By Dan Ambrose: Former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will be fighting in early 2017 on February 25 against a still to be determined opponent, according to RingTV. Cotto’s fight is expected to be televised on HBO pay-per-view. Cotto will be fighting at junior middleweight for his February 25 fight.
The potential venue is at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This is the same place where Saul Canelo Alvarez recently fought WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith on September 17 in front of 51,000 fans. Having the fight in Texas would normally make one think that Cotto could be fighting a popular Mexican fighter like Canelo, but in this case it doesn’t appear that he’s the option. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten #3 WBO Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) will be attempting to become the first Mexican American to capture a heavyweight title this Saturday night on December 10 when he faces unbeaten #1 WBO Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Parker vs. Ruiz Jr. fight will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing this Saturday, December 10 starting at 9:35 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to the Parker-Ruiz fight, HBO will be showing WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) defending his titles against contender John Molina (29-6, 23 KOs) and Raymundo Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs) facing Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) in a fight that will be taking place at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. That’s where the 29-year-old Crawford lives. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #10 WBC Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) will be fighting #11 WBC Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) this Saturday night on December 10 in a WBC heavyweight eliminator bout at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Whyte vs. Chisora will be taking place on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina card on Sky Box Office pay-per-view. Whyte-Chisora is the co-feature bout.
Whyte will be defending his British heavyweight strap against Chisora. That title is of little significance in the big scheme of things for Whyte. He wants a world title shot, because that’s where the big money comes in.
Whyte is never going to get the big cash if all he does is fiddle around with the British belt rather than a major title. The fact that Whyte even bothered to go after the British title at his age is hard to understand. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: IBF World junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) will be making his third defense of his title this Saturday night on December 10 against #1 IBF challenger Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on Showtime from the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
The Charlo-Williams fight is the chief support for the WBA World featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1) vs. Abner Mares (29-2-1) headliner match on Showtime. Charlo vs. Williams is seen by fans as a toss-up bout, as Charlo didn’t look that good in having to scrape by former WBA 154lb champion Austin Trout last May in beating him by a narrow 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) left this cryptic message on his Twitter on Monday, saying, “There’s no truth.” While some boxing fans have been quick to speculate that Brook is commenting on the rumors of him leaving Matchroom Sport for another promotional company, Gilfoid sees it as way for Brook to take a shot at his talented mandatory challenger Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs), who he is supposed to be fighting next.
It’s pretty obvious that Brook, 30, is trying to say that the 26-year-old Spence is no threat to him. But if that were the case, then why is Brook trying so hard to steer around Spence? Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn keep yapping about wanting to fight Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan or the winner of the Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye will be at ringside this Saturday night to scout out IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) in his title defense against American KO artist Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Haye is hoping to get a fight against Joshua in the near future, and he wants to pick up some of his vulnerabilities before he faces him.
I hate to say it, but Haye doesn’t need to see Joshua live at ringside to see all the weak spots in his armor. The flaws are there to be seen just by looking at some of the video of Joshua’s recent fights. He’s pretty much the same fighter that won a controversial gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) will be challenging IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) for his title this Saturday night on Sky Box Office pay-per-view in what will be a packed house of Joshua supporters at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The Joshua and Molina fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing in the States starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Molina, 34, is going to be out there pretty much by his lonesome with his training team and a tiny number of fans rooting for him on Saturday night. Molina doesn’t care, because he knows he can hurt the 6’6” Joshua if he hits him right. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Trainer Abel Sanchez is thankful that IBF cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) exposed flaws in the game of his unbeaten fighter Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs) last Saturday night in their fight at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev lost the fight to the 23-year-old Gassiev, but he gave a lot of problems with his high work rate, head movement, southpaw stance and his mobility.
The only reason Lebedev lost the fight was because he got tired in the last half of the fight, and he also got knocked down in the 5th.The 37-year-old Lebedev did a much better job of making adjustments in the fight than Gassiev did. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) has his work cut out for him this Saturday night when he challenges undefeated WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) for his two titles plus his Ring title on HBO Championship Boxing on December 10 at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
This is going to be a tough match for the 33-year-old Molina Jr., because he’s had a lot of bad luck inside the ring in the last four years in losing five out of his last ten fights. It’s unknown why the sanctioning bodies are still ranking Molina Jr. so highly given all of his many defeats. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) is supposed to be fighting his mandatory challenger #1 IBF Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) next, but he’s instead saying he wants to fight Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao or the winner of the Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia fight. From the way that Brook is talking, he would jump at the chance of taking on Pacquiao, Khan or the Thurman-Garcia winner rather than fighting the hard hitting unbeaten Spence. The magical question is will Brook get his way? Read the rest of this entry »