Challengers Queue Up For Golovkin

After GGG’s stunning victory over Kell Brook at the weekend, the potential suitors for Golovkin’s next opponent have already made themselves known – knowing the status and purse size that a fight against the new unified champion.

With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of the most likely contenders to fight Golovkin next.

Chris Eubank Jnr
Probably the most controversial option and controversial tweet in the aftermath of the Kell Brook fight, Chris Eubank Jnr provides a genuine option for Golovkin however he may feel that he’s already too big for a fight with Eubank.

That of course remains to be seen, and Eubank Jnr put himself in the shop window by posting a tweet featuring a photo of the fighter alongside the quote “if you want a fight with a real British Middleweight… come get some. My corner don’t own towels.”

Controversial indeed.

Meanwhile promoter Frank Warren has branded Eubank’s tweet as “disgusting” in the wake of Kell Brook’s defeat.

Billy Joe Saunders
WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has also demanded a fight with Golovkin after his October 29th fight in Manchester on the card of Fury/Klitschko 2.

Presuming Billy Joe Saunders emerges from the fight victorious, he will feel he is in a strong position to go toe-to-toe with GGG when the decision is made.

Promoter Frank Warren has hinted that discussions have already begun and he is aiming for that fight to be held in the UK just like the Brook/Golovkin bout.

Daniel Jacobs
Daniel Jacobs is the man that Golovkin has apparently been ordered to fight next (within 120 days) according to the WBA.

The American is eager to get into the ring with Golovkin posting a series of tweets calling out the man from Kazakhstan.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
The one man who hasn’t tweeted about Golovkin that may well be the ideal next fight is Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

The Mexican is currently focused on his upcoming fight against Liam Smith where his WBO world title is on the line.

Canelo has previously stated that he will eventually fight GGG, however we may just have to wait a little longer for this super-fight

Summary
‘Who’s next?’ is the question on everyone’s lips but my gut feeling is that we’ll see Golovkin take a short break and enjoy his time in the spotlight. Pound for pound one of the best fighters on the planet right now, he will evidently haave the pick of his challengers come his next bout.

Check out boxing matches today so you don’t miss a beat in the boxing world. We’ll bring the conclusion of the Golovkin ‘next fight’ drama as soon as a fight has been agreed.

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.

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali Dies at 74

After fighting Parkinson’s disease for the better part of three decades, legendary fighter Muhammad Ali lost the final battle of his life and sadly passed away on the 4th of June.

After enduring an issue with his respiratory system, Ali was moved to the HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center.

According to his spokesperson Bob Gunnel, Ali was transported to the Medical Center in Scottsdale on Thursday.

In a eulogy that came from his daughter Hana Ali, she described her father as a “humble mountain” on her Twitter account. She further dedicated her blessings to her father.

Hana further stated that in the final moments of her father, his children surrounded Ali while chanting Islamic prayers in his ears.

Giving a glowing account of the much-documented spirit of Ali, Hana stated that his heart sustained to beat for 30-minutes even after his organs failed to function.

Tributes for Ali
Taking a look at the tributes that came for him and there was no shortage of them after Ali bid his farewell to this world:

In a statement issued by the White House, the Obamas declared that “they are fortunate” to live in the “time of Muhammad Ali”.

President Obama further stated that, by standing with Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, Mohammad Ali “fought for us”.

Another notable tribute came from the former boxer George Foreman, whom Ali defeated in his quest for the World title in 1974.

The former boxer claimed that it was the beauty of Mohammad Ali, and not his rope a dope, that helped him to floor Foreman in 1974.

However, while there were millions of tributes pouring in for the Legendary boxer, Mike’s Tyson’s was as poignant as most. In a response on his twitter account, Tyson claimed that “God came for his Champion”.