Two-division titleholder Tim Bradley will face unbeaten junior welterweight contender Jessie Vargas in a scheduled 12-round welterweight bout on June 27 that will be televised live on HBO from the StubHub Center in Carson, California, promoter Top Rank announced at an L.A. press conference on Monday. (Video of presser highlights and fighter interviews included.)
Goodbye, East Coast; hello, West Coast. Undefeated light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev has arrived in California, where he’ll prepare for a July 25 defense against IBF mandatory Nadjib Mohammedi.
Fans from around the world react to Gennady Golovkin’s sixth-round stoppage of Willie Monroe Jr. and Roman Gonzalez’s two-round demolition of Edgar Sosa, and share their thoughts on what might be next for both pound-for-pound players, plus other boxing subjects and mythical matchups in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Fans share their thoughts on the Gennady Golovkin-Willie Monroe Jr. fight and the American underdog’s chances against the middleweight world-beater, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s HBO debut, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his most formidable possible future opponents, plus mythical matchups, in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
The junior middleweight shootout between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland on May 9, brought in a stunning number of viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing with an average viewership of 2,146,000 for the live, first-time airing on HBO and peaked at 2,296,000 viewers, the network announced on Tuesday.
The welterweight championship match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is indeed a pay-per-view record-breaker. And the number of buys is expected to continue climbing.
The May 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time by generating more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone, according to a press release from HBO, which co-broadcasted the event with the Showtime cable network.
Not only will we see flyweight action on HBO this Saturday, we’re going to get it in high gear as RING champion Roman Gonzalez defends against former 108-pound titlist Edgar Sosa. Our own Anson Wainwright sat down with “Chocolatito” to get his thoughts on a huge opportunity.
HBO executive Peter Nelson is echoing the sentiments of what many true fight fans have been insisting for years: It’s time to hail the little guys. And RING flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez leads the pack.
In front of an overflow crowd inside an atrium at Minute Maid Park, Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 knockouts) and James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) both weighed in at 154.5 pounds, half a pound within the contracted weight of 155 pounds, for their fight on Saturday at the ballpark.
The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday almost certainly will break all pay-per-view records. From a pound-for-pound perspective, though, it won’t even approach the numbers of the 1991 fight between Evander Holyfield and George Foreman.
With potentially the biggest fight in recent memory nearly upon us, WBO welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao reflects on the importance of facing RING champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. this Saturday.
RingTV’s Alan Massengale recently sat down with HBO boxing commentator Jim Lampley to get the hall-of-fame broadcaster’s thoughts and unique perspectives on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight and promotion. Lampley, who will be the blow-by-blow commentator for Mayweather-Pacquiao, also talked about his show “The Fight Game.”
Francisco Santana seems to be running on all cylinders going into his welterweight fight against Sadam Ali on the Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings card Saturday in New York.
Sadam Ali will be the hometown favorite when he faces Francisco Santana in the co-featured bout to the Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings heavyweight title bout on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The 26-year-old Brooklyn native wants to continue the momentum from his impressive stoppage of Luis Abregu last November.