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title Deontay’s promoter eager for Fury fight

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 »

title Artur Beterbiev vs. Ezequiel Maderna this Saturday on ESPN


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 »

title Ricky Burns wants Broner or Crawford


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 »

title Bellew may need to fight Mairis Briedis next


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 »

title Tony Bellew crows about win, wants Lebedev

bellew665By 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 »

title Bellew defeats Makabu, wins WBC title

bellew7By Jim Dower: In a surprise ending, #6 WBC Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) scored a surprise 3rd round knockout victory on Sunday night over #1 WBC Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 18 KOs) to win the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Goodison Park in LLiverpool, England.

Bellew hurt Makabu with a big right hand that staggered him and sent him back against the ropes. Bellew then flurried on Makabu until he collapsed onto the canvas. referee Victor Louglin then stopped the fight with Makabu on the canvas. The last two right hands that Bellew landed were with Makabu slumped over against the ropes and out cold. Read the rest of this entry »

title Stephen Smith destroys Daniel Eduardo Brizuela

smith85By Scott Gilfoid: #12 IBF, #15 WBC Stephen Smith (24-2, 14 KOs) destroyed an over-matched 2nd tier fighter in stopping him in the 5th round on Sunday night to win the vacant WBC Silver super featherweight title at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, England. The fight was stopped at 2:59 of the 5th round by referee Ian John Lewis.

Smith knocked Brizuela, 30, down twice with body shots in the 5th. The referee then halted the fight after the second knockdown. Smith got away with hitting Brizuela while he was down after the first knockdown with the referee disqualifying him or taking points off. I guess the referee didn’t see the punch, which seemed pretty blatant.

The size difference between Smith and Brizuela looked pretty significant to me. As soon as the two super featherweights stepped foot inside the ring, I knew which one would win just by looking at them. Smith looked to be at least 10 pounds heavier than Brizuela and he was able to use his superior size to walk through his shots and punish him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Bellew vs. Makabu: Analysis and prediction

By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) is really up against it tonight in facing the arguably much more talented and powerful #1 WBC Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK. Bellew and Makabu will be fighting for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title.

Bellew, 33, has always wanted to capture a world title in his career, and he feels that with the fight taking place in Liverpool in front of a huge pro-Bellew crowd at Goodison Park, he’ll have a good chance of realizing his dream. I don’t see it happening for Bellew, I hate to say. Future events cast their shadows before. Read the rest of this entry »

title Callum Smith TKOs Cesar Hernan Reynoso

By Scott Gilfoid: In easily one of the worst performances I’ve seen from #1 WBC super middleweight contender Callum Smith (20-0, 15 kOs), he had to struggle hard to defeat 29-year-old Argentinian journeyman Cesar Hernan Reynoso (14-8-3, 7 KOs) by a 6th round TKO on Sunday night at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK. Read the rest of this entry »

title Price stops Pejsar; Smith beats Grafka- results

By Scott Gilfoid: Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (20-3, 17 KOs) got back to his winning ways in blowing out a no-hoper in Vaclaev Pejsar (903, 8 KOs) in the 2nd round of a scheduled eight round fight on the undercard of the Tony Bellew vs. Ilunga Makabu fight card on Sunday night at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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