By Scott Gilfoid: Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) says he has his toughest fight of his on May 29 against Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK. Bellew and Makabu will be fighting for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in this fight. Bellew has the hometown advantage but he’s really up against it in this fight.
Bellew says he’s got a plan of how he wants to deal with the hard hitting Makabu. He says he’s going to keep him on the outside and nail him with shots. I’m not sure if that’s going to work too well though because Makabu is another Adonis Stevenson type of knockout artist who is good at getting in punching range to land his big power shots.
“So I’m going to have to nail him to keep him off. I’m going to have to keep him at range, use my skills and use my feet, and I believe when I keep landing I will break him down and I will stop him,” said Bellew to skysports.com. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Allan Fox: WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) was looking really drained today in his grand arrival at the MGM Grand in Las Veas, Nevada for his title defense against Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on Saturday night. Canelo has to cut down to 155lbs for the catch-weight, and it seems like he needs to be fighting at the full weight for the division at 160.
Khan says he’s going to give Canelo a boxing lesson on Saturday night. Khan has been working on his speed and movement so that he can keep out range of Canelo’s short power shots. Khan feels that he’s going to make Canelo look bad, take his WBC title in front of his fans, and then go home with the belt to Great Britain. Khan has never been surer of a victory before during his career because he’s done his homework well in studying the 25-year-old Canelo’s fights and coming up with a great game plan to defeat his fighting style. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 Kos) will be looking to turn his career around this Saturday night against junior middleweight Glen Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) in a 10 round fight in the co-feature bout on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Amir Khan card on HBO pay-per-view at 9:00 p.m. ET at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lemieux will have a big size advantage over Tapia, and this fight figures to be a mismatch. Tapia hasn’t fought an entire year since his 4th round knockout loss to Michel Soro last year in May 2015. The fact Tapia hasn’t fought in 12 months makes you wonder about his love for the sport. Normally see older fighters taking long breaks after losses, not young fighters like Tapia. If Tapia loses on Saturday night, then I won’t be surprised if we see him disappear for another extended break from the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) flew out last Saturday from Atlanta to Manchester, England to begin training in the UK for his May 21 fight against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. Deontay wanted to train in Europe so that he could get acclimated to the time difference and not be in such a shock when flying over to Russia for the fight.
If Wilder had chosen to fly over to Russia days before the fight, he likely would be jet-lagged from having had to sit down for such a long period of time on the plane while flying over. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Both Showtime and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will be making a big news announcement tomorrow [Wednesday] in a press conference. It’s expected that Showtime will announce that they’ve got a deal to pipe Joshua’s title fights from the UK into the United States.
I’m not sure if that’s a big deal though, if that’s what the announcement is going to be. Joshua is a foreign fighter and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be fighting in the U.S. like we’re seeing from other foreign fighters that have made it big over there like Manny Pacquiao and Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia says he doesn’t see a fight between IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez happening for a number of reasons. Garcia said Golovkin is too big for the 5’9” Canelo, and there’s a big difference in the popularity of the two fighters.
Garcia says Golovkin brought in just 150,000 pay-per-view buys recently in his fight against David Lemieux; whereas Canelo brought in 900,000 for his title fight against former WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto recently. Due to the difference in popularity and in size, Garcia thinks that Canelo has no reasons to fight Golovkin and he doesn’t think he will. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: This Saturday on May 7, the fight between elite 155 pounder Saul Alvarez and welter Amir Khan, will finally let their fans know why this bout is considered as a huge mismatch by a couple of long time fight fans. The betting odds are extremely close at 4 -1, but that doesn’t make the fight more even.
With the WBC Middleweight belt at stake and the Lineal status for the winner of this bout, it should already had caught the interest of all fight fans around the world, but it seems that if it wasn’t for the constant hype on major TV media and by on payroll boxing analyst, then only the fight fans who follow boxing on diary bases would know the correct magnitude about it.
A friend of mine challenged me to say something positive about the Canelo vs Khan bout. He bet to me that I would fail, because according to him I am envious of both Canelo and Khan millionaire life style. So, I replied to him, the very same thing Wladimir Klitschko said in the first press conference of his Tyson Fury rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Arissol: With the heavyweight division eagerly awaiting a colossal rematch between Tyson Fury and Klitschko, another Fury is quietly making his way up the rankings. Hughie Fury, the 21 year old cousin of champion Tyson, is still undefeated and claimed the WBO intercontinental title on Saturday night via a technical decision against Big Fred Kassi. Hughie Fury (20-0-0 10 KOs) is gaining a reputation as a future prospect and is still has much to learn under the tutorage of his father Peter Fury who also trains Tyson.
Standing at 6ft 6 inches (198cms) and weighing around 230 lbs, Hughie Fury certainly has the frame for the division and, rather more scarily, is still growing. He has speed and power in both hands and is only going to get stronger and more ring smart as his career progresses. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: As of today, the heavyweight match between former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) and 33-year-old Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) is now officially been added to the David Haye vs. Arnold Gjerjaj card on May 21 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
I’m going to go on record right now by saying I don’t think Briggs can beat Dimitrenko. It’s bad that Briggs was given someone so similar to Vitali Klitschko in size and fighting style. Briggs was as harmless as a baby in his loss to Vitali in 2010. By having Briggs fight Dimitrenko, it puts Briggs in a nearly impossible situation to try and win this fight to get the Haye fight later this year.
This is the fight that Briggs must win for him to get a payday match against Haye later this year. Briggs, 44, recently came to the UK to force Haye, 35, to give him a fight, and Haye finally relented by telling Briggs that if he agrees to fight on his undercard on May 21, he’ll give him a fight if he wins his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: With the big payday Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) is getting to fight for a world title this Saturday night against WBC 160lb champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs), the 29-year-old Khan says he wouldn’t fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he came back now and asked to fight him. Khan sees the aging 39-year-old Mayweather as a bitter person longing for the limelight now that he’s quickly being forgotten in the minds of boxing fans. Mayweather has been replaced by Canelo and Gennady Golovkin.
Khan is said to be getting $13 million for the Canelo fight on Saturday. That money gives Khan the freedom to turn up his nose at a fight against Mayweather if it were ever offered to him, which it likely never will. Mayweather doesn’t fancy a fight against Khan, who has blistering hand and foot speed.
Khan says he didn’t like the way Mayweather treated him by not agreeing to fight him. Mayweather gave Khan hope for a fight at one point in the past several years ago by asking fans to pick his next opponent. Read the rest of this entry »