By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions are still planning on matching their flagship fighter Saul Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) against unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) for September 2017, but it will depend on a number of things.
Canelo has two fights that Golden Boy wants to put him in before the Golovkin fight next year in February and May on HBO. It’s ambitious that Golden Boy wants Canelo to fight three times in 2017, because it requires that his recently fractured right hand allows him to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Iftisaam Khan: With the recent confirmation of the much-anticipated fight between Tony Bellew (31-28-2) and David Haye (20-28-2), there will certainly be a number of skeptics doubting the chances of the man they call the ‘Bomber’. Moving up to heavyweight will see Bellew in uncharted territory for the first time as he meets the ‘Hayemaker’ on the 4th march at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Going into the fight Bellew will be full of confidence coming off the back of an impressive performance against BJ Flores, in which he floored the American four times- including a devastating left hook to the body to close proceedings. The war of words officially began. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) plans on knocking out 35-year-old Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) this Saturday night on December 3 to claim the vacant WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title in their fight at the Arena Armee in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Pulev has been matched against the 36-year-old Peter rather than one of the top 15 contenders in the heavyweight division. The idea is that Pulev gets a win over a notable name from the past to keep in the hunt for a heavyweight title shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion David Haye spent a good portion of Wednesday’s press conference trash talking Tony Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. Haye claims that Hearn wanted his name first on the Bellw vs. Haye posters. He also says that he thinks that Hearn sticks his face into the picture each time his fighters are being interviewed.
Haye thinks that Hearn tries to make everything about himself rather than his fighters. In other words, he sees him trying to take the limelight away from his fighters. Haye said that he’s going to close Matchroom Sport down by beating Bellew and Hearn’s top fighter IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye says he felt threatened by Tony Bellew after he shoved him during their face-off at today’s press conference to promote their March 4 fight. Out of instinct, Haye says he reacted after Bellew shoved him suddenly really hard when the two of them were in a face-off.
It’s unclear why Bellew pushed Haye. The two didn’t appear to be having words with one another. They were just face to face when Bellew gave Haye a hard shove. It looked as if Haye’s left hand connected to the jaw of Bellew while he was on his way backwards. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew seemed to lose his senses completely after David Haye appeared to take a shot at him with a left hook to the jaw at Wednesday’s press conference to hype their March 4 fight at the O2 Arena in London, England. Their fight will be televised on Sky Box Office pay-per-view in the UK.
You can argue that Bellew was asking for it when he pressed his face against Haye during the face-off between them. The next thing you know it, Haye throws a lighting fast punch and Bellew shoves him away. The security quickly stepped in to make sure the two fighters couldn’t get at each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya hasn’t yet selected the next opponent for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight in early 2017, but it’s expected to be someone that he’ll have an excellent chance of beating. Canelo suffered a thumb injury in his recent win over WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith last September.
The fracture is supposed to be fully healed for Canelo’s next fight, which could be taking place in February. Canelo’s opponent is going to need to be selected soon so that Golden Boy and HBO Boxing can start building interest in the fight.
Here are the options for Canelo’s next match on HBO: Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Struggling former world champions Brandon Rios (33-3-1, 24 KOs) and Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) will be facing each other on February 4 at a still to be determined venue in Los Angeles, California. A lot of boxing fans see the 30-year-old Rios and Ortiz as shot fighters.
This should be a good fight with a possible sudden ending. It might bring decent ratings. However, in the big scheme of thing, it doesn’t mean the winner will go anything spectacular. Knowing how boxing is run, I wouldn’t be surprised if the winner of the Rios-Ortiz fight gets an undeserved title shot against one of the welterweight world champions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0 12 KOs) will be finally be making his first defense of his title this Saturday night on December 3 against #10 WBO Artur Akavov (16-1, 7 KOs) at the Paisley Lagoon Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.
It’s good that Saunders is finally getting around to defending his title, because it’s been WAY too long for someone that won his title a year ago on December 19 in beating Andy Lee. You can argue World Boxing Organization really gave Saunders a HUGE break by not pulling the trigger in stripping him of his WBO strap, because the WBO wasted no time in stripping Dem
Saunders canceled one title defense against Max Bursak after suffering an injury that erased their April 30th fight.
Saunders had a chance to fight on Saul Canelo vs. Liam Smith card on September 17, but he failed to do so. Saunders opted not to take on any of the options offered to him by Golden Boy Promotions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scot Gilfoid: Former super middleweight champion Carl Froch has the option of making a TON of money by coming out of retirement to face unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t sure whether the 39-year-old Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) will come out of retirement to take the match, but he believes that he’s thinking about it.
It would be a major risk for Froch, because Golovkin can actually fight. He’s not someone that Froch could count on running out of gas or doing something stupid like fighting with his back against the ropes like George Groves and Lucian Bute did against him. Golovkin fights with intelligence, and would never back up against the ropes like a sparring partner the way Groves and Bute did against Froch. Read the rest of this entry »