By Dan Ambrose: Junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (22-2, 18 KO’s) has had a nice career but he’s been exposed when he’s stepped up a level. On Saturday, it looks like Angulo is going to get exposed again when he faces Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KO’s) in a fight for the interim WBA World light middleweight title at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA.
It’s too bad because Angulo was just now starting to get his career back in order after getting wiped out by James Kirkland in 2011 Angulo has won his last two fights since then, albeit against weak opposition. As far as his fight with Lara goes, Golden Boy Promotions has done Angulo no favors in this one because this is not the type of opponent that Angulo can succeed against. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: They made a big deal about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight taking place at a measly 152 lb. catch-weight for their September 14th fight in Las Vegas, but what’s going to keep Canelo from not blowing off that two pounds and coming in at 154 like usual?
We’ve not heard there being a huge penalty written into the contract, and without one, Canelo can easily afford to pay whatever fine he’ll receive for coming in two pounds over the limit at 154. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) doesn’t like the fact that unbeaten #1 WBO, #2 WBA, #2 WBA, #7 IBF, George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) has been calling him out left and right trying to get a fight with him.
Froch says if Groves keeps showing him disrespect than he won’t bother fighting him.
Speaking with Steve Bunce’s ESPN Podcast, Froch said “I’m in the position where I could freeze him out, and if he carries on being disrespectful I’ll just say ‘You know what, I don’t even need to fight you.’” Read the rest of this entry »
By Peter Wells (twitter – @boxingbrains): With just a few days to go until Chad Dawson defends his WBC Light Heavyweight title, I’ll be taking a look at his challenger, the 35 year old Canadian Adonis Stevenson. With just 21 fights to his name Stevenson is moving up from Super Middleweight having failed to secure a fight with one of the top guns at 168lbs. In modern day boxing Stevenson has failed to attract much attention outside of the fight game.
Having fought the majority of his fights in Canada he has some what gone under the radar, but Saturday night he has the chance to make a name for himself. Win, draw or lose, a good performance from Adonis against the world class Dawson would do wonders for his career. Having been a pro for just 7 years, Adonis still has time on his side even at the age of 35, a late bloomer he is, but compare him to fellow Light Heavyweight Bernard Hopkins and he’s a young pup. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: A long awaited rematch between 38-year-old Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) and the recently beaten Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) is possible for later on this year, according to the Manila Standard.
Their mutual promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank wants to finally put the Darchinyan vs. Donaire rematch together. Never mind the fact that the fight is six years too late at this point; Arum still wants to make the fight. I can’t say it’s the fight that it would have been years ago because I can’t. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rjack: As a lifelong boxing fan, I’m intrigued by the September 14, 2013 matchup between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (44-0) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The weight, the skills, the stamina and all of the intangibles have me wondering who comes out on top.
Canelo at 22-years-old is a stocky guy who blows up in weight after making the 154lb limit as much as 18lbs for his last fight against Austin Trout who also rehydrated to 171lbs – both within the light heavyweight 175lb limit.
Mayweather could probably make the 140lb limit if he had to, walks around at 150+lbs and has never entered the ring on fight night at 155lbs or greater, he tends to enter the ring hovering close to the welterweight 147lb limit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Yesterday a friend of mine, yes that one; asked me about the next fight of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. I told him that he will face Brandon Rios next on November 23 in Cotai Arena, Macao, China.
He responded “but, why did Rios lose his last bout?” Well, Manny needs a tune up fight for his comeback and Brandon is tailor made for him to look good in his comeback, even more because he will be fighting in a new potentially immense market. It makes sense as for business but is it safe to allow Rios to face Pacquiao? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale 915-1, 10 KO’s) figures he’s got the talent and the style to unseat fellow Brit IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) when and if they ever fight. Personally, I’m thinking that fight never happens, but DeGale thinks it will. He actually thinks Froch wants to fight him.
DeGale said to Sky Sports “My style is wrong for him [Froch]. Look at the fighters that have given him trouble: [Andre] Ward, [Andre] Dirrell, [Jermain] Taylor. Move, speed, I think I’ll be wrong for him. I’m here if Carl Froch wants the fight. If the boxing fans want the fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan: According to the Manchester Evening Times, the winner from Anthony Crolla v Gavin Rees fight at the end of this month could be in line for a world title shot.
Both fighters have landed lucky here as it being a WBO International bout is mainly for guys ranked outside the top ten.
We know after Burns-Gonzalez fight, promoter Eddie Hearn was looking for a mandatory to see him through to the last fight on his three fight deal with Burns, but the winner of Crolla v Rees isn’t a match-up that would make a great fight. Read the rest of this entry »