By Dan Ambrose: WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) will be defending his title on September 20th in what shapes up to be a title milking fight against 35-year-old former four division world champion Jorge Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Arce isn’t ranked in the top 15 at featherweight, and he’s clearly way too small to be fighting in this division. Arce want’s to try and win a 5th division world title, but he’s picking the wrong guy to be trying to accomplish that goal against. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) will be back in the ring in two months to face #8 WBC Domenico Spada (38-5, 19 KOs) on October 25th at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
The soon to be 32-year-old Murray will have his WBC Silver middleweight strap on the line for the fight. Murray will be defending the strap for the first time since winning it last June in beating Max Bursak by a 12 round decision.
It’s hard to know what Murray’s end game is in defending the Silver belt. Is this the ultimate achievement for him? Murray’s ranked at #1 WBC, #3 IBF, and he should have gone for a fight against WBA champion Gennady Golovkin last year when he was interested in fighting him. But instead of fighting Golovkin, Murray fought Sergey Khomitsky, Ishmael Tetteh and Bursak. Great fights, those were not. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: American heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) foresees himself meeting up with British heavyweight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) next year in a fight that Wilder believes will be a huge fight that would make promoters unnecessary.
Presumably, Wilder believes that Fury will win his next fight against Dereck Chisora on November 22nd, and then beat IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko after that. The Fury-Chisora fight is a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout with the winner becoming Wladimir’s WBO mandatory challenger. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Carl Froch is giving fans the chance to have their say on who his next opponent should be.
I implore anyone who loves boxing to vote on The Cobra’s facebook page. As fans we love to analyze, praise and criticize but its not often we get a real chance to do something productive. Carl’s entire legacy and reputation has been based on giving the fans the fights they want so he will listen to what we say.
(voting as of 10:30am UK time August 14)
Gennady Golovkin, 12,524 votes
Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr,11,786 votes Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Pending if both fighters keep winning. Many fans, trainers, fighters have tipped Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman to be the next stars of the welterweight division once Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao hang the gloves up and retire. These two young fighters have plenty of boxing ability, power and defensive use. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Rich Graessle/Main Events) By Ian Aldous: Last Saturday night, another weekend passed and as sure as the sun goes down at night – we saw another baffling decision that put yet another black mark against the sport. Derric Rossy (29-9) went into the fight as a huge underdog, but gave No. 2 ranked IBF contender, Vyacheslav Glazkov (18-0-1) the toughest fight of his fledgling career. A couple of days ago I spoke with Derric’s promoter, Sal Musumeci, to reflect on the events of the weekend.
A couple of weeks before the fight, I spoke at length with Derric about his career and his thoughts on the impending bout with Glazkov. Afterwards, I felt that I’d spoken to a man who wouldn’t simply be picking up his money and getting out of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem as soon as he could. I sensed a man who had quit his ‘real’ job to concentrate on doing everything in his power to fully realize his in-ring potential. After taking up boxing at a much later age than many professionals – it would be logical to speculate that his prime will arrive later than most. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dominic Ingle, the trainer for Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs), sees his match on Saturday against IBF 147 pound champ Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), as a toss-up bout. He says that Porter has never fought anyone good, and that Brook has been working out for 16 weeks to get ready for this fight.
Ingle thinks he’s got the goods to take it. Ingle doesn’t rate Porter as being in the same league as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he feels he’s ready to be beaten on Saturday.
Ingle made a remark that seemed a little odd when he said if the fight were to be staged in the UK, Kell would win. It shouldn’t make any difference where the fight is staged. I don’t understand how it would be any different in the UK. If Porter is the better fighter, it shouldn’t be any different no matter where the fight takes place.
If Ingle is talking about Brook getting the benefit of the doubt if the fight went to the card just because he’s fighting at home in the UK, then that’s pretty sad. Of course, I’m sure if Porter had agreed to fight Kell in the UK, he’d have taken his own judges with him in the form of his fists in order to make sure the judges played no part in the outcome of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) is literally chomping at the bit to get in the ring to try and inflict some punishment on his opponent Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night.
Deontay has been out of the ring for the past 5 months since he destroyed Malik Scott in the 1st round in March, and he wants to get in there and start bouncing right hands off of Gavern’s chin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: On the 12th of August, 1982, Salvador Sanchez (44-1-1, 32 KOs), at just a tender 23 years old a real boxing prodigy and to me, Mexican legend died in a car crash. Sanchez was a featherweight boxer that really had it all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: This Saturday hosts one of the most intriguing fights of the year as Kell Brook looks to finally prove he is “The Special One” against Shawn “Showtime” Porter. Porter is a massive 2/5 favorite with the bookies with Brook the 2/1 outsider.
I feel that the fight is a much closer contest than that so decided to have an in-depth look at the fighters attributes to compare and contrast. The winner can look forward to huge fights against the likes of Keith Thurman, Amir Khan and even Floyd Mayweather Jr next year. Read the rest of this entry »