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By Jose Espinoza December 11th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
On the 1st of February, Gennady Golovkin, (28-0 with 25 KO’s), will be taking on Osumanu Adama (22-0 with 16 KO’s) in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Not to discredit the fighter Adama, but “GGG,” as Golovkin is know, should have secured a premium opponent in a bout held at Las Vegas.
Instead, the fighter originating from Kazakhstan but who resides in Germany is getting an obscure opponent in a fight being held away from the mass media market that is America. So what went wrong?
Let’s take a look at the factors that lead to what I call "The Golovkin Snub".
According to Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, his fighter is driven by the pursuit of excellence. In his last 15 fights, Golovkin scored 15 consecutive knockouts. He has an impressive 89% knockout rate that is well documented thanks to statistics released by compubox.
Ever since he started his professional career as a fighter in 2006, Golovkin has earned a reputation as a brawler who is technically sound and has that hard punch that can floor a fighter at any time.
Because of his reputation, there are not too many fighter that are willing to exchange blow for blow with the reigning WBA world middleweight champion, says Sanchez.
That reputation is part of the problem here. There is a lack of substantial fighters who actually want to step into the ring with “GGG” and risk getting knocked out.
In a recent interview in the Assosiated Press, Golovkin said of Sergio Martinez: “he is a very good boxer. Right now, he deserves to be called the middleweight champion of the world. I think I am better, but I do not know that for sure. I would like to fight him to find out.” More...
By Boxing Press December 11th, 2013 All Boxing News
Irish middleweight star Andy Lee, (31W-2L, 22KOs) is targeting a showdown with fellow Irishman Matthew Macklin, (30W-5L, 20KOs) in 2014.
Lee presently ranked WBC # 7, WBA #12 and WBO #14 believes that an all Irish barnstormer with Macklin is what boxing fans want to see.
In recent years speculation at times has been at fever pitch about the prospect of a mouth-watering Lee v Macklin encounter, with the media and public viewing the fight as a prestigious must see and not to be missed Irish boxing event. More...
By Star Boxing December 11th, 2013 All Boxing News
Battle tested veterans "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis, 24-9-2 (11 KO's), Astoria, NY and Josesito Lopez, 30-6 (18 KO's), Riverside, CA, lock horns this Friday at The Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA, in a 10 round Welterweight showdown.
The fight will be shown on the Fox 1 Sports Network and airs at 10pm EST.
Both fighters are coming off losses and understand that this is truly a crossroads fight. In his last fight on July 20, Arnaoutis pushed highly touted undefeated prospect Chris Algieri to the limit losing a very hard fought 10 round bout. More...
By Matchroom Boxing December 11th, 2013 All Boxing News
Anthony Ogogo will fight at the ExCeL London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports, for the first time since winning a Middleweight bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
The East Anglian boxer, 3-0 in the pro ranks, is rightly proud of his achievements and says he is looking forward to returning to the venue. However, he says he was unable to do himself justice in the semi-final, given the serious illness his mum was suffering at the time. More...
By Hatton Promotions December 11th, 2013 All Boxing News
Boxing superstar, Amir Khan, is predicting another scintillating performance from his younger Brother Haroon, in Wigan on Saturday night, December 14.
Since turning professional in April this year, Haroon hasn't lost a single round in three fights and will look to stretch his record further against an 'as yet to be confirmed' opponent. More...
By Hatton Promotions December 11th, 2013 All Boxing News
Michael Jennings has advised Matty Askin to not think about big title fights in 2014 just yet.
Having won the British and WBU crowns, as well as facing the mighty Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden, Jennings knows what it takes to get to the top and is keen to teach Askin about the dangers of looking past his next fight. More...
By Matchroom Boxing December 11th, 2013 All Press Releases
Anthony Joshua, MBE, has been forced to postpone his clash with Dorian Darch on December 14 with a shoulder injury – but British Super Middleweight champion, Paul Smith, has been added to the bill at the ExCeL London, live on Sky Sports.
The Olympic Gold medal hero was set to return to the ExCeL in London to face the Welshman, returning to the scene of his London 2012 triumph for his fourth pro contest and hunting another KO win. More...
By Jane Warburton December 8th, 2013 All Ringside Boxing
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At the Echo Arena, Liverpool, England, Saturday night, Frank Warren Promotions hosted a great night of boxing which featured four Title Bouts.
