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 »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs) found himself outworked tonight by former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-4, 25 KOs) in having to settle for a 12 round draw at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
Badou fought well in the first four rounds, but Bute took over the fight from the 6th round on and appeared to win most if not all of the remaining rounds by out-punching the economical Badou. The final judges’ scores were 117-111 for Jack, and 114-114, 114-114. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) had to work hard to defeat mandatory challenger Rogelio Medina (36-7, 30 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in Showtime’s de facto tournament at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 117-111 and 117-111. The scores were wider than you would believe by watching the fight. Medina appeared to win at least five rounds. 117-111 didn’t give Medina credit for the good work he did in many of the rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Chris Williams: Undefeated heavyweight contender Gerald Washington (17-0-1, 11 KOs) used his big size advantage to beat former world title challenger Eddie Chambers (42-5, 23 KOs) by an 8 round unanimous decision on Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: We may have seen the end of former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz’s pro career tonight with him getting knocked down and stopped in the 4th round by former IBF/WBC 147lb champion Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Berto did little until the 4th round at which time he knocked Ortiz down twice with big right hands. Ortiz failed to say he wanted to continue after the second knockdown when asked by referee Jack Reiss if he wanted to continue. The fight was official halted at 1:14 of the 4th. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Chris Williams: Light heavyweight Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) took advantage of a very sloppy former world title challenger Edwin Rodriguez (28-2, 19 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round on Saturday night in a fight on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Rodriguez came out throwing bombs in the first two rounds instead of boxing. Williams took advantage of Rodriguez’s sloppy form by knocking him down in the 2nd round with a hard left hand to the head. Rodriguez staggered to his feet but the referee halted the fight anyway due to how hurt he looked. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Chris Williams: 37-year-old Fernando Montiel (54-6-2, 39 KOs) finally got old on Saturday night in getting stopped in the 1st round against a much bigger and younger featherweight Jorge Lara (28-0-2, 20 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a real stinker, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) beat high level journeyman Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) by a dull 7th round technical decision win to capture the vacant WBO International heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK. The crowd basically booed Hughie nonstop. I’ve never seen a home fighter booed as much as Hughie was.
That was pretty sad to see. I wonder what Tyson Fury was thinking in watching this spectacle? It’s not as if he could stand up and convince the crowd not to boo Hughie, because after all they had paid their hard-earned money to see what they had hoped would be an exciting fight. It was a fight, but it sure wasn’t exciting. Read the rest of this entry »