WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders was offered a seven figure payday to face Gennady Golovkin in a unification match on April 23, however, Saunder’s turned down the offer to face Max Bursak. Back in early January Saunders said he was prepared to face the heavy-hitting GGG in the UK. Looks like we will have to wait for a middleweight unification fight to happen.
Here is an illustration of two of the most animated and outspoken trainers in boxing. Freddie Roach, Teddy Atlas and their fighters will collide in the square circlw Live, April 9th in Las Vegas, NV.
Saturday October 17, in front of 20,548 rabid fans at Madison Square Garden, Golovkin methodically beat down a game David Lemieux to unify the Middleweight titles. Saturday’s stoppage of Lemieux marked Golovkin’s 21st straight KO and his 15th successful defense of his titles. You got to give credit to Lemieux who unlike other fighters stepped up to face the devastating puncher in GGG.
With his victory on Saturday, GGG and the rest of the boxing world will have their eyes on the November 21, 2015 battle, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Miguel Cotto for the WBC World middleweight title.
Saturday October 3, 2015 “The IceMan” Viktor Postol Out Boxed, Out Punched and Finished the hard hitting Lucas Matthysse to capture the vacant WBC super lightweight world title. Saturday’s fight was a huge win for the Ukraine born Postol. With such a dominate win against a top fighter in Matthysse, unfortunately Postol will most likely become the fighter to avoid.
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Noito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (31-1) vs Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0) is likely to happen April 13, 2013. This is a refreshing fight for American boxing fans because rarely do we get to see the two best fighters in their primes fight for division supremacy Great matchmaking like this remind me of the glory days; Leonard – Hearns, Leonard – Duran, Whitaker – Nelson Chavez – Taylor, Hagler – Hearns, this list goes on.
However, in today’s boxing world, the road to the top isn’t about taking on the best and/or all comers. It’s about matching your top fighter with a low risk opponent. Take for instance Adrian Broner facing Gavin Rees This Saturday, February 16, 2013. Rees–a good Euro fighter and very much an unknown to most American boxing fans–will come in as a huge underdog. Broner’s camp knows Rees is a perfect style to showcase Broner’s speed and to help Broner’s stock rise without risking too much in the process. Rees is barely a top 10 fighter in the lightweight division. A better, more worthy opponent would be no. #5 ranked Richard Abril. Like Ponce De Leon did before him, Abril would fight Broner on the outside and pick him apart. Broner – Rees is just one example of the many bad matchmaking decisions in championship boxing today.
We tend to attack the fighters for ducking good opposition but for the most part it’s the promoters that make these ridiculous mismatches which eventually become Pay-Per-View garbage. Networks like HBO and Showtime not take