By Ivan Godfrey: The boxing world was sent into a frenzy of shock and debate yesterday, following the unexpected announcement of a fight between Britain’s two-time world champion Amir `King` Khan(31-3,19ko`s) and the WBC middleweight champion of the world Saul `Canelo` Alvarez(46-1-1,32ko`s).
No one in the industry (bar the two boxer`s management teams) predicted this to be the match up for the fiery haired Mexican`s first defence of the title he acquired from the legendary Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in November of last year. Most anticipated the welterweight Khan would be facing either his fellow Brit Kell Brook at Wembley stadium in June, or failing that, WBC champion Danny Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) surprised the boxing world on Tuesday with the announcement of his May 7 fight against WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) on HBO PPV. One of those people that were surprised was Khan’s old trainer Freddie Roach, who feels that he’s showing a lot of courage to be facing the much heavier Canelo Alvarez instead of someone his own size like IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan’s former trainer Freddie Roach says he thinks Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) should have taken the easier fight against IBF welterweight Kell Brook rather than facing the much bigger and more talented WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) on May 7.
The Canelo-Khan fight was announced earlier Tuesday and it will be televised on HBO pay-per-view. Roach feels that it is a potentially bad match-up for Khan to be facing a guy the size and talent level of Canelo. Roach thinks that Khan will need to fight the absolute perfect fight for him to come up with a victory against Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) is expected to face unbeaten #3 IBF Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) on April 23 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight hasn’t been announced as of yet by Golovkin’s promoters at K2, but Wade, 25, is said to be the likely opponent for Golovkin’s interim fight on 4/23 on HBO.
While Golovkin will be facing the tough as nails Wade, WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) has pooled from the welterweight division to find Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs), who will be forced to move up in weight two divisions to face Canelo at a catch-weight of 155lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) says he still doesn’t have the urge to come back to the sport that made him a wealthy man. He says that if he did make a comeback right now, he could pick up a nine-figure payday fighting.
It’s unknown who Mayweather would choose to fight for that kind of money because his last fight against Andre Berto in September of last year failed to bring Mayweather a nine-figure sum. For Mayweather to make nine figures, he’ll need to face the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions) By Al Classico: Following on from my previous article on rating the potential opponents at middleweight who are capable of testing and perhaps even defeating Golovkin, we now take a look at a man who by many is seen as an undefeated fighter and also someone who has vocally expressed their interest in fighting GGG at the full 160 middleweight limit.
That man is Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) who has often received the short end of the stick for a fighter of his calibre and someone who struggles to get the big names into the ring with him. He has already called out Golovkin and assuming that GGG accepts the challenge, what chance would Lara have at knocking of the middleweight king pin? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Poor IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) finds himself being ignored and passed over by Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs). It’s become kind of the norm for Brook to be ignored and passed over by Khan for fights, and by now, he should expect that kind of treatment.
Khan will be fighting Canelo on May 7 on HBO PPV in a big money fight. Khan’s father Shah Khan says that Canelo was the third most appealing fight for Khan after 1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 2. Manny Pacquiao. That makes sense. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Britain’s David Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) says he’ll be ready to face unbeaten #2 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) as soon as he and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport are ready to make that fight. Haye, 35, feels that he’ll probably be the betting favorite in a fight against Joshua, and he thinks he’ll definitely KO him.
Haye sees the 6’6”, 245lb Joshua as a young fighter with a lot of flaws in his game that he feels he can take advantage of if/when that fight takes place in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA light welterweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner is predicting that Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) will be victorious in his fight three months from now against the younger, bigger and stronger WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) on May 7 on HBO pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Broner doesn’t say why he believes Khan will win the fight. You would have to imagine that the oddsmakers are going to be giving the 29-year-year-old British fighter very little chance of winning the fight.
Khan is going to have his work cut out for him in moving up from the welterweight division to face the heavier Canelo at middleweight. While Canelo will be spotting Canelo five pounds by facing him at a catch-weight of 155lbs, it matters little, because Canelo rehydrates well into the 170s and some think he’s now 180-pounder for his fights at middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: It was announced all over internet earlier today that next May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, former /IBFWBA light welterweight belt holder Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) will fight against the current 155 WBC belt holder Saul Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Not only Amir Khan should have fought against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook next in a huge UK fight that Brook wanted to take place in the summer, but Alvarez should focus in getting ready to fight Gennady Golovkin next instead of hand pick opponents that do not represent a real challenge.
The other day, talking to a friend I told him that Golovkin might as well could get #1 WBC Sebastian Heiland next. The thing is we never considered an opponent below 160 for Gennady. However, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De la Hoya really dug deep in the 147 division and got a glass chin soft puncher for the 155 belt holder Canelo’s next fight. Read the rest of this entry »