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.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will have the privilege of fighting for the World Boxing Council Money Belt. The gold, diamond and emerald belt the WBC created just for the occasion of the Mayweather-McGregor fight. With no other world titles being on the line, the WBC stepped forward and created a special belt for the two popular fighters to battle over.
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.
A full and delightful weekend of boxing this weekend. Pound-for-pound players Terrance Crawford and Naoya Inoue decimated their opponents as expected, with a handful of other bouts adding to one of the more packed weekends of quality boxing in recent years.
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs), reminded challenger Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KOs) of two time-tested adages. “Don’t tug on Superman’s cape”, and “Be careful what you wish for..you might get it”.
Antonio Margarito weighed in at 154 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in for his scheduled 12 round fight against Ramon Alvarez on Saturday night at the Rosarito Convention Center, Mexico, Baja California. The Margarito vs. Alvarez fight will be televised on beIN Sports Espanol (USA), TV Azteca 7 (Mexico). Alvarez weighed in at 155lbs.
The Manny Pacquiao I once knew used to be a tireless unstoppable force of nature leading his opponents to complete exhaustion. The Manny that I now see has changed not necessarily for the better. Pacquiao’s defeat at the hands of Australian champion and now new welterweight champion Jeff Horn earlier this month on July 2 was an unsuspected one and yet whoever watched that fight was kind of expecting it.
In today’s combat sport landscape, many things have been said about the prevalence of MMA and various organizations like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Many think boxing is a dead sport and point out the viewership of MMA events both on free TV and on PPV along with the popularity of their stars. This is a case of being a big dog in a very small pond, if given the chance many in MMA would gladly switch over to boxing if they could with the same kind of success.
After have witnessed a couple of horrendous robberies at the summer Olympics, now we the fight fans, will get ready to continue our boxing year. With at least three bouts worth of attention on this month, because one of those could be able to challenge the Francisco Vargas versus Orlando Salido fight of the year award.
Jessie Vargas is the next opponent for the fighting senator Manny Pacquiao. The Pacquiao-Vargas title fight has been officially scheduled for November 5, 216 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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