By Omar Torres: For years now both of boxing’s top promotional companies have kept us from watching match-ups that were potential classics fights. While Top Rank and Golden Boy gets richer matching up their own stable fighters, we the fans are the ones that lose, we the fans who pay our hard earned money to make these promotional companies what they are today and we the fans aren’t getting the share that is owed to us, which is the fights we want see. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) will be fighting on April 6th in Germany against an opponent still to be determined. According to ESPNNewYork.com, it doesn’t look like it’ll be against WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin. Apparently, he’s not all that interested in taking the fight right now despite talk from his promoter that he wants the bout.
In that case the options are very slim for Wladimir. He’s had three consecutive easy fights against Jean Marco Mormeck, Tony Thompson and Mariusz Wach. He might want to jump ahead of the Tomasz Adamek vs. Kubrat Pulev fight and pick one of those guys to fight. If not them, then the rest of options are pretty poor right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: I think WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns 35-2, 10 KO’s) doesn’t realize what a huge mistake he made in agreeing to fight IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) on March 16th at the Wembley Arena.
This is one of those colossal blunders that just make you want to laugh because of stupid it is. Burns has probably never seen Vazquez fight, so you can maybe give Burns a slight break for that reason for this disastrous choice. The fact of the matter is Burns doesn’t have a chance in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank wants to match his two stable fighters WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) together by the end of April this year. This would come right before Donaire’s time off from boxing for the summer. Donaire’s wife is pregnant and he wants to spend time with her.
Arum said to boxingtalk.com “Before the end of Aril, it will be either Guillermo Rigondeaux, probably Rigondeaux unless something could get done with Abner Mares.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: U.S boxing fans will have the opportunity to see the unbeaten heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KO’s) in action this Saturday night against the capable Matt Greer (15-8, 13 KO’s) on January 19th at the La Nave Del Parque in Villa Hermosa, Mexico.
The Wilder-Greer fight, which is scheduled for 8 rounds, will be televised by Fox Deportes in the United States. That’s a channel a lot of Americans have on cable, so this is going to be real treat for U.S fans to see the 6’7” Wilder in action as he attempts to add his 27th consecutive knockout. Wilder is creeping in on the world record for consecutive knockouts of 44. That sounds like a doable record for Wilder if he can keep improving. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (16-0, 12 KO’s) thinks former EBU super middleweight champion James DeGale vacated his title just so that he wouldn’t have to fight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (22-1, 13 KO’s), the guy that Groves will be fighting next on March 16th for the vacant EBU 168 pound title at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Groves said to thesun.co.uk “I think, and I stress ‘I think’, it would appear that DeGale vacated to avoid this guy. Ndiaye was named mandatory and he gave up the title because he didn’t fancy the fight…But I fancy it, I’ll step to it and I’ll have a crack at him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO’s) has a big dream of beating his scheduled March 16th opponent German Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KO’s) and then facing 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins in a unification bout later on in the year if Hopkins can get past IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud on March 9th at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
Cleverly said he was close to getting a fight with Hopkins before the World Boxing Organization ordered him to fight his #1 mandatory Krasniqi instead. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says his fighter Manny Pacquiao likely won’t be back in the ring until September when he faces Juan Manuel Marquez again. Arum had been hoping to get an April fight for Pacquiao outside of the United States, but he was unable to find a country to have the fight take place.
He tried Singapore, Manila and Macau, but was unable to find a venue for the fight for a variety of reasons.
Arum said to Greg Leon at boxingtalk.com “Todd [duboeuf] was over in Macau and we can’t get a date with the arena…Singapore is not an option and I don’t think we go to for Manila for the fight, so I think they’re going to have to wait till September.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO’s) will be making a decision about his boxing career within the next month, according to his promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. If Vitali does continue fighting he’ll be back in the ring by April, and possibly against David Haye, says Loeffler.
Loeffler said Michael Woods at ESPNNewYork.com “We should know within a month. If he did fight, it would be before May.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Sean McDaniel: Former two division world champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) is reportedly in talks with former WBA World welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KO’s) for a fight that will take place on April 20th in Manchester, England rather than the United States. Olympic bronze medallist from Britain Anthony Ogogo could be fighting on the undercard.
The idea behind Khan fighting at Manchester is to avenge Ricky Hatton’s recent 9th round TKO loss to Senchenko from last November. The fight took place in Manchester. This would be Khan’s chance to avenge the defeat and at the same time show the difference between his talent and Hatton’s by hopefully beating Senchenko in an impressive fashion. Read the rest of this entry »