By Dan Ambrose: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin says he’s waiting to get a fight for the WBC 160 pound title against either Miguel Cotto or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Golovkin is ready to fight either of those guys unless they opt to vacate the WBC title.
The Cotto-Canelo fight could take place on May 2nd unless there’s a problem with the negotiations that keeps the fight from getting made in the first half of 2015. If that’s the case, then we could see Cotto take an optional title defense instead while he waits on the Canelo fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) says he wants a big name in 2015, and he’s hoping that he can get a fight against either Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao, preferably both next year.
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya thinks Khan would give Pacquiao some difficulty due to his talent and fighting style.
“As I was watching myself get demolished by Manny Pacquiao [in 2008]. I couldn’t help but think about Amir King Khan giving Pac some serious problems,” De La Hoya said on his Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya believes that his fighter interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) is a better fighter than WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs).
De La Hoya believes this because Golovkin doesn’t choose to move around the ring constantly the way that Thurman does when he fights. De La Hoya says that Golovkin can’t fight going backwards the way that Thurman does. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The huge 6’7” Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) is convinced that he’ll be adding another scalp to his resume next month when he faces WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) for his WBC strap on January 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is a big, big fight for Deontay and for many Americans, because he has the chance of capturing the WBC heavyweight title and bringing it back to the U.S. It would be the first American world champion since Shannon Briggs accomplished that fete back in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
By Spencer Brown: Perhaps the greatest moment in sport is the opening bell of a bona fide super-fight. Months of frenzied anticipation and excitement culminate in this one moment: the waiting is over, and the truth, amidst all the bluster, will finally reveal itself. Here are 5 fights that, in no particular order, will hopefully provide that special moment in 2015.
Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao
A blindingly obvious pick, but excitement is mounting that after years of talk, the two greatest fighters of their generation will finally meet in the ring in 2015. The protracted wrangling from both camps over the years has reflected poorly on the sport – how do you explain to non-boxing fans that the fight might not happen because of arguments over money, random blood and urine testing, rival television networks, rival promotion companies and a guy called Bob Arum? The greatest and purest sport known to man is reduced to a messy, bickering soap opera. Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: This is an opportunity to put this issue to rest. For numerous times, Manny Pacquiao has himself claimed it’s not about the money, but about the fans.
For the greater part of the last five years we have gotten accustomed to some sections of the fans calling Floyd Mayweather Jr a runner and a coward and others calling Pacquiao a cheater and a loser. We all agreed that at some point the ego of the two got into the way of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) has shown little interest in wanting to mix it up with WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) in what would be a huge mega-fight, Golovkin is still very much interested in facing the 37-year-old Froch if he’s game.
Golovkin says he’d fight Froch in either the UK or Las Vegas, Nevada, although he prefers Vegas as the venue for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya is saying that he plans on bring the best fights possible in 2015. This is kind of a yearly thing, and you can only wish it were true. De La Hoya may need to check with Al Haymon before he makes big pronouncements like bringing the best fights because we didn’t see the best fights in 2014.
Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka and Lamont Peterson vs. Edgar Santana are just two of the less than pleasing fights we saw this year. How about Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo. That wasn’t very good either. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In what has to be seen as a bluff on his part, Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) says he’ll be keeping his eye on the January 17th fight between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and unbeaten American Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) because he’d be interested in fighting the winner of the fight if he can’t get a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury, 26, is the WBO mandatory challenger to Wladimir’s WBO strap after Fury beat Derek Chisora in a rematch last November. That means that there’s no chance that Wladimir can’t get around fighting Fury other than vacating his WBO title, which he obviously isn’t going to do. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel is talking about matching Stevenson back up with #5 WBC Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a rematch in April. This would be something that would have to be blessed by Showtime since they would be the one televising the fight on their network.
It’s unclear whether this mismatch would pass muster because Fonfara clearly lost the fight to Stevenson by a 12 round unanimous decision last May. Fonfara did knock Stevenson down in the 8th round in that fight, but then Stevenson stepped on the gas and dominated the final four rounds of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »