By Allan Fox: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that he’d like to setup a fight between WBA Super World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) and WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KOs) in 2015.
Walters recently obliterated one of Arum’s most popular fighters in Nonito Donaire in stopping him in the 6th round last October in a pretty much one-sided fight. Now that Donaire is out of the unofficial featherweight tournament that Arum has going, it’s now Lomachenko and Walters that need to face each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) isn’t all that impressed with the Master’s degree that his opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) has going for him. Pacquiao says he has a Master’s degree in boxing from his many years as a pro. Pacquiao started his pro career in 1995, and he feels that experience puts him in the class of a Master’s degree holder.
Pacquiao also says he has an honorary doctorate degree. Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between someone that earns a Masters or Doctorate degree than a situation where someone well-known is giving an honorary degree. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) will be putting his two titles on the line this Saturday night, November 8th against WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
This is perhaps the final chance for the 49-year-old Hopkins to try and unify all the titles in the light heavyweight division, because he’s not young enough to stick around to try and come back from a loss to Kovalev to go after all the titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s no secret that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t been matched against too many mobile fighters during his long 19-year pro career.
It’s also no secret that Pacquiao struggled badly in a recent fight where he had to deal with the mobile Tim Bradley two years ago. Perhaps for that reason, Pacquiao is concerned about how he’s going to deal with his next opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 41-year-old former 4 division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) says he’s been offered a ton of loot to face WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) for a fifth time, but Marquez doesn’t see the point in continuing to fight the aging Filipino fighter since he defeated him decisively by a 6th round knockout in their last meeting two years ago.
Marquez figures that he’s already beaten Pacquiao four times already, and been robbed on three of the occasions. Fighting Pacquiao a fifth time would be totally redundant because it’s something Marquez has already done so many times previously. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBO, #5 IBF, #11 WBC heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) is promising that his rematch against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) on November 29th will be a war when the two of them meet up at the ExCel Arena in London, UK.
The Chisora-Fury 2 fight will be a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout despite the fact that neither guy has beaten anyone of note during their careers. Fury’s biggest win of his 6-year pro career was against a 260 pound Chisora, which isn’t much of a win given how out of shape Chisora was for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The soon to be 41-year-old Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) is hoping to get an immediate rematch against IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs), who beat him by a 12 round unanimous decision last October to capture his International boxing Federation 160lb title at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
Soliman suffered a knee injury in the 6th round, which led to him getting knocked down four times in the fight in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th rounds. Soliman is rehabbing the injury and he’d like to face Taylor in his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) will be fighting two weeks from now against super featherweight Joel Montes de Oca (18-3, 10 KOs) on November 15th in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Gamboa, 32, hasn’t fought since being stopped in the 9th round by WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford last June in Omaha, Nebraska. Gamboa, 5’5”, fought surprisingly well against the bigger and heavier Crawford until the 5th round when he was dropped. Read the rest of this entry »
By Diarmuid Sherry: Anyone who has mattered at 168lbs, Andre Ward has beaten. Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Sakio Bika and recent challenger Edwin Rodriguez were all outfoxed by the superior Ward. Former Light Heavyweight Champion, Chad Dawson found that dropping the 7lbs to fight at Super Middleweight too difficult to cope with, and lost to a rare Ward knockout.
Ward was left with a choice, either stay at Super Middleweight and churn over any remaining challengers, or move a division north, and chase the big names in Light Heavyweight. He chose the former. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KOs) will be returning to the ring on December 13th after 10 months of inactivity to face an opponent still to be determined on the Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander card on Showtime from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Ortiz, 27, will be fighting an opponent still to be determined in a 10 round bout. Ortiz last fought in January of this year when he was quickly knocked out in 2 rounds by Luis Collazo. Ortiz made Collazo look like a great fighter, and this led to Collazo getting ranked highly by the WBA despite the fact that Collazo hadn’t beaten anyone of quality in years. Read the rest of this entry »