By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight later this year could wind up being televised on regular HBO rather than pay-per-view, according to Dan Rafael.
Canelo’s recent fights have all been televised by Showtime, but apparently he’s a television free agent and can fight for whichever network of his choosing. In this case, you would have to think that he’ll go to the network with the deepest pockets and with the most subscribers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Hodgkiss: Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) took on Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California recently and came out the victor, keeping his composure and landing the cleaner crisper and harder shots. Most so called boxing experts and critics had Porter knocking Brook out or badly beating him on points, but it just didn’t work out the way they envisioned.
I watched the fight on Sky Sports and found the commentating that come across as what the commentator wanted to happen rather than what was actually happening. It was frustrating as what I saw was Brook slipping and sliding the shots taking all the leverage from Porter and at the same time lining up the jab and punishing Porter with the straight right hand, and also giving Porter a lesson in how to smother a bull in a china shop. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to give boxing fans an impressive show on September 6th in his fight against #13 WBC Emmanuel Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) at the U.S. Bank Arena, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) By Scott Gilfoid: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) made weight on Friday for his title defense against fringe contender #12 WBO Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Huck, 29, weighed in at 200 pounds and looked good as always. His opponent Larghetti weighed in at 195.3 pounds.
This fight is pretty much just a simple title defense for Huck, because the 31-year-old Larghetti is clearly not at the same talent level or even close to the same talent level as him. But the fight does have meaning for Huck, because a victory over Larghetti will be Huck’s 13th title defense of his WBO strap, which would tie him with former WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson for the most title defenses for a cruiserweight champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) has an appointment on September 16th with a doctor to have him exam him to see if he’s still fit to continue fighting, according to Dan Rafael.
Depending on how things go with the exam, Martinez, 39, could continue his career or possibly hang up the gloves. The area that is most concern it would seem is Martinez’s surgically repaired right knee. His knee look weak in his last fight against Miguel Cotto last June. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO’s) is looking at 2015 as the year he makes the transition from boxing titlist to superstar.
Golovkin won the WBA middleweight title in 2010 and has successfully defended the strap each time inside the distance since becoming world champion. Golovkin is scheduled to defend the title against challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KO’s) on October 18 and can also pick up the interim WBC title at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7 KOs) will be fighting 34-year-old Denis Bakhtov (38-9, 25 KOs) on October 11th for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Joshua has a fight scheduled before that next month against journeyman Konstantin Airich 21-9-2, 17 KOs) on September 13th at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Eddie Hearn has dubbed his October 25 card in Hull “The point of no return”. Matchroom have decided to take a huge risk with two of their promising lightweights Luke Campbell 7-0 (5) and Tommy Coyle 19-2 (8). Campbell is being matched with Argentine Daniel Brzuela 26-3-2 (8) and Coyle is facing the legendary Michael Katsidis 30-6 (24). Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Some fighters are loved, some are hated as the saying goes the only thing worse is indifference.
There are many boxers today that no matter what they do they seem to fail to get the credit their exploits deserve. Their are many underrated, under appreciated boxers but in my opinion there are 3 in particular fighting today. All 3 are good boxers, near the top of their division, have all been world champions and always face difficult opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) getting ready to fight light welterweight Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), a fighter largely unknown by casual boxing fans, Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum are all suddenly talking about wanting a Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr fight in 2015.
The timing seems very odd to me. These guys could have been talking up a Mayweather fight before Pacquiao’s scheduled fight with Algieri. But with Mayweather’s name being dropped left and right by Pacquiao, Arum and Roach, it gives one the impression that they’re name dropping Mayweather’s name in order to create more interest – and more pay-per-view buys – for Pacquiao’s fight against the little known Algieri. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, the guy that was instrumental in increasing the strength of Manny Pacquiao as he climbed the divisions, was seen at the Mayweathe Boxing Gym last night in helping WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) stretch before a long run.
There’s no word yet whether Ariza is officially working with Mayweather or if this one just a one-time thing with Ariza being at the gym and helping out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: With news of a potential 2015 showdown between Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) in full force, both Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach have spoken out about how they feel about the fight.
Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum has regularly been mentioning the possibility of the fight occurring next year during Pacquiao’s promotional tour for his welterweight title defense against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s), and both Manny and Freddie have weighed in on all the talk surrounding the possibility of the two ring titans finally meeting each other in the ring.
“Of course, I want this fight,” Pacquiao said to sfchronicle.com, “People have always been bothering me, ‘When is this fight going to happen?’ … ‘When is this fight going to happen?’ I am ready to fight Floyd anytime.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Rumors of the likely richest prize fight in the history of the sport actually materializing next year keeps getting stronger by the day.
Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) have been fighting for the pound for pound throne of the sport for virtually the last decade and both happen to be in the same weight class.
Fans have been salivating for a showdown between the two boxing powerhouses for years however for one reason or another the fight always seemed to fall apart whenever it seemingly got close to being made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: The hard core boxing fans already know the answer but it is possible that many fight fans to not to know it. It is even probable that some fans could be wrong on the date and fighters involved. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Jason Gavern, who was recently blown out by unbeaten heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder in 4 rounds this month on August 16th, thinks that #4 WBO Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) will be the next heavyweight champion, not Deontay. Gavern says he was in training camp with the 6’9” Fury and he came away impressed by that experience.
Gavern doesn’t say who Fury will beat to become a world champion. I mean, if he’s the next heavyweight champion and he’s fighting in a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout on November 22nd to become the WBO mandatory challenger, then Gavern has got to be talking about Fury beating IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to become a world champion.