Derry Mathews of Liverpool was unsuccessful in his bid to win the WBO European Lightweight Title. Stephen ‘The Rock’ Ormond of Dublin, Ireland, successfully defended the Title for a second time by Unanimous Points Decision (98-93; 98-93; 98-92).
Afterwards he told ringside media that he had hurt his hand early in the fight but still felt he’d won the first seven rounds. He is now looking for a rematch.
Paul Butler, of Ellesmere Port, put on an impressive performance to win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Super-Flyweight Title by Unanimous Points (120-108; 129-109; 118-110) over Ruben Montoya of Mexico.
Butler kept up the work-rate throughout the contest and looked to be ‘enjoying himself’ particularly in rounds five, six and seven.
Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith of Liverpool, successfully defended his BBBofC British Light-Middleweight Title by stopping Mark Thompson of Heywood in the fourth round. Smith dominated the fight – dropping Thompson twice in round three before forcing the stoppage in round four.
Joe Selkirk of Liverpool won the vacant WBO European Light-Middleweight Title by stopping Zoltan Sera of Budapest in round three. It was a tough three rounds for Sera who sustained a cut to the right eye in the opener, then a body shot saw the Hungarian drop to the canvas and although he was up in time for the count – Referee Steve Gray stopped the contest.
And, Enzo Maccarinelli of Swansea, Wales, stopped Courtney Fry of Liverpool in the seventh round of their ten round Light-Heavyweight Contest. This should have been Maccarinelli’s first defence of his Commonwealth (British Empire) Light-Heavyweight Title, but it was reduced to a ten-round contest when Fry failed to make the weight.
Fry was on the canvas in rounds one and six and was literally ‘saved by the bell’ at the end of the sixth round. Under pressure in the seventh round - the Liverpool man was pulled out by his corner. More...
By Jane Warburton December 8th, 2013 All Boxing Results
In Atlantic City, last night, on the undercard of Guillermo Rigondeaux's WBA/WBO Super Bantam title defense against Jospeh Agbeko, Matthew Macklin of Birmingham, England, scored a Unanimous Points victory (96-94; 97-93; 98-92) over Lamar Russ of Wilmington, North Carolina, in a ten round Middleweight Contest.
Macklin was originally scheduled to fight American - Willie Nelson, but Nelson was forced to withdraw less than four weeks ago with an elbow injury. Replacement – Russ, suffers his first defeat in fifteen contests - now 14 wins (7 by KO) 1 loss.
Macklin was stopped in the third by Middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin in June earlier this year and last night was his first fight since the loss, under the tutelage of his former rival - Jamie Moore.
By Jane Warburton December 8th, 2013 All Boxing Results
Darren Barker of Barnet, London, sadly lost out to Felix Sturm of Cologne, in Stuttgart, Germany, last night, when he was stopped by his corner in round two of the fight.
‘Dazzling’ Darren was defending his IBF Middleweight Title, which he won by Split Decision over Australia’s Daniel Geale in August.
All seemed well in round one of the contest with both men landing to head and body, although Sturm ended the opener strongly - forcing Barker on the back foot.
But mid-way through the second round, a big right landed to the side of Barker’s head and he goes down. He hesitates while on his knees before getting up then hobbles to the neutral corner while he is counted by Referee Mark Nelson.
Moments later, another right lands – causing Barker’s knees to dip, it’s followed up with another right and Barker falls to the canvas. He gestures to his corner that it is his hip. More...
By Richard Eberline December 8th, 2013 All Boxing Results
In the much hyped "Battle of Brooklyn" that took place last night at New York's Barclays Center, Paulie Malignaggi pulled away from Zab Judah over 12 rounds, winning a wide decision in a bout for the NABF welter strap to headline a big show.
Judah, 42-9 (29), dropped Malignaggi, 33-5 (7), in the second but that was the sole positive the former two-weight world champion took from this contest as "Super Judah" looked every bit of his 36 years of age.
The southpaw simply couldn't keep up with the pace that the 33 year old Malignaggi set, as the "Magic Man" was on his toes the entire bout, never letting Judah get in range of get set to go on the offensive.
Not surprisingly, Malignaggi swept the cards by scores of 117-110, 117-110, 116-111.
In a battle of southpaws for the WBA light middle title, Erislandy Lara, 19-1-2 (12), outboxed former belt owner Austin Trout, 26-2 (14), over 12 rounds by scores of 118-109, 117-110, 117-110.
Trout tried to come to grips with the Cuban but had difficulty dealing with the more mobile Lara, who countered the former champion ceaselessly. Lara nailed Trout in the 11th frame, dropping the New Mexico man, who beat the count and finished the fight on his feet. More...
