By Allan Fox: For some fans hoping to find the next superstar in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. mold, they were sadly disappointed last Saturday night with a less than Mayweather-esque performance from unbeaten WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) in his 12 round unanimous decision win over WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Promotional company Top Rank needs a new pay-per-view star to replace their No.1 star Manny Pacquiao, and boxing needs a replacement for the retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. There was hope that the 28-year-old Crawford could be the next Mayweather both in talent and in PPV bulling ability. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) will be getting $1 million purse on Saturday night for his title defense against Irish fighter Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Frampton, who is coming all the way from Northern Ireland for the fight, will be getting half as much as Santa Cruz at $500,000.
It’s not bad money for Frampton, but I’m betting that he’s thinking of the much bigger paydays he can receive in the future if he beats Santa Cruz to win his WBA belt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: In a fight that few boxing fans have any interest in seeing, WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will be back inside the ring in two months from now in a needless rematch against 35-year-old former WBA junior middleweight champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 8 KOs) on September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Jacobs has openly said that he wasn’t excited about the rematch against Mora, because he would prefer to take on a bigger name. Going back to face the same guy he already beat is a backwards move in the minds of Jacobs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-1-1 21 KOs) will be resuming his once promising career possibly in September against the likes of Gerald Washington, Dominic Breazeale, Travis Kauffman or Eric Molina, according to RingTV. Martin, 30, was knocked out in the 2nd round last April by Anthony Joshua in London, England.
It was a disappointing loss for the 6’5” Martin, because he never really got his offense un-tracked after getting dropped by a right hand from Joshua. The southpaw Martin looked like he was intimidated by the 6’6” former 2012 Olympic gold medalist Joshua from the 1st round, and he never let his hands go the way he needed to for him to be competitive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A unification fight between lightweight champions Terry Flanagan and Dejan Zlaticanin are in the works for October. Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza likes the fight. One problem that could potentially get in the way of the Flanagan-Zlaticanin fight taking place is unbeaten Felix Verdejo (22-0, 15 KOs) being named as the #1 WBO mandatory challenger for Flanagan.
Verdejo wants a title shot, and if the World Boxing Organization order the fight, then Flanagan would have to face the talented Puerto Rican fighter. Flanagan has been pretty much taking it easy as the WBO champion since winning it last year against Jose Zepeda. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) made weight on Friday in weighing at 125.5 pounds for his title defense against former IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 29-year-old Frampton weighed in at 125.25lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Patrick McHugh: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to make a successful defense of his WBC belt tonight against the 28-year-old American Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs)at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Both fighters have KO power in each fist. Stevenson does well when he’s given space and time to throw his big power shots from the outside. Stevenson isn’t quite as good when his opponents get in close and throw flurries at him. Stevenson needs room to get leverage on his punches and to use his hand speed. When Stevenson is on the inside, his hand speed and power is almost totally negated. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After a great deal of back and forth jawing at each other, it appears that British heavyweights Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-6, 17 KOs) won’t be fighting in 2016.
According to Chisora’s promoter Kalle Sauerland, the talk between him and Whyte’s promoter has gone quiet for the fight. Sauerland still believes the Whyte vs. Chisora fight can happen, but it might need to wait until 2017. In the meantime, Sauerland is interested in matching Chisora back up with the 6’6” Robert Helenius in a rematch.
Chisora wants to avenge his controversial 12 round split decision loss from 2011. That’s a fight that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Helenius suffered a right shoulder injury during the fight, which left him one-armed for the most part during the second half of the contest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder’s second surgery on his hand is reportedly a success. In addition to his right hand surgery, Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) had surgery to repair his torn right bicep muscle that he injured in his last fight against fringe level contender Chris Arreola this month on July 16 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. At this point, it’s still too early to know whether the 6’7” Wilder will need a follow up surgery on his hand and bicep to fix the problems.
“Surgery number two is done. Thanks so much to everyone for all the prayers,” said Wilder after his surgery. “Thank you to all the great nurses and staff who took care of me.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: After two and a half years outside of the ring, former two division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) will finally be back in action this Saturday night against light welterweight Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) in a 10 round fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Garcia-Rojas fight will be taking place on the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton card.
Mikey, 28, last fought in January 2014 in beating Juan Carlos Burgos by a 12 round unanimous decision. At the time, Mikey was the WBO World super featherweight champion. Burgos hasn’t fought since either. Read the rest of this entry »