By Chris Williams: The 24-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is insisting that he will be fighting next May in 2015 on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo even if the No.1 money PPV star in boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr is fighting on the same date.
Canelo says he’ll fight on that date on HBO PPV regardless of what plans Mayweather has of fighting on the same date on Showtime pay-per-view. With the pay-per-view industry not able to support duel PPV events on the same night, Canelo appears to be playing a game of chicken with Mayweather, possibly hoping Mayweather will back down and move off the date so that Canelo can have that date, as well as the Mexican holiday date in September all for himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Ambrose Mendy, the boxing adviser for #1 IBF James DeGale, is offering IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch a guaranteed £4m if he’ll agree to fight DeGale. Mendy thinks Froch won’t take the fight, and that his promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t answering the phone.
They would like to fight Froch on January 31st next year when Froch next fights, but it’s still unknown who the 37-year-old Froch will be fighting next. He’s mentioned guys like Mikkel Kessler, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Anthony Dirrell as possible opponents for his next fight, but he still doesn’t know who it’ll be. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) International heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) will be back in the ring in a little over a month against 39-year-old journeyman Michael Sprott (42-22, 17 KOs) in a 10 round bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
This is fight that will be on the Sky Box Office pay-per-view card headlined by Tony Bellew vs. Nathan Cleverly 2 rematch. The card is loaded with some of Matchroom Sport’s biggest names, but as far as I can tell, a lot of the fights are mismatches on paper, including the Joshua vs. Sprott fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last night, heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) defeated the much older and smaller 5’11”, 34-year-old journeyman Denis Bakhtov (38-10, 25 KOs) by a 2nd round knockout at the O2 Arena in London, UK to win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International heavyweight title.
It was such a mismatch in terms of size, age and talent that you really couldn’t get anything from the fight because Bakhtov was just too short, old and limited to do much with Joshua. In other words, it’s a fight that wasn’t worth putting together. I said before the fight this was a lateral move for Joshua from his previous opponent Konstantin Airich, who Joshua knocked out in 3 rounds last September, and it turns out I was 100 percent correct. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The undercard of the Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) and Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) is shaping up to be a very good one with middleweights Matt Korobov and Andy Lee facing off for the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight strap.
Light welterweight Mauricio Herrera will be fighting Jose Benavidez Jr on action at 140. The fight card will be televised by HBO as a triple-header. The Bradley-Korobov fight will be staged at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In something of a surprise result, 41-year-old #1 IBF Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) defeated International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-6-2, 6 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight at the Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: The light heavyweight division has been without a unified champion for some time now. As the alphabet soup of world titles swirl about the sea of competitors, changing hands readily, the fans have been left unfulfilled.
Recently though, Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2-2, 32 KO’s), owner of the WBA and IBF titles has made arrangements to fight Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KO’s), owner of the WBO title on November 8th, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Next Saturday night on October 18th, WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) will be in the ring hoping to put on a good performance in his “Mexican Style” fight against WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on HBO World Championship Boxing from increasingly popular venue at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The Golovkin-Rubio fight will likely be overshadowed by the co-feature bout pitting WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) against power house Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs). For me, this is the real headliner fight because it matches a young up and coming star in Walters against the heavily hyped former three division world champion Donaire.
It was only two years ago when Donaire was awarded the 2012 Fighter of the Year award by boxing writers for his victories over Jorge Arce, Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaki Nishioka and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Things have changed for Donaire since then. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a totally predictable outcome, Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) destroyed 34-year-old journeyman Denis Bakhtov (38-10, 25 KOs) by a 2nd round knockout to capture the World Boxing Council International heavyweight title at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Joshua hurt the aging veteran Bakhtov with some single power shots while he was foolishly perched against the ropes.
Joshua then flurried on the bleeding Bakhtov until referee Ian John-Lewis halted the fight at 1:00 of the 2nd round. Read the rest of this entry »