By Allan Fox: Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) tuned his career around last Saturday night with a fourth round knockout win over his old nemesis Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) in their rematch at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
A loss for Berto in this fight would have removed any chance of him getting a crack at WBC 147lb world champion Danny Garcia, and it might have did his career in. The improvement that Berto made in his skills came from his hard work in sparring with former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who shares the same trainer as him in Virgil Hunter out of Hayward, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Peter Fury appears to be making excuses for his fighter heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) not looking good last Saturday night in his fight against Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) last Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK. Hughie was having all he could handle from the 36-year-old Kassi until the fight was halted in the 7th round due to the 21-year-old Hughie suffering a cut over his left eye from a head clash in the 6th.
Peter says Hughie was flat in the fight due to Kassi’s awkward style. Peter says that Kassi wasn’t there for Hughie to hit, so that led to frustration on his part. However, in watching the fight, it looked like Hughie went to pieces mentally in the 6th round after getting pursued all over the ring by the shorter Kassi and nailed with some huge headshots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: It’s looking like superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is poised to launch a comeback to shoot for victory No.50 in his career. Mayweather Promotions has filed for trademarks on ‘TMT 50’ and ‘TBE 50,’ according to ESPN.com.
If that’s not a big hint that we’ll soon be seeing Mayweather comeback, then it’s hard to know what is. Mayweather retired with victory 49 after his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto last September in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather’s record now sits at 49-0 with 26 knockouts, which ties him with the late former heavyweight world champion Rocky Marciano. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: According to the punch stats from last night’s fight between WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs), Jack out-landed the 36-year-old Bute by a wide margin. Jack landed almost a 100 more punches.
It’s not the fight I saw. I thought Bute landed more shots and I counted him landing many more punches than Jack in their fight at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. The Jack-Bute fight was scored a draw by the scores 117-111 for Jack, and 114-114 and 114-114. I thought a draw was fair. I have no problems with that score. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) says he’s ready to face #3 WBC Andre Berto following his fourth round knockout win over Victor Ortiz last Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The win for Berto was an impressive won because he turned back the clock with the victory. It was easily the best performance from the 32-year-old Berto since his win over former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) is six days away from challenging the younger, bigger, and stronger WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) next Saturday night on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan has bulked up for this fight and is said to be heavier than he’s ever been before. Khan said recently that he expects to be in the 160lbs on fight night. It should be easy for him to make the 155lb catch-weight that Canelo insisted on, and then rehydrated from five to 10 pounds to come into the fight in the 160s. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Rogelio Medina (36-7, 30 KOs) lost his fight last night against IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs), but the fans felt differently about the outcome of the fight with many of them feeling that Medina had done enough to deserve the decision at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
Medina wants a rematch because he thinks he should have gotten the decision. Medina wants a rematch. DeGale didn’t say anything about wanting to fight Medina again. I can’t blame DeGale if he never fights the 27-year-old Medina again because this guy seems to have his number. Medina threw an incredible 1,140 punches in the fight. When was the last time you saw a fighter throw that many punches and wind up losing? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. was in the audience last Saturday night to support his fighter WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack in his title defense against #7 WBC Lucian Bute at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
During the event, Mayweather was asked by Showtime’s Jim Gray whether he plans on returning to the ring, and Mayweather said he would only return for a nine-figure payday and likely only against a world champion.
This obviously means Manny Pacquiao can forget about a rematch with Mayweather because the Filipino fighter is no longer a world champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I knew it was coming. After holding down the IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles for all of five months, Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is saying he wants to retire after his July 9 rematch against Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs).
Fury says he’s lost the motivation and is sick of the sport. I knew this was going to happen as soon as he won those titles last November. With the mess of money that Fury won in that fight, and the big money he’s going to get in the rematch against Klitschko, it has taken his ambition from Fury. I see this kind of thing all the time.
When a fighter loses the need to keep fighting after making a bundle of money, the distractions of suddenly having a life of leisure sends them into retirement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last night we saw two controversial outcomes with WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs) having to settle for a questionable (some would say gift) 12 round draw against former IBF 168lb champion Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) in Showtime’s mini-tournament at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
The fights were both shown on Showtime Championship Boxing last night in the U.S, and you have to wonder what all the fans were thinking in seeing Bute and Jack look less than dazzling. To me, they booth showed how horrible the current champions are in the super middleweight division. Read the rest of this entry »