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By Behind The Gloves 24 Sep, 2017
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn officially announced the signing of Brooklyn Middleweight Daniel 'The Miracle Man' Jacobs (32-2-0, 29 KO's) on the live televised broadcast of Jorge Linares vs Luke Campbell on SkySports.

Jacobs inks a deal with Hearn, as well as HBO, as he seeks to rebound from his close, controversial defeat to unified Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin in March. With many observers feeling Jacobs was harshly treated by judges in his unanimous decision defeat to the Kazakh KO Kingpin, he will no doubt be looking to use Hearn's growing influence to return to boxing at the highest level.

After contracting a rare form of bone cancer in 2011 that left him partially paralysed from the waist down, Jacobs miraculously returned to the ring 17-months later and embarked on a ten-fight winning streak that led him to challenge Golovkin for the WBA/WBC/IBF & IBO World Middleweight titles at Madison Square Garden. Despite being dropped by 'GGG' in the fourth round, Jacobs emerged from the bout with tremendous credit, after utilising excellent lateral movement to frustrate Golovkin and take him the full twelve-round distance for the first time in his career. However, Jacobs would find himself on the wrong end of the decision, and now finds himself looking to rebuild from the loss, albeit with a considerably enhanced reputation.

Hearn would wax lyrical about his new signing, declaring him as "the best Middleweight in the world" in an interview with SkySports head of boxing Adam Smith. While that moniker is yet to be proven, Jacobs is still fresh at the age of 30, and will be looking to capitalise on the success incurred by Matchroom supremo Hearn as he expands his promotional company across the Atlantic with his latest venture 'Matchroom Boxing USA'.

Article by: Rob Tebbutt

You can follow Rob on Twitter at: @RobTebbutt
By Behind The Gloves 24 Sep, 2017

In a fight of two completely different styles, Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18 KO's) retained his World title with a unanimous points victory over Brit Hughie Fury (21-1-0, 10 KO's). The scorecards read 114-114, 118-110, 118-110 with the latter two scores being in favour of - and slightly flattering - the Champion Parker.

Fury started the bout better of the two, but Parker's relentless pressure on the front foot seemed to impress the judges more than the fluid counter punching on the back-foot by the challenger. Ringside observers were split 50/50 as to who they thought had won the bout.

For Parker, a lucrative unification with Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder looks like a good option, as well as potential bouts with Tony Bellew and Dillian Whyte. For Fury - who failed to appear at the post-fight media press conference - he will surely look for a rematch, after feeling aggrieved with the decision, and it is now up to his promoter Mick Hennessy to deliver a second shot at the WBO crown.

Elsewhere on the undercard, Joe Murray recorded a debatable points victory over Matty Fagan as they clashed at Super Lightweight. Fagan dropped Murray during the second round with an overhand right, though the Mancunian seemed to recover well. The rounds were very close through out the contest, and Murray had a point deducted in the eight round for holding.

The referee scored the contest 96-93 in favour of Joe Murray, although the general consensus around ringside was that the man from Ellesmere Port should have got the nod.   

Josh Wale successfully defended his British title after a convincing eleventh round stoppage of challenger Don Broadhurst. Although the bout was close at times, Wale also seemed to have an extra gear and forced the stoppage with a thundering combination in the penultimate round that left Broadhurst flat on the canvas.

Jimmy Kelly continued his recover from the loss suffered during his first World title attempt by stopping Stiliyan Kostov in four. Kostov did well to recover from a heavy knockdown in round one, but Kelly kept up the pressure and forced the referee to halt the contest after a body shot crippled his opponent for the second time in the round. With the win, Kelly picked up the WBO Inter-Continental title for a second time in the process.

Peter McDonagh and Shayne Singleton faced off in a war in the Light Middleweight division. The fight was a very close one, but it was McDonagh who was awarded the decision on the referees scorecard (96-94) due to his relentless pressure on the front foot.

The exciting Yusuf Safa continued his unbeaten run with a 60-54 victory over Simas Volosinas. Safa looks impressive in parts as he fought for the first time in Manchester, and he certainly looks like one to look out for in the future.

Jack Cullen continued to develop on the big stage as he looked good in his stoppage victory over Callum Ide. After a vicious uppercut that dropped Ide to the canvas, Cullen followed up with a three punch combination to forced the referee to halt the contest after two minutes eighteen of the second round.

The first few bouts on the night resulted in wins for the home fighters as Lee Carter defeated Blaise Mendouo (40-36), Alex Dickinson stopped his opponent in the third round and Mickey Ellison won via stoppage on his return to the ring.


  Article by: Luke Madeira

You can follow Luke on Twitter at: @lukemadeira15

By Behind The Gloves 23 Sep, 2017
With the fallout from last weekend’s Canelo vs. GGG scorecard ignominy slowly dissipating, boxing fans can now turn their attention to this evening’s lightweight showdown between Venezuelan WBA champion Jorge ‘Golden Boy’ Linares and British Olympic gold medallist ‘Cool Hand’ Luke Campbell. The two combatants are set to clash at Inglewood’s iconic Forum with the Linares seeking to see off his mandatory obligations in order to clear the way for a potential 2018 showdown with highly touted WBC Champion Mikey Garcia.

Having captured gold at Bantamweight in the London 2012 Olympics, Campbell made his professional bow in July of the following year with a first round TKO of journeyman Andy Harris at Craven Park Stadium in his hometown of Hull. ‘Cool Hand’ would spend the next two years climbing the Lightweight rankings, notching wins over Daniel Brizuela, Levis Morales and cross-town rival Tommy Coyle along the way. The 2012 Olympian would suffer his first professional set-back in December 2015 on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte at London’s O2 Arena, dropping a split decision to Frenchman Yvan Mendy in a below-par showing. The loss prompted the Hull native to relocate to Miami in order to work under the tutelage of Cuban boxing trainer Jorge Rubio. The partnership has proved fruitful thus far with Campbell recording five victories (four by knockout) since the Mendy defeat, culminating in a ninth round stoppage win over Darleys Perez last time out.

One very interested spectator that night was this evening’s opponent (Jorge Linares), who will seek to continue his recent run of success over British challengers - having seen off Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla (twice) within the past two years.

The Venezuelan three-weight King is in the midst of a career renaissance, having rebounded from back-to-back stoppage losses to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson back in October 2011 and March 2012 to capture the WBC (stripped due to injury) and WBA lightweight titles: producing the best form of his career along the way.

With rapier like speed and power in both hands, the ‘Golden Boy’ is a joy to watch, putting on a clinic in his last outing against Campbell’s compatriot Crolla as he dazzled the Manchester crowd with his repertoire of slick boxing skills.

Linares goes into this evening’s title defence as the bookmakers favourite. However, with a tendency to cut and three stoppage losses on his record, the WBA Lightweight titlist is far from indestructible. Some believe that Campbell’s medley of speed, power and an awkward southpaw style may be capable of exposing the frailties which have seen the Venezuelan derailed in the past.

Will tonight see the coronation of the UK’s tenth current World Champion? Or will Linares prove to be too good for the 2012 Olympic hero? Just hours from now at the Forum in Inglewood, California, the two fighters will provide the answers…

Article by: Gareth Gonet

You can follow Gareth on Twitter at: @garethgonet
By Behind The Gloves 23 Sep, 2017
Are you aware that a version of the World Heavyweight Championship is on the line this weekend? If not, you certainly aren't the only one.

Joseph Parker is defending his WBO title against British challenger Hughie Fury at the Manchester Arena this Saturday night, in an event that is officially being streamed live in the UK through an innovative YouTube pay-per-view service.

The New Zealander initially acquired the vacant belt with a closely contested majority-decision victory over then-undefeated Mexican prospect Andy Ruiz Jr., before making his first defence against Romanian behemoth Rozvan Cojanu earlier this year in a fight broadcasted live in the UK on SkySports.

Although Parker emerged successful from the contest with a resounding points victory, he received criticism from unimpressed studio-guest Dillian Whyte for the seemingly lacklustre nature of his triumph, which may have been more of a testament to Cojanu's toughness and resilience than Parker underperforming as such.

Earlier in his professional career the Auckland-native was renowned for his explosiveness and was declared one of the Heavyweight division's most exciting prospects. Although recent outings against rugged, physically strong, industrious operators such as Carlos Takam and Andy Ruiz suggest that he cannot be considered alongside the division's more concussive power-punchers.

