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title Anthony Joshua will struggle against a heavyweight with mobility

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By Scott Gilfoid: We saw last Saturday night the pros and the cons of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s fighting style with his 7th round knockout victory over the stationary American Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs). Joshua, weighing 243 pounds, was able to plod forward and nail the immobile 6’7” Breazeale with power shots all night long until the American was finished off in the 7th.

What was crystal clear in watching Joshua was that he does well against guys that stand directly in front of him and don’t move around. Had that been Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in the ring with Joshua, he would have had major problems with their movement. The fact of the matter is that Joshua does not do well against guys that move on him. Read the rest of this entry »



title George Groves vs. Fedor Chudinov possible for WBA 168lb tite

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By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #4 WBA George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) won his third consecutive victory last Saturday night in defeating #10 WBC Martin Murray (34-4-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 118 x3 in their WBA super middleweight eliminator bout at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Groves now will possibly face #1 WBA Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) for the WBA 168 Super belt if/when it’s stripped from Felix Sturm. Groves feels confident can beat any of the champions at super middleweight despite the fact that he’s failed on three previous occasions when challenging for world titles. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hearn wants Joshua to take another voluntary defense in November

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By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is talking about having IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua fight another voluntary defense in November or December, and then from taking on his IBF mandatory challenger Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) in his fight after that.

Hearn is talking about wanting to potentially have Joshua fight in December and asking the International Boxing Federation for an exception so that he doesn’t need to fight the 24-year-old Parker at that time. I knew it was too good to be true. As soon as Hearn first started talking about wanting to match Joshua against Parker before the end of the year, I didn’t believe it. Sure enough, it looks like Hearn is going to try and have Joshua dodge the Parker fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Eubank Jr. to Golovkin: “You’re not ready for what’s coming”

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By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) briefly traded shots on social medial last Sunday, a day after Eubank Jr. smashed a badly over-matched Tom Doran (17-1, 7 KOs) last Saturday night at the O2 Arena, in London, UK. After the fight, Eubank Jr. called Golovkin out when interviewed inside the ring. Eubank Jr. continued to talk about Golovkin at the post-fight press conference.

Indeed, the entire press conference consisted of Eubank Jr. talking about how much better he is than GGG, and how he’s going to beat him when/if they face each other in August or September. What was weird is that Eubank Jr. said only a few words about the defeated Doran. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a post-fight press conference where so little was said about the defeated opponent. It was as if Eubank Jr. hadn’t fought at all, because he sure as heck wasn’t talking about poor Doran, who he dropped four times in the one-sided massacre. Read the rest of this entry »



title Joshua says Wilder should focus on Arreola

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By Patrick McHugh: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) was quick to call out IBF champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) last Saturday night moments after he’d registered his 17th consecutive knockout in stopping American challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) in the 7th round at the O2 Arena in London, England. Wilder says he wants Joshua to come to the U.S to fight him, and he doesn’t want to wait any longer for that fight to happen. Wilder wants the fight now. Joshua’s response to that was to suggest that Wilder needs to focus on his next title defense against Chris Arreola on July 16.

“Since the winter time you planned on Tyson Fury. Hey, it’s time to make your American debut Anthony Joshua. Eddie Hearn said sooner than later so let’s make sooner “NOW”!!!!!” said Wilder on his Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »



title Spence vs. Bundu on 8/21 at Amphitheater in Coney Island, NY

By Dan Ambrose: It looks like unbeaten #2 IBF welterweight contender Errol Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) will be facing #7 IBF Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) on August 21 at the new Barclays Center owned Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York, according to Dan Rafael. As already reported, the Spence-Bundu fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC.

The venue seats 5,000, which is a good number for a fight of this kind. It was an accomplishment if the two fighters are able to sellout the venue. The Spence vs. Bundu fight will be an IBF welterweight eliminator. The winner of the fight will be the mandatory challenger to IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mayweather: “For the right price, I may come back”

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By Allan Fox: 39-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. says might come back to boxing to fight again for the right price. Mayweather has said repeatedly that if he does fight again, it would be for a nine-figure payday.

For Mayweather to make that kind of money, he would need to take a real risk by fighting someone like Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, because there are no longer any huge names at 147 for him to fight now that Manny Pacquiao has retired from the sport to go into politics.

Mayweather is satisfied with being a promoter right now, and he’s currently not tempted to come back to fight any of the top welterweights like Tim Bradley, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Kell Brook or Shawn Porter. Read the rest of this entry »



title Paulie Malignaggi vs. Gabriel Bracero in the works for July 30

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By Patrick McHugh: Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) could be back inside the ring next month against 35-year-old Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) on the undercard of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton fight card on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Malignaggi-Bracero fight is in the process of being finalized, according to Dan Rafael.

Malignaggi won his last bout against Italian Antonio Moscatiello (21-3-1, 14 KOs) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant EBU-EU welterweight title last December on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte card.

Malignaggi won his previous fight against Lazlo Fazekas last September by an eight round decision. Before that, Malignaggi was stopped in the 9th round by Danny Garcia in August of last year. Read the rest of this entry »



title Was Arturo Gatti the last great Italian boxer?

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By Gerardo Granados: I am a big fan of the middleweight Champion Jake LaMotta, his inside the ring fighting style and on times troubled life outside the ring, are impossible for me to not to follow. Maybe there a couple of young fight fans who don’t know him, perhaps the reader is thinking to skip the article, possibly the older fight fans can recall a lot more names of Italian boxers who pleased the crowd with their fan friendly fighting style, but for sure the void left by them in the last years, sooner than later must be fulfill.

Although I rather not give nationalities to any boxer, it is true that a couple of nationalities have produced great fighters thru the years. And the rivalries among the fan bases make fights special to watch. The Puerto Rico versus Mexico boxing rivalry is a tradition in prize fighting.

The biggest and loudest fan bases do have an impact on Pay Per View numbers and can make a boxer become a huge star overnight. When Floyd Mayweather Jr fought Ricky Hatton it was sensational to see the American fans antagonize the United Kingdom fan base. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kell Brook: I need to fight Thurman!

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By Scott Gilfoid: Sporting a slight double chin, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) said last Saturday night that he wants to fight WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) after he beats WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) in their unification fight in September at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, UK.

Brook says there’s no reason for Thurman to fight a rematch against Shawn Porter, who Thurman defeated by a razor thin 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Brook, 30, wants a crack at Thurman, because he wants to collect his WBA belt after he’s taken care of business in taking Vargas’s WBO strap.

Thurman would have to be seen as the favorite against Brook, because he’s faster and a very elusive. Brook wouldn’t be able to go back to his bag of tricks to try and beat a fighter like Thurman like he did in his 12 round decision win over Porter from 2014, because Thurman doesn’t fight on the inside that often. Read the rest of this entry »



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