By Dan Ambrose: On December 6th, #3 WBC, #5 IBF, #8 WBO, #15 WBA middleweight contender David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) will be stepping up in class against former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) in a 12 round fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The fight will be televised on HBO as part of a triple-header. On the same card, middleweight James De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs), who recently defeated Alfredo Angulo last September, will be fighting unbeaten Hugo Centeno Jr (21-0, 11 KOs) in a 10 round bout. Welterweight Frankie Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) vs. knockout artist Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) is a possibility, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC, #2 WBA, #6 WBO welterweight contender Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) will be facing former two division world champion Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) on December 13th in a 12 round scheduled bout on Showtime at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Presumably this is the big fight that will get the 28-year-old Khan the mega-fight against WBA/WBC 147 pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr that Khan has been talking about for years now.
The Khan-Alexander fight is a year late, because it arguably should have happened last December when Alexander and Khan were first talking about the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: The chief support at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, this past Saturday was the WBA Super World featherweight title fight between Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters. It was a fight that looked to be action packed from the start, and it did not disappoint in that regard. Walters moved to 25-0 (21 KO’s) via a 6th round KO. Walters was younger man taking his chance, and stepping up in class and performance against Donaire (33-3 (21 KO’s).
Donaire, of course, came to fight, he always does. He came up against a bigger, stronger, and younger opponent who unheralded before will now certainly be a force at featherweight. The fight was a real advertisement in a division that that boasts many good match ups and potential unification fights. Walters is now in the mix. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jon Ingram: There is nothing but recycled material going around all across the boards talking about Floyd Mayweather Jr. This is mainly because his contract is about to end with Showtime in his next two fights. Nobody but Mayweather knows rather he’ll retire or not.
I’d go as far as saying still to this date, what everybody is still waiting for, no one knows if the Manny Pacquiao fight will happen except Mayweather, but that’s not what this is about. I want you to think for a second, what or who truly determines who The Best Ever Is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) will be moving back down to the super bantamweight division (122 pounds), says his trainer/father Nonito Donaire Sr. This was something that Donaire hinted at following his 6th round knockout loss to WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) last Saturday night at the SubHub Center in Carson, California.
Donaire was planted onto the canvas by a big right hand shot by Walters. After crawling back to his feet, Donaire wasn’t allowed to continue fighting due to the sad shape he was in. Donaire would have been destroyed immediately if the referee Jack Reiss had allowed the fight to continue. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC, #3 IBF middleweight contender Martin Murray (28-1, 12 KOs) will be defending his World Boxing Council Silver 160 pound strap against the recently knocked out 34-year-old Domenico Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) in a 12 round bout this Saturday night at the Salle des etoiles, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
There’s talk of the 32-year-old Murray getting a title shot against WBA Super world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin next year in February if Murray is open to the idea of taking the fight. While Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says that Murray is someone they’d be interested in fighting, I can’t see it happening. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: Former two-time super middleweight title challenger George Groves thinks WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) should trim down some weight, and move down to 154 to attempt to get big money fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.
Groves, who has previously sparred with Golovkin recently, thinks Golovkin has weight he can take off still to fight at 154 rather than 160. At junior middleweight, Groves believes it’s possible for Golovkin to get fights against Pacquiao, Mayweather, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In less than three weeks, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) and IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) will be facing each other in a unification match on November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Kovalev says he wants to help the 49-year-old Hopkins retire by beating him to the point where it convinces him that it’s time to hang up the gloves permanently. Hopkins will be turning 50 in three months on January 15th, and Kovalev plans on making sure he still isn’t fighting when he reaches that birthday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Joel Diaz, the trainer for Tim Bradley, thinks the featherweight division is too tough for former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) after watching him get taken apart by World Boxing Association (WBA) World featherweight Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) last night in 6 rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Donaire, 31, was knocked down twice in the fight, and stopped in the 6th after he was dropped by a right hand from the stronger Walters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #6 IBF, #14 WBA heavyweight contender Steve Cunningham (28-6, 12 KOs) easily defeated the very slow and hulking 278 pound Nate Visinia (10-1, 8 KOs) by a 7th round stoppage on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
The fight was halted after the 7th round by the advice of the ringside doctor due the 30-year-old Visinia having taken too much punishment. Visinia was bleeding from the mouth the last several rounds, and getting hit far too much. His lack of hand speed and his slow foot movement made him an easy target for the 38-year-old Cunningham. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) is ready to vacate his IBF title rather than face his IBF mandatory challenger James DeGale next January in the UK.
Froch wants a fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas, Nevada. Froch says his promoter Eddie Hearn has been talking to Chavez Jr’s promoter about putting a fight together. I’m not sure if Froch is aware that Chavez Jr has said recently that nothing has been said to him about a fight against Froch, and that he’s a free agent now and no longer with Top Rank. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) will be back in action in the next four months in February in a fight that will be staged in Europe, says Golovkins’ promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. Golovkin will be fighting only three times in 2014 instead of four times. But the plan is for Golokvin to fight four times in 2015.
Golovkin could possibly fight in the United States if Julio Cesar Chavez Jr agrees to fight him. However, the odds of that happening are slim and none, because Chavez Jr hasn’t been talking about wanting to fight Golovkin lately. Read the rest of this entry »