by: Ross Tuohy – A later start than advertised due to accidents on the M6 did nothing to dampen the spirits of fight fans who packed Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall to the rafters in order to watch local warriors leave it all in the ring.
Swadlincote Middleweight Craig Wilshee clashed with Stoke on Trent’s Mark Till to start the action. Wilshee came into the 6 round contest with a perfect record and a furious opening left hook to Till’s jaw let Till know he planned to keep it unblemished. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 34-year-old Michael Katsidis (30-7, 24 KOs) ran into a left hook that he didn’t see from lightweight Tommy Coyle (20-2, 9 KOs) and was knocked out in the 2nd round on Saturday night at the Hull Arena in Hull, England.
To his credit, Katsidis did get back to his feet and was ready to continue fighting, but the referee halted the fight anyway. We’ll never know for sure whether Katsidis could have kept fighting or not, because the referee took the opportunity away from him by stopping the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Few casual boxing fans are familiar with fighter Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), and many of the ones that know of him aren’t what I would consider huge fans of his. Never the less, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes the 30-year-old Algieri could become a star if he beats Arum’s fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) in their fight on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Arum notes that Algieri is intelligent and well-spoken, and he believes that those attributes will help turn him into a star if he can beat Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) will be fighting #7 WBC Domenico Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) tonight to try and get a title shot against WBA middleweight title holder Gennady Golokvin in 2015.
Murray, 32, says he wants that fight against the Kazakhstan fighter. Murray is kind of in a situation where he’s going to need to take the fight against Golovkin, because if he chooses not to fight him for the title, Murray could then wind up sitting and waiting for ages before any of the other champions will fight him. I mean, Murray sure as heck isn’t going to get a title shot against WBC champion Miguel Cotto in this lifetime, even though Murray is ranked #1 by the WBC. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson has been saying that Kovalev will prove that the 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) is an old man and will beat him with pressure when they get inside the ring on November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Jackson has been teaching Kovalev things he learned from his own fight against Hopkins back in 1997 when Jackson was knocked out in the 7th round.
“John David Jackson definitely can’t fight for him. John David Jackson had his chance. John David Jackson got knocked out, I believe, in the ninth round,” Hopkins said. “So, to me how can a teacher teach a student and the teacher flunked the test too?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With his fight against unbeaten challenger less than one month away, World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) is already on target for the fight weight of 144 pounds for their catch-weight fight at 144 on November 22nd in Macao, China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF International lightweight strap holder Tommy Coyle (19-2, 8 KOs) will be defending his title against 34-year-old former world title challenger Michael Katsidis (30-6, 24 KOs) in a 12 round fight tonight at the Hull Arena, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
This isn’t much of a fight in terms of quality, because neither of these guys are world level. Katsidis used to be a world level guy 4 years ago, but he’s far removed from that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KOs) will be defending his title against 32-year-old Pawel Glazewski (23-2, 5 KOs) on December 6th at the EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany.
This is a title milking fight for the 36-year-old Braehmer, because he could face much better opposition if he wished to. Glazewski isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies, and he was recently knocked out last year by Hadillah Mohoumadi in 7 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a surprise stoppage, former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povektin (28-1, 20 KOs) defeated the much heavier #5 WBC Carlos Takam (30-2-1, 23 KOs) by a 10th round stoppage on Friday night to capture the World Boxing Council Silver heavyweight title at the Luzhniki Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia.
Povetkin struggled through much of the fight with the high work rate by the 33-year-old Takam. However, Povetkin hurt Takam in the 9th and put him down on the canvas.
In the 10th, Povetkin knocked Takam down for the second time in the fight in connecting with a hard left hook to the head. Takam was too hurt for the fight to go on. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, PHILIPPINES (October 24, 2014) – Fighter of the Decade and boxing’s only eight-division world champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO put on an awesome display at his Media Workout on Friday. Members of the press from all over the Philippines crammed into his General Santos City gym to watch him work out with Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous Freddie Roach. Pacquiao, in his second reign as World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, has been in intense training for his title defense against New York’s undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERI. Read the rest of this entry »