By Yannis Mihanos: There are two names in the recent history of boxing that each fighter wants to fight one day: Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Last Saturday many people were surprised by Chris Algieri with me included. No one knew Algieri before the match. He was number 13 in the rankings and was expected to be easily dispatched by heavy hitter Ruslan Provodnikov.
Provodnikov did drop twice in the canvas Algieri in the first round. The swelling in the right eye of Algieri after the first knockout got even worse as the rounds passed, but he kept on coming with a lot of body movement and many mosquito bite-like punches to the head of the Russian Provodnikov.
Algieri’s many light shots convinced two of the three judges to grant him a 12 round split decision. The third judge saw it different with him scoring it 117-109 in favor of Provodnikov, and I have to say that I agree with that score of the fight. But boxing decisions sometimes work in mysterious way. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) By Scott Gilfoid: There’s talk that former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) could be Amir Khan’s next opponent for later this year in November or December if Guerrero, 31, gets passed his hard hitting opponent Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) this Saturday night in their Showtime televised fight at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA.
It’s not expected that Guerrero will have any slip ups in this fight, because he’s way, way above the level of the 31-year-old Kamegain in the talent and experience department, but when you’re talking about a fighter who has been sitting around doing zero for over a year the way that Guerrero has, it’s quite conceivable that he could get spanked by Kamegai in this fight. It happens when you start taking it easy after a big payday the way that Guerrero has after he talked his way into a money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr last year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) will be making his next defense against 6’4 ½” Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO’s) on September 6th at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany. Pulev is the IBF mandatory challenger, so he gets to be the next guy that the 6’6” Wladimir faces.
Pulev has been bellyaching about wanting a title shot against Wladimir for a while now, and finally has his shot. Unfortunately the odds of him doing any better than Wladimir’s last opponent Alex Leapai are virtually nonexistent, due to Pulev’s complete lack of punching power. At least with Leapai, there was a slight chance he might land one of his big power shots to knock Wladimir out. But with Pulev, he just jabs and slaps with his shots, and he doesn’t have the power to make it a decent fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: #4 WBO Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1) will be taking a big career risk this Saturday night against the more experienced #1 WBO Gary Russell Jr (24-0, 14 KO’s) in an ill-advised fight for the vacant WBO featherweight title at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. Lomachenko was already exposed in his last fight in getting out-worked and out-punching by the older Orlando Salido last March.
Instead of learning his lesson in that he didn’t have the experience to be fighting for world titles, Lomachenko has decided to fight for the same time for a second time. He was given a huge break by the World Boxing Organization with them ranking him high and ordering a fight between him and Russell Jr. What the WBO did was unheard, because you don’t see fighters with 1-1 records being given world title shots in the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
Between the continued blog wars of overwhelming speculation between the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr predictions, I usually have wanted to stay clear of both names, figuring fans have read enough on the subject, with a full understanding that the fight will never take place. However, recently a piece was written, stating Mayweather’s dominance, and comparisons to both Sugar Ray Leonard, and Robinson to the talent of Mayweather. The article was very intriguing, and I found myself really enjoying the majority of the writer’s piece.
With the Mayweather of today, I truly see him as beatable. Unfortunately, we as fans are blinded by the fact that we are being convinced that a decent sparring partner is worth digging into our pocket books, shoveling a mere $75.00 per fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander 25-2, 14 KO’s) will be trying to erase the image of his last defeat at the hands of Shawn Porter when he goes into the ring this Saturday night against Jesus Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KO’s) in a 12 round fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Alexander has always been a boxer that likes to work on the inside, jab a lot, and clinch frequently. But in his last fight, he went up against a guy with far superior inside fighting skills than himself in Porter, and he wasn’t able to clinch to shut Porter down like he’d done against guys like Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) is using Erislandy Lara’s fight against Alfredo Angulo from last year as a blueprint to follow to learn how to beat the tough Cuban fighter Lara on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo doesn’t care that Lara was teeing off on Angulo the entire fight and ultimately stopped him in the 10th round when Angulo turned his back on Lara after getting tagged with a brutal straight left to the head; Canelo still feels that the best way to beat Lara is to follow Angulo’s game plan by attacking him.
It’s probably not going to work out too well for the 23-year-old Canelo to be aping Angulo’s fighting approach, because what worked for Angulo probably won’t work well for Canelo. It’s a different situation. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: GoldenGlovesSA) By Scott Gilfoid: A drained looking Martin Murray (27-1-1, 12 KO’s) spoke the obvious when he said this about his opponent for Saturday Max Bursak (29-2-1, 12 KO’s), “We are both in great shape, but I’m a level above Bursak and I will show that.” It kind of goes without saying that Murray is a level above Bursak, but it also reflects on Murray that he’s still fighting guys like Bursak after having failed on two attempts to capture a world title at 160.
Murray, #2 WBC, #3 IBF, #13 WBO, will be facing #8 WBA Bursak this Saturday, June 21st at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco. A win for the 31-year-old Murray will either lead to additional tune-ups for possibly against one of the 160-pound world champions.
If Murray does challenge for a world title, it’s not likely to be against WBA champion Gennady Golovkin, because he’s looking for bigger fights against the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Carl Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: This article is not about eras, records or comparing fighters it is more a piece about those one punch knockouts that you remember really turning a fight around. There has been many great one punch KO artists over the years, capable of pulling out the equalizer when a fight was even or being behind on the cards.
This is about jogging your minds for those fights you have seen where a one punch KO was the only way a fighter was going to be able to win. Those great come from behind shots that become etched in your memory.
The fight that I always remember being turned on its head and really sitting there open mouthed at what unfolded before my eyes was the vacant WBC middleweight title fight back in November 1990, between Herol Graham and Julian Jackson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: Ireland has a long, rich history of producing quality boxers, be it amateur or professional. The most successful sport in regards Olympic medals for Ireland, boxing and it again looks like having a very competitive team come Rio, Brazil 2016. Read the rest of this entry »