By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy promotions president Oscar De La Hoya and HBO Sports president Ken Hershman will be announcing the signing of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) to HBO today in a press conference. It’s unclear for how many years the 24-year-old Canelo’s contract will be with HBO, but you can assume it’s going to be at least 2 years.
HBO is betting that Canelo will be able to look as good as he did before his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr and his less than impressive performances against Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara. This is obviously a gamble on HBO’s part because Canelo has a lot of question marks around his ability after his last fight against Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach will start training camp with his fighter WBO 147lb champ Manny Pacquiao next month in the Philippines for his first defense of his WBO title against light welterweight Chris Algieri on 11/22 in Macao, China.
Pacquiao is going to be fighting Algieri at a catch-weight of 144 pounds rather than at the full weight for the division. Pacquiao and Roach decided that it would be better for the training camp to be situated in the Philippines so that Pacquiao could quickly travel to nearby Macao, China for the fight against Algieri on November 22nd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Smith: Perfect timing for George Groves. Just as the fanfare was just beginning to wane from the final epic clash with his nemesis Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch, he puts on a fantastic show to reignite the public’s interest in the South London fighter. His entrance was as over-the-top as you could expect from a man who entered Wembley Stadium on top of a double-decker bus, and although he was in a significantly smaller venue, he still managed to capture the crowd’s imagination and truly excite them.
After watching some of Britain’s best up-and-comers come through their scraps in impressive fashion, many were on tender-hooks waiting to see the loser of the biggest British boxing match of all time. A shame, then, that for all the outlandish post-fight statements of intent, and despite Groves never really looking in trouble, there remains a sense of foreboding for the WBC’s mandatory challenger at Super-middleweight. As a follower of The Saint, here is what worried me about his performance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves thinks that the British boxing public are talking more about a third fight between him and IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch rather than a Froch vs. James DeGale fight. Further, Groves believes that the British fans would rather Froch fight another Brit than seeing him fight the likes of Mikkel Kessler or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“He [Froch] still wants to fight Chavez and Kessler and I think the British public which much rather see him fight another Brit,” Groves said to Skysports.com. “He’s got a mandatory against James DeGale but nobody is talking about that, they’re talking about me and him.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: A fight between former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) is expected to be announced today, according to Chris Mannix from Sports Illustrated.
The Canelo-Clottey fight is scheduled to take place on December 6th at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. This is an interesting fight because Canelo had the options of fighting Demetrius Andrade, James Kirkland and Erislandy Lara, but he chose the soon to be 37-year-old Clottey. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Whoever gets to face WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in his next two fights, they’re going to be lucky since Mayweather plans on retiring after he finishes out his contract with Showtime/CBS.
It’s unfortunate but we’re probably not going to see Manny Pacquiao among the names that Mayweather fights in his last two fights of his career. Mayweather’s new strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza says that the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight isn’t going to happen with Bob Arum in the picture, so this rules out Pacquiao as one of the lucky guys that will get the opportunity to face Mayweather before he steps away. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: According to Carl Froch, he doesn’t see George Groves (20-2, 15 KOs) being able to move to the next level and win a world title because he lacks the toughness neededed for him to withstand the big shots that he’s going to need to be able to for him to win a world title.
Froch isn’t totally negative on Groves’ entire game. He does see him as having good power. But what Froch does question is Groves’ ability to withstand punishment when he’s facing someone that can dish out punishment of their own. In other words, Froch thinks that Groves can give punishment but he can’t take it in return, and he sees that as ultimately Groves’ downfall. He won’t be able to ever win a world title unless he can take an occasional heavy shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: ESPN’s Brian Campbell believes there’s a possibility that former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) could choose to stay out of action until next year in May to wait on a lottery ticket fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs).
Campbell thinks there’s a possibility that Khan will elect not to fight in December in order not to take any chances of him missing out on that Mayweather fight. If Khan does fight in December, the name that is being mentioned is non-top 15 ranked fighter Josesito Lopez, who hasn’t looked impressive since his win over Victor Ortiz in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is already down to 165 pounds for his title defense against Marco Antonio Rubio for their fight next month for their “Mexican Style” clash on HBO Championship Boxing on 10/18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Golovkin and Rubio weighed in on Monday in their WBC ordered 30-day weigh-in. What we learned from the weigh-in is that Golovkin is already at the weight pretty much for the fight, and that means he’s going to be very, very strong.
Rubio weighed in at 174.5 pounds. What that tells you is that he’s going to need to cut at least 15 pounds of water weight to make weight. He’s already in shape, so he’s not going to lose fat in the next 30 days. The weight that comes off from Rubio is going to be water weight that he sheds to get to the 160 pound limit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose:
WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) will be defending his WBA title this Saturday night against , #4 WBA, #13 WBO contender Pawel Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia.
Also on the card is WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) defending his title against #4 WBC Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By sishaq: Many boxers will claim they will take on any fight out there but business sense dictates it’s best to avoid certain boxers like the plague.
Among the “avoided” – GGG, Keith Thurman, Guillermo Rigondeaux. These boxers present ultra-high risk but ultra-low reward. Get beaten by any of them and you simply become a statistic, in the unlikely event you beat them your stock doesn’t necessarily rise higher.
Either way these fighters do not generate enough public interest presently to make financial sense which is why many opposition promoters avoid them altogether. However, in my opinion all three are on the verge of breaking out of the middle tier and into super stardom. Time will tell as we don’t yet know what future bouts will catapult these elite athletes into the upper stratosphere. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) victim Brandon Rios believes that Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) has the boxing skills, reach and height to defeat Pacquiao in their fight on November 22nd in Macao, China.
Rios says he sparred Algieri twice in Oxnard, California and he found him to be an outstanding boxer with excellent skills. Rios wasn’t awed by Algieri’s power, but he says that his reach and movement made him a really tough fighter to deal with. Read the rest of this entry »