Brook biggest test of all for Golovkin

With their middleweight clash now just under a month away, Gennady Golovkin believes that Kell Brook will provide him with the biggest test of his career to date when the duo clash at the O2 Arena in London.

With IBF Welterweight Champion Brook having stepped up two weight divisions to take on Golovkin, the Kazakhstani fighter is understandably the favourite in the boxing odds from bookmakers. The 34-year-old has won each of his 35 professional contests to date, with 32 coming by way of knockout. The WBC, IBF and WBO Middleweight titles will be on the line in London next month, with Golovkin not taking his British opponent lightly, despite being the overwhelming favourite.

Kell Brook weighed in at almost a stone heavier than his opponent at the 30-day check in, writing off those in the boxing world who believed Golovkin’s natural strength would be too much for the Brit. You can get on the chin boxing odds of 1/6 on for Golovkin to claim an expected win, while Brook is offered outsider odds of 4/1.

Elsewhere in the boxing in 2016, ahead of his contest with Canelo Alvarez, Liam Smith has predicted a knockout victory over his Mexican opponent. Alvarez is arguably the most celebrated boxer still competing, and the duo will collide at the AT&T Arena on September 17. British fighter Smith has played down concerns over Canelo’s weight, with the Mexican known for adding at least 20 pounds on fight night. Canelo recently overcame Amir Khan in one of the fights of the year, and is favourite in the boxing odds at Coral for another victory, at 1/10 on. 28-year-old Smith is coming off the back of a second-round knockout victory over Predrag Radosevic in June, having suffered just one professional career defeat to date.

A win for both Golovkin and Canelo would likely set up a box office clash between the undefeated duo, with boxing fans worldwide eagerly anticipating such a bout. The boxing odds from Coral are currently too close to call in their boxing betting market.

Revealed: David Price Knocked Out Anthony Joshua in Sparring

In an interview given to Sky Sports, Liverpool based fighter David Price has claimed that he once knocked out Anthony Joshua in the gym when sparring with the English Champion.

Price also offered Joshua the chance to avenge that forgotten loss by fighting him in the professional ranks. Until now, Joshua has has kept his silence regarding the Price’s challenge – probably intellingently avoiding being goaded into the ring for a fight that he doesn’t need to take.

This all started from an Anthony Joshua tweet in which the 27-year-old asked for only for what he deems to be ‘serious challengers’.

As Joshua gave an open invitation, Price responded accordingly by challenging Joshua to fight him for the IBF title.

In the same tweet, Price hinted of a past encounter in which he floored the current IBF heavyweight Champion.

The tweet from Joshua came just a month after he defeated Dominic Breazeale to retain the IBF heavyweight Championship in June.

After winning that fight, Joshua retains his 17-0 record from professional bouts.

While the Champion was in a bullish mood after retaining his title, Price returned the same feelings with his tweet.

During an Interview with Sky Sports, Price has said that he floored Joshua way back in 2011 when the pair were practicing in a training session.

“It’s probably the worst kept secret in boxing and it’s something that I’ve never really brought up or mentioned,” Price told Sky Sports.

Prior to their bout in the sparring ring, and for some time after that, Joshua was seen as the new kid on the block.

Price, however, was a pro.

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The tables have now turned significantly in Joshua’s favour, yet it doesn’t stop Price from digging up the history between the pair.

“When it happened, Joshua was an amateur on the GB squad and I was a novice pro and I kept it to myself because he was an up and coming potential boxer. I wanted to protect him from it, didn’t want to go around boasting about it. But our positions have changed and he’s IBF heavyweight champion of the world.”

What challenges are ahead for Anthony Joshua?

Anthony Joshua successfully overcame the challenge of Dominic Breazeale to defend his IBF heavyweight title. The 26-year-old secured the victory in the seventh round by knocking out the American, extending his winning record in the ring to 17 bouts.

Joshua now faces the task of defending his crown against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, in a mandated fight after the 24-year-old secured the challenger’s position.The Brit will now watch Parker’s next bout with interest as he faces off with Solomon Haumono, in a bid to maintain his unbeaten record.

Parker is backed at 1/100 to clinch the 20th victory of his career by Betway to defeat the 40-year-old in Canterbury but due to the New Zealander’s record, Joshua will have to be on top of his game to continue the dominance that he has enjoyed in his career to date.The 26-year-old endured one of the toughest fights against Breazeale, who entered the bout at the 02 Arena with an unbeaten record.

Breazeale boasted advantages in height and weight over the Brit, but Joshua came out firing with a left hook in the first round to put the American on the back foot. Joshua upped the ante in the second round, with Breazeale just surviving a volley of right hands to reach the bell. However, he rallied to cause the champion a few problems in the third to give himself a glimmer of hope.

However, the Brit raised the level of his game over the next few rounds to leave the American unsteady on his feet before a final flurry of punches, including a firm right forced the referee to end the contest.

The fight was the second longest of Joshua’s career, behind his victory against compatriot Dillian Whyte last year; a bout that lasted for a further 26 seconds.

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Joshua is the class of the division, and although Parker has a fine record in his career, he has not faced anyone of the quality of the Brit, making another victory likely for the Watford-born fighter. The 26-year-old could even be in action before facing Parker against Kubrat Pulev following his victory over Dereck Chisora. The Bulgarian has pedigree at the highest level having fought Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, although he only lasted five rounds before he was knocked out.

In spite of his defeat it was the 35-year-old’s only loss in 21 bouts – at that time.  A potential fight against Pulev could be just the experience that Joshua needs before he possibly challenges Klitschko or Tyson Fury in the future.

Joshua has plenty of time on his side at the age of 26, but should he wish to pit himself against one of the best fighters in the sport such as Klitschko, he may have to do so sooner rather than later due to the Ukrainian’s advancing years. Fury and Klitschko were meant to fight in July at the Manchester Arena, only for the Brit to pull out of the match due to an ankle injury in training.

That issue for Fury will push back any bout with Joshua, especially considering that he said he would retire after their rematch.

The pinnacle bout of British boxing would see Joshua and Fury face off in a classic match next year, with IBF, WBA, WBO, and The Ring titles on the line. It would bring out the best in both men, with Joshua’s speed and power battling against the brute force and firm defence of Fury.

However, both men have a long way to go before a potential Battle of Britain clash, although Joshua’s star continues to rise and it seems that their contest will be when rather than if.