By Allan Fox: Former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam (30-1, 18 KOs) weighed in at 158.8 pounds for his fight on Wednesday night against #3 WBC, #6 IBF, #6 WBO, #14 WBA Curtis Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) for their scheduled 12 round fight at the Barker Hangar, in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Stevens, 29, weighed in at 158.2 pounds. The Stevens vs. N’Dam fight will be televised on ESPN2 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.
#7 IBF, #14 WBC, #15 WBA N’Dam is badly in need of a big win over Stevens to get himself pushed up the rankings because he’s still too far down in the rankings to get a title shot. N’Dam, 30, lost his WBO middleweight title in getting beaten by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to Peter Quillin two years ago in October of 2012 in a fight in which N’Dam was knocked down six times by Quillin. Read the rest of this entry »
By TFF: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) may not like Bob Arum, the promoter for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), and have no desire to do business with the man but wouldn’t that dislike be null and void if doing business with the man would net you more than twice the payday that he could acquire on his own merit/popularity? By that I mean a Pacquiao fight obviously.
In fact, it was posted a little over a week ago that Mayweather Jr has made roughly $400 million in his entire career. That’s impressive indeed but it pales in comparison to the possibility that Mayweather could net close to $300 million in a Pacquiao fight and a Pacquiao rematch for his last 2 fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: World Boxing Organization president Paco Valcárcel, Esq is saying that #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) will be facing #2 WBO Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBO 160 pound title in the UK.
Saunders was supposed to be fighting domestic level fighter Chris Eubank Jr on October 25th, but Eubank Jr never signed his portion of the contract. The Korobov-Saunders fight will take place in London at a still to be determined date. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) says he wants to make history and become the face of boxing in the next 10 years to carry the sport, yet he says it’s not important for him to face Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) again to try and avenge his embarrassing loss to him from last September.
Canelo was easily beaten by Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013, and it was thought that Canelo would start pushing for a rematch with him or at least show some kind of outward signs that he wanted to remove that blemish from his record. But it looks like that’s nothing Canelo is interested in. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoys of Golden Boy Promotions has confirmed that former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1 31 KOs) will be back in the ring on December 6th against former IBF 147lb belt holder Joshua Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs), says Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
The news is big letdown from some boxing fans who feel that Clottey isn’t a worthy opponent to be facing Canelo, even though Canelo is no longer a champion after he was beaten last year by Floyd Mayweather Jr. Clottey still isn’t seen as a worthy opponent for Canenlo because his career has kind of dropped off in the last 4 years after he lost to Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After wiping out George Groves in back to back domestic fights, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) is still hoping he can fight in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2015, even though the guy that he wants to face, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, doesn’t appear to be an opponent that his promoter Eddie Hearn will be able to line up for him.
Froch could easily get a fight against one or both of the Dirrell brothers in 2015 in Las Vegas if he was really excited about fighting over there, because the Dirrell’s would readily agree to fight Froch in Vegas, but I have my doubts whether Froch would want to take that kind of a risk with his legacy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 21-year-old super bantamweight prospect Joseph Diaz (12-0, 8 KOs) stayed unbeaten in defeating an overmatched journeyman Raul Hidalgo (22-12, 16 KOs) by a 7th round TKO last Monday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Diaz knocked Hidalgo down several times before the fight was finally halted in the 7th round. The final knockdown came from a right hand to the body. The second knockdown was from a flurry of head shots after Diaz trapped Hidalgo in the corner and then unloaded on him with a blizzard of shots. The first knockdown was from another hard body shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: Luke 12:48 -“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more”. This articles intention is to be cut, dry and straight to the point.
For Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-31ko) 2015 is the year that the training wheels come off and be held to the same standard of every other fighter. I’m hard pressed to think of a fighter in recent memory who has been given so much so soon. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF World featherweight champion Eveny Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) will be defending his IBF title against #2 WBC, #12 IBF, #12 WBA, #12 WBO Jayson Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) in the co-feature bout on the Terence Crawford vs. Raymundo Beltran fight card on HBO on November 29th at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
The Gradovich-Velez fight could turn out to be an even better one than the main event between Crawford and Beltran, because Gradovich and Velez will be mixing it up the entire time. With Crawford, you can count on him fighting with his usual counter punching style, and that’s generally less than exciting unless he’s forced to fight like he was in his last fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa last June. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night on October 4th, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) will be defending his World Boxing Council title against 35-year-old, former 4 division world champion Jorge Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) at the Cancha de Usos Multiples Praderas de Villa, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
This fight has mismatch written all over it because Arce has looked horrible in his recent comeback fights against Jorge Lacierva, Aldimar Silva Santos, and Jose Carmona.
Arce will likely make it one or two rounds before Gonzalez knocks him out on Saturday in this face. It’s such a bad mismatch. I’m really surprised the WBC sanctioned this fight, because Arce is way too small at 5’4” to be fighting at featherweight. He was too small to be fighting at super bantamweight, and now he’s trying to fight at featherweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid:
#9 WBC Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) has an important clash coming up in a little over a week from now against Nick Brinson (16-2-2, 6 KOs) on October 8th at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
The fight, which is scheduled for 10 rounds, will get Dirrell a lot of visibility due to the fight being televised by ESPN. The main event on the card is IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) facing former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) in a 12 round world title fight. Boxing fans will be in for a real treat in seeing two quality fights in Dirrell-Brinson and Soliman-Taylor. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) is seemingly growing tired of the delay in his fight negotiations with WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) for their World Boxing Council ordered fight.
The two fighters’ teams have been in negotiations, but as of yet no deal has been made for a fight between them. Wilder’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions says he’s optimistic that a deal will be made before tomorrow’s purse bid, but it’s unclear if that’s going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »