By Dan Ambrose: Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s fight against Daniel Jacobs (32-0, 29 KOs) appears to be headed towards February or March 2017, according to Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. Loeffler says there’s not enough time to negotiate the fight for the December 10 on HBO Championship Boxing.
The Golovkin-Jacobs fight can happen next year. In the meantime, Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) will likely fight someone else on the December 10 date. There are plenty of contenders that Golovkin can fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: Tyson Fury – the thing I hate about the situation with Fury is that I feel duped to some degree. In my estimation of Fury leading in to his Fight versus Wladimir Klitschko I thought we were seeing a man poised for greatness. A man that was nearly driven to the point of insanity by his thirst to become the heavy weight champion of the world. In retrospect the aforementioned may still hold true, however the extreme feeling of letdown has taken place since his win over Klitschko.
Since his win over Klitscho, Fury has done nothing other than eat himself in to an unrecognizable loaf. To add to his battles at the table, Fury also seems to be battling a drug addiction. While I always try to have empathy for those battling addiction, in the case of Fury I have little as I deem his problem to be a severe case of “after party syndrome.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) vs. Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) is a possibility for the vacant World Boxing Association heavyweight title on December 10 if the WBA fails to sanction the Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua fight for the title.
This is news from Dan Rafael. Browne, 37, would be at a huge disadvantage against Klitschko if that fight gets made. Browne is a good puncher, but he’s never fought anyone in the class of Klitschko before. Even if Wladimir chooses to throw only jabs against Browne and hold him all night long, he would likely easily beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former three division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) has reportedly passed his California medical exams, and he’s reportedly ready for his title shot against WBA World featherweight champion Jesus Andres Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) as soon as Premier Boxing Champions can give him a date to fight.
The 30-year-old Mares has had eye problems that has slowed his progress making it back into the ring. But with Mares passing his California eye exam, according to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, he can move ahead and take the fight with the hard hitting 29-year-old Argentinian Cuellar. Read the rest of this entry »
By Adam Godfrey: Middleweight legend Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins will draw the curtain on an illustrious and lengthy career on December 16th when he faces off against 27 year-old New York Light Heavyweight Joe Smith Junior at The Forum, California. A destroyer of records and opponents alike, Hopkins holds the distinction of being the oldest man to ever win a World Championship strap, achieved for a third time when he defeated Tavoris Cloud in March 2013 at the ripe old age of 48 years.
Hopkins also defended his Middleweight crown an incredible and record-breaking 20 times, an accolade which is currently under threat from Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, but which, for now at least, stands as a symbol of Hopkins’s complete dominance of that division for an entire decade. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned British heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) is volunteering to face the talented #1 WBA heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs), who is facing a good friend of his American Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) on November 12 at the Salle des Etoiles, in Monaco.
Whyte, 28, believes that Scott has the ability to pull off the upset over the 6’4” Cuban Ortiz. Logic would say otherwise. The southpaw Ortiz is expected to obliterate Malik in one or two rounds in the eyes of some fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s been three years since Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) tasted defeat for the only time in his 11-year pro career in losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by a 12 round majority decision in 2013. For boxing fans that saw the fight, it was a clear win for Mayweather.
The fight results showed how hard it is to beat a popular fighter like Canelo, because he just seems to have something about him that keeps him winning. For many boxing fans that saw Canelo’s fight against Erislandy Lara in 2014, they felt that Lara should have been given the win. Indeed, Canelo won the fight by a 12 round split decision despite landing only 31 head shots in the entire fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A nice little domestic level scrap will be taking place this Saturday night between former welterweight world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-2, 14 KOs) and Sam Egginton (18-3, 10 KOs) on October 22 in a fight for the vacant World Boxing Council International welterweight title at the Barclaycard Arena.
It’s a decent fight between two second tier fighters that are battling hard to get into the top tier to challenge the bigger names. Gavin, 31, already fought for a world title in May of 2015 in losing a 6th round knockout to IBF 147lb champion Kell Brook.
There was nothing in that performance from Gavin that would suggest that he can come again and have better results against Brook or one of the other champions in the welterweight division, but you can’t blame Gavin for wanting to try. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: IBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) will be defending his title against #6 WBC, #9 IBF, #9 WBO Dmytro Kucher (24-1-1, 18 KOs) in a 12 round fight on November 19 at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany.
Kucher, 32, is coming off of a big 1st round knockout victory over former World Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli last June in London, England. That win was by far the biggest victory of Kucher’s seven-year pro career, even if it wasn’t necessarily against a prime version of Maccarinelli. Kucher’s win over Maccarinelli sent him into retirement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua was hoping to fight the talented but against 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in a fight that would have taken place in December at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. There’s no word yet about who Klitschko and Joshua will fight if they don’t face each other.
Both want to fight in December. It’s especially important for Wladimir to fight in December, because he hasn’t fought in an entire year since last November in his 12 round decision loss to Tyson Fury. Wladimir isn’t going to waste more time. A good plan B for Joshua would be David Haye; although that’s a fight that wouldn’t be made quickly. Read the rest of this entry »