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title Rosado: Golovkin was trying to drain Andre Ward by asking for catch-weight

golovkin454By Allan Fox: Gabriel Rosado doesn’t buy the excuses that WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has been making about not being able to get anyone to fight him.

Rosado thinks that Golovkin could easily have gone up to 168 to fight Andre Ward, the WBA super middleweight champion. If Golokvin wanted, he could have taken that fight by moving up, but instead he asked Ward to drain down to 164 in order to gain an advantage over him, Rosado said. Read the rest of this entry »

title Roman Gonzalez added to Golovkin-Lemieux undercard

gonzalez5(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) has reportedly been added to the undercard of the October 17th fight card headlined by WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin vs. IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Gonzalez’s opponent isn’t yet known at this time. The options aren’t that great though. The fighters that they’re looking at to pick Gonzalez’s opponent for the card is 33-year-old former light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (32-4-1, 28 KOs) and McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs). Brian Viloria had said to be interested in the fight, but he’s not the one that they’re looking at for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Danny Garcia expects to get the job done against Paulie Malignaggi

(Photo credit: Ed Diller/Dibella Entertainment) By Dan Ambrose: Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) will be making a new beginning on Saturday night in moving up to the full weight of the welterweight division against Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Garcia is hoping that the move up in weight will make him stronger than he’s been in the past, because he’s going to need to be strong for him to compete against the best welterweights in the division. But perhaps what Garcia is going to need more then punching power is stamina, and an ability to take punishment. Read the rest of this entry »

title Nobody knows Golovkin in America, says Angel Garcia

golovkin64By Dan Ambrose: Angel Garcia, the trainer/father for former WBC 140lb champion Danny Garcia, doesn’t see what the fuss is all about with U.S boxing fan’s interest in WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Angel thinks that only people at HBO know about Golovkin. American boxing fans don’t have any idea who Golovkin is, says Angel.

Angel basically sees Golovkin as an unproven fighter who hasn’t faced the guys necessary for there to be so much hype about him. Further, Angel thinks that Golovkin hasn’t done enough to rate a fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. He thinks that Golovkin needs to prove himself worthy of getting a fight against Cotto before getting a fight against him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Bernard Hopkins’ farewell to be against Abraham?

hopkins8By Joshua Broom: Rumors have been floating around the Boxing world as of late that a clash between former Middleweight and two time lineal light heavyweight champion and certified fight legend, Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins(55-7-2, 32 KOs) an astounding 50 years of age, -who at 48 years of age broke his own set record of 46 to become boxing’s eldest champion- could end his career on a familiar championship stage by challenging current WBO Super Middleweight champion Arthur Abraham(43-4, 29 KOs), 35, of Germany in early 2016 in the formers amazing 35th championship appearance; at the unheard age for a professional athlete of 51.

The Philadelphia native Hopkins has never fought for a World title at 168 lbs as he skipped over the division (after being controversially usurped from his Middleweight throne following a decade of dominance by Jermain Taylor in a pair of razor thin clashes in which
the latter prevailed victorious each time in 2005) to eventually move up to the 175 lb division the following year and defeat then reigning lineal champion Antonio Tarver for the honors that he held Twice, once in historical fashion after defeating Jean Pascal in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto-Canelo on November 21st at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

1-cotto (12)By Dan Ambrose: It’s now official that WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) will be facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Dan Rafael, Cotto and Canelo didn’t want to fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, because Floyd Mayweather Jr’s banner is draped down the side and it has some of Mayweather’s gear at the entrance of the place. They didn’t want to fight in Mayweather’s building, which makes a lot of sense because both fighters were beaten by Mayweather in the past, and those were hard defeats for both guys to stomach. Read the rest of this entry »

title Dillian Whyte faces Irineu Beato Costa Junior on Saturday

whyte888By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (14-0, 11 KOs) will be strutting his stuff this Saturday night in an eight round tune-up fight against 34-year-old Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior (17-4, 15 KOs) on the undercard of the Luke Campbell vs. Tommy Coyle fight card at the Craven Park Stadium, Hull, Yorkshire, UK.

For Whyte, 27, this fight is little more than audition before his much bigger fight against unbeaten #2 WBC Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) later this year in November or December at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Whyte needs to look good against Costa Junior to help drive interest for the Joshua fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Daniel Jacobs hoping to KO Sergio Mora this Saturday on ESPN

001-Danny-Jacobs-IMG_4514By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight belt holder Daniel Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) is hoping to get a knockout victory this Saturday night in his voluntary title defense against #10 WBA Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN on the undercard of the Danny Garcia vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

For Jacobs, this is his second consecutive voluntary defense after his win over Caleb Truax in his recent first defense. It looks like Jacob’s adviser Al Haymon isn’t taking any chances with him by taking his time before he’s finally forced to defend against his No.1 Chris Eubank Jr. or Tureano Johnson. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kell Brook believes he’s only one fight away from Amir Khan match-up

brook3By Scott Gilfoid: Despite Amir Khan telling IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn this week that Brook must beat two high quality opponents before he’ll face him in 2016, Brook believes that he’ll be getting a fight against Khan in only one more fight, which Brook and Hearn are planning for October.

Brook thinks he’ll be facing Khan by next summer in a huge outdoor stadium in the UK. But before then, Brook likely won’t be following Khan’s directions of facing a high quality opponent. The two fighters that are reportedly in the running for Brook’s October fight is bottom fringe contender Chris Van Heerden and 2nd tier fighter 40-year-old Leonard Bundu. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kovalev v Beterbiev and amateur/pro rivalries

kovalev5555By Gav Duthie: Before the year is out we are likely to see two rivalries rekindled from all the way back to the amateur days. Top ten pound for pound star Sergiy Kovalev 28-0-1 (25) has been cutting through his opposition with ease but climbing the ranks is former amateur rival Artur Beterbiev 9-0 (9) who claims to have ‘Krusher’ Kovalev’s number.

Beterbiev bested Kovalev twice as an amateur and is eager to repeat that success possibly on November 28th. Also in the UK Anthony Joshua 13-0 (13) can’t shake his past amateur defeat to Dillian Whyte 14-0 (11) where he was knocked down and outpointed. If he can get past Gary Cornish on Sept 12 he should face Whyte in November or December. This piece discusses some of the best former amateur to professional rivalries of the past. Read the rest of this entry »

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