By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions executive Eric Gomez says Team Golovkin is asking their fighter WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to move up an entire division to fight IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at the full weight for the middleweight division at 160lbs.
Gomez says Golovkin would not move up an entire division to fight former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward at 168. Gomez feels that Golovkin should meet Canelo at a catch-weight because he’s not yet become a middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, just as I was expecting, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will be making his first defense of his title against American fringe contender Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) in his next fight on June 25 at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
The Joshua-Breazeale fight will be televised on Sky Box Office PPV to UK fans. As for the U.S, it’s unclear which of the cable giants, HBO or Showtime, the will be televised on. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is in negotiations to have a TV deal for Joshua put together with one of those two U.S cable companies. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #10 IBF George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) will be facing #9 WBC Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KOs) in a WBA super middleweight title eliminator on June 25 in the co-feature bout on the undercard of the title fight between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale on Sky Box Office PPV at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
The winner of the Groves-Murray fight will be the mandatory challenger to WBA 168lb champion Giovanni De Carolis. It’s interesting that Murray and Groves are able to skip over #2 WBA challenger Fedor Chudinov to fight in the WBA eliminator, especially given the reported positive drug test for the current WBA Super World super middleweight champion Felix Sturm in his fight against Chudinov last February. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Montero – An announced crowd of 16,353 packed the Forum in Inglewood, California to watch the one-two punch combination of the “Little Drama Show” and the “Big Drama Show” Saturday night. In the co-feature, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez defended his flyweight title against Puerto Rican challenger McWilliams Arroyo and in the main event, unified middleweight titlist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin squared off against mandatory challenger Dominic Wade. HBO Championship Boxing aired the bouts lived during a free preview weekend. Undoubtedly the network sold a few subscriptions after a truly electric atmosphere bled through the screen to viewers throughout the land. It felt as though the roof may blow off the Forum as the fans prepared for the TV opener. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Abel Sanchez says WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) is little more than a diva due to him fighting at catch-weights of 155lbs and changing the sport by creating a new division with his catch-weight fights at that weight.
Sanchez feels that Canelo should grow some courage and fight at the full weight of 160lbs so Sanchez’s fighter IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) can face him for the WBC title later this year if Canelo wins against Amir Khan in less than two weeks on May 7. Sanchez doesn’t like the way that Canelo has changed the sport with his new catch-weight 155lb division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (22-1, 14 KOs) has struggled to win his last two fights against Lucian Bute and Andre Dirrell in fights that he could have easily lost if those fighters had did just a tad bit more.
The victories seemed to have given the 30-year-old DeGale a huge surge of confidence because he is now talking about wanting to move up to light heavyweight to take on the best fighters in WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and IBF/WBA/WBO Sergey Kovalev. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions) By Scott Gilfoid: Now that IBF/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has talen Dominic Wade’s scalp by virtue of his 2nd round knockout win last Night in Inglewood, California, golovkin is hoping to get a bigger fight against WBC middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez for Sepember in a unficiaion fight.
It’s unclear wheher Canelo will ake the fight with Golovkin because he has a big decision to make about whether it makes sense for him to make that move. One fighter we won’t be seeing Golovkin fight is IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs). Golovkin was asked last Saturday night whether he’s be agreeable to fighting he 29-year-old Brook, and he answer was no. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s impressive knockout of Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) last night, Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez thinks he should be the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.
Golovkin is currently #3 in Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings, behind #1 Roman Gonzalez and #2 Sergey Kovalev. However, after Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s less than spectacular performance last night in winning a grueling 12 round decision over fringe contender McWilliams Arroyo (16-3, 14 KOs) in the co-feature, you can make a strong argument that Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) no longer the #1 guy in the pound-for-pound rakings, if he ever deserved to be there in the first place.
I thought Gonzalez looked poor in his previous fight against Brian Viloria last October, but he looked even worse last night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) was heavily routed last night in his 2nd round stoppage loss to IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) on HBO.
This was supposed to have been the 25-year-old Wade’s moment in the sun, his 15 minutes of fame, but it turned out to be a disastrous night for the Al Haymon-managed fighter. Wade proved that he didn’t belong in the ring with Golovkin and shouldn’t have been put in the position to fight him in the first place by the IBF.
To no great surprise, Golovkin landed twice as many punches as Wade with many of those shots being very hard ones that quickly took the air out of him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO commentator Roy Jones Jr. doubts that WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will choose to fight interim WBC champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin if Canelo can get past his fight in two weeks against Amir Khan, because Jones believes that Canelo will be facing Manny Pacquiao for much more money. Golovkin looked sensational last night in dispatching Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) in two rounds in a fight televised by HBO Boxing from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The win by Golovkin may have scared Canelo off unfortunately.
There’s little doubt that Pacquiao’s promoters at Top Rank would make the fight between Pacquiao and Canelo if the Filipino star chooses to return to the ring this year. However, Pacquiao is now retired and is supposed to be going into a life of politics in the Philippines.
Pacquiao is not likely going to come back to the sport to fight a dangerous opponent like Canelo, who would have at least a 20-pound weight advantage over him, possibly even as 25lb weight advantage. That would be an unreal circus-like fight. Read the rest of this entry »