By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) has a mandatory title defense coming up this Saturday night against his WBO mandatory Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) in Germany. Wladimir is already apologetic about the fight, saying he doesn’t want to be blamed if it turns out to be a mismatch.
The people who need to be blamed is the World Boxing Organization, as they’re the ones that ordered for Leapai and Denis Boytsov to fight it out in a WBO heavyweight eliminator but to pick out a mandatory challenger for Wladimir to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao has failed to reach 1 million pay-per-view buys in his last three fights, and it’s quite possible that his fight last Saturday night against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley also will fail to bring in 1 million buys. Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole estimates that the Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight will bring in around 800,000 PPV buys, will make it his 4th fight in a row where the Filipino star has failed to reach 1 million buys.
In the past it was almost a given that Pacquiao would hit over 1 million buys, but something is changed. It could be that fans are turned off by the losses to Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, or they’re simply losing interest in watching Pacquiao because he’s not fighting Floyd Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (3-5, 7 KO’s) isn’t worried at all about his title shot against IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) this Saturday night, because he doesn’t see the former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner as having the talent to compete with him in their fight. Porter and Malignaggi will be fighting on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov fight at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
“The more Shawn tries the more he’s going to pay and then we’ll see if it goes the distance,” Malignaggi said at today’s weigh-in. “I think Shawn knows he’s not the more talented fighter of the two. Shawn knows he’s got to make it a rugged fight because he can’t box with me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Having failed at trying to capture the vacant WBO featherweight title last March in his loss to Orlando Salido, #5 WBO Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO’s) will get another chance at winning the WBO featherweight title on June 21st against unbeaten #1 WBO, #3 WBC, Gary Russell Jr. 24-0, 14 KO’s) in Los Angeles., California in a fight that could wind up at the StubHub center in Carson, California.
Earlier on Friday, Golden Boy Promotions out-bid Top Rank in a purse bid to promote the fight. Golden Boy edged Top Rank by out-bidding them by a $1,052, 250 offer to $1,050,000. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: There are people that will remember a time when being the champion of the world was a claim that every boxer wanted. The WBC, WBA, WBO or IBF, they all carried their worth. It was a pinnacle that dominated the thought process of every ambitious boxer. And at night it was all they could dream. Along the way things changed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is reportedly in discussions with the high powered adviser Al Haymon, according to Dan Rafael. Chavez Jr. is reported to have been offered $47 million to sign with Haymon, according to es-us.deportes.yaoo.com. Chavez Jr. still has 9 months left on his existing contract with Top Rank, however, and that’s a lot of time left to set up the fight that could send Chavez Jr. to Haymon in stitches against Gennady Golovkin.
If Chavez Jr. gets destroyed by Golovkin, as many people expect him to, then it hardly matters if he bolts from Top Rank. Haymon would have a fighter who was beaten to a pulp by Golovkin, and who will soon be unable to make the 168lb division. If the $47 million offer is true, then Haymon could be stuck with a fighter who would have to be carefully matched if he was to value out of him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) re-signed with Yvon Michel this week, and he’s got three fights planned out against #5 IBF, #6 WBA, #10 WBC Sean Monaghan (21-0, 14 KO’s), Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KO’s) and a title shot against WBC 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson if all goes well with the first two fights of the contract. The fight against the 32-year-old Monaghan would take place in September, and if Pascal wins without suffering an injury, he’ll then face Bute in December.
The rematch against Bute is hardly needed, though, because Pascal easily beat him last January in a one-sided fights, but the fight did well with the Canadian audience, so the rematch will be taking place for that reason. Bute also had an option for a rematch, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. It’s a tough ask trying to get boxing fans interested in seeing a 2nd Bute-Pascal fight because the first one was so one-sided. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) and IBF champion Bernard Hopkins weighed in today for their fight on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Hopkins, 49, weighed in at 172.5lbs, and looked in excellent shape as he always does. Shumenov, 30, came in a little heavier at 174.5lbs, and was one-half bout below the light heavyweight limit of 175.
During the face off, both Hopkins and Shumenov exchanged words up close. It was somewhat odd to see Shumenov firing back at Hopkins, because up until now, he’d been mostly reserved and had let Hopkins do a lot of the talking. But it good to see Shumenov fire back at Hopkins to let him know that he has a fight on his hands on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: I love Manny Pacquiao. He is my favorite fighter of all time. I was inspired to start writing about the sport of boxing after witnessing the Filipino icon’s 1st fight with legendary Mexican Erik Morales, which was one of most brutal but beautiful 36 minutes of boxing in history. The 35 year old Congressman has a back catalogue of timeless classics that I will watch with my 1st born son when the time comes. I will also introduce him to the genius of Floyd Mayweather. Although instead of taking in the action, I will do something more interesting- like paint my kitchen and watch it dry, or put two identical washing machines on the same cycle and see which finishes first. I’m being flippant, forgive me, please. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBO lightweight contender Anthony Crolla (27-4-1, 10 KO’s) successfully weighed in on Friday for his clash tomorrow night against the tough slugger John Murray (33-2, 20 KO’s) at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. Crolla, 27, weighed in under 9st 8lbs and 11oz. Murray weighed 9st 8lbs 12oz.
Crolla will have his WBO Inter-Continental lightweight strap on the line for the fight, but much more than that will be on the line. If Crolla gets beaten by the 29-year-old Murray on Saturday, then you can expect to see Crolla find himself knocked out of the top 15, especially if Murray gives him a bad beating. I do expect that Crolla is going to take a royal pounding in this fight, but the only question is does he get knocked out or does he make it to the final bell and possibly win a controversial decision.
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