Ultimately, however, this is not to suggest by any means that Parker is somehow devoid of power. He is, in fact, a respectable puncher who also possesses considerable hand-speed coupled with a solid chin; attributes which unquestionably make him Hughie Fury's most formidable adversary to date.

By his own account, Tyson Fury's younger cousin lives an extremely disciplined lifestyle and is therefore completely dedicated to the sport. Trained by one of British boxing's shrewdest minds in his father Peter Fury, the pair appear resolved to reclaim the title for the family, after it was stripped from Tyson after a series of out-of-the-ring issues.

A World Amateur Champion at youth level, the Mancunian's size and strength at 6'6" are complemented by an unorthodox style which involves making use of a good jab in addition to elusive head movement. Nevertheless, the sluggishness that was evident in his last (official) professional bout against Fred Kassi in 2016 has been attributed to a rare, debilitating inflammatory skin condition which according to Peter Fury has afflicted his son for the majority of his career. Hughie's medical problems are over, we have been assured, giving way to a reinvigorated fighter operating at full capacity.

This is a fight that is difficult to predict. I personally think size & strength will be an important factor in this contest, and that both fighters have another 'gear', so to speak, but I do expect the scorecards to be favourable for Hughie provided it goes the distance.

Although he is the slight underdog, I expect Hughie to prevail in an unsightly, scrappy affair, but like many followers of the heavyweight division I am not 100% confident of the outcome, which this is precisely why this fight is so intriguing.

It has repeatedly been described as a 60-40, 50-50 type of fight and I think this is accurate. Unless we again witness some of last week's unfortunate judging in the 'Canelo' Alvarez-GGG fight, somebody's 0 has got to go.

Article by: Navi Mondair

You can follow Navi on Twitter at: @hombre__obscuro
By Behind The Gloves 23 Sep, 2017
Luke Campbell, the most decorated amateur in British boxing history, can become the latest World Champion out of the U.K. when he challenges for his first World title in the early hours of Sunday morning at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.



The Hull fighter will face a stern test as he challenges three-weight World Champion Jorge Linares (42-3-0 27 KO’s), for the WBA/WBC & ‘Ring’ Magazine World Lightweight titles. British fight fans have become accustomed to the Venezuelan’s style following two classy victories over Anthony Crolla in the last year.



Campbell (17-1-0, 14 KO’s), a London 2012 gold medallist, will face the biggest test of his career since turning professional five years ago, but is unlikely to be overwhelmed by the situation having picked up a wealth of experience in the amateur ranks.



Linares, renowned for his elusive style, boxing skills and punch power in both hands, is quickly being considered one of the household names in boxing. However, Campbell - a massive underdog going into this fight - insists now is the perfect time for him to step up and announce himself as an elite fighter in the division.



”I’m in boxing for the challenges, he’s a great champion. I feel this is the time now. Not in a month, not in six months, not in a year, the time is now,” Campbell told SecondsOut.

”I’m physically ready, I’m mentally ready. I’m ready to show everybody this Saturday, including myself, just how good I am.

“I believe in myself, styles make fights. Crolla-Linares was a great fight, Linares looked great. Crolla’s tough, durable and he’s strong but Linares come out of that looking great. I bring a different game, not what Crolla brought, I bring something else. This is now and that was then, I’m focused and determined.”



He added: “I'm confident on Saturday night, the experts have made me the underdog and I’m happy to be that. I’m on this stage where the world will see how good I am.”



Linares, 32, is entering a crucial stage of his career where any unexpected slip ups could see him miss out on potential mega fights in the future, as talk of possible showdowns with Mikey Garcia and Vasyl Lomachenko capture the imagination of the public.



‘Golden Boy’ will headline the HBO show for the first time and knows he must first get through Luke Campbell in good fashion before moving on to bigger things.



Linares told SecondsOut: ”Luke Campbell is an amazing boxer, an Olympian, a Champion. He has a lot of experience in the amateurs but the professionals is different, I have 45 fights and he has only 17.



”He looks hungry and wants my belt, but I’m feeling better than I did before for my last fight with [Anthony] Crolla.

Linares continued: ”I need to remain focused on Saturday, it’s my first time on HBO. So I need to win and sit down with Oscar De La Hoya about Mikey Garcia, I want that fight. It’d be amazing at either 135 or 140[lbs.]”


Article by: Isaiah Benjamin

You can follow Isaiah on Twitter at:  @mr_isaiahg
By Behind The Gloves 22 Sep, 2017

In the lingering aftermath of the Canelo-Golovkin scoring controversy, the announcement of Wilder-Ortiz and Andre Ward’s unexpected retirement, an interesting and intriguing matchup between a Cuban and a Russian taking place in the United States has flown under the radar. Once when the three nations’ paths converged, it nearly led to nuclear war. It’s virtually guaranteed on Saturday night in San Antonio when Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudryashov duke it out for the former’s WBA Cruiserweight Title and a place in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series. Between them, the two big men possess an eye-popping 41 KOs from 42 wins, so it can be said with confidence that this fight is   not   going the distance. However, the nature of the path leading to this outcome and which man will have his hand raised at the end remain open to question.

Yunier Dorticos is a skilled boxer puncher and a product of the much-vaunted Cuban amateur boxing system. He competed over 250 times in the unpaid ranks, was runner up three times in the Cuban national championships and represented his country on the international stage. He is undefeated as a professional and coming off a career-best win, against former world title challenger Youri Kalenga who he stopped in the 10th round of a barnburner in May of last year, winning the interim WBA Cruiserweight Title, later upgraded to full titleholder.

As might be expected of a student of the Cuban school of boxing, Dorticos boasts very good boxing skills and defensive movement. He showcased this in the Kalenga fight, making the Congolese fighter miss badly at times while connecting with his own crisp, punishing blows at an impressive rate of accuracy. His gigantic 80-inch wingspan made it very difficult for the shorter-limbed Kalenga to get on the inside, ensuring that he paid a price whenever he tried to do so. Against Kudryashov, he will likewise enjoy a significant reach advantage which could prove telling. Despite the fact that all bar one of his wins as a professional have come inside the distance, Dorticos does not possess one punch knockout power. His stoppage of Kalenga resulted through an accumulation of punishment, while in 2014 an old and under-sized Edison Miranda was able to take him the distance. These two also happen to be the best names on Dorticos’ resume.    

In contrast to Dorticos, Dmitry Kudryashov did not enjoy a distinguished amateur career in his native Russia. However, the man known as ‘Sledgehammer’ has carved a path of destruction in the professional ranks, sporting a record of 21-1-0 with all 21 of his wins coming by way of knockout. The sole blemish on his record came when he ran into an iron-chinned and iron-willed Olanrewaju Durodola back in 2015. Durodola recovered from being badly hurt in the opening round to come roaring back and stop Kudryashov on his feet in the second. In his last fight, Kudryashov gained brutal revenge on Durodola, decking the durable Nigerian slugger twice and buzzing him far too many times for comfort until the referee had seen enough.

Kudryashov is the less athletic man in this matchup and does not possess anything remotely close to Dorticos’ level of technical boxing craft. To say that the Russian’s defence leaves much to be desired is putting it mildly, as demonstrated in the Durodola fights. In the first fight he left himself a sitting duck for Durodola’s right hand and his embarrassingly bad attempt to emulate a Mayweather shoulder-roll failed to provide him with any solace. He is a plodder in the ring and painfully slow but does compensate for this with solid timing. Kudryashov’s stamina is also open to question having never gone the full distance so far in his professional career. But that is because he possesses boxing’s great equaliser. Bob Foster had it. Julian Jackson had it. Dmitry Kudryashov has it. Unworldly, God-given power. Of the lights out, go straight to hospital and do not pass go variety. When he hits you flush to the head and sends you down, it’s straight into hibernation as unfortunate former world title challengers Francisco Palacios and Santander Silgado found out. No struggling to your feet to beat the count of 10 here.  

