(Photos Courtesy: Will Hart/HBO) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) could be the next victim for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO’s) to destroy after he makes easy work of the 5’7″ Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, New York, USA.
Froch wants the fight, his promoter Eddie Hearn wants the fight, and Golovkin is very interested in the fight as well. The only thing that could potentially get in the way of a Golovkin-Froch fight is if George Groves whips Froch next month in their fight on November 23rd at the Manchester Arena. That’s truly a toss-up fight, so I’m not counting on Froch winning anything until I see it happen. Right now, I see the younger Groves beating Froch and ruining any chances of him ever facing Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum plans on bringing back his number 1 fighter Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) for a quick turn around next April against either WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley or Russian Ruslan Provodnikov, according to Sports Tempo. This of course all depends on how the 34-year-old Pacquiao does in his next fight against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd in Macao, China.
If Pacquiao does well and easily wins the fight, then he’ll be back in the ring quickly to try and make up for lost time next April. But if Rios starches Pacquiao by knocking him clean out then Arum will likely have to cancel the idea of rushing Pacquiao back into the ring for an April date. It would seem likely that Pacquiao would need another long time off from boxing before he would be scheduled again. Read the rest of this entry »
by Alon Calinao Dy: The “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire, Jr. has received some criticisms about his poor performance in securing a win over his rival Guilleremo Rigondeaux last 7 months ago. Now, he has upcoming fight against the Armenian gladiator Vic Darchinyan on Nov. 9, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The same opponent he knocked out in the fifth round of the bout on July 7, 2007 at the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
In many occasions, the Armenian boxer said he wanted to derail the career of the Filipino icon to avenge his defeat. But coach Robert Garcia, the trainer of Donaire, Jr. was confident that his apprentice will win and bounce back after his unanimous loss to Rigondeaux on April 13. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Sr. on Wednesday put the clamps down on any talk of there being a fight between his son Floyd Mayweather Jr. and IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins by saying that it’s just foolish talk from Hopkins and that he won’t be getting a fight against Mayweather Jr. Hopkins has recently been bringing up Mayweather Jr’s name in interviews in hopes that he can drum up interest in the fight, but it looks like he’s wasting his time from what Mayweather’s father is saying.
Floyd Sr. told HustleBoss, “He’s talking awful foolish. It’s a good thing for what he’s done and what he’s doing still. But I’m going to tell you right now, he’s jealous about Floyd. Talking about fighting Floyd, as big as he is. He ain’t fighting Floyd. It’s stupid, man. To be honest with you, it don’t even make sense for that fight to even take place.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Robert Garcia, the trainer for #2 WBA, Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’), has revealed their plan to try and defeat WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) on December 14th on Showtime at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Garcia says that Maidana will throw 100 punch per round and all of them will be power punches. The theory is that if each one of Maidana’s 100 punches are thrown with major power, Broner can’t win the rounders by throwing fewer but cleaner landing punches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sevak Sarkisian: As every boxing fan is well aware of, this Saturday Gennady Golovkin (27-0 24ko’s) makes his return to the ring against middleweight contender Curtis Stevens (25-3 18ko’s). The fight will take place in Madison Square Garden and will be televised live on HBO.
Since bursting on to the American boxing scene last September against Proksa, Golovkin has captured the attention and imagination of American boxing fans. Golovkin has a fan friendly style and possesses serious power in both hands. He has the highest knockout ratio out of all the current champions in the sport. However, there are still many unanswered questions regarding how good of an all around fighter he is because he hasn’t fought top tier opposition yet in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: If #1 WBO Denis Boytsov (33-0, 26 KO’s) can get past his opponent next month Alex Leapai (29-4-3, 24 KO’s) on November 23rd in Bamberg, Germany, Boytsov will be getting a title shot against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Boytsov, 27, has yet to face a top tier opponent during his 9-year pro career and he still won’t even after the Leapai fight. It doesn’t matter. Boytsov will be Wladimir’s WBO mandatory challenger, and that’ll give him the the title shot.
Wladimir is going to have a busy year in 2014 because he has a an IBF mandatory due against Kubrat Pulev, and then he has the WBO mandatory against Boytsov. It’s difficult to say which is the tougher fighter for him because both Boytsov and Pulev are far below Wladimir in the talent department and don’t have his speed, power, athleticism or experience. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) will be moving up to the cruiserweight division for his next fight to take on 2nd tier fighter Daniel Ammann (29-5-1, 6 KO’s) for the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight strap on November 30th at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom.
This an strange move on the 26-year-old Cleverly’s part in abandoning the 175 lb. division, but also not a surprising one given the hiding that Cleverly took at the hands of Russian Sergey Kovalev last August. Cleverly was stopped in the 4th round by Kovalev and lost his WBO title in the process. That fight was about as competitive as watching someone work out on a heavy bag. Cleverly was pummeled from pillar to post by Kovalev for four rounds until the referee called a halt to the slaughter in the 4th. Read the rest of this entry »
Is heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) ready for the big stage? If he isn’t, does it really matter? I’ve had some time to digest what I watched on Showtime this past Saturday night, and first let me say the fights were entertaining, especially the main event in the latter half of the fight considering it was Bernard Hopkins, who I consider to be the most conservative “great” champion I’ve ever seen.
Anyways, Nicolai Firtha’s effort against Deontay Wilder was admirable if nothing else. At least he was tough enough to throw caution to the wind and take some punishment just to land his one punch to Deontay’s 2 or 3 counter shots at times. I myself was definitely impressed by the composure of Deontay as he faced more pressure than he’s used to. Fought well enough off his back foot to fight out of trouble when needed and showed a little more of his arsenal than he’s needed to in past fights. The question is, is he ready for the big stage? The big stage unquestionably being fighting a Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »