By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) has been yanked off the July 18th card in in order to put him on a card with greater visibility on September 12th on the Kell Brook card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
The opponent that is being talked about for Joshua is 6’8” former world title challenger Mariusz Wach (31-1, 17 KOs). If the Joshua-Wach fight gets made, it’ll be a step up for Joshua, who has been fighting guys like Kevin Johnson, Jason Gavern and Rafael Love lately.
Wach clearly better than those guys, but not by much. We’re still taking about a flawed fighter with major problems with his game.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport has been complaining that it’s hard to find guys that will give the 6’6” Joshua rounds. He says his opposition is folding too easily, and he wants to find guys that can give him some badly needed work. He says that they are asking for more and more money to fight the 26-year-old, which would make sense given that they’re facing the 2012 Olympic super middleweight gold medalist. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: The first six months of 2015 have went past in the blink of an eye but it has been action packed in the world of boxing.
The year previous had been somewhat disappointing with many potential fights passing us by and lots of controversial decisions. For me 2015 has started brighter despite the this era’s fight of the century (Mayweather v Pacquaio) failing to ignite. Lets look so far at my personal highlights and debate the results as well as looking onto to the back end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Now that Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) has beaten Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) to win the interim WNBO welterweight title, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya wants Bradley to face Golden Boy fighter, #3 WBO, #6 WBA, #7 IBF, #12 WBC, Sadam Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) next in his first defense of his title.
The 26-year-old Ali has beaten Francisco Santana and Luis Carlos Abregu in his last two fights to put himself in position for a title shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former three time world title challenger Martin Murray (30-2-1, 13 KOs) will be back inside the ring next month against an opponent still to be determined on July 18th on the undercard of the title clash between WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg vs. former IBF 122lb champ Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Unbeaten #2 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua has been pulled off the July 18th card and will be inserted on the September 12th Kell Brook vs. Brandon Rios card at the O2 Arena in London, UK. There’s no word about who Joshua will be fighting on that date. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jonathan Gonzalez: IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton’s rise seemed inevitable given his amateur background as one of Ireland’s most successful amateurs in recent years. Now, with a PBC date on July 18th creeping up, it seems that Frampton is on the cusp of breaking out to mainstream boxing audiences. He’ll be facing Alejandro Gonzalez Jr., an experienced Mexican fighter, who carries a record of 25-1-2 (although against no notable opponents).
The fight will take place in El Paso, TX (chalk another one up for the bizarre matchmaking and venue selections made by Al Haymon & Co.), but nonetheless Frampton takes the task on with a professionalism characteristic of an assassin – quiet, focused, and determined. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) isn’t entirely out of the running for a lottery ticket winning fight against WBA/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) on September 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to Lance Pugmire, Khan is in the running for the Mayweather fight, as is former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs). We already knew that Berto was one of the guys that had a chance for the Mayweather fight, but we didn’t know that Khan was being factored in. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) appears to be barking up the wrong street in heavily pursuing a fight against KO artist Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) for his September 26th title defense of his WBC heavyweight title.
Browne is started trash talking the talented 6’7” Wilder something fierce and it looks like the 36-year-old Australian really fancies his chances against him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) plans on keeping his WBC 160lb title after his next defense against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) in November rather than vacating it to avoid his No.1 WBC mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), according to Roc Nation Sports COO David Iskowitch.
He told Fight News that they will look to make sure Cotto keeps his WBC title after the Canelo fight. Just what that means is unclear. Cotto was supposed to be fighting Golovkin next, but both the WBC and Golovkin agreed to let the Cotto-Canelo fight take place as long as Golovkin gets the next shot at the title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) will be defending his WBC strap against one of two undefeated heavily ranked top 10 contenders on September 26th against #3 WBC Vyacheslav Glazkov (20-0-1, 12 KOs) or #6 WBC Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC, according to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
This is a voluntary defense for the 6’7” Wilder, so he’d be showing a ton of courage to face one of those two guys for his next title defense. However, Wilder will be in tough in his fight after this when he has to defend his WBC strap against his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in early 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Gabriel Peñagarícano, the adviser for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs), says they’re making a lot of progress in the negotiations with former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) for their mega-fight on HBO pay-per-view.
Peñagarícano says they’re looking at November 21st as a possible date for the fight, and they’ve narrowed the cities down to Las Vegas, Nevada or New York. Las Vegas is the No.1 choice right now with New York No.2. Dallas, Texas is also a possibility. They’re hoping to announce the fight in July once they have the signatures on the contracts. Read the rest of this entry »