Dorticos demonstrated a willingness to go into the trenches in the Kalenga fight, despite being the vastly more skilled fighter, and the crude Kalenga was able to land enough leather in the middle rounds to make the fight competitive. If the Russian Sledgehammer can do the same, it could prove disastrous for Dorticos. Furthermore, Dorticos is coming off a break of almost one year and a half since that victory. Will ring rust and a lack of sharpness prove to be issues? Kudryashov, who has proven to be very dangerous in the early rounds, is emphatically not a man who you want to be off-point against. If he connects with something big, all bets are off. That being said, you can be certain that Dorticos and his team are aware of this and will have readied themselves for the occasion. They know exactly what they bring to the table and what they are up against here. Their man is by far the more versatile and well-rounded fighter while Kudryashov has demonstrated throughout his career that he has only has one gear and a singular seek-and-destroy mindset. There’s no reason to believe that he will demonstrate new wrinkles to his game on Saturday night.

Ultimately, I feel that this fight may prove less competitive than expected and more of a boxing lesson than the fight of the year style slobberknocker that hardcore fans might be anticipating. I expect an extremely cautious start from Dorticos. Tension will be on a knife-edge in the first few rounds, and there may be a few anxious moments in the Cuban’s corner as Kudryashov stalks with mean intentions. Eventually however Dorticos will settle into a rhythm, befuddle Kudryashov with movement and pick him off from a distance. Kudryashov will gamely continue to press forward, but tiredness and continuous punishment will take their toll, resulting in victory for Dorticos by a mid-to-late rounds technical stoppage.


Article by: Paul Lam  

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By Behind The Gloves 22 Sep, 2017

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By Behind The Gloves 22 Sep, 2017
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez defends his WBO World Super Middleweight title against undefeated mandatory challenger Jesse Hart on September 22nd from Tucson, Arizona.

The fight will be the co-main event with Oscar Valdez defending his WBO World Featherweight title against Genesis Servania in the main event. 'Zurdo' is undefeated, and the first Mexican born fighter to win a World title in the Super Middleweight division. He currently stands at 35-0-0 (24 KO's) while Hart comes in with a record of 22-0-0 (18 KO's). This fight may have been made a year ago if not for Ramirez suffering an injury. Now it is happening, and on a big platform, following top Rank's recently announced exclusive deal with ESPN.  

Team BTG's Mike Rueda recently caught up with 'Zurdo' while he was in camp....

BTG: Your last fight in April against Max Bursak was a year from the fight previous to that. How did it feel to be back in there, but not deliver the fight you wanted with your opponent seemingly not wanting to engage?

Zurdo: Well, you know we always prepare 100 percent for any fight no matter who they are and for whatever they bring. Yes, he [Bursak] didn’t really come to fight. He came to survive and he didn’t want to fight, and as I said we train 100 percent always no matter the fighter. It wasn’t the fight we wanted, but at the end of the day as long as we have our hand raised.

BTG: In the fight you got hit a little bit more than Arthur Abraham did when facing Bursak. Was that due to ring rust or were you trying to lure him in to make a fight?

Zurdo: I wanted to make a fight. I wanted to give the fans a show, but yeah, it didn’t work. He didn’t try to make a fight. It just motivated me to keep winning and keep pushing forward to make a good show.

BTG: This match-up against Jesse Hart has been talked about for a while, and he has talked a lot before the fight: does that add more motivation for you?

Zurdo: It’s fine let him talk. Every fighter before a fight has said they would knock me out and that they would do this and that, and this is no exception. I’ll do my talking in the ring. Let him and talk and say what he wants to say. We will see who comes out on top and I’m confident in the work we put in. It doesn’t intimidate me when someone talks and it never will.

BTG: You had your previous fight on a Top Rank PPV. This will be on another big platform in the U.S. with ESPN: how does it feel to be on this type of show?

Zurdo: It’s exciting. It really adds motivation to me. It’s what I want. I want the people to know who I am. I want them to know the name 'Zurdo' Ramirez. We’re going to give a good show for the people and we are going to have our hands raised in the end. It’s extra motivation for the fight and for the opponent as well.

BTG: You trained more in Mexico before, now you're based in the USA more often. What is the difference to you?

Zurdo: The sparring here you can spar with many different types of fighters, so you go up against all styles and that helps a lot. I’m more focused here and I have more concentration here. I focus more on what is in front of us, and the task I have. I stay concentrated on what I have to do 100 percent. It’s gone better here in the USA for now.

BTG: You have been sparring with a young and upcoming fighter who has spent time with many top fighters. What do you see from Quilisto 'Kilo' Madera?

Zurdo: Oh 'Kilo' is a very young, tough and hungry fighter. He is strong and he comes forward, and he will go forward in his career. He gives it everything he has and I’m very happy with the sparring and work that we got to do with 'Kilo'. He helped us a lot.

BTG: Your division is picking up again. There is the World Boxing Super Series tournament in the Super Middleweight division and David Benavidez has just won the WBC World Super Middleweight title. How does it feel knowing there are many good fights and fighters to go up against?

Zurdo: First for David, I was happy for him winning. We have sparred before and he is a real good fighter who takes this seriously. We knew down the road there would be a possibility for a fight with him. Also we like that more fighters will make a name for themselves. We love that there will be more fighters and that they will be making a name and it will bring more attention. For us, September 22nd we want to show that I am a real Champion and put on a show and we will go from there.

BTG: Your last fight was in L.A. and this one will be in Tucson - both near Mexico - how does it feel to have so many countrymen with you?

Zurdo: It is motivating. There are more people there to see me fight near Mexico, and we just want to put on a good show and have them go home happy. We want to give them a good spectacle. I dedicate every one of my fights to the Mexican people. It adds motivation for me. They go and show support and provide a good atmosphere and gives us good vibes and it just helps us more and more.

BTG: This card you share with a good friend in Oscar Valdez: what does that bring to you?

Zurdo: It’s good we have a friendly competition to see who steals the show. We both want each other to perform well and win. We want to give a good show for everyone. It’s an extra motivation for both of us and it’s a great feeling.
By Behind The Gloves 21 Sep, 2017

Luke Campbell MBE believes the time is right for him to rule the world as he prepares to challenge Jorge Linares for the WBA, WBC Diamond and  Ring  Magazine World Lightweight titles at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday, live on Sky Sports and HBO.

Campbell is gearing up for his first World title fight and the 29 year old is relishing taking on the outstanding Venezuelan star who dazzled in three fights on UK soil against Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla.

The London 2012 Olympic Gold medal hero knows he’s up against a great fighter on away turf, but the Hull ace is embracing the challenge and says he always steps up to the task on the big occasion.

“This is why I turned professional, for big nights like this to test myself,” said Campbell. “I’ve had a great camp, preparation has been spot on. We’ve worked hard and we’ve worked smart. I’m physically and mentally ready for this, I believe in my own ability.

“He’s strong and durable with plenty of experience but this is my time. It would be incredible to bring home the World title. I’ve made history in Hull before, a couple of times as an amateur so let’s go for it again.

“Fighting on such a big stage doesn't change the preparation. Motivation is a massive thing. It's a fantastic way to introduce myself to the American market and this is my opportunity to show what I've got.”


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By Behind The Gloves 21 Sep, 2017
A compelling, tactical encounter between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Mexican challenger Saul Alvarez was tarnished, many claim, by a triumvirate of bizarre scorecards which culminated in the anticlimactic declaration of a split draw.

Golovkin's team appeared to be visibly incredulous after inimitable emcee Michael Buffer announced the divergent scorecards of Don Trella (who scored the fight even), Dave Morretti (who scored it to Golovkin by two rounds), and Adelaide Byrd who, according to her scorecard, amazingly believed that Triple-G's efforts were only sufficient to win two out of twelve rounds in a fight where he appeared to be outworking and effectively pressurising his opponent throughout the majority of contest.

Despite the cagey opener, which was to be expected in a fight of this magnitude, neither fighter was ostensibly dominant, so to speak, although it seemed that Canelo had managed to secure the first couple of rounds through elusive movement and sharper, crisper punching.

Golovkin, however, adopted an increasingly aggressive approach as the middle rounds progressed and appeared to be successful for the most part in his strategy of cornering Canelo against the ropes and unleashing some powerful combinations. Canelo, to his credit, covered up well and did not succumb to the devastating effects of Golovkin's power, even displaying some impressive punch resistance on the occasions where Golovkin did in fact connect cleanly with headshots.

Towards of the end of the fight, Canelo demonstrated his superior hand-speed and defensive skills, landing some destructive shots that Golovkin inexplicably withstood courtesy of his tremendous chin.

