By Ifti Khan: Looking ahead to a big night of boxing this weekend sees Anthony Joshua take on American, Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena in what is expected to be an intriguing night of boxing. With the likes of Connor Benn, Ortiz, Yafai, Quigg and Smith fighting on the bill, there won’t be any moments to turn a blind eye that’s for sure. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 Kos) has a chance of picking up the vacant WBO heavyweight title this Saturday night against Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) in their fight at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker is the favorite to win on Bovada by the line -400 to +300 for Ruiz Jr.
That doesn’t mean that Ruiz Jr. will necessarily lose the fight on Saturday. He’s got a real chance of winning the fight. Parker, 24, is a good heavyweight, but he’s still green and doesn’t have a lot of big fights under his belt that proven that he’s worthy of his No.1 ranking with the World Boxing Organization. HBO Championship Boxing will be televising the Parker vs. Ruiz Jr. fight on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer John David Jackson says his fighter former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) will make two improvements in his game to adapt for his rematch against Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) in 2017. Kovalev will be attacking Ward to the body with power shots, and he’ll have worked on conditioning so that he doesn’t run out of gas in the second half of the contest.
The boxing skills department appeared to be pretty evenly matched between the two fighters. Where Ward was clearly better than Kovalev was his inside wrestling technique. Ward was able to wrestle Kovalev from rounds 5 through 12 to limit the amount of shots he was able to throw in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #3 WBA contender George Groves (25-3, 18 KOs) is hoping to fight #1 WBA Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBA super middleweight title in March. The World Boxing Association is going to have Groves and the 29-year-old former WBA 168lb champion Chudinov fight for the recently vacated title.
The only question is when does the fight take place? Felix Sturm recently vacated the WBA title. He beat Chudinov by a controversial 12 round decision last February in Germany. I saw the fight and had Chudinov winning, but he did not look good at all in that contest. The hand speed or lack thereof was just missing with Chudinov. He made what should have been an easy fight into a very difficult one because of his slow hands. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: At Wednesday’s press conference, 32-year-old former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) tossed a flimsy table in the direction of his opponent British heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) after the two of them had words.
It looked much rehearsed with the way that Chisora got emotional all of a sudden and picked up what appeared to be a plastic table and toss it. I don’t know what the other tables were made of, but the one that Chisora threw appeared to be an ultra-light plastic table.
It’ll be interesting to see how this explosion by Chisora is talked about on social media and twitter. Will it create interest in the boxing world and make big news or will the fans see it as little more than a well-rehearsed play designed to get the fans interested in his match against Whyte. I know what I think. It looked pre-thought out rather than something done on the spur of the moment by Chisora. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: IBF World junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) plans on doing a job on unbeaten top challenger Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night on Showtime from the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
Charlo says he’s going to take Williams’ head off when he gets inside the ring with him on Saturday. The two big punchers have been jawing at each other for week’s head of their fight, and it’s reached a boiling point where they can’t wait to start throwing shots at one another. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya says the offer that he made to WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders for a fight against Golden Boy Promotions star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is now going to be cut in half due to Saunders’ poor performance last Saturday night against fringe contender Artur Akavov at the Lagoon Centre in Paisley, Scotland.
Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) looked very, very poor in winning a narrow 12 round unanimous decision over the Russian Akavov (16-2, 7 KOs) by the scores 116-113, 116-112 and 116-113. There were a lot of boxing fans who felt that Akavov did enough to deserve the victory or at least a draw. However, Saunders was the home fighter in terms of him being from the UK and Akavov being the visiting fighter from the U.S, which is where he now lives. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After saying for ages that Saul Canelo Alvarez is a 154lb fighter, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has suddenly changed his tune when it comes to interest in a fight between Canelo and UFC star Conor McGregor. De La Hoya says he would love to make a fight between Canelo and McGregor at 160. Some would say that De La Hoya will do anything to have Canelo duck Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, even matching him against McGregor do dodge the fight. A fight between Canelo and McGregor would make a lot of money, but it’s not likely to happen.
De La Hoya says he would like to speak with McGregor and potentially promote him if he were interested in a boxing career. McGregor is under contract with the UFC, and it’s unclear whether that would forbid him from fighting or taking part in any other sport while he’s with the UFC. As far as De La Hoya is concerned, the only fight that makes sense to him is a match between McGregor and Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is talking about potentially putting unbeaten #2 IBF, #2 WBO , #13 WBA, #13 WBC Jeff Horn (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in with his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) in the second half of 2017. Arum is now co-promoting the Australian Horn, as well as unbeaten #1 WBO heavyweight contender Joseph Parker.
Horn will be fighting Ali Fukeka (39-5-3, 31 KOs) in a 10 round fight on the undercard of the Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. heavyweight clash this Saturday night at the Vector Arena in Auckland, Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) is predicting a knockout victory over #10 WBC Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) in their WBC heavyweight title eliminator bout this Saturday night on Sky Box Office PPV at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Chisora, 32, figures that he’s the much harder puncher of the two, so he’ll be knocking Whyte out to become the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Honestly, it’s hard for me to picture the winner of the Whyte vs. Chisora fight facing a talent like Deontay. Come on, these guys haven’t proven they’re better than domestic level guys, and the World Council is letting them fight in a WBC eliminator. Read the rest of this entry »