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title Hearn may bid on Fury vs. Klitschko fight, then stage it in UK

hearn7890By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he may fly to Panama to make a purse bid for the title fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury if the two fighters are unable to negotiate the fight.

They have until Monday to come to an agreement. If not, then it’ll go to a purse bid where the highest bidder can put on the fight. Hearn doesn’t promoter either fighter, but he’d like to stage it in the UK, where it would be a huge fight. Hearn would be doing Fury a big favor if he won the purse bid and then stuck the fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »



title Five fight options for Bernard Hopkins

hopkins433By Gav Duthie: Who would have thought that when Bernard Hopkins lost his first professional fight in 1988 that he would still be boxing 27 years later. ‘The Alien’ has confirmed there will be one last sequel as he plans another fight to cement his legacy. The 50 year old legend doesn’t want to go out with a loss to Sergey Kovalev but is not planning an easy fight for his swan-song. What are the possible options for Hopkins and how would they improve his legacy.

Here’s my top 5 fights in order of preference from Hopkins point of view of legacy and his ability to win. Read the rest of this entry »



title Fury’s trainer thinks Haye doesn’t deserve Deontay Wilder title shot

haye4343By Scott Gilfoid: Peter Fury, the trainer for unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, thinks that former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is trying to jump ahead of other heavyweight contenders in looking to get a title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Haye, 34, hasn’t fought in over four years since being Dereck Chisora in 2012, and he’s talked recently of being interested in fighting the 6’7” Wilder. Haye hasn’t said when precisely he’d be looking to actually fight, but he’s definitely expressed interest in facing Wilder. Read the rest of this entry »



title Froch leaning in direction of DeGale rather than Golovkin for comeback

froch0002By Scott Gilfoid: After an entire month of thinking about whether to make a comeback or not, former IBF/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) still isn’t any closer to resuming his career than he was before. However, Froch, 37, is saying that if he makes a comeback, he would be leaning in the direction of facing IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale rather than the unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

If DeGale were to agree to a purse split that Froch was happy with, and if he felt that it would sellout Wembley Stadium in London, UK, then he might take the fight with him. But Froch has his doubts whether DeGale would come in at the right price. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto vs. Canelo fight to take place at 155lbs

cotto111By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) have agreed to come in at the lowest weight possible for the middleweight division at 155lbs for their catch-weight fight in November on HBO pay-per-view, says Dan Rafael.

The 155 catch-weight is just over the middleweight limit to make the fight still a middleweight bout. The middleweight division goes from 155 to 160, so they barely made it with that weight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Bernard Hopkins looking for one more meaningful fight before retiring

hopkins2222By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) says he’ll be returning to the ring in the near future against a prominent fighter before stepping away from the sport.

Hopkins, 50, hasn’t fought since November of last year when he was beaten by Sergey Kovalev by a 12 round unanimous decision. Following that loss, Hopkins was hoping to get a fight against former IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, but he failed to take the fight with him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Arthur Abraham not worried about Stieglitz’s power

abraham6(Photo Credit: Sebastian Heger) By Scott Gilfoid: The fourth fight between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) and former WBO 168lb champ Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) is only two and a half weeks away for their fight on July 18th at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.

Abraham’s trainer Ulli Wegner has been bragging about how Abraham has been dropping bigger cruiserweights left and right during training camp. Wegner doesn’t say who these so-called cruiserweights or, so we’re left having to take what he says at face value rather than being able to see for ourselves or from the cruiserweights about these sparring sessions. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto wants 155, Canelo 156 for catch-weight

canelo06By Dan Ambrose: While WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) are both in agreement as far as there being the need for a catch-weight for their November fight, they’re not in agreement to the actual weight for their pay-per-view contest on HBO. Cotto wants the lower catch-weight of 155lbs, whereas Canelo prefers the slightly higher weight of 156lbs, according to ESPN Deportes.

It makes sense for Cotto to make it as low as possible because Canelo rehydrates into the mid-170s, and that’s 20 pounds. For most fighters, it’s really hard on them to take that kind of weight off, but Canelo has been doing it for a while now, and he doesn’t seem to have any problems with yet. Read the rest of this entry »



title Khan: Brook needs to prove himself; Rios is really just a lightweight

khan677777777(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: If IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) wants to get a fight against Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) he’s seemingly going in the wrong direction. Khan doesn’t approve of Brook fighting Brandon Rios in his next fight on September 12th at the O2 Arena in London, UK. That’s an opponent that Khan doesn’t rate because Rios found most of his success in his career at lightweight, where he held down briefly the WBA title until he ate himself out of the division.

Brook’s choice of Rios for his next fight is not the right move, as far as Khan is concerned. But if Khan is waiting for Brook to one day start fighting high quality fighters like Marcos Maidana, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter [the new Porter], Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner, I think he might be waiting for a long, long time. Read the rest of this entry »



title Keith Thurman willing to wait for big fights

thurman4By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) isn’t in any kind of rush to get the huge mega-fights that are out there awaiting him in the future. While he’d like to get the big match-ups against the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, he realizes that he’s the new generation of fighter and he’ll be getting the big fights once those guys walk away from the sport within a year or two.

The 26-year-old Thurman sees the welterweight division running through him in the future, as he takes over the 147lb class and becomes the big king of the division. It’s unfortunate that he can’t get a baton-passing fight against the likes of Mayweather or Pacquiao before they retire from boxing, but he’s not worried about it. Read the rest of this entry »



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