By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) has what appears to be an overmatchted opponent in non-top 15 ranked Jose Ocampo (17-5-1, 12 KO’s) to fight on December 15th at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, in London, United Kingdom. Ocampo, 23, faced Liam Walsh, a fringe contender that was supposed to be fighting Burns on 12/15, but suffered an injury in an automobile accident and had to pull out of the fight.
Walsh was considered by many to be way out of his class against Burns and I’m in agreement with that. However, now Ocampo has been picked, who is arguably a big drop off from Walsh, and we’re looking at a tremendous mismatch on December 15th. Unless Ocampo improves in a big hurry, he’s going to be another easy mark for Burns. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: This Saturday night Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will be fighting in an expensive pay per view card on HBO with an asking price of $59.99. The fight, as usual, will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I don’t know about you put $60 is a lot of money for what they actually have on the card. Unless you don’t mind paying that kind of money to see Pacquiao fight Marquez for fourth time after three consecutive questionable decisions in their three previous fights, you might be wondering it’s really worth it to pay huge cash to see Pacquiao-Marquez 4. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) says he’ll give Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) an immediate rematch if Cotto wants it or if boxing fans question who results of his 12 round decision win over Cotto last Saturday night in New York.
Trout won by a 12 round unanimous decisions by the scores of 119-109, 117-111 and 117-111. Thus far, few fans have questioned the results of the fight, and Cotto hasn’t been vocal about wanting to fight Trout again despite his unhappiness with the wide scores. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao is supposedly working on changing his fighting style by working on being more aggressive in the ring like he was when he was younger and facing less talented opposition than he’ll be fighting on Saturday. This is something he’s been working on for the entire training camp in getting ready for his fight this Saturday night against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao said in an interview with ESPN “He’s [Marquez] going to be surprised that I changed my style. This time, I’ll change my style and be more aggressive.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward took the time to respond to IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s request that Ward fight him in the UK now to pay Froch back for having fought Ward in his home turf.
Ward said this on his twitter today: “Froch said he fought me in my backyard. Well, Atlantic City is almost 3,000 Mi away from home for me. I tried to tell him…he wouldn’t listen. Lol!! Uhh Ohh…We just woke the Cobra!! He just tweeted me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy has turned down a huge £650,000 offer from unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price’s promoter Frank Maloney for a potential fight in early 2013. Apparently, it wasn’t a big enough offer for Hennessy, although it’s likely a lot more than Fury would get to face one of the Klitschko brothers.
Hennessy said to the telegraph.co.uk “If David Price doesn’t meet our terms, the fight won’t happen. He’s just trying to get publicity by calling out Tyson. If Price and Maloney are going to put out offers, they need to make the offers serious.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Barry McGuigan is hoping the former England cricketer Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff (1-0) will hang up the gloves after a successful pro debut where he defeated Richard Dawson by a 4 round points decision. The heavyweight prospect Flintoff, not young at 34, looked slow, weak and wild as he attacked in what appeared to be a Joe Calzaghe-like fighting style.
Flintoff got knocked down in the 2nd round by one of the few punches that the rounded Dawson threw in the fight, and you have to wonder whether Flintoff would have lasted even 1 round had he been in an opponent that actually threw punches instead of just backing up the entire fight the way Dawson did. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The short 5’7″ Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) really never had the size to be fighting at junior middleweight to begin with after moving up to the division back in June 2010 when his then promoter Bob Arum matched him against one of his Top Rank stable fighters Yuri Foreman, who had little power and a bad right knee.
Cotto beat him of course and then defeated Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito, neither of which were true junior middleweights. When Cotto finally did face his first real able-bodied junior middleweight in WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) last Saturday night, Cotto looked like he didn’t belong in the same division as him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KO’s) is ready to add a big name to his resume this Saturday night when he goes after the scalp of Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO’s) in their important fight at the BOXEN, in Herning, Denmark.
Magee already took to Dane scalps in whipping Rudy Markussen and Mads Larsen both by knockout. Now Magee wants Kessler’s scalp and it’ll be a welcome addition to his resume. Read the rest of this entry »
By John F. McKenna (McJack): With his impressive 12 round unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) it is quite possible that undefeated Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) has eliminated himself from consideration of being a future opponent for WBA light middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s). Trout decisively defeated the popular Cotto on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ringside officials scored the fight 119-110, 119-108, 119-108 in Trout’s favor.
Despite what “Money May” says publicly, Trout may now be deemed as being too dangerous and too much of a risk for the #1 ranked pound for pound boxer in the world. It is thought by many boxing pundits that Mayweather has been avoiding Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao (54-4-1, 38 KO’s) for years for the same reason, the “Pacman” is just too dangerous an opponent. Read the rest of this entry »