By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) says he expects to be involved in a tough fight this Saturday night in his rematch against Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) on January 28, but he doesn’t think it’ll be a tougher one for him than their previous fight last July. In fact, Frampton believes the fight will be easier this time for him due to the training that he’s put in to prepare himself for the talented 28-year-old American Santa Cruz.
Frampton barely beat Santa Cruz last year in winning a 12 round majority decision by the scores 114-114, 116-112 and 117-111. The fans were rooting for Frampton the entire fight, and some boxing say that the judges were influenced by the crowd noise. The racket the fans were making in favor of Frampton made it appear that he was doing better than he was. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) is reportedly interested in facing 43-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) in his next fight after he faces James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) on February 25 on HBO PPV from the Ford Center at The Star, in Frisco, Texas.
This would be part of Cotto’s last fights of his career, as he plans on retiring at the end of 2017. Cotto is expected to fight Saul Canelo Alvarez in December on HBO PPV. Cotto already lost to Marquez a year a half ago in November 2015, and he hasn’t fought since that time. Marquez hasn’t fought in almost 3 years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya believes that the sport of boxing needs the May 6 fight between Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 32 KOs) and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs). The two of them are going to be fighting on HBO pay-per-view in either Las Vegas, Nevada or Texas.
For many Mexican boxing fans of the two fighters Canelo and Chavez Jr., it’s considered a big fight that will bring in a lot of money on PPV and at the gate. De Hoya feels that the fight will help the sport. He may be right about that, even though the fight is considered a non-competitive match on paper, and not the fight that the hardcore boxing fans want to see in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
By Brendan Earley: Andre Ward’s career has been constructed on taking on and fighting the best. One glance at his resume will support this statement, as over the years he has claimed victories against top competitors such as Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Chad Dawson. Such victories resulted in him being crowned the top fighter at 168 pounds, and helped him forge a reputation as one of the best fighters in the world.
After conquering the Super Middleweight division Ward set his sights on replicating the dominance he enjoyed at 168 in the Light Heavyweight Division of 175 pounds. After a period of inactivity caused by injuries and legal issues, Andre took the plunge to Light Heavyweight in 2015, defeating Paul Smith via TKO. After this Ward continued his conquest on the 175 pound weight class, stringing together wins over Sullivan Barrera and Alexander Brand, and in late last year S.O.G took on the biggest challenge of his career so far; A fight with Sergey Kovalev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman is counting on a knocking out WBC champion Danny Garcia in a spectacular fashion on March 4, possibly with a single punch. Thurman believes that a sensational knockout of Garcia will not only move him to the No.5 spot in the pound-for-pound rankings, but also make him the No.1 welterweight in the division.
Thurman sees a spectacular win over Garcia as making him the “new face” in the 147lb division. It would make Thurman the replacement for Floyd Mayweather Jr. There hasn’t been a replacement for Mayweather as of yet, because no one in the welterweight division has stepped forward to claim the spot by beating a top guy that the boxing fans respect. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After moving Anthony Joshua’s career slowly since he turned pro in 2013, Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he wants to have him fight “big fights only” at this point beginning with his match against Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 on Sky Box Office pay-per-view.
Hearn wants a unification fight for Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, and he’s hoping he can make that fight into a big one in both countries. Hearn hasn’t said it yet, but he might be hoping to make the Joshua vs. Wilder fight a pay-per-view match in the U.S, which is going to be a really tough to sell. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Light welterweight contender Adrien Broner sees middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) as a vulnerable fighter, who would have lost to welterweight Kell Brook (36-1, 25 Kos) last September if he’d been a 160lb fighter rather than just a 147 pounder.
Broner says Golovkin will lose to Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) by a knockout when the two of them face each other in the near future. Since it’s still not known if Canelo will ever agree to fight Golovkin, it doesn’t matter what Broner’s opinion is on the subject of him and Canelo. At the rate that Canelo is going, we may not ever see him fight Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Fighting for the first time in three years, former two division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (43-9, 30 KOs) totally obliterated an over-matched journeyman Jorge Luis Munguia (12-8, 4 KOs) by a 2nd round TKO on Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center arena in Trenton, New Jersey.
The 39-year-old Judah peppered Munguia with power shots in the 2nd round in switching angles from his shots repeatedly until dropping him with a left to the head. Munguia fell down on his backside, and the fight was then halted. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) is largely seen by the boxing public as the sitting duck for Golden Boy Promotions’ top money maker Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) to destroy on HBO pay-per-view on May 6 at a yet to be determined site in the U.S. The price of the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight will likely be $65.99. That’s a lot of money for a fight that will probably be one-sided from start to finish. Chavez Jr. has problems making weight at super middleweight, and the 164 ½ pound catch-weight for this fight is going to be a real problem for him to make.
The $1 million per pound weight penalty that is in the contract for the fight is there to make sure that Chavez Jr. doesn’t come in over the weight limit. That’s too bad for Chavez Jr. because he’s going to need to boil down hard to make a weight that he hasn’t been at since 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) sees himself in the twilight of his boxing career with only five remains with one of them being against Tony Bellew, and possibly two others being against Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. Haye, 36, wants to maximize his income before he calls it a day to become a fulltime promoter with Haymaker Ringstar with Richard Schaefer, the former Golden Boy Promotions CEO.
Haye has the Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) fight scheduled for March 4 on Sky Box Office pay-per-view at the O2 Arena in London, England. Haye is hoping to make quick work of the 33-year-old Bellew, and then move onto bigger and better things against Joshua and Fury. The fight against Joshua is one that will almost surely happen, as his promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »