By Scott Gilfoid: We could be saying goodbye permanently to Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) as any kind of champion when he puts his WBO lightweight strap on the line next month on March 1st against #1 WBO Terence Crawford (22-, 16 KO’s) at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) is reportedly asking the International Boxing Federation for a bigger cut than the 15 percent of the purse that the IBF says that Groves has coming for a rematch against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s). By the IBF ruling, Groves deserves only 15 percent of the purse due to him not being ranked #1 by the IBF. Groves if currently ranked #6 by the IBF.
If he had the #1 ranking, he’d be able to get a 25% purse split. But with the way it is now, Froch will hog the purse with him getting 85% of the money. That wouldn’t be an issue if Groves wasn’t bringing in so many fans of his own due to his huge popularity. Without Groves, Froch’s fight would likely bring in a considerably smaller purse unless he faced someone popular like Andre Ward or Andre Dirrell in rematches in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo, Courtesy Sumio Yamada/Christian Kuechl) By Scott Gilfoid: Matthew Macklin, one of the former knockout victims of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO’s), is giving his opponent for tonight Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KO’s) next to no chance of beating Golovkin when the two meet each other tonight at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Macklin was blasted out in 3 rounds by Golovkin last year in getting stopped with a body shot last June.
Macklin thinks that the only chance that Adama has to win the fight is if he goes right after Golovkin and tries to turn it into a war rather than trying to survive by boxing him. In fact, Macklin feels that the last thing that Adama wants to do is go in there and try to box Golovkin. Macklin thinks this would be a mistake due to Golovkin’s superior boxing skills. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sevak Sarkisian: When I attended the Victor Otiz v Luis Collazo fight, I got the opportunity to chat and interview some of the fighters who fought on the undercard including former Olympian and light heavyweight prospect Marcus Browne.
S.S. First of all, congratulations on the win. What was your game plan going into this fight and how do u feel like you executed it?
M.B. uh, my game plan was to test him out in the beginning, test that chin. We saw he came out in the 2nd round with the same thing, 3rd round same thing. Today I don’t know, he came to fight, his chin is steel I guess. So we just switched the game plan to boxing and pot shotting and throwing combinations and just doing what we had to do. Read the rest of this entry »
By Timothy Medina: On Thursday at the Barclays Center located in Brooklyn, New York, Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) retained his WBA International Welterweight title against Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KO’s). Collazo winning the fight was no surprise to me. What surprised me was how Collazo won. The fight ended much earlier than anyone had expected when Collazo landed a thunderous right hook on Ortiz’s chin that would leave Ortiz on his knees, unsure of what he got hit with, at the end of the second round.
Collazo’s victory over Ortiz was alarming and he has once again made himself noticed in the welterweight class. Even though he disposed of Ortiz, he has not made his mark in the welterweight class. Collazo has defeated a once very good fighter, yet, Ortiz had not fought since June of 2012, and is not the same as he was three years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Greg Harrison: Hitz Boxing returned to invade the Belevedere Event Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois that featured seven bouts on the evenings fight card that featured up and coming Chicago Super Middleweight Mike Jimenez.
The evening kicked off with heavyweights in action featuring Nick Asberry facing Raymundo Lopez. Asberry was dominant from the start of the opening bell looking the sharper of the two combatants. The first two rounds was all Asberry landing more combinations and hard right body punches to Lopez. Lopez was pretty much sluggish just countering with one punch bombs which most were not connecting. Asberry went on to dominate the fourth and final round landing sharp combinations and more hard right hands to the body to go on to win a unanimous decision retaining his undefeated streak. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing Filipino Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) in a rematch on April 12th. Bradley feels that Pacquiao’s career will be on the line in this fight. If he loses the fight then it’ll be all over for the 35-year-old Pacquiao.
I don’t know if Pacquiao will be finished like he says, because he said before his last fight against Brandon Rios that he won’t retire even if he loses the fight. Pacquiao will likely continue to fight long after fans lose interest in paying to see him in his PPV fights. Pacquiao will almost surely continue fighting until the bitter end where he’s more of a journeyman fighter than a former champion. I don’t see Pacquiao retiring until his fights bring in less than 100,000 PPV buys each time he fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Olly Campbell: Okay, now might be a good time to forget what you think you know. Who is heir apparent to the heavyweight scene? Sure, lots of names are in the melting pot; Arreola, Stiverne, Fury, Jennings, Helenius, Pulev, Chisora etc. The list goes on and on. Yet these are guys who are looking to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko, and I wish them luck with that. No, my piece today is about a guy who is set to DETHRONE them. It is of course the hottest property in heavyweight prospects, Anthony Joshua.
Tomorrow night in Cardiff, Wales, on the undercard of Selby vs Munroe on the Matchroom Sports show, Joshua goes into battle for just the fourth time against a hometown fighter called Dorian Darch (7-2). In an interview today for IFLtv, Darch hinted at his cannon fodder expectations, whilst praising highly the man he knows he has no chance of beating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer saw one of his important chess pieces fall apart in getting stopped in the 2nd round last night with the popular Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KO’s) getting halted by Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. While Collazo was repeatedly saying that he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. next, Schaefer has a more realistic option for the 32-year-old Collazo by putting him in with the unbeaten interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KO’s) for his next fight.
To be sure, Thurman isn’t anywhere close to being in the same class as Mayweather in terms of popularity, but it would still be an important fight for Collazo because it would put him in position to get a title shot against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana if he can beat Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
— Tom Loeffler (@TomLoeffler1) January 30, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Council has ordered a WBC heavyweight eliminator bout between #4 Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KO’s) and unbeaten #5 WBC Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KO’s) to pick out a mandatory challenger for the winner of the Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne fight for the vacant WBC heavyweight title in April. With the WBC ordering Jennings and Perez to fight, it makes me wonder what the WBC has in store for #3 WBC Deontay Wilder. Read the rest of this entry »