Boxing

Paulie Malignaggi says Tony Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs) will NOT beat former two division world champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs). Bellew, 34, named Ward as one of the guys that he’s interested in fighting in his next fight after huge 5th round knockout of David Haye (28-4, 26 KOs) last Saturday night in their rematch in London, England.

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Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin tied Bernard Hopkins’ longstanding record of 20 successful title defenses last Saturday night with his 2nd round KO victory over Vanes Martirosyan on HBO at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Golovkin could now break the record against Saul Canelo Alvarez in September or possibly sooner if he chooses to get back into the ring this summer to defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight titles.

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Tom Loeffler is reportedly saying that middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) has appealed the terms for the IBF exception, which state that he must defend against his IBF mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) by August 3 at the latest for him to keep his IBF 160lb. title.

Loeffler appealed to the International Boxing Federation previously for them to allow Golovkin to make a voluntary defense against inactive junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs) last Saturday night on May 5. The IBF wanted Golovkin to defend against his IBF mandatory Derevyanchenko on that date after his previously scheduled opponent Saul Canelo Alvarez dropped out of the fight.

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The final punch stats for the Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan fight last Saturday night don’t tell the whole story about how over-matched the challenger was against GGG. Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) massacred Martirosyan, 32, in stopping him in the 2nd round in defending his IBOI/WBA/WBC middleweight titles at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

After a competitive 1st round, the sudden ending of the fight in the 2nd round was what kept the punch stats from looking lopsided in favor of GGG.

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Middleweight contender Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) destroyed welterweight prospect Berlin Abreu (14-2, 11 KOs) by a 3rd round stoppage on Saturday night on ESPN at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

O’Sullivan, 33, hurt Abreu in the 3rd round, causing him to spit out his mouthpiece to try and buy some time. The referee Gerard White promptly penalized Abreu, 26, a point for spitting out his mouthpiece. After the round ended, Abreu quit on his stool.

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According to David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs), he won the battle of the mind games on Thursday’s press conference with Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) for their rematch on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Bellew lost his cool and pushed Haye at the press conference when the two of them were head to head. I think the pressure is starting to get to Bellew, and he doesn’t know what to do to try and gain an edge.

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Unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin met with replacement opponent Vanes Martirosyan on Wednesday afternoon for their final press conference for this Saturday’s contest on HBO at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Today’s final press conference took place at the beautiful Sheraton Gateway LAX in Los Angeles, California. Martirosyan’s promoter Don King was on hand, as well as GGG’s promoter Tom Loeffler.

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