By Danny Wilson December 8th, 2013 All Boxing Results
Reigning WBC cruiserweight champ Krzysfor Wlodarczyk of Poland faced of against Italy's Giacobbe Fragomeni in a third clash between the pair as they met last night at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago, IL.
They first met in Italy in 2009, with the much shorter Fragomeni hitting the canvas in the ninth before bouncing back to force a draw, keeping the WBC title.
They squared up again a year later for the now vacant WBC belt and this time Wlodarczyk produced an eighth round stoppage in Poland.
It was only fitting that they meet on what appeared to be neutral ground in America for the third fight, although Chicago does have a very large Polish-American population, obviously making it to Wlodarczyk's advantage.
But Fragomeni, remarkably adept at age 44 and giving away over three inches in height, came to fight and pressured the champion from the first bell.
Wlodcarczyk didn't do himself any favors in the first three rounds, crouching down to the challenger's height and fighting at a short distance, allowing the shorter-armed Italian the proximity to land punches. More...
By Bruce Dingo December 7th, 2013 All Boxing Results
The curse of Rocky Marciano strikes again as longtime WBA featherweight champ Chris John was denied improving his record to 49-0 by South African spoiler Simpiwe Vetyeka, who took John's crown and undefeated record at The Thunderdome in Perth, Australia last night.
The pair wasted no time studying the other, going at it from the first bell. John stalked behind the jab but aside from a late round combination to the head and body of the challenger, had difficulty landing cleanly during a rough round that saw some rabbit punching in clinches from the champ.
The taller Vetyeka proved to be slippery, evading most of the champs efforts in the first round, striking back with an awkward style, landing right hands to the head but it was good work to the body which seemed to bother John the most.
John had a better first half of the next round, seeming to have the timing of Vetyeka, blocking the challenger's efforts while landing the jab and good left hooks and rights on the inside.
Then John started to load up on his efforts and that allowed Vetyeka to get back in the fight somewhat, again going to the body and also scoring with a couple of rights to the head.
The round ended in brawling fashion, which seemed to suit the challenger better. John tripped twice in the round and seems to be running a bit low on energy. Perhaps after 17 title defenses at 126 pounds, he is having difficulty still making the weight? More...
By Alejandro Tostado December 7th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
The biggest action this weekend takes place at New York's Barclays Center, with three world titles and one regional US belt up for grabs.
Headlining the event is a clash between local Brooklynites Zab Judah, 42-8 (29), and Paulie Malignaggi, 32-5 (7), who meet for the NABF title at welterweight.
Both boxers have had up and down careers and won world honors at light welter and welter. Currently, Judah is on an upswing after climbing off the canvas to give WBC/WBA light welter kingpin Danny Garcia a very hard time, quite unexpectedly, late in their fight, won by Garcia on points, this past April.
Malignaggi is also on an upswing, also after a loss, doing well against Adrien Broner, who jumped up from lightweight to take the WBA 147 pound crown from "The Magic Man" by split decision in June.
Tonight, we can probably expect Judah to wing big southpaw left hands at Malignaggi all night as Paulie doesn't have the pop in his punches required to keep Judah off.
But this approach is unlikely to produce a stoppage; Malignaggi has a solid chin, making this an almost certain 12 rounder with the winner the fighter who can mount the busier offensive campaign. More...
By Richard Eberline December 7th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
The top super bantamweight in the world returns to the ring tonight as WBA/WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux puts his titles on the line at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City when he faces the challenge of Joseph Agbeko.
This will be the fifth world title bout of Rigondeaux's career, which is amazing given the fact that he has only boxed in 12 professional fights.
The Cuban southpaw's incredible talent carried him to dizzying heights as an amateur, winning Olympic Gold medals at bantamweight in 2000 and 2004 before getting thrown off the Cuban team for an attempted defection in 2007.
The 33 year old, who now resides in Miami, Florida, suceeded in defecting in 2009 and also turned pro, winning the NABA super bantam strap later that year in just his third contest, halting Giovanni Andrade in three rounds.
Four fights later, "El Chacal" [The Jackal] won the Interim WBA belt via split decision over Ricardo Cordoba but the rush job of his pro career showed signs of strain as Rigondeaux had to climb off the canvas in the sixth frame.
In January, 2012, Rigondeaux was ready for the big dance and didn't disappoint as he lifted the full WBA crown from Rico Ramos via a sickening sixth round body shot. More...
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