By Bob Smith: Like many Americans, I was ignorant of a virtually unknown middleweight titlist for all of the 2000s, and all the way into late 2012. Back then, the two major fights were Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez, and both were great and even electrifying fights.
On you tube in early 2013, I saw a tremendous victory of this nearly unknown fighter against Gregory Proksa, a fighter who fights in a style quite similar to Sergio Martinez and who was a top 20 middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) scored his 18th consecutive knockout in stopping Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) in the 2nd round on Saturday night at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California.
Referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the fight at 1:19 of the 2nd. Rubio tried to protest the stoppage, but Reiss was having none of it. Rubio made a mistake of staying down too long.
Golovkin hurt Rubio with a big right uppercut followed by a big left hook to the head that sent Rubio down on his back. Rubio seemed to misjudge the count, as he stayed down until the count of 9 and failed to beat the count in getting back up to his feet. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Dan Ambrose: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) needs at least one big victory over a named opponent for him to become a mega-star, according to his trainer Abel Sanchez. He feels that the casual boxing fans are starting to recognize who Golovkin is after seeing him a number of times on HBO.
The hardcore boxing fans have known about Golovkin for a considerable amount of time. But what Golovkin needs is a victory over one of the big names like Floyd Mayweather Jr, Miguel Cotto, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for him to get to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) #1 cruiserweight contender Krzysztof “Glowacki (23-0, 15 KOs) made easy work of 30-year-old Thierry Karl (31-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in stopping him in the 5th round in a stay busy fight at the Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Jim Dower: Things aren’t going well right now for the 34-year-old Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs). He lost his interim World Boxing Council middleweight title yesterday when he failed to make weight for his fight against WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) for their fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Coming in overweight by nearly 2 pounds cost Rubio a big percentage of his $450,000 earnings for the fight. That wouldn’t be so bad if he had a reasonable chance of winning the fight, but he’s an underdog and likely to wind up as Golovkin’s 18th consecutive knockout victim. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Dan Ambrose: Tonight, WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) will be in the ring to face former WBC interim 160 pound champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Rubio lost his interim title last Friday when he failed to make weight at the weigh-in. Golovkin can still win the WBC interim title, but Rubio can’t. He can’t win Golovkin’s WBA title either.
Golovkin is expected to get through this fight with flying colors to move forward to what he hopes are bigger and better fights in the future. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes Golovkin has a chance to fight the winner of the proposed fight between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Arum also thinks the winner of the December 13th fight between Matt Korobov and Andy Lee is a possibility for Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Here we are with less than two months away from December 6th, and former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) still doesn’t have an opponent signed up for his next fight on that date.
Khan had talked about wanting to fight on December 6th either in the United States or the UK, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that Khan likely won’t be fighting in December. If that turns out to be the case it’ll be the second consecutive year in which Khan has fought only once. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBO Paul Smith’s appeal to the World Boxing Organization to have them order an immediate rematch against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) have been turned down by the WBO. Smith lost a 12 round unanimous decision last month to Abraham by the scores of 117-111, 119-109, and 117-111 on September 27th.
Smith and his promoter Eddie Hearn felt those scores were too wide, especially the 119-109. Indeed, Smith thought he’d been robbed of a decision despite the fact that Abraham was the busier fighter of the two, and the one that was landing the cleaner shots all throughout the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks there’s a chance that the mega-fight between WBA/WBC welterweight champion and his fighter WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao could take place if boxing fans would stop talking about the fight. For some reason Arum thinks that all the talk about the fight is keeping Mayweather from wanting to make the fight.
Unfortunately, if boxing fans aren’t talking about a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight then that means they have no interest in seeing the match-up, and that’s not going to help Arum either. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With three less than impressive performances in his last three fights, WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) has a very real chance of losing tonight against unbeaten knockout artist Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) in their co-feature bout on the “Mexican Style” fight card on HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Donaire hasn’t lost a fight since last year when he was beaten by the tough Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux by a 12 round decision. Donaire was on his way to losing to Vic Darchinyan last November when Donaire scored a knockout in the 9th. Darchinyan was ahead on the scorecards 78-74 and 78-74 by two of the judges. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: European Boxing Union middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) recently said that he’ll hang up the gloves if he loses his next fight to #15 WBO Chris Eubank Jr (17-0, 12 KOs) on November 29th at the ExCel Arena in London, UK.
Eubank Jr, 25, plans on testing Saunders’ word by beating him and then seeing if he will actually retire or not. If Saunders doesn’t retire, then it just means that he was flapping his gums without meaning what he was saying. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum wants former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) to face IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch in Chavez Jr’s final fight of his contract with Top Rank. While Chavez Jr is saying he’s a free agent and has completed his contract with Top Rank, Arum is still saying he’s under contract for one more fight.
Arum wants that fight to be against Froch, and then he sees him being clear of him. Arum says he’s not going to try and get Chavez Jr to sign an extension as part of a deal for him to fight Froch. He just wants him to take that fight and then he’s clear. Read the rest of this entry »