Boxing

Boxing

DONNIE Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, has relinquished his World Boxing Organization light flyweight title, as he prepares to move up in weight to face former world champion Edgar Sosa in a flyweight bout at the Stub Hub Center in Carson City, California on Sept. 24.

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Errol Spence Jr. and Leonard Bundu will be battling next Sunday on August 21 in an IBF welterweight title eliminator bout. Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) is taking the fight very seriously despite being the favorite to win. He doesn’t want to overlook the 41-year-old Bundu, because he realizes that he can lose his standing in the boxing world if he’s made to struggle to win.

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Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) looked sensational in his fight last month against Elio Rojas in stopping him in the 5th round last month on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Former two division world champion Garcia, 28, is now looking to get a title shot against WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin or WBO champion Terry Flanagan straightaway if possible.

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Nathan Cleverly will be getting a world title shot in less than two months against WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer on October 1 at the Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies right now, and it’s really not surprising given that he’s lost two out of his last three fights in the last two years.

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Terence Crawford took some shots at WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia this week on Twitter for some unknown reason. Garcia took the high road by not firing back on the 28-year-old Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) Crawford the way he would have if he had wanted to. Crawford’s trash talking won’t lead to him getting a fight against Garcia.

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Undefeated welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) is picking IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) to knockout challenger Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) in their fight on September 10. Spence thinks Golovkin’s punching power is ultimately going to be too much for Brook to deal with in this fight. However, Spence does give Brook a chance of pulling off the upset if he can make it close by boxing GGG and going the full 12 rounds.

Spence thinks that Brook might get the nod by the judges due to the fight taking place in his home country of the UK at the O2 Arena in London. Spence gives Brook a lot of credit for taking the fight, but he would pick Golovkin by knockout victory if he were a betting man.

Spence will likely be the one that is waiting for Brook when/if he comes back down to the welterweight division to resume defending his International Boxing Federation 147l title. Spence has an IBF title eliminator bout next Sunday against #6 IBF Leonard Bundu (33-1-1, 12 KOs) at Coney Island, New York. the winner of the Spence-Bundu fight will be the IBF mandatory challenger.

If Brook decides he never wants to defend his IBF title again, then the winner of the Spence vs. Bundu fight might be installed as the new IBF champion unless the IBF has them fight someone for it. Spence would be favored against any of the top welterweights in the IBF’s rankings.

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