By Chris Williams: To get ready for the huge WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) for their fight on April 13th, WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) is reportedly sparring with 135 and 140 pound fighters.
Rigondeaux wants to be ready for Donaire, who recently looked like a lightweight size when the two met in a press conference to announce their fight at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA.
Rigondeaux is said to be doing really well sparring with the huge lightweights and light welterweights, and has reportedly knocked several of them down with hard shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: #3 WBO welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) is holding out hope that WBO 147 lb. champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) will decide on facing him next as he’s recovered from their March 16th fight that Bradley won by a 12 round unanimous decision.
Provodnikov, 29, is willing to wait to get that fight again so that he can attempt to avenge the defeat and capture Bradley’s WBO welterweight title.
Provodnikov said to thaboxingvoice.com “For me rematch is the number 1 on my priority, I’m ready to fight him whenever. I know he needs some time to recover but I’m ready.”
I think Provodnikov needs to speak with Bob Arum, the promoter of Bradley, because Arum has already said there won’t be an immediate rematch. He wants to put Bradley in bigger fights against the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez or Brandon Rios. Arum hinted that he might put Provodnikov in with Mike Alvarado. Read the rest of this entry »
By Brian Slater: It’s been well documented that boxing has become an overly-intricate farce when it comes to sanctioning bodies, silver/diamond belts and paper champions. This is not something I want to talk about. I do, however want to take a closer at the players in the game, the fighters/ promoters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Somewhere out there I imagine Bob Arum of Top Rank is not a happy camper tonight after Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) was defeated by the arguably less popular Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rios, 26, was one of Pacquiao’s big options for his next fight in September, but now Alvarado had taken the fight off the table by beating Rios. Arum now only has Tim Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez for Pacquiao.
Arum isn’t going to get Marquez to face Pacquiao unless he gives a really big money offer. Marquez obviously knows Pacquiao only has Tim Bradley and himself to fight, and he can now ask for a 50-50 deal to fight the Filipino instead of the mere 76-24 deal they had last time they fought in December. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) took a beating on Saturday night in getting out-boxed by Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) in losing by a 12 round unanimous decision at the at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rios hurt Alvarado early in the fight with a jab, but he was unable to finish him off. After that, Alvarado took control of the fight and was able to hurt Rios on several occasions with big right hands to the head in winning the fight by the scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-113.
Alvarado ended up with bad swelling around both eyes as well as a cut on the side of his left eye. Rios’ left eye was badly swollen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After tonight’s disappointing 12 round draw between WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) and Isaac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK, Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sport said that he plans on putting Bellew back in with the #3 WBC Chilemba again in the near future so that a winner of the fight can be determined to pick out the mandatory challenger for WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. And, yes, the rematch will almost surely take place again in Bellew’s home city of Liverpool.
Tonight’s Bellew-Chilemba fight was scored 116-112 for Chilemba, 116-112 for Bellew, and 114-114. I had the fight scored 117-111 for Chilemba, as I thought he clearly out-boxed Bellew pretty much all night long, leaving him hitting nothing but air. I was very impressed with Chilemba’s defensive skills in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a truly poorly scored fight, the talented #3 WBC light heavyweight champion Isaac Chilemba (20-1-2, 9 KO’s) was robbed in a fight against WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. The final judges scores were 116-112 for Chilema, 116-115 for Bellew, and 114-114 even. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: People have been quick to denounce the credibility of WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s place in the top echelon of boxing. Some fans have rightly stated that many of his opponents had no right being in the ring with him, or no right being in a ring at all. I can’t deny this, no one can. But the man affectionately known as Canelo by his native Mexico can only beat what’s in front of him.
In 42 fight Saul Alvarez is unbeaten. It’s important to remember that he turned professional at such a young age. He was only 15 years old. He was a athlete in the hardest sport in the world whilst still being a child. So he can be forgiven for fighting journey men a little longer than most. Read the rest of this entry »
Golovkin destroys Ishida; Rabchenko defeats Nicchi; Grachev defeats Erdei; Rodriguez decisions Maderna
By Jim Dower: In a highlight reel knockout, WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) knocked 37-year-old challenger Nobuhiro Ishida (24-9-2, 9 KO’s) out in the 3rd round with a huge right hand on Saturday night in front of a stunned crowd at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Golovkin corned the 6’2” Ishida by the ropes in the 3rd, and landed a long right hand that knocked Ishida down and threw the ropes. Ishida reportedly was unconscious from the shot briefly. Referee Stanley Christodoulou immediately halted the fight at 2:20 of the round.
Golovkin had Ishida hurt at the end of the 2nd round after nailing him with two hard right hands to the head. Read the rest of this entry »