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title Anthony Dirrell given 4-month extension by WBC, Groves will have to wait

dirrell77-yamada(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like #1 WBC super middleweight contender George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) is going to need to find a stay busy fight while he waits for his eventual title shot against WBC 168 pound champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs). The World Boxing Council has reportedly given Dirrell a four-month extension before he needs to face Groves later this year between September and December.

The WBC reportedly put it to a vote whether the give Dirrell the extension, and they voted in his favor.

“WBCBoxing voted in favor of Dirrell four month extension 4 Voluntary Defence. No opponent or explanation given as yet. #GrovesDirrellSaga,” said Groves’ promoter Kalle Sauerland on his twitter. Read the rest of this entry »



title Manuel Charr a good option for Deontay Wilder’s first title defense

charr2By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) likely won’t get a chance at fighting either Tyson Fury or Wladimir Klitschko in his fight as the World Boxing Council champion.

Wladimir is already scheduled to fight on April 25th against American Bryant Jennings, and he’s likely going to need months to recover from that fight. As for Fury, we already know that he’s not truly interested in fighting Deontay next, because he wants to wait on the Wladimir fight.

Fury would rather face Wladimir rather than Wilder, which I can understand given the danger involved in facing the 6’7” Wilder. Read the rest of this entry »



title Billy Joe Saunders: I believe I can beat Peter Quillin

saunders5533By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO 160lb contender Billy Joe Saunders agreed to step aside in order to let American talent Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) challenge WBO middleweight belt holder Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) for his WBO strap on April 11th. Saunders is said to have gotten a six-figure payment to step aside so that the 31-year-old Quillin could challenge for Lee’s title belt.

Saunders sees the move as potentially setting up a fight between him and Lee later on this year with Lee’s WBO belt being up for grabs in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao: is it better late than never?

floyd103By Gerardo Granados: The long awaited fight between the two major boxing draws in the sport between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao has yet to come to fruition this year, but it seems like the negotiations are taking too long to be arranged.

I personally believe that this fight is past due and that the fighters are no longer in their prime; Pacman is gone and now Pacquiao has a different fighting style but still has the tools needed to defeat Floyd. On the other corner Mayweather Jr will turn 38 years old this month and he is nowhere near where he was six years ago. Read the rest of this entry »



title Malignaggi: Khan beats Mayweather and Pacquiao

khan6788By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi thinks that Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) is now capable of beating both Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao if the 28-year-old Khan can get a fight against either of them.

That’s a big IF because those guys are likely going to be looking in another directions if their fight doesn’t get made for May 2nd. Malignaggi says he’s not sure if Khan can beat WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman, a fighter known for having big power in both hands. Read the rest of this entry »



title Leo Santa Cruz parts ways with GBP

santacruz34By Lou Eisen: In a rather surprising move, the WBC world super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (29-0-1, KO17) has parted ways with his longtime promoter, Golden Boy Promotions and joined forces with boxing’s number one power broker, Al Haymon. Haymon used to act as an adviser Santa Cruz but now has become his full time manager of record.

To be precise, Al Haymon purchased the contract of Santa Cruz from Golden Boy Promotions, taking sole control of his already flourishing career. Read the rest of this entry »



title Vincent Feigenbutz vs. Balazs Kelemen on March 21st in Germany

By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBO 168 pound contender Vincent Feigenbutz (18-1, 17 KOs) will be taking a huge step up in class next month when he faces unbeaten #7 WBO Balazs Kelemen (22-0, 13 KOs) in a 12 round bout on March 21st at the Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The 19-year-old Feigenbutz will be defending his WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title. Read the rest of this entry »



title Nonito Donaire vs. William Prado on March 28th in the Philippines

donaire456By Chris Williams: Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) will be back in action next month in a confidence builder type fight against little known 2nd tier fighter named William Prado (22-4-1, 15 KOs) on March 28th at the Mll of Asia in the Philippines.

The Donaire-Prado fight will take place in the super bantamweight division, as the 32-year-old Donaire is moving back down from the featherweight division following a 6th round knockout loss to WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters last October in Carson, California.

There’s not much to say about Prado, 31, other than he’s from Brazil, and he’s lost three out of his last six fights since 2012. Prado has suffered losses to Paulus Ambunda, Jeremy Parodi, and Scott Quigg. Prado was knocked out in just three rounds by Quigg in 2013. That’s obviously a sign that Prado won’t last long against Donaire. Read the rest of this entry »



title Espinoza: Mayweather’s backup opponent for 5/2 are Cotto or Khan

floyd8282828By Chris Williams: Showtime executive vice president of Sports Stephen Espinoza is still optimistic that the negotiations can be successfully completed for Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in their mega-fight on May 3rd. There are just a small number of issues that need to be worked through.

Showtime and HBO still have to work out their deal as well, but there’s a good possibility that they’ll be able to negotiate a deal from their end. Espinoza is saying that Mayweather absolutely will be fighting on the May 2nd date, even if he doesn’t face Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations have plenty of time

pac723By Chris Williams: In the last week a lot of boxing fans have begun to panic due to the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao negotiations taking a lot of time. The fans think the fight won’t have enough time left to get negotiated for them to be able to have any kind of marketing campaign to promote the fight.

As Dan Rafeal points out, Mayweather’s fight negotiations with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero didn’t get completed until February 19th in 2013, yet they were still able to market the fight and it did reasonably well with over 800,000+ pay-per-view buys. Read the rest of this entry »



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