Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in potentially making a huge heavyweight triple-header on November 26, with IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) headlining at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in late November or December. Also on the card, British heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora is in play.
Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (42-4, 20 KOs) won his seventh consecutive fight on Saturday night in stopping an overmatched Cesar Vazquez (28-3, 16 KOs) by an 8th round knockout at the Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Using a strong body attack, Diaz, a former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion, took the fight to Vazquez from round one and worked him over with hard shots.
SHOWING amazing resiliency after being knocked down in the dying seconds of the opening round by a vicious left hook from previously unbeaten Prince Albert Pagara, Mexico’s Cesar Juarez came charging back and eventually crushed the world-title hopeful with a series of bludgeoning punches that sent the Filipino crashing to the canvas early in Round 8, where he lay prostrate on all fours for several minutes before being stretchered out and taken by ambulance to the Stanford Medical Center.
The struggling fringe contender Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) will be getting an arguably undeserved world title shot this Saturday night against World Boxing Association “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Cleverly has done nothing to deserve a title shot unless you consider losing three out of his last six fights as deserving a shot at a world title. Cleverly was beaten in his last fight by Andrej Fonfara last October. Before that defeat, Cleverly had lot to Tony Bellew and Sergey Kovalev in the last three years.
Cleverly’s only wins in the last three years were against obscure 2nd tier fighters Tomas Mann, Alejandro Emilio Valoria and Shawn Corbin.
“I’m hungry, I really want this fight and I really want this victory. I just feel the time is right now and I feel in a better state going into this fight second time round,” said Cleverly to the mirror.co.uk.
I cannot see Cleverly beating Braehmer, I really can’t. The way Cleverly has looked recently in his losses to Fonfara and Tony Bellew, I just do not see him having the talent to beat Brahmer. A lot of boxing fans see Braehmer as little more than a paper champion.
I’m not going to disagree with that view, as I have not been impressed with Braehmer at all with the way he’s looked during his three years as the WBA champion, and I’ve been even less impressed with the horrific match-making that’s been done for Brahemer by his management. There’s no risk taking by Braehmer with him fighting good opponents in his time as the WBA champion, and the Cleverly fight is more continuation of that. Why else would you explain Braehmer fighting a challenger with three losses in his last six fights.
Cleverly and Braehmer were supposed to face each other five years ago when Braehmer was the WBO 175lb strap holder, and Cleverly was the challenger. Braehmer suffered an injury, and wound up being stripped of his World Boxing Organization strap in May 2011. Cleverly was then given the WBO title outside of the ring rather than inside it. Cleverly would hold onto his WBO title for two years in defending it successfully five times against weak opposition until losing it to Kovalev in 2013.
Well, if Cleverly can’t beat the 37-year-old Braehmer, then I don’t know who he can beat. At this point in Cleverly’s career, I think he’s heading towards the last chance saloon. I’m just saying. Who can Cleverly beat at 175 in terms of world champions? We already saw Cleverly fail miserably in his 4th round knockout loss to Kovalev in August 2013. That was a pure wipeout of the highest order. The fight was competitive for about all of one round. By the 2nd round, Cleverly was beginning to take punishment from Kovalev.
In the 3rd round, Cleverly was knocked down twice. It was so bad that referee Terry O’Connor had to help Cleverly back to his corner at the end of the third following a knockdown. Who can forge the sight of O’Connor appearing to support Cleverly and walk him back to his corner. I’ve never seen anything like that before or since. It was just so sad. The fight, which some had thought would be competitive, was a full scale route by the 3rd. The massacre finally ended in the 4th round after Kovalev landed a series of huge shots to the head of the defenseless Cleverly.
“He is 37 now, he has had a great a career and I respect him for that. But there comes a time when the older champion has to move aside to allow the younger lion to come through,” said Cleverly about Braehmer.
I wouldn’t say that Braehmer has had a great career. To be considered a great fighter, you have to beat great opponents. I don’t see anyone on Braehmer’s resume that you can consider a great fighter. He’s a two-time world champion, but he never beat anyone good during his entire pro career in my view. In Braehmer’s first time as champion, he was given the WBO 175lb title outside of the ring after the previous champion was stropped in November 2009.
Braehmer then beat the following fighters before he himself was stripped of his WBO title for failing to fight Cleverly: Dmitry Sukhotsky and Mariano Nicholas Plotinsky. In December 2013, Braehmer defeated Marcus Oliveira to capture the vacant WBA World light heavyweight title. Since that time, Braehmer has beaten the following contenders: Enco Maccarinelli, Roberto Feliciano Bolonti, Pawel Glazewski, Robin Krasniqi, Robin Krasniqi, Konni Konrad and Eduard Gutknecht.
