HBO’s 2 Days: Gennady Golovkin has accumulated more than 2.5 million viewers, surpassing last year’s average of 2.1 for the installment in advance of the WBA middleweight titleholder’s bout against Matthew Macklin on Saturday, according to the network.
With HBO’s decision to sever ties with Golden Boy Promotions may have come an opportunity for several overseas promoters to expose their fighters to a wide American audience. The U.S. cable network is “open to all ideas.”
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. claims he has been pursued by promoter Curtis Jackson, who is also known as the rapper 50 Cent. Russell is managed by Al Haymon and has a working relationship with Golden Boy Promotions.
Paul Malignaggi spoke to Bill Emes about an Adrien Broner showdown, which appears nearly made. “He’s won fights on talent alone, because he’s so gifted,” Malignaggi said. “I want to see what happens when someone makes him think. He’s not going to win this fight on talent.”
Antonio DeMarco: “It will be the talent of Adrien Broner against the hunger and heart of DeMarco. Without a doubt, he’s a very elusive and intelligent fighter. But we came prepared for that, and even more.”
Rapper 50 Cent to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Twitter: “You should have know not to go against me PUNK.”
Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi: “It feels really good that things are turning around for me, and it feels really good that there’s a lot of positive things going on for me inside of the ring and outside of the ring.”
Golden Boy Promotions would like to add British 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua to a stable that already boasts unbeaten American fighters Seth Mitchell and Deontay Wilder.
WBA junior featherweight beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux is close to signing with Top Rank for an appearance on a Dec. 15 card featuring WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley.