By JK James: Anyone who follows British boxing and in particular boxing on Sky Sports are aware that Eddie Hearn has all but secured three of his fighters world title shots. Darren Barker (25-1-0,16ko’s) has a an upcoming shot at Daniel Geale (29-1-0,15ko’s) for the IBF middleweight title, Adonis Stevenson (21-1-0,18ko’s) has reportedly been ordered to defend his WBC light heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1,12ko’s) and Scott Quigg (26-0-1,19ko’s) has been ordered to fight for the vacant WBA super bantamweight title against Yoandri Salinas(20-0-1,13ko’s).
In my opinion all three of these upcoming fights are legitimate opportunities for Matchroom fighters to win world title’s unlike the efforts of Gavin Rees in his hearty effort against Adrien Broner and the instantly forgettable fight between Lee Purdy and Devon Alexander. Here I will look at each fighters credentials in there attempt to win there maiden world championships. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch turns 36 today. His promoter Eddie Hearn is talking about possibly matching him up against his new IBF mandatory challenger George Groves. However, it’s still possible Hearn will have both fighters go in different directions instead of facing other before the end of the year.
Hearn said in an interview with Sky Sports “Both fighters have plenty of options…if it makes sense for both fighters neither has a problem with making it happen. We are in talks regarding a potential blockbuster domestic fight later this year.”
That doesn’t mean that Froch and Groves will fight each other. They both could go off in other directions, so that Groves could challenge WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz, and Froch could fight Mikkel Kessler yet again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s 3rd round knockout win over Matthew Macklin last Saturday night was seen by 1.1 million viewers on HBO, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. These numbers were up considerably from Golovkin’s fight against Gabriel Rosado, which brought in 813,000 viewers on HBO in January and the 685 thousand that saw Golovkin’s fight against Grzegorz Proksa last year in September.
What’s unclear is whether Golovkin’s huge increase from the Rosado fight was due to Golovkin gaining more fans or because of Macklin’s large Irish fan base tuning in from the East coast to watch him fight. Rafael points out that HBO put more time and effort into marketing the Golovkin vs. Macklin fight, and that could also explain the better numbers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) is really looking forward to his November 23rd fight against the struggling 34-year-old Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) in Macao, China. This will be one of the rare fights where the 27-year-old Rios doesn’t have to worry about his weight, because he’ll be moving up 7 pounds to ace Pacquiao 147 rather than fighting in the lightweight division at 140.
Rios, a former WBA lightweight champion, moved up in weight to the light welterweight division last year because he was having problems making 135. Now it looks like Rios is also struggling with the 140 lb. division in making weight, which is why it’s going to be a welcome relief for him to fight Pacquiao at welterweight on November 23rd.
Rios thinks the move up in weight will leave him stronger because he won’t have to worry about draining down to get to 140. He’ll easily make 147 for this fight and he should have more power on his shots. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant believes that the 22-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has a pretty good chance to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their fight on September 14th. Merchant isn’t predicting that Canelo will win, but he’s giving him a good chance of getting the win.
Merchant likes Canelo’s size advantage, his youth and his ability to control the ring.
Speaking with Maxboxing The Next Round, Merchant said “Yes, I think he [Canelo] can win the fight. I’m not picking him to win. I think he’s a strong young guy and I think he has a shot. He is in command in the ring, on offense and defense.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO’s) and WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s) have reportedly agreed to terms for a fight on October 5th at the Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia. The negotiations had dragged out for months before finally the two sides agreeing to make the fight happen. There was too much money on the table for the fight not to happen.
The fight will pit two former Olympic gold medalists, Wladimir, the Ukrainian gold medalist, and Povetkin, the Russian gold medalist, against each other in Moscow. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin) By Allan Fox: Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) says he may continue fighting beyond the remaining 5 fights he has in his 6-fight contract with Showtime/CBS. It’s unclear whether Mayweather will still be with Showtime at that point or if he’ll move back to HBO. At this point a lot could happen in his next five fights with Showtime, and it’s premature for him to predict what will happen in those fights.
Mayweather said on Monday “After my five more fights, guess what? I think after 49-0 we may stay in this sport a little longer.”
The whole world probably sees this coming if Mayweather runs the table and wins these next five fights in convincing fashion. Read the rest of this entry »
By B.G.B: Based on last weekends action, the question on every boxing fan’s mind right now is where does Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO’s) go after his demolition job of tough middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KO’s)? Throughout the 3 rounds of the bout, Golovkin demonstrated frightful power along with patience, poise, accuracy and a solid defense.
As the hype grows, the opponents improve (or so they should), and although fans around the world would dream of seeing ‘GGG’ face the likes of Martinez, Alvarez, Froch and Ward next, those fights are not likely to materialize any time soon. One fight I would like to see that has a very realistic possibility of being made is ‘GGG’ v Martin Murray (27-25, 11 KO’s). Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) doesn’t feel like he’d in any kind of race to destroy his next opponent Siarhei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KO’s) quickly in their fight coming up on August 9th in the United States.
Wilder doesn’t feel that he has to improve on the 9th round stoppage that Liakhovich’s last two opponents Robert Helenius and Bryant Jennings have gotten in beating him. It’s not a competition between Wilder and those guys about how quickly he crush Liakhovich.
The only thing that the 27-year-old Deontay is concerned about is knocking Liakhovich out, period. Deontay wants to keep his 28-fight knockout streak going by making the 37-year-old Liakhovich his 29th victim on August 9th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The once highly hyped 29-year-old British heavyweight prospect David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) has lost a lot of his cache with boxing fans since getting massacred by the 41-year-old Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) last February.
Rather than moving on and realizing that there are some chin issues that may keep at the domestic level, Price has foolishly decided to risk his career in facing Thompson in an immediate with everything on the line for the 6’8” Brit.
The rematch will take place this Saturday, July 6th in Price’s home city of Liverpool, UK. In other words, the loser has the hometown advantage again despite having been eradicated by Thompson. Read the rest of this entry »