By Jeff Aranow: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Super Man” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) announced today that he’ll be defending his WBC title next on July 16 against #9 WBC Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in Quebec, Canada. This choice of opponent probably won’t please boxing fans because they’ve been waiting for Stevenson to start facing the really talented light heavyweights like Sergey Kovalev, Andre Ward, Artur Beterbiev and Eleider Alvarez.
The fans want to see Stevenson face one or all of those fighters, but instead they’ve seen him take a lot of safe fights against guys that arguably don’t belong in the same ring with him like his last opponent Tommy Karpency. Williams, 28, is a slight upgrade over Karpency but not by much. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr. avoided a fight with him when he was still fighting. Thurman appears to be still unhappy about it, and he doesn’t even want to discuss the topic of Mayweather because he doesn’t like the way things were done.
Thurman says the World Boxing Association elevated Mayweather to WBA Super champion at a time when Thurman was his #1 WBA challenger. The WBA then moved Thurman from contender to WBA regular champion, which meant he had to fight mandatory challengers and Mayweather didn’t, says Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In his moment of glory last night, Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) called out David Haye and IBF/WBA cruiserweight Denis Lebedev for fights. Bellew dared Haye to come down to the cruiserweight division to face him, even though it would mean that Haye would need to lose 24 pounds of muscle to make that fight a possibility.
For Lebedev, Bellew says he would need to come to the UK to fight him, which is another unlikely possibility because Lebedev attracts large crowds in Russia for his fights. I think it would pretty much destroy Haye to lose 24 pounds of muscle right now to drain down to 200lbs just so that he can fight Bellew in a fight that wouldn’t make nearly the money that a fight against Anthony Joshua would make.
If Haye did make that mistake, then he could forget about having a chance to beat Joshua. He might still get the fight against Joshua, but his body would likely be in shock from losing 24 pounds and then putting it back on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In what has to be interpreted as a huge hint by Floyd Mayweather Jr. that he plans on going through with his circus fight against MMA fighter Conor McGregor, Mayweather posted a fight poster of him and McGregor on his Instagram last night. Mayweather is calling it a Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on pay-per-view.
Mayweather wouldn’t have posted this Instragram picture if he wasn’t interested in fighting the 27-year-old McGregor, who has never fought in a boxing match in his life. The closest thing to a boxing match for McGregor was his recent sparring session with former IBO welterweight champion Chris Van Heerden, which McGregor was schooled badly in. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Like a movie script the man who thought he’d lost it all found triumph through adversity. Generally in sport and in life it is uncommon to roll back the years and succeed when failure is expected. It is certainly the norm as a Scot painfully watching the tragic heroes fall at the final hurdle in football, rugby or whatever we seemingly take our hand to.
Ricky Burns Riches to rags, bankruptcy, fallen idol story seemed all too familiar for Scots but his determination to succeed embodies everything a small nation stands for. Criticize his opponent, question the legitimacy all you want but the fact remains Ricky Burns is now one of less than 50 men who have won world titles in 3 different weight divisions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Lou Dibella, the promoter for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) says IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is the biggest name in boxing right now and the guy that they want as soon as possible.
Dibella believes the 27-year-old Fury is the bigger name for any of the top heavyweights – David Haye and Anthony Joshua – to fight right now. However, Fury must get by Wladimir Klitschko in their rematch in a month and a half from now for Wilder to get a shot at him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will be returning to the ring in a tough tune-up bout against Argentinian Ezequiel Maderna (23-2, 15 KOs) this Saturday night on June 4th on ESPN Boxing from the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.
Beterbiev has been out of action with injuries for the past year. Beterbiev, 31, has a lot of lost time to make up for. He’s expected to take a couple of tune-up fights before looking to fight for a world title in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: After beating Michele Di Rocco (40-2-1, 18 KOs) by an 8th round knockout last Saturday night to claim the vacant WBA light welterweight title that previously belonged to Adrien Broner, newly crowned WBA champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) says he’s eager to get a big fight against a big name.
The two names that Burns has interest in right now is WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Adrien “The Problem” Broner. For Burns to get either of those guys to fight him, he’ll likely need to travel to the U.S. because they might not want to face Burns in the UK.
The money for the fight would need to be worth it for Burns, 33, to take the risk of traveling to the U.S rather than staying in the UK and making simple defenses of his WBA title against the top 15 challengers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: While Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) was naturally in a celebratory mood on Sunday night after beating #1 WBC Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 19 KOs) by a third round knockout to earn the vacant WBC cruiserweight title, Bellew may need to fight his WBC mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis (20-0, 17 KOs) next, and that might not be a good thing for Bellew.
Bellew and his promoter Eddie Hearn were speaking of wanting to fight IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev next rather than Briedis. That might be the only way Bellew can swerve around facing Briedis next because Bellew can’t take a voluntary defense for his next fight because he won the vacant WBC cruiserweight title. He didn’t win the belt off anyone.
The World Boxing Council will surely let Bellew fight a unification fight next if one is available, but if Hearn can’t set that fight up with Lebedev or WBO champion Krzystof Glowacki, then he’ll need to fight the 31-year-old Briedis. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) hit the jackpot tonight and it immediately went to his head from the looks of it. First off, Bellew beat an inexperienced Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 18 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout to claim the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in front of a bunch of Bellew’s fans at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, England.
Immediately after the win, Bellew started running around the ring, crowing about his win over Makabu and saying ”I’m the best cruiserweight in the world now. Denis Lebedev, he can come and get it. I’m the best cruiserweight in the world!” Read the rest of this entry »