(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp / Mayweather Promotions) By Jim Dower: Interim WBA cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KO’s) successfully weighed in on Friday at 199lbs for his fight against #11 WBA Junior Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) in their fight for the WBA World cruiserweight title on Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Wright, 29, weighed in at 199.5lbs. Former WBA World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev is now the WBA Super World cruiserweight champion. The WBA has two champions in the cruiserweight division for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: HBO Championship Boxing has decided to television the July 11th fight between IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) and fellow Main Events fighter #12 WBA Isaac Chilemba (24-3-, 10 KOs) from the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
It’s not an ideal date because the fight is taking place on a Monday rather than on Saturday, July 9. By the fight taking place on the 11th of July, it won’t have to compete with the big rematch between IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury an Wladimir Klitschko on July 9. There won’t be any competition for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport has made yet another addition to their growing stable with the signing of British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs). This is the second big signing this week. Earlier this week, Hearn announced the signing of British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. to his stable.
Both fighters will be fighting in separate bouts on the June 25th undercard of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s title defense against fringe contender Dominic Breazeale on Sky Box Office at the O2 Arena in London, UK. It’s unknown if the 6’4” Whyte’s fight will make it onto the televised portion of the card, however. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: At Friday’s weigh-in, WBA World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) made weight at 153.5lbs for his title defense on Saturday night against Vanes Martirosyan (36-2-1, at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada. Martirosyan weighed in at 153.75lbs. The The fight card will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By The Sandman: Recently, I wrote an article with the claim that Danny “Swift” Garcia was the current number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Many called Garcia a “B” level fighter, lucky, or claimed he had been gifted victories. I will be analyzing some of comments made, and responding.
Comment 1: “I want to see him fight a worthy adversary, riding that win for like five months now about time to get back in the ring”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: In a competitive fight between two evenly matched contenders, undefeated #2 WBA Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) defeated #3 WBA ouri Kayembre Kalenga (23-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night by a 10th round knockout to win the interim WBA cruiserweight title at the Palais des Sports in Paris, France. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) added another belt to his fast accumulating collection of middleweight titles with the addition of the WBC 160lb strap, courtesy of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Golovkin picked up the WBC title the easy way when Canelo chose to give the title up after the World Boxing Council gave him and his promoters Golden Boy Promotions a deadline of May 24 to be done with the negotiations with Golovkin or else they would send it to a purse bid.
Canelo chose to vacate at this point, a move that many boxing fans see as a cowardly fight ducking move on his part. Supposedly, Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions are still interested in negotiating a fight with Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith (30-0-1, 12 KOs) can’t seem to let go of the idea that he has to fight welterweight Kell Brook for some reason. I’m not sure why, but Smith can’t seem to focus on fighting the guys in his own division to try and make a name for himself in that eight class.
I guess it might be because Smith is seen as a paper champion in the eyes of a lot of boxing fans, and will likely lose his WBO title as soon as he faces his first quality contender. I don’t know but I think it would be better for the 27-year-old Smith to concentrate on defending his WBO 154lb strap as long as he can rather than pining away for a fight against Brook.
If Smith really wants the Brook fight, then he should vacate his WBO title and melt down to 147 and get in line behind welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr., because he’ll soon be facing Brook for his IBF title once he’s beaten the brakes off Konstantin Ponomarev in an IBF welterweight title eliminator bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. has reportedly offered UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor $50 million to fight him this year before the end of the year in a giant PPV fight. Mayweather would receive nine-figures if the fight takes place. The imbalance in pay could make it tough for the fight to happen though because Mayweather would be making two times the amount that McGregor is getting if the fight takes place.
Getting the 27-year-old McGregor and his management to agree to a deal where he’s getting only half as much as Mayweather might make the fight untenable unless Mayweather is willing to give him a better cut. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (19-3, 16 KOs) will be trying to turn his career around this month against journeyman Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs) an eight round fight on May 29 on the undercard of the Tony Bellew vs. Ilunga Makabu cruiserweight fight at Goodison Park Stadium, in Liverpool, UK.
Price, 32, has been out of the ring for 11 months since his 2nd round knockout loss to Erkan Teper. Price feels that he doesn’t need to take his career backwards to fight for things like the British title. He sees himself as a top world class fighter in the mix with the other top fighters.
It remains to be seen if that’s the case. The fact that Price was taken out twice by Tony Thompson and once by Teper would seem to suggest that he’s a domestic level fighter rather than a world class guy. Read the rest of this entry »