By Dan Ambrose: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is clearly the 900lb gorilla in the middleweight division right now without question. He’s proven that he’s the best without even having to fight the top three fighters in the division. However, there’s a lot of disagreement with boxing fans in who are the best fighters overall in the division in their pecking order.
I believe the difference between Golovkin and the rest of the pack is like difference between planet Earth and planet Pluto. Never the less, there is a No.2 guy in the division right now, and I don’t see it being Saul “Canelo” Alvarez despite him being a very popular fighter. I see Canelo as being overrated as a fighter. I think Canelo is more of the next generation’s version of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In other words, Chavez Jr. 2.0. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto and former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa are reportedly close to a deal for a fight on HBO, according to Fight News. Former four division world champion Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), who now fights at junior middleweight, has been targeting a lot of smaller fighters lately to try and setup a fight for HBO in December.
Brandon Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez are two of the names that have previously been mentioned as possible opponents for the 35-year-old Cotto, and now we’ve got 34-year-old Gamboa. If the Cotto vs. Gamboa boxing match takes place, the 5’7” Cotto would be a lot bigger than the 5’5 ½” Gamboa, and a lot heavier as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World bantamweight champion Jaime McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs) will be facing World Boxing Association Super World 118lb champion Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs) in his next fight. The 30-year-old McDonnell wants to take this fight before moving up in weight to start campaigning a super bantamweight.
It’s a move long overdue for the 5’10” McDonnell, because he’s way too big for the bantamweight division and it’s going to be horrible experience for him to drop weight to make the 118lb limit to fight against the much smaller fighters. Warren, 5’4 ½”, is a typical bantamweight in terms of height, and he’ll be giving up 5 ½” inches in height to McDonnell. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves is finally showing interest in giving James DeGale a rematch five years after beating him by a controversial 12 round majority decision in 2011 in London, England. A lot has changed since then, as Groves has suffered two knockout losses to Carl Froch and a 12 round split decision defeat to Badou Jack last year.
Groves, #2 WBC, #4 WBO, #10 IBF, is in position to get a title shot in the near future against champions Badou Jack and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez. However, Groves’ chances of winning those fights aren’t so good. Further, the money that Groves would make for fights against Jack and Ramirez likely isn’t as good as what he would make in a fight against DeGale. As such, you can understand why Groves would want to suddenly fight DeGale.
Heck, if Groves doesn’t fight DeGale to get a nice cash out fight, then he’s soon going to be getting beaten by Badou Jack or Ramirez. Whichever of those guys that Groves fights, he’s likely to lose. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao and World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas will give the fight fans the fight they want to see on November 5 in their match at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pacquiao vs. Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) fight will likely be a more entertaining fight than Pacquiao vs. Terence Crawford, a fighter that was one of the options for Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) to choose from.
The difference between Vargas and Crawford’s style of fighting is like night and day. While Vargas will be coming forward to slug all night long against Pacquiao, Crawford likely would have been moving constantly, looking to counter punch, and not standing in place for any length of time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Undefeated welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) is picking IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) to knockout challenger Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) in their fight on September 10. Spence thinks Golovkin’s punching power is ultimately going to be too much for Brook to deal with in this fight. However, Spence does give Brook a chance of pulling off the upset if he can make it close by boxing GGG and going the full 12 rounds.
Spence thinks that Brook might get the nod by the judges due to the fight taking place in his home country of the UK at the O2 Arena in London. Spence gives Brook a lot of credit for taking the fight, but he would pick Golovkin by knockout victory if he were a betting man. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Errol Spence Jr. and Leonard Bundu will be battling next Sunday on August 21 in an IBF welterweight title eliminator bout. Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) is taking the fight very seriously despite being the favorite to win. He doesn’t want to overlook the 41-year-old Bundu, because he realizes that he can lose his standing in the boxing world if he’s made to struggle to win. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Boxing fans essentially see Kell Brook as the token lamb for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) to slaughter on September 10 in their UK fight at the O2 Arena in London. Brook doesn’t see it that way though. He feels that he’s going to beat Golovkin, and show the critics how wrong they are. Brook also thinks this fight will show the fans that h doesn’t care about taking on dangerous opponents. He’ll do it anyway.
Like with anything, people judge a person on what they’ve done in the past. If they failed at something or if they didn’t look impressive, then they’re going to predict failure for that person. All we know from watching Brook’s past fights is that he’s only fought one good opponent in his entire career in Shawn Porter in 2014, and that he was forced to spoil all night long by holding him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Nathan Cleverly will be getting a world title shot in less than two months against WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer on October 1 at the Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies right now, and it’s really not surprising given that he’s lost two out of his last three fights in the last two years.
If you consider a world title shot being the equivalent of going to the Super Bowl in the NFL, then Cleverly is going to that championship game off the back of a loss to Andrzej Fonfara rather than a victory.
That’s not a great thing for boxing, is it? It makes you wonder whether this is a sport or a popularity contest or a contest where a champion handpicks beatable opposition rather than facing the dangerous top 15 contenders like #3 WBA Artur Beterbiev, #5 WBA Joe Smith Jr., #2 Andre Ward, #1 Dmitry Bivol or #4 Sullivan Barrera. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury says he plans on restarting training camp next week for his rematch against former world champion Wladimir Klitschko on October 29. The fight is supposed to be taking place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) suffered an ankle injury while training for his previously scheduled fight against Wladimir on July 9.
Fury, 28, apparently has finished licking his wounds from his ankle injury and is ready to restart the camp. Some boxing fans think that Fury’s injury was a way for him to give him more time to lose some of the tonnage that he’d put on after beating Wladimir last November.
Whatever the case, Fury is restarting training camp this week, and he looks considerably thinner than he did when he first started his last training camp. You no longer can see Fury’s double-chin that he was sporting, and his jowls around his face don’t look puffy with fat like they were before he started his previous training camp. Read the rest of this entry »