By Dan Ambrose: Former two-time world title challenger Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) will be getting his third title shot next month when he fights WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) in his own hometown at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Arreola sees the 6’7” Wilder as a good fighter, but not someone in the same class as former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Arreola was stopped in the 10th round by Vitali seven years ago in 2009 in a one-sided fight. Arreola says Vitali was the smartest fighter he’s ever faced before in his career. Arreola plans on pressuring Wilder and getting inside his punching range so that he can’t get maximum power on his shots like he’s accustomed to. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) has seen enough of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s past fights to see a number of flaws in his game that he believes he CAN and WILL exploit in September if they face each other. Eubank Jr. sees nothing special about Golovkin, and he plans on proving that to the boxing world.
Eubank Jr. doesn’t think Golovkin can match his hand speed, work rate, high intensity style of fighting, and his youth. Like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Eubank Jr. sees nothing extraordinary about Golovkin. To be sure, Eubank Jr. respects Golovkin and rates him as a very good fighter, but not so good that he can’t beat him to claim the No.1 spot as the best middleweight in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Boxing fans hoping to see the mega-fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will need to wait until the fall of 2017, because that’s when Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions are aiming towards for the fight.
Golden Boy wants the 25-year-old Canelo to have more time to build up his weight so that he’s comfortable fighting at 160 pounds against Golovkin. Further, they also want more time to build up the Canelo-Golovkin fight to make it bigger than it is right now. They feel that by September of 2017, the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight should be big enough to stage it at that time. Some boxing fans might say that Canelo is pulling a Floyd Mayweather Jr. by waiting Golovkin out until he’s old and lost his skills like Manny Pacquiao had when Mayweather finally got around to fighting him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) feels he’s going to be doing the boxing fans as a whole a big favor when he beats IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) next month and shuts his yap after they face each other on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Fury recently made some controversial comments that upset many people, and Wladimir thinks he’s got a big mouth that he wants to close when they fight each other in their rematch.
Wladimir lost his heavyweight titles to Fury last November in getting beaten by a 12 round unanimous decision in Dusseldorf, Germany. Ever since capturing the belts, Fury has received a great deal of publicity in the boxing world, and he’s used the attention to sound off on a number of things that go beyond the sport of boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While Matchroom Sport promoter Barry Hearn says he thinks IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is the No.1 heavyweight in the division, former world champion Lennox Lewis isn’t on board with that opinion. Until he sees Joshua fight in a 12 round contest and show some boxing ability, he feels that IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is the best by virtue of his recent 12 round decision win over Wladimir Klitschko last November.
Lewis isn’t sure whether the heavily muscled 6’6”, 250lb Joshua can actually box, because he’s not shown it in the past. Joshua has shown that he can slug, and that’s all he’s shown since turning pro in 2013.
You can make an argument that Joshua showed a tiny bit of boxing in his fight against Dillian Whyte in 2015, when he backed off from him after getting knocked silly by a left hook in round two. However, Joshua didn’t use any movement to speak of in that fight. He just backed up and stayed on the outside and didn’t mix it up like he’d done in the first two rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) says he’d be willing to come to the United States to fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) in the future in a fight that would be televised on Showtime, the network that recently signed the 26-year-old fighter to a multi-fight contract to have his UK staged fights televised in America.
Wilder, 6’7”, already said this week that he would like to fight Joshua this year in October or November if he wins his fight against the American talent Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) this Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Interim WBA heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) will be defending his interim WBA title in three months from now against #3 WBA Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) on the undercard of Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s unknown right now whether this card will be televised on HBO pay-per-view. It will depend on how the 25-year-old Canelo’s opponent will be. With Golden Boy Promotions staging the fight at the MGM Grand, which has a seating capacity of only 16,800, it would appear fairly obvious that Canelo (47-1-1, 33 KOs) won’t be fighting IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) on this date, because that’s a fight that Golden Boy is interested in staging it at the huge 80,000 seat AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Unbeaten WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) and #1 WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs) met earlier on Wednesday for their press conference in Warsaw, Poland to speak about their fight on September 17 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.
The two unbeaten fighters faced off with each other, and you could see that the 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk was the bigger looking guy of the two. Usyk smiled in a way that showed that he’s confident of hanging the 29-year-old Glowacki his first defeat of his career. Glowacki surprised a lot of boxing fans with his 11th round knockout win over longtime WBO champion Marco Huck last year in August 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) says he wants to fight the winner of this Saturday’s fight between WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-1-1-1, 16 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Porter vs. Thurman fight will be televised on Showtime Boxing.
Brook thinks Porter will defeat Thurman on Saturday. Brook says he would then like to take on Porter in a rematch. However, Brook still has a fight scheduled on September 3 against WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, KOs) that he needs to win first before he can start thinking of another unification match. Brook says he would also like to fight WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (35-4, 24 KOs) will be fighting this Saturday night on June 25 against Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs0 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. This will be the second fight for the 35-year-old Alvarado for what some boxing fans see as a comeback from three consecutive losses he suffered 2013 to 2015.
Alvarado was out of the ring for over a year after his 3rd round knockout to Brandon Rios in January 2015 to March 2016, when he came back to defeat journeyman Saul Corral by a third round knockout.
Alvarado is said to have his head on straight now and is in great condition to get his career back on track to where it was four years ago before things soured for him. Torres, 26, doesn’t have the kind of talent to give Alvarado any problems in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »