By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) will be fighting on November 26 against an opponent still to be determined. The fight won’t take place at the O2 Arena in London, UK, according to Sky Sports News. As previously mentioned, the two leading options for Joshua’s November fight is 37-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and former world title challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Both fighters have their plus and minuses about them. It’s likely that Stiverne will get the fight if Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn can successfully negotiate the fight with Stiverne’s promoter Don King. If not, then you can expect to see the 6’4 1/2” Pulev get the nod.
Hearn’s dad Barry Hearn is said to be keen on the idea of having Joshua fight Stiverne. Perhaps the fight plays out well in the UK or something. Stiverne isn’t well known with the casual boxing fans in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi was highly impressed with what he saw on Sunday with unbeaten #2 IBF 147lb contender Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) stopping a very game Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) in the 6th round in an IBF welterweight eliminator bout at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi liked the way that the 26-year-old Spence thought his way through a somewhat difficult fight against the 41-year-old Bundu.
It wasn’t that Spence was losing the fight at any time, according to Malignaggi. It was the constant pressure that Bundu was creating that made Spence have to think his way through the fight. Malignaggi liked what he saw from Spence, and he feels that he’ll be in a big fight either by the end of 2016 or in early 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Showing off his punching power, #2 IBF welterweight contender Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) demolished Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) in six rounds on Sunday to put himself in the driver’s seat for a title shot against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook or at least a shot at the IBF title if Brook vacates. Spence entertained the fans with his two knockdown performance at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
Spence connected on 137 of 388 punches for a connect percentage of 35, according to CompuBox. For his part, Bundu landed 51 of 201 punches for a connect percentage of 25. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. stopped the game but limited Leonard Bundu on Sunday in the 6th round, and then immediately called out IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook for his now mandated title shot.
Spence came into the fight against the Italian based Bundu saying he wanted to knock him out to improve upon the performance Keith Thurman had in his 12 round decision win over him two years ago. That’s exactly what Spence did in knocking Bundu out in the 6th after dropping him twice in their IBF eliminator fight at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) feels pretty good about the fan reaction that he’s been seeing for him moving up two divisions to face unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) on September 10. Brook notes that there is a lot of interest in the Golovkin-Brook fight, and he feels that he had to make a drastic move to get attention from the boxing world.
Brook thinks that it’s no longer a big deal just to be a world champion. The fans want to see bigger things from the fighters than merely winning world titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: #2 IBF welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) became the first person to KO #6 IBF Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) during his career in knocking him out in the sixth round on Sunday at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York. It wasn’t a surprise to many boxing fans that Spence got the knockout, but it was a pleasant surprise to see how good he looked in doing the job on the 41-year-old Bundu in this fight.
Referee Johnny Callas stopped the fight at 2:06 of the round. Spence called out IBF champion Kell Brook after the fight, saying that he’s going to have to fight him or vacate his title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Undefeated #2 IBF welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) put himself in position for a world title shot by stopping #6 IBF Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) in the 6th round on Sunday afternoon in their IBF 147lb title eliminator fight at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York.
Spence knocked the 41-year-old Bundu down twice in round six. the fight was halted after the second knockdown. The fight was stopped at 2:06 of the 6th round. The referee said the first knockdown of the 6th wasn’t a knockdown, but it was clearly a knockdown. It was a left uppercut from Spence that caused Bundu to go down. It wasn’t a push. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) will be looking to try and do what Keith Thurman couldn’t do by beating Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) today and looking impressive in doing so in their fight at Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
Thurman beat Bundu by a 12 round decision in 2014, but he didn’t look all that sharp. Bundu had his moments against Thurman early in the fight, and he forced him to into a hit and move style. The result was Thurman turning the fight into a boring affair that caused the boxing fans at ringside to boo him. They weren’t booing Bundu, because he was trying to pressure Thurman, but he couldn’t catch up to him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Saul Canelo Alvarez and his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions aren’t taking the fight with Gennady Golovkin right now because there’s not enough money in that fight, according to trainer Freddie Roach. While Roach isn’t connected to Canelo or Golden Boy in looking out for the Mexican fighter’s welfare, he says he undercards why Golden Boy isn’t making the fight against Golovkin.
Roach doesn’t see Golovkin as a pay-per-view fighter right now, and a fight between him and Canelo just doesn’t make enough money to justify putting the fight together. Roach points out that boxing has a business aspect to it with fighters needing to make as much money as they can to set themselves up for later life when they’re no longer competing. Roach thinks there just isn’t enough of a demand for a fight between Golovkin and Canelo to make it a big enough fight for the risk involved from Canelo’s side. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: If 41-year-old Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) is going to beat Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) this afternoon, then he’s going to need to overcome some crazy odds for him to do so. Spence is reportedly 100::1 favorite with some oddsmakers, and it’s not all that surprising because he’s got everything going for him in this match-up. The 41-year-old Bundu is smaller, weaker, older, and he doesn’t have the same pedigree as the 26-year-old Spence.
Spence and Bundu will be fighting today, August 21, in a contest televised by Premier Boxing Champions on NBC at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The fight will start at 5PM ET/2PM PT on NBC. Read the rest of this entry »