By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) plans on returning to the ring in the summer of 2017, hopefully against WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia or possibly Kell Brook. The 29-year-old Khan says he’s down to the final five fights of his career, as he plans on retiring from boxing after that. Khan wants to get the most out of the remaining fights of his career, and he feels it’s time to take on Garcia and Brook. It’s likely going to be a fight against just one of them though, because if/when Khan gets knocked out again, it’ll remove the possibility of fighting the other fighter.
Khan is will need time to get his surgically repaired right hand ready for his next fight. This is the reason for the delay in him getting back inside the ring. Khan has become a part time fighter in the last couple of years, as he’s been traveling around the world and not really focusing on his boxing career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: At one point earlier this year the UK celebrated having 14 world champions at the same time making it arguably the best boxing country pound for pound. Within the last month 3 have fallen in Anthony Crolla (To Jorge Linares), Liam Smith who lost to Canelo and Tyson Fury who relinquished his WBA and WBO titles due to depression and allegations of drug taking, both performance enhancing and recreational. Recently one of the UK’s best in Carl Frampton said that although the number of champions were great he didn’t feel they were all true champions. This piece discusses the 11 world champions who remain and how long they might be champions for.
Anthony Joshua 17-0 (17)
AJ is the current IBF champion but its possible that the WBA and WBO titles could be on the line if he faces Wladimir Klitschko on December 10. Whether he wins or not depends on at what stage of his career you feel The 40 year old Wlad is now. For me Wlad was confused against Fury after finally facing someone taller, with a longer reach and he couldn’t dictate the pace. Joshua will come to fight and be easier to hit. I don’t think Wlad is finished just yet so I pick him to knock Joshua out. If the fight doesn’t come off he will likely defend against someone like Bermaine Stiverne and keep his title a bit longer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British boxing fans will be pleased to learn that WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) and heavyweight contender David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) have reportedly begun talks for a fight between them in 2017. Bellew REALLY wants the Haye fight in the worst way. The interest that Bellew has in the Haye fight is a little too high in my opinion, because Bellew still hasn’t even proven himself as a good champion at cruiserweight.
Bellew only recently won the WBC title with a win over Ilunga Makabu last May. Instead of trying to fight guys like Haye in the heavyweight division, Bellew should be trying to establish himself as a good cruiserweight champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight David Haye says he’s going to be making a big announcement today about his future plans. On Tuesday, the 36-year-old Haye said this on his Twitter site: “I’ve got a big announcement to come tomorrow. Be sure to stay tuned.”
Some boxing fans immediately started guessing that Haye’s big announcement would be a fight against Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne. However, Browne said “Not me,” so you can rule him out as part of Haye’s big news. Presumably, Haye will be announcing his December opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Light welterweight knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) plans on returning to the ring in early 2017 in March or April, according to Ringtv.com. The 5’6” Matthysse will now be fighting in the 147lb division. That might not be the best thing for Matthysse, because he’s not a very big fighter.
We’ll have to find out how well he can handle the bigger welterweights. Golden Boy needs to keep Matthysse away from the bigger welterweights like the 5’9” Errol Spence Jr., Jessie Vargas and Kell Brook. Those guys are like big junior middleweights in size. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: In what has to be seen as really news for boxing fans hoping to see IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) fight in December, he’s not going to be fighting for the remainder of the year. According to Dan Rafael, Triple G’s fight against WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 Kos) couldn’t be negotiated for the December 10 date that they were hoping to stage the fight on HBO Boxing. Team Golovkin still haven’t negotiated the fight with Jacobs’ management, and they’re running out of time before the October 22 deadline the WBA set.
Since Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler doesn’t want to let the fight go to a purse bid, they’ve decided to put the fight off until early 2017. It’s hoped that the Golovkin-Jacobs fight can get made by that point. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: On November 3 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the former four weight division titlist Nonito Donaire, with a record of W37(24)-L3-D0, will try to defend his belt against the first solid contender he has faced in the last two years, when he fights southpaw Jessie Magdaleno with 24 years of age and a record of W23(17)-L0-D0.
After been brutally knocked out by Nicholas Walters, when they unified the featherweight WBA regular strap held by the Axe Man and the featherweight WBA super strap held by Donaire, the once best super bantamweight in the planet Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire, has faded in the last couple of years.
On his last four bouts Donaire moved back to the super bantamweight division and engaged against low level of competition. In which Nonito failed to impress or to look as he once did five years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s fight against Daniel Jacobs (32-0, 29 KOs) appears to be headed towards February or March 2017, according to Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. Loeffler says there’s not enough time to negotiate the fight for the December 10 on HBO Championship Boxing.
The Golovkin-Jacobs fight can happen next year. In the meantime, Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) will likely fight someone else on the December 10 date. There are plenty of contenders that Golovkin can fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: Tyson Fury – the thing I hate about the situation with Fury is that I feel duped to some degree. In my estimation of Fury leading in to his Fight versus Wladimir Klitschko I thought we were seeing a man poised for greatness. A man that was nearly driven to the point of insanity by his thirst to become the heavy weight champion of the world. In retrospect the aforementioned may still hold true, however the extreme feeling of letdown has taken place since his win over Klitschko.
Since his win over Klitscho, Fury has done nothing other than eat himself in to an unrecognizable loaf. To add to his battles at the table, Fury also seems to be battling a drug addiction. While I always try to have empathy for those battling addiction, in the case of Fury I have little as I deem his problem to be a severe case of “after party syndrome.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) vs. Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) is a possibility for the vacant World Boxing Association heavyweight title on December 10 if the WBA fails to sanction the Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua fight for the title.
This is news from Dan Rafael. Browne, 37, would be at a huge disadvantage against Klitschko if that fight gets made. Browne is a good puncher, but he’s never fought anyone in the class of Klitschko before. Even if Wladimir chooses to throw only jabs against Browne and hold him all night long, he would likely easily beat him. Read the rest of this entry »