By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) weighed in at his lightest weight in two years in weighing in at 243 ¼ pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense on Saturday night against unbeaten #13 IBF challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England.
For his part, Breazeale weighed in at 255 pounds, which is slightly heavier than the 252 ¾ pounds he came in for his last bout against Amir Mansour last January. Breazeale will be sporting a 12 pound weight and a one inch height advantage over Joshua when the two of them get inside the ring on Saturday night at the O2 Arena. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next opponent is expected to be announced soon for his next fight on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo, 25, won’t be fighting IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on this date, because Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions wants the fight to marinate more so that it makes more money when/if it does take place.
Now that Golovkin is out of the picture, Canelo is expected to fight for a world title at junior middleweight on September 17. The fighter that many believe Canelo will be facing is unbeaten WBO 154lb champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I knew it was too good to be true. After weeks of squawking about how he was going to beat 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) a second time in their rematch, IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is saying he’s injured his ankle and will need to postpone their July 9 fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Fury, 27, says the fight will still take place, but he’ll need between six to seven weeks for his injured ankle to heal before he can get back in the ring. It’s unclear whether Fury will need six or seven weeks before he can start training again or if that’s the amount of time he’ll need before he can fight Wladimir.
Having suffered a number of sprained ankles during my life during my athletic endeavors, I would guess that Fury will need six to seven weeks BEFORE he can start training again. As such, we could be looking at the Fury-Klitschko fight not taking place until November or December of this year depending on how well Fury’s angle heals. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter is hoping that the winner of his fight this Saturday night against WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman will lead to Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming out of retirement to fight one of them. Thurman and Porter will be fighting at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Their fight will be televised on CBS. A lot of casual boxing fans are expected to see the fight, and for many of them, it will be the first time they’ve seen them. It’s going to be a great opportunity for both fighters to display their talent to many new fans of the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is only going to have a small amount of time to make the fight between his fight Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) and IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs). According to Hearn, he has only seven days to make the Golovkin vs. Eubank Jr. after this Saturday’s fight between Eubank Jr. and Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
If Hearn hasn’t made the fight by the seven day time frame, then Golovkin will move on and be looking for another opponent. The problem is that Golovkin has wasted valuable time waiting on a fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and he just found out this week that the Mexican star won’t be fighting him this year.
Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions wants the fight between him and Golovkin to take place in the fall of 2017. It’s too bad they took this long in telling GGG this, because they could have saved him a lot of wasted time if they had told him months ago that they have no intentions of fighting him in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Back in April 2013, I wrote an article titled “The Gennady Golovkin inquiry”, back then a friend of mine asked me many question related to a new hungry lion, but sadly 4 years later, this fighter hasn’t solved most of the questions, and now, I have more than just one more question to answer.
Standing 5´10” half height, 70” reach, a natural middleweight, solid chin and impressive punching power in both hands, his boxing skills are over all great, even if he chooses to please the crowd he has a good defense and a solid jab to control aggressive pressure fighters as we all could see against former middleweight IBF David Lemieux. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) plans on returning to the ring in the fall against an opponent still to be determined. Lee says he would like a title shot straightaway against WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in his first fight back.
It’s unclear whether Jacobs will be able to accommodate Lee right away, because he’s using up his second straight voluntary defense by taking on Sergio Mora on July 30 in a rematch at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Unless the World Boxing Association is going to keep giving Jacobs voluntary defenses, I think Lee is going to have to fight someone else and wait for his crack at Jacobs.
The WBA is expected to order a fight between Jacobs and Gennady Golovkin soon, so it’s quite possible that if Lee wants a world title shot, he’ll need to go through Golovkin to get it, because Jacobs will almost surely wind up as another one of Golovkin’s knockout victims. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya Tweeted on Wednesday that Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler had agreed to wait until fall 2017 before matching him against Golden Boy fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. However, there wasn’t an agreement from Golovkin’s management on this issue, says Fight News.
“According to the GGG camp, there is no verbal agreement, GBP/Oscar has misstated what has taken place,” said Fightnews.com. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME®) By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) sees himself being crowned as the top dog in the 147lb division this Saturday if/when he defeats former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Thurman-Porter fight will be televised on CBS with a start time at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
The winner of the Thurman vs. Porter can call themselves the number one fighter in the welterweight division if they want to, but they clearly won’t be. Whether they’re perceived as the best by the casual boxing fans will be determined essentially on them being ignorant of the other welterweight contenders and champions out there that the winner of the Porter-Thurman would still need to fight before they’re seen as the top fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) thinks George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) is little more than a quitter after saying that he quit on the second day of sparring with middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in the past. The sparring sessions between Golovkin and Groves took place years ago, and it’s unclear what actually took place.
Murray says Groves gave up and left camp after the second day of sparring with the Kazakhstan fighter. Groves says he did well in his second sparring session with Golovkin. Besides the sparring story, Murray thinks Groves has an ego problem and he sees him as someone that not only feels he’s superior as a fighter, but superior in general.
Groves and Murray will be fighting this Saturday night in a WBA super middleweight eliminator bout at the O2 Arena in London, UK. The winner of the Groves-Murray fight will be the WBA mandatory to 168lb champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »