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De La Hoya wants Quillin vs. Golovkin fight

With nobody giving much love to WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin lately, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya took to twitter today to name drop WBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s name in order to get Quillin some badly needed publicity.

De La Hoya said he’d like to see Quillin face Golovkin. The interesting part about that is Golovkin and his promoter have been after a fight against the 31-year-old Quillin for ages, but have had no such luck in getting him in the ring. So for De La Hoya to mention wanting to match Quillin against Golovkin today of all days, it suggests that he’s trying to name drop in order to get fans interested in Quillin on a day that Golovkin is being celebrated following his 3rd round TKO win over Daniel Geale last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Continue reading

Algieri wants to take advantage of Pacquiao’s age

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will be nearly 36-years-old when he steps inside the ring to face the younger more mobile Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22nd in Macao, China.

Algieri realizes that he doesn’t have the power to be standing in the pocket to trade with the aging Pacquiao. But Algieri does feel that he can take advantage of Pacquiao’s age and his problems moving around the ring in order to wear him down. Continue reading

Taking on GGG: Who is willing to risk it all next? Cotto?

With 30 victories (90% KO rate) and no losses, the Gennady Golovkin express has arrived. The time of realization has arrived, and the time of appreciation is nearing fast, as GGG is clearly one of the most exciting and feared fighters in the sport of boxing today.

There is always a lack of fighters that ultimately guarantee a knockout for your money spent, but at a 90% rate thus far, Golovkin is that very fighter that brings boxing fans exhilaration from bell to bell. His fan base has exploded over the past year, and his ability to generate profit is on a very steady rise. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: Gennady G. Golovkin vs Daniel Geale, and A Look at Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s Weight Struggles

Dexter H. (Oakland, CA): I’ve reached the conclusion that GGG is a legitimate problem! I just can’t see this guy losing. What I like is that there are no steroid allegations, or no illegal hand-wrap allegations. Dude is just solid. He wants Cotto next. Do you think Cotto takes the fight? And how do you see that one going down?

Vivek W. (ESB): I admit, it’s becoming harder and harder for me to fight the urge of following his growing fan base in ordaining him as “that guy”! By the term “that guy”, I mean “that guy” who the media begins to conveniently place in sentences next to the words “most feared”, “most dangerous”, “next biggest star”, and “unbeatable”. He’s a heavy handed puncher, he likes to bang, and he’s proven that more often than not, he’ll be the last man standing if his opponent decides to do it with him. I can totally respect that and support him as a growing phenom in the sport. That being said, here’s my thoughts on a showdown between he and Cotto:

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GGG – a modest definition of danger?

Gennady Golovkin did not waste a move in obliterating Daniel Geale at the Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. There were no surprises and Golovkin fought the same fight he usually does and overpowered his terrified opponent.

There was a huge difference in the expressions and conduct of the rivals while Michael Buffer made the announcements. Golovkin was calm and collected, relaxed but focused; he exuded an aura of prime physical confidence and peace of mind. Geale on the other hand was nervous, restless and anxious and he needed to prance and jitter incessantly.

Golovkin has great technique and tactical savvy but he seemed to have no time for such fancy pleasantries once the fight started. He scrapped the jab in favor of a power left that easily turned into a hook and his right hands had no scoring intentions, they meant trouble. He did not even give Geale the respect of using proper boxing defense, GGG simply shrugged off Geale’s shots or walked through them undeterred. He responded in kind for every shot he took and there was a price to pay for hitting GGG. He did not revert to deep defense after he got tagged; he kept his eyes open and seizes his chance. Continue reading

Gennady Golovkin – The Real Deal Destroys Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale

Thank the boxing gods for Gennady Golovkin. Up until the main event, the note pad contained lines such as:

“… had sleeping tablets in both fists. Unfortunately, he took all the tablets before the fight.”

“It was an unanimous decision from the crowd. F****** dreadful fight.”

