By Scott Gilfoid: According to Carl Froch, he doesn’t see George Groves (20-2, 15 KOs) being able to move to the next level and win a world title because he lacks the toughness neededed for him to withstand the big shots that he’s going to need to be able to for him to win a world title.
Froch isn’t totally negative on Groves’ entire game. He does see him as having good power. But what Froch does question is Groves’ ability to withstand punishment when he’s facing someone that can dish out punishment of their own. In other words, Froch thinks that Groves can give punishment but he can’t take it in return, and he sees that as ultimately Groves’ downfall. He won’t be able to ever win a world title unless he can take an occasional heavy shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: ESPN’s Brian Campbell believes there’s a possibility that former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) could choose to stay out of action until next year in May to wait on a lottery ticket fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs).
Campbell thinks there’s a possibility that Khan will elect not to fight in December in order not to take any chances of him missing out on that Mayweather fight. If Khan does fight in December, the name that is being mentioned is non-top 15 ranked fighter Josesito Lopez, who hasn’t looked impressive since his win over Victor Ortiz in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is already down to 165 pounds for his title defense against Marco Antonio Rubio for their fight next month for their “Mexican Style” clash on HBO Championship Boxing on 10/18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Golovkin and Rubio weighed in on Monday in their WBC ordered 30-day weigh-in. What we learned from the weigh-in is that Golovkin is already at the weight pretty much for the fight, and that means he’s going to be very, very strong.
Rubio weighed in at 174.5 pounds. What that tells you is that he’s going to need to cut at least 15 pounds of water weight to make weight. He’s already in shape, so he’s not going to lose fat in the next 30 days. The weight that comes off from Rubio is going to be water weight that he sheds to get to the 160 pound limit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose:
WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) will be defending his WBA title this Saturday night against , #4 WBA, #13 WBO contender Pawel Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia.
Also on the card is WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) defending his title against #4 WBC Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By sishaq: Many boxers will claim they will take on any fight out there but business sense dictates it’s best to avoid certain boxers like the plague.
Among the “avoided” – GGG, Keith Thurman, Guillermo Rigondeaux. These boxers present ultra-high risk but ultra-low reward. Get beaten by any of them and you simply become a statistic, in the unlikely event you beat them your stock doesn’t necessarily rise higher.
Either way these fighters do not generate enough public interest presently to make financial sense which is why many opposition promoters avoid them altogether. However, in my opinion all three are on the verge of breaking out of the middle tier and into super stardom. Time will tell as we don’t yet know what future bouts will catapult these elite athletes into the upper stratosphere. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) victim Brandon Rios believes that Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) has the boxing skills, reach and height to defeat Pacquiao in their fight on November 22nd in Macao, China.
Rios says he sparred Algieri twice in Oxnard, California and he found him to be an outstanding boxer with excellent skills. Rios wasn’t awed by Algieri’s power, but he says that his reach and movement made him a really tough fighter to deal with. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I don’t believe no fighter is a hype job regardless of how the media builds them up or what other fight fans say. What I like to do is look at the resume of a fighter and study the different styles he’s fought. I also look at the fighter himself and the style he has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) will be fighting next month against former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout on October 4th at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
For the 32-year-old Dawson, this is his 2nd fight of his comeback. He defeated George Blades by a 1st round knockout last June in an impressive performance. Dawson was overweight in that fight and he looked like he hadn’t trained hard for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC Silver light heavyweight strap holder Tony Bellew is giving #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) a good chance of pulling off what would be a huge upset this Saturday night in his title challenge against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) in their fight at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Bellew points to the experience of the 31-year-old Smith as the reason why he’ll do well against Abraham.
Bellew thinks that Smith has a ton of experience, even though he’s actually only fought two recognizable fighters in George Groves and James DeGale. As for the rest of the guys Smith has fought, they’ve been domestic level opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In what has to be seen as a protest against the British Boxing Board of Control for their stiff £15,000 fine handed out to Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) for the trash talking he did in the past in another press conference with Chisora, Fury decided to tape his mouth and not speak for today’s press conference.
It was kind of a senseless move on Fury’s part because by not speaking, he’s shooting himself in the foot by not helping to get boxing fans interested in his November 22nd rematch with Chisora at the ExCel Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »