By Dan Ambrose: Legendary Mexican boxing trainer Ignacio Beristáin is thinking of how his fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be able to deal with the speedy combination punching of Saul “Canelo Alvarez when the two of them face each other. Beristain thinks that Chavez Jr. will be able to deal with Canelo’s combination punching and also his counter punching.
Canelo is a very good counter puncher. He likes to throw his left hook when his opponents fire off punches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson has signed with Top Rank promoters in a move that will have some boxing fans and writers shaking their heads. It’s definitely a big signing by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, but it’s going to be interesting if he’s going to be matching him against other fighters outside of his stable or sticking him with a lot of in house fights his entire career. Andre Ward will be Stevenson’s co-manager.
The 19-year-old Stevenson fought well in the Rio Olympics until he met his match against Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez, who schooled him pretty well. Ramirez is just a super talented fighter, and Stevenson was not in his class. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sean McDaniel: Former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) will be fighting at 147 pounds for his next fight against Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) on February 18 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner and Granados were originally scheduled to fight at a catch-weight of 142 pounds, but Team Broner asked the weight to be moved up to 147, according to RingTV.com.
Broner was said to be sick during training camp, and that’s why the weight needed to be moved up. Broner missed weight in his last fight against fringe contender Ashley Theophane on April 1 last year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: IBF World lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) successfully weighed in at 134 pounds on Thursday for his title defense against #15 IBF Luis Cruz (22-4-1, 16 KOs) on Friday on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV from the Huntington Center, in Toledo, Ohio. Cruz weighed in at 134 ½ pounds.
This is going to be a good fight. Easter Jr. is one of the biggest punchers in the 135 pound division right now, and he’s facing a pure slugger in 31-year-old Cruz, who doesn’t know how to take a backwards step. Someone is going to get knocked out in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua won’t be treating Wladimir Klitschko any different than he has his other 18 opponents during his pro career when the two of them face each other on April 29, says his promoter Eddie Hearn. He says Joshua will stand directly in front of Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) and will be throwing his power shots as he normally does in his fights.
This is different type of opponent for the 27-year-old Joshua from the fighters that have been hand-picked for him by Hearn since he turned pro in 2013. There’s nothing wrong with Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) being a tiny bit cautious for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: 34-year-old Lucas Matthysse has been added to the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard on May 6. Matthysse’s opponent still hasn’t been selected by his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions, according to Dan Rafael. The fight is expected to take place in the 147lb division, as Matthysse is moving up in weight from light welterweight.
Matthysse will have been out of the ring for a year and a half by the time he fights on May 6. He suffered an eye injury in his 10th round knockout loss to Viktor Posto in a failed effort to win the WBC World light welterweight title on October 3, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is hard at work in training camp high in the mountains of Big Bear California for his March 18 fight against Daniel Jacobs. This is by far the toughest fight of Golovkin’s 11-year pro career. In the video, Golovkin is seen running in the snowy mountains of Big Bear California, which he says reminds him of his home country of Kazakhstan.
Being in the mountains for training camp, it helps Golovkin stay focused on his fight against the 29-year-old Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs). There are no distractions for Golovkin in training camp, and he’s able to concentrate fully on getting ready for a very dangerous opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says he would like to fight middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin and Miguel Cotto after his May 6 fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but they ask for a lot. Canelo says he made them a good offer for a fight. For now, he’s focused on his next fight against Chavez Jr. on May 6 on HBO PPV from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The offer that was made to Golovkin was reportedly a flat fee. Golovkin wants a percentage cut of the fight money. Golovkin will need to bring in a lot of pay-per-view buys in his next fight against Daniel Jacobs on March 18 for him to have the financial pull to get the percentage split that he and his promoter Tom Loeffler wants against Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: IBF World lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. is ready to impress the fans on Friday night by knocking out his tough challenger Luis Cruz from the Huntington Center in Easter’s hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Easter and Cruz will both be looking to KO each other on Friday night. It should be exciting for the fans.
Easter is a heavy favorite to win the fight, but anything possible in a fight involving Cruz. Easter Jr. is one of the hardest punchers in the lightweight division today. Other than his grueling fight against Richard Commey, Easter still hasn’t faced a great deal of top fighters in the 135lb division. However, Easter is highly skilled with a great deal of boxing ability and size for the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sean McDaniel: Promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to reach a deal for the Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence fight by end of this week for a fight on May 20th or the 27th. That would give the fighters plenty of time to get ready for the match, and to give time for the promoters to market it. Brook had an eye injury in his last fight against Gennady Golovkin.
Having the fight in May will give Brook eight full months from the time of his last fight against Golovkin. Hopefully that’s enough time for Brook to come back from the eye injury.
The leading possibility for the location is at Bramall Lane in Sheffield. Read the rest of this entry »