By Scott Gilfoid: It’s pretty clear that the aging 35-year-old David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) wants a fight against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, but I don’t see that fight happening anytime soon. Haye is slowing up the process by not taking on quality opposition. I think he could speed up the process if he risked his hide by taking on a talent rather than the bottom feeders that he’s been facing lately.
It appears that Haye is trying the lazy man’s approach to getting a fight against Joshua by trash talking rather than fighting the high caliber fighters. I’m not sure if that old method of taking his way into a title fight will work, because you need to be able to beat good fighters to get the boxing public to believe in a certain match-up. It doesn’t help Haye that a lot of the fans still remember his poor showing in his loss to Wladimir Klitschko five years ago in 2011.
Haye didn’t look too good in his last fight against the little known contender Arnold Gjergjaj last May. It’s hard to know why the sanctioning bodies ever ranked Gjergjaj in the first place because he looked dreadful even before he fought Haye. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer Freddie Roach thinks unbeaten former super middleweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) has lost something from his game due to his two-year layoff from 2013 to 2015.
Ward was out of the ring for that period of time because of promotional problems with his former promoter. Roach says that Ward wasn’t in the gym during that time frame keeping active. When he did come back last year against Paul Smith, he didn’t look that sharp, according to Roach. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: According to promoter Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao wants to fight for a world title straightaway when he returns to the ring on November 5 this year. Arum says that Pacquiao won’t have a lot of time to train for the fight due to him being busy with his senate responsibilities in the Philippines, where he holds the position as a senator.
Arum says he’s not sure which division Pacquiao will be electing to fight in for a world title. All the 84-year-old Arum knows is it’ll be light welterweight or welterweight. What Arum does seem to know is that it’s likely going to be against one of his Top Rank stable fighters in Terence Crawford, Viktor Postol or Jessie Vargas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 12 KOs) is coming into his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) with an eight-fight consecutive knockout streak going over the last three years, and he plans on making the 25-year-old Canelo knockout No.9 in a row when the two of them start trading blows on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The 27-year-old Smith isn’t just coming down to the U.S to hand his WBO 154lb title over to the Mexican Canelo in a ceremonial passing of the belts. Smith wants to go home with his WBO title after taking Canelo’s scalp. It’ll be a fine scalp for Smith to add to his collection. He can put that one along with his pelts from the likes of John Thompson, Predrag Radosevic, Jimmy Kelly and Jason Welborn. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer Virgil Hunter sees IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) dealing with a lot of pressure in his next fight against welterweight Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs). Hunter sees Golovkin as having spoiled the fight fans with him scoring so many knockouts.
It’s to the point now where if one of his fights go the distance or if he wins by a close decision, he’ll be scrutinized by the boxing fans in the same way that IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev is now being scrutinized after his tougher than expected 12 round decision win over Isaac Chilemba. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) and challenger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) met on Monday for their kickoff press conference at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The two fighters are promoting their September 17 fight the super-sized 80,000 seat AT&T Stadium.
Their fight will be televised by HBO pay-per-view, but it’s a real ask by Golden Boy Promotions to put this fight on PPV because it’s considered a mismatch on paper. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis doubts that welterweight Kell Brook can make the jump to middleweight to beat Gennady GGG Golovkin on September 10. Lewis believes that the weight classes were designed for a reason, and he thinks there’s not too many fighters that can move up two divisions at a time and find success.
Lewis says he think Chris Eubank Jr. would have beaten Triple G if he’d fought him. The problem is, Eubank Jr. and/or his father Chris Eubank Sr. failed to agree to a fight against Golovkin when it was offered to them. They didn’t meet the deadline that was set by them from Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn. He offered the same deal to Brook, and he agreed to it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC, #5 IBF featherweight contender Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KOs) isn’t overlooking his next fight against the 32-year-old Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) on July 30 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Warrington, 25, sees this as a tough test despite the fact that Hyland was blown out of the water in just two rounds in his last fight against WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. last April.
Warrington will soon have to face one of the featherweight champions. He’s been nursing his unbeaten record by taking on weak opposition in record-padding fights since he turned pro in 2009. The fights against weak opposition will need to stop when he finally faces the likes of Russell Jr. or IBF champion Lee Selby. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) will be looking to KO unbeaten WBO 140lb champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) to give him his first career defeat this Saturday night in their contest on HBO pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford is the favorite by the line -750 to +750 for Postol, according to Bovada. The 32-year-old Postol doesn’t care that he’s the underdog in this fight because he has a great game plan put together by his trainer Freddie Roach, and he plans on carrying out that plan to the letter. Roach has talked wanting to have the 5’11” Postol stay on the outside and jab Crawford to keep him from getting near enough to land his power shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says he’s very concerned about a number of things going into GGG’s fight against welterweight Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
While there are things like the judges being influenced by the pro-Brook crowd that has Sanchez’s attention, what he appears to be more concerned with is Brook’s habit of clinching his opponents and moving around the ring. Read the rest of this entry »