By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack isn’t too worried about his fight this Saturday night against IBF belt holder James DeGale, as he feels he’s got the superior talent to give the British fighter his second loss of his career.
Jack is a little older than DeGale at 33, but he still feels very young, and he’s not worried about being three years older than the 30-year-old IBF champ. Badou (20-1-2, 12 KOs) still sees himself as the better fighter, and he’s going to be looking to prove that when the two 168lb champions step inside the ring on Saturday, January 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If British fight promoter Eddie Hearn gets his way, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will be facing his fighter #9 WBC Dillian Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs) in his next fight after his title defense against fringe level heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) on February 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Hearn wants Wilder to defend against the 28-year-old Whyte in May. The winner of the Wilder-Whyte fight would then face the winner of the April 29 fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants him to bypass his IBF ordered fight against mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. and instead take the fight against Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) next on May 20 or May 27th. Hearn says that Khan and Brook should forget about taking a warm-up fight in between their big money match-up.
Hearn feels that it’s not a smart move for either of them to wait on the fight until later in the year, especially for Brook (36-1, 25 KOs). If Brook stays at 147, it would mean that he would need to defend his IBF welterweight title against the talented Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KOs), and Hearn sees that as a really hard fight for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Floyd Mayweather Jr. wonders why WBA Super World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) is continually ducking a fight against #1 IBF, #3 WBC, #4 WBO Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) after he offered the fight to Thurman for one of his belts in 2015.
Mayweather offered Thurman to fight Spence on the undercard of his final fight of his career against Andre Berto in September 2015, and Thurman turned the fight down. Thurman said that Mayweather should pay him $10 million out of his own pocket if he wanted him to fight Spence, because he felt that he hadn’t earned a fight against him at that point is pro career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) weighed in at the limit at 154 pounds on Thursday at the weigh-in for his title defense of his WBA Super World junior middleweight strap on Friday night against former WBA light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, in Hialeah, Florida. Foreman weighed in at 153.2lbs.
Lara, 33, is supposed to be stepping up the level of his competition after the Foreman fight. It would be the first time that Lara fought a good opponent since his loss to Saul Canelo Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: After losing two straight fights, #3 IBF lightweight contender Richard Commey and his promoters at Sauerland Events are going to go their separate ways. The once promising 29-year-old Commey’s career has tanked recently with him losing back to back fights to Robert Easter Jr. and Denis Shafikov in 2016.
The loss to the 5’11” Easter Jr. wasn’t that big of a surprise to a lot of boxing fans, as he’s a very good fighter with a lot of punching power. Commey gave Easter Jr all he could handle in losing by a 12 round split decision last September by the scores 115-112, 114-113 for Easter Jr, and 114-113 for Commey. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Former WBA 154lb champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) has never been known as a puncher during his career, but he says he’s going to show off his power against WBA Super World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) in their fight on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike this Friday night at the Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami, Florida.
Foreman has knocked out 2 out of his last 3 opponents in his comeback, but the quality of his opposition has been less than world class. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: It appears that Floyd Mayweather’s asking price for his fights hasn’t decreased despite him being out of the ring for almost a year and a half since his last fight, as he wants $100 million to fight UFC star Conor McGregor. Mayweather says he’ll give McGregor $15 million plus a percentage of the pay-per-view money, but he wants $100 million for himself just to take the fight.
McGregor seems to want similar money as Mayweather. This all just talk, of course, because McGregor’s bosses at the UFC haven’t shown even a hint of interest of letting their star fight Mayweather – any other boxer – inside a boxing ring. It would be a disaster for McGregor, and it wouldn’t help the UFC for their top star to be seen getting humbled inside the boxing ring by Mayweather or someone else from the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: According to Daniel Jacobs, the opposition that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin faces is afraid of him before they enter the ring. They then fail to fight at the utmost of their ability due to their fear of the Kazakhstan fighter. Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) says he’s not afraid of him.
Jacobs saw flaws that were exposed by Kell Brook in Golovkin’s last fight on September 10. He says he’s going to face the bully and take advantage of those flaws in their fight on March 18 on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya took to Twitter on Wednesday, telling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to sign the contract for the May 6 fight against Golden Boy fighter Saul Canelo Alvarez. De La Hoya was a little more specific than that. He told the 30-year-old Chavez Jr. to stop with the social media posting, and sign for the fight.
Chavez Jr. is reportedly not happy with the money he’s being offered by Golden Boy for the fight against their top money maker Canelo. According to Fight News, Canelo will be getting five times the Chavez Jr. will be receiving for the fight. The offer Chavez Jr. has received is $7 million. Read the rest of this entry »