(Photo credit GeoIMAGEZ) By Scott Gilfoid: Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) says he’s going to not only beat WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) when he meets him on June 29th, but he’s also going to knock him out as well in their fight at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
Macklin said this at his press conference today with Golovkin: “He is going to lose on June 29th…I am going to knock GGG out…I am by far the biggest puncher he has ever fought in his life.”
Macklin the biggest puncher that Golovkin has faced? I think not. Golovkin has fought Andre Dirrell, Grzegorz Proksa, Lucian Bute and Matt Karobov, to name just a tiny handful of guys that have more power than Macklin does.
In just looking over Golovkin’s amateur career, I can see 10 other fighters with arguably better power than Macklin and the only reason I didn’t list them here is because I don’t want my entire article to be one long list of fighters with better power than Macklin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a fight that should never have been made in the first place, WBA/WBO/WBC female welterweight Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KO’s) stopped a badly over-matched Mia St John (47-13-2, 18 KO’s) in the 3rd round on Saturday night at the Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark. Braekhus, 31, hurt the 45-year-old St. John with a hard right uppercut in the third round that had St. John out on her feet. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas believes that Top Rank fighter flyweight Zou Shiming (1-0) is going to need to be carefully matched for him to succeed in the pro game after watching his less than impressive performance against the light hitting inexperienced 18-year-old Eleazar Valenzuela (2-2-2, 1 KO’s) last Saturday night in a fight that was televised by HBO from Macao, China.
Atlas doesn’t say specifically why the 32-year-old Shiming needs to be carefully matched but one can guess that Atlas doesn’t see the talent there for Shiming to succeed at the highest rungs of the pro game unless he’s maneuvered around dangerous guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s) gets through taking care of his mandatory challenger Karo Murat )25-1-1, 15 KO’s) on July 27th, Hopkins wants to take on either IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch or former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute. It sounds like Hopkins wants to face them back to back.
Hopkins said to RingTV “I’m biased, so I’m going to tell you who I want to win. I want Froch and Bute to win. To fight either one of them, I would go to their countries, and, you know, they love me in Canada.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas both see WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) defeating WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) tonight in their fight at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York.
Golovkin likes Rigondeaux’s pressure and aggressiveness and he thinks that’ll be the telling factor in the fight, whereas Atlas sees Rigondeaux’s counter punching and body punching as being the key to the fight.
Atlas thinks Donaire can win if he stays disciplined and uses his 3 inch height and reach advantage over Rigondeaux, but he doesn’t think he’s going to do that. Atlas believes that Donaire will want to engage and turn the fight into a war and that in turn will give Rigondeaux all the chances he needs to win the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s), one of the bigger fighters in the 122 lb. division, chose to mock the normal sized for the weight class Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) at yesterdays’ weigh-in when the two fighters stood for the traditional stare down. The 5’7” Donaire crouched down several inches to stand eye to eye with the 5’4” Rigondeaux so that he could wink at him and smile if making fun of his lack of height in comparison to him.
Rigondeaux and Donaire will be facing each other tonight at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA in a fight that will be televised on HBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Nacho Beristain believes that WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) will defeat WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) in a minor upset at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA.
Beristain thinks the combination of Rigondeaux’s incredible boxing skills and power will surprise the Filipino and give him major problems.
Beristain said to ESPN Latino “I think Rigondeaux will win. He’s a tough fighter, experienced, he has a great sense of distance. Everybody is talking about Nonito’s punch but I think if the other guy [Rigondeaux] applies himself, he’ll eat him alive.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 32-year-old Oscar Gonzalez (21-2, 14 KO’s) pulled off a minor upset on Friday night in defeating former WBA World super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (21-3, 11 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision at the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (31-1, 18 KO’s) has the big money title shot that he’s been asking for against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) on May 4th, but now the question is can Guerrero take advantage of his opportunity because this may be his only shot at a mega fight in his career.
If he can’t beat Mayweather then that’s likely going to be Guerrero’s only opportunity because Mayweather isn’t going to bother fighting him again if he beats him, especially when Mayweather is the one bringing in all the fans for this fight.
Guerrero may luck out and get a title shot against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the future if Guerrero is willing to move up in weight to fight Canelo at 154 and if Canelo doesn’t get beaten by WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout this month on April 20th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In something of a surprise, lightweight Bahodir Mamadjonov (13-1, 9 KO’s) defeated #3 WBA, Angelo Santana (14-1, 11 KO’s) by a 9th round TKO on Friday night to capture the vacant WBA International lightweight title at the Treasure Island Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
he fight was one-sided from the start as southpaw Mamadjonov was able to tag Santana with left hands at will in every round and pepper him with jabs. The fact that Santana was the highly ranked fighter and not Mamadjonov seemed like a mix up on the sanctioning bodies part because Mamadjonov was by far the better fighter of the two. Read the rest of this entry »