Boxing

Daniel Jacobs still doesn’t seem to have fully digested his loss to Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) last Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) says he watched the fight his fight with Golovkin 3 to 4 times, and he still believes he should have been given the victory. What’s interesting is that Jacobs believes that part of the reason why he lost the fight to Golovkin was because of the huge interest in the boxing world in the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Golovkin fight, which could take place in September.

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#3 WBC David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) weighed in at 159 pounds on Friday for his 12 round middleweight fight against #2 WBC Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) for their fight this Saturday night at the Events Center at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Stevens weighed in at 158.25 pounds. HBO Boxing After Dark [BAD] will be televising the Lemieiux-Stevens fight on their network.

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Wladimir Klitschko badly wants to beat IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua next month to become a three-time world champion. According to Wladimir’s trainer Jonathon Banks, he’s obsessed with beating Joshua to become a world champion again. Banks sees the 41-year-old Klitschko as this era’s version of George Foreman.

For the boxing fans that don’t remember, Foreman retired from the sport for 10 years and then came back at age 39 and toiled away until winning a world title at age 45. Wladimir isn’t quite as old or as overweight as Foreman was, but his accomplishment will be somewhat similar.

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Tony Bellew’s win over David Haye last Saturday night makes him an option for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s next title defense. Wilder’s promoter Lou Dibella says that they would consider fighting Bellew. WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is the fight that Wilder and Dibella really want most of all.

That would be a unification fight. Bellew would be another voluntary defense for Wilder, who has already have 5 of them since winning the WBC title two years ago in 2015. If the World Boxing Council lets Wilder take a 6th consecutive voluntary defense, then Bellew (29-2, 19 KOs) would be a possibility.

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This Saturday night, Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (23-0) travels to Germany to challenge Jack Culcay (22-1), for the WBA world super-welterweight championship, live on Sky Sports 2HD in the UK. The former undefeated WBO champion, at the same weight, looks to regain some momentum in his career after fighting only three times since winning that belt in November 2013. Last week Demetrius took some time to talk with me over the phone about Saturday’s fight and what happened after he became world champion when he was forced to relinquish the gold.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks Kell Brook’s timing is bad with him having to face a very dangerous fighter in unbeaten Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) immediately after his grueling fight against middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin last September.

Brook lost that fight by a 5th round TKO, and he was injured with his right eye socket busting from a hard punch. Brook and Spence will be fighting on May 27, according to Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn. That fight will likely be at Bramall Lane in Sheffield. UK.

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PHILIPPINE boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately on Sunday that they would face each other on April 23 after weeks of conflicting reports.

Pacquiao tweeted: “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted.#PacquiaoKhan”.

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Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya thinks it’s a mistake for 2012 U.S Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) to be going to Europe to fight for the IBF welterweight title against Kell Brook. De La Hoya says that Spence’s career isn’t being moved a long like it should be for a fighter with his kind of talent. He says that if Spence was one of his fighters in his Golden Boy stable, he would turn him into a star. He would have Spence fighting on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. card on May 6.

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#2 WBO Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) has signed the contract for his title fight against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs). Hughie’s trainer/father Peter Fury ha confirmed that the contract has been signed for the Parker fight. The deadline for Hughie to sign the contract was at 12 p.m. on Friday, according to WBO president Paco Valcarcel.

If Hughie hadn’t signed the contract for the fight by that time, Parker would have been allowed to take a voluntary defense. Hughie would have missed his chance for the title shot. That wouldn’t have been good for Hughie. He did not look solid in his last fight against Fred Kassi.

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Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33 -2-24ko) was in the ring this past weekend Versus a formidable foe in Adrian “Tigre” Granados (18-5-2). Granados’ claim to fame is knocking off the highly touted prospect Amir Imam in what was supposed to be an easy fight for Imam. Instead, Granados ruined all plans and finished Imam in shocking fashion with an 8th round TKO victory.

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