By Jim Dower: The hard hitting #4 IBF Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs) was much too powerful for the light hitting #11 IBF Mark Davis (18-1, 5 KO’s) in stopping him in the 8th round on Wednesday night in their IBF super featherweight eliminator bout at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
Farenas hurt Davis with a big left hook to the head in the 8th round that drove him across him staggering across the ring. Referee Steve Smoger then stepped in and stopped the bout at 0:59 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) has finally got his fight against IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s). Dan Rafael of ESPN is saying that the Brook-Porter fight will be taking place on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The card included a rematch between WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika and #5 WBC Anthony Dirrell. The card will be televised by Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that he’s been given “strict orders” by 23-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) to schedule him for the Mexican holidays in September on the Mexican Independence Day weekend and in May on Cinco de Mayo.
Canelo also said that he’s going to be fighting on those dates. The problem is WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) has been sitting on those dates off and on since 2007 and he’s by far a much, much bigger pay-per-view draw than Canelo right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: What happened to this once exciting division that now no one gives a penny to watch? The times of reign of Iron Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Evander Hollyfield, Muhammed Ali, George Foreman and Joe Frazier are long gone but the time of Wladimir Klitshko has not yet to end.
Since the departure of his older brother Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir seems to be the last man standing in the heavyweight division.
Wladimir is the only man accountable in the heavyweight division after him chaos prevails. He now holds 4 titles: WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Last Monday night, WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) revealed who his next opponent will be for his September 13th fight in naming Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) as the guy who will be standing across from him in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. But Mayweather also said “Then in May, I’ll have a big surprise for you.” There’s only one opponent that could fit the description of it being a “big surprise” and that’s Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s the only one that will interest boxing fans enough to be a “big surprise.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 IBF Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KO’s) thinks his previous win over IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KO’s) from last year has knocked the confidence out of the 28-year-old Spaniard as they head into their rematch on September 6th at the Titanic Quarter, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Frampton, 27, stopped Martinez in the 9th round after catching him with a shot he didn’t see in their fight in February of last year. Martinez was chasing Frampton around the ring to try and force him to fight, because Frampton had stopped going toe-to-toe with him early on after getting nailed with some massive head shots in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: In an ominous sign for what could spell another disaster for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s), an unnamed camp insider is saying that Canelo’s training camp is being run in a disorganized manner with the 23-year-old Canelo calling the shots and not training the way he should be for his July 12th fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s).
The word is that Canelo is weighing 168 right now, whereas Lara is just 4 pounds over the 155 pound catch-weight limit for the fight.
The description of how Canelo is training for the Lara fight is reminiscent in some ways of how former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr went about his training for his fight against Sergio Martinez in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) is talking like he can walk on water as he gets ready for WBO heavyweight eliminator bout against #1 WBO Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) on July 26th at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom. The winner of the Fury-Chisora match-up will be the mandatory challenger to WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury said on his twitter, “Any promoters out there who fancy @dellboychisora to beat me I’m talking all side bets? Up to 500k??” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) made a startling confession on Tuesday in a media workout from the House of Boxing Training Center when he revealed that he plans on staying in the 154 pound division his entire career rather than moving up to middleweight so that he can fight guys that are close to being the same weight as him. I guess this means that Canelo has an excuse for not fighting Gennady Golovkin if someone asks about that fight.
Canelo has been rehydrating to the 170s for his fights recently, which puts him in the light heavyweight weight class when he steps inside the ring in the 154 pound division. In his last fight, Canelo rehydrated to 175 against Alfredo Angulo, and in his fight against Austin Trout, he weighed 172. This is why it seems hard to fathom why Canelo is resistant to fighting guys that are closer to his own weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) turns 37-years-old today, and there’s no word about who he plans on fighting later this year or if he’ll even fight in the second half of 2014. His promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in matching him against former WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in November or December, but those dates might not work for Chavez Jr’s management, who want to see him back in the ring in September.
Why Froch would need extra time to prepare for Chavez Jr is unknown, because it’s not as if he’s still licking his wounds from his recent rematch against George Groves from last May. Groves fought totally defensively and didn’t unload on Froch like he did in their first fight. Froch ended up stopping Groves in the 8th round with a right to the head in a boring fight other than the finish. Read the rest of this entry »