(Photo Credit: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions & Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) thinks he’s being overlooked in his fight against IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) on October 17th, and he says that Golovkin had better be paying attention when he gets inside the ring with him at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Golovkin and his team have kind of been looking beyond the 26-year-old Lemieux to a potentially much bigger fight against the winner of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto fight on November 21st. There’s a lot of money involved for Golovkin if he can get to the fight against the winner of the Cotto-Canelo fight. But more important than that is the status that Golovkin would gain in beating Canelo or Cotto. It would be a big deal for him if he could do that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn and Top Rank are in negotiations to try and workout a fight between Hearn’s fighter IBF welterweight title holder Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) and the Top Rank promoted WBO welterweight champ Timothy Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) in a bout for October this year.
I don’t know if it’s possible to get this fight done though, because both guys are difficult to work with. Brook recently insisted on a rematch clause for his contract against Brandon Rios, and that caused the negotiations to fizzle completely. It’s hard to say why Brook felt he needed a rematch clause against a fighter of Rios’ caliber because this should have been someone that he could beat, but the fact that he insisted on the rematch clause kind of tells you where Brook’s confidence level is at. Read the rest of this entry »
By Edgar Solorzano: America’s greatest Ben Franklin once stressed, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A quotation that best describes the possibility of Andre Berto pulling off the victory against the pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. Many fight-fans believe this will be Mayweather’s easiest battle, however; in boxing the lion can lose its strength in a split second.
The squared-circle is a bloody environment engineered for talented artists to paint the canvas with leather gloves. Art conquering violence is boxing. We call it the sweet science, where boxers can see stars in a split second with a red leather glove to the pupil rather than a telescope. Boxing has never been a sport for the weak, and it never will be. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has talking up a possible fight between his star Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) and former IBF/WBA 140lb champion Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs), but it looks like that’s not a match-up that’s going to happen. WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford’s trainer Brian McIntyre is saying that Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) is the one who could wind up being the one that faces Pacquiao in February or March of 2016 rather than Khan.
“Yeah, how about this for signature fight, Woods? Manny Pacquiao in March or April,” McIntyre told RingTV.com. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions & Golden Boy Promotions) By Allan Fox: IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) and IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) met today in their kickoff press conference for their October 17th unification fight on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.
We learned that the price of the Golovkin-Lemieux fight will be going for $49.95, which is a steal compared to the $100 boxing fans had to pay on pay-per-view for the disappointing “Fight of the Century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The cost of the Golovkin-Lemieux fight is reasonable in comparison. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 33-year-old former world title challenger Alfredo Angulo (23-5, 19 KOs) has been added to the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares card on August 29th on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Angulo will be fighting a still to be determined opponent in the 168lb division.
Angulo has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights, and has looked incredibly bad. Angulo won his last fight against Delray Raines by a 5th round knockout last June at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Frankie Gavin (22-2, 13 KOs) will be taking his career in reverse mode in his next fight when he faces domestic fighter Sam Eggington (16-2, 9 KOs) on October 17th at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. It’s not surprising that Gavin’s career is being taken backwards step after his recent losses to IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook last May, and Leonard Bundu in 2014.
In between those defeats, Gavin beat a mess of domestic level fighters and proved that he can bet those types of fighters. However, Gavin did have a controversial decision win over Bradley Skeete in 2014, which tells you that Gavin is basically a domestic level fighter himself in terms of boxing skills and talent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) will be facing WBA “regular” 160lb champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) on December 5th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to news from Dan Rafael. Quillin will need to win his tune-up fight against little known Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs) in their 10 round fight on September 12th on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“The date for Daniel Jacobs vs. KID CHOCOLATE, assuming Quillin wins next month, is Dec 5. Barclays Center is on hold. TV net TBA. #boxing,” Rafael said on his Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Boxing fans are about to see the last of WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) when he faces Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) next month on September 12th in their fight on Showtime pay-per-view. While some boxing fans, writers, fighters and trainers believe that Mayweather won’t be able to resist coming back in 2016 to go after win No.50, Mayweather promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe says that won’t be happening.
Mayweather will be closing the door on his fabulous career after he defeats the 31-year-old Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ellerb points out that Mayweather has made a half a billion dollars during his career, and that’s he’s ready to call it a day and move on to other things in life. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Elmore: In boxing, there are no guarantees. One has to make sure they get the best possible deal for themselves and their family that will secure their future. Decisions will not always be popular among boxing fans and Tim Bradley’s resigning to Top Rank was received with mix emotions.
Bradley was a free agent by the end of 2014 the boxing world was his oyster. He was the WBO champ having beaten Manny Pacquiao (controversial or not), made 1.05 million against Joel Casamayor and 5 million against Pacquiao. Many boxing fans (including myself) thought he would test the free agent market or join Al Haymon’s army. Read the rest of this entry »