The size difference was extremely conspicuous in the ring (although according to the official statistics, Golovkin is only an inch taller than his Mexican counterpart), and it is reasonable to suggest that Canelo understood that he was fighting a bigger, stronger, more powerful fighter and as a result was reluctant to become embroiled in too many exchanges with his dangerous opponent despite being beckoned in repeatedly to do so by the characteristically ferocious Kazakhstani.

Nevertheless, Adelaide Byrd's astonishing scorecard is not one that even the most vehement Canelo supporter can sympathise with and was therefore roundly booed by most of the assembled spectators (who were overwhelmingly pro-Canelo) at the T-Mobile Arena.

Overall, it was a relatively competitive, entertaining affair. Although it wasn't the toe-to-toe, quintessentially Mexican slugfest that many were hoping for, it was unquestionably a compelling, tactical contest, complemented by some exhilarating action-packed exchanges, that captivated both casual and hardcore boxing fans alike. Ultimately, the general consensus seems to be that Golovkin was the clear, deserved winner in a fight that was closer than many people originally anticipated (myself included).

Regardless of the contentious scoring, Golovkin certainly appeared very human and it is needless to say that at the age of 35 he is in athletic decline. There has been persistent speculation pertaining to his difficulties making the weight which is dubious as it is my opinion that Golovkin is not a super-middleweight; however, pre-fight rumours of him sustaining a minor injury where validated somewhat by a video showing the champion seemingly limping into the venue. Whether this apparent niggle significantly affected his in-ring mobility (and as a result his performance) remains open to discussion.

A good fight marred by a series of baffling scorecards that were extremely unfair on Golovkin leaves fans unsure as to the contractual stipulations pertaining to a rematch. Personally, I would like to see Golovkin realise his long-held aspiration of becoming undisputed middleweight champion by fighting Billy Joe-Saunders in December and adding the less prestigious WBO title to his impressive collection of championships. How realistic a unification option is, following the outcome of this ‘Superfight', remains to be seen.

Article by: Navi Mondair

You can follow Navi on Twitter at:  @hombre__obscuro
By Behind The Gloves 20 Sep, 2017

Undefeated Super-Lightweight Jack Catterall is fast approaching the biggest test of his young career, facing British Champion Tyrone Nurse for his belt at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on October 21st, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

The fighter exudes the confidence of youth, unfazed by his experienced foe. ‘El Gato’ has sparred with the best in the business, joining Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez in their training camps and according to reports he held his own.

Speaking at a recent press conference, Catterall explained how his talent will carry him over the line: “More than anything, I believe in my ability and on October 21st I’m coming to take that title.

“I’m coming to knock him out, I’d be a fool not to! I think more so for the fans, everyone wants to see the knockout. If I can’t knock him out I’ll beat him over the 12 rounds.”

Nurse will be heading into his 40th fight, Catterall just his 19th, but the Champion has not been at his best recently, something the 24-year-old southpaw is taking no notice of.

“I’ve watched the last couple of Tyrone’s fights and he hasn’t been impressive. But I’ve watched him over the years and I know he will be training hard and preparing well for this fight,” he added.

Haroon Hedley, Catterall’s trainer, chimed in with his confident prediction: “We all believe that Jack will get to Tyrone Nurse and knock him out!”

 Main event on the card sees Leeds hero Josh Warrington (25-0, 5 KOs) take on the undefeated Dennis Ceylan (18-0-2, 8 KOs) in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Featherweight World Title.

Rising Manchester Super-Featherweight star Zelfa Barrett (18-0, 11 KOs) has a chance to win his first professional title when he takes on Chris Conwell (9-2, 2 KOs) for the Vacant English strap. 

Undefeated Liverpool Super-Welterweight talent J.J Metcalf (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Leeds native Damon Jones (15-1, 3 KOs) in an official eliminator for the British title currently held by Warren stablemate Liam Williams.

An action-packed undercard also features British Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford (18-1, 6 KOs); former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and GB squad standout Sam Maxwell (Super-Lightweight, 3-0, 2 KOs); Bradford Welterweight Darren Tetley (14-0, 5KOs); Chapel-en-le-Frith Cruiserweight Jack Massey (12-0, 6 KOs); Doncaster Featherweight Reece Mould (6-0, 2 KOs); Leeds Flyweight Jack Bateson (1-0, 1 KO) and the professional debut of Leeds fighter Jack Daniels.

Tickets for Warrington vs. Ceylan priced at £40 (Upper Tier), £50 (Lower Tier), £70 (Floor), £100 (Floor), £150 (Foor) and £250 (VIP/Hospitality) are now available from:

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By Behind The Gloves 20 Sep, 2017


WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION ÓSCAR VALDEZ FEATURED IN NEW INSTALLMENT TOP RANK-PRODUCED DIGITAL SERIES "CAMP LIFE"

Episode No. 1 of Three-Part CAMP LIFE is Now Live on Various Digital Platforms! 

CAMP LIFE: ÓSCAR VALDEZ:

Episode No. 1

By Behind The Gloves 20 Sep, 2017

BROOKLYN (Sept. 20, 2017) - Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber'' Wilder will make his sixth title defense when he meets hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis "The Real King Kong'' Ortiz on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, Nov. 4 live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

An exciting lineup of undercard attractions will be announced soon to support this titanic heavyweight matchup. True heavyweights in every sense of the word, the 6-foot-7, 228-pound Wilder and the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ortiz have 60 combined knockout victories.

"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time and I'm excited that the time has come to meet Luis Ortiz,'' said Wilder. "Ortiz is considered the boogeyman of the sport and I am the hardest hitter in boxing. When you put us together in a ring, you will get one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. I will unify the division. This I promise. This is the first step towards unifying. Any heavyweight that gets in my way is getting knocked out.''

"Wilder has been doing a lot of talking about me and this fight," said Ortiz. "I'm tired of hearing it. I'm not that big on talking. I like to do all my talking in the ring and that's what I plan to do. I respect him. I know he hits hard, but I hit hard too. It's going to be a great fight. I can't wait to get in the ring and shut him up in front of everybody at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME on November 4.'' 

"This fight is happening because Deontay Wilder wants to beat the best, regardless of the risk," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "He will knock 'King Kong' off the Empire State Building for the world to see on November 4 at Barclays Center."

"The resurgence of the heavyweight division is going to be on full display at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME on November 4," said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions. "Deontay is facing his toughest challenge yet in the undefeated Cuban, giving him the opportunity to really prove himself. We are thrilled to be a part of the action and can't wait until fight night."

"Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is one of the highlights of what has been an exceptional year for boxing on SHOWTIME," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  "We have consistently delivered the biggest names in boxing in their most important fights. The main event on Nov. 4 features two dynamic punchers with a 92-percent knockout ratio between them.  It will be the 21st world championship fight on SHOWTIME this year and the 16th time we've seen undefeated fighters going head-to-head.  It is clear that no other network is more committed to delivering the most significant bouts directly to its subscribers than SHOWTIME." 

"On November 4 Barclays Center will once again host one of the year's best fights," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "Deontay has made his mark in Brooklyn, and I am thrilled to welcome him back to our ring alongside a tough competitor in Luis Ortiz, who will be fighting here for the first time."

The 31-year-old Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), the only reigning American heavyweight world champion, won his WBC title with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17, 2015 -the birthday of legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.

Wilder, a Bronze Medal winner for the U.S. Olympic boxing team at the 2008 Beijing Games, has successfully defended the title five times. In his previous defense at Barclays Center, Wilder scored a memorable ninth-round knockout over Artur Szpilka back in Jan. 2016. In his most recent defense, Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. stopped Gerald Washington via fifth-round technical knockout before a hometown crowd at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on Feb. 25.

The 38-year-old Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), of Camaguey, Cuba by way of Miami, Fla., will make his SHOWTIME and Barclays Center debut when he meets Wilder for his first title shot. The hard-hitting southpaw turned pro seven years ago after defecting from Cuba and has since been steadily climbing the heavyweight ladder. He cemented his standing in the division with victories over veteran contenders Bryant Jennings, Tony Thompson and Malik Scott and is the No. 1-ranked contender by the WBC. 

If Ortiz wins, he will become the first Cuban born fighter to win a heavyweight world championship.

