By Eric Thomas: WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) put in a poor effort tonight in fighting to a 12 round draw against Isaac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO’s) in fighting to a 12 round draw at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Bellew seemed to be in control of the fight in the first five rounds, as he was the aggressor and wasn’t getting much back from the more defensively oriented Chilemba. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If you got a chance to see WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1, 12 KO’s) at the weigh-in on Friday for his fight tonight against #3 WBC challenger Isaac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK, you have noticed how stressed out and agitated the 30-year-old Bellew looked.
Bellew looked genuinely worried, almost like someone about to give a speech for the first time without having practiced what they’re going to say. Bellew looked so nervous yesterday that it was hard to predict what the guy would do.
In reading Bellew’s physical affect, one got the sense that if he could magically teleport himself out of the situation he would have. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) thinks some of his critics are jealous of his talents, because he doesn’t understand how they can criticize him when he’s beaten guys like Zab Judah, Marcos Maidana and Paulie Malignaggi.
Khan said to thesun.co.uk “I don’t know why some fans and a few other fighters have a go at me. Jealously maybe? But I’ve learned to live with it and all that kind of sneaky criticism no longer bothers me.”
I bet. I think the criticism has to bother Khan, as it would anyone because it’s not just coming from a few fans. We’re talking massive amounts of fans are criticizing Khan, and that suggests that they see holes in his game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: ESPN2 broadcaster Teddy Atlas believes people have the wrong idea by thinking that light welterweight Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) can beat Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) if he boxes him and stays away from exchanges in their fight this Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Atlas doesn’t see how that can work given that Alvarado doesn’t have the defense to fight successfully on the outside, and that he has a bad habit of standing straight up and throwing his jabs from too close to his opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #1 WBO middleweight contender Brian Vera (23-6, 13 KO’s) stayed in the running for a payday fight against former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tonight by beating 33-year-old Donatas Bondorovas (17-4-1, 6 KO’s) by a highly questionable 7th round stoppage due to two small cuts that Bondorovas had suffered at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA.
Referee Charlie Fitch asked Bondorovas if he could see well enough to continue after the 7th round, and it appears there was a miscommunication with Fitch not understanding that Bondorovas said “I can see.” Fitch thought he heard Bondorovas say “I can’t see very well.”
The stoppage very well may have saved the fight for the better known Vera because he appeared to be losing the fight at the time of the stoppage, and Bondorovas was the one that controlling the action with his right hands. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr’s documentary titled “30 days in May” will be televised next Wednesday, April 3rd on Showtime. Check out the trailer. The documentary chronicles some of the recent events in Mayweather’s life, including the build-up to his May 4th title defense against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather recently signed a six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS that will make him huge money, but the pressure is on him to win these pay-per-view fights. Mayweather can’t afford to lose any of them, especially his first fight if he wants to keep making big money on PPV. The worst thing that could happen for Mayweather is for him to lose to Guerrero, and the continue losing to in his subsequent fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) says he’ll be back in the ring on June 22nd against Brian Vera (22-6, 13 KO’s) or Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) in Mexico. Chavez Jr. says he’ll be staying with his trainer Freddie Roach. Chavez Jr. had been trainer shopping after his loss to Sergio Martinez, but he’s decided to stay with Roach.
Chavez Jr. is currently still serving a suspension for testing positive for marijuana from his last fight against Sergio Martinez last September. The suspension ends on June 16th.
What’s interesting about Chavez Jr’s June 22nd fight on HBO is that his promoter Bob Arum is running it against Showtime’s arguably much bigger fight on the same night between Adrien Broner and WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) and American knockout artist Deontay Wilder will be battling on April 27th in the war of the giants at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.
Wilder stands 6’7”, while Harrison is just a tad shorter at 6’6”. Both guys have huge knockout power, but Wilder is level above with his right hand KO power. Harrison is a southpaw, and pretty much can only punch hard with his left hand when he loads up on it with everything he’s got.
When Harrison agreed to take the fight he made it a point to let his loyal twitter fans know that he only has 5 weeks to prepare for the fight, as if Wilder has any more time than him to prepare. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) says he’s going to get Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) out even earlier this time than he did last October in stopping him in the 7th round. Rios and Alvarado will be facing each other on HBO this Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rios sees his power, pressure and talent as being too much for Alvarado.
Their fight last year was one of the most exciting fights of the year as both guys took huge shots in their back and forth fight. Alvarado got the better of the action for the first five rounds, and he looked like he was on his way to a victory going into the 6th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver light heavyweight title holder Tony Bellew (19-1, 12 KO’s) made weight on Friday for his title defense against #3 WBC Isaac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO’s) for their fight tomorrow night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Bellew, 30, came in at 174 pounds. Chilemba weighed in at one pound less at 173. Chilemba looked like the stouter fighter of the two. Bellew looks painfully thin at 174, and needs to put some weight on. Read the rest of this entry »