By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum surprised a lot of people this week when he said that his No.1 money fighter Manny Pacquiao could be back before the end of 2015 to resume fighting once again.
This was surprising because Pacquiao suffered a partial tear of his right rotator cuff, and injury of that severity takes time to come back from following surgery. Pacquiao’s surgery on his shoulder was last May, so asking him to come back just six to seven months after the injury is both risky and crazy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) lost his WBO 154lb title on Friday when the World Boxing Organization stepped in and stripped him of the title for him failing to defend it in the past 13 months. Andrade last defended it in June of 2014, when he beat Brian Rose by a 7th round knockout.
Since then, Andrade had a chance to defend his title in December of 2014 when he was in negotiations for a fight against Jermell Charlo. However, Andrade pulled out of the negotiations due to the money not being good enough. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC 140lb champion Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) made weight on Friday for his welterweight clash against Showtime analyst and part-time boxer Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia weighed in at 146.6lbs. For his part, Malignaggi weight in slightly heavier at 146.8lbs. Malignaggi looked thinner than Garcia, but surprisingly he was heavier.
This is pretty much the end of the line for Malignaggi if he loses this fight. He’ll still likely get fights against top contenders if he gets beaten, but a defeat here will make it impossible for Malignaggi to get a crack at a world title because he’ll not be ranking in the top 15. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) could be taking a tough bounce back fight against former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) this November for a fight that is being planned for Showtime, according to Dan Rafael. The Broner vs. Provodnilov fight is still in the planning stages at this point and not a given.
It’s a tough fight for the 25-year-old Broner, who lost his last fight in June to former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter by a 12 round unanimous decision. #4 WBC, #4 WBO, #8 WBA Broner only averaged 26 punches thrown per round in the fight. He spent much of the time holding and moving rather than throwing punches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It looks like No.1 WBO Sadam Ali will have to wait a while before he gets his shot at the title because Top Rank promoter says he’s going to have his fighter WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) defend his title next against No.3 WBO Brandon Rios. The World Boxing Organization will have to bless this move before Arum can go ahead and pull the trigger on the fight.
Dan Rafael says the Bradley-Rios fight will likely take place before the end of the year sometime.
“Brandon Rios will be his next opponent,” Arum said via thaboxingvoice.com. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) could wind up fighting on the undercard of the November 21st fight card headlined by WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on HBO pay-per-view from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward would be in the co-feature bout. For him to be in the co-feature, it will take a good opponent. It can’t be another Paul Smith caliber opponent for Ward. He has to face a live body.
Ward, 31, is with Roc Nation Sports, the same promoters that Cotto is with. It makes sense for Ward to be on the undercard of the Cotto vs. Canelo fight because he’s interested in facing WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. There’s a chance that Golovkin could fight the winner of the Cotto-Canelo fight in early 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) will be an underdog when he enters the ring on October 17th against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) in their unification fight on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lemieux, 26, doesn’t care that he’s the underdog, because he feels very confident that he’s going to be victorious in this fight. Lemieux sees himself as becoming the new most feared fighter in the middleweight division after he gets through with handing Golovkin his first loss of his career. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment) By Jim Dower: This Saturday night we could be seeing the last of former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) when he enters the ring to fight the hard hitting former 140lb champ Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) in a 12 round bout in the welterweight division from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
While the 34-year-old Malignaggi doesn’t want to think about the possibility that his career could be over if the younger 27-year-old Garcia blitzes him and destroys him early like Malignggi’s last opponent Shawn Porter did last year in April 2014, it’s a very real possibility that will see that take place.
Garcia is a big puncher, and he has nothing that will keep him from wading in and unloading on Malignaggi with his hard left hooks like he did in stopping Rod Salka in 2014. Malignaggi doesn’t have the power to make Garcia think twice about wanting to line him up for one of his huge left hooks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former junior middleweight title challenger Brian Rose (26-3-1, 8 KOs) gave it his best shot last February against the hard hitting American Carson Jones (37-10-3, 27 KOs) and Rose was unable to make it out of the 1st round in getting stopped. Rose would then complain about the stoppage, saying it was premature, so here we are seeing these two fighters face each other a second time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says a fight between him and Manny Pacquiao is possible. He thinks that because of Pacquiao’s shoulder injury, he’ll have to wait until 2016 before the fight can happen.
Khan believes that Pacquiao would be open to the idea of fighting in Dubai. That’s a place that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is now staging fight cards, and Khan sees that as the perfect venue for them. Read the rest of this entry »