By Dan Ambrose: After saying earlier this week that he’s willing to wait for as long as it takes for the big fights to come for his career, WBA World welterweight champion Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) is beginning to show some impatience with WBA/WBC/WBO welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs), who he’s hoping to fight on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 26-year-old Thurman badly wants the fight with Mayweather, and likely the huge payday that would come with it. Thurman feels he’s done enough to deserve the fight with Mayweather, even though Thurman’s best win of his career was against Robert “The Ghost’ Guerrero and not against anyone that you can call a true talent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten #8 WBA welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) is making it known that he wants to fight one of the following top welterweights for his next fight date on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight date on September 12th: Amir Khan, Keith Thurman or Shawn Porter. Mayweather has already said that he’ll give up one of his welterweight titles so that Spence can fight a top name for the vacant title.
Mayweather is hoping that Porter or Thurman will accept a fight with the young 25-year-old Spence in order to pick up a vacant world title, but it looks like neither of them value a world title enough to want to fight Spence. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) will be back in action in October or November against possibly former WBA featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (27-3, 16 KOs) or IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs), according to Dan Rafael.
Egis Klimas, the manager for Lomachenko, would especially like to match Lomachenko up against the 28-year-old Selby, who stopped Evgeny Gradovich in the 8th round in their fight on May 30th. That was a cut stoppage, as Selby accidently bumped heads with Gradovich and opened up a big cut over his right eye. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With Amir Khan unwilling to take the fight with IBF welterweight champion, a deal was reached between the promoters for #6 IBF Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) and #8 IBF Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) for an IBF welterweight eliminator bout that will be taking place on September 26th at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
There was supposed to be a purse bid on Thursday, but it was canceled after the deal was reached on Wednesday of this week. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) turned 38-years-old today on July 2nd, and it’s still unknown what the fighter is going to do. Froch and his promoter Eddie Hearn need to come up with a reasonable excuse for why they’re not going to fight Gennady Golovkin.
This comes after the news earlier today that Froch was leaning in the direction of fighting IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale next rather than Golovkin due to the Kazakhstan’s stars demands for a catch-weight for the Froch fight.
Upon hearing the news, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler immediately fired off a tweet saying that they never asked for a catch-weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If boxing’s No.1 superstar fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) wants to retain his WBO 147lb title he won off of Filipino Manny Pacquiao last May, then Mayweather will have to fork over $200,000 to the WBO, and give up both of his junior middleweight titles – WBA and WBC. All this has to be done by this Friday or else Mayweather will be stripped of his WBO strap.
I’m not sure that Mayweather is going to grant the WBO their wish because it’s a trinket that Mayweather would be giving up anyway after his next fight in September if he’s serious about wanting to retire at that point. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Showtime commentator Paulie Malignaggi thinks it’s unreasonable for WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. to defend his titles at 154 in a fight against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), who has volunteered to move down to 154 to fight Mayweather.
Malignaggi says that Mayweather started his career at 130, and has moved up in weight five weight classes to win titles in each weight class from super featherweight to junior middleweight. Malignaggi feels that instead of Mayweather having to defend his junior middleweight titles against Golovkin at 154, Golovkin should instead move up in weight to 168 to fight WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward. Read the rest of this entry »
Out of respect to Froch and his marketability in UK we never asked for a catchweight, always clear at 168 with Eddie https://t.co/WCQRv0DQbm
— Tom Loeffler (@TomLoeffler1) July 2, 2015
By Scott Gilfoid: In response to the report from ESPN earlier today about WBA middleweight Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) making demands to Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) about a catch-weight if they were to fight, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler took to Twitter to refute those claims by saying that they’re were asking for a catch-weight. They were and still are willing to fight the 37-year-old Froch at the full 168lb weight for the fight, and they’re willing to take the fight in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he may fly to Panama to make a purse bid for the title fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury if the two fighters are unable to negotiate the fight.
They have until Monday to come to an agreement. If not, then it’ll go to a purse bid where the highest bidder can put on the fight. Hearn doesn’t promoter either fighter, but he’d like to stage it in the UK, where it would be a huge fight. Hearn would be doing Fury a big favor if he won the purse bid and then stuck the fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Who would have thought that when Bernard Hopkins lost his first professional fight in 1988 that he would still be boxing 27 years later. ‘The Alien’ has confirmed there will be one last sequel as he plans another fight to cement his legacy. The 50 year old legend doesn’t want to go out with a loss to Sergey Kovalev but is not planning an easy fight for his swan-song. What are the possible options for Hopkins and how would they improve his legacy.
Here’s my top 5 fights in order of preference from Hopkins point of view of legacy and his ability to win. Read the rest of this entry »