By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, wanting to cover his bases, says he inserted a rematch clause in the contract for the November 22nd fight between his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his non-Top Rank opponent Chris Algieri.
Arum wanted to make sure that if the 35-year-old Pacquiao gets beaten by Algieri, he’ll be able to get him a rematch so that he can try and avenge the loss and win back his WBO title. But if Pacquiao does lose to Algieri by getting out-boxed, Arum might not be doing the Filipino star any favors by having him fight Algieri a second time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) says he doesn’t plan on running from WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) in their fight on November 8th on HBO Championship Boxing at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The 49-year-old Hopkins says he’ll take away Kovalev’s offensive weapons. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Rather than Gennady Golovkin getting the winner of next year’s mega fight between Saul “Canel” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that his fighter Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) could very well be the one that faces the winner of Cotto-Canelo instead of the hard hitting Golovkin. Arum says that Bradley wants that fight, and he feels it’s an easy one to make.
The big question is how would the tiny 5’6” Bradley be able to compete against sluggers as big and as powerful as Cotto or Canelo? There’s also the question of whether Bradley would even deserve the fight. Unless the Canelo-Cotto winner is going to vacate the WBC middleweight title, they’d be defending it against a welterweight instead of a middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Marc Livitz: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. hasn’t fought in an entire month, yet he still has managed to jump back into the boxing forefront just a bit. Last week, the pound for pound, dollar for dollar and chit for chat king sounded off in regard to a certain television and radio host’s opinion of his fighting exploits.
We’ve all heard at one time or another of the notion of flying pigs, however it’s all too familiar when a particular feeling is valued as much as a flying F bomb. “Listen, I don’t give two flying (expletive) what Stephen A. Smith says”, proclaimed the Michigan native to the first boxing writer who would actually publish the champ’s profanity laden tirade. It was as if the lucky fight scribbler had found the last shiny penny on the planet. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: If Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez needed the motivation to fight WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) then all they need do is look at the huge ratings his fight against Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) generated last Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The Golovkin-Rubio fight averaged 1,304 million viewers, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, which makes it the 2nd most viewed fight of the year. That’s not bad for a fighter who can’t get Canelo and Cotto to fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says his fighter Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) will be looking to put on a show and make a statement on December 13th against former two division world title holder Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) when they face each other on Showtime Boxing at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
De La Hoya points out that they both want to get a fight against superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr, and they’ll need to prove themselves if they want to get that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver middleweight champion Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) is hoping to get a victory over #7 WBC Domenico Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) this Saturday night to potentially get a fight against World Boxing Association Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Murray still isn’t sure if he’s going to be facing Golovkin or going in another direction, which is kind of interesting because everyone is saying he’ll be facing Golovkin next February if he can get past the 34-year-old Spada in their fight on Saturday at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Babatis Banda: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0-28) seems to have taken the sport of boxing by storm. He has the highest knockout ratio in his weight class and looks unstoppable. Some enthusiasts are already making comparisons with the likes of Mike Tyson and so far, you can’t blame them.
Over the weekend, we saw Golovkin destroy challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) in a somewhat impressive show, but not enough to show exactly what Golovkin is made of in their fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Rubio could not be the real test for Golovkin, he was another victim lined up to help build the GGG persona. I have also heard some people suggest that Golovkin is the next big thing after Floyd Mayweather Jr in this sport of boxing, and I disagree. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: HBO Championship Boxing will be televising a replay of last Saturday’s clash between WBA Super World Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio “Mexican Style” doubleheader tonight at 1:05 A.M. ET/PT. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kevin Mitchell, one of Michael Katsidis’ former knockout victims, thinks the 34-year-old Katsidis could knockout the 25-year-old Tommy Coyle (19-2, 8 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night at the Hull Arena, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Mitchell notes that Coyle likes to stand in front of his opponents slugging it out. If he tries that tactic with Katsidis on Saturday night, then Mitchell thinks Katsidis will blast Coyle to smithereens in short order in 4-5 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A fight between former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) and former world title challenger Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs) is being talked about for December, according to Steve Kim.
#7 IBF, #8 WBC Guerrero was passed over by Khan’s management for a fight between Khan and Devon Alexander on December 13th. Guerrero says a fight between him and Khan was never even mentioned to him despite Khan saying that Guerrero was one of the guys that was in the running for his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Welterweight contender Tim Bradley thinks that former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) will beat WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) if they ever fight.
Bradley says he saw Golovkin’s fight last Saturday night against Marco Antonio Rubio, and he felt that Golovkin was totally slow in terms of his hand speed. Bradley thought that Golovkin had better hand speed than what he showed, and he wasn’t impressed at all with what he saw of him. Read the rest of this entry »