By Dan Ambrose: Willie Monroe Jr. was very impressed with the performance of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) last Saturday night in his 12 round unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) to win the WBC middleweight title.
Monroe Jr. came away from watching the fight with the belief that the 25-year-old Canelo would definitely beat Golovkin when/if they face each other. Monroe Jr. lost to Golovkin earlier this year in getting stopped in the 6th round last May at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a huge mismatch, WBA World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) retained his WBA 154lb title on Wednesday in stopping an injured and old looking 39-year-old former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (35-4, 19 KOs) in the 3rd round in a fight televised on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Hialeah Park Race Track, in Hialeah, Florida, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions) By Tim Fletcher: WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) will be defending his title tonight in what shapes up to be a mismatch against Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) on ESPN from Hialeah Park Race Track, in Hialeah, Florida.
This is a showcase fight for Lara to make him look good, and to likely help him get one of the bigger fights that he wants against the top middleweights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten British heavyweight Anthony Joshua sees IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) turning back the threat of Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night. Joshua predicts that Wladimir’s class will be too much for Fury in this fight. However, Joshua still thinks it’ll be a close fight, which runs counter to what a lot of people believe.
“The fight will be action packed right from round one,” Joshua said to skysports.com. “I think Fury will come out with nothing to lose.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Adviser/helper Michael Koncz says that Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao won’t wait on Floyd Mayweather Jr. to make a decision whether he’s going to come out of retirement or not to face them in a rematch in early 2016.
Koncz says he’ll be speaking with Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) this week for them to speak on who his next opponent will be in April 2016. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has personally collected three names – Terence Crawford, Tim Bradley and Amir Khan – for Pacquiao to make a decision on for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night on Sky Box Office, IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) will be defending his title against Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) as part of the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury night of boxing in a split site telecast.
Unfortunately for DeGale and Bute, most of the talk this week has been about the Klitschko-Fury fight, which appears to be the far more interesting fight. You can blame that on DeGale and his promoter Eddie Hearn, because if they had selected one of the talented contenders like Andre Dirrell to fight then boxing fans would be paying attention. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: Prior to this past weekend’s fight featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto there was a narrative in the boxing world that the elder Miguel Cotto had in some way revitalized himself under the tutelage of legendary trainer Freddie Roach.
After suffering back to back unanimous decision losses at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout, many believed that Cotto’s hall of fame career was near the end. Nonetheless like many fighters before him Cotto was not yet ready to hang up the gloves. Now at a cross road in his career losing to the little known Austin Trout, Cotto reached out to Freddie Roach in search of a transformation of sorts. Read the rest of this entry »
By J Caldwell: Caveat emptor: If you’re not a serious diehard fan of the pugilist sport, then paying to watch Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) do his thing in the ring might be hazardous to your health.
Conversely, to the average diehard fan of the sport of boxing, what Rigondeaux does in the ring isn’t that hard to understand: Mainly what the Cuban star has mastered in the ring appears to be more along the lines of boxing with a bit too much caution, (aka, a tactician of sort) “the Jackal” understands the sweet science at its purest level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) gave it his best shot at trying to get IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) to face him at super middleweight for what would have been a big fight on HBO pay-per-view, but the Kazakhstan fighter failed to accept Ward’s offer to meet him in the ring.
Ward says he still has the texts from Golovkin’s management. Ward just thinks that Golovkin doesn’t want any part of fighting him. However, Ward isn’t too worried about it, because he’s moving up to light heavyweight and will be facing IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) later on in 2016 if Kovalev beats Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) in their rematch on January 30th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Dillian Whyte sees Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) as having a tough task ahead of him on Saturday night in trying to pull off a big upset of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) in their fight at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Whyte feels that Klitschko has more ways of winning, and that Fury will need to really take the fight to him in order to win. Whyte knows full well how good Klitschko is because the two of them share the same trainer in Johnathon Banks, so that he can see how good Klitschko is in his training camps. Read the rest of this entry »