By Patrick McHugh: The World Boxing Council came out with a statement on Wednesday, saying that they’re still investigating the positive drug test from #1 WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs), and that they will be making a ruling on his situation in the future.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman says Deontay is free to take a voluntary defense of his title while he waits for the ruling from the WBC on Povetkin. Wilder has already taken three voluntary defenses since beating former WBC champion Bermane Stiverne last year in January by a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) is arguably getting a title shot this Sunday night that he doesn’t deserve against the talented and higher ranked #1 WBC Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Goodison Park in Liverpool, UK.
While the 33-year-old Bellew is seen as an underdog in the eyes of a lot of fans, his promoter Eddie Hearn sees the Bellew-Makabu fight as a 50-50 affair. Hearn gives Bellew a decent chance of winning the contest. Bellew doesn’t have the experience of fighting guys like Makabu at the cruiserweight level unfortunately.
The closest thing Bellew has come to fighting a talent like Makabu was facing bottom fringe contender Mateusz Masternak last December. Bellew almost lost the fight. It was pretty sad to watch, because I had the fight even going into the 12th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: 44-year-old Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) is getting a title shot on Saturday night against WBA interim welterweight champion David Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Despite having a high ranking at #3 with the World Boxing Association, Mosley is the underdog in this fight. The oddsmakers feel the 27-year-old Avanesyan will have enough to hand Mosley another loss on his record.
It’s not all that surprising though because Mosley has done precious little to deserve his current ranking with the WBA since making his comeback. He’s beaten Patrick Lopez and Ricardo Mayora in his two-fight comeback. Those are not contenders in the sport, and it probably isn’t fair at all that the WBA has Mosley ranked ahead of fighters that are fighting at a higher level than Mosley like Errol Spence Jr and Sammy Vargas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: There is a great deal of talk around the internet about a potential fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. The latest news rumors have Mayweather fighting McGregor on September 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. If this fight does happen, it will take place in a boxing ring under the rules of the sport.
McGregor, who clearly has only rudimentary knowledge of the sport, will be hopelessly lost when the punches start flying. With both fighters wanting $100 million each minimum, the cost of the fight will almost surely be $100 on PPV. That’s a lot of money for fans to pay for a fight that could very well turn out to be a sick mismatch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Former two division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions is dealing with a lawsuit this week with another promoter in Miami, Florida. Once Canelo and has taken care of that problem, he and Golden Boy are expected to restart the negotiations with IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler to try and put together a fight on September 17 for AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
There’s also reportedly a chance that if Canelo and Golovkin can’t iron out a deal for September this year, they’ll face each other in May of 2017 on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rishad Marquardt: “Most boxers are boxing for respect, they’re boxing because they want to prove they’re the best at whatever they do, at whatever weight category. And if that’s proven not to be the case, I’m not sure how much a big, fat cheque will satisfy his soul.” These words were uttered by David Haye referring to WBO and IBO champion, Tyson Fury, before his second round KO against Arnold Gjergjaj last weekend on May 21, 2016.
As an imagination exercise, read the comment above again but this time imagine Fury saying it in reference to Haye and his next apparent fight against Shannon Briggs. Bearing in mind that Haye is coming of the back of a win against somebody who is embarrassingly far off anyone’s radar, and that Fury is a month away from defending his title against the most decorated heavyweight of the last decade, few would believe these words are more valid coming from Haye than from Fury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: IBF mandatory challenger Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) plans on having fixed his defensive issues by the time he steps inside the ring to face IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) in the near future. Parker beat Carlos Takam by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to earn the IBF mandatory spot to face Joshua. However, Parker also showed a lot of defensive flaws as well as stamina problems that made his fight against the 35-year-old Takam harder than it should have been. But given that the fight was seen as a 50-50 affair going in, it’s quite an accomplishment that the 24-year-old Parker won. He doesn’t have much experience in the pro ranks, and putting him in with a skilled pro like Takam was a major risk by his management.
Before the 6’4” Parker challenges Joshua for his IBF title, he’ll be facing 40-year-old Australian Solomon Haumono on July 21 in Christchurch, New Zealand. That is supposed to be a very winnable fight for Parker, but it could also be a tough one too because Haumono is ranked #12 by the World Boxing Association. He’s got power, and he could give Parker fits if he’s able to land his shots. Takam didn’t look great, but when he was throwing his shots, he was able to connect frequently because of Parker’s wide open defense. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) had little problems last Saturday night in defending his WBA World junior middleweight title in beating Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision in their rematch at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the 33-year-old Lara’s fourth successful title defense of his WBA belt.
He’s interested in breaking the record of 11 successful title defenses. set by Gianfranco Rosi . The fact that Rosi said the record without making a huge mark in the sport gives you an indication that Lara may need to do a lot more than break Rosi’s record of title defenses if he wants to accomplish something in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The 5’11 ½” George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) looked decidedly taller than the 6’0” Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) in their press conference today when the two of them stood facing off with one another to publicize their important fight next month on June 25 on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Murray is supposed to be at least a half inch taller than Groves, but instead of being taller, Murray looked to be at least two inches shorter than Groves and considerably lighter with the smaller frame. Looks to me like Groves might have been wearing some kind of elevator shoes to give him a size edge over Murray. A bit of gamesmanship is what it looks like to me. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) may have lost his only chance of getting a fight against Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) when Canelo vacated his WBC 160lb title last week.
With the WBC title, there was no way that Canelo could give the knockout artist Golovkin a take it or leave it offer by telling him that he must fight at a strength-draining catch-weight of 155lbs and agree to a lopsided purse split of 90-10. Read the rest of this entry »