Philadelphia will play host to a June 30 Golden Boy Live! card featuring undefeated light heavyweights Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and D’Mitrius Ballard in separate bouts, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Friday.
THE RING’s No. 1-rated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin made short work of Mike Perez, stopping the former Cuban amateur standout in the opening round of their WBC title-elimination bout on Friday in Moscow, Russia. Povetkin hurt Perez with a right hand and took the southpaw out with a series of follow-up rights at 1:31 of Round 1.
Conventional wisdom says a 144-pound catchweight might drain Shawn Porter before his June 20 matchup with Adrien Broner, but Porter says it’ll just be another gimmick that will fail Broner on fight night.
In this week’s Friday mailbag, fans continue to buzz about Gennady Golovkin’s TKO of Willie Monroe Jr., as some wonder if the fight exposed defensive flaws or was just another sign of his dominance, and others pontificate on how GGG might fare against super middleweight standouts Carl Froch and Andre Ward, plus questions about Roman Gonzalez, mythical matchups and more. Enjoy!
Brandon Adams, the runner-up in last year’s Boxcino middleweight tournament, battles John Thompson on Friday in the 10-round finals for the Boxcino junior middleweight tournament in Corona, Calif. The bout, along with the heavyweight Boxcino tournament final between Alexey Fedesov and Donovan Dennis, airs on ESPN2.
Featherweight fringe contender Eric Hunter and former all-action standout Antonio Escalante made weight for their junior lightweight main event for Friday’s Golden Boy Live card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Hunter-Escalante, and at least two other bouts (including the Abraham Lopez-Alfred Tetteh co-feature and heavyweight Taishan), will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.
The first live Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) telecast will be headlined by a 12-round welterweight bout between undefeated contender Keith Thurman and former titleholder Luis Collazo, the network announced on Thursday. The new monthly series debuts on ESPN on Saturday, July 11, at 9:00 p.m. ET.
British super middleweight star Carl Froch could take on WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin in a potential farewell fight, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
On Friday, heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez will go head to head in Moscow, Russia for the opportunity to face WBC titlist Deontay Wilder.