By Dan Ambrose: In case WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) fails to get a fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) in November, Golovkin is now saying he’d be more than willing to fight former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr next if he’s willing.
Golovkin and Chavez Jr were in negotiations to fight recently, but Chavez Jr didn’t sign the contract. There was a huge guarantee for Chavez Jr whether he won or lost. Rumors are that Chavez Jr would have made a career high $6 million as part of a 2-fight, $12 million deal, and yet he didn’t sign. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With his win last night over a pudgy looking Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs), #2 WBC Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) earned a shot to fight for the WBC heavyweight title against the winner of the November fight between Deontay Wilder and WBC belt holder Bermane Stiverne.
Jennings will likely take a tune-up fight before he faces the winner of the Wilder-Stiverne fight though, because he’s clearly not going to be getting that title shot until early 2015 given that those two will be fighting in November.
Jennings, 6’3”, 222lbs, is going to need to raise his game considerably from what we saw last night against Perez if he wants to have a chance of beating Wilder or Stiverne. I expect that Jennings will be facing Deontay and not Stiverne, but either way he’s going to be in big trouble against either of those guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach still isn’t willing to display his cards about how he plans on telling his fighter WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) to fight next in December. Roach went on a scouting run last night at Madison Square Garden in New York to watch WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s fight against Daniel Geale.
Roach had seen Golovkin on video, but he wanted to see him live in order to get a better estimation of his power and to hear the sound of his punches.
Roach had previously mentioned Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s name as a potential opponent for Cotto to fight in December, but a new name is former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He hadn’t been talking about the much, much bigger Chavez Jr as a potential opponent for Cotto, perhaps due to Chavez Jr’s 6’1”, 190+ frame. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KO’s) was skeptical about WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) being the real deal before their fight last night at Madison Square Garden in New York, but after finding out firsthand how powerful Golovin is in getting knocked out in the 3rd round, the 33-year-old Geale is now officially on board the GGG express.
Geale believes that Golovkin is the hardest puncher in boxing, and he feels that there’s really no one that has any chance of beating him right now because of his punching power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin “Neds” O’Connor: The future of the middleweight division is really starting to look very interesting and the prospect of Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) moving up to 168 or down to 154 is genuinely exciting and the potential match ups available are mouthwatering for him in either of those divisions if he’s willing to make the move.
Last night in Madison Square Garden, the seemingly unstoppable Golovkin successfully defended his WBA middleweight title in showcasing his power and talent in beating the tough Australian and former 3-time world champion Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) in the 3rd round TKO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If you saw last night’s heavyweight WBC eliminator bout between #3 WBC Mike Perez (20-1-1, 12 KOs) and Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KO’s) on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, you’ll have no doubt noticed how limited and lost Perez’s trainer Adam Booth was when it came to giving him any functional advise in the corner.
I’m not even talking about the fact that Perez came into the fight at a career-high of 242 pounds and appeared to be a good 25 pounds overweight, what I noticed was how repetitive Booth’s instructions were in between rounds. Perez needed some clear instructions in order to help him get past what proved to be difficult opponent for him in Jennings. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City America, power punching Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) made short work of Australia’s Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) to retain his WBA and IBO middleweight world titles in a 3rd round knockout. I myself made a prediction of a 8th or 9th round KO for Golovkin.
I don’t think many thought he would win the fight that quickly as some thought that Geale was a bit of a step up to the type of opposition Golovkin has faced, but it’s not 16 fights in a row that Gennady Golovkin has won by the way of knockout or a referee stopping the fight taking the run all the way back to 2009. Straight after the win Golovkin was interviews by HBO commentator Max Kellerman and when asked who he would like to face next, he said he would like a unification fight against the other champions in Peter Quillin, Sam Soliman or Miguel Cotto but the name that stood out was Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: WBA middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin (GGG) is a cross between former middleweight champ Marvin Hagler and former junior middleweight champ Mike McCallum. McCallum was the number one challenger to Roberto Duran’s WBA belt, but was passed over by Duran for a more lucrative fight with Thomas Hearns.
