By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (14-1, 9 KO’s) isn’t impressed with IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) like a lot of Brits have suddenly become after his knockout win over former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute last year. DeGale thinks fans are making too big of a deal over that win and giving Froch too much credit for what he actually accomplished.
DeGale said to thesun.co.uk “A lot of fans have made Carl out to be some kind of monster since his win over Lucian Bute. The stoppage was fantastic, and it was a great result, but people seem to believe he can’t be beaten when he can.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated British heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is still yapping away and complaining about IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko not agreeing to face him in the ring, despite the fact that Fury has yet to face a true quality heavyweight. Fury just wants Wladimir to give him a shot without having to actually prove that he’s earned it.
Fury said to I Film London, “I’ve got one thing to say to Wladimir Klitschko, you are a p***y old son. When you grow a pair of balls, come fight me and I’ll relieve you of all your belts. I’ll leave that glass chin of yours in shatters all over the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Among the top fighters that unbeaten Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KO’s) wants to fight in the near future is WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) if Thurman can get past former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18 KO’s) on Saturday night in their WBO welterweight eliminator bout on HBO at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Besides Canelo, Thurman also wants to fight WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, and the winner of the fight between IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander and Kell Brook. Bradley is the more realistic option for Thurman because he’ll be Bradley’s mandatory challenger if he beats Zaveck tomorrow night. However, getting Bradley to agree to fight him may takes ages, and Thurman can’t just sit idle waiting for Bradley to finally face him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions has reportedly made a play to add WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) to their stable. Golden Boy already promotes the popular but struggling UK fighter Amir Khan, and if they can add Burns to their stable it would be a big deal for them in theory.
Burns left his promoter Frank Warren this week after having two fights cancelled a third fight, a unification bout against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, postponed.
Golden Boy isn’t alone in trying to land the 29-year-old Burns to their promotional stable. There are two other promoters trying to get him Burns in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KO’s) will be returning to the ring this month after a 16 month layoff to face Adrian Granados (11-2-1, 7 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at 154 in a fight card that will be televised by ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Also on the same card, the hard hitting Don George (24-3-1, 21 KO’s) will be moving down from super middleweight to middleweight to face David Alonso Lopez (41-13, 23 KO’s) in a 10 round bout as well.
Cintron, 33, hasn’t fought since he was stopped in the 5th round by WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in November 2011 in a fight that saw Cintron dropped in the 4th and blown out in the 5th in a totally one-sided fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #10 IBF heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko (33-2, 21 KO’s) will be facing 38-year-old journeyman Ivica Perkovic (19-18, 14 KO’s) on Saturday night in a scheduled 8 round bout at the CU Arena, in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.
Dimitrenko, 30, weighed in at 251 lbs. on Friday at the weigh-in in Hamburg. His opponent Perkovic weighed in at a hefty 279 lbs., which is normal for him.
For some reason Dimitrenko’s management has decided to put him on a soft diet of weak opponents since he was stopped by unbeaten Kubrat Pulev in the 11th round last year in May. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense for Dimitrenko, a 12-year pro, to be fighting opposition in the class as Perkovic because Dimitrenko is capable of beating much better opposition than this. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Unbeaten middleweight prospect J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KO’s) will be in action in a scheduled 10 round bout on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero card on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Dan Rafael.
Also on the same card will be former IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (20-0-1, 13 KO’s) possibly facing 37-year-old former two division world champion Rafael Marquez (41-8, 37 KO’s) in a fight that will take place in the super bantamweight division due to Santa Cruz having moved up in weight.
Love, 25, is coming off of a 10 round unanimous decision win over Derrick Findley last month on February 23rd. Love won the fight by the scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91, but he was far from impressive in that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight Darren Barker (24-1, 15 KO’s) will be taking a backwards move with his career in facing Simone Rotolo (35-3, 15 KO’s) on Saturday night for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental middleweight title at the Wembley Arena in London, United Kingdom.
This is yet another easy fight for the 30-year-old Barker, and seemingly a backwards step from his last fight against former fringe level contender Kerry Hope last December.
Going from Hope to the 37-year-old Rotolo has to be interpreted as a backwards move for Barker, and if that’s the best that his promoter Eddie Hearn can do for him than he needs to think about finding a different promoter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In an interview with ESPN, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) came clean about his testing positive for marijuana for his last fight against Sergio Martinez last September. Chavez Jr. was subsequently fined $900,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission [NSAC], a fine that his promoter Bob Arum is looking to appeal and have it reduced considerably.
Chavez Jr. said to ESPN “It was only a mistake I made. I did nothing to hurt anyone. No, seriously, nothing.”
The NSAC wasn’t pleased with Chavez Jr. testing positive given that it was the second time he had tested positive for a banned drug. It wasn’t a performance enhancing drug that he tested positive for, but the Commission seems to see it as being a serious thing because it being the second time that he’s tested positive for a drug Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) may be moving up to 147 for his next fight to challenge WBA champion Paulie Malignaggi on June 22nd, but Broner is making it clear that he’s willing to face anyone from the lightweight to the junior middleweight division if they have the name and can draw fans.
Broner said on his social media site “Ready to fight whoever from 135-154.”
Broner is pure class. That boxing needs is a fighter like that who is willing to jump from division to division to get the biggest fights possible. Read the rest of this entry »