By Rishad Marquardt: “Most boxers are boxing for respect, they’re boxing because they want to prove they’re the best at whatever they do, at whatever weight category. And if that’s proven not to be the case, I’m not sure how much a big, fat cheque will satisfy his soul.” These words were uttered by David Haye referring to WBO and IBO champion, Tyson Fury, before his second round KO against Arnold Gjergjaj last weekend on May 21, 2016.
As an imagination exercise, read the comment above again but this time imagine Fury saying it in reference to Haye and his next apparent fight against Shannon Briggs. Bearing in mind that Haye is coming of the back of a win against somebody who is embarrassingly far off anyone’s radar, and that Fury is a month away from defending his title against the most decorated heavyweight of the last decade, few would believe these words are more valid coming from Haye than from Fury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: IBF mandatory challenger Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) plans on having fixed his defensive issues by the time he steps inside the ring to face IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) in the near future. Parker beat Carlos Takam by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to earn the IBF mandatory spot to face Joshua. However, Parker also showed a lot of defensive flaws as well as stamina problems that made his fight against the 35-year-old Takam harder than it should have been. But given that the fight was seen as a 50-50 affair going in, it’s quite an accomplishment that the 24-year-old Parker won. He doesn’t have much experience in the pro ranks, and putting him in with a skilled pro like Takam was a major risk by his management.
Before the 6’4” Parker challenges Joshua for his IBF title, he’ll be facing 40-year-old Australian Solomon Haumono on July 21 in Christchurch, New Zealand. That is supposed to be a very winnable fight for Parker, but it could also be a tough one too because Haumono is ranked #12 by the World Boxing Association. He’s got power, and he could give Parker fits if he’s able to land his shots. Takam didn’t look great, but when he was throwing his shots, he was able to connect frequently because of Parker’s wide open defense. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) had little problems last Saturday night in defending his WBA World junior middleweight title in beating Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision in their rematch at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the 33-year-old Lara’s fourth successful title defense of his WBA belt.
He’s interested in breaking the record of 11 successful title defenses. set by Gianfranco Rosi . The fact that Rosi said the record without making a huge mark in the sport gives you an indication that Lara may need to do a lot more than break Rosi’s record of title defenses if he wants to accomplish something in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The 5’11 ½” George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) looked decidedly taller than the 6’0” Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) in their press conference today when the two of them stood facing off with one another to publicize their important fight next month on June 25 on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Murray is supposed to be at least a half inch taller than Groves, but instead of being taller, Murray looked to be at least two inches shorter than Groves and considerably lighter with the smaller frame. Looks to me like Groves might have been wearing some kind of elevator shoes to give him a size edge over Murray. A bit of gamesmanship is what it looks like to me. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) may have lost his only chance of getting a fight against Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) when Canelo vacated his WBC 160lb title last week.
With the WBC title, there was no way that Canelo could give the knockout artist Golovkin a take it or leave it offer by telling him that he must fight at a strength-draining catch-weight of 155lbs and agree to a lopsided purse split of 90-10. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a month from now former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) will be challenging WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) for his title on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
There are many boxing fans who are leaning in the direction of the 27-year-old Thurman to defeat Porter in this clash. However, it’s a fight that is really a toss-up when you look at the two fighters’ previous fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite being ranked at only #7 WBA at light welterweight and not having done much in that division, Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBA 140lb title on Saturday night against #1 WBA Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
It couldn’t get any easier than this for the 33-year-old Burns. Di Rocco is terribly flawed with a built up record based on wins over C-level fighters. Di Rocco has been fighting the type of guys that one would start their career out fighting. But instead of moving from facing weaker opponents to the top rung of the light welterweight division, Di Rocco continued to fight the weaker opponents right up to his fight against Burns on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Knockout specialist Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) says there is no doubt in his mind that he’s going to be knocking out home fighter Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) on Sunday night when the two of them fight for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK.
Makabu, 29, has been knocking out everybody he’s faced pretty much since he first turned pro in 2008. The boxing world really took notice of the talented Makabu in his last fight against the defensive wizard Thabiso Mchunu last year in May 2015. The fight was basically even going into the 11th round when Makabu knocked Mchunu out in the round with a pulverizing left upper cut to the head.
Mchunu is a guy that some fans compare to Floyd Mayweather Jr. due to his craftiness in the ring. He’s very hard to hit cleanly, and perhaps that’s why Makabu couldn’t take him out until the 11th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: It’s only been days since Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) defeated Carlos Takam by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night, but now Parker is already scheduled for another fight in two months from now against #12 WBA Solomon Haumono (24-2-2, 21 KOs) on July 21 at the Horncastle Arena, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Haumono is at least as good as heavyweight David Haye’s last opponent Arnold Gjergjaj but no better. It’s good match-making for Parker in giving him a body that he can test out new things on and use as a tool to improve his game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Brian Garnett: Too many times in boxing the fans are forced to wait for the fights that we want to see, such as, the five year wait for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao. What we were left with, was a boring fight that looked like it was five years too late. Interestingly enough, we are on the cusp of some premier fights being put together in the next few months featuring the best fighters in their respective divisions facing each other with everything on the line.
Unbeaten, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman will be facing former IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter whose only defeat came at the hands of Kell Brook. At age 27 and 28, Thurman and Porter, respectively, are considered to be the cream of the crop at 147lbs and both in their prime. Read the rest of this entry »