When lineal middleweight champion Miguel Cotto squares off against Canelo Alvarez in a highly anticipated match-up this Saturday, few observers will be more interested in the outcome than Gennady Golovkin – the unified middleweight champion who is widely regarded as the best middleweight in the world. Golovkin is currently the WBC mandatory, and the organization’s president Mauricio Sulaiman has gone on record stating that the Cotto-Canelo winner must face Golovkin next. But will the winner actually grant Golovkin his deserved shot? And if not, will the WBC actually enforce its own mandate? These things remain to be seen, but we may have a clearer idea of the answers depending on the result of this weekend’s championship showdown.
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to defend his titles against Tyson Fury on November 28, in a bout that will be televised live on HBO. For Klitschko, the long reigning king of boxing’s marquee division, Fury represents one of the more interesting challenges he has faced in years. Fury still possesses the hunger of an undefeated fighter to go along with decent skills, deceptive quickness, imposing size, and unrelenting determination and self-belief. On the other hand, Klitschko is a seasoned veteran with impeccable skills and an amazing control of both range and pacing. So who will emerge victorious? Will it be the experience and pedigree of Wladimir Klitschko? Or will it be the youth and determination of Tyson Fury?
Gennady Golovkin looked nothing short of sensational when he scored an 8th round TKO against the brave but overmatched David Lemieux on Saturday night in front of a packed house at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin was running on all cylinders. He dictated the pace of the fight with a snappy jab, and did an impeccable job at controlling the distance and maintaining optimal range. It was Golovkin’s 21st knockout victory in a row, a true testament to his extraordinary power.
The long awaited and long overdue showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally took place this May. It shattered all boxing PPV records and was the biggest fight of all time, even though the fight itself fell short of expectations. Apparently boxing is trying to capitalize and build on the success of that blockbuster event. In fact, the later part of 2015 will feature 4 more PPV cards, including three high profile matches.
American pound for pound great Andre Ward made his long anticipated return to the squared circle last Saturday when he defeated Paul Smith by 9th round stoppage. The bout, which took place in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, was Ward’s first in 19 months. Ward dominated Smith from start to finish, and his victory proves that he should still be considered one of the absolute elite talents in the boxing world, even following his lengthy layoff. Ward hasn’t seemed to have lost a step.
The match between Ward and Smith took place at an agreed upon catch weight of 172 pounds (although Smith missed the mark by almost 4 and a half pounds). Does this catch weight signify a crossroads moment in Ward’s impressive career?
American heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder made the first defense of his WBC title when he scored a 9th round KO victory against the lightly regarded Eric Molina. The fight, which took place in Wilder’s home state of Alabama, saw the champion drop the challenger 3 times before viciously stopping him with a fourth knockdown in the 9th round which prompted referee Jack Reiss to immediately call a halt to the bout. With the victory, Wilder improved to 34-0, with 33 of his victories coming inside the distance.
Lineal middleweight champion Miguel Cotto made the first defense of his middleweight crown against former unified middleweight champion Daniel Geale in front of a packed crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The bout took place at a contractually agreed upon catch weight of 157 pounds, which caused displeasure among many boxing fans who are sick and tired of the recent catch weight trend. Cotto dominated the action in the fight where his left hook to the body and face led the charge in his attack. Cotto looked fresh, fast, and strong, whereas Geale seemed lethargic, timid, and uncertain. Cotto ultimately finished matters in round 4, when Geale decided not to continue after suffering two vicious knock downs during that stanza.
Amir Khan improved to 31-3 when he was awarded a unanimous decision victory against Chris Algieri this past Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Two of the judges (Benoit Roussel and Joseph Pasquale) scored the bout 117-111 for Khan, in a bout that seemed far more competitive than those tallies suggest. Don Ackerman’s score of 115-113 for Khan seemed much closer to the mark. With the loss Algieri’s record drops to 20-2, having now lost 2 in a row since making a name for himself with his upset victory against Ruslan Provodnikov one year ago.
Middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin improved to 33-0 when he scored his 20th consecutive KO victory against game challenger Willie Monroe Jr on Saturday night in Inglewood, California. Golovkin dropped Monroe twice in the 2nd round before ultimately stopping him in round 6. The big question is, what is next for the powerhouse middleweight from Kazakhstan?
In the post fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Golovkin expressed his desire to face a big name fighter, specifically mentioning Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez by name. When Kellerman directly asked Golovkin if he would be interested in facing 168 pound champion Andre Ward, however, Triple G expressed some reluctance, again stating his preference to first try and make fights against Cotto and Canelo.
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