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title Ricky Burns hoping to regain his championship form

burns2By Scott Gilfoid: After two utterly disappointing defeats in 2014, former two division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) will be hoping to regain his past glory in 2015.

Burns is still tinkering with his fighting style to figure out what he’s doing wrong in his fights that has caused him to lose to the likes of Terence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin in 2014.

The 31-year-old Burns and his trainer have been trying to understand what he’s doing wrong so that they can fix the problem. They see it as a fixable thing with his style rather than it being age related or due to ring wear. Read the rest of this entry »

title Canelo will beat Kirkland, says Marquez

canelo56By Dan Ambrose: Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez is picking former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) to beat James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) in their fight on May 2nd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Marquez doesn’t give his reasons for believing that the 24-year-old Canelo will beat Kirkland, but it probably has a lot to do with Canelo being the more active fighter, and Kirkland having to lose more than 40+ pounds to make the 155 pound catch-weight on May 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »

title HUGHIE FURY – Tyson’s ‘little’ cousin steps up in class in a dangerous encounter
By John Stevens: 21st February sees Hughie fury stepping up a fair bit in class as he faces the Russian Andriy Rudenko in what promises to be quite an interesting fight

According to boxing rec Rudenko is rated number 77 and Fury ranked 109 – in-between them are names like Oliver McCall, Sam peter and, amazingly, the seemingly indestructible Sherman Williams. I’m not sure exactly how boxing rec rates its fighters but I don’t think we can take too much on board from it (especially seeing as there are some very dubious names ranked higher than Rudenko) but still, reading between the lines, this is definitely a step up for Fury and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. Read the rest of this entry »

title Paul Smith thinks the Brits will soon rule the 168lb division soon

smith67By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Paul Smith believes that the super middleweight division will soon be ruled by the Brits with himself, Carl Froch, James DeGale and George Groves all potentially holding down world titles at the same time.

Froch, 37, is already a world champion with his WBA title at 168. Froch did give up his IBF title though, but DeGale will be vying for that belt in two months from now against likely American Andre Dirrell on April 25th in a fight that could take place in the UK, if DeGale gets his way. Read the rest of this entry »

title Carl Froch isn’t a coward, says Paul Smith

By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) took a lot of heat today from boxing fans when he decided to give up his IBF 168 pound title without a battle by vacating it and giving it back to the International Boxing Federation instead of getting inside the ring and defending it like most champions do by facing his obligatory IBF mandatory challenger James DeGale. Read the rest of this entry »

title Khan: Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will NEVER happen!

By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan is one of the many fighters who are hoping to hit the lottery jackpot by having one of the superstars Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao to agree to fight him next in May if the two are unable to come to terms for their fight on May 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »

title Arum wants to move Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to May 30th or June

pac1234123By Dan Ambrose: With time running out before the May 2nd mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is starting to think that the fight should be moved off the 5/2 date and instead staged on May 30th or in June.

Arum wants to make sure that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has enough time for it to be properly promoted, and if the contracts for the fight don’t get signed for another two more weeks at the earliest, then that’ll take the negotiations until mid-February. Read the rest of this entry »

title Keith Thurman is an average fighter, says Jeff Mayweather

thurman32222By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) wants a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr before he steps away from the game. Thurman sees a victory over Mayweather as the perfect send off for the 37-year-old superstar fighter for him to retire on.

Thurman, 26, sees Mayweather as an old man and he wants the privilege of beating him, because he thinks a victory over him would be a great lift to his career. Read the rest of this entry »

title The decline of boxing

deontay4444By Ryan M. Skelton: Boxing at one point in time was the purest sport in the world. A sport which could captivate the masses, a sport in which pitted titans against each other. It was our version of The Gladiators –  the squared circle was the Colosseum and two warriors would wage war for the most important thing of all; self respect and pride. Boxing was all about blood, guts and glory. The best fought the best and the climb to the top of the mountain was a long painful road depicting self sacrifice and the concrete ambition of changing ones life.

With that being said my first point is that this day and age some fighters are awarded high rankings for fighting tomato cans and people that are essentially paid to lose. No disrespect to said boxers as everyone deserves immense respect for stepping in to the lions den as essentially they are endangering their lives.  Granted, boxers need to be built up carefully and must be fed a steady diet of sacrificial lamb in order to gain experience and improve. Read the rest of this entry »

title Steve Cunningham talks about world heavyweight title eliminator against Vyacheslav Glazkov

cunningham32By Ian Aldous: Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham (28-6) is currently preparing for one of the biggest opportunities the two-time former world cruiserweight champion has earned in his career. On March 14th he will face Vyacheslav Glazkov (19-0-1) in a final eliminator for the IBF world heavyweight championship, currently held by Wladimir Klitschko. The fight will act as the co-main event to the epic Kovalev vs. Pascal unified world light-heavyweight title fight live on HBO from the Bell Centre in Montreal. A week after the bout was announced – Steve took some time to chat with me over the phone.

At the press conference announcing the fight, one of the topics that Cunningham spoke excitedly about was the fact that he’ll finally get the chance to showcase his skills on HBO. The premium U.S television network is the destination of choice for so many fighters and the thirty-eight year-old is no exception to that rule. “It means a lot, you know. It means that you’re good, they not just putting any bum on HBO. Read the rest of this entry »

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