I hate to say it, but these are the type of fighters that you would expect Braehmer to be fighting if he were the European light heavyweight champion rather than the WBA belt holder. You can’t blame Braehmer for making a bunch of soft defenses against weak opposition.
If the WBA had their act together, they would have had quality contenders ranked in the No.1 ages ago like Artur Beterbiev, Andre Ward, Jean Pascal, and Oleksandr Gvozdyk. If Braehmer had to fight any of those guys, I think he would have lost his WBA title many times over by now. It’s just been very, very fortunate for Braehmer that the WBA has ranked weak opposition rather than high caliber fighters capable of beating Braehmer.
Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) feels pretty good about the fan reaction that he’s been seeing for him moving up two divisions to face unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) on September 10. Brook notes that there is a lot of interest in the Golovkin-Brook fight, and he feels that he had to make a drastic move to get attention from the boxing world.
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook could be back in action by March or April 2017 in making his mandatory defense against unbeaten #1 IBF Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs), according to his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. Brook says he wants to knockout Spence, according to Hearn. Brook believes he can do it too. He doesn’t want to be seen vacating his IBF 147lb title, because the boxing fans will think he’s avoiding the Spence fight.
Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) did a good job of hanging tough with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin four a portion of their fight on September 10, but he wound up suffering an eye injury that forced the stoppage in the 5th. For all we know, Brook might be ruined goods from the Golovkin fight.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is coming into next months’ fight against Kell Brook as the favorite to win on September 10 and look good in doing so. However, Brook’s sparring partner Atif Sadiq thinks Golovkin is going to lose this fight due to Brook’s power and mental strength. Sadiq believes that Brook can adapt to any situation that presents itself in the ring in this fight.
Max Kellerman believes that Golden Boy Promotions is looking to milk pay-per-view money by putting their fighter WBO junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) in winnable fights against soft opposition rather than putting him in with unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) in a fight that they feel he could lose.
IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and unbeaten former super middleweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) met earlier today for their New York press conference to promote their November 19 fight on HBO pay-per-view from the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sergey Kovalev was at ringside last Saturday night to see former super middleweight champion Andre Ward’s fight against Alexander Brand (25-2, 19 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Kovalev says he didn’t see anything new from the 32-year-old Ward that he hadn’t seen before from him.
Boxing fans are going to get a chance to see whether WBO Cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) is for real or not when he defends his WBO title against #1 challenger Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs) this Saturday night at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.
Former IBF 160lb belt holder David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) was supposed to impress in his fight against journeyman opponent Christian Fabian Rios (21-8-3, 6 KOs), but instead he labored to a 10 round unanimous decision last Saturday night in front of a large crowd of supporters at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
If former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux gets past his fight against little known Cristian Fabian Rios this Saturday night on October 22, he could be facing superstar Saul Canelo Alvarez in the first quarter of 2017, according to Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez. He has two scenarios for the 27-year-old Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs), one of the scenarios is Lemieux fighting WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) for his WBO belt.
Former Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott (29-8, 21 KOs) was stopped by 30-year-old little known welterweight Levan Ghvamichava (17-2-1, 13 KOs) in the 7th round on Tuesday night on Premier Boxing Champions at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California.
Golden Boy Promotions’ flagship fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) could taste defeat at the hands of unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17, according to trainer Freddie Roach. He’s had the 27-year-old Smith over to his Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, California, and he was very impressed with what he saw of the British fighter.
WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) doesn’t see Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) as a full junior middleweight at this point in his career. Despite Canelo insisting that he’s a 154lb fighter, he clearly isn’t. He’s a full blown middleweight that boils down to 155 for catch-weight fights.
Liam Smith was blasted out in nine rounds last Saturday night in losing his WBO junior middleweight title to #1 WBO Saul Canelo Alvarez at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Smith was outgunned from the very first round of the fight by the younger, faster, stronger and smarter Canelo Alvarez.
WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 12 KOs) is coming into his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) with an eight-fight consecutive knockout streak going over the last three years, and he plans on making the 25-year-old Canelo knockout No.9 in a row when the two of them start trading blows on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Liam Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher has some crazy visions in his head about a future fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. for Smith if he beats Mexican superstar Saul Canelo Alvarez this Saturday night in their match on HBO pay-per-view at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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