By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua figures he’s got maybe five more years left in his boxing career before he hangs up his gloves and retires from the sport. That’s if everything goes as planned with his career. Joshua needs to keep his eye on the task at hand for this Saturday, because he’s facing a real big puncher in Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
It wouldn’t be surprising at all of Joshua gets knocked out in that fight, because Molina is going to be fighting above his head knowing that if he beats AJ, he’ll get a huge money rematch. Molina will be set for life if he beats Joshua. The cash that Molina will get for the rematch will be out of this world good. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A deal was not reached by Wednesday’s deadline of 5:00 p.m. ET for the negotiations between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs’ management for a fight. The World Boxing Association has now ordered a purse bid on December 19 in their headquarters in Panama.
The minimum bid for the Golovkin-Jacobs purse bid is $400,000. The purse split is in favor of Golovkin 75% – Jacobs 25%. I’m sure the 25% purse split isn’t quite what Jacobs and his manager Al Haymon were looking for from the negotiations. They reportedly wanted a 60-40 deal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto will be returning to the ring in two months from now on February 25 against James Kirkland on HBO PPV at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The contract hasn’t yet been signed for the Cotto-Kirkland fight, but it appears the fight is going to happen.
Kirkland, 32, is from Texas, and he’s got a fan base there. Having the fight on HBO pay-per-view is the odd thing. The success of the Canelo-Kirkland fight might depend on the older boxing fans, who remember Kirkland from seven years ago when his career was doing well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 IBF contender Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) realizes that his only chance of beating IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) this Saturday night is if he knocks him when the two fighters face each other at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Molina, 6’4”, will be the visiting fighter walking into the lion’s den in this fight. That means there will be very few Molina fans when he gets inside the ring with the 27-year-old Joshua.
There will be a lot of cheering when Joshua lands his shots and likely next to no applause for Molina when he does anything good in the fight. You can argue that judges tend to pick up their cues in who to score the fight for based on the cheering of the crowd, Joshua would seem to be in a very good position to win this fight on Saturday night if it goes to the scorecards, which is why Molina doesn’t plan on letting the fight go the distance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ifti Khan: Looking ahead to a big night of boxing this weekend sees Anthony Joshua take on American, Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena in what is expected to be an intriguing night of boxing. With the likes of Connor Benn, Ortiz, Yafai, Quigg and Smith fighting on the bill, there won’t be any moments to turn a blind eye that’s for sure. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 Kos) has a chance of picking up the vacant WBO heavyweight title this Saturday night against Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) in their fight at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker is the favorite to win on Bovada by the line -400 to +300 for Ruiz Jr.
That doesn’t mean that Ruiz Jr. will necessarily lose the fight on Saturday. He’s got a real chance of winning the fight. Parker, 24, is a good heavyweight, but he’s still green and doesn’t have a lot of big fights under his belt that proven that he’s worthy of his No.1 ranking with the World Boxing Organization. HBO Championship Boxing will be televising the Parker vs. Ruiz Jr. fight on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer John David Jackson says his fighter former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) will make two improvements in his game to adapt for his rematch against Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) in 2017. Kovalev will be attacking Ward to the body with power shots, and he’ll have worked on conditioning so that he doesn’t run out of gas in the second half of the contest.
The boxing skills department appeared to be pretty evenly matched between the two fighters. Where Ward was clearly better than Kovalev was his inside wrestling technique. Ward was able to wrestle Kovalev from rounds 5 through 12 to limit the amount of shots he was able to throw in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #3 WBA contender George Groves (25-3, 18 KOs) is hoping to fight #1 WBA Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBA super middleweight title in March. The World Boxing Association is going to have Groves and the 29-year-old former WBA 168lb champion Chudinov fight for the recently vacated title.
The only question is when does the fight take place? Felix Sturm recently vacated the WBA title. He beat Chudinov by a controversial 12 round decision last February in Germany. I saw the fight and had Chudinov winning, but he did not look good at all in that contest. The hand speed or lack thereof was just missing with Chudinov. He made what should have been an easy fight into a very difficult one because of his slow hands. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: At Wednesday’s press conference, 32-year-old former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) tossed a flimsy table in the direction of his opponent British heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) after the two of them had words.
It looked much rehearsed with the way that Chisora got emotional all of a sudden and picked up what appeared to be a plastic table and toss it. I don’t know what the other tables were made of, but the one that Chisora threw appeared to be an ultra-light plastic table.
It’ll be interesting to see how this explosion by Chisora is talked about on social media and twitter. Will it create interest in the boxing world and make big news or will the fans see it as little more than a well-rehearsed play designed to get the fans interested in his match against Whyte. I know what I think. It looked pre-thought out rather than something done on the spur of the moment by Chisora. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: IBF World junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) plans on doing a job on unbeaten top challenger Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night on Showtime from the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
Charlo says he’s going to take Williams’ head off when he gets inside the ring with him on Saturday. The two big punchers have been jawing at each other for week’s head of their fight, and it’s reached a boiling point where they can’t wait to start throwing shots at one another. Read the rest of this entry »