By Dan Ambrose: In a battle of bantamweight fighters, 28-year-old Karim Guerfi (22-3, 6 KOs) defeated #12 WBC #13 WBA Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15 KOs) in defeating him by a 10 round unanimous decision on Tuesday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports 1 from the Austin City Music Hall in Austin, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a sign that boxing fans weren’t interested in seeing Top Rank’s in house fight last Saturday night between two of their stable fighters WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) and Brandon Rios (33-3-1, 24 KOs), the fight averaged only 910,000 viewers on HBO Championship Boxing, according to ESPN.
The Bradley-Rios fight had a peak of 1.03 million viewers. The fight cost HBO $3 million, according to Dan Rafael. Bradley’s last mismatch against another over-matched Top Rank fighter, Jessie Vargas, averaged 1.12 million viewers on HBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Timothy Bladel: Supposing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeats WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto on November 21st, the attention will quickly turn to a potential mega fight with Gennady Golovkin (GGG). Both fighters have much to gain from this matchup. However, a win for Canelo catapults him into new territory.
For GGG, it is a shot at The Ring Magazine middleweight lineal title (the man who beat the man), another unification belt, and a marketable name he has been hunting. For Canelo, he gets a shot at solidifying his standing as the next big thing by unifying three middleweight belts, and doing so by taking out one of the most feared men in boxing today. It’s the kind of win that makes legends, an upset victory over a feared fighter – where have we heard this story before?
Canelo has a strong resume for a guy who is only 25 years old, yet how much respect has that garnered him? He isn’t considered a top P4P boxer on most lists. Ring doesn’t have him in the top ten, with guys like Terence Crawford and Kell Brooks making the top ten. ESPN has Canelo at ten, under guys like Timothy Bradley JR. and even Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »
By J Caldwell: Is it just me, or does anyone else with half a boxing brain see a possible match-up between Gennady Golovkin (or, “GGG”), the current IBF, WBA and WBO middleweight titleholder and the now “somewhat” retired Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (with too many accolades to name) as a complete waste of time?
Other than the fact the two fighters have “0s” to their name, the actual fight itself wouldn’t be an intriguing matchup. Perhaps the buildup to the fight should be “Someone’s 0 has to go”…been there done that! Better yet, the buildup, at least from a boxing realist point of reference, could be this: “Hello my name is ‘GGG’ and I could use a nice payday.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: It has been recently reported by the Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) that Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker W-L-D will fight on December 5th against Daniel Martz at the Fight for life in Hamilton, New Zealand. Parker will also be facing southpaw Jason Bergman on January 23 at the Rumble in Paradise in Samoa. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) will have a responsibility to defend the WBC middleweight title against Golovkin, the WBC #1 mandatory challenger, if Canelo defeats the current WBC 160lb champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) in their catch-weight fight at 155lbs this month on November 21st.
There’s been talk that the winner of the Cotto-Canelo fight will ignore the World Boxing Council’s mandate that they fight Golovkin next, and instead will vacate the title so that they can continue to fight whoever they want to fight, which could very well be each other in a series of rematches until the boxing public tires of paying to see them fight each other on HBO PPV. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford says he doesn’t know if IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) is the real deal or not at this point, because he’s not been fighting guys that are hitting him back and trying to win.
Crawford notes that Golovkin has punching power, and he thinks he’s got good boxing skills. However, Crawford doesn’t know if he’s a legitimate talent or not because he’s been fighting too many guys that he was able to steamroll over without any problems. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) says he’s interested in staging a comeback potentially next spring to face IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-, 14 KOs) in a fight at Wembley in London, UK.
DeGale, 29, will have to beat his next opponent former IBF 168lb champion Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) in their fight on November 28th at the Centre Videotron, in Quebec City, Quebec. Froch’s plan is to make a comeback, if he’s given permission from his family, beat DeGale to win back his old IBF strap, and then go back into retirement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After spending pretty much his entire career fighting weak opposition of limited talent, unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) is raring to go for his first meaningful fight of any substance against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) on November 28th at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusselforf, Germany.
But instead of having the sense enough to realize that he’s bitten off more than he can chew, Fury is flapping his gums, saying it’s going to be easy to hit the 6’6” Klitschko. While the 6’9” Fury does have the height to land his shots in theory against Wladimir, he really doesn’t though. Fury has a bad habit of leaning backwards or crouching forward in his fights, which puts him at around 6-feet tall. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) points out that what made him a great fighter during his career was his willingness to take risks by moving up in weight to face dangerous opposition after starting his career out as a featherweight.
Mayweather could have stayed at that weight and played it safe his entire career, but he moved up four divisions in winning world titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »