(Photo credit: HBO/Will Hart) By Chris Williams: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) and his opponent Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) both successfully weighed in today in New York for their fight on Saturday night on HBO from Madison Square Garden. Both guys weighed almost the same with Golovkin coming in at 159.8 pounds, and Geale at 159.2lbs.
They looked in excellent shape for the fight. Golovkin played it cool during the face off and didn’t seem to be trying to intimidate the 33-year-old Geale. It was a friendly thing.
Geale had earlier said this at the fighter meetings: “I think his [Golovkin] weakness is his confidence. He has that huge amount of confidence. I’m going to break it and do my thing.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: As Arnie Schwarzenegger said in Kindergarten cop when asked “So who are you man” he replies I’m the party pooper”. Alexander Ustinov at just 4 days notice has the potential to ruin Tyson Fury’s party as the Brit faces the impressive Belorussian on Saturday.
Profile: Fighting background
Ustinov 29-1 (21) has fighting in his blood. He doesn’t have any boxing amateur record to speak of but boasts a “Kickboxing” record of 53-9-1-1 (31). He also fought a couple of fights of MMA and in total won 9 championship titles over kickboxing and Muay Thai disciplines and was never stopped. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) told WBA/WBO 122 pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KO’s) that he’s ready to face him in a brief exchange on twitter this week.
Rigondeaux and his manager Gary Hyde said that they’re willing to face Santa Cruz in his next scheduled fight date on September 13th on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana 2 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rigondeaux said to Santa Cruz “I’m ready to fight you in September anywhere. Team Rigondeaux are ready for you!” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) weighed in at 257 pounds today at the weigh-in for his fight on Saturday night against replacement opponent Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KO’s) at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, UK.
What’s interesting here is that the 37-year-old Ustinov, who usually looks kind of flabby, appeared to be in better shape than Fury in weighing in at 280 pounds. Fury had visible fat around the sides of his waist. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin “neds” O’Connor: On September 13th, Marcos Maidana and Floyd Mayweather Jr will be meeting in a rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first fight produced and provided many talking points and opinions on both sides that are still beings “debated” with a high degree of emotion.
From the fans points of view there is a strong belief amongst Mayweather’s fans that the tactics employed by the unbeaten champion were calculated and for the fans benefit and entertainment going “toe to toe” with the hard hitting Argentinean and adjusting in the later rounds to incorporate more success after weathering an early storm of “dirty” tactics from Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (21-1, 14 KO’s) says he expects to be back in the ring next Friday, August 1st in scheduled fight on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash.
According to Mlive.com, Dirrell has left his promoter 50 Cent under good terms, and he now plans on getting back in the ring and fighting regularly to get a top ranking. Dirrell is with high powered adviser Al Haymon now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) will be in action tonight against 34-year-old Roberto Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Prescott, 31, weighed in on Thursday at 146.5 lbs. Garcia game in at 146. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Will Hart, K2 Promotions) By Jay McIntyre: Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (also known to his fans as “Triple G”) has slowly risen to become one of the premier boxers of today. While it is true that he is not a major PPV star (as of yet), he does have all of the in-ring ingredients to make him both very marketable and very appealing to the casual and involved fans. With an impressive record of 29 wins (26 by way of knockout) and no losses on his record he has no signs of slowing down.
His three decision wins were during eight round fights, the last of which occurred in 2008 – he hasn’t gone the distance since. The only significant criticism that has been leveraged against him – which is worth noting – is the lack of elite opponents that he has encountered so far. His detractors certainly attribute this to careful planning on the part of his managers. His supporters, on the other hand, understandably believe that he is one of the most avoided boxers out there today. Read the rest of this entry »
By Francisco Gurrola: Watching the TV show “Golpe a Golpe, I was very interested as to what the comments would be about the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara fight. My first Impressions on the commentators was that none of them were fully satisfied with the fight at the MGM Grand on July 12th; as if something was missing, something was incomplete, perhaps as if the fight didn’t even happen.
When the ESPN commentators asked Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. about the fight his expressions said it all. These aren’t exact words, but from a recap the legend suggested that “Canelo” Alvarez did not do enough to come out victorious; at the same time he also acknowledged that Lara was on the same boat as Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) is talking tough about knocking out his new opponent Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KOs) this Saturday night at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, UK. Fury, 25, points out that he’s facing Ustinov without any preparation for him at all in terms of sparring partners and training.
Fury says he hasn’t sat down to watch any of Ustinov’s fights. Instead, he’s just going to come out there and treat it like it’s a backyard rumble when he gets inside the ring with the big 300 pound fighter from Belarus.
Ustinov is taking the injured Dereck Chisora’s place for the fight. He was gracious enough to come in and take the fight at the last minute. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Harrison: After news that Dereck Chisora had dropped out of his clash with Tyson Fury this Saturday, Antonio Tarver offered to fill in for Chisora via Twitter. Tyson Fury overlooked Antonio Tarver, and chose Alexander Ustinov, which could prove to be a mistake for several reasons.
The first reason he should have taken this fight is because Tarver is not fight-ready. He didn’t go through a training camp for this fight, and hasn’t been in camp since November of 2013. Tarver is also the naturally smaller man as he had to climb to heavyweight (from 168 lbs.), whereas Fury (who’d enjoy a seven-inch height advantage over Tarver) made his professional debut weighing over 250 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #3 WBO, #5 WBC, #8 IBF, #13 WBA Billy Joe Saunders (19-0, 10 KOs) will be facing fringe contender #13 IBF, #15 WBC Emanuele Blandamura (22-0, 5 KOs) in a fight for the vacant European middleweight title on Saturday night in the co-feature fight on the Tyson Fury vs. Alexander Ustinov card at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, UK.
Saunders, who is all of 24, wants a title shot against the likes of WBC champ Miguel Cotto or WBO champion Peter Quillin. Indeed, Saunders like his chances of beating either of those guys, and he doesn’t rate 40-year-old IBF champ Sam Soliman. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Will Hart, K2 Promotions) By Chris Williams: Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) feels absolutely zero pressure on him for his fight against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golokvin (29-0, 26 KOs), because everyone is expecting him to be blown out quickly by Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in New York.
With everyone expecting him be knocked out easily, it allows Geale to potentially steal the show by beating the more popular and seemingly invincible Golovkin. If Geale is able to pull off an upset in this fight, he’d be sinking one of HBO’s brightest stars before he struck gold with them. They want obviously don’t want to see Golovkin take a loss to anyone right now and lose out on a potential star. Read the rest of this entry »
By Idris Morrey: The kind of talent waiting to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is growing steadily by the day. Names are coming up and they have convincing records to deserve a match-up with the hard hitting Mexican.
The worrying bit is whether Canelo Alvarez’s promoter and Golden boy president Oscar Dela Hoya will really accept to let lose one of his from from the stable to face the dangerous middleweight fighters. From earlier on, it was expressed during the All Access Showtime episodes that De La Hoya was against Canelo fighting the Cuban Boxer Erislandy Lara. From his style, the left- handed Lara has been a dreaded fighter. Oscar publicly confessed that he did not want Canelo to face the Cuban. In their recent fight, it became evident that Dela Hoya’s fear was real from the beginning Read the rest of this entry »