In has to be seen as an upside world, Kell Brook’s failure against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin last Saturday night could be rewarded with a big money fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next May. Instead of Golovkin getting the fight against Canelo, it appears that the interest is in Brook getting the fight.
Bernard Hopkins of Golden Boy Promotions thinks IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) is a hypocrite for criticizing Golden Boy fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the past for him fighting Amir Khan in their fight last May on HBO pay-per-view.
#2 WBO Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) has signed the contract for his title fight against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs). Hughie’s trainer/father Peter Fury ha confirmed that the contract has been signed for the Parker fight. The deadline for Hughie to sign the contract was at 12 p.m. on Friday, according to WBO president Paco Valcarcel.
If Hughie hadn’t signed the contract for the fight by that time, Parker would have been allowed to take a voluntary defense. Hughie would have missed his chance for the title shot. That wouldn’t have been good for Hughie. He did not look solid in his last fight against Fred Kassi.
Unbeaten #1 WBO heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) will be taking a stay busy fight next month on July 8 against an opponent still to be determined at the Copper Box Arena in London, England.
This will be a 10 round affair for the 22-year-old Hughie, who recently suffered a back injury that caused him to miss out on a world title shot against World Boxing Organization champion Joseph Parker. The WBO didn’t demote the 6’6” Hughie in their rankings despite him having been out of action for the last 14 months.
Unbeaten #5 WBO, #13 IBF heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs), the cousin of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, will be facing undefeated #3 WBO, #5 IBF, #7 WBC Andy Ruiz (28-0 19 KOs) on October 29 on the undercard of the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko card at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Trainer Virgil Hunter sees IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) dealing with a lot of pressure in his next fight against welterweight Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs). Hunter sees Golovkin as having spoiled the fight fans with him scoring so many knockouts.
The IBF won’t stand in Anthony Joshua’s way from fighting Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch, as long as he does it by December 2. Joshua is supposed to be defending his IBF heavyweight title against his mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next if he wants to keep the belt. However, the International Boxing Federation has decided to let Joshua fight Wladimir in a rematch FIRST before he defends the IBF title against Pulev.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez just captured the WBO junior middleweight title last Saturday night in defeating the obscure WBO 154lb belt holder Liam “Beefy” Smith in a fight that believe it or not was televised on HBO pay-per-view. It was an awful fight that few boxing fans wanted to see, and fewer likely wanted to pay for.
Since the night that the feared, undefeated middleweight Champion of the World WBC-WBA-IBF-IBO Gennady Golovkin did an easy job out of a brave welterweight belt holder Kell Brook, I have read and heard many comments about how Golovkin was “exposed” or how “vulnerable” he is. I think it is all nonsense.
#10 WBC light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba will be fighting unbeaten #4 WBC Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) on November 19 on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view. Gvozdyk, 29, fought in the 2012 London Olympics, but was beaten by Kazakhstan’s Adilet Niyazimbetov.
PHILIPPINE boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately on Sunday that they would face each other on April 23 after weeks of conflicting reports.
Pacquiao tweeted: “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted.#PacquiaoKhan”.
Daniel Jacobs still doesn’t seem to have fully digested his loss to Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) last Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) says he watched the fight his fight with Golovkin 3 to 4 times, and he still believes he should have been given the victory. What’s interesting is that Jacobs believes that part of the reason why he lost the fight to Golovkin was because of the huge interest in the boxing world in the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Golovkin fight, which could take place in September.
After six years of facing largely soft opposition, Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) has been ordered by the World Boxing Association to face IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs).
The two fighters’ management has negotiated the fight, and it’s now signed, sealed and delivered for March 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jacobs is going to crumble early in this fight in the first two rounds if he gets hit with anything from Golovkin in my opinion.
Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs believes that the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight will be won by Canelo if he can take the shots from Golovkin. Jacobs thinks it comes down to whether Canelo can handle GGG’s power. If he can, then he beats him in their fight on September 16. Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) lost to Golovkin by a close 12 round unanimous decision last March. Jacobs believes he should have won the fight, and he wants a rematch with Golovkin in the worst way.
Daniel Jacobs says that he’s going to test IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin without a doubt in their fight on March 18, and that he’s going to give him respect inside the ring.
Undefeated super middleweight Jamie Cox (21-0, 12 KOs) defeated Martin Fidel Rios (20-10-3, 11 KOs) by a 10 round points decision to capture the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton. Referee Phil Edwards, who really had his hands full in controlling this fight, scored it 98-86 for Cox to give him the win.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum might want to think hard before he matches his No.1 money fighter Manny Pacquiao against the unbeaten Jeff Horn on April 23, because there’s a very good chance that he’ll lose that fight to the 28-year-old Australian. Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) is very confident that he’s got the power, skills and boxing ability to give the Filipino star loss No.7.
Pacquiao was matched well by Arum in his last two fights against Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas. Neither of those two fighters had any punching power to speak of, so it was an easy win for Pacquiao.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum might have a live one in unbeaten Jeff Born (16-0-1, 11 KOs) as the next opponent for his top money fighter Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) for their math-up on April 23. I’m sure Arum doesn’t want Pacquiao to lose so soon after him making his comeback against Jessie Vargas, but things happen.
Horn, 28, seems to think he’s got the ability to beat the 38-year-old Pacquiao. That would obviously be terrible news for Arum if Pacquiao loses to Horn in a small money fight before he can face unbeaten Terence Crawford or Vasyl Lomachenko, two fighters that he’s talked about wanting to match against him.
Strap in for April 23, fight fans.
The biggest boxing fight in Australia's history has been confirmed, with Aussie boxer Jeff Horn set to fight Filipino and reigning champion Manny Pacquiao in April.
The announcement was made at 2:30pm (AEDT) in Brisbane on Wednesday, with the fight set to be held on April 23.
The location is yet to be confirmed, but organisers are hopeful the fight will occur at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane -- calling for the Queensland Government's support. However, they do not secure funds and support in Brisbane the organisers will turn to other capital cities, and haven't ruled out the U.S. or the Middle East.
Fighting Senator Manny Pacquiao, the world's only 8-division champion, will defend his world welterweight title against Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.
The Brisbane boxer will continue his preparations today by sparring Mackay southpaw Liam Paro.
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