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title Artur Beterbiev signs with Al Haymon

beterbiev5By Allan Fox: Undefeated light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) has reportedly signed a contract with adviser Al Haymon in a move to help guide the career of the talented fighter. Beterbiev, 30, is promoted by Yvon Michel of Groupe Yvon Michel. Beterbiev fought in the Olympics twice for his native Russia.

Due to his lengthy amateur career, Beterbiev is getting a late start in professional boxing. That’s one of the reasons why he’s being moved up so quickly. Another reason is because he picked up a lot of experience in the amateurs in facing high level competition, and he doesn’t need to burn through six to seven years like a lot of fighters tend to do in facing lower level opposition instead of moving their career a long at a faster pace. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto-Canelo: The “Catch-weight” Battle

cotto563By Reynaldo Sanchez: After WBC middleweight champion Miguel Angel Cotto dismantled Daniel Geale in 4th rounds last Saturday on June 6, all sources point to a match where the Puerto Rican, most likely will face the Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Speculations are already in place in which of them should be the “A” side of the event and of course, who should receive the largest part of the cake in “monetary terms”.

This fight has features that go beyond boxing and who could be the winner. First, we have the fact that a fighter such as Canelo Alvarez, who isn’t ranked in the WBC middleweight rankings will be disputing against the reigning champion (Cotto). Read the rest of this entry »



title Will Cotto defeat the real deal Canelo?

1-cotto (1)By Ivan Godfrey: WBC middleweight Miguel Cotto looked sensational in his 4th round knockout win over the two time world champion Daniel Geale last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cotto has looked very impressive in his last three fights since losing to the previously unheralded Austin Trout in 2012. His opponents, however, have proved to be fairly mediocre.

After his defeat to Trout in 2012, Cotto employed the help of renowned trainer Freddie Roach. However, I don’t think Roach has not improved Cotto enough to help him to defeat a fighter like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in their proposed fight in October or November on HBO. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto vs. Canelo: The best fight in boxing

canelo44By Bob Smith: Due to the two recent victories of Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, they will face each other in the fall. I dismiss as speculation reports that Cotto will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. for Cotto’s WBC middleweight title, for many reasons, but the most basic one is that there has already been an agreement for Canelo and Cotto to fight.

For me, this is the best fight because it has two peak performers at the top of their weight class who are very competitive with each other and also elite in their own right. Read the rest of this entry »



title Adrien Broner: I’ll show on June 20th I’m taking over Boxing

broner123By Allan Fox: After his disappointing setback against Marcos Maidana two years ago, light welterweight contender Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) has done a good job of coming back from the defeat to win his last three fights in impressive fashion.

Broner, 25, feels he’s going to be the guy that takes over boxing after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao retire from the sport in the future. Broner says he’s going to show boxing fans that he’s the one to lead the sport into the future on June 20th in his fight against Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) on NBC Sports Net on Premier Boxing Champions from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »



title Carl Froch removed from Ring’s pound-for-pound ratings due to inactivity

froch45342By Scott Gilfoid: In a predictable move, Ring Magazine has removed former IBF/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) from their pound-for-pound ratings. The 37-year-old Froch hasn’t fought in over a year since his last fight in May of 2014 when he defeated fellow Brit George Groves by a 6th round knockout.

Since then, Froch just hasn’t had the motivation for him to get back in the ring and risk his legacy. I mean, there are tons of potential opponents for Froch to fight starting with Gennady Golovkin, Andre Ward and James DeGale, but Froch just hasn’t had the motivation to fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Arum: Nicholas Walters to face Lomachenko if Walters beats Marriaga

By Dan Ambrose: If WBA Super World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) beats undefeated knockout artist Miguel Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night on HBO, Walters will then face WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko in his next bout, according to Bob Arum of Top Rank. He says not going to let the Walters-Lomachenko fight marinate; he’s going to put the fight together. Read the rest of this entry »



title Paul Smith will need a miracle against Andre Ward

smith455By Scott Gilfoid: If 32-year-old Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) thought he had in bad in his last two fights against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in his two defeats in those fights, Smith is really up against it with his 172 pound catch-weight fight against Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) on June 20th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Smith has obviously been brought in as a fodder opponent for the 31-year-old Ward to sharpen up before he goes back to defending his WBA 168 pound title. Smith will need to KO Ward to win this fight because there’s no way that Smith will win a decision against someone as talented as Ward. Indeed, I don’t think Smith will win even a round in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Andy Lee: An unappreciated champion

1-Andy Lee wins WBO title By Seán Skehan: Andy Lee currently resides in high company. As the WBO middleweight champion, Lee counts Gennady Golovkin and Miguel Cotto among his peers as world title holders in the 160lb’s division. Golovkin or ‘Triple G’ as he is more commonly known has lit up the division with a sequence of twenty consecutive knockout victories. His profile is beginning to transcend that of the division and boxing, as the general sports fan begins to take note of his all action style and likeable public persona.

With HBO featuring him regularly and commentators everywhere clamoring for a catch-weight match-up with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Golovkin seems well placed to continue to cement his position as the heir apparent to Mayweather as the face of boxing after the latter’s expected retirement in September.

Cotto has been an ever present name amongst the elite of the sport for over a decade. Read the rest of this entry »



title Deontay Wilder punched Stiverne so hard that metal rods in his hand were bent

Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay WilderBy Scott Gilfoid: To show you the kind of incredible punching power that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) has, he was said to have hit former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne so hard with a right hand to the head that it bent a metal rod that the 6’7” Wilder has in his surgically repaired right hand.

Wilder ended up suffering a broken right hand in that fight. It was the same hand that Wilder broke previously in his career. Even with the broken hand, Wilder dished out a one-sided beating to the 36-year-old Stiverne and was able to easily win the fight by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »



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