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 »
By Scott Gilfoid: Britain’s David Haye thinks this would be the perfect time for IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) to face unbeaten WBC heavyweight champ Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) with him coming off a bad biceps and hand injury to his right hand. The 6’7” Wilder broke his right hand and suffered a torn bicep in his 8th round knockout victory over Chris Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) last Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
The injuries will both require surgery to repair, and it’s quite possible that Wilder won’t be back inside the ring until the first quarter of 2017. Coming back from surgery on a torn biceps can take as long as six months. For an athlete that needs strong biceps, it’s going to be especially important for Wilder to be 100 percent when he does return to the ring in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) will be facing #8 WBC Ovill McKenzie (25-12-1, 13 KOs) on September 24 in Frankfurt, Germany according to German boxing news site x-boxen.com. It’s unknown if the Huck vs. McKenzie fight will be an eliminator for the WBC crown. Heck, there’s already a line of top talents that are waiting to get a crack at Bellew. They’re like sharks smelling blood in the water. Mairis Briedis, the #1 WBC challenger, wants his mandatory shot at the belt.
There’s also WBC ‘Champion in Recess’ Grigory Drozd that wants his shot at Bellew as well. Either of those guys would likely beat Bellew all day long when they eventually get a chance at fighting him. Just how long the World Boxing Council will let Bellew hold onto their title without fighting Brieidis and Drozd is anyone’s guess. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the WBC lets Bellew steer around those guys until 2018. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose As already reported by boxing news 24, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be taking his September 17 fight against WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith to the giant 90,000 seat AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This is a huge venue for a fight of this magnitude because the British fighter Smith is not well known in Texas nor is he well known in U.S at all, period.
It would seem that Golden Boy Promotions has made a blunder by sticking this fight in such a giant stadium. Canelo vs. Smith would be better for a smaller 5,000 seat stadium, because it’s a fight that likely won’t resonate with the boxing public. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol’s trainer Freddie Roach says Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is hoping that his fighter unbeaten WBO 140lb champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) defeats Postol in their fight this Saturday night on July 23 on HBO pay-per-view, because he needs him to win in order to turn him into a PPV attraction. Arum thinks that Crawford can become Top Rank’s next PPV fighter. For that to have any chance of taking place, Crawford will need to defeat the unbeaten 32-year-old Postol in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The main thing is he has the height advantage and the reach advantage, and he needs to use that,” said Roach about Postol to Fighthype. “He does have good power in his right hand. I think people underestimate the power in his right hand. He does have knockout power. The thing is he won’t use his right hand until he knows he has you in the right distance and the right timing. He’s very good at that. He’s patient, he takes his time. He’s a very intelligent fighter. That’s why I like him so much. He doesn’t just go out there and try to get lucky He’s thinking all the time,” said Roach. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Chris Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) met with defeat last Saturday night in getting stopped by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) in a failed world title shot on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox. Arreola was halted in the 8th round after his corner had the fight stopped after the round had ended. It was the type of performance where you can argue that the 35-year-old Arreola should retire rather than continue his career.
However, Arreola says he won’t be retiring. He wants a rematch with #12 WBC Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs), who he stopped in the 1st round four years ago in 2012. Arreola says that Molina has been talking trash about him, and gave him some grief about his loss to Wilder by calling him a quitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Next September 10 and 17 there are three bouts scheduled at three different venues, but from those three, two are correctly billed as world championship title fights and only one is really competitive.
As the reader already knows, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vacated his WBC middleweight belt to avoid fighting against Gennady Golovkin. So instead on September 17, Canelo will move down from 155 pounds to fight against perhaps the weakest 154-pound titlist named Liam “Beefy” Smith (WBO). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Freddie Roach believes the only reason that IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) is moving up in weight two divisions to take on unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in their fight on September 10 is because he’s desperate for a payday and willing to take the risk because of that.
Roach notes that Brook has never been able to get a fight against Britain’s Amir Khan, and that other fighters from his division have avoided him pretty much. So instead of sticking it out at 147 in taking the guys that are willing to fight him, Brook decided to take a major risk in moving up thirteen pounds to face Golovkin at 160lbs without the benefit of a catch-weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) will be fighting next month against 33-year-old Argentinian David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) on August 27 in a 10 round scheduled bout at the Honda Center, in Anaheim, California. This is the first fight for Guerrero, 33, since his narrow 12 round unanimous decision loss to Danny Garcia last January in a failed attempt to win the vacant WBC welterweight title at the Staples Center in Carson, California. The fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV.
Guerrero lost the Danny Garciafight on the cards by the scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112. It’s now been six months since Guerrero’s loss, but he’s taking a weak opponent for this fight. Guerrero gave Garcia some problems in that fight, but he didn’t have the power and didn’t put enough pressure on him to win. It was still a very close fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s eighth round stoppage win over Chris Arreola last Saturday was a costly one for the Bronze Bomber, as he suffered a torn right biceps and a broken hand in the fight. Both injuries will require surgeries to repair the problems.
Wilder will need two surgeries after the victory. According to Wilder’s co-manager Jay Deas, he’ll have surgery on his broken right hand first. This is the same hand that Wilder had surgery on last year after breaking it in his 12 round decision win over Bermane Stiverne in January 2015. Read the rest of this entry »