By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) will be fighting this Saturday night against Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) in what should be Khan’s last tune-up fight before he’s thrown back in with the sharks of the light welterweight division.
If Khan gets past the 33-year-old Diaz then he will have had two easy fights to build up his confidence to get him ready to start fighting the quality fighters in the 140 lb. division. If Khan can’t cut the mustard again then Golden Boy Promotions is going to have to seriously consider cutting him loose unless they’re okay with him being a gate keeper/Euro level fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: In a sign of what former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout was up against last Saturday night in his fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, one judge, Stanley Christodoulou, had Canelo up 80-71 after eight rounds.
In other words, the judge hadn’t given Trout a single round. This judge had given Canelo every round of the fight. That’s pretty sad and it just showed what Trout was facing in terms of judging at the fight because anyone with two eyes could see that Trout had won at least seven of the first eight rounds of the fight easily against a tiring, red-faced Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
Nurten Sen: If you were fortunate enough to have switched over from the circus at Madison Square garden and watched Nathan Cleverly vs. Robin Krasniqi, you might already know what I’m goıng to talk about. I noticed that some writers have suddenly become very quiet about Cleverly (26-0, 12kos), more specifically the ones who doubted him.
Had they tuned in, or later watched online even (as I’m certain they have, if they actually like boxing), then they couldn’t look you in the eye and honestly say that the young Brit hasn’t sent a major message to the boxing world. One might say the lack of analysis of his performance by naysayers indicates to how much of a degree they are concerned, and if they have a racial or nationalistic axe to grind then I think this is how they should feel. Concerned, very concerned. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: The 172 lb. WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) is still calling out 147 lb. welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) for him to face him on September 14th, which is the Mexican Independence Day. Mayweather fights at right at 147-150 for his fights, sow why should be fight a guy like Canelo who comes into his fights weighing over 170 lbs?
If Mayweather were to take that fight he’d be out-weighed by 25 lbs. Some of Canelo’s boxing fans think 25 pounds is nothing that Mayweather should take the fight anyway if he’s a courageous fighter.
Canelo said to the LA Times “How many times do I have to say it? Mayweather is who I want.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, so much for George Groves (18-0, 14 KO’s) fighting a top 10 contender for his May 25th fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Groves’ promoter Eddie Hearn had talked about him fighting a highly ranked contender for his next fight to lock him in as the mandatory for WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz.
Instead, Groves will be fighting the recently knocked out fringe contender Noe Gonzalez Alcoba (30-2, 22 KO’s). If you remember it was only last year that Alcoba was knocked out in the 2nd round by Adonis Stevenson in Montreal, Canada. Stevenson came out fast, cornered Alcoba and blasted him out in one of the easiest fights of Stevenson’s career. And now we’ve got Hearn hand-picking Alcoba for Groves. It’s hilarious, predictable and just so, so sad. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose; This may go over the heads of some boxing fans but here is what I believe: WBC junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez likely would have been jabbed silly and easily beaten by WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout last Saturday night if not for the semi-open scoring at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The World Boxing Association unknowingly gave the red-haired Canelo a huge advantage by having the open scoring system in place for this fight because it seems to favor guys with more power than the lighter punching guys. Canelo was out-punched in every round of the fight, and even in the round where he knocked Trout down in the 7th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ycarratala: This Saturday a very interesting Heavyweight match-up takes place in Sheffield, England featuring two former Olympic Medalists; a Bronze Medalist and a Gold Medalist. The top American heavyweight prospect, Deontay Wilder; the 2008 Beijing Olympics Bronze Medalist who is undefeated as a pro with a 27-0 record and all wins by KO faces 41 year old Audley Harrison of Great Britain who was the 2000 Sydney Olympics Gold Medalist and has a record of 31-6 with 23 KO’s.
Harrison is coming off a high note, having won the February installment of the Prize Fighter Heavyweight Tournament for a second time, the first being back in 2009. Harrison has faced some top contenders, although has failed do beat them. He has loses to Dominick Guinn, Danny Williams, Michael Sprott, and Martin Rogan; he avenged the latter three. The other two loses were at the hands of David Haye for the WBA World Heavyweight Championship and David Price. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan: After a tough and grueling fight for the WBO European lightweight title between defending champ Liam Walsh and Scott Harrison, you have to ask the question if Harrison still has it? I think he does.
Liam Walsh at 26 and with a perfect record of 14 wins from 14 fights is a very talented young fighter. Better than I actually thought he was and with a stoppage record of 71%, he can punch as well, but Harrison took all of it and kept coming back with Walsh even admitting he wouldn’t have liked to have fought the rugged Harrison ten years previous. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: I have followed boxing all my life from amateur bouts to the pro level. In my opinion boxing is the sport of all sports and the men that participate are lions, fearless competitors and athletes of the highest order. I have many personal favorites; Floyd “Money” Mayweather is my all time favorite, closely followed by “Sugar” Ray Robinson.
Other favorites of mine include Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, “Iron” Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Andre Ward, Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch, Muhammad Ali, Adrien Broner, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Edwin Valero, Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko and the great Cuban amateur legend Felix Savon. Read the rest of this entry »
by Hector Sanchez: Last Friday night in front of a sold out crowd in Fort Worth, Texas, former Olympian Luis “the Latin Legend” Yanez (7-0) from Dallas, Texas captured the WBC USA Super Flyweight Title against Russian Timur Shailezov (16-7, 3KO’s ). The event which was called “Friday Night Fights Series” was promoted by former two time World Champion Paulie Ayala, and Yanez was the main event on the card. Read the rest of this entry »