Gassiev was coming off a destructive finish against the dangerous Dorticos. IBF world title undercard at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on 27 May, defeating Rudolf Helesic in the first round. On 1 July, Okolie recorded his fourth straight first-round stoppage win against Russell Henshaw.

He returned in 1999 and won eleven straight to capture the IBF cruiserweight title with a win over Vassily Jirov, then moved up to heavyweight to demolish Evander Holyfield and hand the legend just the second stoppage loss of his career. A later fight in Canada against Canadian Wilf Greaves ended in controversy as Tiger clearly dominated the fight, only for Greaves to „win” his Commonwealth title by a decision. An immediate rematch saw Tiger again dominate Greaves, this time knocking Greaves out to leave his fate outside of the hands of hometown judges. Spong, now 35, began his combat sports career in kickboxing back in 2003 way down at welterweight. Thanks to his technical approach, his diverse arsenal, and most importantly, his slick boxing and heavy hands, Spong made a name for himself as a highly skilled elite kickboxer as he made his way up the rankings and filled into his frame.

For more than a year, fans and folks in the boxing community have talked about a Russell vs. Leo Santa Cruz bout. It seems like a perfect clash of styles, and it’s the type of matchup that could produce a classic fight. Cuban fighters who turn pro tend to keep some of their „score when you need to/don’t take risks/just win” training and it makes them less than thrilling, but Iglesias was willing to duke it out and was adept at it when he did. In another weak class Russia’s Egor Mekhontcev may just have been the most destructive light heavyweight when he was at his best.

He finds hard angles to pressure his opponents, breaking them down and grinding them out to get the win. The American is a three-division world champion holding undisputed status in L-WW and has beaten some decent fighters, including Amir Khan, Ricky Burns, Jeff Horn and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Vasyl Lomachenko’s boxing is truly sublime, his footwork, movement, awareness and fight IQ is what makes him such a hard fighter to crack. The Ukrainian’s amateur pedigree is phenomenal, having amassed a 396–1 record as well as capturing two Olympic gold medals at two consecutive Olympic Games . Bundu is yet another veteran fighter who sports a terrific record and who has never been stopped. The only blemish for the 41-year-old Italian was a unanimous decision loss to 147-pound champion Keith Thurman in December 2014.

In his bout before that he came close to scoring an incredibly late stoppage against Tom Bradley, in a competitive losing effort. The loss to Bradley has been Vargas’s only defeat in 28 bouts, over a career that started back in September 2008. This isn’t so much of a super fight between two notable veterans with exciting styles. It’s more of a retirement bout in our eyes, with the loser literally having no where to go. The winner will have a bargaining chip for another big fight down the line.

Erislandy Lara would be a dangerous assignment for anyone, including the sport’s top fighter, Floyd Mayweather. Let’s take a look at prospective opponents for Canelo’s next fight, should he step in the ring again July 26. Alvarez must face a well-respected opponent who is capable of galvanizing the level interest needed to produce the sums of money he now demands for his fights. English bantamweight Shannon Courtenay (6-1, 3 KOs) knocked Poland’s Dorota Norek (6-2, 1 KO) off her feet and through the ropes with a perfect right hand to seal a seventh-round knockout win. Tennyson (16-0, 6 KOs), 27, has now registered six stoppage wins since losing in five rounds to Farmer in Boston and is in top form. Tennyson began landing heavy shots from the first bell, hurting O’Reilly with hooks and right uppercuts.

Although Fortuna won’t be the best opponent that Easter will face in his career, he does represent a bellwether for Easter’s progress. If Saturday’s performance showcases the same-old, same-old for Easter, it’s unlikely that he will ascend to the next level in the sport, the one beyond „titleholder”. However, if Easter can dispatch Fortuna in an impressive fashion, using his brains as much as his brawn, perhaps it’s still too soon to write the final book on Easter.

On November 16, 2003, Manny Pacquiao fought Marco Antonio Barrera at featherweight , which some people thought was Manny’s prime. Manny Pacquiao, at age 42, fighting a young lion, the best welterweight in boxing today, is inspirational for all the young fighters to strive for greatness and especially older men in their 40’s. Manny Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion in boxing history and once the sport’s pound-for-pound king, announced his retirement as a boxer on Tuesday.

Peterson did get a few solid shots in but after the fourth round, Peterson’s hook was no longer in play. Brook had early success with his jab but eventually Spence’s right hook and straight left neutralized it. Ultimately it’s going to take a special fighter to disrupt Spence and to this point, two top-ten welterweights haven’t even begun to crack Errol’s unique code.

Read more about buy YT Subscribers here. Most would have told you that is Wilder vs. IBF, WBO and WBA champion Anthony Joshua. On Saturday, Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Tyson Fury. It’s a battle between two undefeated heavyweights, and both men are under the age of 35. As we look ahead to 2019, the following five fights should be on every fight fan’s wishlist.