By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer will be making an important announcement tomorrow, and it’s thought that he’ll be revealing that the fight between WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia 26-0, 16 KO’s) and WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) is a done deal for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight card on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Schaefer told NYFightBlog today that he wanted to finish the Garcia-Matthysse fight negotiations before he left for Saturday’s trip to Dubai to set up the venue for the Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander fight for December 7th. It would seem that Schaefer has finished the Garcia vs. Matthysse deal and is ready to announce it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) thinks his October 5th fight against Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) will be a tougher fight for him now than a rematch against Manny Pacquiao. Bradley sees it this way because of the confidence that Marquez has going into the fight after his 6th round KO win over Pacquiao from last December.
Bradley said to the Boxing Channel “I wanted the guy that beat Manny, so I chose Marquez. He’s a tougher fight [than Pacquiao] because he’s full of confidence…he’s 40-years-old, but he most have seen something he can expose in the [Ruslan] Provodnikov, because before that his trainer didn’t want no piece of me…this will be an opportunity for me to get the respect from boxing by beating a legend like Juan Manuel Marquez and I mean business.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A fight between Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) and Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KO’s) is being finalized by the two fighters for an October 5th clash at a still to be determined venue in Florida. Cotto has lost his last two fights to Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he can’t afford to lose this fight if he wants to remain in the picture for more important fights.
Rodriguez, 33, hasn’t beaten a decent fighter since his win over Pawel Wolak in December of 2011. Rodriguez was easily beaten by Trout in a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision loss last year in June. Since then, Rodriguez has beaten George Tahdooahnippah and Freddy Hernandez both by knockouts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KO’s) says he’s going to fix the mistakes he made in his last fight against Jose Gonzalez and fight at a higher level for his next title defense against Raymundo Beltran (28-6, 17 KO’s) in their fight on September 7th at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Burns was taking a beating and getting royally schooled by Gonzalez until the Puerto Rican fighter injured his wrist in the 8th round after having staggered Burns. The fight was halted after the 9th round due to Gonzales’ wrist causing him too many problems to continue fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF 147 lb. contender Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) says there will be announcement about his next fight soon by his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Brook is supposed to be fighting a big name, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a real big name because Marcos Maidana is still looking to get a fight against Adrien Broner.
That tells me that he’s not in the running for Brook’s next fight, and it’s not likely that Hearn would ever put Brook in with a puncher like Keith Thurman. If you take away those two guys from the running for the fight, you’re looking at a lot flawed fighters at 147 that could be facing Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schafer will be flying to Dubai this Saturday to look over a venue there for the December 7th fight between IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) and Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s). Besides Dubai, Schaefer is also looking at possibly staging the fight in the UK or New York.
As you can see, two out of three of those venues would favor the more popular Khan over the American champion Alexander, and it’s difficult to imagine that Alexander will say yes to fighting Khan in the UK or Dubai, knowing that if the fight were to go to a decision he might possibly be on the losing end of it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Hank Lundy (22-3-1, 11 KO’s) will be trying to halt his 2-fight losing streak this Friday night against light welterweight contender Ajose Olusegun (31-1, 14 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Rockingham Park, Salem, in New Hampshire, USA.
Just last year, 29-year-old Lundy had been trying to get a fight against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner, but he was ignored by him. Lundy has since lost his last two fights against Raymundo Beltran and Viktor Postol.
There’s no change of Lundy getting a fight against Broner now, if there ever was one. Lundy is now fighting at light welterweight, but he didn’t look good in his first fight at that weight against Postol last March. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Tickets for the September 7th fight between former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) and #1 WBO, Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) are going on sale this Friday, July 19th, for their September 7th fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Dan Rafael is reporting that the fight will be staged at 168 lbs. in order to make it easy for Chavez Jr. to make weight, as he’s been out of the ring since last year when he was beaten by Sergio Martinez by a 12 round unanimous decision.
Chavez Jr. has put on a great deal of weight in the time out of the ring and there are questions whether he can even make 168 at this point even with drastic dehydrating to lose 20+ pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) vs. Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) is being talked about for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez card on September 14th. It’s still not a done deal, but it’s a possibility as either the co-feature or the third fight below the main event if Golden Boy Promotions is able is able to get the Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse on the card.
If they can get that fight, and that’s a big if, that fight will be the co-feature bout. The Trout-Lara fight is a good one, but not nearly as good as the Garcia-Matthysse bout.
Trout should arguably be still undefeated after losing to Canelo by a 12 round unanimous decision last April. If you Canelo’s fans, they think Trout lost the fight, but if you ask a lot of people without a preference about the fight, a lot of them are saying that Trout won the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan thinks WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) will likely lose to Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) in their fight on September 14th.
Khan doesn’t say why, but he does feel he’s got the skills to give Floyd a lot of problems with his hand speed and ability to put pressure on the 36-year-old Mayweather. It could be that Khan feels that the 22-year-old Canelo is lacking in those areas. Read the rest of this entry »