The Latest Boxing News
Moments ago, it was revealed that IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) and WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) have reached a deal for them to face each other on HBO pay-per-view on October 17th at New York’s Madison Square Garden. This is a fight that is going to be exciting from start to finish. Lemieux is coming off of an impressive win over former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam last June, and he’s looking better than ever.
Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events – Sergey Kovalev fights his mandatory (IBF) challenger, Frenchman Nadjib Mohammedi tonight on HBO/Boxnation in the UK and has warned there is still much more to come from him in the future, as he is learning every day.
The Russian knockout artist hit the big time with his WBO 175 lb title win over Welshamn Nathan Cleverly in 2013 and has since added the IBF and WBA titles by beating future Hall of Fame Inductee Bernard Hopkins by UD last November, with Hopkins being one of the few to actually hear the final bell against the “Krusher.” Continue reading
At the press conference to officially announce their October 24th world heavyweight title fight in Dusseldorf, Germany, Tyson Fury (24-0) referred to long-dominant champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3) as “old and grey,” insisting that the now 39 year old champion is past-best and that it is he who is heir to the heavyweight throne.
Either way, win or lose in October, it will not spell the end for Klitschko, who has confirmed he has no plans to retire yet, extending his contract with long time German broadcaster RTL by five more fights. Continue reading
Andy Lee’s trainer Adam Booth, who oversaw David Haye’s rise to cruiser and heavyweight stardom, is looking forward to September’s bragging rights fight between his man and Billy Joe Saunders, which sees two men from the travellling community contesting a version of a world title for the first time in history.
There has already been something of a boxer/puncher narrative unfolding regarding the fight between the two southpaws, and speaking to Sky Sports, Booth suggested he wouldn’t be surprised to see tactics thrown out of the window on the night in much the same way Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns threw out the rule book in their legendary 3 round war in 1985. Continue reading
Last night saw the ring return of rejuvenated heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora, now split from long-time former trainer Don Charles, taking on Georgia’s Beqa Lobjanidze, who had been knocked out in 4 rounds by Brixton’s Dillian Whyte back in February.
It was a brief warm up for Chisora who had not been in the ring since he was soundly beaten last November by Tyson Fury, yet it took all of 30 seconds to shake off the rust and dispose of Lobjanidze with a clubbing overhand right in the 1st round that sent his foe crumpling helplessly to the canvas. Continue reading
OVILL McKENZIE WTKO2 (2:04) JANNE FORSMAN
Derby’s Ovill McKenzie adds the WBA Continental Cruiserweight title to his British and Commonwealth titles with a second round stoppage of Finland’s Janne Forsman. Big-hitting McKenzie dropped Forsman in the first with a hard right hook to the body, but was up at eight and survived to the end of the round. In the second round two clubbing hooks from McKenzie dropped Forsman, although up at eight, the referee Terry O’Connor waved it off. Continue reading
Hard filipino Dennis Tubieron took Josh Warrington the twelve round distance in his last fight, but he couldn’t cope with dynamite punching Mitchell Smith who demolished him inside a round with one punch at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
The unbeaten Harrow Weald ace landed a blockbuster right hand to southpaw Tubieron ribs and he fell on the spot with referee Steve Gray starting the count. Unable to rise and in severe pain from a suspected broken rib, Gray counted Tubieron out as Smith celebrated in front of his loyal fans. Continue reading
Billy Joe Saunders cleared the way for his big world title showdown against WBO World Middleweight Champion Andy Lee with a devastating performance over Frenchman Yoann Bloyer at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
The hard-hitting southpaw was fast and accurate as he took apart Bloyer to warm up for his date with Lee on Saturday 19th September at Thomond Park, Limerick, in the first ever all-Traveller world title fight. Continue reading
Saturday’s HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Opening up the telecast from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada pits Jean Pascal vs. Yuniesky Gonzalez in a 10-round light heavyweight attraction. The main event features light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev defending his titles against challenger Nadjib Mohammedi for 12 rounds. Continue reading
Last Saturday, Northern Ireland’s IBF 122 lb champion Carl Frampton survived two 1st round knockdowns and some early heat in his US debut against Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, only to dig deep, refocus and boss his way back into the fight, eventually claiming the unanimous decision victory.
Immediately following the fight the Tiger’s Bay native and new Al Haymon signing was perhaps overly critical of his performance, with trainer Shane McGuigan even going as far as to suggest that a potential move up to 126 lbs could be on the cards after “The Jackal” struggled more than ever to make the 122 lb limit. Continue reading