By Scott Gilfoid: British junior middleweight champion will be taking on former WBA light middleweight strap holder Joachim Alcine (33-3-1, 19 KO’s) next month on April 20th at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England.
Rose, 28, sees this as a step up despite the fact that 36-year-old Alcine has been stopped twice in his last four fights, both stoppages coming by 1st round knockout. Alcine was stopped by Matthew Macklin last September and hasn’t fought since.
Rose said to Fightnews.com “I want to step on from British level up to World level and we’ll see if I’m ready for that against Alcine.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) already has several opponents in mind that he’d like to face on September 14th provided that he gets past WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s). Canelo his next fight will be his first pay-per-view bout that he headlines, and he doesn’t care that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has already picked out September 14th well ahead of time. Canelo says he’s still going to fight that day.
Canelo said to RingTV “I can fight Miguel Cotto, I can fight Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez…Maybe even [Alfredo] Angulo.”
Cotto and Angulo are obvious choices for Canelo, but if he picks out Sergio Martinez then he’s going to take a beating and likely end up looking much worse than former WBC junior middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. did in getting beaten by Martinez last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Cowan: Not too many boxing fans are backing Bernard Hopkins to beat IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud on Saturday. There are many reasons that most people fancy Cloud to win, there’s 48 reasons to be precise, but I’m not sure people should write The Executioner off so quickly.
Hopkins has been dismissed as “too old” for years but he’s still going. A lot of people thought he would be completely outclassed by Joe Calzaghe but Hopkins gave Calzaghe the toughest fight of his career and was very unlucky to lose to a split-decision. I scored the fight as a draw. He was also written off as a no-hoper when he agreed to fight Jean Pascal. He got a draw in the first fight and then defeated the Canadian to break George Foreman’s record as the oldest ever world champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s uncle Jeff Mayweather doesn’t see WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) as having any chance at all of pulling off an upset over Floyd on May 4th in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jeff sees Guerrero as just a basic fighter that comes forward trying to batter his opponents into submission instead of trying to box them.
Jeff said to hustleboss.com “He’s [Guerrero] one dimensional. He’s going to try and come hard and basically he’s going to get knocked out. Floyd’s going to outsmart him…and KO him in the 6th or 7th rounds. When you talk about him and you talk about Floyd, you’re talking two whole different levels.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) is ecstatic about getting a high visible fight against former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) on April 27th in a fight that will be televised on Showtime in the United States in front of what could be a huge audience. The fight will be held at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
While Diaz was never considered a huge puncher in the past, he does seem to have picked up a little power as he’s aged a little. At 33, Diaz is sitting down on his shots a little more now, and it’s paid off for him because he’s knocked out three out of his last five opponents he’s faced in the last two years. That’s pretty impressive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Frank Warren says that IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) came down with a stomach virus, and that’s his fight with WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s will be moved up March 16th to April 20th at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
The entire card is being moved as well, so we’ll still be seeing Nathan Cleverly vs. Robin Krasniqi in the main event. The one noticeable chance is that Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves won’t be participating because he’s left Frank Warren Promotions and signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) was recently offered a fight against Adrien Broner by Golden Boy Promotions, and Malignaggi says he’s definitely interested in that bout if he gets a big payday out of it. Malignaggi missed out on a nice payday bout against Ricky Hatton after Hatton was stopped in his brief comeback by Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Malignaggi said to RingTV “We’ll get it on for the right price and under the right circumstances, being that it would be for the welterweight world title. I would fight him, absolutely.”
Malignaggi has a fight scheduled on June 22nd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, while Broner is scheduled a week earlier on June 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco’s team has reportedly turned down a fight against super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KO’s) for a fight that would have been televised by HBO.
Dan Rafael says that the fight was offered to DeMarco for the Spring, as HBO still owes DeMarco a fight from his deal to fight Adrien Broner last November, but DeMarco’s team wasn’t interested in taking the fight.
DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KO’s) hasn’t fought since being stopped by Broner in that fight, and he still doesn’t have anything scheduled now four months later. Granted, DeMarco, #3 WBC, #13 WBO, took a real beating by Broner in that fight, but he should at least be looking to get back in the ring soon, shouldn’t he? You don’t want to see DeMarco losing a year of his career just because he got beaten up by Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World junior middleweight champ Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) says he already knows what WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) will be attempting to do when they face each other on April 20th at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Trout sees Canelo attempting to blast him out like he’s done against the mostly fodder that Golden Boy Promotions has put in the ring with the young 22-year-old Canelo.
Trout said to Fighthype.com “He is going to try and overpower me, and I feel like I have more than one way to skin a cat.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) appears to be bored by the idea of facing WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3, 8 KO’s) after watching his 12 round unanimous decision win over Sharif Bogere last Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Abril hugged and ran his way to a decision by the scores of 116-110, 115-111 and 116-110, and this totally turned off Broner from wanting to fight him.
Broner said to esnewsreporting.com “I’m Mr. HBO. No, no no [in response to the question of whether he’s interested in facing Abril]. You know where they [Abril-Bogere] just fought? They fought in my basement. If I had a party, that’s how many people that would come out.” Read the rest of this entry »