By Dan Ambrose: In has to be seen as an upside world, Kell Brook’s failure against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin last Saturday night could be rewarded with a big money fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next May. Instead of Golovkin getting the fight against Canelo, it appears that the interest is in Brook getting the fight.
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is saying that HBO is interested in televising a fight between Brook and Canelo Alvarez. The fight would take place in early 2017 if Brook’s broken eight socket is healed by then. Hearn said this to IFL TV: Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Since the night that the feared, undefeated middleweight Champion of the World WBC-WBA-IBF-IBO Gennady Golovkin did an easy job out of a brave welterweight belt holder Kell Brook, I have read and heard many comments about how Golovkin was “exposed” or how “vulnerable” he is. I think it is all nonsense.
Last Saturday night it surprised me to see how Golovkin was defensively irresponsible, even if Brook is a welter with a respectable punching power at that weight. Just as GGG stated he was there to break Brook and not to box. Which I did like but I expected him to use his jab and control the first rounds just as he did against David Lemieux. Instead, Golovkin chose not to try to outbox Brook and simply focus on ripping him apart. He hurt him during the first round, broke his eye orbital bone at the second, dropped him on the third (it as a knockdown) and finally on the fifth round Brook´s corner desperately threw the towel to stop the pounding. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s fight against Britain’s Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) last Saturday drew an average of 843,000 viewers on HBO with a peak of 907,000, according to Dan Rafael. The replay averaged 593,000. Those are good numbers for the HBO World Championship Boxing card considering that the Golovkin-Brook fight took place in the afternoon rather than the evening.
The ratings likely would have been much better if the fight had been shown live in the evening hours like normal events. It probably didn’t help Golovkin that he has fighting someone that isn’t well known with the casual fans in the U.S. Brook hasn’t been fighting in the U.S, so it was always going to be a problem to attract interest from the fans in the States with him as GGG’s opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: What I find fascinating in the aftermath of the demolition of Kell Brook at the hands of Gennady Golovkin is the proverbial elephant in the room, was Golovkin exposed? Already the most polarizing man in boxing Saturday’s performance vs. Kell Brook has only widened the gap in opinion of Golovkin amongst fans.
On one hand you have Golovkin supporters who say “how can a guy be exposed after finishing off a good fighter in five rounds?” Some supporters of Golovkin have gone as far to say that Golovkin intentionally looked lack luster in order to lure fighters in to thinking he’s now beatable. Then you have the detractors, who now stand from the rooftops saying “see, I told you he wasn’t that good.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will be fighting WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) this Saturday night in a fight in the 154lb division. Canelo says the junior middleweight division is his natural weight where he feels the strongest, and that he will continue to fight in this weight class until he feels he’s grown out of it.
That’s potentially bad news for boxing fans that were hoping that the 26-year-old Canelo would move up in weight to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin next year. Canelo seems to be resistant to the idea of him moving up in weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like the three judges were a little off with their scoring for the Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook fight last Saturday night, considering that CompuBox’s final punch stats don’t reflect what the judges were seeing in there. The judges had the Golovkin-Brook fight scored as follows: 39-37, 38-38 and 38-38. So basically we’ve got two judges scoring the fight dead even through four rounds and another judge giving the fight to Brook by three rounds to one score.
According to CompuBox, Golovkin out-landed Brook overall in the fight in connecting on 133 of 301 punches for a connect percentage of 44.2. Brook landed 85 of 261 shots for a connect percentage of 32.6. So despite the fact that Golovkin out-landed Brook by 48 more punches, the judges still had Brook either even or beating Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tom Loeffler, the promoter for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin wants to bring him back to the UK in the near future to match him against one of the following British fighters: Billy Joe Saunders, Chris Eubank Jr. and James DeGale. Golovkin has already been ordered by the World Boxing Association to defend his title against WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs within 120 days, so that looks like it’s going to be happening next for Golovkin.
If Golovkin gets past Jacobs, then there’s a possibility that he could be coming back to the UK to fight the likes of Saunders, Eubank or DeGale. Saunders is the first priority for Golovkin, because he’ the WBO middleweight champion, and that’s the last remaining 160lb title not in Golovkin’s possession. He would like to win that belt so that he can have all the titles in his possession. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rishad Marquardt: When Amir Khan fought Canelo Alvarez, the story before the fight was a simple one; speed versus power. Khan had one, Canelo had the other. This was the defining talking point and the fight would seemingly be decided on which of these factors would matter more. And, in the end, it was. This was not the case, however, with the Golovkin-Brook fight. Mainly because neither Brook nor Golovkin are defined by a single overriding attribute.
Going into the fight, the common understanding was that they were both all-round, excellent, undefeated champions, albeit native to two different weight classes. The Khan fight all depended on Khan being able to stay away from Canelo’s power punches. If he got hit by even a single of Canelo’s big shots, the fight would be over. If he managed to escape un-hit, there was a good chance his speed would get the better of the Mexican and a points victory wouldn’t be an unreasonable outcome. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman is interested in a unification match between World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder and IBF champion Anthony Joshua in the near future once Wilder comes back from his surgery on his injured right hand and bicep and fights the winner of the Bermane Stiverne vs. Alexander Povetkin fight.
Wilder, 30, isn’t expected back in the ring until the first quarter of 2017. He should be fighting the Stiverne-Povetkin winner at that time. Wilder has already said that he wants to fight Joshua and IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With #1 WBC mandatory contender Amir Khan out of action with a hand injury, World Boxing Council welterweight champion Danny Garcia will be unable to fight him until 2017, according to WBA president Mauricio Sulaiman.
Garcia will be looking to fight someone else in October before facing the soon to be 30-year-old Khan next year. Khan wants the fight with Garcia. He just needs a little time to heal from his hand surgery.
Khan hasn’t fought since he was beaten by former WBC middleweight belt holder Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last May. Khan was knocked completely out in the 6th round and was lying on the canvas totally unconscious. As bad as that knockout was for Khan, it’s a good thing that he won’t be back inside the ring in 2016, because it’s a good idea for him to rest for a while to recover from that KO. This means that Khan will have only fought once in 2016 and 2015. Read the rest of this entry »