Now that plans are in the works for unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford to return to action Dec. 10 on HBO, filling the spot left open when the Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs camps concluded they could not finalize the mandatory bout in time to fight on that date, he needs an opponent. Names thought to be in the mix are Russian world titleholder Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0, 22 KOs), a good fighter but totally unknown outside of his home country, and mandatory challenger Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs), who would be a huge underdog. Probably the biggest fight out there for Crawford would be against former titlist Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), although he is linked to a possible fight with titleholder Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) of Scotland.
While middleweight Gennady Golovkin, almost certainly the most feared fighter in boxing, has a pair of knockout wins in 2016, this year will likely be remembered as one of the most disappointing of his career. Golovkin, given the chance, has said he would fight anybody in the division, and it’s not difficult to believe him. But even though Golovkin dominated Dominic Wade with a second-round knockout in April and overcame a shaky early start before breaking Kell Brook’s orbital bone in a fifth-round stoppage last month, Golovkin simply can’t land a career-defining fight. Sure, Golovkin has made good money this year – he earned a $2 million purse for the Wade fight and reportedly took home between
David Price is confident of beating British rival Anthony Joshua, if the IBF heavyweight champion cannot agree a deal to face Wladimir Klitschko. The 33-year-old Liverpudlian claims to have floored his rival during a sparring session in 2011 – and believes he can repeat the feat in a competitive bout. Joshua, who won gold at London 2012, had agreed terms to face Klitschko on 10 December. However, the Ukrainian subsequently performed a last-minute U-turn on the bout, insisting he will not fight the Brit unless the WBA title vacated by Tyson Fury is on the line. As an alternative, it had been suggested that Joshua, 27, could face his mandatory challenger for his IBF title, New Zealander Joseph