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Shannon Briggs is back to tormenting Wladimir Klitschko. New footage has surfaced of Briggs once again interrupting Klitschko’s training to demand a fight. What started as playful banter turned serious when another former champ, Michael Moorer, had to usher Briggs out once the shoving started. Wladimir Klitschko is currently in training for a defense against Kubrat Pulev on September 6.

Unless Briggs can string together at least a win or two wins against a top 10-15 guy, this will be as close as he’ll ever get to facing Wladimir in the ring.

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“The Ruckus” Roundtable made a triumphant return last night with special guest Rod Salka, who will challenge Danny Garcia next month in Brooklyn. Salka spoke in-depth about the controversy surrounding the fight, his strategy, and how he’s dealt with being seen as an unworthy opponent. We also speak on the return of Andre Dirrell, Gennady Golovkin’s KO win over Daniel Geale (plus GGG’s future options), and much more. Click the link below to hear the entire show.

BAD CULTURE RADIO

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New music off Statik Selektah’s What Goes Around project, set to drop on August 19 (Showoff Records/Duck Down Music). A refreshing listen.

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“Lonely and Cold” is one of the few tracks off Apollo Brown’s recent instrumental album Thirty Eight to feature lyrics. Roc Marciano holds down that guest duties although he’s curiously absent from the video. The clip is directed by Jay Brown.

I CAUGHT HIM WITH MY PUNCH, I THOUGHT I WAS SAFE. I WAS WRONG. GOLOVKIN HIT ME BACK AND IT WAS OVER. — DANIEL GEALE 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY — Gennady Golovkin’s trail of destruction through the middleweight division continued last night at Madison Square Garden with GGG scoring a one-punch knockout over former titlist Daniel Geale. What was supposed to be a tough challenge that took Golovkin into deep waters turned into another exhibition of his punching accuracy, frightening power and underrated footwork. Could a certain future Hall of Fame Puerto Rican be the next potential “good boy?”

 

HOW GGG RAN THROUGH GEALE: In analyzing this fight, I thought Geale’s hard jab would be a good weapon that kept Golovkin controlled in the early rounds. Instead it was GGG winning the jab battle and keeping Geale backpedaling and out of rhythm. Geale managed to land a few rights in the opening stanza, but Golovkin crashed home his own overhand right that was the most telling shot of the round. In what turned out to be a future omen, Geale found himself on the canvas after being tripped by a photographer’s wayward lens strap.

By the second, Golovkin had Geale’s timing down and back him into the ropes. Geale was moving laterally and not completely set before GGG started firing hooks his way. Geale managed to duck two shots, but GGG only needed to get one in — a right cross smacked Geale on the side of the head for the first knockdown. To his credit, Geale finished the round solidly with combinations to keep Golovkin cautious.

The third round was a chilling example of how much of an equalizer Golovkin’s power is. Geale managed to land a flush straight right off the ropes. In one sweeping motion, GGG lunged forward off the shot with his own right hand that put Geale on the canvas. Geale sprawled out completely and managed to get to his feet. However, Geale had no balance and was coherent enough to shake his head to the ref in acknowledgment that he had enough.

 

 

OTHER CHAMPIONS PUT ON NOTICE…BUT THERE’S ONLY ONE THAT TRULY MATTERS: Golovkin make it clear in his usual jovial and comedic post-fight interview that he wanted to unify the division starting with linear and WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto. The other champs, Peter Quillin and Sam Soliman, were also name-checked.

Golovkin is far overdue for his shot at the true middleweight title. Due to injury and clear avoidance on the part of promoter Lou DiBella, GGG didn’t get a chance to lift the belt off Sergio Martinez. Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach was in attendance, so we can only hope that he fancies his man’s chances against the deadly power-puncher from Kazakhstan.

 

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE COTTO: While Golovkin would be the deserved favorite, I’d strongly disagree with the idea that Cotto wouldn’t even entertain a Golovkin showdown. If history has taught us anything, it’s that Miguel Cotto doesn’t shy away from tough fights. With his Pacquiao fight looming, he took on a dangerous bout against Joshua Clottey. When there was noise about facing Oscar De La Hoya, Cotto still took on Antonio Margarito. Austin Trout was a high-risk, low reward fight that cost Cotto .

So with that track record, is it really much of a stretch to think Cotto would face GGG in December despite a potential lucrative showdown with Canelo Alvarez looming for May?

 

JENNINGS GETS A LUCKY BREAK: Bryant Jennings got the biggest win of his career due to a 12th round point deduction to Mike Perez, winning via scores of 113-114, 115-112 and 114-113. A well-documented slow-starter, Jennings also seemed to be battling nerves as he let Perez outwork him and jump out to an early lead (arguably the first 3-4 rounds).

When Jennings took the fight inside behind a high guard, he did some great work to Perez’s bulging midsection along with short, snapping hooks upstairs.

The problem was the work was never consistent. There was too many instances of Jennings letting Perez grapple and lean on him. Jennings also spent A LOT of time complaining about these tactics (and head butts). You can argue this paid off in the end, because referee Harvey Dock took the deciding point in the 12th after Perez hit on a break. There was some controversy about the timing  of the deduction due to the fact there was never a “hard warning” to Perez. And considering the flow of the fight and neither exerting clear control, a draw just “felt” more appropriate.

The win puts Jennings in line to face the winner of current WBC titlist Bermane Stiverne’s defense against Deontay Wilder. Stiverne-Jennings is likely a tactical fight with Jennings having a good chance to win if he adopts to make it an inside fight like he did in spots with Perez. Although he’s untested against good competition, Wilder’s height, reach and power probably gives Jennings a lot of problems.

 

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Onyx is still keeping it grimy (and manic) on their latest video “Turdafucup,” off their recent album #WakeDaFucUp. Directed by Trash Secco and Rome York, the clip is a “day in the life” look at a drugged out criminal. The song and entire project are produced by Snowgoons and can be purchased HERE.

Upcoming tour dates

July 26 The Shaskeen Manchester, NH

July 28 Studio at Webster Hall New York, NY

August 1 The Middle East Cambridge, MA

August 2 Simons 677 Providence, RI

August 7 Cabaret Underworld Montreal, QC

August 8 Rockpile Toronto, IN

August 11 Pyramid Cabaret Winnipeg, MB

August 13 The Den Ft. McMurray, AB

August 14 TBA Edmonton, AB

August 15 Dickens Calgary, AB

August 16 Red Room Vancouver, BC

August 20 Akvarium Budapest, Hungary

August 22 Royal Arena Festival Orpund, Switzerland

August 23 Hip-Hop Kemp Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Photo Credits: Will Hart/K2 Promotions

NEW YORK CITY, NY — The weigh-in results are in for tomorrow’s HBO “Boxing After Dark” double-header with Golovkin-Geale and Jennings-Perez. All the fighters made weight without visible issues. Now it’s time to discuss the potential outcomes.

Gennady Golokin vs Daniel Geale weigh-in

GOLOVKIN: 159.8 LBS.

GEALE: 159.2 LBS

PREDICTION: Geale is being lauded as GGG’s toughest opponent to date and I’d have to agree. Geale’s win over Felix Sturm and being in the championship mix for most of the last decade makes him a worthy scalp. More importantly, Geale has attributes that will serve him well against the Good Boy killer: high punch activity, good defense, speed and a strong chin.

If you’ll recall the Stevens fight, GGG did show the tendency to freeze and retreat when fast combos came his way. If Geale can make it a fight at mid-range, where his strong jab and speed should give him a slight advantage, GGG could find himself in an early scoring hole we haven’t seen since the Kasim Ouma bout.

The problem for Geale from my vantage point is his fearlessness. He will mix up inside and this is where I feel GGG will do considerable damage courtesy of his left hook. I see a fight on even terms until the middle rounds where Geale gets dropped. From there, Geale goes more defensive and GGG starts to control the pace. With Geale’s smarts and chin, I expect him to have a moral victory of sorts in not only breaking GGG’s KO streak, but also giving him his most competitive fight in years. GGG by unanimous decision in an 116-112 type of fight.

 

Mike Perez vs Bryant Jennings weigh-in

JENNINGS: 222.6 LBS.

PEREZ: 242.2 LBS

PREDICTION: I fully expect this to be Jennings’ coming out party. Sure, the Artur Szpilka KO put him on the HBO map, but Mike Perez is a class above that Polish bruiser. A dominant performance tomorrow night makes that #3 ranking Jennings holds from the WBC perfectly legit.

Perez had to postpone this fight in May due to a left shoulder injury. From the pictures, it doesn’t appear the extra time did him any good — he looks bloated at 242 pounds (his highest weight since 2011). As Jennings told me himself, what makes him special at heavyweight is that he’s athletic. He has the stamina to go late rounds and increase his workrate. I don’t see Perez being able to do that. In addition, Jennings is the more cerebral fighter in terms of adjusting strategies as the bout progresses.

Perez has fast hands, so I see Jennings being cautious early and likely losing a few of those opening rounds on sheer lack of activity. But once he gets Perez’s timing down, I see another slow dissection with Perez being exhausted (and helpless) on the ropes much like Szpilka was. Jennings TKO9.