By Allan Fox: Undefeated #12 IBF heavyweight Robert Helenius (22-0, 13 KOs) will be facing former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas (33-3, 20 KOs) in a 12 round bout on April 2 at the Hartwall Arena, in Helsinki, Finland.
Over the weekend, the 31-year-old Helenius had said that he had a big announcement on Monday about his next fight. It was thought by some that Helenius would name a top caliber heavyweight like Luis Ortiz as his next opponent, but the news of Helenius fighting Duhaupas is a bit of a disappointment.
Duhaupas, 6’5”, is a good basic heavyweight, but he was beaten soundly by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder by an 11th round knockout last September in a failed title challenge in Birmingham, Alabama. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s dream of fighting Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) in the summer at Wembley Stadium was foiled recently when Khan chose to take a bigger fight against WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for May 7. Needless to say, it’s a fight that Khan will likely lose and lose badly by a knockout.
However, Brook says he still wants to fight Khan afterwards. Unfortunately, for Brook, it might not be the fight that it could have been, especially if Canelo really wrecks Khan by knocking him clean out like some boxing fans believe he will.
Yeah, Brook has a good chance of fighting Khan after the Canelo fight, but it might not be worth it though. If Khan gets bashed by Canelo and loses by a vicious knockout, it might be better for Brook to wait for Khan to slowly build his career back up before he elects to face him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite the rumors that have been floating around the internet about the title fight between WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs) and #2 WBA Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) being off, Hatton Promotions is reporting that the fight is still on for March 5 at the Colosseum Sport Hall, in Grozny, Russia.
It seems that false rumors sprung up on social media over the weekend, making some boxing fans believe the fight is off.
Well, that’s a load off my mind. I mean, I’m not all that interested in the Chagaev-Browne title fight because I don’t see Chagaev as the true heavyweight champion in the division. Heck, I don’t even see Chagaev as the third best heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye sees trouble ahead for unbeaten heavyweight contender #5 IBF Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) if he elects to face #6 IBF Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) in an IBF eliminator bout. Haye heard that the IBF has mandated that Joshua, 26, face Takam in an IBF eliminator.
Haye sees that fight a potentially dangerous one for Joshua due to Takam’s punching power, chin and overall toughness. Haye sees Takam as a better version of Dereck Chisora. In fact, Haye sees Takam as being three-times better than Chisora.
In Haye’s mind, Joshua should take on some popular if he’s going to start taking risky fighters like Takam. Haye isn’t keeping any secrets about the fact that he would like to face Joshua himself. He figures that even if Joshua loses the fight, at least he would get a good payday and he could learn from the defeat and then rebuild his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Without a doubt, 29-year-old Amir Khan will be giving away a great deal of weight in his contest with WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Just how much weight that Khan will be giving up in this fight will depend a lot on how the two fighters train for their May 7 fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan is already talking about bulking up. However, he feels that Canelo’s weight advantage, which he feels will only be 10 pounds, won’t be the deciding factor in the title fight on HBO PPV. Khan feels that the fight will come down to his boxing skills, and he feels that he’s the better fighter with the faster speed than the “flat-footed” Canelo.
“My boxing skills will win this fight. Weight will not win this fight. Canelo may come in about 10 pounds heavier than me but I’m not concern about his weight,” Khan said to RingTV.com. “My speed and athleticism will be the key the factors to winning this fight. Staying focused throughout the fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten and untested IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is in a real hurray to get his rematch with former undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) out of the way as soon as possible so that he can move on to bigger and better things like a unification match against the talented WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Fury sees the Deontay fight as the biggest fight in the heavyweight division in the past 100 years, and he can’t wait to get the fight to take place. The thing is Fury wants both the Klitschko and Deontay fight to be staged in the UK, and that would seem to be a non-starter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Newly crowned WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) is expected to face the winner of the March 12 fight between WBA welterweight champ Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs), according to Dan Rafael.
The fight is likely part of the Premier Boxing Champions plan. It makes sense for PBC to put Garcia in with the winner of the Thurman-Porter fight because it will create a bigger star than if Al Haymon, the creator of the PBC, lets the champions stay apart. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: I believe too much is being made of #1 WBC heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) being a threat to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs).
Povetkin, 36, is Wilder’s mandatory after beating a timid looking Mike Perez last year in May 2015. Ever since Povetkin locked himself in as the mandatory challenger for Wilder, boxing fans have been saying that he’s going to KO Wilder and take his WBC strap. I don’t believe that for a second. I think this is going to be one of Wilder’s easier defenses, even easier than his victory over Johann Duhaupas last year in September.
Wilder says he wants to face Povetkin in April. The negotiations are currently underway between the management of the two fighters. I’m not sure that the fight will take place as early as April, but I can definitely see it taking place in May or June. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite his attempts at getting the big names to fight him, Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) was soundly rejected by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao for big payday fights that would give given the British fighter a chance to prove himself.
While it seems painfully obvious that Khan was rejected due to his spoiling tendencies inside the ring, Khan believes that he was turned down by Mayweather and Pacquiao because they saw him as too dangerous to fight.
I’m not sure that I buy that for a second, but Khan has finally gotten his big money fight in WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) throwing him a bone by giving him a fight on May 7. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) is being lined up for a headlining fight on April 2 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec. The opponent for the 35-year-old Bute is still to be determined.
Also being talked about for the undercard is unbeaten light heavyweights Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) and Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) in separate fights. The opponents for those two fighters is still unknown.
All three fighters are managed by Al Haymon, so it’ll be a wait and see situation whether they in fact wind up on the card. Hopefully, Haymon matches them against quality opponents rather than weaker fighters. Read the rest of this entry »