By Jeff Aranow: Making his ninth title defense of his WBO light flyweight title, champion Donnie Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KOs) easily defeated #4 WBO Raul Garcia (38-4-1, 23 Kos) by a 5th round knockout on Saturday night at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »
By Askhat Bapiev: It’s not smart to feed your vain hope and rely only on luck that one day you’re going to get what you wanted. I mean in all great boxing tales there is only one fight that absolutely can change the course of personal legend of any boxers and forever.
And we are talking about the fight which can make the world learn your name or forget you as a boxer at a such tender age. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Undefeated hard hitting WBO #11, WBA #12, IBF #15 heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact on Friday night in destroying an over-matched Nick Guivas (12-4-2, 9 KOs) in a 2nd round knockout at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
The 283-pound Miller used heavy shots to the body of Guivas to knock him down four times in the fight. Two of the knockdowns came in the 1st round, and the last two in the 2nd round. The fight was halted after the second knockdown in round two.
Referee Dick Pakozdi stopped the fight officially at 1:26 of the 2nd round. In winning the bout, the 6’4” Miller captured the vacant WBO NABO heavyweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: As a huge fan of boxing with an enthusiasm for writing, I have been unable to indulge in my twin passions on topics relating to my native Scotland for a long time. Starved of worthy material for a while, I’m delighted to finally have something to shout about again. Big time boxing is back in Glasgow!
Hometown hero Ricky Burns (39-5-1) bids to become the 1st 3-weight world champion in Scottish history tonight when he takes on Michelle Di Rocco (40-1-1) for the vacant WBA Super light-welterweight title.
While it’s been all boom for British boxing in recent years, Burns’ career at the top level looked to have gone bust after back-to-back losses to Terrence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin. In a period of such progress for the sport in the UK, the soft spoken Burns was forced to regress into the shadows and slowly rebuild his career. Read the rest of this entry »
Boxing fans on Sunday evening at Goodison Park will witness what has been billed as the ‘Real Life Rocky Story’. A WBC title fight between Tony Bellew and Ilunga Makabu. A fight Makabu’s trainer Johnney Roye believes is going to be explosive; “Both their records would suggest this is the kind of fight you can’t afford to blink” he insists.
Much has been made of Makabu’s punching power. A 19-1 record (his only defeat registered on his debut) is impressive enough. Throw in the fact that 18 of those victories have come by way of stoppage would suggest that Makabu’s power is legitimate. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) is the clear underdog in his fight against #1 WBC Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) for their fight this Sunday night for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title, but that’s not stopping him from talking like he’s the favorite for their fight the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK.
Bellew, 6’2”, says he’s not only bigger than the 5’11” Makabu, but also stronger and faster. Bellew expects Makabu to come in lighter for this fight than he usually does, and he thinks that will be a mistake because he won’t have the frame to compete with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder could be facing the capable of Chris Arreola next on July 16 or in August, according to Dan Rafael. This would be a fine choice for Deontay in a voluntary defense to keep him busy while he waits for World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman to decide what he’s going to do with the positive drug tested Alexander Povetkin.
Wilder had his scheduled fight against Povetkin postponed after the Russian tested positive for meldonium a week and a half before their fight on May 21. The fight was then postponed courtesy of the WBC. Sulaiman said Wilder could take an optional defense but he wants him to do it soon; hence he’s in a rush to get a suitable opponent for July or August. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Challenger Sugar Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) made weight on Friday afternoon for his title shot against interim WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night on May 28 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Mosley, 44, weighed in at 146lbs and looked in great shape as usual for him. WBA champion Avanesyan weighed in at 146.7lbs. Boxing fans can watch the Mosley vs. Avanesyan on Saturday on CBS Sports Net. The start time is at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, if Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) wants to keep his IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles, he’s going to need to get on a stair climber or get on a bicycle or something to try and burn off some of the serious blubber he’s still carrying around. Fury Tweeted a photo of himself wearing shorts and his midsection showed quite a bit of excess blubber that he’s carrying around.
I’m not an expert on estimating fat, but I’d have to say that I think there’s at least a good 40 pounds of blubber that Fury still needs to lose before he meets up with Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) in a month and a half on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: The general belief is that Golden Boy Promotions doesn’t want their cash cow Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) to face IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 Kos) right now because the 25-year-old Mexican Canelo is making too much money fighting sure thing opposition like Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo.
The thought is that Golden Boy will only give Canelo the green light to fight Golovkin once their golden goose has laid enough golden eggs to the point where it won’t matter as much if he takes the fight and loses badly to Golovkin. The fortunes will have already been made by then, so it won’t hurt as much to see Canelo get beaten. However, the boxing wants to see Golovkin and Canelo face each other right now rather than wait for the fight to take place years from now when Golovkin is old and harmless for Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »