By Allan Fox: Promoter Bernard Hopkins believes that IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) is very vulnerable in his fight against the Golden Boy Promoted IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) in their fight on October 17th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
What makes Golovkin vulnerable for this fight are a couple of things. Hopkins thinks that Golovkin’s unbeaten record and the praises he’s been getting from fans will make him vulnerable to getting beaten. He thinks that Golovkin has become drunk on all the praises he’s picked up from the boxing fans due to his many knockout wins he’s accumulated over the past seven years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO president Paco Valcárcel, Esq. shot down the idea of a title fight between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) and 36-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBO 160lb champion Felix Sturm (39-5-3, 18 KOs) for this year. Valcárcel, Esq. said in his tweet today that Sturm isn’t ranked in the top 15 by the World Boxing Organization at this time at 168.
This is bad news for Abraham’s promoter Wilfried Sauerland, who said that the Abraham-Sturm fight had to take place in 2015 for there to be any interest in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Lucas Browne believes that undefeated heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12 KOs) has the kind of talent and punching power in his arsenal for him to defeat undefeated No.2 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) when the two of them face each other in December in what will be a grudge match.
Joshua and Whyte have had a lot of words with one another ever since Whyte beat Joshua in the amateur ranks in knocking him down twice. Whyte whipped Joshua bad in that fight in 2009, and him falling on the canvas and against the ropes like a rag doll. Joshua was able to come back and win a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, but it was a controversial gold medal with many boxing fans thinking that Joshua lost to Italy’s Roberto Cammarelle in the finals and against Cuba’s Erislandy Savon in his first match. I had Joshua losing all four fights in the Olympics. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former three time world title challenger Matthew Macklin (32-6, 21 KOs) says he’ll retire from boxing if he loses his October 17th fight against Jason Welborn (17-3, 6 KOs) at the Barclaycard Arena, in Birmingham, UK. Macklin will be dropping down to the junior middleweight division for this fight.
What’s interesting about that is it’s been nine years since Macklin last fought at 154 when he was stopped in the 10th round by Jamie Moore in September 2006. Macklin made the right move in moving up to middleweight after that fight. But I think it’s a horrible idea for Macklin to be moving back down in weight at 33. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) will be meeting today for the first day of their four-city promotional tour in Los Angeles, California.
The media tour is to publicize the November 21st Cotto vs. Canelo fight on HBO pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez is starting to show signs of concerns about whether the winner of the November 21st fight between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will agree to fight Golovkin in early 2016.
Golovkin has to do his part first by beating IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux in their fight on October 17th on HBO pay-per-view. If Golovkin wins that fight against the Canadian Lemieux, then Golovkin will play a waiting game in seeing who emerges in the Cotto-Canelo fight, and whether the winner – or even the loser – will agree to fight him. Sanchez has reason to be worried because Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions said that Canelo will eventually get around to fighting Golovkin in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Ken Porter, the trainer/father for former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs), says he’s very interested in setting up a fight between his son Shawn and WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) for a fight before the end of the year.
Thurman had recently mentioned Porter as one of the fighters that he’s interested in facing this year. Unfortunately, Ken Porter says he’s been unable to get in contact with Thurman when he’s attempted to call him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: With 46-year-old Roy Jones Jr’s recent win over Eric Watkins last week, Jones Jr. is now targeting newly crowned WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki for his title. Glowacki is coming off of an impressive 11th round stoppage win over the long-standing WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck on August 14th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In less than three weeks, WBC super middleweight Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) will be putting his WBC title on the line against his No.1 WBC 168lb mandatory challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) in a 12 round bout on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Andre Berto fight card on Showtime PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jack, 31, originally thought the fight with the 27-year-old Groves would be a tough affair, but he’s now thinking that it could wind up as being an easy one for him. Either way, Jack says he’ll ready for a war on September 12th when he gets inside the ring with Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will be meeting with his No.1 money fighter Manny Pacquiao to discuss the possibility Pacquiao fighting Britain’s Amir Khan in Pacquiao’s return fight in February or March of 2016. The 83-year-old Arum has already met with Khan in the UK to talk over the fight, and now he wants to meet with Pacquiao to see what he thinks of facing the 28-year-old Khan.
Pacquiao and Khan previously sparred together when the two of them were both trained by the same trainer Freddie Roach in the past. The two stopped sparring after Khan dumped Roach following his 4th round knockout loss to Danny Garcia in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »