By Jim Dower: WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) both made weight today at their weigh-in for Saturday’s fight on HBO PPV from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A very drained looking Canelo weighed in at 155lbs, and looked like he had worked hard to take weight off for the 155lb catch-weight. For his part, Khan also came in at 155lbs. Khan looked like he was at his fighting weight already. Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter said he expects Khan to be at 160 or 161 tomorrow night, which means we’ll only see Khan rehydrate five to six pounds. Canelo is expected to rehydrate into the 170s, possibly 180. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says he wants IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook to fight several bigger names before he’ll consider facing him in the future. Right now with the way that the 29-year-old Brook has been facing lesser fighters, Khan isn’t sure whether he’ll ever fight him.
Khan says Brook has only fought Shawn Porter in terms of notable fighters. He wants to see him fight three bigger names before he’ll agree to fight him. Unfortunately, Khan has been giving Brook these same instructions for the last two years now, and instead of Brook stepping it up to show that he’s trying to earn the fight against him, we’ve seen him fight Frankie Gavin, Jo Jo Dan and Kevin Bizier. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After having won his last five fights against weak opposition, Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) will be stepping up several levels against #3 WBC, #6 IBF Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) this Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Chisora’s former conqueror Tyson Fury, who twice beat him with ease, is hoping he’ll defeat the taller Pulev to win the vacant EBU heavyweight title. However, Fury doesn’t think Chisora will be able to do it.
Fury doesn’t say why he thinks Chisora will lose to Pulev, but it’s likely due to the size of the nearly 6’5” Bulgarian Pulev. He’s going to be sporting close to four inch height advantage over Chisora, and he’s the far better boxer of the two. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has been saying for weeks that WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) is the face of boxing now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has retired from the sport. It’s interesting that De La Hoya is convinced that the 25-year-old Canelo is the new No.1 fighter in the sport with him perched between weight classes at his designed weight of 155lbs and not fighting Gennady Golovkin.
The question is can Canelo be the sport’s new face if he won’t even fight at the full weight for the middleweight division and won’t fight Golovkin? It looks bad from the outside at Canelo making excuses for not fighting Golovkin while at the same time fighting at 155 against a welterweight in Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) this Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KO) went berserk at Friday’s weigh-in for his fight against the 6’4 1/2” former Bulgarian Olympian Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) after someone nailed Chisora with a plastic bottle shortly after he had reached over and shoved Pulev a good one. Chisora then went running through the crowd every which way and looked to me like he’d lost his senses completely.
There’s no word yet whether this latest incident will lead to Chisora being suspended or not. Chisora has had past problems in slapping former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko during a face off at the weigh-in before their fight in 2012. After losing to Vitali by a wide 12 round points decision loss, Chisora then got into an altercation with David Haye at the post-fight press conference. Read the rest of this entry »
By Edgar Solorzano: The world of boxing is stacked with young hungry lions ready to conquer inside the squared circle. We have fighters like Gervonta Davis, Roman Gonzalez, Randy Caballero, Joseph Diaz, Anthony Joshua, Felix Verdejo; the list goes on. The sport of boxing is healthier and greener than ever.
One fighter I did not mention on that list is no other than the youngest fighter to fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. He goes by Devin “The Dream” Haney. A 17 year old undefeated prodigy with a professional record of 5-0, 3 KO’s, born in San Francisco, Calif. and fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.
This prodigy is taking the sport of boxing by storm, dominating fighters with explosive combinations and ring intelligence. Haney’s USA debut took place on the pay-per-view Pacquiao-Bradley III undercard. Read the rest of this entry »
by: Shaun La – Tomorrow evening, in Las Vegas, at the T-Mobile Arena, Amir Khan (31-3 with 19 knockouts) will be entering into a boxing ring for a chance to earn the Ring Magazine belt, the WBC middleweight title and a lineal prestige. Agreeing to box Canelo Álvarez (46-1 with 1 DRAW, 32 knockouts) at a catch-weight of 155 pounds, the boxing world has been passionately explaining, it will be the heaviest weight that Amir has ever carried into a professional boxing ring; it will be a glimpse of his elevation through the weight classes, ever since winning the WBA International Lightweight (130 pounds) title with his 20th pro bout against Oisin Fagan in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) successfully weighed in on Friday for his title defense against his mandatory challenger Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
The 29-year-old Crolla weighed in at 134.3lbs and looked like he always does at his weigh-ins. He looked more like an office worker than a fighter in contrast to Barroso. You’ve got to hope for Crolla’s sake that he brings more to the table than the way he looked at the weigh-in, because he didn’t look nearly as fierce as the powerful looking Barroso. After Crolla weighed in, he screeched to the crowd. I’m not sure what that was about. Read the rest of this entry »