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title Arum: Pacquiao vs. Crawford possible for April 2017


By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum plans on trying to put together a fight between his two fighters Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford in April 2017 on Top Rank pay-per-view. Arum wanted to make the fight between Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) and Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) for November 5, but Pacquiao instead chose to fight World Boxing Organization 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 84-year-old Arum says he’s going to try again to match Pacquiao and Crawford against each other by trying match them in April next year. Crawford has a fight on December 10 on HBO World Championship Boxing that he needs to first. Read the rest of this entry »

title Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Dominik Britsch in December

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By Dan Ambrose: According to promoters Zanfer, former World Boxing Council middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) will be fighting in December against #11 WBO super middleweight contender Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) at a still to named venue. The date still hasn’t been confirmed as well.

”CONFIRM: Dominik Britsch vs @jcchavezjr1 in December,” said Zanfer on their Twitter.

It’s not surprising that Chavez Jr. is having a fight in December, because in the recent photos of him in raining, he looks to be in the best shape in years. Chavez Jr. has trimmed off a lot of the baby fat that he’s been carrying around in his last four fights. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mikey Garcia vs. Dejan Zlaticanin on January 28

Mikey Garcia

By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) will be challenging World Boxing Council lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) on the undercard of the Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz rematch on January 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This will be the soon to be 29-year-old Garcia’s second fight of his comeback. Mikey came off of a two and a half year layoff last July in stopping former two-time WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas in the 5th round after knocking him down four times in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kovalev’s trainer: Ward will need a Plan-B or Plan C

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By Dan Ambrose: Trainer John David Jackson thinks that Andre “SOG” Ward is going to need to have a Plan-B or Plan-C to fall back on next month when he faces IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jackson notes that the 32-year-old Ward likes to switch from the orthodox stance to southpaw often during his fights.

Jackson feels that Kovalev is going to nail Ward with a big shot while he’s in the southpaw stance that is going to make him forget about using that strategy for the remainder of the fight. Ward will then need to have some kind of backup plan to use against Kovalev for him to stay competitive, because the fight could get out of hand very quickly if Ward continues to try and fight southpaw. Read the rest of this entry »

title WBO orders Saunders to fight two mandatory challengers back to back


By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Organization has ordered WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) to fight back to back mandatory defenses of his WBO 160lb title due to his inactivity since winning their belt in 2015, according to Fight News. However, one of Saunders’ mandatory defenses might wind up being Saul Canelo Alvarez if the WBO catapults him above the current #1 Avtandil Khurtsidze.

Some in the boxing world might see that as being unfair to Khurtsidze, because he’s been Saunders’ No.1 contender for some time, and he STILL hasn’t been given a title shot. For Canelo to jump ahead of Khurtsidze to become the NEW mandatory challenger might look strange. Read the rest of this entry »

title Canelo vs. Cotto rematch possible early 2017

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By Dan Ambrose: A rematch between former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) and WBO junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is being talked about in the four quarter of 2017. Canelo, 26, says he wants to fight the 35-year-old Cotto a second time. It’s not surprising that a rematch between Canelo and Cotto is now being talked about.

Their fight in 2015 brought in 900,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO. With that many buys, it goes without saying that they’ll be fighting each other again. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya was talking about possible two or three fights between them. If that’s the case, then it might be a while before Canelo faces IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »

title 2017: A Heavyweight Odyssey


By Matt Plumridge: We all know what it feels like to look back and reminisce about the good ol’ days. Heavyweight boxing gets more than a fair share of pondering, whether it be Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson; all involved in the greatest era ever, depending on your age.

Much more difficult to smell the coffee that is right in front of you and know that one day you will be telling your kids about how it was the best you ever drank.

At the moment, the selection of Heavyweights on offer would put a Starbucks menu to shame. We have classic brews in Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin; Frothy coffee’s in the form of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder; and the new breed of large T’s in Joseph Parker and Luis Ortiz. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao ready for Vargas says Koncz


By Allan Fox: Adviser Michael Koncz says former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) is ready for his title shot against WBO World welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao is moving to the second of his training camp by training in the U.S at the Wildcard Gym with trainer Freddie Roach on Monday in Los Angles, California.

“He was fast, furious and he was fabulous,” said Koncz to about Pacquiao’s training for the 27-year-old Vargas. Read the rest of this entry »

title Price to Joshua: I’m coming to KO you on December 10


By Scott Gilfoid: David Price says he’s ready to step in and knockout IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on December 10 in his next fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Joshua was hoping to fight former world champion Wladimir Klitschko on that date, but the fight remains in doubt given that the World Boxing Association hasn’t yet decided whether to sanction the Klitschko vs. Price fight as of yet.

We’re waiting to see if they will. The WBA was supposed to make their decision on Thursday, but they still haven’t said anything. It doesn’t look like it matters though, because it appears that Klitschko and former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne will be facing each other on December 10 for the vacant WBA title in Hamburg, Germany.

That’s a good fight for both guys, and it gives the 40-year-old Wladimir a chance to capture the WBA title and use it as leverage to get a bigger cut of the revenue for a unification match against Joshua in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kovalev vs. Ward: Keys to the Fight

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By Ken Woods: The light heavyweight championship bout between Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is approximately a month away (Nov. 19, HBO pay-per-view) and is one of the most anticipated fights of the year. The keys to the battle are detailed below.

Andre Ward

Smother, smother, smother

Ward is a competent inside fighter and stronger than he appears. We have seen his ability to smother his opponent’s punches and invade their space in the Mikkel Kessler fight and the Carl Froch contest. He will need to do more of that in this match. Kovalev is very adept at keeping the contest on the outside, counter punching and setting traps. So, in order to nullify that strength, Ward will have to get close, restrict his punches and create angles for hooks and uppercuts. Also, stifling him will not allow him to get off with his power, which is his best asset. Read the rest of this entry »



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