will be fighting at on March 18 on HBO pay-per-view.
They’re meeting tonight was to help drum up interest in their fight on HBO in two months from now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: IBO/WBA Super World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) has put himself in the position where he absolutely needs to look good this Friday night in his fight against Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) at Hialeah Park in Hialeah, Florida. It’s another mediocre opponent for Lara to fight, and it’s pretty disappointing to see for a lot of boxing fans. Lara wants the big fights against top names, but he’s not good opposition to create a name for himself unfortunately.
They were hoping that Lara would be a good champion that fought the best. Instead, they’ve seen Lara milk his WBA title steadily since picking it up three years ago in 2014. Lara’s last title defense against the 36-year-old Foreman will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In what has to be seen as a bad sign for the March 18 fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) if you were hoping for an exciting crowd-pleasing fight, Jacobs has added trainer Virgil Hunter to his training team, and he’s saying that his fighter Andre Ward’s performance against Sergey Kovalev has “inspired” him.
The reason why it’s not good news for boxing fans is the fact that Ward smothered Kovalev’s offense all night long by wrestling with him to keep him from getting his shots off. Ward briefly tried to fight Kovalev like he’d done with his three previous opponents, but after getting dropped in the 2nd round, Ward went into the wrestling mode and stayed there for the remainder of the night. Read the rest of this entry »