By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has reportedly initiated talks with Eric Molina’s promoter Don King for a fight between the 33-year-old Molina and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on June 25 at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
This is expected to be another fight that will be televised on Sky Box Office PPV. I’m not sure that Joshua vs. Molina is a PPV worthy fight, but that’s up to the British boxing public to decide. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs will be looking to make his 16th consecutive title defense and his 22nd consecutive knockout tonight against IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) on HBO from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Golovkin is within five title defenses to tie the record for most title defenses of 20 set by Bernard Hopkins at middleweight. Golovkin will likely break Hopkins’ record by 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Undefeated WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) got some bad news on Friday with the World Boxing Organization finally getting around to ordering him to fight unbeaten #1 WBO Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs).
With the way that Usyk has been knocking out his opponents and looking very impressive, it was only a matter of time before the WBO forced Glowacki to defend against the 2012 Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a real massacre, WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) totally annihilated an over-matched much smaller #3 WBO Zsolt Bedak (25-2, 8 KOs) in a 3rd round TKO on Saturday night in Donaire’s first defense of his WBO 122lb strap at the Cebu City Sports Complex in Cebu, Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter is picking unbeaten Errol Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) to defeat IBF champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) when the two of them face each other in the future. Like many boxing fans and members of the media, Porter was highly impressed with Spence’s 5th round knockout win over Chris Algieri this month in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Spence accomplished what no other fighter had done before in stopping Algieri. Porter doesn’t think Algieri has been the same fighter since his grueling win over Ruslan Provodnikov in 2014. Algieri got the win, but he took some punishment early in the fight before he was able to get on his bike and box his way to a decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s been six long years since Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) last fought Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) in their fight in April 2011, but now the two of them will be facing each other in a rematch in eight days from now on April 30 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Ortiz beat Berto by a 12 round decision in their fight in the past. Ortiz knocked Berto down in the 1st, and Berto returned the favor in the 2nd round. In the 6th, both guys went down. However, Berto gassed out and ended up getting dominated in the last half of the fight. It’s quite possible we’ll see the same scenario play out in the rematch if Ortiz makes it to that part of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The struggling British heavyweight David Price (19-3, 16 KOs) has been added to the May 29th Tony Bellew vs. Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park Stadium, in Liverpool, UK. The 6’7” Price still doesn’t have an opponent as of yet, but there’s a chance that he could wind up facing unbeaten David Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs).
Price hasn’t fought since being stopped in the 2nd round by the hard hitting German fighter Erkan Teper last July. Teper later tested positive for a banned substance. Price doesn’t see his loss to him as being legit due to the positive test. Never the less, the way that Price keeps getting knocked out has to make you wonder whether he’s got the chin to succeed in this sport.
It’s hard to believe that just three years ago, Price was being hyped just as much as Anthony Joshua is now. Price was doing just as good as the 6’6” Joshua has been doing. Things fell apart for Price when he was put in with veteran Tony Thompson in back to back fights, both of which Price lost by knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: I wrote an article yesterday, and as usual I woke up the next morning and went through the comment section of the article. I always look forward to seeing what fans have to say about my perspective on things, good or bad.
To make a short story even shorter, the article I wrote was about Gennady Golovkin and his lack of competitive opposition thus far in his career. I also made point of how I believe his supporters are to blame for the lack of noteworthy fighters on his resume. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Nonito Donaire and his opponent Zsolt Bedak both made weight on Friday for their pay-per-view fight in Cebu City in the Philippines. Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) weighed in at 121.75lbs for his fight on Saturday night. Donaire will be defending his WBO super bantamweight title for the first time.
Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs) weighed in 125.5lbs. Donaire, 33, looked very thin for the weight. He’s someone that probably should be fighting at featherweight at this point in his career. Donaire doesn’t have the chin to be fighting at featherweight though. We saw that with hi KO loss to Nicholas Walters in 2014.
Donaire clearly moved back down to 122 to fight at super bantamweight once again for a reason. If he felt he could find success at featherweight, he likely would have stayed in that weight class because it’s easier on his body to melt down to 126 than it is for him to get down to 122. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) made on Friday for his title defense tomorrow on Saturday against his IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) on HBO Boxing from the Forum in Inglewood, California. A thin-looking Golovkin weighed in at 159lbs, which was one under the 160lb limit. Read the rest of this entry »