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 »
(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) and Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) made weight on Friday for their non-title fight on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Berto weighed in at 146.8lbs and Ortiz also weighed in at 146.8lbs. Ortiz looked very drained at the weigh-in.
That makes you wonder how much weight he’ll be putting back on overnight. Berto could be dealing with a super middleweight by the time he gets in the ring tomorrow night. Ortiz looks like he’s going to rehydrate well into the 160s. He’s been training hard obviously, but it’s possible that Ortiz has grown out of the welterweight division at the age of 29. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto is one of the many admirers of IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s punching power. Berto doesn’t quite understand where Golovkin gets his punching power though, because he notes that Kazakhstan fighter doesn’t have much muscle on his wiry frame, and yet he punches so hard.
Golovkin punches hard enough to hurt bigger fighters that spar with him. He says he’s not punching them to the head either. It’s body shots and he’s still able to generate a lot of power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The Dirrell brothers, Andre and Anthony, will be in action tonight on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV.
Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) has a tough assignment on his hands against former 175lb title challenger Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) at the beautiful Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs) weighed in successfully at 167 ½ pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense against former IBF 168lb champion Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) this Saturday night on Showtime Boxing from the Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia.
Bute weighed in at 167lbs., and he looked good and ready to fight for another world title. Bute lost his last fight to IBF 168lb champion James DeGale last November. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Bells: I had read a couple articles today suggesting that heavyweight Shannon Briggs would be taking on B-level fighter Alexander Dimitrenko on the undercard of David Haye’s next show. If Briggs and Haye both win, they will face each other next.
Clearly this is a great fight for Briggs and one that will show people whether he should even be in the ring with Haye. After the beating he took off Vitali Klitschko a 6 years ago, from a health point of view, I certainly don’t want to see him in with a big puncher like Haye if he is likely to suffer a similar fate.
Unfortunately, the terrible opposition he has faced since has told us nothing about his ability to take a punch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is totally focused on WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight against Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7 next week. Loeffler wants to match his fighter interim WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) against the winner of that fight.
If the Khan-Canelo winner won’t fight Golovkin, then Loeffler says Golovkin will take the WBC title from them and then move on. Loeffler would rather Triple G win the WBC title in the traditional way in the ring, but if the Canelo vs. Khan winner doesn’t want to fight him, then they must give up the title.
The World Boxing Council president Jose Suliaman backed Loeffler up this week in saying that the winner of the Canelo-Khan fight will be stripped of the WBC title if they don’t face Golovkin next. Read the rest of this entry »