The World Boxing Super Series continues this Saturday night with WBC cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis fighting Mike Perez with the winner of his match to face WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs in the semifinals the first quarter of 2018.
You can say that Briedis-Perez winner will have the toughest fight in the tournament in battling Usyk. Recently, Usyk defeated Marco Huck by a 10th round knockout in his quarterfinals fight in the WBSS tournament on September 9th in Berlin, Germany. The win took the 30-year-old 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk to the next round of the $50 million WBSS tourney.
Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) doesn’t like the idea that the boxing media has made him an underdog for his fight against Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) for their fight in less than 2 weeks from now on Showtime Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) will need to cough up a substantial part of his purse for his fight against Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) on July 29 if he comes in over the 140 pound weight limit for their fight on Showtime Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
There’s reportedly a $500,000 per pound weight penalty written into the contact for the Broner-Garcia fight that can potentially effect either fighter if they come in over the 140-lb. weight limit. This obviously is something that can hurt Broner more than Garcia, as he’s failed to make 140 lb. weight in his last 2 fights.
Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) is ready to do whatever it takes for him to beat Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) next month on July 29 in their fight on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Broner and Mikey met-up on Monday for their New York press conference.
Mikey was staring holes through Broner’s face when the two of them stood for the face-off during the press conference. Broner, 27, kept his sunglasses on and looked like he wanted no part of the stare down. Broner is usually aggressive with his opponents during his press conferences. It was interesting to see Broner looking unsure of him, nervous, and not the usual cocky that portrays at his press conferences.
In only three weeks’ time we have what is sure to be a great match up between Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 Kos) and Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 Kos) on July 29 on Showtime Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. What interests me is why is nobody talking about it? This is a fantastic matchup.
Garcia, 29, is one of the most exciting rising fighters around. His unfortunate inactivity has left him a little unappreciated for his talents. His last outing against Dejan Zlaticanin on January 28 was a devastating performance against an undefeated fighter. Garcia took Zlaticanin to school and KO’d him. It was a very good performance.
Last Saturday night, Adrien Broner proved that he can still bring in good ratings with him pulling in an average of 779,000 viewers with a peak of 850,000 viewers on Showtime Championship Boxing for his fight against Adrian “Tigre” Granados at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Light welterweight contender Adrien Broner sees middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) as a vulnerable fighter, who would have lost to welterweight Kell Brook (36-1, 25 Kos) last September if he’d been a 160lb fighter rather than just a 147 pounder.
Broner says Golovkin will lose to Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) by a knockout when the two of them face each other in the near future. Since it’s still not known if Canelo will ever agree to fight Golovkin, it doesn’t matter what Broner’s opinion is on the subject of him and Canelo. At the rate that Canelo is going, we may not ever see him fight Golovkin.
We’re going to see a very busy Adrien “The Problem” Broner this Saturday night when he fights Mikey Garcia at 140 pounds on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This is a fight that Broner says he’s going to let his hands go and show the world see what a good fighter he is.
Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) has had no problems letting his hands go during his recent fights. That’s not been the problem. Broner’s problem is he’s getting hit too much, and he’s not shown the hand speed and power needed to dispatch his opposition at 147.
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook is bellyaching that he can’t get a big fight against one of the top stars in the 147lb division, and that he may need to defend his title next against his mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. or else be forced to give up his IBF title by the International Boxing Federation.
Brook doesn’t understand why he can get a big money fight against Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao or Keith Thurman. The problem that Brook has is pretty clear. Those guys are all busy or have other plans. The fights happen rarely, and there’s a lot of waiting involved with them. Look at Garcia and Thurman.
Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) has got a lot of hard work in store for him next Saturday night in trying to retain his IBF welterweight title against Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) on May 27. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn tried to talk some sense into him by suggesting that the 31-year-old Brook vacate his IBF 147 lb. title and move up to 154 and try his hands at fighting in the junior middleweight division.
Unbeaten fringe contender Callum Johnson (17-0, 12 KOs) believes he hits every bit as hard as IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) and he intends on proving it on October 6 when he challenges the two-time Russian Olympian at a still to be determined venue. The 32-year-old Johnson is getting the fight against Beterbiev because the higher rated contenders opted not to take the fight with him due to the danger that he brings.
Callum Johnson (17-0, 12 KOs) says he’s ready to pull off a big upset on Saturday night by beating IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) and taking his title home from him when he returns to the UK.
Johnson, 33, and Beterbiev will be fighting on DAZN in their kickoff card at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. At Friday’s weigh-in, Johnson looked shorter, smaller and not confident when the two of them stood during the face off.
Callum Smith (24-0, 17 KOs) is looking forward to taking his career to the next level by facing – and beating – WBA Super World super middleweight champion George Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) in their fight this September in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament finals. The fight will be taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight will have a lot of competition for viewers on September 16 due to a couple of important fights taking place on the same evening with Erik Skoglund facing Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders defending against Willie Monroe Jr.
These fights obviously won’t be taking place at the same time as the Canelo-Golvokin fight, but never the less, it’s not a good deal for them due to the distractions those fights will present.
This Saturday at the Manchester Arena, Lancashire, UK, the defending WBO belt holder Joseph Parker will try to make the second defense of his belt against Hughie Fury. As for Hughie Fury (cousin of the former heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury), this is his first shot at a major title. These fine sons of boxing were supposed to fight back in May 6 at New Zealand but Hughie Fury pulled out due a lower back injury.
This Saturday night on August 26 at the StubHub Center, Carson, California, the newly crowned WBC super-bantam belt holder Rey Vargas will make his first defense against Ronny Rios. Last February, Rey won his title against Gavin McDowell showing good skills and ring smarts to control the fight in which he even made remember Ricardo Finito Lopez.
Brandon Rios is picking Saul “Canelo” Alvarez o defeat IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) on September 16 on HBO PPV. Rios says he likes Golovkin as a fighter, but he has to go with Canelo due to how good he looked in his last fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) says he’ll sit out the rest of 2017 following his hard-fought 12 round draw against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) last Saturday night on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Oscar De La Hoya says that Saul Canelo Alvarez has given up on negotiating a rematch against middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and instead they’re now looking to put together a fight against former IBF 160lb champion Daniel Jacobs for September 15. Golovkin wouldn’t back down from the 50-50 purse split that he was asking for to face the Golden Boy promoted Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs).
IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) weighed in at a trim looking 160 pounds on Friday in front of a huge crowd of 9,000 boxing fans for his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) on Saturday night on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo also weighed in at 160 lbs. at the middleweight limit.
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