• Unwillingness to Fight Golovkin Has Created a Middleweight Mess
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    Unwillingness to Fight Golovkin Has Created a Middleweight Mess

    Middleweight is one of boxing's glamour divisions, and it's ruled by one of the sport's most identifiable stars. And yet, in a couple of weeks, division kingpin Gennady Golovkin, oh he of the three golden belts and highest knockout percentage in division history, will defend his treasure trove against welterweight Kell Brook. Brook was not the first choice. He wasn't the second or third either. Nope, he was the only guy willing to take the fight once the rest of the division settled under its respective rocks. Canelo Alvarez is the man who should be standing opposite GGG as the summer begins to give way to the fall, but he decided to skip lunch a day or two per week to drop back to the relative

  • Hottest Boxing Storylines for the Week
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    Hottest Boxing Storylines for the Week

    Canelo and his team held a media conference call last week to hype the Mexican star's 154-pound title showdown with Great Britain's Liam Smith, and as you can probably expect, there were several inquiries about the cinnamon-haired sensation's future plans vis-a-vis Golovkin.  That's not surprising given the negative fan response to Canelo's decision to move down in weight and challenge Smith, who was a complete unknown outside of the hardest core of boxing circles in the United States, after talking tough basically to GGG's face after his knockout win over Khan in May.  Canelo, for his part, maintained that he wasn't worried or bothered by the heavy amount of criticism he's received, including

  • Ranking Most Promising Young Fighters in Boxing Today
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    Ranking Most Promising Young Fighters in Boxing Today

    Hugie Fury, Heavyweight, 21-0 with 10 KOs, Age: 21 The younger brother of the current heavyweight champion. Hugie is smaller than big-brother Tyson, but still a very large man.  Umar Salamov, Light Heavyweight, 17-0 with 12 KOs, Age: 22 Looks poised to join fellow Russians Sergey Kovalev and Artur Beterbiev in the red-hot light heavyweight division. Now based out of Las Vegas, which is guaranteed to help his career.  Lamont Roach Jr., Lightweight, 11-0 with 3 KOs, Age: 21 A former amateur stand-out and student of mechanical engineering, Roach is a smart, highly technical fighter.  Joseph Diaz Jr, Featherweight, 21-0 with 12 KOs, Age: 23 The 2012 Olympian from the United States has made solid

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