By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn surprised the boxing world this week when he revealed that discussions are taking place between him and K2 Promotions for a big fight between his fighter Carl Froch and the top middleweight in the 160lb division Gennady Golovkin for a potentially big mega-fight that Hearn would like to stage in the UK at Wembley Stadium.
Hearn says he’s still not sure that the 37-year-old Froch will take the fight or not against Golovkin. Hearn doesn’t say why Froch would say no to the fight, but it obviously makes you wonder whether he fancies his chances of winning against the Kazakhstan star. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 32-year-old former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (34-3, 22 KOs) will be fighting on July 18th at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macau, China. Donaire’s opponent hasn’t been picked out as of yet, but it’s possible that he’ll be facing 2nd tier fighter Anthony Settoul (20-3, 8 KOs), according to ESPN.
This would be the second straight fight in which #3 WBA, #4 WBO, #11 IBF Donaire faces a non-top 15 ranked fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason G: I’ve never heard so many excuses for why Manny Pacquiao lost the fight to Floyd Mayweather Jr. earlier this month on May 2nd. It’s always the same thing. It doesn’t matter WHAT Floyd does or WHO he fights, he will never, ever, EVER get the credit he deserves. Mayweather could fight Pacquiao one million times and win every time, but after that one millionth time, many boxing fans would just say, ‘The only reason why Mayweather won is because Pacquiao’s machine gun jammed.
Mayweather’s boring, all he does is run.’ Then people would say, ‘If Mayweather’s not a coward, he’ll give Pacquiao a rematch and stand right in front of him, and this time, let Pacquiao make sure his M-60 is oiled and fully loaded.’ Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: “If I fight Golovkin, I will back him up, take what he’s got and beat him up.”
It takes a brave man to talk about Gennady Golovkin in such bold tones. But Carl Froch is among the bravest men in boxing. But still, will he give Golovkin his golden ticket to greatness? Fight fans have been daring to dream ever since Froch’s bold predictions made it to print this week. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: While WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) says he wants to fight WBA/WBO flyweight champ Juan Francisco Estrada in a rematch, former WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (32-4-1, 28 KOs) is saying he’s going to be the one that faces the 27-year-old Gonzalez next.
Having the 33-year-old Segura take the fight with Gonzalez next isn’t a great fight for a couple of reasons. First of all, #7 WBA Segura is coming off of an 11th round knockout loss to Juan Francisco Estrada last year in September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s been almost three weeks since the two superstars fought each other on May 2nd, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. still has a lot of doubts about the validity of Manny Pacquiao’s shoulder injury for their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather notes that Pacquiao wasn’t getting his so-called injured right shoulder rubbed in between rounds of the fight, and he was able to use his shoulder without any signs of him being injured. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Carly Gillis Photography) By Scott Gilfoid: In watching his brother Anthony Dirrell lose his WBC super middleweight title last month to Badou Jack, #2 IBF Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) is now more motivated than ever to go out and whip James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) this Saturday night in Boston, Mass.
Dirrell and DeGale will be fighting for the vacant IBF super middleweight title that was recently abandoned by Carl Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya doesn’t see challenger Kevin Mitchell’s hometown advantage being much help to him on May 30th this month when he challenges WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares (39-2, 29 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
De La Hoya thinks that Linares’ fast hands are going to trouble Mitchell in this fight. We saw how Mitchell struggled in his fight against the quick-handed Ghislain Maduma last year in May. While Mitchell wound up winning the fight in the 11th after Maduma ran out of gas, he was dominated in the first 10 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) will be taking an optional title defense against 34-year-old former WBA 147lb champion Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) on July 11th in a fight on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN in Tampa, Florida.
Thurman, 26, is coming off of a grueling 12 round unanimous decision win over former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero last March. Thurman won decisively, but he suffered a bad bruise on his forehead from a head clash early in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kallie Sauerland, the promoter for #1 WBC mandatory challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs), says that a deal has been reached with WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) for the fight to be staged in the United States at a still to be determined date and venue.
The purse bid that was scheduled for this Friday between Sauerland Events and Jack’s promoters at Mayweather Promotions has now been canceled. What’s interesting is that Sauerland’s tweet announcing the news makes it seem like it’s a victory for the 27-year-old Groves. Read the rest of this entry »