By William Mackay: This Saturday night Ricky Hatton has decided to make his comeback after years of being out of the game. He’ll be facing Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester, and while Senchenko isn’t considered to be one of the top five welterweights in the division, he’s still a decent bottom 30 guy.
A lot of Hatton’s fans are really excited about him making a comeback and think he’ll find success. Manny Pacquiao thinks Hatton is making a big mistake in coming back and he doesn’t quite understand it. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward has been impressed with what he’s seen of former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan in watching him workout in the same gym that they share in Oakland, California. Khan recently changed trainers from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter, the trainer that Ward is trained by. Khan feels that Hunter will be able to help his defensive problems, as he’s done such a great job of making Ward so good defensively.
In an interview at Fighthype.com, Ward said “I think if he keeps getting a concept of defence, I think it’s going to enhance his offense and I think he’s just going to be really hard to beat.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KO’s) sees himself as a future world champion in both the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions. Thurman takes that first step in realizing his dreams on Saturday night against contender Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KO’s) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California.
Thurman is one of those types of fighters that has supreme confidence in his ability, and perhaps too much confidence given the way he’s looked. Despite never having faced any 1st tier opponents until now, Thurman has already called out the big names in the sport such as Floyd Mayweather and Tim Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
Like most boxing fans I was thrilled and concerned by the announcement of Ricky Hatton’s comeback. Thrilled for selfish reasons, certainly.
Concerned… that an idol of so many is willing to risk so much to please those who need no appeasement, who ask no more of you. So, what are you fighting for, not for money and certainly not penitence.
Defeat teaches us more than success, but few men have the strength to accept the lesson taught. Read the rest of this entry »
By Peter Broderick: Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18ko’s)’s second outing as a welterweight takes place this weekend at the Citizens Business Bank Arena against Andre Berto (28-1-0, 22ko’s). A classy boxer at featherweight and super featherweight “The Ghost” brought his weight up to fight as a lightweight and continued to look good, going on to capture interim world titles.
After a year out of the sport due to an illness to his wife he returned to the ring on the 28th of July this year, this time even bigger again having skipped two weight classes to battle for the vacant interim WBC title at welterweight. He accomplished this at the expense of Selcuk Aydin and looked relatively comfortable at 145lbs, a whole 20lbs heavier than when he earned his first title 8 years previous. But there’s a big difference between looking good against Aydin and surviving against an aggressive fast starter like Berto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Whether WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) faces WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in a mouthwatering unification bout in the near future is up to Burns’s management, he says.
Burns told Steve Bunce “I just leave it up to my management and promoter. They always give me the fights at the right time.”
So Burns is just leaving up to his management and promoter whether he fights Broner? I can’t stand when fighters give that as the excuse when asked why don’t they fight so and so. I mean, does Burns want to fight Broner or not? The old ‘I’m leaving it up to my promoter bit’ makes me think that Burns isn’t all that interested in facing Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach’s stable of fighters have been going through some hard times lately with one after another suffering losses and it’s getting to the point where some boxing fans are wondering whether Roach has lost his mojo with the fighters.
We’ve seen Roach fighters Amir Khan lose twice, Lateef Kayode fight to a draw, Manny Pacquiao get beat and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defeated by Sergio Martinez. Now it’s up to Pacquiao to end Roach’s losing streak next month against 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA/WBC light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver turns 44 today. Tarver last fought in June of this year in looking good in battling undefeated cruiserweight Lateef Kayode to a 12 round draw.
Hopefully in 2013, Tarver can look to get a title shot against one of the champions at light heavyweight or better yet cruiserweight. He’s still good enough to compete with the best fighters as he showed against Kayode and Danny Green. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If unbeaten #3 WBC middleweight contender Martin Murray (24-0-1, 10 KO’s) wins his fight this Saturday night against #7 WBA Jorge Navarro (12-0, 10 KO’s) on the Ricky Hatton vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko undercard in Manchester, England, Murray could find himself fighting for a world title against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on April 27th in Argentina.
It’s still not a done deal but Murray is looking like the guy that will get the pick because HBO has to bless the fight and it’s unclear whether they’ll say yes to the other alternatives that Martinez’s promoter is looking to match him with. There is Kerry Hope, Jose Miguel Torres and Domenica Spada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his IBF strap against his #1 mandatory challenger Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) on January 19th in the United States in a still to be determined venue. Although the 26-year-old Brook has more fights on his resume compared to the 25-year-old Alexander the difference here is that Alexander has much more experience against quality opposition compared to Brook. It’s not even close.
Here are the well known fighters that Alexander has fought: Read the rest of this entry »