As the calendar approaches the end of summer, the 2016 boxing schedule is about to reach its most exciting time. The world’s top fighters all have bouts coming up within the next few months, including a few highly anticipated fights in the weeks following Labor Day. Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao were all victorious in the first half of 2016, and they are getting ready for their next challenges. Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev both fought this summer, and they will face off before the year is out. The heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko is on the schedule, but there are several questions surrounding the bout. It was moved from July 9 to Oct. 29
ince its brief heyday, when fighters like Christy Martin and Laila Ali captivated national audiences, women's boxing has largely been absent from the spotlight -- few appearances on major cards, and almost nonexistent on television. Yet, on the day when amateur middleweight boxer Claressa Shields made history as the first American boxer (male or female) to win gold medals in back-to-back Olympics, professional fighters Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent also made history as the first women to be featured on Premier Boxing Champions' first nationally televised female undercard. Vincent, an openly gay fighter from New London, Connecticut, is an in-your-face brawler who dons short, tricolored hair and has her upper body covered in tattoos.
The song "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash sums up the dilemma some of amateur boxing's brightest stars face right now. After focusing for so long on the Olympics in Rio, Brazil, fighters have to work out what to do next now that the Games are in the rear-view mirror. While plenty will stick around as amateurs for Tokyo in 2020, others will accept the opportunity to turn pro. It is a well-trodden path, but by no means are the streets certain to be paved with gold. The Olympics boxing event is a cattle market held ever four years. The best talent is put on parade in the ring for the viewing public to judge their strengths and weaknesses. The amateurs do not come close to receiving the