By Behind The Gloves 20 Sep, 2017
Main Event - World Boxing Organization Heavyweight World Championship (12)
JOSEPH PARKER (23-0, 18 KOs), Champion, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA by way of New Zealand
vs.
HUGHIE FURY  (20-0, 10 KOs), No.1 mandatory contender, Manchester, UK
 
Co-Feature - Vacant WBO Intercontinental Super Welterweight Championship (12)
JIMMY "Kilrain" KELLEY  (21-2, 9 KOs), Manchester, UK
vs.
STILLIYAN "Still Kill" KOSTOV  (21-7, 16 KOs), Razgrad, Bulgaria
 
All and/or highlights of additional PPV fights will air pending time restraints.
 
Fights and fighters subject to change.
 
WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT
 
WHERE: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
 
PROMOTER: Hennessy Sports
 
PPV: Integrated Sports Media (ISM) will distribute "Parker vs. Fury" live in the United States on cable and satellite  PPV via iN Demand, Vubiquity, and DISH, in conjunction with an internet-based YouTube PPV that is available at www.youtube.com/parkerfury , for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.
 
Outside of North America, "Parker vs. Fury" is being distributed to broadcasters worldwide by leading boxing television rights distribution firm, Protocol Sports Marketing Ltd.

By Behind The Gloves 20 Sep, 2017

Dereck Chisora has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.

The former World Heavyweight title challenger returns to the ring in Liverpool next Saturday before attempting to regain the European title when he challenges Agit Kabayel for the title with a date and venue to be announced later this week.

Chisora’s last action was a fight of the year contender against Dillian Whyte in Manchester in December, with Whyte edging out ‘Del Boy’ via split decision after 12 relentless rounds of action.

The Finchley star is gunning for a rematch with ‘The Bodysnatcher’ but his immediate focus is rounds in the bank on Merseyside before getting his hands on the European crown once again.

“I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring after a frustrating period of injury, starting in Liverpool next Saturday,” said Chisora. “Then we are going to win the European title in November, and then I'm going to punish that punk Dillian Whyte and move on to a shot at the World title.”

“I'm pleased to welcome Dereck to the team and look forward to being involved in some big fights with him over the next year,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “You know what you are going to get with Del Boy, plenty of drama and a load of heart – he will return to action in Liverpool and challenge for the European title on November. We will work towards a Whyte rematch for early next year, it's a fight that I think boxing needs to see again.”

Chisora returns on a stacked card in Liverpool topped by the rematch between Paul Butler and Stuart Hall in an eliminator for the WBA World Bantamweight title.

Liverpool's Rocky Fielding defend his British Super-Middleweight title for the first time against Scotsman David Brophy, who puts up the Commonwealth strap he won in fine fashion in Australia in March.

Controversial Hackney man Ohara Davies looks to get back to winning ways as he challenges Tom Farrell for the unbeaten local favourite’s WBA International Super-Lightweight belt.

Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd defends his Commonwealth and WBC International Lightweight titles against former Team GB captain and Liverpudlian Tom Stalker.

Two more Team GB Olympians Anthony Fowler and Natasha Jonas fight on home turf for the first time in their second fights in the paid ranks, and there’s also action for Craig Glover.

Tickets are on general sale priced at priced £40, £60 and £100 at www.echoarena.com  and on 0844 8000 400 – with VIP tickets priced at £200 exclusively available at www.matchroomboxing.com

Face value tickets for September 30 are also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/  . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

By Behind The Gloves 17 Sep, 2017
Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO's) and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO's) served up a treat for boxing fans worldwide on Saturday evening in Las Vegas, battling it out over twelve gruelling rounds in their highly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship bout at T-Mobile Arena.

The contest lived up to its lofty pre-fight expectations, with a wonderfully savage ebb-and-flow from the opening bell. There was, however, one all-too-familar issue: the wrong man won.

... No, scratch that: nobody won. The bout was called as an underwhelming draw, with the astonishingly poor scorecard of 118-110 from Adalaide Byrd drawing vociferous criticism from all quarters of the boxing community. We will discuss that later.

Despite the competitive nature of the contest, there was little doubt of the deserving victor.

After two-and-a-half years chasing Mexican superstar 'Canelo' Alvarez outside of the ring, Gennady Golovkin spent large portions of the contest doing the same thing inside of it, as he sought to cut the ring off on his would-be-elusive opponent. 'Canelo' started the bout in sharp fashion, making Golovkin miss in the middle of the ring and working him over to the body.

However, Alvarez's command of the real estate would not last long, and he was served with an eviction notice at the beginning of the third round in the form of a hard left hook from Golovkin. Despite looking sluggish in the opening sessions, the undefeated Kazakh KO artist found a groove in the third and fourth rounds, forcing the usually flat-footed 'Canelo' on to the back foot in the wake of his trademark pressure-fighting style and ram-rod jab.

The pressure implemented by 'GGG' seemed to tire the former three-time World Super Welterweight Champion very quickly, with the added weight of Golovkin and his punishing punching power draining Alvarez's energy reserves and sapping his earlier sharpness. 'Canelo', to his credit, showed tremendous heart and machismo, standing up to the eye of Golovkin's storm and firing back bravely after being tagged repeatedly to the head and body.

The contest was akin to a high-level chess match in it's early stages, but soon after, transformed into the crowd-pleasing all-action war that had fans salivating over the prospect for the last couple of years. Golovkin would stalk Alvarez menacingly, bulldozing through his attempted counters in a big to land his own blows. Alvarez would continue to enjoy success, but had lost the sense of calm that made him so comfortable in the early sessions. 'Canelo' is known to be a counter-puncher through choice, but in this instance, he was being forced on to the back foot as opposed to choosing to do so.

Golovkin found Alvarez's head more consistently and cleanly as the bout progressed, utilising his jab to keep 'Canelo' occupied while setting up his other offense to the head and body. 'Canelo' would respond gamely, showcasing his Mexican pride on 'Mexican Independence Day' weekend, but his work had an air of desperation, compared to the relentless nature of the marauding Golovkin.

With Golovkin seemingly enjoying a sizeable advantage on the judges scorecards as the bout entered the Championship rounds, 'Canelo' once again dug deep and fought fire with fire. Spending more time trading with the undefeated WBA/WBC/IBF Champion: though out of necessity, not choice. Alvarez was able to haul back some respectability on the scorecards (*cough cough*) with a lung-bursting show of punching in the eleventh round, throwing a huge number of shots in a bid to keep Golovkin off of him and, in doing so, secure much needed points from the judges.

Such was the pace and sheer intensity of the bout, both men showed signs of fatigue heading into the twelfth and final round. For Golovkin, now 35, the bout represented his first true acid-test against a bonafide superstar in Alvarez - who is some nine years his junior - and the elder man struggled to keep pace with his younger, fresher opponent. However, after solid work in the middle rounds behind the jab, Golovkin appeared to have established a healthy lead on the scorecards... Or so we thought.

After a wild final round that saw both men trade leather until the last bell, Golovkin raised his hands in joy, apparently satisfied with his performance on undoubtedly the biggest night of his distinguished - if slightly unfulfilled - career. Despite the general consensus being that Golovkin had secured the victory by a clear margin, there was an audible gasp at the announcement of the first judges scorecard: 118-110 in favour of 'Canelo' Alvarez.

The card was completed by none-other than perennial boxing-judge-pariah Adelaide Byrd, who has faced severe criticism over her perceived biased judging in recent times. Byrd was specifically asked to be removed from Kovalev-Ward I in November 2016, and has seen her duties lessened over the last 12 months or so, due to concerns over her impartiality. One could be excused for handing the bout to 'Canelo' by a score of 115-113 (it would undoubtedly be an incorrect score, but passable as nothing more than routine, poor judging), but a card of 118-110 undoubtedly raises the same concerns over Byrd's competency as a judge and, if nothing else, her integrity.

With the bout taking place in a heavily pro-'Canelo' crowd, and under the banner of his promoter Oscar De La Hoya's company 'Golden Boy Promotions', the initial fears were for the worst. However, luckily (and I hesitate to use the term), Golovkin would at least escape with an entirely undeserved split draw, following scores of 115-113 in his favour and a final score of 114-114.

