Trainer Freddie Roach says light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford is his No1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now. Roach doesn’t see anyone better than the 29-year-old unbeaten Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), who briefly unified the 140-lb. division last month when he defeated IBF light welterweight champion Julius Indongo by a 3rd round knockout on August 19 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Cuba’s Robeisy Ramírez captured his second gold medal in defeated Shakur Stevenson in the men’s finals in the bantamweight division in beating him by a three-round split decision in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
In a predictable move, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero retired from boxing on Monday following his 3rd round knockout loss to Omar Figueroa Jr. last Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. If there was ever any doubt whether the 34-year-old Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs) should hang up his gloves, it was erased with him getting dropped 5 times by Figueroa Jr. in his 3rd round knockout loss.
Mikey Garcia’s trainer Robert Garcia took issue with Vasyl Lomachenko and his promoter Todd Duboef of Top Rank saying that they weren’t impressed with Mikey’s performance last Saturday night against Adrien “The Problem” Broner.
In a battle of ring rusty welterweights, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) weighed in at 146.6 pounds on Friday for his 10 round fight against former WBC World lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Figueroa weighed in at 146.4 lbs.
The struggling former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) says he’s hoping to face Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) if he gets past World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) in their fight on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Super featherweight Rod Salka (22-4, 4 KOs) will be fighting this Saturday night against Justin Savi (28-6-2, 18 KOs) in an eight round fight at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez is highly motivated to avenge his loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai this Saturday night in their fight in the “Superfly” triple-header on HBO World Championship Boxing at the StubHHub Center in Carson, California.
Gabriel Rosado (24-11, 14 KOs) did the job on the badly over-matched former high level prospect Glen Tapia (23-5, 15 KOs) last Thursday night in stopping him in the 6th round, and now he wants bigger game in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Danny Jacobs or David Lemieux for his next fight.
Just over a year ago (April 25th, to be exact) I wrote an article exalting the contribution of Great Britain to the crop of recognised World Champions at the time. Britain boasted thirteen belt holders, the most of any country in the world. Anthony Joshua had just beaten Charles Martin to claim the IBF title.
Former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (25-5, 18 KOs) is reportedly deciding whether or not to return to the ring after having lost his last fight against John Molina by a 12 round unanimous decision last June.
WBC World featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs) retained his title in defeating challenger Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs) by a 7th round TKO on Saturday night in a fight televised on Showtime Championship Boxing at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Russell Jr. hurt the 32-year-old Escandon with big left and right hand to the head that knocked him to the ropes where referee Harvey Dock was forced to stop the fight. The fight was officially stopped at 0:59 of round 7.
A day after beating WBA Super World bantamweight champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-2, 18 KOs) by a wide 12 round unanimous decision, IBF/WBA 118 lb. champion Ryan Burnett (18-0, 9 KOs) and his promoter Eddie Hearn are interested in fighting champions Jamie McDonnell and Zolani Tete in unification fights.
Unbeaten Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) unseated International Boxing Federation World bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (34-4, 14 KOs) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Burnett dropped Haskins twice in the fight in knocking him down in the 6th and 11th rounds. Both fighters were cut from a clash of heads in the 2nd round.
The ‘Tiger’ is back.
After two consecutive title-fight losses in Japan last year, former World Boxing Organization minimum weight champion Merlito ‘Tiger’ Sabillo (26-4-1 with 13 KOs) has finally returned to redeem himself and prove to his fans that he’s still capable for another world title fight.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez doesn’t think there is anyone in the middleweight division that can beat Golovkin right now and that includes WBA ‘regular 160lb champion Daniel Jacobs. Sanchez rates Jacobs as a good fighter, who only has one loss on his resume from his defeat to Dmitry Pirog six years ago. But he doesn’t see the 29-year-old Jacobs as being able to go the distance with Golovkin when the two fighters face each other on March 18 on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez cannot compete with the power that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has going for him, according to GGG’s trainer Abel Sanchez. Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will be putting up his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight titles against the highly popular Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) in a little over 3 weeks from now on September 16 on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Trainer Abel Sanchez says Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) hasn’t earned the right to a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), and he won’t get a title shot unless the WBC orders the fight.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) might take a tune-up fight in December before facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 2 KOs) in a rematch in May of 2018, says trainer Abel Sanchez. He says he heard Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler and Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez talking about both fighters potentially taking a tune-up fight in December before fighting in May.
Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) has decided to bulk up in weight for his fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0 32 KOs) for their fight on September 10.
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