Boxing

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.

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WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) massacred a badly over-matched Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KOs) in a 2nd round stoppage in a pointless rematch on Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Stevenson dropped the 29-year-old Fonfara late in the 1st round.

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Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia was impressed with Errol Spence’s 11th round stoppage win over IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook last Saturday night on May 27, and he feels that Spence is right up there with WBA/WBC 147 pound champion Keith Thurman as the best 2 fighters in the division. Mikey says he views Spence as having the better overall boxing skills than Thurman.

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Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) and challenger Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs) both weighed in successfully for their light heavyweight clash this Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Stevenson, 39, weighed in at 173.5 pounds. He’ll be defending his World Boxing Council light 175 lb. title. Up until Friday, Stevenson and Fonfara had seemed like old friends than two fighters about to face each in the ring. There was no animosity between them at all until today.

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George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) paid a heavy price in his recent 6th round knockout win over Fedor Chudinov (14-2, 10 KOs) in suffering a broken jaw in winning the WBA Super World super middleweight title last Saturday night on May 27 at Bramall Lane, in Sheffield, England. Groves and Chudinov were fighting on the undercard of the Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr. fight card.

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Going by what trainer Abel Sanchez is saying, Saul “Canelo Alvarez won’t be able to stand up to the fire power and extreme pressure Gennady “GGG’ Golovkin will be putting on him during their fight on September 16. This is how Sanchez sees the fight ending up. Unlike the fawning of some boxing fans about Canelo’s defensive skills, Sanchez sees defensive flaws in Canelo’s game that will make him easy to hit by Triple G and easy prey on September 16.

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Oscar De La Hoya is still railing on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight being bad for the sport of boxing in general. De La Hoya sounded off on the subject last week when he tore into the Mayweather-McGregor fight in seeing it as little more than just a money grab due to Mayweather facing a novice in boxing. McGregor has never fought in a boxing ring, and he’ll be going into the Mayweather fight with no experience in the sport.

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Miguel Cotto surprised a lot of boxing fans on Wednesday in inking a multi-fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions on Wednesday that will keep the 36-year old fighter in action beyond his next fight against Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) on August 26. It was thought that the 36-year-old Cotto would be retiring from boxing at the end of the year after a possible rematch with Saul Canelo Alvarez, but new contract with Golden Boy changes that.

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Former IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) says he’s going to punish unbeaten Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) on HBO PPV June 17, because he says that he doesn’t deserve to be the champion at being given a 12 round decision he didn’t do enough to earn in their previous fight on November 19 last year. Kovalev says Ward is walking around with his nose in the air, carrying himself like he’s a king rather than just a fighter that was given a gift decision by the 3 judges that worked the previous fight between them. Kovalev says he’s going to destroy War and end his boxing career.

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