Boxing News Round-Up 16.2.18: Gossip on Danny Garcia, Kell Brook & George Groves

In today’s boxing news round-up we’re talking about events surrounding Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, Kell Brook, George Groves and Jorge Linares.

Danny Garcia looking to end Brandon Rios bout early

Danny Garcia will look to ensure that his fight against Brandon Rios does not go the full distance. Garcia and Rios are set to face off in a twelve round welterweight match at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Garcia will be looking to return to winning ways following his first career defeat against Keith Thurman last March with a twelve round split decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. “I’m just hungry for this fight. At the end of the day I have the passion for boxing, and I love the competition. That’s what motivates me and that’s what has motivated me to get back in there and get back on top. It all starts on Saturday night.” He said.

Garcia is also aiming to use the fight in order to prove that his loss against Thurman was just a minor hiccup. “I’m going to do a little bit of everything, it just depends how I feel. I’m gonna bang, I’m gonna box. I’m going to back him up. I’m going to do everything,” Garcia said. “I try to knock everyone out in the first round. I’ll go and get that check. Twelve rounds or less. I’d like to get it done in under eight or six. But if not I’ll go twelve rounds. I have a great team and I’ve been training hard.”

Source: Boxing Scene

Pacquiao had hoped to fight Lucas Matthyse

According to reports from the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao had hoped to fight against Lucas Matthyse during his comeback match in April, however promoter Bob Arum chose Mike Alvarado instead.

From a business perspective, it does make sense for Pacquiao to go up against Alvarado (38-4. 26 KO’s) as he is low-risk and could allow Pac-man to secure a bigger fight for later in the year.

This fight will also ensure that the money stays with Top-Rank and they will not have to deal with Golden Boy promotions who deal with Matthyse. After four consecutive defeats between 2013-15, Alvarado has since won four straight matches, though it has come against lesser opposition.

While the Pacquiao-Matthyse bout is yet to be confirmed, it is expected to take place on April 14 alongside the fight between Jeff Horn and Terrence Crawford in Las Vegas.

Source: Sports Inquirer 

Kell Brook issues warning to Sergey Robchenko

Kell Brook has warned Sergey Robchenko to be ready when the two fight in Sheffield on March 3. The 31-year- old Brook appears to have regained his enthusiasm towards boxing following his defeat against Errol Spence Jr last May which demotivated him so much so that he even considered retirement.

“I’m going to be a lot healthier when I get in the ring,” Brook told Sky Sports News. “I can weigh-in, replenish myself and get fully focused on the fight instead of the scales again. “I’m going to be a real handful on March 3. I’m rising again, I’m coming back and can’t wait to be chucking plenty of chocolate brownies and getting in a tear-up.”

Brook is hoping for a stellar 2018 following consecutive defeats against Gennady Golovkin and Spence Jnr. Speaking about his IBF Championship defeat against Spence Jnr, Brook said: “It hurt me mentally, very bad… It was the darkest time of my whole life actually.”

Source: Sky Sports Boxing

I would beat your father: George Groves to Chris Eubank Jnr

George Groves believes that he would have defeated Chris Eubank Snr. He made this claim while speaking ahead of his fight against Chris Eubank Jnr this weekend. Following months of verbal sparring, Eubank Jnr and Groves are set to fight on Saturday at the Manchester Arena in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final.

Eubank Snr is considered to be one of the greatest boxers that has come out of Britain after a 52 fight career during which he won 45 wins. Groves however believes that Eubank Snr was lucky as he was not around at the time.

“I haven’t seen much of his career, but I’m sure I would have beaten him,” said Groves, “He had enough losses on his record and I don’t fall for his bulls**t. “Back then, a lot of people got annoyed by his gimmicks and fought with emotion. I wouldn’t do that.

“He was about posturing, being heavy-handed. He probably wasn’t much of a trainer. “It was a different era. Maybe he wouldn’t have survived in this era, maybe he would have got beat. “Maybe people would have seen through him because in this era, you have to step up.”

Source: Daily Star 

Jorge Linares confirms he would like to fight Vasyl Lomachenko

WBA world lightweight champion Jorge Linares has confirmed that he would like to fight Vasyl Lomachenko amidst speculation that the two could be set to fight on May 12.

The 32-year- old Linares sent a Tweet to Lomachenko saying: “I know you’re ready for May 12. I am too. I don’t want politics to interfere. I will tell my promoter no matter what I will take the fight.” Should the two face off, it will be expected to take place at Maddison Square Garden and will pull in a huge crowd.

Linares has gone on to win titles in three different weight categories and has recorded two victories against Anthony Crolla of Britain to take his record to 44 wins from 47 bouts. He will however face a difficult challenge against the 29-year- old Lomachenko who is widely regarded as being one of the world’s best pound-for- pound fights in the world.

Source: BBC Boxing

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