(Photo credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Eric Baldwin: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) made a clear statement last Friday night with his emphatic 4th round knockout win over #8 WBC Thomas Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) by showing that he arguably is the best fighter in the 175lb division and the guy to beat right now.
With the way that Stevenson looked last night, IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Andre Ward had better stay far away from him because the Canadian fighter looks to be the top dog in the 175lb division by far. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Courtesy/Abel Sanchez) By Dan Ambrose: Jeff Mayweather thinks that welterweight Kell Brook could give middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) some problems with his size early in their fight on September 10. Jeff said that he met with Brook previously and he was surprised at how big he was for a welterweight.
Jeff describes Brook as being ‘huge’ when stood next to him. But with that being said, Jeff still sees Golovkin breaking the 30-year-old Brook down before stopping him in the later rounds in their fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 WBC, #5 IBF, #11 WBA featherweight contender Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KOs) successfully weighed in on Friday for his fight against former world title challenger Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. The Warrington vs. Hyland fight is the main event, but I see it as a poor fight for a main event. I like the undercard fight between heavyweight Dillian Whyte and Dave Allen as the far better match-up. I think Whyte has potential champion some day. With Warrington, I don’t think he’ll ever win a world title. He’s too weak of a puncher, and there are too many quality fighters in the division that he fights in.
The 32-year-old Hyland failed to make weight at 128 ¼ pounds. It pretty much doesn’t because the fight isn’t for a world title or any kind of eliminator. If it were a title eliminator, I’d like to think that a better fighter than the non-ranked Hyland could be found to face Warrington. But then again, Warrington is arguably no better than a bottom 15 fringe contender in my opinion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a surprisingly competitive bout, WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) had to take some major shots from #8 WBC challenger Thomas Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) before knocking him out with a single left hand to the head in the 4th round on Friday night at the Centre Videotron, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Stevenson, 38, also knocked Williams Jr. down in round one. Despite winning the fight by a KO, Stevenson looked very vulnerable in rounds two and three, as he took some major shots to the head from Williams. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten #1 WBC light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) stayed in position for title shot contention with a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision victory on Friday night against replacement opponent Robert Berridge (27-5-1, 21 KOs) at the Centre Videotron, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The fight was televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV.
The final judges’ scores were 99-90, 98-92 and 98-92. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: For some fans hoping to find the next superstar in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. mold, they were sadly disappointed last Saturday night with a less than Mayweather-esque performance from unbeaten WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) in his 12 round unanimous decision win over WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Promotional company Top Rank needs a new pay-per-view star to replace their No.1 star Manny Pacquiao, and boxing needs a replacement for the retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. There was hope that the 28-year-old Crawford could be the next Mayweather both in talent and in PPV bulling ability. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) will be getting $1 million purse on Saturday night for his title defense against Irish fighter Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Frampton, who is coming all the way from Northern Ireland for the fight, will be getting half as much as Santa Cruz at $500,000.
It’s not bad money for Frampton, but I’m betting that he’s thinking of the much bigger paydays he can receive in the future if he beats Santa Cruz to win his WBA belt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: In a fight that few boxing fans have any interest in seeing, WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will be back inside the ring in two months from now in a needless rematch against 35-year-old former WBA junior middleweight champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 8 KOs) on September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Jacobs has openly said that he wasn’t excited about the rematch against Mora, because he would prefer to take on a bigger name. Going back to face the same guy he already beat is a backwards move in the minds of Jacobs. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »