By Jeff Aranow: The big punching unbeaten #2 IBF Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs) used his superior punching power, pressure, size and youth to pound out a 12 round split decision win over IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. The 23-year-old Gassiev knocked Lebedev down in the 5th round from a powerful left to the body. Lebedev was in trouble the remainder of the 5th. Lebedev was very lucky to have made it out of the round, because he was taking body shots over and over again from Gassiev until the round ended. You can argue that whatever chance Lebedev had of winning the fight went out the window after the 5th, because his whole approach to the fight changed. Lebedev started running from Gassiev, and the fight resembled a cat and mouse type of affair. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: In a shocking fight, #15 WBA fringe contender Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) pulled off a major upset in stopping previously unbeaten 36-year-old IBF World light welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-1, 22 KOs) in the 1st round on Saturday night to capture his IBF 140lb title at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow, Russia.
The lanky 5’10” southpaw Indongo nailed Troyanovsky with a scorching left hand to the jaw in the 1st round that sent the Russian fighter down flaw on his back. Troyanovsky was badly hurt from the shot and didn’t even try to get up. Referee Mark Calo-Oy immediately stepped in and halted the fight with Troyanovsky still down on the canvas and in need of assistance. They eventually got Troyanovsky back to his feet and took him out of the ring, but he looked in bad shape. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: In the undercard of the Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev card, the hard hitting knockout artist Dmitry Kudryashov (20-1, 2O KOs) totally obliterated a badly over-matched fringe contender #12 WBA, #14 WB Sartander Silgado (27-4, 21 KOs) in the 1st round to capture the vacant World Boxing Council Silver cruiserweight title.
The 31-year-old Kudryashov knocked Silgado down twice in the 1st round. The second knockdown came from a left to the head that had the 31-year-old Silgado down on the canvas badly hurt. Kudryashov’s punching power was amazing. He showed super power in getting Silgado out of there quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Sergio Mora says WBA ‘regular” 160lb champion Danny Jacobs has the punching power to hurt IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin if he can get to his chin in the first three rounds. Mora believes that Jacobs has the better overall punching power than Golovkin. However, he feels that Golovkin has the better technique, which will kick in after the 3rd round if he’s still in the fight.
Mora sees Jacobs as having a suspect chin that Golovkin could take advantage of if he can get him past the third round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Earlier on Friday, Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez revealed the news that Saul Canelo Alvarez could be staying t junior middleeight for at least one more fight in early 2017 before moving up to 160 to start campaigning at middleweight. For a lot of boxing fans, they feel that Canelo should have made the move up to middleweight ages ago considering how heavy he looks. Is Canelo draining down to 154 so that he can rehydrate into the 170s to have a big weight advantage over his opponents in the junior middleweight division? Is Canelo denyhdrating to 154 to have an excuse for why he doesn’t have to fight middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin? I don’t think the boxing fans believe that Canelo is a natural 154lb. fighter. They see how big he is and they wonder why he’s not fighting at the full weight for the middleweight division yet.
The fans don’t for certain how much the 26-year-old Canelo weighs anymore for his fights, because he’s no longer being weighed by HBO on the night of his fights for some reason. Some fans guess that Canelo is rehydrating now into the 180s, while others see him as coming in around 175. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #3 IBF Richard Commey (24-2, 22 KOs) suffered his second consecutive loss on Friday night in losing to #5 IBF Denis Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KOs) by a 12 round split decision in their IBF lightweight eliminator math at the Tough Fight Gym in Moscow, Russia. The final judges’ sores were 116-112, 115-113 for Shafikov and 116-112 for Commey.
Boxing News 24 had Shafikov winning 7 rounds to 5. Shafikov, 31, was outworked by Commey in the first five rounds of the match, but the Russian fighter rallied in the last seven rounds to get the edge. The wasn’t much of a crowd that showed up to see this fight.
It looked like there was all 100 boxing fans that showed. I’m sure there were people than that, but probably not much. This was one of the smallest crowds I’ve seen for a match between top contenders. It just a tiny group of people that showed up to see the Commey vs. Shafikov contest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Dave Allen (9-1-1, 6 KOs) says he’s going to stand right in front of unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (26-0, 22 KOs) and take the best that he can give at the start of their fight in a little over a week from now on December 10 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
I don’t know why the 24-year-old Allen is just going to let Ortiz hit him in the early going. Perhaps he wants to show the Cuban southpaw that he’s a tough guy who can take his best shots. Whatever the reason, I think it’s dumb, dumb and dumb. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez says that his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight could be taking place at 154 in defending his WBO junior middleweight title if he’s able to fight in February. Whether the 26-year-old Canelo defends his WBO title or not will depend on if his injured right hand is healed enough for him to fight. If not, then Canelo will stay out of the ring until May for his fight on Cinco de Mayo holiday, as he’s been doing. That fight would take place at middleweight, says Gomez.
Canelo’s fight in May is supposed to be at middleweight in order to get him ready for his match against middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September 2017. Canelo can’t be still fighting over-matched guys at catchweights by that point in time if he wants to be ready for the Golovkin fight later in the year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If former two division world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (36-7, 7 KOs) gets his way, he’s going to be the one to teach UFC star Conor McGregor a lesson if he chooses to fight inside of a boxing ring rather than inside a cage.
The 28-year-old McGregor recently picked up a boxing license to fight in California, and he’s very interested in fighting retired superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he comes out of retirement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) weighed in successfully in coming in at 199.7lbs on Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense against the much younger 23-year-old Russian Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) this Saturday night at the Khodnyka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.
The 6’3” Gassiev weighed in at slightly less than Lebedev at 198.4lbs. This is a great fight. The boxing world is very excited about the Lebedev-Gassiev match-up, because it could be the passing of the baton from a very good champion to a future star in the cruiserweight division in Gassiev, who is seen by some as the cruiserweight division’s version of Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »