By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO’s) defeated a flabby looking 39-year-old journeyman Ivica Perkovic (20-24, 15 KO’s) by a 3rd round stoppage on Saturday night at Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Perkovic, with his nose bleeding from a steady diet of jabs he’d been eating, quit at the end of the 3rd round rather than come out for the 4th round.
Pulev, 6’4 1/2″, looked weak, and threw mostly jabs in the fight. Each time Perkovic would attempt a wild shot, Pulev would retreat backwards as if he were burned by a hot iron. To say that Pulev fought timidly is putting it lightly. He fought like Perkovic was a knockout artist. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) expects to ruin the goal of Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) of him winning a fourth division world title when they meet each other in two months on June 7th on HBO pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Sergio has no doubts in his mind that he’ll be knocking Cotto out, and keeping his World Boxing Council 160lb title.
Martinez thinks that the only reason why the 33-year-old Cotto wants to fight him now is because he thinks his knee is still hurt from his last two fights against Martin Murray and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and wants to take advantage of this. Martinez says his knee is now 100% after he’s rested it and had it repaired. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) has big ambitions for the future if and when he knocks Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) out in his next fight on May 3rd on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidanas fight card. Collazo wants to face Mayweather in Brooklyn, New York if he can get past Khan.
We already know that Khan is being mentioned as a possible September opponent for Mayweather if he beats Collazo, but we’ve not heard a lot about Collazo getting a fight against Mayweather. It seems to be a one-sided thing with only Khan having a chance of getting the Mayweather fight, and that’s kind of unfortunate because Collazo doesn’t seem to realize that he’s just some guy that Golden Boy Promotions picked out for Khan to beat in order to put Khan in with Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture: Team Sauerland) By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KO’s) will be coming into his title defense against Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KO’s) tonight with an 11-fight winning streak in their fight at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Braehmer, a natural light heavyweight, has looked good since his loss to Hugo Hernan Garay in 2008.
Braehmer never bothered to avenge the loss, but he really didn’t need to because Garay’s career immediately imploded with losses to Gabriel Campillo and Chris Henry. Braehmer doesn’t see the 6’4” ex-cruiserweight champion Maccarinelli as a real light heavyweight, as he sees him as someone who has melted down from 200lbs to fight in the 175lb division. Braehmer thinks the loss of weight will hurt Maccarinelli even though he’s been fighting at light heavyweight for over a year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton beat 36-year-old Hugo Cazares last night in 2nd round TKO in Belfast to earn a title shot against WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. But not only does Frampton and his team want the Santa Cruz fight, they also want hometown advantage by having him travel all the way to Belfast, Northern Ireland and fight in front of a hostile crowd despite the fact that Santa Cruz is the champion and Frampton a mere challenger. What they want to do is offer Santa Cruz a lot of money from the expected large gate, and then hope he caves in and accepts the offer.
“We are going to make an outstanding proposal to Santa Cruz financially and hopefully he will come over to Belfast,” said Barry McGuigan, Frampton’s manager via ESPN.co.uk. “The sooner we can get it on the better. He has got the morals and I believe he genuinely wants to fight Carl. It is all about sitting and hammering out the deal.” Read the rest of this entry »
Larry Levanti/Main Events) By Jim Dower: Former two time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6, 12 KO’s) got up off the canvas twice in the 5th round to come back to defeat 41-year-old Amir Mansour (20-1, 15 KO’s) on Friday night to come back and get the win at the Liacouras Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The final judges scored were 97-90, 95-92, 95-92. Cunningham knocked Mansour down with a right hand in the 10th round to seal the victory.
In the 5th round, Cunningham was knocked down twice by Mansour after getting hit with right hands. Cunningham had dominated the first 4 rounds with his jab and long reach against the 6’1″ Mansour. But in the 5th, Cunningham made a mistake of getting too close to the hard hitting Mansour, and he took a big right hand that put him on the canvas. Cunningham was badly hurt after he got back to his feet and was quickly dropped again for a second time. However, Stevens was able to survive the remaining seconds of the round to get out of it.
Mansour’s left eye swelled up in the later rounds, and he also had swelling around his right eye. Cunningham was cut over his left eye in the 2nd round after getting caught with a big shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Gary Hyde, the manager for WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s), called out unbeaten contender Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KO’s) today after his 2nd round TKO win over 36-year-old Hugo Fidel Cazares (40-8-2, 27 KO’s) in their fight at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Hype is offering to bring Rigondeaux over to Belfast so that Frampton can fight against the best fighter in the super bantamweight division with both of his world titles – WBA and WBO – on the line for the fight instead of just one. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) thinks it’s time for 36-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) to taste defeat for the first time in his long 18-year pro career when the two of them meet up on May 3rd for their pay-per-view bout on Showtime. Maidana is working on improving his speed and technical ability so that he’s not over-matched against the blazing fast Mayweather in this important clash.
“I know I can’t count on my chances of another Broner fight. Mayweather is much better than that,” Maidana said to ESPN Deportes. “Everyone at some point has to lose in life, and it’s time for him [Mayweather] to lose. This is a fight that can change my career, but mostly my life.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Simon Allen: Tonight at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland Carl Frampton fought Hugo Fidel Cazares in a WBC super bantamweight title eliminator. The winner highly likely to go on to face WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz.
Frampton 17/0/0 (12), headed into the fight as a heavy favourite in front of his home town crowd. Frampton and his manager Barry McGuigan had both made much of the show Carl was going to put on against the rugged Mexican. Insisting the fight was going to be explosive and that Carl would knock the challenger out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: Earlier this evening James DeGale raised eyebrows by confirming on twitter that he’d terminated his promotional deal with big Mick Hennessy. If this news had broken last month, or even last week, there wouldn’t have been too much shock considering the frustration Chunky has endured; however the fact that Hennessy has just secured James the mandatory position for the WBC super- middleweight championship adds mystery to the situation.
After all it was only four days ago that the WBC confirmed DeGale’s shot at Sakio Bika after the long delay. No doubt James benefited from the fact that Julio Chavez Jr who had been touted as the mandatory, was instead in negotiations with team Gennady Golovkin for a bout in the summer. Read the rest of this entry »