By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KO’s) survived a scare last May in stopping the taller, faster, stronger and more athletic Jose Gonzalez in the 9th round after the Puerto Rican ran out of gas and suffered a hand injury. Burns now plans on focusing more on his boxing skills for his next title defense against Raymundo Beltran (28-6, 17 KO’s) on September 7th at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Burns said to Sky Sports “I’ll get involved in a brawl in this fight if and when I need to but I’m going to rely on my boxing a bit more. Preparation has been going great and I can’t wait to get in there. We’re expecting a tough fight…I’m first to say I wasn’t myself that night [against Jose Gonzalez] and I’ll show what I’m capable in my next fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By @BoxingMuse: If you don’t know much about English middleweight Darren Barker, it is significant to consider the number of trials and tribulations he has had to overcome throughout his professional career both inside and outside of the ropes. Before Barker challenges for the IBF middleweight championship against Daniel Geale on August 17 in New York take a walk in his shoes.
Starting at Finchley & District Amateur Boxing club, Barker then moved on to the legendary Repton Boys Club in which he achieved a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester to top off a commendable amateur career with the resume of 55-13. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Henderson: Since the fight was announced, I like many got excited by the prospect of what could potentially be a record breaking night for boxing. In a classic scenario we will see the the young pretender challenge the future hall of famer, it for me is an intriguing battle between a fighter with a love/hate relationship with the boxing world and a fighter carrying the hopes and dreams of an entire nation but who will come out on top? In this article I will try and break it down.
We will start with the challenger, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has on paper a very impressive record consisting of 42 wins 31 coming by way of stoppage 0 defeats and 1 draw but he has drawn a lot of criticism with regards to his opposition he has faced since becoming world champion. Mathew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Alfonso Gomez, Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley and Josesito Lopez to name them all but he stepped up when he defeated Austin Trout in a WBA/WBC unification fight and it appears that this propelled him to his shot against Mayweather, I use the word appear because it would seem that it was more to do with his popularity amongst the pro boxing nation of Mexico but we’ll leave that for others to ponder. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paul Walsh: The last two years for British sport has flourished from Tennis to Cricket to Rugby but one sport in particular which has really excelled is Boxing. This is mainly down to the success of London 2012 and team GBs performance at the games. They had their most successful games ever which is rubbing off on all forms of the sport.
Britain currently has 4 boxing world champions (Nathan Cleverly, Carl Froch, Ricky Burns and Jamie McDonnell) but with 3/4 more working their way into mandatory positions over the last 12 months this number could potentially double within the year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Johnson: Every so often fighters from different generations are matched up against each other, fueling massive debates on how the fighters would have fared against their younger or older counterparts. More often than not, the older generations get the nod. Pundits insist that more recent fighters would stand little to no chance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Newly crowned WBA interim welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (21-0, 19 KO’s) says he’s got some big names on his list that he wants to fight next. Instead of aiming low, Thurman is targeting WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Tim Bradley, Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana.
Unfortunately, Thurman will have very little chance of fighting any of them next.
Thurman said on his twitter when asked who he wants to fight next, “Maidana, Mayweather, Bradley, Canelo, Alexander, any of them.”
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By Sotoman: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) is and will be recognized as one of the best fighters, if not best fighter of this generation in addition to quite possibly a top 10 of all time. On September 14th, many fans will be in for a great fight, but as many do prior to many of Mayweather’s fights, they will either predict his dominance or hope for his destruction. As many Floyd fans suggest “the haters will flock the building.”
I guess it is easy to see why many dislike Floyd. Truthfully, I believe they hate his arrogance and the few times he failed to fight the man fans wanted him to fight, but deep down inside we can all respect and appreciate what he has done in the ring and brought back to boxing. When Floyd steps in the ring next month against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s), one thing is for sure and that is: Floyd will do what he does best and that is box. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO’s) and Britain’s Dereck Chisora (17-4, 11 KO’s) bumped into each other in a nightclub in Ibiza, Spain and the two reportedly had to be pulled apart, according to The Mirror. It’s unclear what was set between them, but whatever it was the two had to be separated by the bouncers at the nightclub.
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) doesn’t seem to like the idea that his opponent George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) for later this year believes he’s got the talent needed to beat him. This bothers Froch and he sees it as arrogance instead of self-belief and confidence coming from Groves.
Froch said to Talk Sport “I’m getting a little bit wound up by the arrogance and the disrespect that they’re showing for a true champion. So he wants to be very careful what he wishes for…he’s a massive underdog, and nobody really own trainer ‘Too smooth’ Booth is giving him a big chance…he’s stepping right in with the best of the best.” Read the rest of this entry »