By Dan Ambrose: A bout pitting unbeaten welterweights Wale Omotoso (23-0, 19 KO’s) vs. Jessie Vargas (23-0, 9 KO’s) will be on the undercard of WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley’s first title defense against Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16th, according to Steve Kim. The fight card will be staged at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and HBO will likely be televising it.
Omotoso, #12 IBF, hasn’t faced any real quality opposition yet, so this will be a step up for him in a big way. Omotoso’s best opponents on his resume are Lanardo Tyner and Irving Garcia. Omotoso beat Tyner by an 8 round decision, and his fight with Garcia was stopped in the 2nd round due to a cut that Garcia suffered on his forehead from a clash of heads in the round. Omotoso does have decent power, but not enough to stop the better opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 16 KO’s) suffered a 12 round unanimous decision loss to #1 IBF Sam Soliman (43-11, 17 KO’s) in Dusseldorf, Germany on Friday night in an IBF middleweight eliminator bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye believes that WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko isn’t the one that picks his opponents out. Haye thinks it’s Vitali’s manager Bernd Boente who chooses his opponents for him rather than Vitali stepping up and saying he wants this or that guy.
Haye feels that Boente doesn’t want Vitali to face him for some reason. It’s hard to understand why Boente would want Vitali to not to face Haye because it’s easily the biggest money fight out there for Vitali right now, and it’s also a winnable one. We saw what Vitali’s brother Wladimir Klitschko did to Haye two years ago in an easy 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing #2 WBO 140 pound contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) on March 16th. This is a fight that Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum liked, and HBO also liked the match-up as well, which is they agreed to televising the fight.
Bradley turned down a fight against Lamont Peterson last December that reportedly would have given him much more than he’s receiving for the Provodnikov bout. Bradley also had a fight against super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa slip through his fingers due a catchweight problem. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 IBF Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) may come up empty on February 23rd when he faces IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) in Detroit, Michigan, but he’ll at least prove ahead of time that he’s far, far superior to Alexander about talking himself up and bragging about his talents.
It’s just that he’s going to look like of silly if he fights the same way he did against Carson Jones last year in July. Brook was bragging about himself before that one too, and he looked awful to the extreme.
We’ve heard the excuses from him for why he looked so bad, blaming it on his conditioning. Like a lot of fighters that have excuses they like to use, he’s now saying his conditioning problems have been taken care of. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing another Freddie Roach trained fighter when he steps inside the ring for his next fight on March 16th against Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
The 29-year-old Russian born Provodnikov is trained by Freddie Roach, and he’s worked as a sparring partner in the past for Roach’s best fighter Manny Pacquiao. Last June, Bradley faced Pacquiao in Las Vegas, Nevada and ended up beating him a controversial 12 round split decision.
Roach didn’t have much good advice to help Pacquiao in that fight, although Pacquiao looked good enough to deserve the decision. However, Pacquiao has problems with Bradley’s movement, and that enabled Bradley to impress two of the judges to get the decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If you break down the qualities that are needed to defeat unbeaten British heavyweight David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s), you would probably need a heavyweight with good power like Roberto Cammarelle, good size like Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KO’s), and good hand speed like Deontay Wilder.
Unfortunately for the 41-year-old Thompson, he only has good size at 6’5”. He’s got one thing going for him, but he’s missing the power and speed needed to KO Price the way that Cammarelle did in the 2008 Olympics.
I’m not saying that Thompson doesn’t have a chance because he’s got a chance because Price’s chin is fragile, and he could go at any moment if he’s hit hard by Thompson. But I don’t really rate Thompson as being any kind of puncher because he just doesn’t have much power. I mean, he can knock you out but that only happens when he’s been slapping his opponent for around for three or four rounds without stop. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KO’s) has decided to move featherweight after being rejected for a unification bout against WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire.
The 5’4 ½” Mares reportedly is having problems making the super bantamweight limit of 122 pounds, and that’s why he’s decided to move to 126 to go after the champions at that weight class.
Mares is making a big mistake in my view because he doesn’t have the power to mix it up with the top featherweights like Mikey Garcia, Jayson Velez and Daniel Ponce De Leon. Mares would be competitive against WBA champion Chris John and IBF champ Billy Dib. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Frank Warren thinks former British/Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (15-4, 9 KO’s) can still be a factor at the world class level in the heavyweight division despite Chisora’s clear lack of success in his last three fights. Warren is hoping that Chisora will get his boxing license back by the British Boxing Board of Control by March 16th so that he can put him on his Wembley card in London.
Warren said on his column at thesun.co.uk “I have a slot tentatively reserved for him on my Rule Britannia promotion at Wembley Arena on March 16 and, after a couple of rust-shedders, I remain confident he could yet succeed at world level.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO’s) wants to make 2013 a really busy one so that he can make a move towards Carl Froch’s IBF super middleweight title. The first part of the plan to get to Froch will be the talented Dirrell’s scheduled eight round fight on Saturday night against Michael Gbenga (14-6, 14 KO’s) at the Convention Center, in McAllen, Texas, USA.
If Dirrell can get past Gbenga with an early KO, he plans on coming back in March to get in another quick fight.
Dirrell said to mlive.com “If I can get this guy out of here maybe in the first couple of rounds we’re looking to come back with a March 1st or March 6th date. I want to fight as much as possible these years to come, so I will be a very busy mane these coming years.” Read the rest of this entry »