By Allan Fox: Former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-1-1 21 KOs) will be resuming his once promising career possibly in September against the likes of Gerald Washington, Dominic Breazeale, Travis Kauffman or Eric Molina, according to RingTV. Martin, 30, was knocked out in the 2nd round last April by Anthony Joshua in London, England.
It was a disappointing loss for the 6’5” Martin, because he never really got his offense un-tracked after getting dropped by a right hand from Joshua. The southpaw Martin looked like he was intimidated by the 6’6” former 2012 Olympic gold medalist Joshua from the 1st round, and he never let his hands go the way he needed to for him to be competitive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A unification fight between lightweight champions Terry Flanagan and Dejan Zlaticanin are in the works for October. Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza likes the fight. One problem that could potentially get in the way of the Flanagan-Zlaticanin fight taking place is unbeaten Felix Verdejo (22-0, 15 KOs) being named as the #1 WBO mandatory challenger for Flanagan.
Verdejo wants a title shot, and if the World Boxing Organization order the fight, then Flanagan would have to face the talented Puerto Rican fighter. Flanagan has been pretty much taking it easy as the WBO champion since winning it last year against Jose Zepeda. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) made weight on Friday in weighing at 125.5 pounds for his title defense against former IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 29-year-old Frampton weighed in at 125.25lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Patrick McHugh: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to make a successful defense of his WBC belt tonight against the 28-year-old American Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs)at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Both fighters have KO power in each fist. Stevenson does well when he’s given space and time to throw his big power shots from the outside. Stevenson isn’t quite as good when his opponents get in close and throw flurries at him. Stevenson needs room to get leverage on his punches and to use his hand speed. When Stevenson is on the inside, his hand speed and power is almost totally negated. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After a great deal of back and forth jawing at each other, it appears that British heavyweights Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-6, 17 KOs) won’t be fighting in 2016.
According to Chisora’s promoter Kalle Sauerland, the talk between him and Whyte’s promoter has gone quiet for the fight. Sauerland still believes the Whyte vs. Chisora fight can happen, but it might need to wait until 2017. In the meantime, Sauerland is interested in matching Chisora back up with the 6’6” Robert Helenius in a rematch.
Chisora wants to avenge his controversial 12 round split decision loss from 2011. That’s a fight that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Helenius suffered a right shoulder injury during the fight, which left him one-armed for the most part during the second half of the contest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder’s second surgery on his hand is reportedly a success. In addition to his right hand surgery, Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) had surgery to repair his torn right bicep muscle that he injured in his last fight against fringe level contender Chris Arreola this month on July 16 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. At this point, it’s still too early to know whether the 6’7” Wilder will need a follow up surgery on his hand and bicep to fix the problems.
“Surgery number two is done. Thanks so much to everyone for all the prayers,” said Wilder after his surgery. “Thank you to all the great nurses and staff who took care of me.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: After two and a half years outside of the ring, former two division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) will finally be back in action this Saturday night against light welterweight Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) in a 10 round fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Garcia-Rojas fight will be taking place on the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton card.
Mikey, 28, last fought in January 2014 in beating Juan Carlos Burgos by a 12 round unanimous decision. At the time, Mikey was the WBO World super featherweight champion. Burgos hasn’t fought since either. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza is planning on a possible heavyweight unification fight in the fall of 2017 between unbeaten IBF champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) and WBC champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), according to RingTV.
Espinoza would have the fight take place in early 2017, but Wilder suffered a broken right hand and torn right biceps injury in his last title defense against Chris Arreola this month on July 16. The injuries will likely keep Wilder derailed until early 2017. It wouldn’t be a good time for the Wilder vs. Joshua fight with Wilder coming off of those injuries. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Light heavyweight contender Andre Ward’s tune-up fight against #10 WBA Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) is little over a week away and very few boxing fans are talking about the Ward-Brand fight. Instead, the fans are discussing Ward’s scheduled fight against IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is supposed to be facing on November 19 if he beats Brand.
Ward vs. Brand will be taking place on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. California. HBO Boxing will be televising it despite the fact that it’s considered to be a mismatch.
It doesn’t seem hardly fair to Brand that the fans are already counting him as a win for Ward and are talking now of the Ward vs. Kovalev fight. Brand has a real chance of winning this fight against Ward, because he’s better than the last two guys that Ward has fought. Read the rest of this entry »
Photos Courtesy/Abel Sanchez ) By Chris Williams: (IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) is hard at work in training camp in Big Bear Lake, California with trainer Abel Sanchez to get ready for his September 10 fight against Britain’s Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England.
The fight is already sold-out, and it’s very likely to do well on Sky Box Office PPV. The fight will be televised in the U.S on HBO World Championship Boxing. Golovkin has been adopted by many of the American fans despite the fact that he’s not from the U.S. Golovkin is currently living in Los Angeles, California. Read the rest of this entry »