While the contest had several close rounds early on, the outcome of the bout was relatively straight forward. On Behind The Gloves Staff Writer Rob Tebbutt's card, Golovkin enjoyed a 7-2 lead heading into the Championship rounds. With 'Canelo' eking out two of the last three rounds (as well as being given the benefit of the doubt on a closely contested eleventh) the score ended up at a 7-5 (115-113) in Golovkin's favour. While at first glance the 115-113 scorecard may signal a close bout - which it was at times - the margin for victory could/would/should arguably have been wider for 'GGG'. Simply put, even the most ardent of 'Canelo' fans could only give him five rounds: as demonstrated by the chorus of boos from the Mexican contingent in the Las Vegas crowd.

Seemingly shell-shocked, Golovkin remained typically humble during his post-fight interview, only partially alluding to the fact that 'Canelo' "moved around a lot" and didn't want to "make fight". This, of course, doesn't detract from the extremely high-standard of proceedings, with Alvarez fighting out of his skin to gain an - admittedly unfair - share of the spoils on the judges scorecards. Though the draw was met with disapproval, the biggest upset was that of the scorecard submitted by Adalaide  Byrd. A putrid, sorry excuse for a "professional" scorecard that laughably professed to 'Canelo' winning TEN of the twelve completed rounds.

For some boxing fans, the chance at redemption for Golovkin is ammunition enough to wish to see a second instalment of this extremely exciting - and highly competitive - contest between two of the sport's premier combatants. However, I much prefer to believe (naively) that we will see a rematch due to the excitement displayed by both men in the ring. In a sport that customarily delays fights for one reason or another, it would seem that Golovkin and 'Canelo' faced each other at exactly the right time. With the improvements from Alvarez coinciding with the inevitable deterioration of the ageing Golovkin's physical prowess, we were treated to a highly-competitive bout that would have clearly been something of a mismatch should it have taken place in 2015 when calls for the fight first reached a serious level.

The rematch is inevitable - planned even, in the eyes of some cynics. Boxing fans will have to lie in wait to see if Golovkin can achieve his redemption, and with the bout unlikely to take place before next May, there remains enough time for a full inquest into the woefully inept scoring on the part of Adalaide Byrd.

Article by: Rob Tebbutt

You can follow Rob on Twitter at: @RobTebbutt 
By Behind The Gloves 16 Sep, 2017

Oun Abbas Hussain (@ouney86) - Managing Editor

It has been really tough picking a winner. 

I think we will know early on if the power of Golovkin will trouble Canelo and if it does then I feel Golovkin can stop him or stop him from effectively attacking. We have not seen Canelo face anyone with the power of GGG and haven't really seen him take any heavy shots in recent times. That heavy Golovkin jab is also vital in this fight.

Canelo has continued improving and feel like the body attack could be key in this fight while maintaining his high-level of lateral movement. 

While Golovkin seemed troubled by Jacobs' foot movement, Canelo won't give him that trouble as he uses more head movement than footwork. If Canelo can soak up Golovkin's power and avoid the Kazakh from establishing that jab then he will win. I can't see Canelo stopping GGG so I can only see him winning via points.

If I had to pick one outcome, I'd pick the younger fighter in Canelo via a tight points decision.

Rob Tebbutt (@RobTebbutt) – Writer and Interviewer

Golovkin by mid-to-late stoppage.

In my opinion, the fight hinges on Golovkin's jab. He has a ram-road, power jab that can systematically break an opponent down and subdue their offense entirely.

On the other hand, Canelo's ability to counter his opponents jab is one of his main strengths.

My theory is not "if" but WHEN Canelo lands his counter right hand over Golovkin's jab, he needs to have sufficient pop to make Golovkin think twice about letting his lead hand go.

If he can get Golovkin's respect, the dynamic of the bout changes. If Golovkin brushes his counters off and continues to come forward, I think the fight is already over.

It sounds relatively simple, but I think the fight will be won and lost by the response to that one shot...

My gut feeling is Canelo doesn't have either the power to keep Golovkin from coming forward or the footwork to stay out of harms way. I predict Canelo will box smartly, but eventually break under the pressure of Golovkin's jab and suffocating footwork in the middle rounds.

Golovkin by mid-to-late stoppage.

 

Armaan Hussain (@armaticc) – Writer

Canelo via split decision

Golovkin will start the fight strong on the front foot, hunting Canelo down with his jab and throwing combinations to the body. In the later rounds Canelo will find his range and will begin to press Golovkin. Canelo will start to counter Golovkin whilst on the ropes and will hurt him with big shots. Both fighters will stand toe to toe in the championship rounds and Canelo will pull through to win via a split decision.

 

Charlotte Prior (@CharlotteLily89)

Golovkin 9th Round Stoppage

GGG in the ninth. This is going to be an out and out war and I cannot wait to watch. Canelo is so strong and so skilled, and I think he will knock Golovkin down, but the baby faced assassin will come back triumphant for a stoppage in the later rounds (9?). There's life in the old dog yet!

 

William Lott (@WillLott27) - Writer

GGG depends too much on his own chin and as solid as it is he is there to be hit. Due to Canelo’s intelligence and work to the body I'm going for a Canelo points victory.

 

Jake Slater (@JakeySlater) – Writer

Said Canelo from the day it was made. His counters will be key. Hell of a fight either way

 

Mike Rueda (@wolf2988) - Writer

I've gone back and forth in this one. About two years ago I had Golovkin by a mile, but now I honestly see it as 50/50. 

We know what they both bring and we know their strengths play into each other. 

Canelo has improved immensely and Golovkin has maybe slipped a bit and Canelo has a big chip on his shoulder for people thinking he was scared of this fight. 

Not one outcome would surprise me I can see any of them taking place. 

I will go with Canelo by TKO round 11 I think it will be a great fight, but I think Canelo eventually breaks Golovkin down and stop him.


Sebastian Blunt (@SebastianBlunt) – Writer                                                              

Canelo on points

 

Emmily Simcock (@EmmilyJane) - Writer

A very exciting and genuine 50/50 fight which if pushed to make a decision I would pick GGG to win by UD.

 

Luke Madeira (@LukeMadeira15) - Writer

I think Golovkin wins on points but have to get off the floor to win.

By Behind The Gloves 15 Sep, 2017

On Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, the WBO world middleweight title will be on the line as champion, Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) defends his belt against Willie Monroe Jr (21-2, 6 KOs). 

This will be Saunders second defence of his title having won it against Irishman Andy Lee in 2015 with an irrefutable performance – dropping Lee twice and winning via a majority decision. Saunders is highly ranked in the tough middleweight division and has a belt that can be used as bait towards the other middleweights. Willie Monroe Jr, based in New York, is a rigid fighter who does not shy away from any challenge. Monroe Jr is known for his technical ability and his awkward southpaw stance. He has been in with the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Gabriel Rosado and is a fighter that Saunders cannot underestimate.

Billy Joe Saunders last fought in December 2016 against Artur Akavov and won by decision. Despite the close called outcome of the fight, Saunders promised to improve and dispatch Avtandil Khurtsidze in July. However, Khurtsidze was arrested in New York and the bout was called off. Billy Joe Saunders hopes to end his period of inactivity when he steps into the ring on Saturday.  

By Behind The Gloves 15 Sep, 2017

It is here Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin fight week. This is the biggest fight in Boxing this year and the most anticipated fight since Mayweather- Pacquiao. 

BTG's Mike Rueda puts down his top 5 Victories of Canelo’s career.

April 20th, 2013 154lb Unification Vs Austin Trout

Many of Canelo’s handlers at the time did not want him to take this fight. Austin Trout was a tricky southpaw who had beaten Canelo’s brother previously and also had a victory over Miguel Cotto. Many people believed that this could be too much for Canelo at that age against a fellow undefeated champion. The face was close too, with many believing Trout won. It was a competitive fight and the big moment of the fight was when Canelo landed a solid right hand that dropped Trout in round 7. 

It was a close fight, but Canelo was given the decision though one of the scores was very wide. The fight showed that Canelo was truly a star he asked for a tough fight against the want of some his people and came out on top.

 

March 8th, 2014 TKO vs Alfredo Angulo

Following his loss to Floyd Mayweather, Canelo came back against a tough but limited opponent. It was an all Mexican affair, but the perfect type of fighter to come back for Canelo. Angulo was a durable tough fighter who would give Canelo rounds, but was nowhere near his skill level. Canelo showed his superior skills throughout the fight and was in complete control he allowed Angulo to throw and would land counter shot after counter shot. Finally in round 10 Canelo landed a hellacious uppercut and the ref had seen enough quickly jumped in and stopped the fight. It was the perfect comeback fight for Canelo as he wanted to show he wasn’t going anywhere following his 1st loss.

