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title Cotto: The ball is in Canelo’s court

canelo6756By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is saying that it’s up to his 24-year-old challenger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) if he wants to face him in 2015.

Canelo has been complaining that he met the conditions for the fight in agreeing to what the 34-year-old Cotto has asked of him, yet the fight contract is still not signed. Those conditions, which are reportedly financial, don’t appear to have been met because Cotto’s adviser is saying that that the financial part of the negotiations still need to be worked out. Read the rest of this entry »

title Brandon Rios could get in title position with win over Mike Alvarado

rios8888876By Dan Ambrose: #4 WBO, #10 WBC Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) could find himself in position for world title shot at welterweight if he can get past #10 WBO Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) in their rubber match this month on January 24th at the 1stBank Center, in Bloomfield, Colorado, USA.

With Rios’ high rankings, it’s possible he could get moved up a spot or two if he can get past the 34-year-old Alvarado. The sad part about Rios facing WBO champion Manny Pacquiao again is that Rios already fought him in November of 2013 in losing by a lopsided 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lucas Matthysse to fight on February 28th, possibly for WBO 140lb title

matthysse84By Allan Fox: #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #3 IBF light welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) says he’ll be back inside the ring next month on February 28th in a fight possibly for the vacant WBO 140 pound title.

That was the strap that the World Boxing Organization recently stripped from Chris Algieri after he decided to move up welterweight to challenge WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao for his title. Read the rest of this entry »

title Nonito Donaire could fight in March in Manila

donaire55By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is talking about having the recently knocked out Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) return to the ring in the next two months to fight in March in Manila. There’s also a possibility that Donaire could fight in May in Macau, China if the Manila fight doesn’t work out.

Donaire, 32, was annihilated in just 6 rounds by WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters last October. That was a fight in which Donaire tasted the canvas in the 6th round and was unable to get up. Read the rest of this entry »

title Evgeny Gradovich vs. Lee Selby in the works for March

selby45By Scott Gilfoid: IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) will be defending his IBF title in March against #1 IBF Lee Selby (20-1, 8 KOs), according to Gradovich’s manager Eris Klimas in speaking with

The fight could take place in Russia, says Gradovich. This obviously means there won’t be an immediate rematch for Gradovich against Jayson Velez, who Gradovich fought to a 12 round draw last November. Gradovich appeared to beat a tired and worn out Velez by at least four rounds, yet the judges scored the fight a 12 round draw. Needless to say, it was a really controversial decision and yet another black eye for boxing. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather Jr not responding to Pacquiao’s latest tweet

floyd33By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr is taking the high road by choosing not to respond to Manny Pacquiao’s latest tweet, urging him to face him in 2015. Instead of Mayweather firing back at the 36-year-old Pacquiao with both barrels, Mayweather took to Instagram today to flaunt his fabulous wealth.

In one photo, Mayweather had a huge rack of shoes open and he asked the reader to pick out the pair he should wear. Mayweather has 80 pairs of beautiful shoes in the rack. In another photos, Mayweather showed a rack of expensive designer sunglasses. He then asked the readers which pair he’ll be wearing. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Bellew having second thoughts about fighting Marco Huck?

bellew6By Scott Gilfoid: After beating former WBO 175lb champion Nathan Cleverly by a 12 round split decision last November in a WBO cruiserweight title eliminator it was thought that Tony Bellew’s next move would be to face WBO champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs). After all, the Bellew-Cleverly fight was a WBO eliminator bout. But it now looks like Bellew is looking at the possibility of facing one of the other cruiserweight champions instead.

I was afraid this was going to happen. Huck is considered by many to be the best fighter in the cruiserweight division right now. Read the rest of this entry »

title Will Froch face Golovkin if Chavez Jr isn’t available?

golovkin2By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch recently was given bad news by the promoter of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr when he said in an interview that there won’t be a fight between Froch and Chavez Jr in early 2015.

Chavez Jr’s promoter, Bob Arum, isn’t against the fight taking place, but it would be a fight that would be promoted by Arum’s company Top Rank, as it would be the last fight on Chavez Jr’s contract with the company. Read the rest of this entry »

title Leo Santa Cruz with showcase fight against Jesus Ruiz on 1/17

santacruz34By Dan Ambrose: WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz’s showcase fight against Jesus Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs) is now official for January 17th on Showtime Championship Boxing on the same card as the heavyweight bout between Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne. It’s assumed that it will be the co-feature on that card.

You can read “showcase” to mean mismatch in this case, because Ruiz, ranked #14 in featherweight division, is not likely going to be a competitive match-up unless Santa Cruz has slipped a couple of notches since his last fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Naseem Hamed: The prince that almost became the King

By Abbas Dadhiwala: British boxing great Naseem Hamed was a boxer who divided opinion as to his standing in the top 10 of best British boxers of all time. Some have Hamed near the top, and some rank him outside the top 10. Naseem Hamed was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, there has only been a select few British boxers post the war who have been inducted, with one British promoter calling Hamed the best boxer he has ever worked with, but was Hamed really that good. Read the rest of this entry »

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