By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach thinks WBO 147lb champion Manny Pacquiao’s win over little known Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) on November 22nd was a big enough victory to get Pacquiao a big money fight against WBA/WBC 147 pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs).
Roach thinks that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum will be able to set the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight up in 2015 despite the fact that Mayweather has said repeatedly that he won’t fight Pacquiao has Juan Manuel Marquez problems, and that he wouldn’t fight him until he’s clear of Arum. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a less than impressive performance earlier tonight, former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) chopped down 40-year-old former IBF lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-13-1, 57 KOs) in a 5th round knockout at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Weighing with his clothes on today, a bearded Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) weighed in at 264 pounds for his rematch against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the ExCel Arena in London, UK.
Chisora will be defending his EBU heavyweight strap, and the vacant British heavyweight strap will be on the line. The most important thing up for grabs for this fight is the WBO eliminator. The winner of the Chisora-Fury 2 fight will be the WBO mandatory to champion Wladimir Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »
by Ciaran McKInney: This coming Saturday, after what seems like an endless stream of press conferences, retirement threats and pre-fight antics, the boxing world will watch ‘Bad Blood’. The card will be headlined by the rematch of Tyson Fury vs Dereck Chisora. This domestic level bout will see the british and European straps up for grabs, however, the real prize of this bout, is the mandatory position for a fight with Wladimir Klitschko some time in 2015. This fight could potentially be a fight of the year candidate in the heavyweight division. It has all the ingredients, two hungry combatants, big punchers and a grudge that has played out over the course of the past 4 years. Read the rest of this entry »
by Ian Goodwin: At tomorrow night’s anticipated “Bad Blood” event at the London Excel Arena, promoted by Frank Warren and Boxnation, domestic Heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora meet each other for a mandatory world title challenge, and Billy Joe Saunders defends his titles against Chris Eubank Jr. in two seemingly close and (hopefully) exciting fights.
The official weigh in and final face off took place this afternoon at a (half full) cinema in London’s Leicester Square. The official weights for those fighters:
Tyson Fury: 18st 12lbs / 264 lbs
Dereck Chisora: 17st 3lbs / 241lbs Read the rest of this entry »
Tyson Fury 264 – Dereck Chisora 241.5
Billy Joe Saunders 159.7 – Chris Eubank Jr 159.25
Frankie Gavin 146.5 – Bradley Skeete 146.25
Ahead of Saturday’s unmissable ‘Bad Blood’ grudge fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr, boxing writer Glynn Evans canvassed 25 of boxing’s ace faces to find out who they were backing.
Don Charles (London coach): I go with Billy Joe Saunders on points. Eubank Jr is very good – in fact I can’t detect any weaknesses – but I just feel it’s a fight too soon for him. Read the rest of this entry »
Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury say all the talking is done and business will be settled in the ring this Saturday (29th November) night in front of 20,000 fans at a sold-out ExCeL London in their WBO World Heavyweight title eliminator.
Chisora also defends his European Heavyweight title plus the Vacant British title is on the line in the huge clash, live and exclusive on BoxNation
The bitter rivals met head-to-head today at the iconic London landmark, The Imperial War Museum, as their crunch showdown heads into the final days. Read the rest of this entry »
Gerardo Granados: When was the last time the reader heard of a great fighter who came out of New Zealand? I recall one name and the reader must remember it too; Bob Fitzsimmons, who was born in England but raised in New Zealand where he became a boxer before finally moving to the United States of America. Of course it is too soon to tell if Joseph Parker will become a boxing star or even less to assume he is the future of the heavyweight division, but still I consider him as a very interesting young talent that fight fans should follow before we have to pay expensive PPV to be able to watch him fight. Read the rest of this entry »
Sky Sports has secured the rights to show Amir Khan’s pivotal fight with Devon Alexander exclusively live from the MGM Grand in December.
Khan tops the bill in Las Vegas as he goes head-to-head with Alexander on Saturday 13 December, live on Sky Sports 1, with the winner set to throw their name into the sweepstakes to face WBA Super and WBC welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather Junior.
Khan’s first fight at 147 pounds came in May when he overcame Luis Collazo on points, and the Bolton fighter returns to Las Vegas again to face the former two-weight world champion from St. Louis. Read the rest of this entry »
Charismatic heavyweight Tyson Fury has claimed that Wladimir Klitschko will avoid fighting him should he overcome Dereck Chisora in their world title eliminator this weekend.
The Manchester banger steps into the ring with Chisora this Saturday night at a sold out ExCel London and has claimed that heavyweight kingpin Klitschko will refuse to take him on next year.
Fury, and the 30-year-old Chisora, have the chance of forcing themselves into a mandatory position to challenge for the Ukrainian star’s WBO world title should either prevail in their impending contest, live and exclusive on BoxNation. Read the rest of this entry »
Spencer Brown – The fascinating rivalry between Carl Froch and George Groves illustrated the enduring British appetite for boxing.
There was a special atmosphere at Wembley on the night of May 31, and the explosive denouement – a vicious, jarring right hand from Froch – was a fittingly thrilling conclusion to an enmity that captivated the nation.
As an occasion and event, it was undoubtedly the British boxing highlight of the year.
However, a strong case can be made for a fight on Saturday night that will be equally as intriguing: Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Philip Anthony – Despite boasting a resume of 18 wins in 18 bouts, it would be fair to say that Christopher Livingston Eubank Junior has had things relatively easy in terms of the opposition he has faced since turning pro in 2011. Although in victory he has at times looked sensational, his opponents have mainly been less than stellar, lowly ranked journeymen. It’s true, there have been murmurs of Chris impressing during sparring with the likes of George Groves and James De Gale and there is still a clip up on YouTube of him seemingly ‘holding his own’ against super-middleweight world champ Carl Froch, however, sparring sessions are essentially fight preparation and a very different experience to boxing ‘under the lights’ of a full to capacity arena. Ultimately, Eubank Jr is still unproven and untested as a professional. The fact he had a relatively short amateur career (in the States) adds further fuel to the mystery about just how good he actually is. Who knows how he would cope in the face of true adversity? The mystique about the ability of this brash, Brighton raised pugilist is set to become clearer this coming Saturday night when he takes a huge step up in class and faces what will without doubt be his biggest challenge to date. Read the rest of this entry »