By Dan Ambrose: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is in talks with Top Rank to put together a unification fight between IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) for July or August, according to Dan Rafael.
Brook has been talking about wanting a big name fight for his next bout and he’s hoping that it would take place in a stadium in the UK. Vargas, 26, is one of the names that Brook has mentioned wanting to fight. He and his promoter Hearn are also interested in Tim Bradley, Adrien Broner, Amir Khan and Danny Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
(Credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: Former world title challenger Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) weighed on Thursday for his fight on Friday night against the dependable Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) for their fight at the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dirrell weighed in at 169lbs. Caparello weighed in slightly less at 167.
This is necessary win fight for Dirrell, #5 WBC, #5 IBF. Dirrell came up a little short last year in his contest against James DeGale for the vacant IBF super middleweight title. Dirrell, 32, is now fine-tuning his game to go for another world title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 IBF, #5 WBC Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) has to take care of business on Friday night with his 10 round fight against Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox from the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Dirrell, 32, plans on beating Caparello and then going on to avenge his loss to IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale after that. Dirrell lost to DeGale last year by a close 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 114-112, 117-109 and 114-112.
The loss didn’t sit so well with Dirrell, as he wants to get DeGale back into the ring to prove who the better fighter is. Dirrell doesn’t care if he has to travel to the UK to make the fight happen. He wants that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman says that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has advised the 25-year-old WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) to stay away from fighting unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs).
Canelo is behind the eight ball right now, given that he’s the WBC 160lb champion and the World Boxing Council has mandated that he fight Golovkin after Canelo’s next fight against Amir Khan on May 7 next month. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) chose to keep his shirt on for today’s press conference with Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-, 53 KOs) in Cologne, Germany to publicize their rematch on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester. UK.
Fury chose to focus instead on telling the media how boring he sees the 40-year-old Wladimir, and how the Ukrainian fighter even admitted that he didn’t try the last time he fought Fury in November of last year in Dusseldorf, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will be moving up in weight in three months from now to take on unbeaten WBA World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
This is going to be a tough fight for the diminutive 5’5” Frampton, because he’ll be fighting a bigger guy in 5’7 ½” Santa Cruz, and he won’t be enjoying the hometown advantage by being able to fight in his home city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and his promoter Eddie Hearn have been squawking about wanting a big stadium fight against a popular fighter this Summer. They missed out on Amir Khan, who took a bigger money fight against a bigger name in WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for May 7.
In a knee-jerk reaction to Khan shocking the boxing world with that fight, Brook said he would be willing to move up in weight to fight IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) for his titles if a catch-weight could be agreed on. Golovkin would likely get a big payday in a fight against Brook. I could see him getting $4 million at the minimum. I think Golovkin is getting $2 million paydays now, so it would be roughly double the amount that he’s been making for his fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The boxing world is going to find out what the tall 6’6” heavyweight Hughie Fury (19-0, 10 KOs) is made of this Saturday night in his fight against Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) in their 10 round contest for the vacant WBO International heavyweight title at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK.
I won’t be surprised in the least if we see a controversial decision in this fight. I really hope we don’t see Kassi, the visiting fighter, on the receiving end of a questionable outcome because that won’t help Hughie any. Hughie has the size to win, but size didn’t help the 6’7″ Dominic Breazeale against Kassi last September. Breazeale has more physical gifts than Hughie, and yet he was getting nailed by big power shots from Kassi all night long. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid:: IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (22-1, 14 KOs) will be defending his title against Rogelio “Porky” Medina (36-6, 30 KOs) on Showtime this Saturday from the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
DeGale has big dreams of unifying the belts at 168 and then moving up to the 175lb division to go after the top names in that weight class. I don’t know if DeGale is going to make it that far though. He’s facing a pretty tough road block on Saturday in the form of the hard hitting 27-year-old Medina. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (34-4-3, 12 KOs) is really looking forward to his May 7 title defense against interim WBA champion Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester. UK. Crolla, 29, sees this fight as the toughest of his career and he’s ready for it.
Barroso just finished knocking out Crolla’s fellow countryman Kevin Mitchell last December in his 5th round knockout win. Crolla isn’t worried about Barroso jumping him in the same way because he feels he has the skills to stop him from doing that. Read the rest of this entry »