By Scott Gilfoid: After getting knocked out by WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) in the 6th round last November, Britain’s Tony Bellew seems to have gotten on the Adonis bandwagon and is starting to sound like he’s become one of his true believers. Bellew thinks that Stevenson would beat WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) because of his defensive skills.
“I like Kovalev, he’s a great guy and good for the sport and that’s on a personal level,” Bellew said on his twitter. “On a professional level I feel Stevenson’s defense is a major underrated weapon. He’s hard to hit; that’ll be the difference I feel. Both have got serious power and could wipe each other out in an instant, so I just feel that Stevenson’s elusiveness will be the difference.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is still hoping that he can get a fight against the much lighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the near future. Golovkin sees this as his dream fight, and he thinks the boxing public would be really excited about watching the fight. Golovkin has almost run out of opposition at 160 that’s willing to fight him, and he’s now at the point where he’s trying to pool opposition from the junior middleweight division for his matches.
“It is possible, this is my present, it is my dream fight,” Golovkin said to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. “I think it’s a very interesting fight, for fans, for TV, for everybody. I know I work with HBO, Floyd is with Showtime, but I asked my promoter and he told me it’s possible. I hope.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: Who among us feel Amir Khan deserves a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.? The fight is not yet official and the talking heads are already rolling the propaganda spin machine in an attempt to draw interest in this fight.
Showtime analyst Steve Farhood said in an interview with Hustle Boss Amir Khan is a tough match-up for Mayweather due to his height, length, speed and agility. Farhood went on to say that Khan’s hand speed and style is reminiscent of Oscar De la Hoya and he feels that Khan would try and build from the “blueprint” De La Hoya crafted for his 2007 split decision loss to Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: Undefeated American Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Remained silent after eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao challenged him to a fight for charity. Pacquiao told the inquirer, “I’m not desperate to fight him just for the sake of money or material things. I’m not the one seeking this fight; rather it’s the boxing fans all over the world.”
He added, “Above all, I challenge him to include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight. We will donate all the proceeds from the fight – guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements – to charities around the world.” I doubt Mayweather would welcome this idea by Filipino icon. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: This Saturday night WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KO’s) will be facing his #1 WBO challenger Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KO’s) this Saturday night in a rematch at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
This is a fight that will settle the controversy of their previous fight in November 2012, which ended with Huck receiving a 12 round unanimous decision victory by the scores 115-113, 115-113, 117-111. Few people outside of those three judges had Huck winning the fight, but winning by controversial decisions is something that the 29-year-old Huck is known for. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sevak Sarkisian: Former six division world champion and president of Golden Boy Promotions (Oscar De La Hoya), has recently added a new young prospect to his stable of fighters. It is none other than his younger cousin and former Mexican National Olympics silver medalist, Diego De La Hoya. 19 year old Diego made his professional and promotional debut on September 12th 2013 against Luis Cosme (8-3-1 3Ko’s). He put on a great performance and got rid of Cosme by the 3rd round. Cosme already had 11 fights under his belt and was not an easy choice of opponent for a professional debut. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to set up a big money rematch between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) for May of this year if he can get Froch to accept it. Froch can get 5 million pounds for this fight, but it’s up to him if he wants the big payday or a smaller one to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Hearn doesn’t seem like he wants to push Froch, as he’s leaving it entirely up to him if he wants to face the dangerous Groves again.
If Froch doesn’t agree to a rematch with Groves, I wouldn’t mind seeing Froch fight Jean Pascal again. I think that’d be a decent fight. Take the Pascal fight first – before someone else like WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson gets to him – and then face Groves afterwards if he’s still interested in fighting him. I think Froch-Pascal II would be a good tune-up fight for Froch to get him ready for the Groves rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: After turning down a $40 million offer for a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2012 in saying that he wanted a 50-50 deal, Manny Pacquiao has suddenly changed his tune for some reason. He’s now saying he’ll fight Mayweather for free, as long as he agrees to the same thing. Pacquiao wants to give the money to charity. What changed Pacquiao’s mind to want to give his entire purse away to charity?
Pacquiao said to the Inquirer “I challenge him to include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight. We will donate all the proceeds of the fight…to charities around the world.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a startling confession after his 12 round unanimous decision win last night over Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KO’s), Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) says that he was intentionally letting Bute hit him in the later rounds in order to make the fight close enough to where fans would be eager to see a rematch between them. Pascal says he knew he was well ahead in the fight, so he chose to let Bute tee off on him to attract interest in a 2nd fight.
Here’s Pascal’s comments when asked by Max Kellerman of HBO why he was letting Bute nail him with shots “It’s about the rematch, to make the fight a little bit closer. I knew I was winning the fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The WBC might want to make an adjustment on their heavyweight rankings to move Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KO’s) from #5 WBC to something closer to #15 after his horrible performance last night in getting what many boxing fans saw as a gift 10 round draw against little known Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
There’s no way on Earth that Perez deserved a draw in that fight, because he clearly lost the last 7 rounds of the fight. It was all Takam from the 4th round on with him beating up Perez on the inside and exposing him as being little more than a pumped up cruiserweight with too much blubber on his frame. The judges scored it 96-94 for Perez, 95-95, 95. I don’t agree with those silly scores at all. You might as well have put blindfolds on the three judges and had them guess the rounds, because those scores would give you the same results. Anyone with two eyes saw that Takam beat up Perez on the inside and fought well enough to deserve the win. Read the rest of this entry »