By Allan Fox: Tickets for the October 17th unification fight between WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) go on sale next week on August 12th for their October 17th fight on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York. This is one of the better fights in the middleweight division, as both guys have huge punching power and can end it with a single shot.
The tickets are economically priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50. Compared to the costly tickets that we saw in the Fight of the Century between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao last May, these tickets are a steal. The Golovkin-Lemieux fight promises to be a lot more interesting fight than the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #8 WBA 147lb contender Errol Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) will be back in the ring on September 11th against an opponent still to be determined on the undercard of the fight between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and Tommy Karpency on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV at the Ricoh Coliseum, in Toronto, Ontario.
“Sept. 11 on Spike, Errol SpenceJr is slated for the co-feature. Opponent TBA. Stevenson-Karpency mismatch is the main event. #boxing,” Dan Rafael said on his Twitter.
The Stevenson vs. Karpency fight isn’t anything to get excited about, as it’s a straight up mismatch, and even worse than Stevenson’s last mismatch against Dmitry Sukhotsky. But adding Spence to the card could make it an interesting card depending on how they match the talented 25-year-old against. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: The building of a fighter can often be made easier by the recognition of an esteemed amateur career, managers and promoters falling over themselves to sign the next big thing. The reality of the paid ranks is totally different for many fighters that will start and end careers at domestic level, worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) has reportedly rejuvenated himself with a change of fighting styles, and he’s now looking better than he has in many years.
Bute, 35, is looking to reinvent himself and become a world champion once again since losing his IBF 168lb title three years ago in a disastrous loss to Carl Froch in 2012. Bute will be fighting Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa (17-2, 14 KOs) on August 15th on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Sports at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: While WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) has no interest in facing unbeaten #8 WBA contender Errol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs), because he doesn’t see him as experienced or popular enough to face, Thurman is being ignored in the same way by the more experienced and popular Amir Khan, who Thurman badly wants to fight. One of the excuses for why Thurman isn’t fighting Spence is because a fight against Khan would be a much bigger deal for Thurman than a match-up against Spence. The problem is there isn’t a fight for Thurman against Khan right now, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be one happening any time soon.
“We can keep talking all day. I want to see some paperwork,” Thurman said via behindthegloves.com. “I want to see a contract. I want to hear a date. What do you think, Amir? Are you going to be ready in October, November? You want a Christmas present in December? You let me know.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Peter Fury says that his fighter Hughie Fury (16-0, 8 KOs) will agree to face unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0 33 KOs) if he’ll let young Hughie get a full 8 weeks of training. Apparently, the 7 ½ weeks that Hughie would be getting if he agreed to the fight isn’t good enough.
It would be short three days of 8 weeks. Peter wants Hughie to have the full 8 weeks, not just 7 ½ weeks. Of course, it doesn’t take a blind man to see that Peter and Hughie just don’t fancy the job of going out there and trying to beat what arguably is the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division right now in the 6’7” Wilder. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight talent Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12 KOs) says he wants Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn to find him a good opponent for him to face for his next fight on September 12th on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Gary Cornish fight card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Whyte needs to get ready for his fight against the 6’6” Joshua in December, and he wants someone that is competitive with him so that he can get some rounds in to help sharpen up. Whyte’s opponent from last Saturday night, Irineu Beato Costa Junior (17-5, 15 KOs), wasn’t competitive at all.
Costa Junior folded up almost immediately after getting dropped hard twice by two big left hooks from Whyte in the 1st round. It’s unclear whether Costa Junior was Hearn’s idea for Whyte to face. If so, then Whyte definitely needs to have more input to the type of fodder that’s being put in the ring with him. I mean, Whyte can’t afford to face the same type of fighters that Hearn has been matching Joshua against his entire career because it’s not going to help him improve. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (16-0, 8 Kos), the cousin of undefeated #1 WBO Tyson Fury, has been offered a world title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs), says his father/trainer Peter Fury. He says Hughie was offered the fight with 4 weeks’ notice. Peter doesn’t say whether or not they’ll take the fight, but given that he didn’t say anything about that it tells you that he’s not going to agree to let the 20-year-old Hughie take the fight.
Hughie was the one who Peter was talking about potentially breaking Mike Tyson’s record by becoming the youngest heavyweight world champion at age 20. Well, here’s young Hughie’s chance at breaking the record, but it doesn’t look like Peter is going to accept the fight, does it? Peter hasn’t said anything about whether he’ll agree to let Hughie take the fight with Deontay, but I don’t think he’s going to. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) got heated during an interview on Saturday at the mere mention of undefeated No.8 WBA 147lb contender Errol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs), who many boxing fans see as the future of the welterweight division.
Thurman got heated when asked if he was going to fight the talented 25-year-old Spence. Instead of saying that he’ll fight him, Thurman suggested that Spence should fight the Top Rank promoted Diego Chaves or fight two other guys that he’s beaten during his career. Thurman then said that he would negotiate to fight Spence if he could get a guarantee that he if wins, he’ll get a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko wants to try and capture the final piece of the puzzle in looking to grab Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title, then he’s going to need to come to America in 2016 to try and win the belt, because the talented 6’7” Deontay doesn’t plan on going outside of the U.S to defend his WBC title if that’s what the 39-year-old Wladimir has in mind.
Right now, Wladimir will need to get past unbeaten No.1 WBO Tyson Fury in their fight on October 24th for him to have a chance of winning Deontay’s WBC title. We don’t even know if Wladimir will be able to get past the light hitting Fury in order to face the hard hitting Wilder next year. Read the rest of this entry »