By Scott Gilfoid: WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) weighed in on Friday in coming in at a slim and unhealthy looking 173.1 pounds for his title defense against former WBO 175lb champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany. Braehmer looked almost ill with dark circles under both of his eyes, and he looked older than his chronological age of 37.
Braehmer looked like someone in his 40s. It’s not just because of his thinning hair. Braehmer just looked like someone in his 40s. Braehmer is about to turn 38 on October 5. When you get up there in age, I think some people age rapidly with each year. Instead of it being one year, it’s more like five years for some people. Braehmer did not look like the fresh faced 36-year-old I saw last year at this time when he was fighting an over-matched fringe contender Konni Konrad. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If WBA light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) wins his fight next week against unbeaten #1 WBO Kiryl Relikh (21-0, 19 KOs) on October 7, a fight between Burns and former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) is in the pipeline for December, according to news from Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn. Hearn wanted to make the Burns-Broner fight happen already, but with Broner’s recent legal problems in Cincinnati, Ohio, he decided to have Burns fight the unbeaten Relikh on October 7 at The SSE Hydro, in Glasgow, Scotland.
This is a fight that Burns is expected to win, as Relikh is yet another one of those fighters that is ranked HIGHLY by the World Boxing Association without him having ever shown the kind of talent that is deserving of him being ranked at No.1. Read the rest of this entry »
By Angel Flowers: I am sure that unbeaten superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather will soon be returning to the sport of boxing and get his 50th win. Ever since Mayweather retired many in the boxing world thought he would not be satisfied unless he had 50 wins despite him saying he was out of the boxing game for good.
Of course, by being Mayweather many people are going to express they want to fight him because it is a low risk high reward type of fight. Mayweather does not pose a health threat with his power and his opponent is guaranteed a career defining payday like the ones Marcos Maidana, Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero received.
Mayweather has expressed interest in fighting the following people but I honestly only see him fighting the one person he didn’t name. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev is predicting a win or Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KO) in his title challenge against longstanding WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) this Saturday night in Germany. Kovalev thinks the 29-year-old Cleverly will beat the 37-year-old Braehmer. Kovalev doesn’t see it as an easy fight for Cleverly thought, because he notes that the German Braehmer has a good chin and can take heavy shots.
It’s hard to know how good Braehmer is. We know what Cleverly’s level is, as we saw him lose to Kovalev by a 4th round knockout in 2013, and then lose to Tony Bellew by a 12 round split decision in their rematch in 2014, and then lose to Andrzej Fonfara by a 12 round unanimous decision in October 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has allegedly tested positive for the banned drug cocaine during his Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) conducted test on September 22 for his now cancelled rematch against Wladimir Klitschko. ESPN is reporting the news. Fury pulled out of his fight with the 40-year-old Wladimir a week ago.
The positive test could lead to Fury losing his WBA and WBO heavyweight titles. There is already fight discussions taking place between Klitschko and IBF heavyweight champion and Anthony Joshua and Klitschko for a match for one or both of Fury’s titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: As I predicted earlier this week in an article, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting little known #11 WBO fringe contender Artur Akavov (16-1 7 KOs) next month on October 22 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. I hate to be so right all the time with my predictions. This is sad news because Saunders should be fighting better opposition than this. You can always tell what type of champion a fighter is going to be when they immediately start fighting the bottom fringe contenders, as we’re seeing here with Saunders.
I rightly figured that the 28-year-old Akavov would get the fight with Saunders because he was arguably the most flawed of the World Boxing Organization’s top 15 contenders in their rankings, and sure enough, I was right. What can I say? It’s sad but I’ve gotten to the point where I can predict who Saunders will be fighting merely by studying the type of opposition he’s faced in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) did a good job of hanging tough with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin four a portion of their fight on September 10, but he wound up suffering an eye injury that forced the stoppage in the 5th. For all we know, Brook might be ruined goods from the Golovkin fight.
It wouldn’t be the first time that a top notch fighter was ruined by a huge slugger. If Brook falls apart in his first fight coming off his eye surgery, then you have to assume that he wasn’t able to return to the fighter he was before the injury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Earl E: I write this article because of the endless articles and comments blasting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for not making a fight against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Like any other boxing fan, I too would like to see this fight. However, by continuously writing or talking about Alvarez. And, engaging in debates about who is the better fighter, predicting who will win, etc., falls you and I into the Promoter’s trap.
The Promoter wants you to be angry and inpatient that the fight is not instantly happening. And, while doing this, the Promoter’s strategy of marinating the fight is working. When the fight will actually happen, even years down the road, you will pay the high Pay Per View (PPV), simply because you can’t believe it’s finally happening. Come on people, we have seen this strategy before. It’s obviously not the first time, but a blueprint step by step copycat of the pseudo mega-fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) will be facing former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KOs) on December 17 on HBO at The Forum in Inglewood, California. This is good news. It means there could be three excellent fights coming up with the Salido-Miura fight on December 17, Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters fight on November 26, and potentially Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs on December 10. Those are all fights on HBO Boxing. It’s great stuff.
Salido hasn’t won a fight in two years since his 11th round stoppage win over Terdsak Kokietgym in September 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a disappointing match-up, unbeaten light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev will be facing fringe contender Isidro Prieto in a 12 round fight on December 23 at the Lac Leamy Casino in Quebec, Canada. This is the second fight for the 31-year-old Beterbiev since coming off of a year layoff from a shoulder injury. Beterbiev fought last June in defeating Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (24-3, 16 KOs) by a 4th round knockout.
That was a decent fight for Beterbiev, because he was coming off of a year out of the ring, so you couldn’t expect much from him. However, Beterbiev is now heading into another long spell before he fights Prieto on December 23. By the time Beterbiev fights him, he’ll have been out of the ring for six months. That’s not good. Beterbiev needs to be busy, and he’s not unfortunately. Read the rest of this entry »