Gennady Golovkin, the hard-hitting middleweight champion from Kazakhstan, will make his next title defense against Osumanu Adama of Ghana on Feb. 1 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. At this time, there is no television deal in place for the fight.
Golovkin is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez at his gym in Big Bear. Sanchez on Tuesday via telephone talked about Adama.
“He fought Daniel Geale in the significant fight that I saw,” said Sanchez, alluding to Adama’s challenge to then-middleweight champion Geale in March 2012 in
Australia that Geale won by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 115-113. “He gave Geale some problems and he went 12 rounds. But he’s a guy that is one of those spoiler types that no one really wants to fight, either.
“He does well against the good guys and loses against the bad guys. He gets up for the fights, I guess.”
Golovkin, 31, is 28-0 with 25 knockouts. Adama, 32, is 22-3 with 16 knockouts.He has won five of his past six, including the loss to Geale.
It had been nearly three years since former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy fought when he stepped into the ring Saturday to take on journeyman Martin Verdin in a light heavyweight fight in Baton Rouge, La.
Lacy stopped the 37-year-old Verdin (20-17-2) in the third round, making Lacy a happy man.
“It felt great to be back under the lights and fighting in front of a crowd,” said Lacy, 36, of St. Petersburg, Fla. “There was some rust, but that was to be expected. But I’m 100 percent healthy and I’m happy with my timing and my ability to put punches together in space.”
Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) said he plans to get back down to super middleweight and campaign there for another chance at a world title.
“Give me one or two more fights at this level, then I’ll be ready for a top 20 guy,” he said.
Adonis Stevenson has become a much-talked about fighter these days. The light heavyweight champion from Canada on Saturday gave people even more to talk about with yet another defense that ended inside the distance.
Stevenson, 36, stopped Tony Bellew of England in the sixth round of their main event in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
That gives Stevenson a record of 23-1 with 20 knockouts; he has a knockout ratio of 83.3 percent.
The fight was televised by HBO.
Another light heavyweight champion – Sergey Kovalev of Russia – also defended his title in impressive fashion in the semi-main event. Kovalev knocked out Ismayl Sillakh (21-2) of the Ukraine in the second round.
Kovalev, 30, is now 23-0-1 with 21 knockouts. He has a knockout ratio of 87.5 percent, leaving one to wonder what a fight between Stevenson and Kovalev would produce.
There were differing opinions as to just how good Manny Pacquiao fought last Saturday when he easily defeated Brandon Rios over 12 rounds, really battering Rios’ face along the way in Macau, China. Some thought Pacquiao looked great. Others thought he looked good but perhaps was shy about finishing off Rios inside the distance. Pacquiao, of course, was coming off a crushing 6th-round knockout loss at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.
Tonight, fans who did not purchase last week’s pay-per-view can judge for themselves when HBO shows a replay of the fight. It is part of a telecast that will also have two light heavyweight title fights from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 19 KOs) of Quebec will defend his title against Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) of England. In the other, Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) of Russia defends his belt against Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) of the Ukraine.
Zab Judah has been a professional fighter for 17 years and two months. And he’s still competitive against good fighters, a deserved feather in his cap.
Just this past April, Judah challenged Danny Garcia for his two junior welterweight belts. Judah lost a unanimous decision, but not before giving Garcia heck at times during their 12-round fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Garcia, 11 years Judah’s junior, won by scores of 114-112, 115-112 and 116-111.
Judah, who has won world titles in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, takes on another former two-division champion – Paulie Malignaggi – on Dec. 7 at Barclays Center (on Showtime). Both fighters hail from Brooklyn.
Judah, speaking during a recent conference call, noted his longevity with pride.
“My motivation comes from the opportunity, the opportunity of still being here 18 years strong, to be competitive against young fighters like Paulie Malignaggi and Danny Garcia, and to still be competing at a high level of boxing,” Judah said.
Most of what Judah said was spot on, but Malignaggi doesn’t quite qualify as a young fighter any longer as he turned 33 this past Saturday.
Judah is 42-8 with 29 knockouts. Malignaggi is 32-5 with only seven knockouts.
Undefeated middleweight J’Leon Love will take on LaJuan Simon of Philadelphia in the 10-round main event Dec. 6 at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash. on Showtime’s ShoBox series.
Love, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., is 26. He is 15-0 with eight knockouts. Simon, 34, is 23-4-2 with 12 knockouts. Simon hasn’t fought since December 2011, when he was knocked out in the first round by middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Three other bouts will be televised. Among them is junior lightweight Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs) going against Carlos Cardenas (20-6-1, 13 KOs) of Venezuela.
Many wondered how Manny Pacquiao would react to being viciously knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December in Las Vegas. Now, everyone knows.
Pacquiao on Saturday battered Brandon Rios for 12 rounds in their welterweight fight in Macau, China. Rios’ face was badly beaten, with both eyes being damaged.
The end result was a wide unanimous decision victory for Pacquiao, who won by scores of 118-110, 119-109 and 120-108.
Pacquiao, 34, is now 55-5-2. Rios, of Oxnard, is 27. He is 31-2-1.
Andy Ruiz of Imperial via Mexicali is now 21-0 with 15 knockouts after he stopped Tor Hamer after three rounds of their heavyweight fight Saturday on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios in Macau, China. Hamer did not answer the bell for the fourth round.
Hamer, of New York City, is now 21-3.
Manny Pacquiao weighed 145 pounds and Brandon Rios tipped the scales at 146 1/2 Friday at the weigh-in for their welterweight main event Saturday at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view).
Pacquiao, 34, is 54-5-2 with 38 knockouts. This will be his first fight since being knocked out in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez in December in Las Vegas.
Rios, 27, is 31-1-1 with 23 knockouts. The former lightweight champion last fought in March when he lost a unanimous decision to Mike Alvarado in Las Vegas.