By Allan Fox: Unbeaten challenger Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is a slight favorite to beat IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO) in their fight on November 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward, 32, is the favorite by Bovada by the line -150 to +120 for Kovalev. The odds are likely to change by the time the two unbeaten 175lb fighters face each other on HBO pay-per-view in Las Vegas.
Kovalev, 33, likely would be the favorite in this fight if he had destroyed his last opponent Isaac Chilemba last July, but he struggled a little bit in beating him by a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Chris Eubank Sr. is still interested in setting up a rematch between his son #2 WBA, #2 WBC Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) and unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) so that his son can avenge his loss to Saunders from 2014. However, Eubank Sr. doesn’t know if Saunders is interested in the fight with Eubank Jr. Saunders has a chance of potentially getting a nice payday fight against former two division champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in December.
If Saunders takes energy showing interest in a fight against Eubank Jr. right now, he could wind up missing out on a fight against Canelo Alvarez. A fight against Canelo might have a more realistic chance of taking place for Saunders than a rematch against Eubank Jr., because the negotiations for that fight could prove to be a real headache for Saunders and his promoter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez thinks that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is talking foolishly lately with the way he’s trash talking him in the media. Canelo says he thinks the people around Golovkin are changing him to get him to start talking trash the way he’s now doing. Canelo say he doesn’t care. The trash talking will make him angry and he’ll use that to make the fight with him more interesting when he does face him in the future.
Canelo says he has no doubts that he’ll beat Golovkin when the two of them do face each other. Like his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo insists that the fight with Triple G will happen, but the negotiations will be complicated.
Canelo doesn’t say why the negotiations with Golovkin will be difficult. He also doesn’t say whether they’ll insist on a catch-weight handicap to try and boil Golovkin’s weight down to try and weaken him to gain an edge. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I thought I’d seen everything in boxing when it came to oddball pound-for-pound list until I’d seen former super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s own list, and it takes the cake.
Froch’s list resembles a list picked with one’s eyes closed with fighters selected at random rather than from careful consideration of their various talent levels. I honestly don’t know what Froch was thinking with his oddball pound-for-pound list, but I’ll be improving it with my own list, which makes a heck of a lot more sense than the guys that Froch has selected. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The 5’9” Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will be giving up a little in the way of height to the 5’10” WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) in their fight in less than a month from now on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In the tale of the tape, Canelo has a three inch reach advantage at 72 inches compared to Smith’s 69”.
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You can bet that Canelo will be looking to take advantage of his reach by jabbing on the outside as much as possible. Canelo, 26, has a good jab, and he likes to use it to avoid getting hit when he faces guys that have shorter arms. Smith, 27, is going to need to get in close for him to land his big body shots. That’s where Smith has a real chance of winning this fight, because Canelo’s main weakness is his ability take hard body punches.
Canelo can be out-boxed by faster guys with good mobility. That obviously isn’t something that Smith is going to be able to do, because he’s not very fast on his feet. Smith likes to bang with big power shots, and never hard to find in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten talent Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) sent a strong message to IBF welterweight belt holder Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) with his devastating 6th round knockout victory over wily veteran Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) last Sunday in their International Boxing Federation 147lb title eliminator bout.
The message that Spence sent to Brook with the victory was something along the lines of, ‘Are you sure you want to mess with this?’ I hate to say it, but I think Brook is going to decide that he wants no part of Spence, and he’ll quietly vacate his IBF welterweight title rather than come back down to the welterweight division to try and defend his strap. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) will be fighting on November 26 against an opponent still to be determined. The fight won’t take place at the O2 Arena in London, UK, according to Sky Sports News. As previously mentioned, the two leading options for Joshua’s November fight is 37-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and former world title challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Both fighters have their plus and minuses about them. It’s likely that Stiverne will get the fight if Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn can successfully negotiate the fight with Stiverne’s promoter Don King. If not, then you can expect to see the 6’4 1/2” Pulev get the nod.
Hearn’s dad Barry Hearn is said to be keen on the idea of having Joshua fight Stiverne. Perhaps the fight plays out well in the UK or something. Stiverne isn’t well known with the casual boxing fans in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi was highly impressed with what he saw on Sunday with unbeaten #2 IBF 147lb contender Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) stopping a very game Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) in the 6th round in an IBF welterweight eliminator bout at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi liked the way that the 26-year-old Spence thought his way through a somewhat difficult fight against the 41-year-old Bundu.
It wasn’t that Spence was losing the fight at any time, according to Malignaggi. It was the constant pressure that Bundu was creating that made Spence have to think his way through the fight. Malignaggi liked what he saw from Spence, and he feels that he’ll be in a big fight either by the end of 2016 or in early 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Showing off his punching power, #2 IBF welterweight contender Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) demolished Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) in six rounds on Sunday to put himself in the driver’s seat for a title shot against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook or at least a shot at the IBF title if Brook vacates. Spence entertained the fans with his two knockdown performance at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
Spence connected on 137 of 388 punches for a connect percentage of 35, according to CompuBox. For his part, Bundu landed 51 of 201 punches for a connect percentage of 25. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. stopped the game but limited Leonard Bundu on Sunday in the 6th round, and then immediately called out IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook for his now mandated title shot.
Spence came into the fight against the Italian based Bundu saying he wanted to knock him out to improve upon the performance Keith Thurman had in his 12 round decision win over him two years ago. That’s exactly what Spence did in knocking Bundu out in the 6th after dropping him twice in their IBF eliminator fight at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Read the rest of this entry »