By Eric Baldwin: Earlier tonight, middleweight champions Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs met up at the New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. This is the same venue that the unbeaten Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) will be fighting at on March 18 on HBO pay-per-view.
They’re meeting tonight was to help drum up interest in their fight on HBO in two months from now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: IBO/WBA Super World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) has put himself in the position where he absolutely needs to look good this Friday night in his fight against Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) at Hialeah Park in Hialeah, Florida. It’s another mediocre opponent for Lara to fight, and it’s pretty disappointing to see for a lot of boxing fans. Lara wants the big fights against top names, but he’s not good opposition to create a name for himself unfortunately.
They were hoping that Lara would be a good champion that fought the best. Instead, they’ve seen Lara milk his WBA title steadily since picking it up three years ago in 2014. Lara’s last title defense against the 36-year-old Foreman will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In what has to be seen as a bad sign for the March 18 fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) if you were hoping for an exciting crowd-pleasing fight, Jacobs has added trainer Virgil Hunter to his training team, and he’s saying that his fighter Andre Ward’s performance against Sergey Kovalev has “inspired” him.
The reason why it’s not good news for boxing fans is the fact that Ward smothered Kovalev’s offense all night long by wrestling with him to keep him from getting his shots off. Ward briefly tried to fight Kovalev like he’d done with his three previous opponents, but after getting dropped in the 2nd round, Ward went into the wrestling mode and stayed there for the remainder of the night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) will be fighting Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) on February 18 on Showtime Boxing from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Broner fights for the first time since his 9th round TKO win over Ashley Thephane last April.
Broner has had legal problems as of late. Those problems appear to be past him now. Hopefully, Broner doesn’t get in anymore trouble, because he has a lot of lost time to make up for. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford is denying that he asked for $7 million to fight Manny Pacquiao for his April 23 fight. Their promoter Bob Arum also says that Crawford asked him for $7M for the fight against the 38-year-old Pacquiao.
Trainer Freddie Roach was the one who said that Crawford was asking for $7 million. Roach said it to the boxing media at least twice. The question is why would Roach say that unless it was told him by someone who knows? I smell something fishy. Roach is usually dependable with his news tips. Why would he make up stuff about Crawford asking for $7 million and being turned down? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Shane McGuigan sees Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) not having a good time when he gets inside the ring with former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) in their fight on March 4 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. McGuigan can’t see any other outcome than Bellew being knocked out in this fight.
I think most of the boxing world is in agreement with McGuigan’s opinion. The only thing we don’t know is which round is Haye going to lay the hapless Bellew out in the fight. My guess is round 2, but I can also see the fight ending in the 1st round depending on how aggressive Bellew comes out of the blocks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Kenny Porter sees IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) badly beating Golden Boy Promotion’s money fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) when that fight eventually happens one of these days. Porter thinks that Golovkin will totally school the 26-year-old Canelo, and he compares the mismatch in the same way he does with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo fight from 2013.
Mayweather had a ridiculously easy 12 round decision win over Canelo, who could do little more than throw left hooks that missed by a mile all night long. Canelo looked amateurish in the fight, and he got red in the face and tired very quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A unification fight between WBA World light welterweight champion Ricky Burns and IBF champ Julius Indongo is in the works for April, according to Burns’ manager Alex Morrison. The Burns- Indongo match-up will take place in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s here Burns lives, and it would obviously give him a tremendous advantage over the 33-year-old Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs).
The idea is for Burns to beat Indongo, and then move forward to a big fight in Las Vegas, Nevada later this year against possibly former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner. Burns was mentioned as a possibility last week by Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach as one of the two options for his April 23 fight. However, it now looks like Pacquiao will be fighting little known Australian Jeff Horn on that date in Brisbane, Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Before going up at the light Heavyweight division, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) had to stay on the sidelines for a considerable period of time.
This was a difficult time but also the only way to get out of a nasty contract agreement. Contracts often tie fighters to do things they don’t want to do, to get fights not so appealing to them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Andre Ward’s promoter Michael Yormark of Roc Nation Sports isn’t sure whether Ward will choose to continue his boxing career and face Sergey Kovalev in a rematch. Yormark says it’s up to Ward whether he wants to continue his career. Ward is sounding like he’s not sure if he wants to continue fighting and face Kovalev a second time.
This of course could be Ward hoping to get a better deal for the rematch with Kovalev, as there would be negotiations that would need to take place before a second fight could be scheduled. Read the rest of this entry »