By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Richard Schafer states that the money split for the heavyweight unification clash between IBF/WBA champion Anthony Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder should be an even 50-50 affair for their proposed fight in the summer of 2018.
By Dan Ambrose: Deontay Wilder is coming to knockout Anthony Joshua, says RingStar promoter Richard Schaefer. He feels that WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is physically and mentally ready to not only beat IBF/WBA champion Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), but knock him out as well.
By Dan Ambrose: Former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says Oscar De La Hoya calling out UFC star Conor McGregor for a boxing match is just a public relations stunt to try and attract interest in his new Golden Boy radio program. De La Hoya isn’t going to be fighting McGregor, according to Schaefer.
By Jim Dower: Ringstar promoter Richard Schaefer says he sees the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight as a 50-50 fight right now due to how the Kazakhstan fighter has looked in his last 2 fights since last year. Schaefer says he previously had Golovkin as the favorite over Canelo until his last two fights against Danny Jacobs and Kell Brook.
By Dan Ambrose: Former Golden Boy Promotions boss Richard Schaefer agrees with Oscar De La Hoya that the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight needs at least 3 months preferably 5 months to promote properly so that it can maximize revenue. Like De La Hoya, Schaefer isn’t in favor of Golovkin taking a unification fight against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in June.
By Dan Ambrose: Former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says he would have ABSOLUTELY have made the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight by now if he was still the guy controlling the levers at Golden Boy. Schaefer does not understand why the Canelo-Golovkin fight hasn’t been made by now, because he feels that a win for Canelo would take him to the next level in terms of pay-per-view buys.
Schaefer feels that Canelo’s pay-per-view numbers would go from an average of 250,000 that we’re seeing now to over 1 million buys for EVERY fight from that point on. A loss for Canelo to Golovkin wouldn’t hurt the Mexican star, says Schaefer. He thinks Canelo wouldn’t lose fans at all if he got beat by Golovkin, because he’d still be Canelo.