By Scott Gilfoid: The bulked up Kell Brook might want to think twice about going out and brawling with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their fight next month, because the Kazakhstan fighter thinks he won’t last very long if he chooses that strategy. Golovkin has already said he doesn’t think all the weight that Brook has put on will help him in this fight.
Brook has bulked up to 176lbs in hopes that his extra size will help him be competitive with the 5’10 ½” Golovkin on the night. Both Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez think that’s a fail on Brook’s part. Indeed, Sanchez believes that the added weight that Brook has put on will lead to him getting knocked out faster in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez spoke boldly after his win over Amir Khan last May, saying that he would fight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin inside the ring that night. Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez liked hearing Canelo speak so boldly because he felt that there was a good chance that he would fight Golovkin. However, Canelo vacated his WBC title shortly after that rather than fight Golovkin, who was his mandatory challenger at the time.
Sanchez says that’s unforgivable that Canelo would vacate his WBC belt without even putting up a fight. Sanchez says that failing is okay as long as you fight bravely. But for a fighter like Canelo to just give up his WBC title without even trying to fight Golovkin, he thinks that’s really low. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If former super middleweight champion Carl Froch is tired of yapping on the sidelines about boxing, he’s got a big money match against unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) waiting for him. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says he’s open to making a fight between Golovkin and the 39-year-old Froch after the Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) fight next month on September 10.
Loeffler says that he’d be willing to match Golovkin against either Froch or Chris Eubank Jr. if everything goes right with the Brook fight next month at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) could beat Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) next month, according Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. He thinks that Smith’s size, power and talent could give the 26-year-old Canelo a real scare and he might beat him in their fight on September 10 on HBO pay-per-view at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Sanchez knows what the 27-year-old Smith is capable of doing against his opponents, and he thinks he might do a number on Canelo. What Sanchez doesn’t say is that Smith might to knock Canelo out to get the win, because the fans will doing a lot of shouting in the stadium and he has a way of being given rounds even when he’s being out-worked and out-landed by his opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The recently jailed former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) was released from jail on Wednesday after doing 30-days for being three-hours late for his court date in Hamilton Country, in Ohio. Broner, 27, wants to fight in October against someone like WBA light welterweight champion Ricky Burns, according to RingTV.
Burns would be the perfect opponent for Broner to face if his manager Al Haymon can get him that fight. The two fighters had talked of wanting to face each other four years ago, but it never took place. Burns’ career quickly went downhill after that with several defeats. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In what has to be seen as bad news for Manny Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum, superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. is showing no interest in coming out of retirement to continue his boxing career. Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs), says he’s an “old man” now and he wants to treat his body good by using his head. The 39-year-old Mayweather hasn’t fought since beating Andre Berto by a 12 round decision last September.
It’ll be exactly one year since Mayweather fought next month. While he’s been out of the ring for extended periods of time in the past, Mayweather is older now and he’s got a lot of money in the bank from his huge paydays against Pacquiao, Berto and Saul Canelo Alvarez in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) will be defending his World Boxing Association title next against unbeaten #2 IBF, #6 WBA challenger Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) in November or December in a fight that will be staged in Russia. Both fighters are from Russia, so there won’t be an advantage for either of them.
The promoters for the fight will be Andrey Ryabinskiy’s World of Boxing.
This is a big step up for the 22-year-old Gassiev, because he’s never faced anyone remotedly as good as the 37-year-old Lebedev during his short five-year pro career. However, Gassiev is catching Lebedev at the right time in his career, because he’s getting up there in age at 37, and he’s not faced a real threat since his 11th round knockout loss to Guillermo Joones in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: With WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder nursing a surgically repaired right hand and torn biceps, the World Boxing Council has ordered #1 WBC contender Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOS) to face #2 WBC Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) for the WBC interim heavyweight title.
The winner of the Povetkin vs. Stiverne fight will then face the 30-year-old Wilder in 2017 for his WBC title. The negotiation for the Povetkin-Stiverne fight begins today. If the two fighters are unable to come to an agreement by September 16 of next month, then a purse bid will be conducted on that date. Drug testing will be done by VADA for the Povetkin vs. Stiverne fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rishad Marquardt: One can’t have a detailed discussion on the career of Manny Pacquiao without talking about Floyd Mayweather Jr., and with it, few people would resist the temptation to compare the two. I can’t speak for everyone, but when people would watch Floyd, many would watch hoping that this time was the time he was going to taste defeat and at the same time would be able to witness the ensuing arrogance wiped clean from his face.
It was as attractive a reason to watch him fight as any other. Many boxing fans would admit that watching his defensive skills was akin to satisfying a guilty pleasure, one would watch on in awe of a master technician in action. But despite this, all too often it was his demeanor, attitude, and choice of fights – and especially their timing, that were a painfully monotonous source of frustration and dissatisfaction.
This was never the case with Manny. He would mirthfully bob up and down in the ring before a fight, his facial expression glazed in concentration, yes, but not with the menacing and antagonizing stare that encompasses the expressions of so many a pugilist. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Despite Golden Boy Promotions head honcho Oscar De La Hoya saying that a fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG: Golovkin will take place in the fall of 2017, Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez doesn’t see that happening at all. Sanchez believes that Golden Boy is going to wait until Golovkin is 60-years-old before they make that fight.
Obviously, Sanchez is just joking, but what he seems to be saying is that Golden Boy will wait for Golovkin to age enough to where they feel that they have the advantage I putting their franchise fighter Canelo in with him so that it’s him in a strong position to win, not Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »