By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum still hasn’t given up on matching him against Australian fighter Jeff Horn IF the fight against Amir Khan fails to materialize. Arum said that if the deal for Pacquiao to fight Khan in the UAE gets done this weekend, then the fight will take place on April 22.
Pacquiao is hoping the Khan fight will take place next. He’s received a big $38 million offer to fight in the United Arab Emirates, but it wouldn’t be against Horn. It would be against Khan. Many of Pacquiao’s boxing fans aren’t interested in seeing Pacquiao fight Jeff Horn, but Arum isn’t letting go of the idea of still making the fight between them. It’s unclear why Arum wouldn’t look for someone besides Horn for Pacquiao to fight if the match against Khan fails to take place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) successfully weighed in on Thursday afternoon inn coming in at 173.6 pounds for his WBC light heavyweight title eliminator fight against #1 WBC Eleider Alvarez (21-0, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec, Canada.
Alvarez weighed at 174.6lbs. The winner of the Bute vs. Alvarez fight will be the mandatory challenger to WBC 175lb champion Adonis “Super Man” Stevenson. This is a pay-per-view fight between Bute and Alvarez. The fight will be shown on Integrated Sports Media for $29.95 in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Undefeated interim WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (9-0, 7 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an impressive 4th round technical knockout victory over 32-year-old southpaw Robert Berridge (29-6, 21 KOs) on Thursday evening at the Forum in Nizhny, Tagil, Russia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Peter Fury, the trainer for Hughie Fury, says that he WILL be signing the contract for the fight against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker as soon as they get the contract from him to sign.
Earlier on Thursday, the World Boxing Organization president Paco Valcarcel said that if Hughie doesn’t sign the contract by 12 p.m. on Friday, the WBO will possibly have Parker take a voluntary defense of his title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Arum has a venue for WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford’s next fight on May 20. Arum is going to stage the fight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with Newark. The fight will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Arum doesn’t have an opponent yet for Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs). It would be nice if Arum upgraded the level of opposition that Crawford is facing, because he’s had too many lackluster opponents lately. The last opponent that Arum matched Crawford against, John Molina, came into the fight with him having lost 3 out of his last 5 fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: This Saturday at the Ice Arena, Hull Yorkshire, two hungry fighters will fight for the vacant WBC super-bantamweight title in Gavin McDonnell, who has the support from the locals better show his hunger and determination to defeat a young lion Rey Vargas who will have legendary trainer Ignacio Beristain in his corner.
For Gavin this is the chance for him to join his brother Jamie McDonnell WBA bantam titlist as brother champions and also for the loud fervent UK fight fan base to add one more champion to their last years long list of champions which to me represent an UK Boxing Golden Era. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) will be defending his title against unbeaten 2012 Olympian Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs) on April 8 on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa at the Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. The fights will be on HBO Championship Boxing.
Also on the card is unbeaten #6 WBO, #6 WBC, #7 IBF light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozyk (12-0, 10 KOs) facing Yunieski Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs) in a 10 round fight. All three of these fights – Lomachenko vs. Sosa, Usyk vs. Hunter and Gvozdyk vs. Gonzalez – will be televised on HBO Boxing. It should be a great televised card for the fans. It’s definitely be one of the best card on regular HBO that’s for sure. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has serious doubts whether the money will be there for him to fight Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There’s been a large offer of $38 million for Pacquiao to fight in the UAE. Arum says that Jeff Horn is not the one the organizers want in the UAE.
They want Amir Khan for the fight. Arum says he’s not holding his breath that the $38 million materializes for Pacquiao. Arum does say that offer is a lot more than what Pacquiao would get in fighting Horn in Brisbane, Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Some fighters aim high in terms of title and achievement while others just target big money fights and do whatever it takes to go there. They are lured by what it is offered to them and do the adjustments. They bulk up or they trim down to fit wherever the big money is available.
But it doesn’t always work as expected, since his arrival in the welterweight division, Adrien “the problem” Broner (33 Wins-2 Loses) has experienced problems. Read the rest of this entry »
By The Commissioner: There’s a myth that promulgates amongst boxing fans that’s almost as old as prize fighting itself. This myth has gone unchallenged and unsubstantiated over and over again every time it’s spoken. In the boxing gyms, bars, workplaces and fight venues worldwide it is accepted as truth and it’s theory validated by its re-use by those who put forth their argument against a fighter who they believe to have weaknesses waiting to be exposed.
The myth? That a boxers talent is intrinsically linked to the quality of their previous opposition. Read the rest of this entry »