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 »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will be fighting for the first time in 2016 on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The potential opponent that Jacobs will be facing on that date is 35-year-old Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) if the fight can get made.
Jacobs already defeated Mora by a 3rd round stoppage last year in August 2015. Mora suffered a right ankle injury in the 3rd round and wasn’t able to continue fighting. Both fighters were down in the exciting 1st round of the bout. Jacobs began to dominate in the 2nd and by the 3rd, it looked like it was going to be only a matter of time before was stopped. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: An offer has reportedly been made from light heavyweight Andre Ward’s promoters at Roc Nation Sports to the promoters for former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) for a fight on July 30 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Cleverly, 29, would be Ward’s tune-up opponent to help get him ready for a title shot against IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in November. Roc Nation Sports gave the offer to Cleverly’s promoters at Matchroom Sport, according to Dan Rafael.
Cleverly’s career has really bottomed out lately, and it’s surprising he’s even ranked in the top 15 with the sanctioning bodies. Cleverly was blasted out in four rounds by Kovalev three years ago in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Boxer Chris Van Heerden is giving UFC champion Conor McGregor a puncher’s chance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. if the two of them face each other this year on September 17. It’s a fight that Mayweather wants, and he believes it can bring in as many PPV buys as his fight against Manny Pacquiao last year.
Van Heerden had the opportunity to spar the 27-year-old McGregor recently. They used big 16oz gloves, and Van Heerden was able to get a pretty good idea of how well McGregor will do against Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Underdog Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) says he’s going to go down as one of the “absolute greats” on Sunday after he beats #1 WBC Illunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) in their 12 round fight for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at the Goodison Park Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Bellew rates the 29-year-old Makabu as the best fighter in the cruiserweight division. So when beats him, Bellew feels that he can make the statement that he’s now the best in the division without having to fight the other guys. Personally, I don’t agree with Bellew’s thinking process, but if that’s how he feels, I guess that’s his thing. The World Boxing Council has Bellew rated #6. Read the rest of this entry »