By Sean McDaniel: #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (22-1, 12 KO’s) got his first taste of the big time in fighting WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last September in Moscow, Russia. Unfortunately for Charr, he was stopped in four rounds. However, he wants to get back in the ring with Vitali before the big 6’7” Ukrainian retires and he figures the quickest way to get there is to face former WBA World heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) in 2013.
Charr figures that the two of them can fight with the winner getting a title shot against Vitali. Haye already badly wants a fight with Vitali, but he’s been ignored despite his constant calling him out in the media. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (15-0, 10 KO’s) will be taking a big step up in class on February 9th against EBU super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (27-3, 19 KO’s) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. For the 25-year-old Frampton this presents a really stiff challenge for him because he’s been matched against less than spectacular opposition since he turned pro in 2009.
Earlier this year, Frampton struggled to beat Raul Hirales by a 12 round unanimous decision in May. Frampton briefly attempted to slug it out with the hard hitting Hirales, but as soon as he found out that he was in with a harder hitter, Frampton played it safe and fought in a dull defensive manner for the remainder of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (28-0, 20 KO’s) is facing a fairly tough test in his first defense of his title on February 9th against Fernando Guerrero (5-1, 19 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Guerrero, 26, presents a tough fight for the 29-year-old Quillin because Guerrero can really punch and he’s a dangerous fighter if you don’t have good defensive skills, and that just happens to be one of Quillin’s major flaws in his game.
Quillin won the World Boxing Organization title in his last fight against former champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam last October, Quillin had N’Dam down six times in the fight, but he took a lot of shots in the process of winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) sees himself winning one of the world titles and then bringing the strap back to England in the near future.
Fury said on his twitter “I’m taking the crown bringing it back to England to defend it. The 1st since Lenox Lewis.”
The first since Lennox Lewis? Ah, what about David Haye winning the WBA heavyweight strap. Wasn’t be British and didn’t he bring the World Boxing Association strap back to England after he won a controversial 12 round majority decision over then champion Nikolay Valuev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (28-1, 15 KO’s) will be looking to avenge the only loss on his resume by facing #7 IBF Anthony Mundine (44-4, 26 KO’s) next month on January 30th at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. Geale, 31, was beaten by Mundine by a controversial 12 round split decision in May of 2009 in a fight that many boxing fans felt should have gone the other way. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: One question on the minds of a number of boxing fans is whether the 32-year-old Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) will be able to make it out of 2013 still in the sport. Cotto has lost his last two fights, and Golden Boy Promotions wants to line him up with one of their young star fighters WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 4th.
In other words, Cotto is being seen as an opponent for Alvarez to add a name to his resume. A prime Cotto would have been a problem for Alvarez, but even then I’m not so certain Cotto would win because he’s really just a pumped up light welterweight that has eaten his way to 154. He’s not big for the weight class and he’d likely be way out of his element against a fighter like Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Josh Garcia: I think you are not giving the casual, nor hardcore fan enough credit here. WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout fought Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York, on Showtime, a major network. If the fight didn’t receive much publicity, the fact that Trout walked into the Lions den and puled out the victory, in convincing fashion did.
Trout called out WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, not only in English, but in broken Spanish at the end of the fight. I just think Canelo fans and boxing insiders are afraid to push Trout in as the main contender against Canelo because it would be the first time in his career that he would face a legitimate Junior Middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: On January 19th, WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) gets his second chance to impress American boxing fans with his fight against Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The fight will be televised on HBO, and it’s going to be an important fight for Golovkin to quickly pick up boxing fans. The 26-year-old Rosado is the younger guy, and he thinks he can beat Golovkin at his own game by slugging it out with him.
To be sure, Rosado does have very good power in his own right, but he’s going to have to be able to take a lot of big shots from Golovkin in order to win the fight. That’s the problem. Golovkin hits so awfully hard, and with his trainer Abel Sanchez, Golovkin has become a dual threat on the outside as well as the inside. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions has given 35-year-old Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) an arguably undeserved chance to fight WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) on February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Judah was knocked out last year by Amir Khan, and now he’s getting a title shot after winning one fight against Vernon Paris. If Judah gets knocked out in this fight, and it does appear that he will, you would have to conclude that Judah may have gotten his last chance at a title unless he follows the Evander Holyfield course of fighting 2nd and 3rd tier opposition and still getting title shots over and over. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The talented WBO lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) will be looking to build his star power on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. undercard on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 23-year-old Broner has already been winning many new converts lately with his impressive knockout wins over Jason Litzau, Vincente Martin Rodriguez, Eloy Perez, Vincente Escobedo, and Antonio DeMarco. Broner has knocked out his last five opponents and his last 15 of 16 opponents.
It’s been real impressive stuff from this young Mayweather-esque talent. However, Broner hasn’t been able to reach the huge numbers that he’d like to because his fights have been on regular HBO instead of PPV. Having Broner on the Mayweather card will mean millions of boxing fans will be tuning in to watch this fight due to Mayweather head-lining it, and the fans that don’t see it on PPV will catch it on the replay on regular HBO. This is Broner’s chance to really shine and win over a legion of loyal boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »