By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7 KOs) lucked out with IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) giving him the opportunity to spar with him for 10 days to help get ready for his fight next month on September 6th against challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is pretty excited about Joshua getting the opportunity to work with Wladimir and possibly pick up some training tips while in his camp. Hearn believes Joshua will be better for the work he puts in with Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The WBC has ordered a purse bid on September 12th for a fight between WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Viktor Postol, according to RingTV.
Garcia and Postol are in the free negotiations period where they’re management can put together the fight without it going to purse bids. With Garcia, it’s unknown whether he’ll stay at 147 to defend his title against someone as difficult to fight as the 5’11” Postol. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golvkin will be defending his title against Marco Antonio Rubio on 10/18 in a fight televised by HBO from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions wanted to get a big name like Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but none of those fighters were options for the fight.
For Golovkin and K2, this is as good as it gets in terms of available opponents. Rubio fits their criteria for what they’re looking for given that the fights taking place in Southern California and K2 is looking to create new fans for Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn says that his fighter IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) will be fighting on December 6th in Sheffield.
Hearn picked the same date that Amir Khan plans on fighting in the United States, because Hearn wants to start building for an April or May mega-fight between Khan and Brook.
As far as who Brook will be fighting next in his voluntary defense on December 6th, Hearn says he’s interested in guys like Brandon Rios, Josesito Lopez, Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Last Saturday’s Showtime card head-lined by Kell Brook vs. IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter brought in less than spectacular ratings for Showtime, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Porter’s numbers are down from his previous fight against Paulie Malignaggi from last April. We’re talking a big drop off in numbers. The Porter-Malignaggi fight brought in 897,000 viewers on Showtime compared to the 661,000 for the Porter-Brook fight. What was especially sad about the Brook vs. Porter ratings is that the Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka fight did far better in averaging 808,000 viewers on Showtime. That was a terrible fight too. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7 KOs) is working as a sparring partner IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Going, Austria.
The 6’6” Joshua is playing the part of Kubrat Pulev to get Wladimir prepared for his defense against Pulev on September 6th at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Joshua will be at the Klitschko camp for 10 days of sparring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With less than 30 days to go before the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, both fighters were on target with the regulation weight for their fight on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather weighed 150 pounds. Maidana weighed in at 158.
The weights that they’re currently at doesn’t mean they’ll stay there by fight time. We frequently see fighters weighing in one month ahead at a considerably lower weight than the weight they come into fight with. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The hard hitting WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) plans on going after WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) in their proposed fight on October 18th and knocking him out.
The Rubio-Golovkin fight isn’t a done deal as of yet, but it’s expected to be signed shortly. They’re looking at putting in possibly at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Rubio says he sees a lot of flaws in Golovkin’s defense that he wants to take advantage of. He feels that the only reason Golovkin’s past opponents didn’t get to him was because they didn’t have the power and lacked the nerve. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After a year out of the ring former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) will be attempting to rebuild his shattered career on September 6th against Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1, 6 KOs) at the U.S. Bank Arena, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Berto-Chambers fight is scheduled for 10 rounds and it’ll be televised on Showtime along with Adrien Broner vs. Emmanuel Taylor in the main event and Lucas Matthysse vs. Roberto Ortiz in the co-feature. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rav: Last Saturday night, Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) put on a boxing master-class to become the first British fighter to win a world title in America in 28 years by schooling IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter in a 12 round decision victory at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Kell looked well prepared made the weight well and looked in exceptional shape ready for 12 rounds. He handled and nullified Porter’s early onslaught raging in like a bull well and made him miss and countered him well letting Porter burn energy in the early rounds. Read the rest of this entry »