By Allan Fox: Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) won’t be taking any chances with being on the receiving end up another controversial decision when he faces IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) in their rematch in first half of 2017. Kovalev was beaten by the scores of 114-113 x 3 in their fight on November 19.
The rematch will be a different story for the two fighters, because Kovalev is not going to be looking for the perfect shot like he was last time he fought Ward. He’s also not going to let Ward turn the fight into a wrestling match like the last time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) wasn’t happy with his 12 round unanimous decision win on Saturday night over challenger Artur Akavov (16-2, 7 KOs) in his voluntary defense at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Scotland. Saunders felt that he was poor in the fight, because he had been out of the ring for an entire year. The judges gave Saunders the win by the scores 116-11, 116-112 and 115-113.
I along with a number of boxing fans felt that Saunders didn’t do enough to deserve the win. I scored it a draw. However, if I were to pick a winner between them, I would go with the 31-year-old Akavov, because he was the one who was working harder the entire fight. Saunders was just loafing along the ropes, looking lazy and not willing to work hard for the full three minutes of each round. Akavov lost, but I think he would have won if the fight had been in a different venue. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs) did his job in defeating IBF World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night to take his title at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. Gassiev’s trainer Abel Sanchez would like to see more pressure and steady work from him in the future, because he let Lebedev off the hook after hurting him in the 5th.
The judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-111, and 114-113.
The win wasn’t as perfect a performance that Sanchez had hoped it would be, but he was still satisfied that he got the victory to capture the IBF title. Sanchez saw it as a problem with experience for Gassiev. He thinks it would have been a lot easier for Gassiev to win the fight if he had more experience. What Sanchez was unhappy about was Gassiev allowing Lebedev to work by throwing a lot of light shots that were intended to steal rounds and to keep Gassiev from throwing punches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: It has been a while now since UFC icon Conor McGregor and boxing major star Floyd Mayweather were speculated to fight. Back then I hoped this idea would just go away, but as time has passed, now the rumors and attention the sports and social media gives to it, makes this “dream match” potentially doable.
Only two days ago, it was reported that Conor McGregor got licensed to box in the state of California and most of boxing media talked about it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 2 KOs) retained his WBO 160lb title in beating #10 WBO fringe contender Artur Akavov (16-2, 7 KOs) by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Lagoon Leisure Centre, in Paisley, Scotland.
The judges scored the fight 116-113, 116-112 and 115-113 for Saunders. Boxing News 24 scored the fight 6-6 with neither guy winning. I actually had Akavov winning the fight 8 rounds to 4, but I gave Saunders two mercy rounds where the rounds were slightly close but not close enough for him to win them outright. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former heavyweight world title challenger Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) defeated former WBC heavyweight title challenger Samuel Peter (36-5, 9 KOs) by a 4th round TKO to win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title on Saturday night in a mismatch in front of 15,000 boxing fans at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The fight was stopped after round three after the badly out of shape looking Peter appeared to hurt his right arm while throwing a wild shot. Peter bent over the ropes after the round ended. He appeared to be in pain and was leaning towards his right side, as it to show that he had hurt his right arm. Moments later, the fight was halted by the referee.
It’s just as well. The fight was a mismatch, as Peter was slow, fat and missing badly with every punch he threw. It was target practice for the 6’4 ½” Pulev, who jabbed Peter nonstop in rounds one through three. It was too easy for Pulev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: The big punching unbeaten #2 IBF Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs) used his superior punching power, pressure, size and youth to pound out a 12 round split decision win over IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. The 23-year-old Gassiev knocked Lebedev down in the 5th round from a powerful left to the body. Lebedev was in trouble the remainder of the 5th. Lebedev was very lucky to have made it out of the round, because he was taking body shots over and over again from Gassiev until the round ended. You can argue that whatever chance Lebedev had of winning the fight went out the window after the 5th, because his whole approach to the fight changed. Lebedev started running from Gassiev, and the fight resembled a cat and mouse type of affair. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: In a shocking fight, #15 WBA fringe contender Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) pulled off a major upset in stopping previously unbeaten 36-year-old IBF World light welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-1, 22 KOs) in the 1st round on Saturday night to capture his IBF 140lb title at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow, Russia.
The lanky 5’10” southpaw Indongo nailed Troyanovsky with a scorching left hand to the jaw in the 1st round that sent the Russian fighter down flaw on his back. Troyanovsky was badly hurt from the shot and didn’t even try to get up. Referee Mark Calo-Oy immediately stepped in and halted the fight with Troyanovsky still down on the canvas and in need of assistance. They eventually got Troyanovsky back to his feet and took him out of the ring, but he looked in bad shape. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: In the undercard of the Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev card, the hard hitting knockout artist Dmitry Kudryashov (20-1, 2O KOs) totally obliterated a badly over-matched fringe contender #12 WBA, #14 WB Sartander Silgado (27-4, 21 KOs) in the 1st round to capture the vacant World Boxing Council Silver cruiserweight title.
The 31-year-old Kudryashov knocked Silgado down twice in the 1st round. The second knockdown came from a left to the head that had the 31-year-old Silgado down on the canvas badly hurt. Kudryashov’s punching power was amazing. He showed super power in getting Silgado out of there quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Sergio Mora says WBA ‘regular” 160lb champion Danny Jacobs has the punching power to hurt IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin if he can get to his chin in the first three rounds. Mora believes that Jacobs has the better overall punching power than Golovkin. However, he feels that Golovkin has the better technique, which will kick in after the 3rd round if he’s still in the fight.
Mora sees Jacobs as having a suspect chin that Golovkin could take advantage of if he can get him past the third round. Read the rest of this entry »