By Dan Ambrose: Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) will be receiving $750,000 for his title defense tonight against fringe contender Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Algieri will be getting a mere $100,000 as the challenger.
In the co-feature, WBO light middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KO’s) will be getting $200,000 in his fight against British challenger Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KO’s). For his part, Rose will be getting $100,000, which is the exact same amount as Algieri is getting in the main event. It doesn’t make much sense for Algieri and Rose to be getting the same amount when one of them is in the main even and the other on undercard.
It’s easy to see why Provodnikov wants to get a fight against Manny Pacquiao so badly. If he can win tonight and look good against Algieri, Provodnikov could make as much as $5 million in a fight against Pacquiao. That money would go far in Beryozovo, Russia, which is where Provodnikov lives. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Courtesy of DiBella Entertainment) By Dan Ambrose: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s) will be defending his title on August 2nd against little known prospect Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KO’s) in a fight that will televised on HBO Boxing After Dark at the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The 27-year-old has wins over Elvir Muriqi, Allan Green, Daniel MacKinnon and Aaron Pryor Jr, but no one that you can call a good fighter. Caparello doesn’t have much in the way if power, and that’s going to be a big problem for him against Kovalev on August 2nd, because it means that Caparello will need to be able to take Kovalev’s big power shots for 12 full rounds in order to try and beat him by a decision. It’s not a healthy thing for someone to get hit by Kovalev for 12 rounds, and it’s impossible to see Caparello lasting more than 2-6 rounds in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Wepeeler: So I’ve let the dust settle from what was a monumental Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) win over WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s) last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, in New York. I had watched and read all the pre-fight hype, and I’ve followed all the post-fight action as well. There seems to be an overabundance of people claiming that Sergio knees were shot and that Cotto should have an asterisk next to his Middleweight championship. This is straight ridiculous.
First off, Sergio was the lineal middleweight champion. He beat the guy who beat the guy. And he BEAT guys down. He was often undersized and seemingly over-matched, but always came out victorious during a very impressive run that included Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Sergey Dzinziruk, Dennis Barker, Matthew Macklin and big boy Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He looked a bit rough in the Murray fight but look at the list of fighters he had just fought! Murray is a big strong ox, and Martinez still found a way to win. I say all this, because Martinez was the true lineal middleweight champ. Martinez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin never happened, and although GGG owns part of the strap, he’s NOT the lineal middleweight champ. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO) By Daniel Hughes: Brian Rose (27-1-1, 7 KO’s) has a really tough ask ahead of him to claim the WBO light-middleweight title tonight from Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KO’s) at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York. Boxing is about levels and this is a real step up away from home for the Blackpool fighter from the UK.
Andrade is the decorated amateur, who won the world amateur championships in 2007 at welterweight. Andrade’s career as a pro has proved to be a smooth ride generally baring the knockdown he suffered in the 1st round against Vanes Martirosyan in his last fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s trainer/uncle Roger Mayweather sees WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) as a better fighter and more dangerous guy than Manny Pacquiao, even though Cotto was stopped by Pacquiao in the 12th round in their catch-weight fight in 2009.
When asked by Hustleboss who the more dangerous fighter is Cotto or Pacquiao, Roger said “Cotto. Pacquiao ain’t [expletive]. Cotto has more ability. He’s a better puncher and he’s a bigger guy. Pacquiao ain’t never going to win no middleweight title.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO) By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) will be fighting Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) tonight in Provodnikov’s first defense of his title. Provodnikoiv’s trainer Freddie Roach believes that he’ll be much too strong for the slender, 5’10” Algieri tonight, and he sees him wearing him down and halting him late in the fight.
Algieri was selected for Provodnikov after Thomas Dulorme and Hank Lundy were both rejected for the fight. Dulorme is a much better puncher, and Lundy is trickier. You have to wonder why Provodnikov’s team wanted Algieri instead of Dulorme or Lundy. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO) By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KO’s) feels that he’s earned the right to challenge WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KO’s) tonight at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York. Rose seems to be talking himself up for some reason. It looks like some people are saying that he didn’t do enough to deserve the title shot tonight against Andrade given that Rose’s wins over Javier Maciel and Prince Arron were controversial ones.
“I deserve everything I get. I have worked hard throughout my career to get to this stage,” Rose said to Skysports.com. “I deserve my shot. I’m going to enjoy every moment of it. I knew he would gob off in the weigh-in. That is what he has done but the pressure is all on his shoulders. The pressure is not on my shoulders.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: Much has been made of Floyd Mayweather’s undefeated record, and this is somehow used to arbitrarily validate his claim to being one of the greatest boxers. That is completely false. Outside of Marquez, all of Mayweather’s wins come against boxers past their prime, belt holders, paper champions, and very weak opponents. The only reason Mayweather is in so many title fights is because he competes in the era where there are four belts per class, and at least 68 total belts, not including minor belts. With it being so easy to win a belt by today’s standards, it is not a surprise for Mayweather to be fighting so many belt-holders (not champions).
Mayweather’s zero is not very impressive. Rocky Marciano went 49-0, but his only big wins come against smaller men who were well beyond their prime and nearing their 40s (Walcott, Charles, Moore). He also defeated Joe Louis who was only fighting to keep the IRS away, and Louis was completely out of shape and past it. His 49-0 clearly doesn’t make him better than Muhammad Ali or Lennox Lewis. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Allan Fox: 33-year-old former two-time world title challenger Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KO’s) will be turning to the ring after a 2 year absence to fight #7 WBC, #10 WBA welterweight contender Ed Paredes (35-3-1, 23 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Gomez hasn’t fought since losing a 10 round unanimous decision to Shawn Porter two years ago in July of 2012 in a fairly close fight. Before that fight, Gomez had been stopped in the 6th round by WBA junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September of 2011. Gomez gave Canelo some problems in that fight with his combination punching early on. It wasn’t until Canelo really stepped it up that he was able to get a stoppage, but even that it was a situation where the referee pulled the plug on the fight a little too quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With his 10th round stoppage win over WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s) last Saturday night, Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) was made the new Ring 160-pound champion by Ring Magazine instead of unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s), who is widely recognized as the real champion at middleweight by many hardcore boxing fans.
Golovkin is ranked No.1 by Ring below Cotto. In other words, Golovkin is like a contender with the Ring 160lb belt while Cotto is the Ring 160lb champion. This is kind of controversial because very, very few boxing fans see Cotto as being the No.1 overall fighter in the middleweight division, and by Ring having him as their champion, it kind of makes them look like they’re not up date with what’s going on in boxing. Read the rest of this entry »