By Dan Ambrose: The World Boxing Association ruled against Daniel Jacobs’ management’s request for a 60/40 purse split for a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) on December 10 on HBO Championship Boxing. Thus far, Jacobs hasn’t officially pulled out of the fight with Golovkin yet, but there are many who believe that he’ll do that in order to avoid a knockout loss for little money.
If Jacobs pulls out of the Golovkin fight now, he’ll lose his WBA title, but he’ll be able to try and slide in next year after the smoke clears for the Golvokin vs. Saul Canelo Alvarez fight, which is supposedly taking place in September 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has a real live dog in front of this Saturday night in the form of the talented and well experienced BJ Flores in their fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Bellew’s trainer David Coldwell sees Flores as someone that is in a position to cause of upset on Saturday night due to his punching power and his good boxing brain.
Coldwell realizes that Bellew has to beat at his best to beat the 37-year-old Flores otherwise he could wind up just like Ilunga Makabu did in getting blown out in three rounds last May in a fight he was supposed to win. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If and when IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua faces Wladimir Klitschko, he’s going to “easily” beat him, according to former WBA belt holder David Haye, who failed in his own attempt at defeating Klitschko five years ago in July 2011. Haye blamed his loss to Wladimir on a toe problem.
The reality was that Haye just wasn’t good enough. Haye believes that the 26-year-old Joshua will have no problems defeating the now 40-year-old Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs). Haye sees Wladimir as having aged and lost a significant part of his game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s interested in matching IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua against Luis Ortiz in 2017 IF the fight is a big enough one to make. Hearn recently signed the 37-year-old Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) to his Matchroom stable last week, and he would like to turn him into a world champion and star.
The only way for Hearn to do that is to match the Cuban heavyweight Ortiz against Joshua unless he can arrange a title shot for him against WBC champion Deontay Wilder or against the winner of the Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. for the WBO belt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman decided to get in a little dig at WBC 147lb champion Danny Garcia on Wednesday after learning that he’s going to be facing little known Samuel Vargas in his next fight on November 12. Garcia’s fight against Vargas isn’t going to be a title defense despite the fact that Garcia still defended his World Boxing Council 147lb title since winning the belt last January against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
It looks like the WBC is going to allow Garcia more time before he eventually is required to defend his WBC belt. Thurman and Garcia are expected to face each other in early 2017 in a unification fight. However, if Garcia isn’t going to defend his title before that time, then it begs the question of why the WBC is allowing Garcia to hold onto his title with their organization. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders has suffered an injury training for his voluntary title defense against fringe contender Artur Akavov. As such, Saunders’ defense, which was scheduled for October 22, has been postponed until November 26 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
It’s unclear what will happen if Saunders suffers yet another injury while preparing for the new November 26 date. Will the WBO strip Saunders or allow him to keep postponing fight dates? You would hope that Saunders can eventually make it into the ring to make his maiden defense of his WBO title, because he’s been inactive for the entire year thus far.
The contenders in the WBO’s top 15 at middleweight haven’t had a chance to challenge for Saunder’s title. If he keeps getting injured like this over and over again, it’s going to be a real negative for the contenders and the boxing fans. Having the WBO title defended once a year is probably not a good thing for the WBO as well. Hopefully, Saunder’s injury problems don’t become a common occurrence for him as the WBO’s champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s boxing license has been suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control while they look into his various issues. This was a formality, as Fury has vacated his remaining IBO/WBA/WBO titles as of Wednesday of this week.
Fury, 28, wants to focus on getting his life together by getting treatment for his medical problems.
Fury could be returning to the ring in 2017 once he takes care of his problems. One can imagine that he’ll likely have his boxing license reinstated at that time. It depends on whether Fury wants to come back or not to the sport. You can never tell what a fighter is going to do when they’ve lost interest, as Fury seemingly has in competing. Having Fury out of the ring for an indefinite period of time isn’t good news for British boxing. You can argue that Fury has the most charisma of the British heavyweights. He may not be the most talented one of the bunch, but he outshines the others in the charisma department in my view. Read the rest of this entry »
By Brian Garnett: As we rapidly approach the end of 2016, boxing fans can only hope that we get better matchups in 2017. We, as boxing fans have had to endure many lulls through the years but 2016 brought new levels of inactivity amongst the top tier fighters. The heavyweight division, which was poised for a reemergence as the premier division in boxing, was hurt badly by the inactivity of Tyson Fury whom owns the WBA, WBO after being stripped of the IBF. Injuries and cancellations limited Deontay Wilder as well this year leaving only Anthony Joshua as the only active heavyweight champion. The welterweight and junior middleweight divisions were even more inactive despite none of the major players being sidelined due to injury.
The PBC seems to be the party most responsible for this most recent lull in good fights being made due to the fact that most of Al Haymon’s stable has taken 2016 off for the most part. Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Adrien Broner, Jermell and Jermall Charlo, Julian Williams, and Erislandy Lara have all fought only once this year and none of these fighters have dates for the last quarter of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury has revealed tonight that he’s vacated his WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight titles so that other fighters can fight for the belts. Fury, 28, will now looking to get medical treatment to take care of his problems. Fury revealed recently that he was ‘medically unfit’ to fight. His trainer Peter Fury believes that he can make a return next year possibly.
Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko last November by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles in Dusseldorf, Germany. Wladimir had a rematch clause in the contract, and they were supposed to fight the rematch on July 9 this year.
Fury pulled out of the fight with a foot injury. The fight was scheduled for October 29, but Fury pulled out of that fight as well on September 23. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Jeff Mayweather thinks middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin doesn’t have enough to offer Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez right now in terms of popularity, and he says the fight isn’t worth it for Canelo right now. Mayweather feels that there’s not enough demand from the boxing public in the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight, largely because Golovkin has been facing too many smaller fighters and guys that fans don’t care about.
Mayweather says he wouldn’t put Canelo in with Golovkin if he were managing his career, because there’s too much risk for the reward. Mayweather would continue to match Canelo against other opponents until the boxing fans start showing a tremendous amount of interest in the Canelo-Golovkin fight. Read the rest of this entry »