(Photo Credits to: Rich Graessle/Main Events) By Thomas Cowan: Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury faces two-time cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham at Madison Sqaure Garden on Saturday night in an IBF eliminator for the #2 spot. This is Fury’s biggest test in his career so far because Cunningham’s got lightning fast hand speed and is excellent defensively but in my opinion he does lack power.
I’ve been very surprised about the amount of criticism coming Fury’s way for picking out Cunningham as his opponent. Fury made it clear he wanted to face an American heavyweight and I don’t really see any better options. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Cowan: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly faces #1 challenger Robin Krasniqi this weekend at Wembley Arena, London. Krasniqi has been extremely carefully matched in his career, mostly fighting journeyman in four, six and eight round fights. You can tell Krasniqi’s opponents have been poor because it’s taken him 38 consecutive wins build his way up to a mandatory spot.
I’m expecting Cleverly to beat Krasniqi because I don’t think the German-based Kosovan has ever been in with anyone even nearly as good as Cleverly. I’ve watched Krasniqi’s last four fights where he’s knocked out all four opponents and although he’s looked impressive I thought all the fighters he faced looked very easy to hit. Read the rest of this entry »
Austin Trout 153.25- Saul Alvarez 153.5
Omar Figueroa 134.5- Abner Cotto 133.5
Andres Gutierrez 122.5 -. Salvador Sanchez 121.25
Ivan Morales 115.25 -Raul Hidalgo 115.25
Julian Williams 156.75 – Dashon Johnson 156.75
Jermall Charlo 154.25 – Orlando Lora 154.25
Terrell Gausha 164.5 – William Walters 163.75
Raul Martinez 122.25 – Omar Gonzalez 120.75
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) sees himself as the bigger and stronger and more talented fighter compared to his shorter opponent WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) for this Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Trout said to eastsideboxing.com “They’re [the Alamodome fans] going to see a boxing clinic…If I see thing aren’t going well for me, I’ll change up…I feel I’m the bigger, stronger guy. I’m going to prove it on Saturday…they say he’s the stronger guy…he’s not. He hasn’t fought anyone my size.”
I agree with Trout. He does look like the bigger fighter, and even if he’s not quite the same puncher as Canelo, he punches hard enough to make it really close in the power department. The main differences between the two of them are the size advantage that Trout has in addition to his superior boxing skills and southpaw stance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If Top Rank promoted former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) wants an opportunity to try and avenge his loss to Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) in rematch later on this year then Chavez Jr. will have to agree to Olympic style random blood testing for the fight, says Martinez’s adviser Sampson Lewkowicz.
Also, Chavez Jr. and Martinez will have to agree on their fight taking place in one of the following cities: Las Vegas, Atlantic City or New York. In other words, the fight won’t be staged in Texas to take advantage of Chavez Jr’s huge Mexican fan base there or in Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt Buckland: Are Politics and promoters destroying boxing? With 4 major boxing titles per weight, TV coverage, box office, pay per view, boxers not fighting because they want $20 million just to turn up, in my opinion the answer is a simple one. Yes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Peter Wells (twitter- @boxingpeter): Since shocking almost everyone in the Madison Square Garden last December, Austin Trout’s life has changed drastically. He may not have reached the super-stardom of Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, but in upsetting Puerto Rican superhero Miguel Cotto, Austin is now in the position where he calls the shots.
Trout took his opportunity in the limelight to shout out Golden Boy’s new Golden Boy, Canelo Alvarez, a fight GBP did not want their superstar to take. But Canelo wanted to show to fans why he is unlike other fighters who tell the press they’ll fight who their promoters put in front of them. Canelo took the bait, backing up his claims that he wishes to fight the best and setting up a Light Middleweight superfight on Saturday 20th April. Read the rest of this entry »
By Donald Crisp: The match that many of us have been waiting for is upon us. In just a few hours, Austin Trout will set out to prove two things: (1) he is the rightful, undisputed King of the 154 lbs division, and (2) Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can be stopped.
Before we discuss the viability of Austin Trout’s objectives, let’s get one thing clear: no matter who wins or loses, both fighters are worthy opponents. While this may seem like a lackluster statement, it merits discussion because many seem to think that just because one good fighter loses to another good fighter, the losing fighter must be no-good. That is not the case here. Both fighters, win or lose, are top, world-class fighters. A loss doesn’t eviscerate that accolade. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s dad thinks he smells fear coming from Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his father Floyd Sr. and his uncle Roger Mayweather and he thinks Mayweather Jr. is now regretting having accepted the fight against the 29-year-old Guerrero.
Guerrero’s dad said: “I think they have a little regret taking it [the fight with Guerrero]. That’s why they’re talking a lot of smack; that’s why he’s got his dad in his corner now; that’ why he’s got two guys [in his corner]; him and his uncle now against me because they know what’s coming. Guerrero’s coming at him. Mayweather’s a great fighter but he talks all big. The word is out that he was in protective custody. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) feels very at home fighting WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) this Saturday night because he’s fought a lot of guys with the same identical style throughout his whole life, so he knows what to expect from the 22-year-old Canelo.
Trout grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico and he’s fought lots of Mexican fighters with the Canelo style of fighting. Trout doesn’t believe that Canelo has fought too many guys with his style of fighting and that’s going to be the difference in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »