News in Boxing Boxing news, schedule, fight dates, previews, odds, predictions and results. We celebrate the legacy of all things boxing and provide health & fitness coverage http://www.fightsaga.com Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:28:05 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan: Referee may play big role in outcome (Video) http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6302-Canelo-Alvarez-vs-Amir-Khan-Referee-may-play-big-role-in-outcome-(Video) http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6302-Canelo-Alvarez-vs-Amir-Khan-Referee-may-play-big-role-in-outcome-(Video) Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan: Referee may play big role in outcome (Video)
Does the smaller, presumably faster Amir Khan plan to use aggressive and/ or excessive pushing as a defensive tactic against lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez on May 7?

The answer may very well shape the outcome as many are curious to see how Amir Khan will cope with Canelo Alvarez's aggression and explosive punching.

Will Khan's footwork and upper body movement prevent Canelo from landing many flush shots?

Will Amir attempt to hold at close quarters?

... Or will he attempt to excessively push his foe 5, 6 or 7 feet back to stunt Alvarez's aggression, rhythm and timing?

Pushing, when done right, can be a very effective means of keep an opponent off balance and burning round time.

In his 2011 razor thin decision loss to Lamont Peterson, Khan, after being warned several times, was deducted a point for excessive pushing in Rounds 7 and 12.

Those two deductions cost Khan the fight.

Although Khan blamed the referee for playing favorites, a fighter cannot hit below the belt, excessively hold, trip, kick, headbutt, wrestle, bite, spit on, or push in boxing. A violation of the following rules is considered a foul, and can result in a point deduction or disqualification.

While it's rare to get points taken away for pushing, the action is a violation of the rules. And in defense of the referee who policed that bout, Khan was given two hard warnings prior to the deductions.

So why don't we see more penalties for pushing?

For starters, it's rare a fighter pushes as hard and as often as Khan did against Peterson. Second, and more significantly, it's entirely the referee's discretion to take points away.

Fouls, especially of the less serious variety, are subjective as referees - as individual thinkers - have varying thresholds for certain acts.

Canelo vs Khan
Titles: WBC, RING Magazine
(Alvarez def)
Division: Middleweight
Catchweight: 155 lbs

Date: May 7
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas
Broadcast: HBO PPV


Most referees are tolerant of pushing. Although illegal, it rarely draws a warning. However, as we saw in Khan vs Peterson, some referees will enforce it, and will usually communicate their intentions via warnings early on.

As many learned from that fight, just because referees in Khan's previous bouts may have let Amir get away with it, their actions were in no way a precedent for future officials.

A referee's discretion is similar to that of a policeman. Some cops will issue a ticket for going only 7 mph over the speed limit while others, in the same situation, won't pull you over unless you're going 15 mph over.

The great thing about boxing is that a fighter will usually get warned 1-3 times before points are deducted, as was the case for Khan vs Peterson.

For Canelo vs Khan on May 7, we may see excessive pushing from the latter early on in an attempt to measure the referee's tolerance for that action.

And if the referee has a lenient approach towards pushing, it'll be another obstacle Canelo Alvarez will have to overcome should he win the bout.

Khan vs Peterson highlights (including two pushes) below.

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:08:33 +0000
Wilder vs Povetkin prediction: Peter Fury makes pick http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6301-Wilder-vs-Povetkin-prediction-Peter-Fury-makes-pick http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6301-Wilder-vs-Povetkin-prediction-Peter-Fury-makes-pick Wilder vs Povetkin prediction: Peter Fury makes pick
The trainer and uncle of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury shared his thoughts on the upcoming WBC title clash between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin.

Not surprisingly, his comments were similar to his fighter's prediction a few weeks ago.


"Wilder's getting better...he's improving," Peter Fury told FightHype.

"I see him being too much for Povetkin...I see a stoppage as well..."

"Povetkin's just too small to deal with Wilder," stated Peter Fury.

Is Alexander Povetkin, at 6'2"/ 1.88m, too small to be a threat for the 6'7" Wilder?

Keep in mind, Povetkin has an excellent sense of range, a very strong amateur background and formidable punching power.

Wilder surely isn't the first 6'7" opponent Alex has shared the ring with over the years and the latter is undoubtedly incorporating strategies in training to offset Deontay's height and reach advantages.

Wladimir Klitschko, at 6'6," had his fands full with Povetkin and was forced to hold, clinch, grapple and tackle the shorter Russian throughout the fight.

Will Wilder incorporate the same strategy? if so, will he be able to get away with it?

What Wlad did was an abrasion of the rules. Some officials would have disqualified him for all of his holding.

Perhaps Tyson and Peter Fury read about the lopsided totals on the Klitschko vs Povetkin scorecards and the Klitschko knockdowns, but didn't watch the fight?

Instead of outboxing Alex from the outside and using movement, Wlad resorted to mugging his foe because he couldn't keep Alex from getting inside.

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:50:06 +0000
Shannon Briggs to face Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2) next? http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6300-Shannon-Briggs-to-face-Alexander-Dimitrenko-(38-2)-next http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6300-Shannon-Briggs-to-face-Alexander-Dimitrenko-(38-2)-next Shannon Briggs to face Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2) next?
So who will Shannon Briggs fight on the David Haye vs Arnold Gjergjaj undercard on May 21 in London?

"Yeah, I'm fighting Alexander Dimitrenko," Briggs told Brendan Taylor' of Tru School Sports today.

"He's gonna get knocked out. He'll probably go one round," added Briggs whose demeanor shifted to comical to serious.

"When I win the fight, I'm gonna fight David Haye in Sepetmber."

"He's [David Haye] getting knocked out cold... Cold," a seemingly giddy Briggs projected.

But is Briggs overlooking Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KO) should that be his next opponent?

The 6'7" Russian-born heavyweight is a huge step up in class from the level of opponents Briggs has faced recently.

Alexander won his first 29 bouts before dropping a majority decision to Eddie Chambers in 2009. Following the upset defeat, he reeled off three wins before being stopped inside the distance by Kubrat Pulev in May 2012.

Since the loss to Pulev, a top 5 or 10 heavyweight, Alex has defeated six non-descript opponents, winning four of those bouts within the past year alone.

More active than Briggs lately, Dimitrenko's biggest wins are against Michael Sprott, Albert Sosnowki, Luan Krasniqi, Derric Rossy, Ross Puritty and Julius Francis.

The 33 year old Dimitrenko, once touted as a possible successor to the Klitschkos, possesses solid footwork and impressive power, and would be a dangerous opponent for the 44 year old Shannon.

Briggs vs Dimitrenko in May?

(Video below 3min 21 sec)

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:37:17 +0000
Shannon Briggs: Building a fan base in the UK http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6299-Shannon-Briggs-Building-a-fan-base-in-the-UK http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6299-Shannon-Briggs-Building-a-fan-base-in-the-UK Shannon Briggs: Building a fan base in the UK
WIll former heavyweight title holder Shannon Briggs steal fans from David Haye on the latter's home turf?

Earlier this week, the colorful Briggs told Brendan Taylor of Tru School Sports about his experience in the UK when he recently visited the country to drum up support for a bout with British favorite David Haye.

 "The Fans were amazing. I couldn't believe ... the... the fansom was just crazy..."

"They just love boxing... the passion. You know they love boxing. Everyone loves boxing everywehere you go."

"Boxing's a huge sport there. "

"Unlike in America where you have basketball, football [and] so many other sports, Boxing's like a number one sport there."

"... Being that boxing ranks so high, it was great to be there and be liked and respected for what I do."

"They love [my] 'Let's Go Champ' [Movement.']  They're inspired, they're motivated, I'm motivated."

"Let's Go Champ."

Briggs, who will fight in London May 21 on undercard of Haye vs Arnold Gjergjaj seems to be developing a fanbase in the UK and insists his 'Let's Go Champ' movement is inspiring the British faithful.

Should both favorites, Haye and Briggs, win their respective bouts, a showdown between the two titans is almost a virtual lock due to Shannon's popularity there.

Will the Brits adopt the charismatic Briggs the same way Germany adopted the (Ukranian) Klitschkos?

Don't be surprised if the loquacious Briggs, who has been experiencing a revival of sorts in boxing, continues to build a following in the UK.

His stock there is very high.

(Video is below, 4 min)

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:45:03 +0000
Joshua vs Breazeale odds: Quite heavy http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6298-Joshua-vs-Breazeale-odds-Quite-heavy http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6298-Joshua-vs-Breazeale-odds-Quite-heavy Joshua vs Breazeale odds: Quite heavy
Does Dominic Breazeale have a chance to unseat IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on June 25?

Perhaps the odds are indicative of public sentiment?

William Hill have made Anthony Joshua a 1/20 shot to win the first defence of his world IBF heavyweight title on the 25 June.

The Watford native will face unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale (9/1) at the O2 in London – the same venue where AJ won the title with a second round stoppage of Charles Martin on 10 April.

Thirty-year-old Breazeale has won all 17 of his professional fights, 15 of those coming inside the distance.

Breazeale, who previously played quarter-back for the University of North Colorado, was the number one ranked amateur in the US ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London but suffered a surprise loss to Russian Magomed Omarov in the prelims. Anthony Joshua, famously, went on to win the gold medal in the same super heavyweight division that year.

Joshua, who is 16-0-16 KO’s, said on twitter after the fight was announced “2 undefeated fighters going 2 war June25! Vs Dominic Breazeale at the den [O2 Arena in London] in front of home support & explosive undercard.”

Joshua is rated a 1/10 shot by the bookies to win by KO.

“AJ has pummelled his 16 previous opponents and all signs point to knockout number 17 on the 25 June,” said William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny

Should Joshua defeat Breazeale then there are some big fights awaiting the golden boy of British boxing. William Hill make Joshua 8/11 to beat Tyson Fury and 4/7 to beat David Haye.

Latest Big Fight odds from William Hill

  • 1/20 Antony Joshua, 33/1 Draw, 9/1 Draw
  • 1/10 Anthony Joshua to win by KO
  • Undercard at the O2 on the 25 June
  • 4/9 George Groves, 25/1 Draw, 7/4 Martin Murray

Joshua potential fights

  • 4/7 Anthony Joshua, 25/1 Draw, 11/8 David Haye
  • 8/11 Anthony Joshua, 33/1 Draw, Evs Tyson Fury
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fightsaga@aol.com (Press Release) News Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:02:56 +0000
Anthony Joshua next fight: Who is this guy? (Video) http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6297-Anthony-Joshua-next-fight-Dominic-Breazeale-Video http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6297-Anthony-Joshua-next-fight-Dominic-Breazeale-Video Anthony Joshua next fight: Who is this guy? (Video)
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will make his first defense against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale at The O2 in London on June 25.

We last saw the 6'6", heavy-handed Joshua on April 9 in his title-taking destruction of previously undefeated Charles Martin. Now, AJ is looking at handing another heavyweight his first loss.

So who is Dominic Breazeale?

As an amateur, he fought at super heavyweight and was the number one rated U.S. amateur boxer in the division heading into the 2012 Olympics.

Boasting a 17-0 record to the UK with 15 stoppages, the former Olympian recently stopped surging Amir Mansour in five, thrusting himself into contender status.

Breazeale is a lot like Joshua and the fighters are on similar paths. Both men are giant heavyweights who are former Olympians and are unbeaten and have high knockout ratios. 

Their biggest difference to date is level of opposition as Joshua would seem to have a decisive edge in that category.

Why was Breazeale selected for Anthony Joshua's next fight?

Obviously, being an unbeaten former Olympian with a high knockout ratio, like Joshua, makes him an attractive opponent. Moreover, Anthony may not be ready for the likes of Tyson Fury and David Haye yet and needs more work against top-level contenders. But make no mistake, Breazeale will be a bigger challenge to AJ than Charles Martin, Joshua's previous opponent and a top quality prospect.

Dominic Breazeale facts & stats

  • Record: 17-0, 15 KO
  • KO Pct: 88%
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
  • Reach : 81½ in (207 cm)
  • Weight: 248 lbs
  • Nationality: American

Dominic Breazeale video highlights below

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:32:43 +0000
Triple G: Why Gennady Golovkin should consider light heavyweight http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6296-Triple-G-Why-Gennady-Golovkin-should-consider-light-heavyweight http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6296-Triple-G-Why-Gennady-Golovkin-should-consider-light-heavyweight Triple G: Why Gennady Golovkin should consider light heavyweight
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has two big problems.

1) No middleweight or jr middleweight of significance will step in the ring with him and
2) He's not a mainstream star but should be

A career-defining win over a big name would likely give Golovkin the publicity and spoils he deserves, but until another star steps in the ring with Gennady, he'll remain a hidden gem to the masses.

At some point, Team Golovkin will have to seriously consider moving up in weight. Triple G is already 34 and may not have too many more prime years left.

Super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez has been discussed as a possible opponent but no one outside of the boxing fraternity knows who Ramirez is.

Fighting Gilberto later this year would do little, if anything, to catapult Golovkin's career. In fact, there's no one in the division who would be 'superfight' worthy for Triple G.

The super middleweight division is rebuilding in the post Ward/Froch/Kessler/Bute/ Abraham era and simply doesn't have a lot of juice at the moment.

In order to hit real paydirt, Triple G must jaunt to the light heavyweight division, the home of several of the sport's powerbrokers.

Sergey Kovalev, Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson would be suitable dance partners for Golovkin. And keep in mind, Gennady walks in the ring carrying about 171 lbs anyway so he wouldn't have to add unnessesary bulk to his frame to fight at light heavyweight

That stated, at 5'10", Gennady would still be small for a light heavyweight because his opponents would likely be 6'0" to 6'2" and walk in the ring 15 to 20 lbs heavier. 

But given his dominance at middleweight, it wouldn't be surprising if Golovkin opened a slight favorite against Kovalev, Ward and Stevenson if any of those bouts were confirmed today. After all, he's been known to knockout cruiserweights in sparring and has yet to be tested in the pro ranks.

If Golovkin moved up to 175 lbs, he probably wouldn't be as dominant as he's been at 160 lbs but his fights would probably be more competitive.

At 5'11," Roy Jones wasn't quite the 'monster' at light heavyweight that he was at middleweight and super middleweight. However, Roy was still the best in the division and enjoyed a long, successful reign at 175 lbs.

At light heavyweight, we may see Triple G extended to twelve rounds but at least he'd have the opportunity to fight other big names and become a cash cow and mainstream superstar.

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:06:42 +0000
Triple G vs Floyd Mayweather? No one expected Julio Cesar Chavez Sr to fight elite middleweights http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6295-Triple-G-vs-Floyd-Mayweather-No-expected-Chavez-Sr-to-fight-elite-middleweights http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6295-Triple-G-vs-Floyd-Mayweather-No-expected-Chavez-Sr-to-fight-elite-middleweights Triple G vs Floyd Mayweather? No one expected Julio Cesar Chavez Sr to fight elite middleweights
Last night, heavy-handed unified middleweight champion Gennady 'Triple G' Golovkin did what many expected.

Arguably the sport's best active fighter, Triple G floored previously-unbeatan Dominic Wade three times en route to a second round knockout.

Now what? 

Who's next for Golovkin.

Following Floyd Mayweather's decision win over Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, many in boxing have been clamoring about the prospect for Mayweather vs Triple G. And while Floyd is officially retired, his decision to hang 'em up hasn't stopped fans and the media from discussing the hypothetical match-up.

After the conclusion of Golovkin vs Wade last night, FightHypeTV caught up with HBO's Max Kellerman who shared his insight on Mayweather vs Golovkin.

"Floyd knows Gennady's not easy work...Floyd would have very little chance to last the distance with Gennady Golovkin," Max told FightHypeTV.

Insisting Floyd is an all-time great, Kellerman suggests that while Mayweather may better than Triple G pound for pound, Gennady would knockout Floyd in a head-to-head showdown.


"Gennady is too big and too strong."

"I don't think Floyd should be pressured into fighting a middleweight. Floyd did start at 130 lbs."

And even if both men fought at 154 lbs, Triple G would be naturally bigger and stronger. That stated, if Floyd was still still active and Golovkin (at 154) became Floyd's mandatory, Mayweather should be expected to face him.

... But Floyd last fought at 147 and is retired. Given he's not a 154 lb belt-holder, he has the option to refuse such a fight on legitimate grounds without being bashed.

No one expected the great Julio Cesar Chavez, who also won his first world title at 130 lbs, to fight elite opponents at 160 or even 154 lbs.

Should we expect Orlando Salido and Nick Walters to fight elite middleweights one day?

It's extremely rare for a fighter who debuted at super featherweight to fight professionally - and on the elite level - as a middleweight. In fact, it may have never been done.

However, it's very common for middleweights to become super middleweights and light heavyweights.

Perhaps Triple G should move up in weight, like the Leonards, Hearnses, Mayweathers and Pacqiuiaos, if he wants the bigger fights?

The onus should be on Canelo Alvarez to face Triple G, not Floyd.

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Sun, 24 Apr 2016 17:06:03 +0000
Golovkin vs Wade: Odds (fight day) and prediction surprise http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6294-Golovkin-vs-Wade-Odds-prediction-surprise http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6294-Golovkin-vs-Wade-Odds-prediction-surprise Golovkin vs Wade: Odds (fight day) and prediction surprise
So who is Dominic Wade and will he do the unthinkable tonight?

Later this evening live on HBO, unified middleweight champion Gennady 'Triple G' Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO), among the most fearsome fighters in the world, faces an unbeaten but untested Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KO).

(Image courtesy of Round by Round Boxing)

Is it a mis-match?

Perhaps it depends on who is asked?

Golovkin vs Wade odds
A mere four hours from fight time, Golovkin, via Bovada, is a whopping -10000 favorite while Wade is set as a massive underdog at +1600. As a result, one must bet $10,000 on Gennady in order to win $100. And for Wade, a $100 wager can win $1600.

Has an inbeaten fighter ever been such a longshot?

Given the zany odds, an upset would rival Buster Douglas' win over Mike tYson in 1990.

There's one boxing insider, however, who doesn't believe the odds and has been very vocal about his prediction.

Sam Watson, a longtime business partner of Al Haymon and boxing aficionado, likes the underdog's chances, despite the overwhelming sentiment.

"This is gonna be the toughest fight GGG ever had," Watson recently told ESNEWS.

"He's got a great right hand. Has been boxing for a long time. He's smart. He's hungry. He's got a lot to prove."

Golovkin vs Wade
Date: April 23, 2016
Broadcast: HBO and BOXNATION
Time: 10PM ET (U.S.)/ 2PM London
Division: Middleweight
Titles: WBA, IBF and interim WBC (Golovkin)


"It's going to be a great upset, like Holyfield and Mike Tyson," Watson proclaimed.

So who the heck is this boxer, Dominic Wade?

Hailing from Largo, Maryland, the 25 year old boxer dubbed 'The Blade' won a split decison over then 41 year old former middleweight champ Sam Solimon (44-13) in June in what is his biggest victory to date. And while Sam was advanced in age, it wasn't long ago Soliman was the IBF middleweight champion. At 39, he won a unanimous decision in Germany over Deutsch fan favorite Felix Sturm, something that's not easy to do.

Who cares Sam was 41?

In defeating formidable Soliman, Wade may have, in fact, silenced a legitimate top 10 middleweight. Nevertheless, aside from Sam, Dominic doesn't have any recognizable names on his ledger and the records of his four previous opponents were as follows:

  • 10-11-2
  • 16-1-2 (Nick Brinson)
  • 15-11-2
  • 15-13-3

Wade has earned 7 stoppages in his last 11 bouts and deserves credit for agreeing to face one of the most avoided fighters in the world. If he can go the distance with Golovkin, it would be a massive victory of sorts. 

Golovkin vs Wade prediction

All good things must come to an end and, tonight, Dominic Wade will halt Golovkin's incredible streak of 21 knockouts.

Throughout boxing history, all knockout artists have confronted those one or two very special opponents; men they couldn't knockout, even in their prime or relatively close.

Dominic Wade is that guy for Triple G.

The underdog may get hurt, wobbled and/or knocked down, but look for him to make a name for himself tonight by going the distance with the fearsome Triple G.

Wade's supposed big right hand will be key to his survival tonight so look for him to unleash it early and often. If he can catch Golovkin with it and earn the champion's respect, he'll be able to keep some distance from himself and an aggressive Golovkin.... But that's easier said than done. Triple G has a rock solid chin and sturdy defense.

Look for the rangy, confident Wade to crack Golovkin a few times and survive some rough moments. 

But in the end, Triple G will simply have too many weapons.

Golovkin vs Wade won't be Holyfield vs Tyson I but may, in some ways, resemble Triple G's fight with Martin Murray from a 'give versus take' standpint. But unlike the brave Murray, Wade to survive until the end and generate a little more firepower than the Brit.

Perhaps a distance fight is just what the doctor ordered for Golovkin as other middleweights may be far more willing to fight him after seeing a relative unknown like Wade can hang with Triple G for 12 rounds.

Prediction: Triple G scores a few knockdowns but Wade is resilient, wins two or three rounds, and hangs on;  Golovkin by decision 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

Dominic Wade facts & stats

  • Record: 18-0, 12 KO
  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Largo, Maryland, USA
  • Height: 5′ 10½″ / 179cm
  • Reach: 74½″ / 189cm
  • Pro Debut: March 2009
  • BoxRec Middleweight Division Rank: 11
  • BoxRec U.S. Middleweight Division Rank: 3
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Leroycleveland12@aim.com (Boxing Man) News Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:05:53 +0000
Boxing schedule: HBO and BOXNATION | Apr 23 http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6293-Boxing-schedule-HBO-and-BOXNATION-Apr-23 http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6293-Boxing-schedule-HBO-and-BOXNATION-Apr-23 Boxing schedule: HBO and BOXNATION | Apr 23
Are boxing's top two fighters gracing the boxing schedule tonight?

Many insist Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez are the la creme de la creme of boxing, and both men will be showcased live on HBO tonight.

Golovkin vs Wade
Unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO), the sport's most destructive fighter, will face Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KO) in what many consider a tune-up for the former. Hence, Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are on a collision course.

But Sam Watson, a longtime business partner of Al Haymon and boxing aficionado, likes the underdog's chances, despite the overwhelming betting odds.

"This is gonna be the toughest fight GGG ever had," Watson recently told ESNEWS.

Drawing parallels between Evander Holyfield's epic first fight with Mike Tyson, Watson compared Wade's attitude and confidence to Evander's heading into the Holyfield vs Tyson I.

"He [Dominic Wade] is going to show the world."

Do Wade and his team know something we don't? 

Gonzalez vs Arroyo
Román González, (44-0, 38 KOs), the current WBC and The RING Magazine boxing flyweight champion, returns tonight on the Gennady Golovkin vs Dominic Wade undercard. 

A flyweight with a mind-numbing 86 percent knockouts-to-fights ratio, González hopes to face Mexico's Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada (33-2, 24 KO), owner of the WBA and WBO flyweight world titles, by year's end.

Dubbed "Chocolatito," the Nicaraguan is considered the top fighter in the world, pound-for-pound, by RING Magazine and ESPN.

BOXING SCHEDULE - APRIL 23

* High-Profile and Semi High-Profile Fights Only *

For a more in-depth schedule that includes lower-profile bouts, visit the ESPN Boxing Schedule

Updated: April 23, 2:59 PM ET

*** - Biggest fights, or bouts likely to garner the most coverage for whatever reason

SATURDAY, APRIL 23

HBO @ 10 PM ET/7PM PT
BOXNATION @ 2AM LONDON
Inglewood, CA

Gennady Golovkin vs. Dominic Wade
12 rounds, for Golovkin's WBA/IBF/interim WBC middleweight titles

Roman Gonzalez vs. McWilliams Arroyo
12 rounds, for Gonzalez's WBC flyweight title
(Check out Gonzalez's highlights below. He's a bad man)

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(Broadcast N/A)
Manila, Philippines
Nonito Donaire vs. Zsolt Bedak
12 rounds, for Donaire's WBO junior featherweight title

Result: Donaire TKO 3 Bedak

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(Broadcast N/A)
Huntington, N.Y
Joe Smith vs. Fabiano Pena
10 rounds, light heavyweights


Here's a sneak peak at next week's boxing schedule...

FRIDAY, APRIL 29

Atlantic City, N.J.
PBC on Spike TV

Anthony Dirrell vs. Caleb Truax
10 rounds, super middleweights

Andre Dirrell vs. Blake Caparello
10 rounds super middleweights

Jonathan Guzman vs. Daniel Rosas
12 rounds, IBF junior featherweight eliminator

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 30


BOXNATION

London

Hughie Fury vs. Fred Kassi
10 rounds, heavyweights

Ryan Walsh vs. James Tennyson
12 rounds, for Walsh's British featherweight title

Ovill McKenzie vs. Dmytro Kucher
12 rounds, for vacant European cruiserweight title

Anthony Nelson vs. Jamie Conlan
12 rounds, for Nelson's Commonwealth junior bantamweight title
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Showtime
Washington, DC

Badou Jack vs. Lucian Bute
12 rounds, for Jack's WBC super middleweight title

James DeGale vs. Rogelio "Porky" Medina
12 rounds, for DeGale's IBF super middleweight title

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PBC on FOX
Carson, Calif.

Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto 2 (Rematch)
12 rounds, welterweights

Edwin Rodriguez vs. Thomas Williams Jr.
10 rounds, light heavyweights

Fernando Montiel vs. Jorge Lara
10 rounds, featherweights

The top pound-for-pounder fighter in the world? Check out Roman Gonzalez's highlights below (2 min 40 sec).

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:56:41 +0000