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Gennady Golovkin: Superstardom Awaits!

Matthew Macklin: ‘Golovkin Is Way Way Better Than Martinez’

Who could have possibly failed to have been mightily impressed by Gennady Golovkin’s one-punch KO over the very experienced Matthew Macklin last night? “GGG,” was being spoken about as the single hardest puncher in boxing today BEFORE his brutal body shot win over the brave and gutsy, and usually durable Macklin – now, fans everywhere are even more excited about the softly spoken fighter from Kazakhstan who holds the WBA and IBO 160-pound titles.

Many good experts felt Macklin – who had pushed Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez hard in previous title challenges – would test the unbeaten 31-year-old. Instead, Golovkin, 27-0(24) won in sensationally devastating style. But the ride could be just beginning for “GGG,” his team and his ever-growing number of fans. Traditionally, boxing fans adore a puncher, to the extent that they are ready and willing to part with hard cash to see one in action. Golovkin, as surely everyone agrees, is a pure puncher. More than that, though, Golovkin has skills, speed, class and a fine boxing brain. The sky really is the limit for him. Continue reading

Gennady Golovkin defeats Macklin in 3rd round KO

 Gennady Golovkin defeats Macklin in 3rd round KO(Photo credit: Dibella Entertainment) MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (June 29, 2013) – Powerful World Boxing Association & International Boxing Organization World middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) stopped challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) with a lethal body shot in the third round, headlining tonight’s HBO Triple-Header, presented by K2 Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Golovkin stalked the game Irishman and finished the fight at 1:22 of the third round with a vicious left hook to Macklin’s ribs, sending a strong signal to the entire 160-pound division that the Kazakh is a true force. Continue reading

Golovkin destroys Macklin in 3rd round; Oosthuizen-Gonzales ends in draw

 Golovkin destroys Macklin in 3rd round; Oosthuizen Gonzales ends in draw(Photo credit: Dibella Entertainment) WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO’s) made easy work of Britain’s Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KO’s) in stopping him in the 3rd round on Saturday night at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA. The end came from a left hand to the midsection that sent Macklin down face first on the canvas.

Macklin then stayed down for the full count. The fight was then stopped by referee Eddie Cotton at 1:24 of the round.

Golovkin methodically beat Macklin down in the three rounds, nailing him with monstrous shots over and over each time he’d catch up to him to land. Macklin started off trying to mix it up with Golovkin in the 1st round, but after getting shook up with a right hand, Macklin got on his bike and moved for the rest of the fight. Continue reading

Maidana waiting to see what Broner will do – fight him or vacate

 Maidana waiting to see what Broner will do – fight him or vacateMarcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) is the mandatory challenger for WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) and he’s waiting to hear if Broner will choose to fight him or give up his newly won WBA title. Broner is going to have to make a decision soon because he can’t just sit on the title. Maidana doesn’t care either way.

If Broner gives up the title, Maidana will likely face the winner of the Keith Thurman vs. Diego Chaves for the vacant WBA title. If Broner decides he wants to take the risky fight against him, then Maidana is ready and looking forward to fight him. Continue reading

Crolla beats Rees by a controversial decision

In a highly controversial decision, Anthony Crolla (26-4-1,9 KO’s) labored to a 12 round majority over Gavin (37-3-1, 18 KO’s) to grab the vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title at the Bolton Arena, Bolton, Lancashire, United Kingdom. The judges scores were 115-113 and 116-113 for Crolla, and 115-115 even. This was a really strange fight, because I’ve never seen a fighter get out-landed and outworked as much as I saw Crolla, and yet still win the fight. Talk about your controversial decisions.

It was a very questionable decision in that Rees landed more shots in every round of the fight, was the much busier guy in every round, and landed the cleaner shots. I saw Rees winning almost the rounds. The only rounds I could give Crolla were the 3rd and 11th, and even in those rounds, Rees outlanded him.

Crolla had the crowd in his favor big time in this fight, and the outcome was not surprising. Crolla was getting cheered even when he missing shots; whereas the crowd was deathly silent each time Rees landed, which quite often. Continue reading

De La Hoya: Canelo vs. Mayweather = the perfect storm to break records

 De La Hoya: Canelo vs. Mayweather = the perfect storm to break records(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) Oscar De La Hoya thinks the September 14th match-up between Golden Boy promoted Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a good possibility of breaking the pay per view record set between himself and Mayweather many years ago in 2007.

De La Hoya sees the Mayweather-Canelo fight being on that magnitude due to Canelo’s huge popularity in addition to Mayweather’s huge fan base. De La Hoya feels the mix of the two will create a huge demand for this fight on PPV come September 14th. Continue reading

Sanchez: Golovkin will blast out Macklin within 5 rounds

 Sanchez: Golovkin will blast out Macklin within 5 roundsMatthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) is really up against it tonight with his fight against IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) on HBO. Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez sees this fight not lasting more than 5 rounds tops, and the rest of the boxing world pretty much sees the same thing happening.

Macklin is simply made to order for Golovkin to knockout in their fight at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Sanchez said to RingTV “Macklin’s a warrior but he’s going to stand in front of get blown out…I don’t think the fight goes past 5. Continue reading

Mayweather/Canelo Press Tour: (Miami, Florida)

 Mayweather/Canelo Press Tour: (Miami, Florida)Miami, Fl – Today, the Mayweather vs Alvarez press tour made it’s most recent pit stop in sunny South Beach! With thousands in attendance, the buzz was in full gear; but a late start gave many reason to wish Miami wasn’t home to the “Heat”, (pun intended), as the blazing sun shined bright! Shortly after 230pm Eastern, the two warriors crossed the red carpet and took the stage to state their case before following those words with a very tense face-off. Autograph sessions completed the session, but the energy transmitted between the two teams seem to set a very distinguished tone. One that will culminate in what could be an epic September evening. (And a shocker the morning after when headlines go to print)! Below is a visual display of what fight fans in were treated to in the “Magic City” of Miami:

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Mayweather vs. Canelo press tour hits Miami

This afternoon in the scorching hot humidity of South Florida, fight fans gathered outdoors at Bayfront Park in Miami, FL as the

Mayweather vs. Canelo press tour rolled into town.
Boxing’s biggest event and PPV ever “THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO” will take place this September 14th 2013 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on SHOWTIME PPV. Continue reading

Mora decisions Proksa in ugly fight

 Mora decisions Proksa in ugly fightSergio Mora (24-3-2, 7 KO’s) defeated Grzegorz Proksa (29-3, 21 KO’s) tonight by a 10 round unanimous decision in a pot shot fight at the Veteran’s Coliseum, in Jacksonville, Florida. The judges scored it 96-94, 96-94, and 98-92. The 96-94 scores seemed fair. The 98-92 score was out of touch with the reality of the fight.

Mora won, but it was close and it was very ugly because both of these guys were throwing mostly single shots all night. It was a lot of defense, and lot of head movement without a lot of power. Proksa came into the fight with a reputation for being a hard puncher, but he didn’t look very power tonight, and of course neither did Mora. Continue reading

Weights: Golovkin 159, Macklin 159

 Weights: Golovkin 159, Macklin 159(Photo credit: Dibella Entertainment) Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader airs live from the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s MGM Grand Theater in Mashantucket, Connecticut at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The telecasts opens with Willie Nelson as he takes on Luciano Cuello in a scheduled 10-round contest in the junior middleweight division.

Nelson vs.Cuello will be followed by a 10-round super middleweight showdown matching the undefeated Thomas Oosthuizen against Brandon Gonzales and his own undefeated record. The main event pits middleweight title-holder Gennady Golovkin in his return to HBO against challenger Matthew Macklin in a 12-round title bout.

Weights from Mashantucket:

Gennady Golovkin: 159 lbs. vs Matthew Macklin: 159 lbs.
Thomas Oosthuizen: 167 lbs. vs Brannon Gonzales: 166 lbs.
Willie Nelson: 153 lbs. vs Luciano Cuello: 153 lbs. Continue reading

Zhakiyanov, Burnett Shine In Belfast

 Zhakiyanov, Burnett Shine In BelfastHATTON PROMOTIONS prospects Ryan Burnett and Zhanat Zhakiyanov proved why they are earning names for themselves in the bantamweight division on Friday night.

The Ricky Hatton-trained punchers scored impressive stoppages over their respective foes on a show promoted in association with Jane Wilton at the Holiday Inn in Belfast.

Zhakiyanov (20-1) kept busy ahead of his likely European title challenge against Stephane Jamoye by becoming the first fighter to halt Spain-based Nicaraguan Michael Escobar.

The Kazakhstani, fighting under the stewardship of Hatton for the first time, hurt his opponent on several occasions before the referee stepped in during the fourth round. Continue reading

Mayweather vs. Canelo closed circuit tickets go on sale today

  Mayweather vs. Canelo closed circuit tickets go on sale todayLAS VEGAS (June 28) – Tickets for closed circuit telecasts of “THE ONE: Mayweather vs. Canelo,” the September 14 mega-fight betweenFloyd “Money” Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez which will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, at ARIA, Mandalay Bay, Mirage and Monte Carlo go on sale today at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for the closed circuit telecast at New York-New York will go on sale on Monday, July 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET/Noon PT Continue reading

Mayweather: Canelo wants to steal all my fans

 Mayweather: Canelo wants to steal all my fansFloyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) thinks WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) will be looking to strip away a significant portion of his fan base by beating him on September 14th in what will be the first time the 22-year-old Canelo has headlined a pay per view event on his own.

Mayweather doesn’t intend on letting the red-haired Mexican fighter do that to him, and he’s focused on using his vast experience to come up with a plan to beat him when they face each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Continue reading