By Chris Williams: Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) won’t have the chance of fighting for unbeaten Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s WBA middleweight title because the World Boxing Association won’t be sanctioning the September 10th fight as a title match-up due to the 30-year-old Brook never having fought at middleweight during his career. Brook is moving up in weight from the welterweight division to challenge Golovkin at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
If Golovkin wants to have his WBA title on the line for the fight, then he’ll need to request permission from the WBA to do so, according to Fight News. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Despite Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya saying that his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be facing Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in the Fall of 2017, there still isn’t a written agreement from Golden Boy to guarantee that the fight between the two middleweights will take place at that time.
De La Hoya wants the Canelo-Golovkin fight to marinate more until next year, and he also wants Canelo to have more time to get used to fighting at middleweight. It’s not quite clear how Canelo is going to get comfortable fighting at the full weight of 160lbs in the middleweight division with him moving down to 154 to challenge WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith on September 17. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions hasn’t given up on the idea of matching his fighter IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) against contender Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs). Loeffler was unable to get an agreement from Eubank Jr. and his father Chris Eubank Sr. for a fight in September this time around, but he’s still interested in getting that fight made.
Loeffler says he’d like to put the Golovkin-Eubank Jr. fight together for December after GGG takes care of business against welterweight Kell Brook on September 10. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be getting the lion’s shape of the money for Saturday’s fight card at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder’s purse for his title defense against 35-year-old Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) will be $1.4 million. Arreola will be getting just $150,000, which is not much for a challenger at the heavyweight level.
You can make an argument that Wilder should be getting more than $1.4M for his fights at this point in his career. When you see fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao getting huge paydays for their fights, Wilder should be getting big money too. Unfortunately, the heavyweight division isn’t a popular one in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
(Martin Murray seen here hiding behind his clam-shell guard against George Groves) By Scott Gilfoid: If #2 WBA, #2 WBC middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) wants an opponent for his possible fight on September 10 on the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Kell Brook fight card, he might want to consider facing former four-time world title challenger Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs), because he definitely wants to fight him.
Murray, 33, lost his last fight to super middleweight contender George Groves last June in losing a 12 round decision. Murray couldn’t pull the trigger on his punches, and got stuck hiding behind his clam-shell guard for 12 rounds like a good sparring partner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) could find himself in a world of hurt on Saturday night in defending his title against #9 WBC Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in thier fight at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The two fighters weighed in Friday afternoon with Arreola weighing in 20 pounds heavier at 246.2 pounds compared to Wilder’s rail thin 226.2lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach says he has no fear of his fighter Manny Pacquiao taking on middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Roach’s main concern in a fight between these two stars is there would need to be a rehydration limit to keep the 25-year-old Canelo from rehydrating 30 pounds after they weigh-in the day before the fight.
Roach’s been vocal about his belief that Canelo rehydrated 30 pounds last November after making weight for his fight against Roach’s fighter Miguel Cotto. Canelo weighed in at 155lbs for the fight, but then on fight night, he looked huge compared to Cotto, who was around 164.
Canelo looked a lot more than 10 pounds heavier than Cotto in that fight, which means that he would have had to have rehydrated into the 180s on fight night. Roach thinks Canelo was at 185lbs in the fight. Cotto was so much smaller than his shots literally bounced off the tank-like Canelo without slowing him up for even a second. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Former two division world champion Arthur Abraham (44-5, 28 KOs) weighed in at 168 pounds for his 12 round fight against #15 WBO Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle, in Berlin, Germany. The 23-year-old Lihaug weighed in at 167.6lbs.
This is supposed to be a mismatch, but it’s hard to tell for sure because Abraham is starting to get long in the tooth at 36. Abraham was easily beaten in his last fight against Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez last April in a losing a 12 round unanimous decision. Ramirez, 24, is a good fighter, but he’s not as good as he looked in that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBA super featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) made weight on Friday for his title defense this Saturday night against James “Jazza” Dickens (22-1, 7 KOs) at the Ice Arena Wales, in Cardiff, Wales.
The 35-year-old Rigondeaux came in at 121 pounds for his first defense of his belt. His opponent Dickens weighed in at 121lbs as well. Dickens is rated No.11 by the World Boxing Association, and he figures to have only a puncher’s chance of winning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) got the bad news on Thursday from the World Boxing Association with them naming interim WBA 147lb champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) as his new mandatory challenger.
Thurman, 27, has 30 days to negotiate the fight with the 27-year-old Avanesyan starting from July 14 to August 13 of this year. If the two fighters fail to reach an agreement by that time, then the WBA will order a purse bid. That’s obviously something that Thurman’s adviser Al Haymon will be looking to avoid. Read the rest of this entry »