By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) says his recently broken right hand has improved from 75% that it was for his fight against Eric Molina last June to 95% right now for his fight later this month against the talented Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) on September 26th on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC at the Legacy Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Wilder, 6’7”, suffered a broken right hand in his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision win over Bermane Stiverne last January in a fight in which Wilder had Stiverne hurt several times. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks that a fight between his fighter Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. could wind up fighting again next year, but he feels that a lot of things would need to fall in place for that fight to happen. Arum doesn’t say what those things are.
It’s obvious that Mayweather will need to not retire after his September 12th fight against Andre Berto, because he’s been saying repeatedly that he doesn’t want to continue on after this fight. An another thing that needs to happen before a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch takes place is Pacquiao’s surgically repaired right shoulder needs to be fully rehabbed and be in tip top shape before he can get back inside the ring with Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten #8 WBA welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) will be facing #7 IBF Chris Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight next Friday on September 11th on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV on undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs. Tommy Karpency fight card from the Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Canada.
This is a fight where the 25-year-old Spence needs an impressive victory so that he get moved up higher in the WBA’s rankings. Spence wants a shot at WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, but without a high enough ranking to force a fight against him, it enables Thurman to keep fighting soft touches like Luis Collazo, Leonard Bundu and Robert Guerrero rather than a dangerous guy like Spence. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With eight knockouts in his last nine fights, Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) seems to now be fancying himself as a knockout artist of sorts. The 6’9” Brit, who is more of a slapper than a puncher, thinks that he’s going to KO IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) in their fight on October 24th at the ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Fury is talking about if he doesn’t stop Wladimir, then it means he’s useless, and should retire. That would be a laugh if Fury gets knocked out and then retires out of grief. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: After struggling through his last six fights with a 3-3 record, Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) believes he’s poised to give Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) the toughest fight of his 19-year-old pro career in their clash next week on September 12th on Showtime pay-per-view.
Berto, 31, thinks his hand speed, punching power and athleticism will be a minefield of problems for the 38-year-old Mayweather, and he believes he’s come out of this fight with a win and both of Mayweather’s two titles that he’ll have on the line for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) expects to take not only IBO/WBA 160lb champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s two titles when he faces him on October 17th on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York, but Lemieux also thinks he’ll take over Golovkin’s spot as the No.1 feared middleweight in the division.
Right now, Golovkin is seen as the most feared middleweight in the division in the minds of a lot of boxing fans. We still don’t know if that’s an accurate picture of whom Golovkin is because he’s not faced Lemieux, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Peter Quillin, Daniel Jacobs or Andy Lee. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) successfully made weight on Friday in coming in at 173.9 pounds at the weigh-in for his mismatch against No.7 WBA Konni Konrad (22-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Energie Verbund-Arena, in Dresden, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: After confronting IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) on Thursday at the Lucky Street boxing Gym in Hollywood, Florida, Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (58-6-1, 51 KOs) was able to get the 39-year-old Klitschko to say that he might get him a title shot in the near future.
It appeared to be an embarrassing meeting for Wladimir. Briggs appeared to be trying to intimidate the Ukrainian confronting him during his workout in front of the media. Briggs openly pawed Wladimir with his hands, and when Wladimir touched Briggs back, he was told by Briggs “Don’t you ever touch me like that. Don’t you ever touch me face. For real. I’ll put hands on you.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a sign that he’s got a terrible mismatch in front of him, unbeaten #2 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) has taken to the media to try and build up the image of his opponent 28-year-old Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs), who he’ll be facing on September 12th for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
For most boxing fans, this fight is perceived as a dreadful mismatch, as Cornish is just a slow lumbering heavyweight without hand speed, punching power or defensive skills. He’s just a big guy who has been fed a lot of weak opposition since he turned pro in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kirk Jackson: Leo Santa Cruz proved many nay-sayers wrong, improving his record to 31-0-1 (17 KO’s) after defeating former three division world champion Abner Mares via majority decision.
Serving as the headliner of an action packed card for the Premier Boxing Champions brand on the ESPN network, the main event did not disappoint, although the more eye appeasing fights transpired earlier in the evening. Read the rest of this entry »