 

July 7th, 2014 Split Decision Victory vs Erislandy Lara

At the post fight press conference after Canelo’s victory over Alfredo Angulo, Lara showed up and demanded a fight with Canelo. Canelo at the press conference showed composure and told Lara his time would come. Behind closed doors Canelo was enraged and again against the advice of his handlers he said to give him the fight. 

Lara was a tricky southpaw who was more a defensive fighter, which caused many to think Canelo was in over his head. In Canelo’s fight against Mayweather he was absolutely outclassed so taking on a similar fighter in Lara caused worry. The fight lacked action as Lara showed his skill of the sweet science, but didn’t try to engage as Canelo did try and make the fight. Lara used a lot of movement and jabs, but did not try and make a fight as at time he looked to run. 

The fight was in doubt when it was announced Canelo was given the nod which caused some outrage, but Canelo did show some improvement from his loss to Mayweather.


November 21st, 2015 Middleweight title vs Miguel Cotto

 The history of Boxing is filled with championship fights between Mexico and Puerto Rico. This fight was the 2nd big fight of the year following Mayweather and Pacquiao. This fight though not as action packed as many would’ve liked was still a good fight in which showed the mass improvement from Canelo. 

Canelo showed his defense and counter-punching had been improved more and more. Cotto tried to get in, but Canelo was better on this night and he took the victory home and brought home another victory for Mexico against Puerto Rico.

 

May 6th, 2017 Unanimous decision vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr  

This fight had been built up for years in the Mexican media and after Canelo had not set a fight with Golovkin many people didn’t know what he would do next. The fight with Chavez, Jr was at a catch weight of 164.5 and would be the biggest Canelo had ever been. Most, if not all knew Canelo was the superior fighter, but the question to many was the sheer size advantage of Chavez Jr if it would be a big factor. The question was answered very quickly as Canelo dominated Chavez from beginning to end with ease. Chavez was lethargic and threw very little punches even when Canelo would go to the ropes and allow him to throw. 

Most thought Canelo would win, but even most were impressed with how easy he did it. He also didn’t sit in between rounds showing his conditioning was at it’s peak. In the end Canelo took home the obvious decision which set the stage for the showdown with Triple G and leads us to Saturday night.

 By Michael Rueda. You can follow him on Twitter on @wolf2988

By Behind The Gloves 15 Sep, 2017
WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders will defend his belt on September 16th against former World Title challenger Willie Monroe Jr., LIVE on BoxNation. 
By Behind The Gloves 15 Sep, 2017
Well Respected Referee Joe Cortez spoke with Behind The Gloves' Coach Anthony about upcoming mega fight between Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin and gave his opinion on a potential matchup with Mcgregor and Malignaggi. As you probably already know, Cortez' name in recent weeks was heavily mentioned involving the infamous sparring session with Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi that took place in Las Vegas just weeks prior to McGregors big pay day against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 
By Behind The Gloves 14 Sep, 2017

Canelo vs. Golovkin takes place Saturday, September 16 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT.


By Behind The Gloves 14 Sep, 2017
Heated press conference: Eubank Jr. and Yildirim head-to-head in Stuttgart

British IBO Champion Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1, 19 KOs) and Turkish challenger Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) exchanged words at a kickoff press conference in Stuttgart before their quarter-final bout on October 7 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.

The kickoff press conference for one of the most exciting match-ups in the World Boxing Super Series did not disappoint when it comes to verbal punches from both sides. Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Avni Yildirim is clearly a fight between a British fighter eager to prove himself as the best in the world, and a proud Turk who believes he can shock the boxing world and overshadow everyone in the Ali Trophy tournament.

Chris Eubank Jr. (27): “This is the first fight for me in this tournament and I am here to make a statement. I am the man, and I am the man to beat. There will be no mercy for Yildirim, I am here to win. I am not here to make friends, I am not here to look pretty and be a celebrity, I am here in this tournament to become the champion.”

“I am very much looking forward to this fight. I think it is a great match-up. Styles make fights, and the reason I picked this man at the Draft Gala in Monaco is that he is a fighter, he comes forward, he is very active, he is very open, he takes risks, which he will pay for in this fight. I can’t wait!”

“I have a goal, I have a challenge that I have to complete, and that is to win to the Muhammad Ali Trophy and prove that I am the best in world.”

Avni Yildirim (26): “This tournament is a chance for me to fight the best in the world. It is an honor for me to compete against these guys, all giants in the super middleweight division. I respect Chris Eubank Jr. and his champion status, but I will tell him one thing: I am going to make my country proud.”

“I am here to make a dream come true, and I do not see anyone take that dream away from me. I am here to destroy everyone in this tournament. I am not an Instagram or Facebook fighter like Eubank Jr. I am Avni Yildirim, and I am here to destroy, I will do anything to win this fight and win this tournament.”

“I feel good, I am very prepared. Let’s fight!”

After the opening statements Yildirim claimed he never really heard of Eubank Jr. through his years in boxing since beginning at the age 13, and the Briton replied with a quote from the time when Mike Tyson dominated inside and outside the ring: “Do you want to know who I am? I am the baddest man on the planet!”

Said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer: “We are looking very forward to bringing the Ali Trophy and the World Boxing Super Series to Stuttgart on the 7th of October. The Ali Trophy is a very special tournament, a tournament with a total prize money of 50 million dollars.”

“It is a quarter-final fight, a fight where Chris Eubank Jr. picked his opponent Avni Yildirim, an undefeated challenger from Turkey, In his last fight Yildirim beat a Mexican in Mexico, that says a lot about Yildirim. In Chris’ last fight he made a master class performance at Wembley against Arthur Abraham. So it is two absolute fighting men. absolute talents that belong in the World Boxing Super Series. We are looking forward to a tremendous fight!”

Tickets for the Ali Trophy quarter-final bout between Chris Eubank Jr. and Avni Yildirim in Stuttgart are on sale ranging from €21 to €250 at StubHub.de  , eventim.de  and easyticket.de .
By Behind The Gloves 14 Sep, 2017
IBO, IBF and WBA Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua, explains what he learned from Boxing Legend, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and advice the he took from him. 
By Behind The Gloves 14 Sep, 2017
Oscar de la Hoya spoke with the press today in Las Vegas promoting upcoming Mega bout between Canelo vs. Golovkin, even comparing this fight to Hagler vs. Hearns. You can watch this fight LIVE on HBO/PPV, Saturday September 16th. 
By Behind The Gloves 14 Sep, 2017

  A pair of undefeated heavyweights will face-off on Saturday afternoon, September 23 , as World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight World Champion Joseph Parker  takes on WBO No. 1 contender Hughie Fury , airing on Pay Per View in the United States, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT, live from Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom.
 
"Parker vs. Fury", promoted by Hennessy Sports, is presented in the United States by Integrated Sports Media and Protocol Sports Marketing, Ltd., in conjunction with an internet-based YouTube PPV that is available at www.youtube.com/parkerfury. .
 
Integrated Sports Media will distribute "Parker vs. Fury" live in the United States on cable and satellite  PPV via iN Demand, Vubiquity, and DISH for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.
 
Outside of North America, "Parker vs. Fury" is being distributed to broadcasters worldwide by leading boxing television rights distribution firm, Protocol Sports Marketing Ltd.
 
"The Heavyweight Championship of the World is still the biggest priize in sport and it can capture the imagination of the public like no other sport," promoter Mick Hennessy  said. " In my career as a promoter, this is right up there and very personal to me, and we look forward to delivering a fantastic event for the fans."
 
Parker (23-0, 18 KOs) and Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) have a combined record of a prefect 43-0 with 28 knockouts. Parker succeeded Fury's unbeaten cousin, Tyson Fury , who vacated the WBO heavyweight title in 2016.
 
The 25-year-old Parker, fighting out of New Zealand by way of Las Vegas, captured the vacant WBO heavyweight title in 2016, taking a 12-round majority decision from previously undefeated Andy Ruiz, Jr.  (29-0) in New Zealand. Parker, who stands 6' 4", made his first world title defense this past May in New Zealand, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Razvan Cojanu  (16-2).
 
Parker's other notable victims include Frans Botha , Brian Minto , Sherman   Williams , Jason Pettaway , Kali Meehan , Carlos Takam  and Alexander Dimitrenko .
 
"I'm excited that the next defense of my WBO World title will be in England because it is now the home of heavyweight boxing and I need to be fighting there regularly," Parker remarked. "Fighting away from home holds no fears for me. I will arrive having previously fought on the undercard of a Wladimir Klitschko  world title fight in Germany, also twice in America. I believe that with so many Kiwis and Samoans living in the UK, I may even have more supporters in the crowd on fight night than Hughie Fury."
 
Fury has fully recovered from the back injury that postponed the original May 6 date for him to challenge Parker to Sept. 23 in Manchester.
 
In 2012, Fury became the first British super heavyweight to capture a gold medal at the World Youth Amateur Boxing Championships and he hasn't missed a beat as a professional since making his pro debut in 2013.
 
The 6' 6" Fury, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Sept. 18, will be fighting at home in Manchester. Last year in his two most recent fights, both in London, Fury won a 10-round unanimous decision against former U.S. amateur standout Dominick Guinn  (35-10-1), as well as a seven-round technical decision over Fred Kassi  (18-4-1).
 
"I've waited so long for this chance and my team have worked very hard to get me this fight," Fury commented. "I'd like to thank everyone involved. I'm going to shock the world and prove all my doubters wrong and what better place to do it than in my home city of Manchester. Parker is a good fighter and I've no doubt we'll both bring our A-game on fight night. I can't wait to be crowned world champion.
 
"Parker is the biggest challenge of my life and he will bring the very best out of me, but I aim to deliver a knockout performance. I've prepared like never-before for this fight and pushed myself to the limits and beyond. There's no way Parker is leaving Manchester with that World title. I will do everything to make sure that belt stays here with me."
 
Also airing live is the 12-round vacant WBO Intercontinental super welterweight title fight between hometown hero Jimmy "Kilrain" Kelly  (21-2, 9 KOs) and Stilliyan "Still Kill" Kostov (21-7, 16 KOs), of Bulgaria.
 
All and/or highlights of additional PPV fights will air pending time restraints.
 
Fights and fighters subject to change.
 
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By Behind The Gloves 13 Sep, 2017

On September 16 fight fans will be treated to one of the biggest fights in the past couple of years, as Canelo Alvarez takes on Gennady Golovkin for middleweight and box office supremacy. Yes I know we just had a “big fight” with Mayweather vs Mcgregor, but that was more of a spectacle than a legit big fight.  

I’m not here to bash that event, it made sense business wise for both fighters and the sports world stopped to watch. September 16 brings a different kind of big fight; the two biggest active names in boxing will go toe to toe in a true pick em fight. I personally wouldn’t bet money on either fighter, as both are in their prime and both are tremendous fighters. 

Canelo is the box office star of boxing now that Mayweather retired again and to his credit fought every legit challenger he possibly could. GGG has been billed as the boogey man of boxing, the fighter everybody in the sport fears. This fight wasn’t supposed to happen, and Canelo has taken a lot of flak for not making this fight a year ago. But history told us Canelo would step up to the plate, and should be applauded for not only fighting GGG, but for how he went about it.

Canelo Alvarez has been the biggest box office draw this side of Floyd Mayweather and has been a big draw for the past 4 years including his big fight with Floyd himself. Canelo has never backed down from a tough fight; risking his young stardom many times taking fights that were extremely risky. His 1st big risk came against Austin Trout on April 20, 2013.  Trout was undefeated and coming off a huge victory over Miguel Cotto in Madison Square Garden. Beating Cotto at the Garden was a huge deal at that time, so Trout was seen as a very dangerous fighter. 

A year later Canelo took on yet another very dangerous fight, this time Erislandy Lara. Lara was seen as even more of a dangerous fight than Trout, and whether you thought Canelo won or lost that fight there is no denying the respect the boxing world had for Canelo for taking such a big risk with little financial reward. Of course the biggest risk was dropping in weight to take on Floyd Mayweather, a decision he probably doesn’t regret but what shaped his thought process in taking on GGG.

Even though Canelo has a history of taking on the most dangerous fights out there, his reluctance to move up in weight to fight GGG right away has been a point of criticism for the past year.  Many will point to the fact that although Canelo had never fought at 160, he was the WBC Middleweight champion and should defend that title at 160. What many people forget is that he won that belt from Miguel Cotto, a fighter too small to be a legit 160 pounder. Canelo didn’t even move up in weight to fight Cotto, they agreed to Canelo’s preferred 155 pound limit, aka Canelo weight. This fight was never made for the Middleweight title; it was made because these were two of the biggest names in the sport. Neither was a legit middleweight and saying Canelo “had to” fight GGG at 160 just because he held a belt there is silly.

In late 2015 Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso stated Canelo was willing to fight GGG at his preferred weight of 155 pounds. This is where Canelo started to feel the public backlash, all of a sudden sports fans demanded Canelo move up in weight to fight GGG. Canelo was confused as to why GGG, the man that claimed he’d drop to 154 to fight Floyd would not move down to 155. 

You see, Canelo was just going by recent boxing tradition of a hungry fighter moving to the box office champ’s preferred weight. Canelo had fought Floyd Mayweather at a catch weight, and Canelo felt if GGG wanted the fight bad enough he would do the same. Problem was GGG didn’t budge, but instead claimed Canelo was the one who was scared. Give GGG credit, his narrative was adopted by most fight fans, and the pressure was on Canelo to move up in weight even though he is the box office star, or “A side” as Floyd has coined.

So after a year of negotiating, Canelo has agreed to fight GGG at 160lbs. Canelo did it in the smartest way possible, first by moving way up in weight and tested himself with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The fight itself wasn’t much of a test, but it did give Canelo two big opportunities. First, it let Canelo test himself at a larger weight. 

Second, it made Canelo the undisputed king of Mexican boxing. This fight was the perfect set up in every way possible for a Canelo/GGG match up, and announcing it officially right after the fight was a brilliant move. Mayweather officially retiring (again) a month early also means the winner of Canelo/GGG will be the new face of boxing. Win or lose nobody will remember the year of unfair criticism Canelo suffered while waiting for the right time to fight GGG. What we’ll all remember is a huge fight, and the crowning of a new king of Boxing.

By John Dyer. You can follow him on Twitter on @johnjohndyer    

By Behind The Gloves 13 Sep, 2017

Billy Joe Saunders insists he would consider a move to super-middleweight if he fails to nail a showdown with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin.

Saunders, 28, makes the second defence of his WBO middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday night, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

An impressive win could land him a shot at the winner of Canelo v GGG who meet in Las Vegas a few hours after his showdown with American Monroe Jr. 

Hatfield’s Saunders has seen potential showdowns against the middleweight divisions two biggest stars fall through over the last 12 months.

Saunders who hasn’t boxed since last December said: “I signed to fight Golovkin and Canelo, but none of them have come off. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.

“The inactivity has been stressful, but you crack on and deal with it. My last opponent, Avtandil Khurtsidze got arrested and the fight was cancelled. You just have to deal with it.”

If Saunders did make the move to 168lb he would be relying on his outstanding skills against naturally bigger men.

He added: “I am a big middleweight and don’t want to give my advantage away, but there is not a super-middleweight that I fear.

"Most of the top super-middleweights I have sparred and they will tell you I did well. Callum Smith is the only top British one I haven’t worked with.

“I will go to that weight, but when I have done my work at middleweight.”

Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO Middleweight World title against Willie Monroe Jr in the evening's main event; Ilford Light-Heavyweight Anthony Yarde takes on Norbert Nemesapati for the WBO Intercontinental and European belts; teenage Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois takes on AJ Carter for the Vacant Southern Area strap in only his fifth contest; knockout artist Joe Pigford fights for the Vacant WBO European Super-Welterweight title.

Some of the very best up-and-coming prospects in the country including Welling Super-Featherweight Archie Sharp; Ilford Super-Bantamweight Lucien Reid; Fulham Super-Middleweight Zak Chelli and Erith Flyweight Jake Pettit feature. Ilford Welterweight Hamza Sheeraz, Tamworth Light-Heavyweight Ryan Hatton and Ilford Super-Middleweight Umar Sadiq all make their highly-anticipated pro debuts.

Tickets for Saunders vs. Monroe Jr priced at £40, £50, £70, £100, £150, £200 and £250 (VIP/Hospitality) are available from:

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