By Scott Gilfoid: 18-year-old heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (5-0, 4 KO’s) believes that he’s going to erase Mike Tyson’s record for being the youngest heavyweight world champion. Mike Tyson captured a world title for the first time at the age of 20-years-old in defeating WBC heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick by a 2nd round TKO on November 22nd, 1986.
Hughie said to Channel 5 last Saturday night “I will do it. I will beat Mike Tyson’s record. I’ll be the youngest heavyweight world champion.”
Well, Hughie better get a start on it then because he turns 19 this September. Mike Tyson was 20 years, 5 months when he beat Berbick in 1986 and he was 27-0. Tyson had faced MUCH better opposition in his first 27 fights than Hughie is being matched up against thus far. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KO’s) beat Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KO’s) last Saturday night by a 12 round majority decision in their third fight. Like their other two fights together, it was close from start to finish, but Huck ended up prevailing by the scores 117-111, 115-113, 114-114. With this win, Huck will likely face 42-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KO’s) in a rematch for later this year. Huck beat Arslan by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision last November.
That fight was controversial because Arslan dominated Huck and out-landed him and out-worked him. Arslan forced Huck to fight on the inside where Huck is much less skilled and he gave him a real beating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza gets his way, Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) will be back to his old strength and conditioning program for his next fight against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Ariza has been trying to get Pacquiao back to the old condition regiment that he had him under for his fight with Miguel Cotto in 2009 and before.
Pacquiao stopped working on Ariza’s full program starting with his fight against Joshua Clottey because the extra strength and size he was putting on was slowing him down during training sessions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) was knocked out for the second straight fight last Saturday night by Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s), and in the process of losing the fight, Dawson lost his WBC light heavyweight title. Dawson, 30, didn’t even make out of the 1st round against Stevenson, as he knocked out with the third punch of the fight by Stevenson.
Dawson only connected on two punches of his own during the fight, but to see him knocked out so quickly was rather alarming considering he’d been knocked out in his previous fight by Andre Ward last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBC, James DeGale (16-1, 11 KO’s) is targeting the winner of the June 22nd fight this month between #1 WBC, Sakio Bika (31-5-2, 21 KO’s) and Marco Antonio Periban (20-0, 13 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Bika and Periban are fighting for the vacant World Boxing Council 168 lb. title stripped from former WBC champion Andre Ward by the WBC after Ward suffered an injury to his right shoulder.
Last Saturday night, DeGale stopped Stjepan Bozic in the 4th round. After the fight, DeGale said to Channel 5 “I’m in the perfect position for the WBC. I’m the WBC Silver champion, I’m ranked #4 or #5 [DeGale is ranked #5]. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) did what he had to do last night to stay in the hunt for a shot against the WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi last night by defeating Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KO’s) by a 6th round TKO at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Maidana is ranked #2 by the World Boxing Association, and there’s a possibility that he could get a shot against the winner of the June 22nd fight between WBA champion Malignaggi and Adrien Broner. However, the rumors are that the winner of that fight will be facing Shane Mosley instead, and that’s likely to happen no matter who emerges as the winner of that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Hughie Fury (5-0, 4 KO’s) stayed in the unbeaten ranks with a 1st round TKO victory over 38-year-old Ladislav Kovarik (10-15, 5 KO’s) last Saturday night at the Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent, UK. Fury, 18, knocked the heavyset Kovarik down twice in the 1st round before the fight was stopped at 1:37 of the round by referee Mark Green following a second knockdown.
The first knockdown came from a chopping right hand to the head of Korvarik. Fury had gone right hand crazy and was nailing Kovarik with one right hand after another without using his left at all and finally Kovarik collapsed on the canvas after Hughie caught him with a chopping right hand to the head. After Kovarik got up, Hughie continued to unload almost nothing but right hands until he dropped him with a sweeping left hand that didn’t have much power on it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC 175 lb. contender Tony Bellew might have to do some waiting before he eventually gets a shot at newly crowned WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s) because he’s looking for bigger game; namely Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) or IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s). Those were the names that Stevenson mentioned last night after his stunning 1st round knockout win over WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Stevenson knocked Dawson out with a left hand to the head a little over a minute into the fight. Dawson never even got a got chance to get warmed up before he was starched out by Stevenson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mohummad Humza Elahi: – UK Edition Twitter @MHE_1985 Although a lot of column inches are devoted to the current cream of the crop in the boxing world, those who want to keep an eye on future contenders (and are more unfamiliar to wider audiences outside the UK) may want to look at highlight reels of the following fighters, who I believe could be competing on a world level in the next two years or more.
Lee Selby (14-1, 6KO’s) Selby has already shown he has the makings of a marketable star. The only one of the five with a blemish on his record, I believe this has only spurred Selby on to prove his doubters wrong. The Welshman has trained at the Mayweather Boxing Gym and some of the swagger (and pad routines) has rubbed off. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Moments ago, Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) obliterated Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KO’s) by a 6th round TKO on Saturday night at the on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA. Maidana dropped Lopez in the 6th round from a right to the head.
Maidana then unloaded on a badly hurt Lopez with a nonstop storm of shots causing the referee Lou Moret to stop the fight at 1:18 of the round.
Lopez had fought well in the 4th round where he appeared to hurt Maidana with some hard head and body shots. At point it looked like Lopez had knocked Maidana down, but the referee ruled it a slip. Maidana was kind of pushed down but he was definitely hurt at the time. Read the rest of this entry »