Ekaterinburg, Russia: Yahoo Sports today released an exclusive short form documentary titled “Life after Death” and accompanying feature story chronicling the tragic turning point in the career of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, the unified WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight Champion and one of the top three pound for pound fighters in the world. On December 5, 2011 at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia, a then-unknown Kovalev, fighting close to his hometown Chelyabinsk, defeated Roman Simakov by technical knockout in the seventh round. Simakov fell into a coma shortly after the bout and succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
Will a fight between Gennady Golovkin and Chris Eubank Junior – the man who has been calling him out for some time, even recently posting a hugely confident message on social media where he promised to “rip the belts” away from GGG – actually happen? Well, Golovkin appears to be losing patience. Taking to his own Twitter page this afternoon, the middleweight king made it clear: the ball is now firmly in Eubank’s court:
“Everything is agreed from our side. Now waiting for @ChrisEubankJr, who all of a sudden has lost his pen….” GGG wrote a couple of hours ago, more than a touch sarcastically.
Ulli Wegner has hit back at claims questioning Arthur Abraham’s (44-5, 29 KOs) motivation prior to his WBO International Super Middleweight title fight with Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.
Lihaug’s trainer Thomas Hansvoll had called into question Abraham’s desire, stating that he believed the former two-weight World Champion ‘had lost his hunger’ and after years at the top of the sport was ‘not so interested anymore’.
Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) is in for the fight of his life against the world’s fiercest light heavyweight Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) on July 11 in Ekaterinburg, Russia but the 29-year old from Malawi is no stranger to fighting in enemy territory. The grudge match between Kovalev and Chilemba will be for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles.
James Perella is a highly successful amateur fighter who has amassed an impressive 120-20 record and is ranked the third best boxer in the U.S. for his weight class (152 pounds). He has won the U.S. Championship and the New England Golden Gloves four times (2012 to 2015) in three different weight classes (123, 141, and 152 pounds). Perella was named the Most Outstanding Boxer of the New England Golden Gloves in 2012, received a silver medal at the National Pal Tournament, and won the Region One Championship in 2014. He came close to qualifying for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Boxing Team until a combination of injuries and a pair of extremely close split decision losses put an end to his dream to represent his country.
Irish warrior Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, last seen being stopped after a game effort against Chris Eubank Junior in December, is aiming for an even bigger fight in the near future. Speaking with Irish-Boxing.com, O’Sullivan revealed how he is now campaigning down at 154-pounds and how he would “love” to face the winner of the September 17th WBO super-welterweight title fight between champ Liam Smith and challenger Saul Canelo Alvarez.
Team USA’s final competitor in the WSB/APB Olympic Qualifying Event, light heavyweight
Jonathan Esquivel (Anaheim, Calif.), took on a difficult challenge on Tuesday in Vargas, Venezuela. After winning his opening bout of the tournament, Esquivel drew former world champion and 2004 Olympian Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam of Cameroon in the professional boxer’s tournament debut.
Tuesday in the Venezuelan city of Vargas saw a further eighteen contests of world-class boxing at the APB/WSB Olympic Qualification Event. The light flyweight (49kg), bantamweight (56kg), middleweight (75kg), light heavyweight (81kg) and super heavyweight (+91kg) boxers were in action on Day Three, all with Olympic dreams driving them on. Of the 40 boxers now remaining in the competition, 26 will qualify for Rio 2016.