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title Paul Smith not worried about Arthur Abraham rematch

smithBy Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBO Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) isn’t worried about his rematch next Saturday night on February 21st against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany.

Smith feels confident that he’ll be able to go into Berlin and take Abraham’s WBO title from him despite the fact that he feels that he was robbed last September in his fight against Abraham in Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

title De La Hoya: Canelo vs. Kirkland could draw 60,000 fans in Texas

canelo99By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya is expecting a huge crowd for the May 2nd or 9th fight between former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and James Kirkland (32-1-1, 28 KOs) in Texas.

De La Hoya thinks that as many as 60,000 boxing fans could show up for the fight, which De La Hoya doesn’t quite know where the fight will be taking place. I doubt that many fans will turn out for the Canelo-Kirkland fight. I hope De La Hoya isn’t pinning his hopes in the fight drawing that much, because it might blow his world if only 10,000 to 15,000 boxing fans shown up to purchase what will likely be heavily discounted tickets. Read the rest of this entry »

title James DeGale will make history on April 25th [against Andre Dirrell], says Hearn

degale546By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Eddie Hearn is expecting his fighter James DeGale to make history on April 25th when he battles American Andre Dirrell in a fight for the vacant IBF super middleweight title.

Hearn thinks DeGale will be the talented Dirrell to win the IBF title, and in the process become the first British Olympian to win a world title. Oddly enough, it’s never been done before by one of the British Olympic fighters for some reason, and Hearn thinks that out of all the British fighters that have tried and failed, DeGale will be the one guy to accomplish it. Read the rest of this entry »

title Artur Beterbiev vs. Gabriel Campillo on April 4th in Quebec

beterbiev67By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated #11 WBA, #15 WBO light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) will be facing former WBa 175lb champion Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs) on April 4th on the Adonis Stevenson card in Quebec, Canada, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.

This is a decent test for the 30-year-old Beterbiev, a Russian Olympian from the 2012 Olympics. However, this isn’t as big a deal as some boxing fans might think it is because Campillo is now 36-years-old and not the fighter he was back in 2009 when he briefly held the WBA title before losing it to Beibut Shumenov by a very controversial decision in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

title Khan is just looking for a big payday against Cotto, says Mayweather Sr.

cotto552By Scott Gilfoid: Recently, British welterweight contender Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) said he’s be willing to fight WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto at a catch-weight of 155 pounds. Khan added the 34-year-old Cotto to the long list of guys that he’s interested in facing in his next fight.

Khan’s attempts at getting Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao to agree to fight him have been met with failure, as both of them have shown no interest in using up one of their valuable fights to face a guy who doesn’t have a large fan base in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

title Maidana wants Danny Garcia fight

maidana52By Dan Ambrose: If WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) is able to get past his catch-weight fight against Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) on April 11th, he might want to look in the direction of former WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) for a fight in the summer, because that’s a fight that Maidana and his manager Sebastian Contursi are interested in making.

It’s a bout that’s in Garcia’s best interest to take unless he wants to continue to take catch-weight fights in order to slowly work his way into the division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ricky Burns vs. Omar Figueroa on May 9th in San Antonio, Texas

burns5635By Scott Gilfoid: In a battle for former champions, Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) will be facing former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) on May 9th in San Antonio, Texas. There won’t be any world titles on the line, as both guys are out of the loop for the time being.

Figueroa is the WBC lightweight Champion in Recess after he suffered an injury in his recent life and death struggle against Daniel Estrada last August. Figueroa got the victory in stopping Estrada in the 9th, but Figueroa suffered a really bad cut over his left eye in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title IBF desperate for someone to fight for their title

lemieux1By Gav Duthie: The IBF have a bit of egg on their face as they frantically continue the search for an opponent to fight for their version of the middleweight title recently stripped from Jermaine Taylor. Cameroonian fighter Hassan N’Dam 31-1 (18) has already been confirmed as one half of the fight but nobody else seems to want to face him.

Felix Sturm had already turned it down before Brit Billy Joe Saunders did the same the other night. Who are the other contenders? Read the rest of this entry »

title Hearn: Groves has to wait for DeGale now

By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is saying that #1 WBC super middleweight George Groves now has to wait for a fight against James DeGale, because he missed his chance to make the fight happen. Hearn says that even if Groves were to turn around and say that he now wants the fight, he’d still have to wait for the fight, because DeGale is now facing #2 IBF contender Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF super middleweight belt on April 25th. Read the rest of this entry »

title When great isn’t good

By Jermill Pennington: This past week the boxing world celebrated what some call to this day the biggest upset in sports history. It was February 11th 1990, Tokyo Japan at the Tokyo Dome. The fight featured the then undisputed #1 p4p heavy weight champion of the world Mike Tyson vs. an underachieving journeymen Buster Douglas. What eventually happened that night is well documented history, however there is an aspect of the fight itself that I found to be very interesting. Mike Tyson at 37-0 was obliterating every fighter that was put in front of him. Read the rest of this entry »

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