McCallum eventually won the title and made 9 defenses before meeting known fighters Milton McCrory and Donald Curry. He won both by knockout. Hagler had a hard time landing a title shot until he finally received one against Vito Antoufermo. That bout ended in a draw. Hagler got another crack at the title in England when he stopped Alan Minter. The victory was short lived as Hagler was greeted with beer bottles while celebrating in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) certainly showed last night against Daniel Geale (30-3, 16ko’s) why he is now widely recognized as the best 160lb fighter on the planet with his dismantling of the durable, experienced ex-champion, Geale.
The Australian challenger for me by a level, the best opponent Golovkin has faced in the pro ranks. Golovkin to many hadn’t faced a real genuine contender yet in the middleweight division, Geale was certainly that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last night HBO displayed a quote from IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch in which he said that he wanted no part of fighting WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs), and that he’s someone that should be avoided or steered around.
HBO commentator Max Kellerman tried to see the comment in a positive light by saying that Froch may have meant that he would avoid mixing it up with him if he actually fought him, but he wasn’t quite sure if that’s what he meant or not. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO’s) called out WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) tonight after Golovin’s 3rd round destruction of his 17th knockout victim Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) at Madison Square Garden, in New York.
After depositing a bleeding and beaten Geale on the canvas in the 3rd round courtesy of a fight hand to the head, Golovkin told Max Kellerman of HBO “Miguel Cotto. I respect his style. This is big event for boxing. I want unification fight. A lot of champions Miguel Cotto, Peter Quillin.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: I honestly felt bad for Daniel Geale when he decided to take the fight with Golovkin – this is the first time he would appear on the biggest of possible stages (with the exception of the MGM Grand) and he would not be given the credit he deserves as a fighter due to being obliterated by Golovkin.
I actually thought Geale would do better, and use movement to frustrate and tag Golovkin, which he did his best to do, but Golovkin got his KO in the 3rd round instead of the 8th or 9th as I expected.
How did Daniel Geale get knocked out so quickly? Well, the simple fact is that Golovkin packs heavyweight punching power in the middleweight division. It is worthwhile to let that fact sink in – so when there is an exchange and he gets tagged and Golovkin comes back with a fast counter, this is what happens. Again, I suspected that Daniel Geale would try to engage Golovkin at times, but even I didn’t expect the fight to end so quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO’s) destroyed challenger former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KO’s) in a 3rd round knockout on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Golovkin knocked Geale down twice in the fight, once in the 2nd and the final time in the 3rd round. Golovkin finished Geale with a right to the head in the 3rd that put him down on his back. Geale got back on his feet but the referee Mike Ortega stopped it due to him being too hurt. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:44 of the 3rd round. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Will Hart/HBO) By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) has a lot on the line tonight in his fight against Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s). There’s a potential huge pay-per-view fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) that could take place next December on HBO if Golovkin looks good in dealing with the Australian Geale.
Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach will be at tonight’s fight at MSG, getting a good look at Golovkin first hand to decide whether he’s good enough to put in the ring with Cotto. Roach has a lot of sway over Cotto, and it’s quite possible he could talk him into facing Golovkin next if Roach likes what he sees of him. Roach can also talk Cotto out of talking the fight if he feels that he’s all wrong for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KO’s) stayed undefeated tonight in stopping 34-year-old Italian fringe contender Emanuele Blandamura (22-1, 5 KOs) in the 8th round to capture the vacant European middleweight title at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, UK.
Due to heavyweight Tyson Fury pulling out of his scheduled fight against Alexander Ustinov due to a family illness, the Saunders-Blandamura fight was moved up to the main event. Saunders struggled badly with the faster Blandamura until hitting him with a wild right hand in the 8th round that had the Italian out on his feet. Read the rest of this entry »