By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) will be putting his IBF title on the line against his unbeaten and highly talented mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. (21-0 18 KOs) in April or May, according to Dan Rafael. That’s when Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to have him defend his International Boxing Federation 147lb title.
Brook has already been given a medical extension by the IBF to give him time for his surgically repaired right eye to heal before he has to defend his title against Spence. I doubt that the IBF will give Brook another medical extension if his eye still isn’t ready to go by March or April. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Trainer Abel Sanchez believes his young fighter unbeaten Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) is ready to dethrone IBF World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. The 5’11” Lebedev has looked invincible in his last four fights since losing to the much taller and longer armed 6’4” Guillermo Jones in 2013 in losing by an 11th round TKO due to swelling on his right cheekbone.
This Saturday, Lebedev will be facing a fighter with similar height and reach in the 6’3 ½” Gassiev, and it could prove to be a very difficult fight for him. Sanchez believes that his fighter 23-year-old Gassiev has the punching power and the ability to beat the 37-year-old Lebedev despite not having nearly as much experience as him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If the cards play out right, 36-year-old David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) and 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) could meet up for a rematch in 2017 if Wladimir is able to beat IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to take his title.
Haye wants to fight the winner of the Joshua-Klitschko fight. He’s never faced Joshua, so obviously that’s a fight that he badly wants. But if Wladimir is able to go back to the Fountain of Youth to find the energy needed for him to beat Joshua, then Haye would love a rematch with him.
Both Haye and Wladimir will be at ringside on December 10 to scout out Joshua in his voluntary title defense against fringe contender Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Leonard Ellberbe of Mayweather Promotions says there’s no chance of a fight taking place between UFC star Conor McGregor and the retired boxing start Floyd Mayweather Jr. The 28-year-old McGregor made news this week by getting his boxing license to fight in the sport in California. However, Ellerbe sees it as a strategy for McGregor to expand his fan base by him name dropping Mayweather’s name frequently, and putting it out three that he’s ready to fight him.
By McGregor constantly saying stuff like that, boxing fans will likely discover him and start paying attention to his fights in the MMA. Ellberbe doesn’t think the UFC management honchos will ever give McGregor permission to compete in boxing, because it would likely end badly for him. McGregor is under constant with the UFC, and he would need their permission for him to fight in another sport like boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 51-year-old former two division world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) will be wrapping up his boxing career next month against the highly ranked Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) on December 17 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Hopkins has been a pro for 28 years, which longer than the 27-year-old Smith Jr. has been on this earth. Hopkins hasn’t fought in two years since his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision defeat at the hands of former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev in November 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) thinks it’s funny how former IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Seregey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) has turned into a whining, complaining, poor sport after his 12 round unanimous decision loss to him on November 19 on HBO pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ward, 32, sees it as interesting in how Kovalev went from a tough talking guy before the fight into a complaining one afterward when things didn’t go his way. Ward notes that he exposed Kovalev as not having an inside game, and that he responded by calling him a dirty fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: The World Boxing Association is stepping in to push the never-ending negotiations between WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBA ‘regular’ champion Daniel Jacobs to their conclusion by giving the fighters a 7-day deadline to wrap up their negotiations, according to RingTV.
It’s unclear whether a purse bid will be ordered at the end of the seven day deadline if the fighters haven’t reached a deal. This is good news for the boxing fans, because the negotiation have been dragging out a long, long time without the WBA stepping in to force the two sides to reach a deal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions are still planning on matching their flagship fighter Saul Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) against unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) for September 2017, but it will depend on a number of things.
Canelo has two fights that Golden Boy wants to put him in before the Golovkin fight next year in February and May on HBO. It’s ambitious that Golden Boy wants Canelo to fight three times in 2017, because it requires that his recently fractured right hand allows him to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Iftisaam Khan: With the recent confirmation of the much-anticipated fight between Tony Bellew (31-28-2) and David Haye (20-28-2), there will certainly be a number of skeptics doubting the chances of the man they call the ‘Bomber’. Moving up to heavyweight will see Bellew in uncharted territory for the first time as he meets the ‘Hayemaker’ on the 4th march at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Going into the fight Bellew will be full of confidence coming off the back of an impressive performance against BJ Flores, in which he floored the American four times- including a devastating left hook to the body to close proceedings. The war of words officially began. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) plans on knocking out 35-year-old Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) this Saturday night on December 3 to claim the vacant WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title in their fight at the Arena Armee in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Pulev has been matched against the 36-year-old Peter rather than one of the top 15 contenders in the heavyweight division. The idea is that Pulev gets a win over a notable name from the past to keep in the hunt for a heavyweight title shot. Read the rest of this entry »