By Scott Gilfoid: Johnny Nelson of Sky Sports believes that we could see an upset tonight in the Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (34-1, 23 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Area. Nelson thinks that Brook might get beaten if he lets his foot off the pedal against the hard-hitting Senchenko in the later rounds.
Although Nelson still expects Brook to win the fight, he thinks there’s a potential for an upset if Brook doesn’t stay focused. But not surprisingly, Nelson sees this as a really tough fight for Brook, and I agree with him totally on that. This could be a life and death bout for Brook because he showed his level recently in his fights with Carson Jones. I rate Senchenko as a better fighter than Jones, so there is definitely a potential for an upset with Senchenko getting the victory. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 37-year-old journeyman Paul Butlin (14-19, 3 KO’s) is hoping to pull off an upset tonight when he faces 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist in a scheduled 6 round fight on the undercard of the Kell Brook vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko card at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Butlin intends on taking the fight in close and hammering Joshua with head shots. Joshua is a decent fighter on the outside, but he has no inside game at all other than holding.
Butlin told IFLTV “He’s a big tall lad, long jab. So if I stay off him, which he’s hoping I’ll do, he’ll probably be able to take me out. So I’m just going to get into him. It’s a big one for me. I’ll ruin his party.” Read the rest of this entry »
By John Hoolan: Next Saturday will hopefully be 3rd time lucky for both Browne and Towers to fight for the chance to face David Price for his Commonwealth Title, with this fight having been postponed twice before, it is a fight I am very much looking forward too.
6′ 4″ Browne brings a record of 17 fights, 17 wins, 15 by KO and is currently ranked 15th by the WBC. His last fight was in July against Travis Walker, a fight that Lucas won in the 7th after dropping Walker 3 times, however he was dropped himself in the first round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: The prevailing wisdom going into this Saturday’s bout between Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2-2, 32 KO’s) and Karo Murat (24-1-1, 14 KO’s) is that Bernard Hopkins will win. Given the experience, resume and set of skills that both men bring to the table, this really is an open and shut case. In what world could Karo Murat defeat Bernard Hopkins?
Well, one irrefutable fact in the world of boxing is that every fighter has a “puncher’s chance”. One defensive lapse and the whole game can change in just one move. One need only look as far back as Mike Tyson’s 10th round TKO to the 42:1 underdog James “Buster” Douglas to evoke a nostalgic memory for the underdog. Read the rest of this entry »
By @BoxingMuse: It has been one year exactly since one of boxing’s most loved characters passed away. The legendary trainer Emanuel Steward lost his battle with cancer 2:46pm on October 25, 2012.
Steward a former amateur boxer (94-3), HBO boxing commentator, charity worker and both professional & amateur boxing coach has been incredibly missed since his death at the age of 68.
In the year gone by since we have been fortunate enough to see some great fights in which Emanuel would have loved. Ríos vs. Alvarado II, Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV, Bradley vs. Provodnikov and Froch vs Kessler II. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) weighed in at a slim and muscular looking 224 lbs. on Friday’s weigh-in. Deontay, 28, is looking to score his 30th consecutive knockout and he’s got an excellent chance of accomplishing that goal. His opponent Nicolai Firtha (21-10-1, 8 KO’s) looked pretty good in coming in at 252.5 lbs. The 6’6″ Firtha looks like he’s in football shape, and he appears ready to give it all he can on Saturday night to try and avoid becoming Deontay’s 30th KO victim.
48-year-old Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s) looked good as always in weighing in at 172.5 lbs. His opponent Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO’s) weighed in a little heavier at 174 lbs. despite being three inches shorter than the 6’1′ Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) made weight today at Friday’s weigh-in for his fight on Saturday night against Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko (34-1, 23 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena. Brook weighed in at 146.1 lbs., and Senchenko came in a litle heavier at 146.8 lbs.
Brook looked like he was trying his hardest to give the taller and older Sencehnko the meanest looks he could to try and gain an edge, but Senchenko merely smiled back at him blankly, as if to say ‘Been there done that.’ Brook’s attempts at intimidation went nowhere at all, and he ended up looking rather silly with his game face on but without Senchenko squirming in response. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s) badly wants to score a knockout this Saturday night against Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO’s). It’s as if the 48-year-old Hopkins realizes that it’s no longer enough just winning his fights by decisions in dominating his opponents. For him to win over fans and create any kind of interest in what he’s talking about in wanting to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., then he’s going to need a knockout over Murat. Not only for that reason though.
Murat is the type of opponent that the top light heavyweights like Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev would demolish in 2 or 3 rounds tops and that’s why Hopkins needs to make quick work of him. If Hopkins wants to be seen in the same class as Kovalev and Stevenson, both of which are winning over new fans at rapid pace, Hopkins absolutely needs to KO Murat. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Ever since Ruslan Provodnikov exploded onto the scene in his ‘Fight of the Year’ with Timothy Bradley he has been a name that has never far from fight fans lips. The man dubbed the ‘Siberian Rocky’ won an instant place in the hearts and minds of the boxing public after almost knocking out the undefeated ‘Dessert Storm’, on several occasions when he challenged him for his WBO Welterweight title. Despite tasting defeat, one still sensed that he was a dog that would soon have his day.
And so it proved when he finally realized his dream of becoming a World Champion by ripping Alvarado’s title from him in stunning fashion, forcing the Champions to quit on his stool in front of his hometown fans in between rounds 10 and 11. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) has his mind made up that #1 WBC, #3 WBA, Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KO’s) thinks that he’s getting Ward at a weak point in his career when they face each other next month on November 16th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Ward feels that Rodriguez believes that his year-long layoff following his shoulder surgery will make Ward beatable for their fight. Ward wants to count and prove to Rodriguez and all the doubters out there that he’s still the same talented fighter he’s always been.
Ward said “They think they’re catching me at the right time. I’ve been off for a year, 14 months by the time the fight comes around. He’s coming off a major injury so this is the right time to get Ward. They are going to be in for a rude awakening come November 16.” Read the rest of this entry »