By Todd Creel: I recently found myself in Detroit, Michigan and was immediately drawn into the city’s boxing culture. Though the city itself is currently in rough shape, it seems to set the mood for the rough and relentless boxers created on it’s streets.
The popular Joe Louis’ legacy was in plain view all around in the form of statues, posters, and memorabilia. The Motor City has born numerous talented boxers over the decades, but the pugilist that was most eye catching to me was the first 4-time and first 5-time world champion, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns.
Thomas Hearns, born October 18, 1958, was raised along with his eight brothers and sisters by a single mother in Grand Junction, Tennessee. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (22-1, 14 KOs) will be defending his title tonight against Rogelio Medina (36-6, 30 KOs) in what is supposed to be an easy fight for the 30-year-old DeGale at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Nevertheless, when you see DeGale fight, you realize there is no such thing as an easy fight for him. He lacks the punching power to have an easy time against level A fighters.
DeGale can blast out the second tier variety guys, but he doesn’t have the pop in his punches to destroy guys with true rankings in the top 10. I am not talking about fighters with gift rankings that make no sense at all. I’m talking about real contenders with true talent and good chins. DeGale cannot KO those guys because he doesn’t have the kind of power needed to get the job done. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: It’s been ages since we’ve seen 147 pound fighters Andre Berto and Victor Berto battle each other in an exciting 12 round war back in 2011. The two fighters were among the best in the division at the time they fought. Now they’ll be doing it again tonight when Berto and Ortiz, both now no longer top names, will be fighting on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Berto vs. Ortiz has a start time of 8:00 p.m. ET. This fight isn’t the best fight on the card, however. There are some interesting undercard fights involving light heavyweight Edwin Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs) facing Thomas Williams Jr. (19-1, 13 KOs), and featherweight Fernando Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) fighting Jorge Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) could be added to the June 25th undercard for the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Whyte, 28, is coming off shoulder surgery on his left shoulder from last December. He’ll be meeting with a doctor next week to determine whether his surgically repaired left shoulder will be ready by June 25th or not. That’s only two months away. Hearn didn’t say whether Whyte’s fight would be on the televised portion of the card on Sky Box Office PPV.
Hearn already has the super middleweight fight between George Groves and Martin Murray pegged as the co-feature bout despite the fact that both of these fighters were recently beaten in failed title fights. Hearn thinks that a fight between Groves and Murray could sellout the O2 Arena in it’s own. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 IBF, #5 WBC super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) put on a beautiful boxing display last night in beating the capable Blake Caparello (22-2-1, 6 KOs) by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision at the Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Other than a flash knockdown that Dirrell suffered in the 2nd round when he was hit by a left hand from Caparello when he didn’t have his feet set, Dirrell looked sensational. He wasn’t hurt by the shot that knocked him down. It was more of a case of Dirrell’s feet being squared when he was hit by a shot he wasn’t expecting from Caparello. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is working on putting together a unification fight between Brook and WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) for this summer. Hearn likes the idea of the soon to be 30-year-old Brook unifying the division one belt at a time.
Hearn would like to also match Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) against Tim Bradley, but he’s currently not available and the same with WBC champion Danny Garcia. Besides Vargas, #2 WBC Lamont Peterson is of interest for Hearn to match against Brook in the summer. Like Vargas, Peterson is not a stadium worthy opponent. I mean, neither of these guys are anywhere close to being big enough names to stick in a stadium with Hearn. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) and Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) will both be getting well paid for their fight this Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox. Ortiz and Berto will both be receiving purses of $750,000 despite neither of them being world champions.
The winner of the Berto vs. Ortiz fight could see a big jump up in pay if their manager sets them up for a title shot against WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia. That’s where it seems to be heading. Berto is ranked #3 with the World Boxing Council despite the fact that he was totally schooled by former WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) says he’s interested in fighting IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) in a unification fight next, but Brook would need to agree to fight him in the United States because he doesn’t trust the judging in the UK.
If he had a preference, Vargas wants to fight a rematch against Tim Bradley so that he can avenge his loss from last June. However, Bradley won’t be available for the summer, which is when the 27-year-old Vargas plans on fighting next. He wants to fight in July or August. That time frame would work for Brook, but not for Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
(Credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: Coming off an 11 month layoff, former super middleweight title contender Andre Dirrell(25-2, 16 KOs) was forced to get up off the deck from a 2nd round knockdown to come back and defeat former light heavyweight title challenge Blake Caparello (22-2-1, 6 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The final judges’ scores were 98-91, 98-91 and 98-91. Caparello knocked Dirrell down hard in the 2nd round with a big left hand to the head. Dirrell was clearly hurt by the punch, but he was able to survive due to Caparello not having the proper finishing skills. Read the rest of this entry »
(Credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: Former WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (29-1-1 23 KOs) made easy work of former world title challenger Caleb Truax (26-3-2, 16 KOs) in stopping him in the 1st round on Friday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Dirrell, 31, knocked Traux down twice in the 1st round with big power shots. Referee Harvey Dock halted the fight after the second knockdown. The official time of the stoppage was 1:49 of the 1st round. Read the rest of this entry »