By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has reportedly reached agreement with Top Rank, the promoter for #1 WBO Tererence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s), for Match between Crawford ans Hearn’s fighter WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) for next year in February in Glasgow, Scotland, the home city of Burns. This is where Burns recently was given A gift draw in his fight against challenger Raymundo Beltran last September.
The interesting thing about that fight was that Beltran totally dominated the fight from the 2nd round on and appeared to win 11 of the 12 rounds of the fight, yet the three judges scored the fight a draw. Now it’s Crawford’s turn to travel over to Scotland and try his hand at unseating Burns in his own hometown. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KO’s) had to battle hard last night to defeat little known middleweight Lamar Russ (14-1, 7 KO’s) in winning a 10 round unanimous decision at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
If you wanted to know how things went for Macklin then all you had to do was take one look at his bruised and reddened face to know the full story.
You didn’t even need to hear him utter a word to see that this had been a very tough struggle for the 31-year-old Macklin. The judges scored the fight 96-94, 97-93, 98-92. I think the 96-94 was the most accurate score of the three for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Eric Thomas: Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) says he used the blueprint from Devon Alexander’s loss to Tim Bradley from 2011 to defeat Alexander (25-2, 14 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision and take his IBF welterweight title last night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Porter’s father felt that the blueprint that Bradley created would be perfect to beat Alexander a second time by using a lot of aggression and smothering him. It worked well with the judges giving Porter the win by the scores 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO/WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s) enjoyed poking fun at the expense of Nonito Donaire last night following Rigondeaux’s easy 12 round unanimous decision win over 33-year-old Joseph Agbeko (29-5, 22 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
In being interview by HBO’s Max Kellerman after the fight, Rigondeaux said he’s willing give Donaire another beating if he wants one.
Rigondeaux said “Nonito, poor man. He’s traumatized after the beating I gave him. If he wants another beating, tell him to come and get it. I’ll give him another one.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: In a foul-plagued fight where the referee pretty much backed off with a Laissez-faire type of approach to controlling the action, WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KO’s) was able to keep his title by fighting to a 12 round draw against the talented Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KO’s) last night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York.
Dirrell landed the cleaner and harder shots throughout the fight. But most importantly, Dirrell fought a good, clean fight and he deserved to have his hand raised at the end, but two of the judges saw it differently with one of them scoring it 114-112 for Bika and the other 113-113 even. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Newly crowned WBA World light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) has set former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his next fight after beating former WBA champion Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KO’s) last Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Trout didn’t throw enough punches, and this enabled Lara to box his way to a decision by the scores of 118-109, 117-110, 117-110. Trout wishes he could have the fight to do over again, because he would have done things much differently if given a second chance against the Cuban Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Allan Fox: Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) did his job in winning the war of Brooklyn last night in defeating the old warrior Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant NABF welterweight title at the Barclays Center
Moments after the fight, Malignaggi immediately said that he wants to fight the winner of next Saturday’s bout between WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana. If Malignaggi can’t get that fight, then he says he wants the biggest fight he can get. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Allen Hmiel: Talk about an evenly matched fight between a talented Shawn Porter 23-0-1 versus the “future of boxing,” as he calls himself Adrian Broner at 27-0. The unbeaten newly crowed IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter and WBA welterweight champion Adrian Broner are built the same way and both possess the quick hands and boxing ability to draw fan interest.
Two evenly matched similar fighters would be a great fight in the immediate future in early 2014.
Shawn destroyed a vastly overrated former IBF 147 lb. champion Devon Alexander and took Devon’s title belt last night in their fight on Showtime. Broner has an easy fight coming up against the one dimensional Marcos Maidana next week. Read the rest of this entry »
By Juan dela Cruz: Last night at Shelton, Washington, Floyd Mayweather Jr said his next opponent will be a solid guy. We’ll, I must admit that all of Floyd’s opponents were solid guys. No doubt about that. But the big question is, were they in solid form when Floyd faced them? To answer this, let us look back at Floyd’s opponents, let start with Oscar dela Hoya.
Floyd faced Oscar dela Hoya in 2007. Definitely, Oscar is a solid guy having been to wars with top tier opposition during his heyday in boxing. Unfortunately, Oscar was past his prime when he faced Floyd. As how he put it, Oscar was already shot during their fight. So that makes Oscar not a solid guy when Floyd fought him. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: In a fight between two slightly past it fighters, Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) defeated 35-year-old Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York. The final judges scores were 116-111, 117-110, and 117-110. Judah knocked Malignaggi down in the in the 2nd round, and shortly after that Judah stopped throwing punches and let Malignaggi dominate the remainder of the fight.
Taking a page out of Miguel Cotto’s playbook, Malignaggi nailed Judah low in the 3rd round in what appeared to be a move to take the fight out of him. Cotto had done the same thing when he had been hurt by Judah in their fight many years ago, and it worked. Judah seemed to lose his aggression after getting hit low. We saw the same thing tonight, although Malignaggi did a lot more than hit Judah with low blows to get control. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s) put on a nice boxing clinic in defeating an over-matched Joseph Agbeko (29-5, 22 KO’s) by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rigondeaux won the fight by the scores 120-108, 120-108, 120-108. In other words, Rigondeaux won every round of the one-sided fight.
Agbeko initially tried to make a fight of it in the first couple of rounds, but when he figured out he was too slow to land, he went into a shell and didn’t seem to try and win. It just looked like Agbeko was trying to survive. He’d try to throw shots, but he wouldn’t throw enough of them and he didn’t attack Rigondeaux the way braver opponents have done in the past. With Agbeko not really attacking in a meaningful way, it quickly become really one-sided with Rigondeaux picking a timid looking Agbeko off with shots at will and standing there waiting for attacks that never came from Agbeko. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Commonwealth light heavyweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KO’s) successfully defended his title on Saturday night with a 7th round TKO win over challenger Courtney Fry (18-4, 6 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker’s career may be over after he injured his left hip in getting stopped in the 2nd round by Felix Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KO’s) at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Barker’s trainer Tony Sims said after the fight that “He may never box again” due to the injury. Barker (26-2, 16 KO’s) is being taken to the hospital right now to have his injured left hip examined. It’s possible that it wasn’t a dislocation.
That’s something that a medical doctor would determine. However, it if is a dislocation, which would be Barker’s 2nd dislocated hip, then it’s going to take a lengthy amount of time to come back from it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, this was what I was afraid of tonight. IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker (26-2, 16 KO’s) came into Stuttgart, Germany and was blown out of the water in 2 rounds by Felix Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KO’s) in a total massacre at the Porsche Arena. The fight was stopped by referee Mark Nelson at 2:09 of the 2nd round.
Sturm hurt Barker with a right hand behind the ear and knocked him down twice in the 2nd round. Barker winked to his corner after the 2nd knockdown, as if to say ‘I’m okay.” However, Barker wasn’t okay and he continued to take heavy punishment until his corner mercifully threw in the white towel of surrender to save Barker from being badly hurt. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) will be going after his old title tonight against Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) in their fight for the vacant WBA 154 lb. tittle at the Barclays Center in Brookly, New York. Trout lost the belt in a 12 round defeat at the hands of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last April in a fight that many people felt was a toss up.
Even Floyd Mayweather Jr. felt that the only thing that kept Trout from winning the fight was a knockdown in the 7th. Trout fought a good fight, but was an unlucky with the open scoring and the venue of the fight taking place in San Antonio, Texas, where the crowd was predominately fans of the red-haired Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Tonight we could be seeing the coming out party for unbeaten #8 WBC Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KO’s) in his title challenge against WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KO’s) on Showtime from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Anthony Dirrell is the younger brother of the well known Andre Dirrell, and he’s an incredibly talented fighter that is arguably in the to #2 to #3 in the 168 lb. division.
Anthony was supposed to have fought former WBC champion Andre Ward last year, but a motorcycle accident halted Dirrell’s big plans. Now a year later with a different champion, Dirrell is ready to take what he feels should rightfully be his when he steps inside the ring tonight to face the 34-year-old Bika. Dirrell is considered the underdog, but I have a feeling he’s going to make a lot of fools out of the betting public tonight by beating Bika by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) is now a two-time former world champion challenger and on both occasions he’s been beaten in defeats against former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and the current WBC champion Adonis Stevenson. And while Bellew has given up on the 175 lb. division in his decision to move up to cruiserweight, he still wants to fight Cleverly to avenge his loss. Bellew thinks he and Cleverly will meet up at cruiserweight at some point in the future so that he can avenge his 12 round decision loss from 2011.
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KO’s) wants to beat Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO’s) bad enough tonight to where he’ll give up the sport and focus on his job as a Showtime analyst full time. Judah is facing the 33-year-old Malignaggi tonight at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. An East coast match-up, with both guys coming from Brooklyn, and both popular in the area, and both guys have been better says career-wise.
Judah said “After I knock him out, then he’ll need to be a full-time commentator and grow old like Larry Merchant [the former HBO analyst] and retire like that, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
That would be an accomplishment if Judah can stop Malignaggi because it’s been two years since he was last stopped in an 11th round TKO defeat the hands of Amir Khan in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in Shelton, Washington last night to watch the card at the Little Creek Casino Resort, headlined by middleweight J’Leon Love vs. Lajuan Simon. When Mayweather was asked by Showtime whether he’d be fighting Amir Khan next, he refused to answer in the affirmative if that fight is taking place or not.
Mayweather said “Whoever it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be a solid guy. I’ll be fighting in May and I’ll be fighting in September.”
With Mayweather saying he’ll be fighting a solid guy in his next fight, it leaves a question of whether it’s going to be someone other than Khan that he’ll be in the ring with, because Khan really isn’t considered a solid guy in the minds of a lot of fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Froch, Kell Brook and Eddie Hearn all see IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KO’s) being able to successfully defend his title tonight against 34-year-old former two-time WBA 160 lb. champion Felix Sturm (38-3-2, 17 KO’s) at the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Froch said to Sky Sports “I can’t see Barker having any trouble at all. I think he’ll out-box Sturm. I can’t see an upset. I think Barker will out-box Sturm quite simply.”
Brook said “I think he’s [Barker] going to make a statement in this fight.” Read the rest of this entry »