(Photo credit: Goossen Tutor Promotions) By Scott Gilfoid: Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) put the super middleweight division on notice last night in taking apart a guy with a nearly unbreakable chin in Vladine Biosse (15-5-2, 7 KOs) in getting a 5th round TKO at the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA.
Dirrell’s hand speed was the same as it was when he was at his best in the Super Six tournament four years ago when he arguably went 2-0 in his two fights, although he did lose a fight to Carl Froch that pretty much the entire world saw Dirrell winning.
Dirrell said he wants to work his way to a title shot against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, but that’s not a realistic option. Froch has made a small fortune in his recent fights against George Groves and Mikkel Kessler, and he’s pretty much at the end stage of his career. Froch is going to fight once or twice more in cash out fights and then retire rather than taking on a guy like Dirrell, who could spoil it for him by sending him into retirement with a big fat loss. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO) By Chris Williams: The winner of tonight’s fight between Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) and Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) won’t be getting a world title shot, of course, but they could face former WBO light welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs). Top Rank is interested in matching Provodnikov against the winner of the Chaves-Rios fight.
It’s unclear whether the winner of that fight would get another crack at Manny Pacquiao, but I wouldn’t be surprised. There’s not much else for Bob Arum to match Pacquiao up against, so we could see Rios get a second shot at him if he runs the table and beats both Chaves and Provodnikov. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: The heavyweight division has been dominated in one way or another by a single individual for 15 years since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999. From the invention of boxing in the late 1800s to the Millennium HW has always been the pinnacle of boxing with the exception of the fab 4 (Leonard, Hagler, Herns, Duran) in the 80s.
Since the dominant reign of Lewis began the interest in the division has declined at a rapid rate. Today Wladimir Klitschko rules the roost after he took over from his brother Vitaly during his 4 year absence due to knee surgery. Is it as simple as the heavyweight division will be more entertaining again post Klitschko dominance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: On August 2 of 1980 the reigning WBA welterweight champion Jose Pipino Cuevas defended his title for the twelve time, against a young lion named Thomas Hearns the “Motor City Cobra” for whom this was the first title bout of his legendary boxing career.
I was a young lad by the time, but I remember that my uncles were very disappointed when Hearns crushed Cuevas with vicious rights to win the fight in the second round.
On one corner Pipino Cuevas, who was the Champion and had a reputation for being a heavy puncher, having won his last twelve fights eleven by knockout. On the other corner the Contender Thomas Hearns who had 28 wins no losses with 26 knockouts by the time they fought. Read the rest of this entry »
By Idris Morrey: Recently, WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) declared he has a special opponent in mind for the fans after the September 13 rematch with Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs). The pound for pound long reigning champion called it a surprise to mark on the calenders and fans have not stopped guessing. Media houses, popular blogs and our very own Boxing News 24 paraded possible names for the May 2014 showdown but it all pointed at Bob Arums’ stable of Top Rank.
A photo circulating around the social media today could be confirming our guesses. A Money team labelled van was spotted outside Top Rank gym. It is now clear that Mayweather Promotions and Bob Arum of Top Rank could be talking business again. And what a good reunion it could be for both of these boxing powerhouses who posses arguably the best boxers in the sport right now. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO) By Dan Ambrose: #10 IBF Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) plans on finding out what Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) has left in the tank tonight by taking the fight to Rios in the center of the ring and testing his chin in a way that he’s not been tested before.
Rios has taken beatings in his last two fights against Manny Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado in losing both fights. The kind of punishment that Rios has taken sometimes causes deterioration in a fighter. If there is any, Chaves will bring it out because he’s going to be looking to knock Rios out with every shot he throws.
“This will be war in the center of the ring,” Chaves said. Read the rest of this entry »
By T.B: According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael Hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach has no problem with a Miguel Cotto vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight. This coming on the heels of GGG’s “calling out” of Cotto after his KO win over game but completely out classed Daniel Geale.
Roach was in NY with his fighter Glen Tapia for an undercard bout which ended up getting canceled. Instead of packing up and heading home Roach turned the trip into a “scouting” trip.
Roach was in the crowd at Madison Square Garden and came away impressed but not so impressed that he was scared off a possible Cotto vs GGG fight in the future. Roach said a GGG fight is second on his list behind a proposed super fight with Canelo Alvarez which would take place on Cinco De Mayo weekend 2015. When asked Roach said,” I like the Canelo fight better, but I like a fight with GGG second”. I’m assuming By second Roach means as an alternative to Canelo if negotiations fall through, or second as in after the Canelo fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matthias Predonzan: The first video that appeared on youtube, regarding a visit that former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs paid to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s gym in South Florida, was quite entertaining, I have to say. Then a similar situation happened again a few days ago, as the aficionados of Boxingnnews24 have already seen it in this same blog. And today, we had the last episode of the saga.
The location changed but the characters and the plot did not.
The two heavyweights, this time, went a bit more far that just screaming, throwing a shoe and staff like that.
This time, Wladimir responded to Briggs provocation pouring water to his head and then there was almost a fight and there are rumors that even some blood was shed! Read the rest of this entry »
By Poerqe: Former two-time world champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) has been talking about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KOs) fight for ages now. Amir Khan seems to think he is simply entitled to a fight with Floyd. I have no idea where this sense of entitlement comes from. To his credit he did look good in his last fight against Luis Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs).
A somewhat dangerous opponent who obliterated Victor ‘toothless’ Ortiz in the fight before. Luis came in to the fight knowing that this was probably going to be one of his (if not only) opportunity to get back in the limelight. But Khan never let Luis in the fight, Luis looked frustrated and never got in to his rhythm. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach says that for a fight between Cotto and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin to take place it require that Golovkin come down to 154 because Roach thinks that Golovkin is too big and strong at 160 for Cotto, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.
Roach was at Golovkin’s fight against Daniel Geale last Saturday night and he came away from that fight impressed with Golovkin’s power but he still saw weakness areas that he thinks Cotto could exploit. Roach thinks Golovkin has defensive problems, and he thinks he’s been fighting middle of the road guys. Read the rest of this entry »