Boxing

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) could put himself in the driver’s seat for a fight against Manny Pacquiao for 2017 if he defeats Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight on HBO. The Lomachenko-Pacquiao fight is one that their promoter Bob Arum wants, but Lomachenko needs to do his part by getting past a very tough Walters.

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Manny Pacquiao could wind up defending his WBO welterweight title against unbeaten contender Jeff Horn (15-0-1, 10 Kos) in 2017 if Horn wins his next fight against 38-year-old Ali Funeka (39-5-3, 31 KOs) on December 10, according to Fight News. Horn is ranked #2 by the World Boxing Organization at 147, and right behind #1 Tim Bradley.

It’s doubtful that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is going to make a fight between Pacquiao and Bradley in 2017, because the two fighters recently fought each other for the third time in April of this year. A fourth fight between Pacquiao and Bradley would likely draw no interest at all from the boxing public if Arum made this match-up. 

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IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook could be back in action by March or April 2017 in making his mandatory defense against unbeaten #1 IBF Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs), according to his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. Brook says he wants to knockout Spence, according to Hearn. Brook believes he can do it too. He doesn’t want to be seen vacating his IBF 147lb title, because the boxing fans will think he’s avoiding the Spence fight.

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There are big time rumors starting to float around about Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming back to fight Filipino star Manny Pacquiao in 2017. Pacquiao, who recently picked up the WBO welterweight title off of Top Rank fighter Jessie Vargas, seems to be very eager to make the fight with Mayweather happen.

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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.

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