Fighting for the first time in 15 months, former welterweight world title holder Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) destroyed journeyman Saul Corral (25-10, 16 KOs) in the 4th round of a scheduled 10 round fight on Sunday night on Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 at the Robobank Theater in Bakersfield, California.
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Andre Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter is offering former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev a helping hand to get him back to the top of his game following his second consecutive defeat against Ward. Kovalev was stopped in the 8th round by Ward on June 17th after getting hit with 3 straight hard body shots that folded him in half.
Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) says he’s going to have fun inside the ring in his rematch with Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) in less than 2 weeks on June 17 on HBO PPV at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward says he’s been working on some adjustments to make in the fight, and he says he’s got his legs back and he’s able to move more.
Andre Ward (31-0 15ko’s) and Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1 26ko’s) will battle once again in Las Vegas to determine the true Light-Heavyweight king and grab P4P glory. The venue may have changed but the needle between the two certainly has not, with both fighters claiming success from the first fight and foreseen success in the second.
Tony Bellew v Ilunga Makabu was advertised as a real life rocky story by promoter Eddie Hearn. This branding was largely based off Bellew’s role in the Creed movie where he played “Pretty” Ricky Conlan. However, after a controversial first encounter, this weekend’s rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, provides us with plenty of parallels with what is arguably the most compelling of the rocky story-lines.
Light heavyweight contender Andre Ward’s tune-up fight against #10 WBA Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) is little over a week away and very few boxing fans are talking about the Ward-Brand fight. Instead, the fans are discussing Ward’s scheduled fight against IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is supposed to be facing on November 19 if he beats Brand.
Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand will be televised this Saturday night on HBO Boxing at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ward, 32, wants to show off what he can do to the boxing fans that will be tuning in to see the contest. Brand is a real long shot to get the victory in this fight because he’s slower, less skilled a lot older than Ward at 39.
Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward appear to have cleared their impasse for the venue for their November 19 fight. According to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, the Ward vs. Kovalev fight looks to be headed to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the same venue that the two fighters were originally supposed to be fighting.
This Saturday’s contest between former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) and IBF/WBA/WBO 175lb champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO) is a classic example of a boxer vs. the puncher type of fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Trainer Virgil Hunter thinks Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) won’t get credit if he beats IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) in their fight on November 19. Hunter thinks that people in the boxing world will give Isaac Chilemba credit for creating the blueprint in how to beat Kovalev in their fight last July.
Light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward rates the July 29th fight between former 4-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) and lightweight Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) as a “50-50” affair that can go either way. Broner-Garcia will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.
The venue for the Broner vs. Garcia fight hasn’t been decided yet, but it’s being talked about taking place in New York.
Andre “SOG” Ward says the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight will be decided on the size difference between the two fighters. Ward’s first instinct when predicting a winner in the fight is to look at the size difference.
Golovkin is far bigger than Canelo, who looks like he still belongs in the junior middleweight division. However, Ward notes that Canelo has good boxing skills, and he’s tricky inside the ring. Ward says the fight will come down to whether Canelo can handle the punching power of Triple G, as he’s a very powerful puncher.
Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) broke down the guys that he’s patterned his fighting style after last night following his 12 round decision win over Alexander Brand at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
IBF/IBO/ WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s management will need to start negotiations for a fight against WBA “regular” champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 29 KOs) for a fight that must take place within 120 days from now, as World Boxing Association president Gilberto Mendoza on Monday formally ordered the two fighters to face each other next. If the two fighters are unable to agree to a deal within that time, then the WBA will order a purse bid.
The WBA has ordered a WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) to face WBA World featherweight champion Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs). The management for the two fighters has 30 days to try and negotiate the fight before the World Boxing Association orders a purse bid. This move by the WBA is part of their efforts to decrease the amount of titles they have in each weight division.
After three years of soft title defenses one after another, WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) appears to be at the end of the line with the news that the World Boxing Association has ordered him to begin negotiations with WBA “Super” light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), according to Fight News.
The World Boxing Council has ordered a WBC middleweight title eliminator match between #1 Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) and #2 Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) with the winner of the fight to be the mandatory challenger to WBC 160 pound champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Due to the controversy surrounding Australian Jeff Horn’s controversial 12 round unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao on July 2, the World Boxing Organization will be re-scoring the fight. However, even if the WBO decides that the 3 judges that scored the fight were in error in giving the win to the 29-year-old Horn, it won’t lead to him losing the WBO welterweight title he won off of Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs).
This weekend in boxing was low on marquee names but still held plenty of action. Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) of Northern Ireland continued his ascent through the paid ranks, capturing the IBF Bantamweight title from England’s Lee Haskins. It was a dominating performance, with Burnett dropping Haskins in the 6th round and again in the 11th round. Unfortunately there has been more talk about the absurdity of judge Clark Sammartino’s scorecard than about the fight itself.
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