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 »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) says he’d have put UK heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) out of his misery had it been him that had knocked the 6’9” Fury down last Saturday night instead of the smaller 6’3”, 210 lb. Steve Cunningham at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Cunningham, 36, dropped Fury in the 2nd round but then failed to go after him to try and finish him off despite the fact that he was badly hurt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Donald Crisp: Less than one day after the fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Austin “No Doubt” Trout left Trout with his first defeat, the internet waves are buzzing with controversy from the few, yet persistent naysayers who refuse to accept defeat, despite a poised concession to that effect by Trout himself.
There is no doubt. Mr. “No Doubt” himself spelled it out quite clearly, even for those who are hard of hearing or plainly, “special.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Nonito Donaire is recovering from his shoulder surgery that was performed last Friday to repair torn ligaments in his right shoulder. Donaire is saying that the surgery on his right shoulder was a success and that he should heal up fine and be back in the ring shortly.
Donaire said on his twitter “Surgery went well. Surgery was Friday and I only took 2 doses of Vicodin Dr. gave me. I have a high pain tolerance.”
Some boxing fans think Donaire’s excuse about needing shoulder surgery was a way for him to explain away his 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13th of this month. Donaire lost the fight by the scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Peter Fury, the trainer/uncle for unbeaten Irish heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s), thinks he did a poor job in his 7th round TKO win over Steve Cunningham last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
Peter thought Tyson didn’t fight a disciplined fight, which might explain partly why Fury was dropped by Cunningham in the 2nd round from a big right hand.
Peter said on his twitter: “This wasn’t him last night. I give it two out of ten. This is what happens when I’m not there. He didn’t follow procedure; he just went out of control.”
I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between Fury in this fight and the one that has fought in his other fights. Read the rest of this entry »