By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will presumably be coming into this Saturday’s fight against Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) at a lighter weight than he’s done in the past.
Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter expects the 25-year-old Canelo to be lighter than he usually is but he still expects him to be the same type of fighter that he usually is. Hunter doesn’t see Canelo changing how he fights even if he’s lighter than he normally is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight world title challenger Derek Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) will be battling the taller 6’4 ½” Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) this Saturday night on May 7 for the vacant EBU heavyweight title at the Barclaycard Arena, in Hamburg, Germany. These guys are kind of long in the tooth to be fighting for the EBU title. I don’t know they agreed to fight for a title like that at their age. If I were an old pro like them, I would tell the EBU, ‘No thanks. You can keep your EBU strap. I’m fighting for ranking at the world stage and to get a payday fight against Anthony Joshua.’ That pretty should be the goal for old timers like Chisora and Pulev.
The fight has big time ramifications for #8 IBF Chisora because it will give Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn an excuse to match his fighter IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) against him on Sky Box Office PPV.
Without a good excuse to make that fight, Hearn would be matching Joshua against Chisora off the back of five wins over 3rd tier fodder opponents that Chisora has complied in the last year since his one-sided 10th round stoppage loss to Tyson Fury in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 K0s) suffered his fourth defeat in his last six fights last Saturday night in getting stopped in the fourth round by 32-year-old Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Ortiz changed his fighting style completely in this fight by not slugging, and yet he was still knocked down twice in the 4th round and stopped by Berto at 1:14 of the round. After the fight, the 29-year-old Ortiz was adamant about wanting to continue his pro career despite his lack of success in the last five years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) will be defending his title for the first time on July 23 against German fighter Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) in the co-feature bout on the Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO) vs. Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) card on HBO pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 24-year-old Ramirez recently won the WBO title in beating champion Arthur Abraham by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision last April on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley III fight in Las Vegas. Ramirez won an easy fight in beating 36-year-old Abraham by the scores of 120-108 x 3. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Barry Hearn is interested in having unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) defend his title in China in the future in the huge 91,000 seat Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing against possibly 2008 Olympic Silver medalist from China Zhang Zhilei (8-0, 5 KOs).
Joshua, 26, defeated The 6’6” southpaw Zhang by a 15-11 score in the 2012 London Olympics in a very close fight. However, it wasn’t as close as Joshua’s other controversial decision victories in that Olympics against Erislandy Savon of Cuba, Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan, and Roberto Cammarelle from Italy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Virgil Hunter, the trainer for Amir Khan, is not in favor of WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s habit of fighting at a catch-weight of 155lbs, and he thinks it’s bad for the sport if Canelo tries to insist that his opponents fight him at a catch-weight rather than at the normal weight for the middleweight division.
A fight between Canelo and interim WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin could come down to whether or not Canelo is going to insist that Golovkin fight him at 155 later this year. Golovkin has already said he won’t move down in weight from 160 because he doesn’t believe he has to. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After retiring last September, Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be returning to the ring in the near future for a big money fight against one of the top fighters. Mayweather talked with Showtime’s Jim Gray last Saturday night about a potential comeback.
Mayweather does not seem particularly interested in fighting Gennady Golovkin, a fighter who is quickly becoming the biggest name in the sport. Mayweather thinks Golovkin should move up two entire weight divisions to fight Andre Ward at light heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says his hand speed will be too much for the bigger and slower WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night on HBO PPV. Khan has bulked up for this fight from the welterweight division, and he feels the strongest he’s ever been in a fight.
The fight will be taking place at a catch-weight of 155lbs, and that gives Khan an extra eight pounds from what he usually weighs in at 147. Khan believes the added weight will make him stronger. However, Khan will still be dealing with a heavier fighter in Canelo, who generally rehydrates into the 170s for his fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) saying this week that he’ll be ending his boxing career after his next fight against Wladimir Klitschko on July 9, it looks like IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) and his promoter Eddie Hearn won’t be getting the unification fight against Fury.
Hearn has been talking about wanting to match Joshua against Fury in November in what would be a big fight fit for a stadium. However, Fury says he’ll be hanging up his gloves after the rematch with Klitschko in two months from now at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) will be making his first and perhaps his only defense of his WBA title this Saturday night against a virtual freight train in #1 WBA Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Crolla has the hometown advantage in this fight, but in this case I don’t see it being any help for him. Barroso is simply an unstoppable force of nature, and no amount of screaming from Crolla’s home fans is going to change that.
If anything, Crolla’s fans will lead to an early demise for the 29-year-old Crolla because Barroso seems to get motivated when he has fans cheering his opponents. I think he sees the cheering an exciting and he just pours it on until his opponents collapse on the canvas. Read the rest of this entry »