When Golovkin walked into the ring, first with Jay Z’s Encore and then The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, it got the New York crowd pumped up in a hair raising, goose bump inducing moment of excitement and anticipation. The show had started. Whether the music was him or his promoters, it didn’t matter because the phenomenon in the ring was all him. Continue reading

Bryant Jennings Gets Title Shot With Victory; Geale Loses in Spirited Effort

Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) won a a split decision against former undefeated contender, Mike Perez (20-1-1, 12 KOs), to capture the WBC number one ranking and mandatory position to challenge the winner of champion Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder.

“I felt good going down the stretch and it was the difference in the fight,” said Jennings. “I won this fight and that’s all that matters. I’m ready to fight for the world championship and I’m not leaving any stone un-turned. I’ll be back in the gym on Monday. My promoters Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard are going to make my dreams come true with a title shot. I’ll be ready to go!”

Daniel Geale (30-3, 13 KOs) gave it his all in a losing effort against WBA champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs). Continue reading

GGG 17th Straight with 3rd Rd KO of Geale; Jennings Beats Perez on Penalty Point

Triple G does it again. Daniel Geale was supposed to be his first real test. Geale was described as having the skills needed to prove troublesome for Gennady. He could move. He was a volume puncher and so on. You could just see GGG stifling a yawn, even though he would never criticize or downgrade an opponent.

When the fight started, Geale caught the nearest bicycle and hopped on. He moved side to side and in and out in rapid fashion. He jumped in with a punch here and there, but GGG moved just enough to avoid them, or he simply blocked them with not much of an effort. It was noteworthy that in the first round, he was already throwing lead right hands.

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Golovkin destroys Geale; Jennings beats Perez

WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored his 17th consecutive knockout in halting the game but limited Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) in the 3rd round tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York. Geale ran for most of the fight, but he couldn’t escape the pressure from Golovkin.

In the 3rd round, Golovkin cornered Geale and exchanged right hands with him. Geale’s shot got there first, but Golovkin’s flattened him on the canvas. Geale was totally out of it when he got back to his feet. When referee Mike Ortega asked him if he was okay, Geale shook his head and said “no.” At that point the fight was halted at 2:44 of the round. Continue reading

Stieglitz defeats Khomitsky

Former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (47-4, 27 KOs) got himself one step closer to a fourth fight against Arthur Abraham by halting 39-year-old #7 WBO Sergey Khomitsky (29-11-2, 11 KO’s) at the 10th round to win the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title at the Anhalt Arena, Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.

The fight was halted at the start of the round due to a cut that Khomitsky had suffered on his head from what appeared to be a head-butt from the numerous clinches that Stieglitz had initiated in the fight. The referee ruled the cut caused by a punch though and that gave Stieglitz the advantage.

Khomitsky was the more powerful puncher of the two by far, as he nailed Stieglitz with hard hooks to the head in the first could of rounds each time he could get within punching distance. Continue reading

Saunders stops Blandamura; Eubank Jr destroys Jukic

#3 WBO, #5 WBC Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KO’s) passed the biggest test of his career in stopping a game but limited #13 IBF, #15 WBC Emanuele Blandamura (22-1, 5 KO’s) in the 8th round tonight in an impressive performance by the 24-year-old Saunders at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, UK.

Fighting in the main event because of Tyson Fury pulling out of his dangerous fight against Alexander Ustinov, Saunders showed a lot of maturity in calmly dealing with a very difficult opponent in 34-year-old Blandamura. Saunders had to stay patient because Blandamura had better hand speed, and he was putting a lot of pressure on him all fight long. Continue reading

Garcia outworks Prescott; Truax decisions Ennis – Was it Enough?

Friday Night Fights at the UIC Pavillion, Chicago, IL went as expected. Action opened with a close decision win for Chicago’s and Notre Dame’s own Mike Lee 13-0-0 (KO 7). In the process of winning Lee received a bruised face and bloodied nose against Paul Consalves 7-3-0 (KO 4). Two judges thought Lee was the aggressor, but the third judge didn’t feel Lee did enough, so he scored it a draw. The bottom line is Lee has another win and moves on. The 32 yr. old Gonsalves made a good enough showing, so another fight might come his way. Continue reading