By Scott Gilfoid: The Dirrell brothers, Andre and Anthony, will be in action tonight on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV.
Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) has a tough assignment on his hands against former 175lb title challenger Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) at the beautiful Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs) weighed in successfully at 167 ½ pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense against former IBF 168lb champion Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) this Saturday night on Showtime Boxing from the Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia.
Bute weighed in at 167lbs., and he looked good and ready to fight for another world title. Bute lost his last fight to IBF 168lb champion James DeGale last November. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Bells: I had read a couple articles today suggesting that heavyweight Shannon Briggs would be taking on B-level fighter Alexander Dimitrenko on the undercard of David Haye’s next show. If Briggs and Haye both win, they will face each other next.
Clearly this is a great fight for Briggs and one that will show people whether he should even be in the ring with Haye. After the beating he took off Vitali Klitschko a 6 years ago, from a health point of view, I certainly don’t want to see him in with a big puncher like Haye if he is likely to suffer a similar fate.
Unfortunately, the terrible opposition he has faced since has told us nothing about his ability to take a punch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is totally focused on WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight against Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7 next week. Loeffler wants to match his fighter interim WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) against the winner of that fight.
If the Khan-Canelo winner won’t fight Golovkin, then Loeffler says Golovkin will take the WBC title from them and then move on. Loeffler would rather Triple G win the WBC title in the traditional way in the ring, but if the Canelo vs. Khan winner doesn’t want to fight him, then they must give up the title.
The World Boxing Council president Jose Suliaman backed Loeffler up this week in saying that the winner of the Canelo-Khan fight will be stripped of the WBC title if they don’t face Golovkin next. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (19-0, 10 KOs) weighed in on Friday for his potentially nightmarish fight against the powerful Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK.
Fury looked his usual non-muscular self in weighing in at 231 pounds. That’s quite thin for a fighter 6’6”, but Fury doesn’t have a muscular built that you normally see in fighters. I would have to say that Fury’s physique is more like an office worker that shuffles papers than a guy that makes a living fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 44-year-old WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) will supposedly be facing 33-year-old Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on May 21 on the undercard of David Haye’s next fight against Arnold Gjergjaj (29-0, 21 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Fightnews.com says Briggs told them that he’ll be fighting Dimitrenko on the card on May 21. This is going to be a tough fight for Briggs if this match-up turns out to be true, because Briggs is pretty old and hasn’t fought a live body in six years since his one-sided loss to Vitali Klitschko in 2010.
Dimitrenko is a very flawed heavyweight, as many people have seen, but he’s still not an easy out for someone as old as Briggs. Dimitrenko has only been beaten twice in his career in defeats to Eddie Chambers and Kubrat Pulev. Those guys weren’t old when they beat Dimitrenko.
Chambers fully outclassed and exposed Dimitrenko years ago on his own home turf
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By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) and WBC champion Victor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting on July 23 on HBO pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s a controversial move on the part of their promoter Bob Arum, who says he had no choice but to put the fight on PPV due to HBO not having enough dates to put the fight on regular HBO. Arum says he expects the Crawford vs. Postol fight to bring in 100,000 PPV buys. He’s not expecting big numbers like his past stars Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao when they first fought on PPV as the headliners.
The 100K PPV buys for Crawford vs. Postol would put it at the same level as Gennady Golovkin’s recent PPV fight against David Lemieux. Arum says he would be selling the Crawford vs. Postol fight for $50 on PPV, and packaging it with WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez and featherweight Oscar Valdez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) says he’ll be returning to the ring soon. He expects to announce his next fight date next week. Whyte, 28, has shoulder surgery following his 7th round knockout loss to Anthony Joshua last December.
Whyte is rehabbing his surgically repaired left shoulder. Whyte wants a rematch against the 27-year-old Joshua because he feels the outcome of their second fight will be different with him uninjured.
Whyte suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd round of the Joshua fight, and this left him with just one good arm to fight the 6’6” heavily muscular Joshua. Whyte was doing good before the injury. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Andre Berto is picking Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) to defeat WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in their fight on May 7.
The two fighters have less than two weeks to go for their big fight on HBO PPV, and it’s going to be interesting to see which of these two will come out on top. Canelo is the clear favorite in this fight, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot because Canelo was made to look silly by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013, and Canelo didn’t look any better against the only fighter with reasonably fast hands that he’s faced since then in Erislandy Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) says he’s looked into the eyes of his opponent 32-year-old Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) and he sees loss in those eyes.
Ortiz and Berto will be fighting each other this Saturday night in a rematch on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The two of them fought each other five years ago when they were among the best fighters in the 147lb division. Read the rest of this entry »