Johnny Tapia was elected Tuesday to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Johnny Tapia would have turned 50 next May, and I have no doubt that had he still been alive, he’d be begging for just one more fight. Boxing saved the lives of countless fighters over the years, but none moreso than Tapia.
The World Boxing Assn. on Wednesday assigned the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs middleweight title fight to a purse bid for Dec. 19, although the sides still have until that date to broker a deal. A purse bid allows any promoter licensed by the WBA to present a silent bid to host the bout, and the sanctioning body would then unveil the winning bid in Panama on Dec. 19. It would be quite surprising if it gets that far considering Brooklyn’s WBA world middleweight champion Jacobs (32-1, 29 knockouts) is in line to earn only a 25% split of the purse, according to WBA guidelines. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (36-0, 33 knockouts), who resides in Los Angeles and trains in Big Bear, would receive 75% of the purse because of his standing as the WBA super champion.
Eric Molina is aiming to stun Britain when he challenges Anthony Joshua on Saturday night (10 December). 'Drummer Boy' will enter the Manchester Arena ring as the second challenger to the IBF heavyweight belt that his opponent took from Charles Martin before successfully defending for the first time against Dominic Breazeale in June. "I've had to deal with a lot of tough things and face a lot of hard things that Anthony Joshua has no idea about," the American was quoted as saying by BBC Sport during Thursday's final pre-fight press conference. "These are things that make me a stronger and more dangerous fighter. All of Britain and him will be surprised on Saturday night. Very surprised." After