By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) says he’ll be revealing a big surprise for the fans on September 17 when he gets inside the ring with WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Just what that surprise is has many boxing fans guessing.
Will Canelo finally announce that he’s fighting IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to show the fans that he’s not afraid of him, or does he merely mean that his win over Smith will be the big surprise. If that’s the case, then it won’t be much of a surprise because a lot of fans are already picking Canelo to win the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Kell Brook’s boxing IQ is what makes him the biggest threat to beating IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their fight on September 10, according to the Kazakhstan fighter. Golovkin is less worried about Brook’s size with him weigh-in 176lbs at their recent 30-day weigh-in. Golovkin feels he’ll be able to deal with Brook’s weight.
Besides Brook’s boxing IQ, Golovkin also sees the fact that the fight is taking place in the UK as being something that could make Brook a threat to beating him. The crowd will be on Brook’s side in this fight, and Golovkin will need to find a way to overcome the large pro-Brook crowd so that he can take the fight fans out of the equation before it becomes a real problem. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) says he’s ready to beat the “bully” Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) next month in their fight on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Smith says that boxing fans see Canelo as a monster, but he’s not. Smith points out that he’s bigger than the 5’9” Canelo.
Smith figures that he can fight exactly like Canelo in trading body shots to get the better of him on the night. Above all, Smith, 27, wants to give Canelo a loss so that he can make some life changing money in the rematch when Canelo comes around looking to avenge his loss.
Canelo can’t walk away from a loss to Smith, because this isn’t the type of fight that the Mexican star can walk away from like he did with his controversial 12 round decision over Erislandy Lara in 2014. Canelo appeared to lose to Lara in the eyes of a lot of boxing fans, but the judges gave him a 12 round split decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) is still looking to lockdown an opponent for his next fight in December. The two options that are being talked about for the 35-year-old Cotto right now is James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) and Tim Bradley (32-2-1, 13 KOs).
Yuriorkis Gamboa recently revealed that he’s a possibility too for Cotto’s next fight on HBO pay-per-view, but that’s just so hard to believe that the former four division world champion would go that route in selecting a super featherweight to fight. However, Cotto has shown interest recently in fighting former featherweight Juan Manuel Marquez and former WBA lightweight champion Brand Rios. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The 296 pound heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) will be fighting tonight against the clever Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) for their fight on Showtime Boxing from the Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York. Miller will have close to a 60lb weight advantage tonight over the 36-year-old Kassi.
That doesn’t mean Miller will win the fight, because he could very well come up short. Miller has packed on some pounds since his last fight, and it doesn’t look like all the weight he’s put on has been in the form of muscle. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten welterweight talent Errol Spence’s promoter Lou Dibella says he doubts that Kell Brook will return to the 147lb division to defend his International Boxing Federation title after he faces IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their fight next month on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Dibella says he’s hearing that Brook likely won’t try and come back down to welterweight after the Golovkin fight. However, Dibella says that if Brook does choose to come back down to defend his IBF belt, he’ll have as many problems against Spence as he will against Golovkin at 160.
No matter what happens in the 30-year-old Brook’s fight against Golovkin next month, Brook will need to make a decision quickly whether he’s going to remain at 160 or move back down to the welterweight division to defend his IBF strap. The IBF is going to need to hear Brook’s decision quickly, because they’ll be ready to order Spence to fight for the vacant IBF title against the contender that is selected by the IBF. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Rather than testing the free market to fight some of the biggest names at 147, former two division world champion Tim Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KOs) has signed a two-year extension with Top Rank.
This isn’t the first time the 32-year-old Bradley has re-upped with Top Rank. He already did it before and got a nice payday against Manny Pacquiao for a third fight. However, with the Pacquiao seemingly exhausted after the less than spectacular pay-per-view numbers from their last fight in April, there doesn’t appear to be anyone in the Top Rank stable for Bradley to fight.
He won’t fight his good friend Terence Crawford, because they’re good buddies. Once you remove Crawford from the mix, it leaves Bradley fighting rematches against Top Rank fighters Brandon Rios and Jessie Vargas, and maybe someone like Viktor Postol. Those are not big fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) says he has some big news to reveal in the next few years, and boxing fans can only hope it’s about his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs). Fury already postponed the fight earlier this year when he suffered an ankle injury while training. The two heavyweights are supposed to be facing each other on October 29 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. However, with the news that the 40-year-old Wladimir is talking about wanting to take the negotiations with Fury to court, it leaves you to question how well things are going between the two heavyweights.
As far Fury’s big news that he wants to reveal to the boxing world, I can only imagine it being one of two things: 1. Fury is retiring or 2. The negotiations issues with Wladimir have been ironed out and the fight is ready to take place on October 29. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is considering self-distributing the November 5th fight between his two fighters Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas due to HBO choosing not to televise it for that date. HBO wants to televise the Pacquiao-Vargas fight on October 29, along with the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury fight.
By putting those two fights together in one package, it makes for a better pay-per-view event. HBO doesn’t want to televise two PPV events in the same month apparently. They have the November 19 fight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev that will be televised on HBO PPV. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) is the underdog in this Sunday’s match-up against unbeaten welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) on August 21, but the 41-year-old Bundu feels he’s going to be the one getting the victory in what would be a huge upset of major proportions.
Spence and Bundu will be fighting at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The fight will be shown on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. The 5’6 ½” Bundu has a lot of things to try and overcome in this fight starting with the size advantage that the 5’9 ½” Spence has going for him in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »