By Dan Ambrose: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) says he’s going to kick IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins’ backside on November 8th in their fight on HBO and then give his win over the 49-year-old Hopkins to his young son Alexander.
Kovalev is coming into the fight with no real battle plan other than going to war, and fighting as he’s always fought. He plans on attacking Hopkins and looking to hurt him. Kovalev will push the pace and try to KO the nearly 50-year-old Hopkins with every shot he throws. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British super middleweight contender James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) believes WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) isn’t the fighter that many boxing fans and writers have built him up to be.
DeGale feels that Golovkin is a guy that has been beaten before in the past in the amateur ranks, and can be beaten again in the pros if he faces a slick boxer that can use his boxing skills to out-slick him. DeGale doesn’t say who that particular fighter is at 160, so it’s kind of one of those things where he’s talking but not backing it up with some facts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The long awaited third fight between #4 WBO Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) and former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) has been moved from December 20th to January, according to Steve Kim.
There’s some issues on Alvarado’s side slowing the fight down from getting made. There’s also a question of where the fight will take place. Bob Arum of Top Rank doesn’t want the fight to be staged in Alvarado’s home city of Denver, Colorado, due to the cold weather than boxing fans would have to deal with in trying to get to the fight in the middle of the winter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In what has become a tireless ritual for Manny Pacquiao’s fights, his trainer Freddie Roach is predicting a knockout in his next fight on November 22nd. Roach has been predicting knockouts for Pacquiao (20-0, 8 KOs) for the past four years, but he’s come up short each time without him being able to score a KO. In one case, it was Pacquiao who was knocked out.
Despite the long knockout dry spell, Roach still thinks he’ll be able to score a knockout in his fight against the 5’10” Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, in Macao S.A.R., China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) vs. #3 WBO Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) has been added to the December 13th fight between Tim Bradley and Diego Chaves, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
The Korobov-Lee fight will be part of a triple-header on HBO Championship Boxing from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Also on the card is Mauricio Herrera vs. Jose Benavidez, and Denis Shafikov vs. TBA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes next months’ fight between his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) and little known Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) will bring in respectable pay-per-view numbers on HBO PPV from Macao, China. Arum specifically thinks the Pacquiao-Algieri fight will bring in as much as 950,000 pay-per-view buys, because the fight is receiving publicity.
The publicity the Pacquiao-Agieri fight doesn’t appear to be any different than Pacquiao’s fight against Brandon Rios last November, a fight that brought in only 450,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO, but Arum seems to think it’s receiving more publicity. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (20-2, 15 KOs), the mandatory challenger for WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell, will be defending his World Boxing Council Silver 168 pound title next month on Sky Box Office against little known American Denis Douglin (17-3, 10 KOs) in a 12 round bout on the undercard of the Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellew 2 rematch on November 22nd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
It’s unclear if an American fighter was selected in hopes of getting the U.S boxing fans more interested in watching the Groves-Douglin fight to build up interest for a Groves vs. Dirrell fight in 2015. If that’s the case, then I think Groves’ promoter Kalle Sauerland picked the wrong guy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: Earlier today, a watershed moment transpired, it marked the first direct verbal spar between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. It happened at the Talk-sport Studio. In essence Saunders began frantically berating his opponent, without allowing a retort, he aggressively demanded that Chris comply with his lurid stipulation that the loser pay out £100,000.
Why does a professional fighter feel the need to make such a crude request? Billy is being handsomely paid to fight and he should focus on that alone. However, rather than rising to the bait, Chris sensibly laughed off the ignorant remarks and referred to Billy as a “kid” who is out of his depth. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golokvin (31-0, 28 KOs) will be a ringside this Saturday night to watch the clash between #1 WBC Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) and #7 WBC Domenico Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) at the Salle des etoiles, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
The chances are that Golovkin could fight the winner of that fight next February. However, it’s still not certain he’ll fight Murray if he wins. Murray is talking about a win over Spada would make him eligible to fight any of the world champions, not just Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: EBU super middleweight champion George Groves (20-2, 15 KOs) will be in action likely before the end of the year. He’s rumored to be fighting on the undercard of next month’s Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellew 2 card, according to the Liverpool Echo. Groves’ promoter Kalle Sauerland said the date, venue and opponent for his next fight will be announced tomorrow.
Groves will likely be facing a fringe level opponent so that he can get slip in a stay busy fight to try and sharpen up for his eventual world title shot against WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell. Groves had been hoping to face Dirrell before Christmas, but that obviously isn’t going to be happening. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) sees himself having an easy fight against the 28-year-old Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) in their upcoming fight on December 13th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Alexander says his speed, skills and southpaw stance are going to give Khan a lot of problems when they get inside the ring on 12/13. In fact, Alexander feels this is going to be an easy fight for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Hector Gonzalez: There were rumors circulating a couple of weeks ago that Amir Khan was going to fight Robert Guerrero. I was looking forward to that fight, however this Monday it was officially announced that Amir Khan is going to instead fight Devon Alexander instead of Robert Guerrero.
It’s a bit disappointing because Khan vs Guerrero is the more exciting fight, especially because there is bad blood between the two. The reality is that Khan has instead chosen the safer path in going with Devon Alexander with the intention that if Khan is to be victorious he would have a shot at fighting Floyd Mayweather come May of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »