By Allan Fox: Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) will be challenging unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) on April 19th on the undercard of the Beibut Shumenov vs. Bernard Hopkins fight at the DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Malignaggi thinks his experience will be too much for the young 26-year-old Porter, who has faced much lesser opposition during his 6-year pro career.
“Porter is a good fighter and I’m sure he’ll be a champion again in the future, but he doesn’t have the tools or experience to beat me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer thinks the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana pay-per-view card on Showtime could bring in the biggest PPV numbers that they’ve seen in a long time if Adrien Broner and Amir Khan are added to the card in separate fights. Scahefer feels that having both of these young fighters on the card will make the card a tremendous success.
Schaefer’s not saying how big the card would be, but obviously he sees it bringing in more than the 2.2 million PPV buys that the recent Mayweather vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight card brought in last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: How many ridiculous decisions can one sport have before something is done about it? I’ll give you the answer after Saturday. Unlimited. I started watching boxing probably in my early twenties. I started later than some, although I do consider myself a diehard rabid fan enough that I watch all the meaningless fights and co-features. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a rematch that really makes little sense other than the money that can be made from it, #2 WBO, #7 WBA, #7 IBF, Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) will battle #7 WBO, #8 WBC, Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) on July 26th in a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
The fight is understandable given the money it can make in the UK, but what’s interesting is how the World Boxing Organization is making it a WBO eliminator with the winner to become the WBO mandatory challenger to champion Wladimir Klitschko. That doesn’t make sense to me, because there are higher ranked fighters than Fury by the WBO, such as #3 Andy Ruiz, #4 Deontay Wilder and #6 Christian Hammer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: This past Saturday night we had a very good scrap between two heavyweight contenders, Vyacheslav Glazkov (17-0-1) and Tomasz Adamek (49-3). The fight began with Glazkov using his quick jab to control Adamek, and as the first few rounds progressed it was clear Adamek was being damaged by these repeated jabs, and falling behind on the scorecards. Glazkov controlled much of the early and mid fight action with the harder, crisper shots, visibly snapping Adamek’s head back on many occasions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: American heavyweight Malik Scott (36-2-1, 13 KO’s) doesn’t know where people are coming from with their speculation that he took a dive in the 1st round in getting knocked out by the 6’7″ contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) last Saturday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Malik says that his knockout loss to the powerful Deontay was a direct result of a left hook that nailed him on the temple.
The shot that Deontay landed against Scott would have likely knocked out anyone in the division due to the perfect extension and placement that he got into the punch. Not only did Deontay get full extension on his huge 83″ reach, but he also placed the punch perfectly to the right temple area of Scott. Deontay placed that punch like a surgeon to an area where the chances of Scott surviving the punch was slim and none. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KO’s) came out the winner last Saturday night in beating Maurico Herrera (20-4, 7 KO’s) by a questionable 12 round majority decision in Bayamon, Peurto Rico, but Garcia was speaking like he had lost the fight at the post-fight press conference. He stated over and over again that he did his job and won the fight, but there was no conviction in his voice and in the voice of his father Angel Garcia.
They both sounded like it was a loss. Angel got upset when someone mentioned to him that the Showtime analysts had Herrera winning the fight. Angel then angrily said that they’re not judges and they might not have liked Danny anyway, implying that it may have been personal for them to have seen Herrera as the better fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt Wood: While we look forward to April 12 as the day that brings us closure on Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley, and the most controversial decision in recent memory, Top Rank has already put together the next challenge for whoever comes out on top between their two welterweight workhorses.
Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado will be in the ring together on May 17 at a catchweight of 143 pounds with the victor facing the winner of Pacquioa-Bradley 2. Those of us familiar with Top Rank’s stable of fighters in the junior-welterweight and welterweight divisions might see this as a fairly logical development, but I have one question for which I can’t find an easy answer: why is Ruslan Provodnikov not in the mix? Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: There was a time when the heavyweight division was boxing. While the Benny Leonards, Harry Grebs, Sugar Ray Robinsons and Ray Mancinis were all notable and talented men, they never could sell out stadiums with the urgency and regularity of the heavyweights. Jack Dempsey consistently sold out venues for his executions and on at least two occasions he packed outdoor stadiums designed specifically with the sole purpose of watching him fight.
In 1927, 104,983 people packed Soldier Field to watch him rematch Gene Tunney in the infamous “Long Count” Fight (Tunney was the first fighter to ever get a million dollar payday – though that paycheck has an asterisk beside it). It was his fights, under the expert promotion of Tex Richard, that encouraged women to attend – a novel idea for its time. Since the “Golden Era of Sports” in the 1920’s, the casual fans have always been interested in – most especially – in heavyweight boxing (there are rare exceptions, but let’s stick with established rules). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) cleared up the confusion about which of his two powerful shots that did the job in knocking out Malik Scott (36-2-1, 13 KO’s) in the 1st round last Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Deontay said that Scott told him it was his left hook that put him on the canvas in the 1st round.
With the way that Deontay nailed Scott, it was hard to tell which of his punches planted the 33-year-old Scott for the 10 count.
“I spoke to Malik Scott and he said it was my left hook that did it,” Deontay said. “He’ll do great things, though.” Read the rest of this entry »