By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated super middleweight Jamie Cox (21-0, 12 KOs) defeated Martin Fidel Rios (20-10-3, 11 KOs) by a 10 round points decision to capture the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton. Referee Phil Edwards, who really had his hands full in controlling this fight, scored it 98-96 for Cox to give him the win.
That was a fair score. However, you can argue that Edwards should have disqualified the 30-year-old Cox for all the awful fouling he was doing the entire fight. I lost track of all the head-butts that were initiated by Cox in the fight. He was constantly sticking his head into the face of Rios like a Billy goat for the full 10 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) defeated journeyman Cristian Fabian Rios (27-8-3, 6 KOs) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in a fight in the 168lb division at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The final judges’ score were 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.
Lemieux, coming in heavier than usual, attempted to score a knockout, but he wasn’t able to get the job done against the tough Argentinian. Lemieux was getting hit in return, and he couldn’t get the KO like he’s used to. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten light welterweight champion Terence Crawford hit the jackpot last week with the news that middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was pulling out of his December 10 date on HBO Championship Boxing due to his promoter Tom Loeffler being unable to reach agreement with his WBA ordered opponent Daniel Jacobs in time to make the fight date. Golovkin and Jacobs are still wrapped up in negotiations, but the fight will be pushed o 2017.
In the meantime, Crawford, 29, will be taking Golovkin’s spot on HBO on December 10. That’s a real positive for Crawford’s career, but his promoters at Top Rank are still going to need to find him a good name that the casual boxing fans can recognize and care about. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Super middleweight Craig Cunningham (17-1, 4 KOs) proved to be too much for previously unbeaten 2012 Olympian Anthony Ogogo (11-1, 7 KOs) in defeating him by an 8th round TKO on Saturday night to win the vacant WBC International middleweight title in Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sam Eggington (19-3, 11 KOs) was too much for former welterweight world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-3, 14 KOs) in stopping him in the 8th round on Saturday night to claim the vacant WBC International welterweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, Uk. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Abel Sanchez says he has no problems with WBC welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) taking a tune-up fight to get him ready for a fight against WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) in early 2017. Sanchez notes that Garcia’s management don’t fight him enough to keep him sharp, and they match him against too many poor opponents.
Sanchez feels that it’s not possible for Garcia to beat the better fighters due to him fighting so infrequently, and against bad opposition. For this reason, Sanchez feels that Garcia will lose to Thurman next year when the two of them face each other in the first quarter of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Team Golovkin is now in it’s second month of negotiations with WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs’ management team, and a fight between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) appears to be no closer to getting done than it was when the two fighters’ promoters started the negotiations.
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler asked for a 15-day extension with the World Boxing Association on Friday to avoid the purse bid deadline of Saturday, October 22. The negotiations will now continue even though the fight is no longer going to take place on December 10 on HBO like was originally planned. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated light welterweight prospect Josh Taylor (7-0, 7 KOs) had an EASY time defeating a terribly overmatched 33-year-old journeyman Dave Ryan (17-10, 4 KOs) by a 5th round knockout on Friday night go capture the vacant Commonwealth light welterweight title at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
After trapping the battled Ryan in the corner, Taylor, 25, flurried on him until referee Michael Alexander stepped in and halted the slaughter with Ryan still on his feet but looking in bad shape. Taylor had knocked Ryan down earlier in the round with a right to the body.
It was all target practice for Taylor after the knockdown. Heck, it was target practice for Taylor the moment the fight was started, as Ryan didn’t have the power, speed or boxing skills to neutralize Taylor’s game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite being offered a shot to fight for the WBO heavyweight title against the winner of the December 10 fight between Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr., #4 WBO David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) says he’s ready to fight WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) if he seriously wants to make the fight.
Bellew, 33, seems to be VERY SERIOUS about wanting to fight Haye, and you can understand why. Bellew will probably never be in a better position than he is right now after his two recent wins over BJ Flores and Ilunga Makabu.
Bellew hasn’t had to fight any of the talented cruiserweights yet, so he’s currently what many boxing fans see as a paper champion in holding down the WBC strap. However, if Bellew doesn’t get the Haye – or some other high payday match – soon, he’s going to have to face his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis. That’s a fight that will likely see Bellew knocked out and dethroned. I hate to say it, but Briedis is too good for Bellew, and I suspect that he knows that himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook and Amir Khan are both coming off of stoppage losses in 2016, but they could wind up facing each other in 2017 if the fight can get negotiated. Brook, 30, wants Khan to commit to fighting him next year. Khan seems to be open to the idea of finally facing Brook, but he wants it to take place in the welterweight division.
Brook recently moved up to middleweight in a failed attempt to defeat IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Brook landed some shots here and there, but he was only competitive for one round in the fight. Brook was staggered in the 1st, and running in rounds 3 through 5. Read the rest of this entry »