By Dan Ambrose: Speaking for former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs), Bernard Hopkins says that Canelo will definitely fight the winner of the October 17th fight between IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) in 2016.
Hopkins says the losers of the Golovkin-Lemieux and Cotto-Canelo fights should face each other. Whether that happens or not is unclear. Unfortunately, it’s not even a given that the winner of the two fights will face each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Abel Sanchez, the trainer for IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) is hoping that Golovkin can get a fight against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) next year at 154. Sanchez says that Golovkin is willing to go down to junior middleweight to make the fight happen with Mayweather, and sees there being no reason why Mayweather can’t take the fight with Golovkin, because he says Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez are both the same size.
Mayweather fought Canelo in 2013, and beat him by a 12 round decision. Canelo is actually heavier than Golovkin in coming into his fights as heavy as 175lbs compared to Golovkin’s usual 170lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) will be having hand surgery on a fracture of his left hand he sustained in his 10 round unanimous decision victory over middleweight Marcos Reyes last July in their catch-weight fight at 170lbs on Premier Boxing Champions in El Paso, Texas.
The 29-year-old Chavez Jr’s left hand hasn’t healed despite him resting it for the past month, and he’s been advised by a doctor to have surgery to fix the problem. Chavez Jr. is hoping that he’ll be able to return to the ring in December to get one more fight in this year. However, he may wind up waiting until January if his hand heals slowly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) feels he’s the one who can slide into the No.1 spot as the top fighter in boxing after Floyd Mayweather Jr. walks away from the game after his September 12th fight against Andre Berto.
Khan would have liked to have proven himself as the top fighter by facing Mayweather and beating him, but Mayweather had chosen to pass him up for a fight against Berto, a fighter better known in the United States than Khan with the casual boxing fans.
Khan says he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao and he’s hoping that fight can be made in 2016. Whether it does or not will be up to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, and of course to Pacquiao if he has any say so in who he’s matched up against. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) took boxing fans by surprise on Thursday when he confessed that he’s afraid of the 26-year-old IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) ahead of their important pay-per-view fight on HBO on October 17th from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Golovkin seemed tongue tiled and flustered when speaking to the media during his 3rd and final day of his media tour in Los Angeles, California. This is pretty much the same thing we saw from the 33-year-old Golovkin in his other two media conferences with Lemieux in Montreal and New York. Read the rest of this entry »
by Michael Montero – On Thursday fighters representing four different countries met in Los Angeles for the final stop of their media tour announcing one of the most anticipated cards of the year. On October 17th inside the famed Madison Square Garden in New York city, middleweight titlists Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and David Lemieux faceoff in a can’t miss action fight. The co-feature is a flyweight contest between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, another can’t miss action affair. This one-two duo headlines an HBO PPV broadcast priced at $49.95, relatively cheap considering the cost of certain other PPV cards this year that seemed to be more about the “money” than the fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: At the final stop of their three-city press tour today in Los Angeles, California, IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) sounded totally convinced that he’s going to beat IBO/WBA middleweight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) in their clash on October 17th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lemieux, 26, said he doesn’t just believe he’s going to beat Golovkin, he knows he’s going to beat him. Lemieux feels he’s going to defeat Triple G, because he knows what he’s capable of going after spending years inside and outside the ring. Lemieux sees something in Golovkin’s fighting style that makes him dead certain that he’s going to defeat the 33-year-old Kazakhstan fighter in their fight on HBO pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Tony Bellew (24-2-1, 15 KOs) could wind up being put on the undercard of the September 6th fight card headlined by WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) vs. Tomoki Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Bellew, who is ranked #3 WBO, #9 IBF, #10 WBA, #10 WBC in the cruiserweight division, will be fighting an 8-10 round fight against an opponent still to determined, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paco Gurrola: Pugilists Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto are getting ready to begin their promotional tour for their fight on HBO pay-per-view November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. One of the contemplated destinations is Mexico and both fighters would be landing on Mexican grounds on August 25th.
Even though it has not yet been revealed whether the presentation will be open to the public or not it is almost certain that “Canelo” and Cotto will hold a press conference in Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs) will be battling 32-year-old Jonathan Oquendo (25-4, 16 KOs) on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Andre Berto fight next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Gonzalez-Oquendo fight was added to the card on Thursday, and it’ll be a great addition to what is already an excellent undercard. The fight card will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view for $64.95 for standard definition and $74.95 for high definition.
Gonzalez, 33, is still trying to rebuild his career after being stopped in the 4th round by the younger Gary Russell Jr. last March in losing his WBC featherweight title. Since then, Gonzalez has stopped Kazuki Hashimoto in 2 rounds earlier this month. The fight against Hashimoto took place at super featherweight. There was no point in Gonzalez facing Russell Jr. again because he was clearly over-matched against him due to his hand speed advantage. Read the rest of this entry »