By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) may not necessarily be facing the struggling Filipino Manny Pacquiao next, according to his manager Fernando Beltran. Who the 39-year-old Marquez fights next will be up to his Mexican boxing fans.
Beltran plans on creating a survey for Marquez’s fans to take to decision who should be the next opponent for him. If they decide they don’t want Marquez to fight Pacquiao next, then he’ll follow their wishes.
Speaking with ESPN Deportes “It will be what the Mexicans decide. It is not dependent on Pacquiao. Juanma plans a program in which surveys will be made so that the people can decide who he will fight Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: When Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) left the ring last December after his best ever win, it seemed an open and shut case. True, Manny Pacquiao (54-6-2, 38 KO’s) was winning and the fight always seemed in the balance. But Marquez had done what no one else had ever done. After 6 rounds he had knocked out the ‘fighter of the decade’ and arch rival, Pacquiao. both wanted a knocked to leave no doubt. But the knockout somehow put a question mark over the win.
People soon came forward wanting answers. The main one was this, did Marquez cheat? There were many reasons for people asking this. How had Marquez managed to gain so much muscle towards the end of his career? Pacquiao has a great chin, how had Marquez suddenly gained so much power? Why did he employ one of the world’s biggest cheats as his strength and conditioning coach? There has been alot of controversy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KO’s) will be facing Argentina’s Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13 KO’s) and former two division world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KO’s) will be taking on Dennis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KO’s) in a four-fighter light heavyweight tournament on March 30th at the Chapiteau de Fontvielle, Monte Carlo.
Both fights are scheduled for 10 rounds, and the two winners of the fights will meet on July 13th with a $1 million purse.
In the co-main event on the card will be unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defending his title in a tune-up bout against Nobuhiro Ishida in a fight that promises to be one-sided from the start to the bitter finish. Ishida has a good chin and he might be able to go the full 12 rounds, but it’s going to be dramatically one-sided because Ishida doesn’t have the power to compete. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc: This Saturday, Juan Manuel Lopez has an up-hill battle to begin in a 10 round tune-up fight in trying to restore his image against Aldimar Silva Santo at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. As a very fan friendly fighter, Lopez was making a big name for himself having been featured on the Showtime telecast several times. Like many other exciting fighters to watch it was his ability to overcome adversity within the ring that made watching him so special. Juanma is a heavy hitter, yet extremely vulnerable at times, and it was this vulnerability that got him Knocked out twice by veteran Orlando Salido.
But after the second KO loss to Salido, Juanma demonstrated one of the most classless post fight interviews of all time, accusing the referee of having a gambling problems insinuating that the fight was stopped because the referee needed to ensure it was stopped. Of course this accusation surprised everyone because we all saw a guy that was getting pummeled to his defeat and a referee that had no other alternative than to end the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 39-year-old Sam Soliman (37-4-2, 17 KO’s) bounced back from a 2nd round knockdown to come back and defeat former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 17 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision in their International Boxing Federation 160 pound eliminator bout at the ISS Dome, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing light welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) on March 16th at a still to be determined venue in the United States, according to ffboxe.com.
This isn’t the big name that the 29-year-old Bradley was hoping to get, as he wanted to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. But it looks like Bradley’s promoters at Top Rank aren’t taking any chances with him getting beaten by a contender from the welterweight division, so he’s being matched against 140 pound contender.
Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum had been saying that there’s a possibility of Bradley facing a big name on March 16th. I hope Provodnikov isn’t Arum’s idea of a big name because I see him as an ESPN2 type fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBA, #5 WBO Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) isn’t pleased to learn that he’s a monstrous underdog going into his February 16th fight this month against unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Rees was expecting the odds to be a lot closer, but he was reportedly shocked to hear that he’s an underdog by as much as 80-1 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rees told thesun.co.uk “I understand Broner being a firm favorite, but I can’t believe my ability is being treated with such contempt. To regard me as an 80-1 chance is simply absurd. Do they think I’m some wet behind the ears novice?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The rematch between IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) is now official for May 25th at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), London, UK.
Recently there had been talk of the Froch-Kessler 2 fight taking place on April 27th, but that date would have never worked because Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants the fight to be pay per view for the Brits, so the May 25th date gives them more time to market the fight to fans.
We’re still waiting to find out how much the fight will go for on PPV. The likely number will be 15 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) says he’ll be back in the ring in May in New York City, USA. Macklin, 30, is hoping that IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will be interested in fighting him in that month. I can’t see that happening.
Geale just finished beating Anthony Mundine in a tough 12 round fight, and he plans on facing tonight’s Felix Sturm vs. Sam Soliman winner next. If not one of them, Geale has already mentioned wanting to fight a unification bout against WBA champ Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »