By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) appears to be barking up the wrong street in heavily pursuing a fight against KO artist Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) for his September 26th title defense of his WBC heavyweight title.
Browne is started trash talking the talented 6’7” Wilder something fierce and it looks like the 36-year-old Australian really fancies his chances against him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) plans on keeping his WBC 160lb title after his next defense against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) in November rather than vacating it to avoid his No.1 WBC mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), according to Roc Nation Sports COO David Iskowitch.
He told Fight News that they will look to make sure Cotto keeps his WBC title after the Canelo fight. Just what that means is unclear. Cotto was supposed to be fighting Golovkin next, but both the WBC and Golovkin agreed to let the Cotto-Canelo fight take place as long as Golovkin gets the next shot at the title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) will be defending his WBC strap against one of two undefeated heavily ranked top 10 contenders on September 26th against #3 WBC Vyacheslav Glazkov (20-0-1, 12 KOs) or #6 WBC Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC, according to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
This is a voluntary defense for the 6’7” Wilder, so he’d be showing a ton of courage to face one of those two guys for his next title defense. However, Wilder will be in tough in his fight after this when he has to defend his WBC strap against his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in early 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Gabriel Peñagarícano, the adviser for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs), says they’re making a lot of progress in the negotiations with former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) for their mega-fight on HBO pay-per-view.
Peñagarícano says they’re looking at November 21st as a possible date for the fight, and they’ve narrowed the cities down to Las Vegas, Nevada or New York. Las Vegas is the No.1 choice right now with New York No.2. Dallas, Texas is also a possibility. They’re hoping to announce the fight in July once they have the signatures on the contracts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jonathan Gonzalez: Having exploded onto the boxing scene over the last years, Keith Thurman hasn’t wasted any time in carving out his name amongst the greatest of boxing’s hottest division today. It’s one thing to be a standout where competition is scarce but to become the known as the “boogeyman” in a realm where boxing’s #1 pound-for-pound fighter resides is something in and of itself.
That’s not to say that Thurman would handle Mr. Money Mayweather easily, but to be considered a potential threat to the throne merits enough credit considering the countless number of fighters in the world struggling to make names for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is hoping Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) will want to contact him about a fight against his fighter Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) for Mayweather’s next fight on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Arum believes that the 31-year-old Bradley can give Mayweather his best fight out of all the available guys for him to face. Bradley has already dismissed the idea of facing Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) in a rematch after beating him by a slightly controversial 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters losing his title on the scales before his last fight against Miguel Marriaga, he lost whatever chance there was to fight WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) in a unification match.
Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas says that without a title in Walters’ possession, they’re not interested in fighting him. Additionally, they’re concerned with Walters’ ability to make weight for a featherweight contest after seeing him rehydrate to 145 pounds for his featherweight contest against Marriaga. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While heavyweight contender/prospect Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) still hasn’t fought a contender yet in the division that can test whether he’s any good or not, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is already thinking that he’ll be ready to fight for a world title by next year.
Hearn believes that Joshua is already good enough to destroy the top domestic heavyweights David Price, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora. Hearn wants to match Joshua up against former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye next year at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) has set a goal for himself to unify the titles at 147 pounds in the near future. Unfortunately for Thurman, he’s turned down his first opportunity to do just that by choosing to not fight #8 WBA Errol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs) for one or more of the welterweight titles on September 12th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (27-0, 24 KOs) says he’s ready to face WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) whenever he is. Ward had been talking lately in moving up to 175 to face the big names in that weight class like Kovalev.
After Ward’s recent 9th round win over Paul Smith this month, he’s been quiet about whether he wants to move up in weight or hot. Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter says that he’s going to think it over before he moves up or not because there are still big fights that he can take at 168 without having to move up in weight yet. Read the rest of this entry »