By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC, Tony Bellew (20-1, 12 KO’s) got his wish with Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s) defeating WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson last Saturday night. Bellew felt that he matched up better against the slugger Stevenson than he would against the pure boxer Dawson, and now he’s going to be able to see if his theory is correct. Bellew says he’s willing to travel to take the fight with Stevenson.
Bellew said to Sky Sports “I can’t wait to meet him (Stevenson) – he won’t have to look for me and I won’t have to look for him…I’ll go to his backyard as I’ve said – no problem…I’ll go anywhere for the fight.”
I hate to say it but Bellew doesn’t stand a chance in this fight. If he thinks he had it bad in going life and death with Isaac Chilemba in their two back to back fights this year, just wait and see what he’ll have to face when a much faster, much stronger and much tougher Stevenson faces him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KO’s) isn’t too happy about his fight with Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) being stopped in the 6th round last night in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lopez felt like he was just buzzed a little and could have continued fighting if the referee Lou Moret hadn’t jumped in and stopped the fight.
The fight was incredibly close at the time of the stoppage. Two judges had Maidana up 48-47, 48-47, while the third had Lopez up 48-47.
Lopez said after the fight “I’m not happy with the stoppage. When I can keep fighting…there were a couple of body punches that hurt him. I never thought him landing one good combination would lead to the fight being stopped.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) was checked out at Harbor UCLA Medical Center after his 10th round TKO loss to Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) last night to have his injured left eye examined. According to USA Today, the medical staff found no signs of a fractured orbital bone.
However, there weren’t any X-rays or an MRI done on Angulo’s head. Angulo’s co-manager Michael Miller reportedly isn’t happy that Angulo wasn’t checked out with an X-ray or MRI, and he wants to have Angulo see an ophthalmologist this Monday to have him look at Angulo’s left eye.
Miller told usatoday.com “The plastic surgeon at ringside said he thought that not only was it broken, he thought it might be shattered in pieces. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight contender Tyson Fury says he spoke with Adam Booth, the manager/trainer for David Haye, and he’s saying that he’s interested in matching Haye against Fury next. Fury says he wants to take this fight next.
Fury was interviewed by Channel 5 it’s “99 percent” a possibility to happen after his conversation with Booth.
In an interview with I Film London, Fury said “David Haye’s going to come out ducking and diving, and I’m going to knock him out like Steve Cunningham. Cruiserweights are easy for me. I’m blowing him out of the water.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If you watched any of WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s past fights you’ll no doubt have noticed that he fights as if he’s afraid to tire out. He’s very economical with his punches even when he’s got a guy in trouble. I used to think it was because he was looking for the perfect shot, but after noticing how gassed he’s looked in many of his fights, I now see it as stamina problem that could be a permanent issue for him.
On September 14th, Canelo will be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada and I think Canelo is going to have a lot of problems unless he’s able to throw a lot more punches than he’s done in past bouts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Latin Snake” Mora (23-3-2, 7 KO’s) will be taking a dangerous fight this month against 28-year-old former EBU middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa (29-2, 21 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Veteran’s Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida. Mora has lost two out of his last three fights, both to Brian Vera. Mora badly needs a win over Proksa to try and get back into the thick of things in the middleweight division because he’s been out of the picture for a long time.
Proksa was beaten last September by WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin by a 5th round TKO. Proksa was able to land some hard shots on Golovkin, but he couldn’t take his own big punches in return and ended up getting dropped three times in the fight before it was halted in the 5th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 18-year-old heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (5-0, 4 KO’s) believes that he’s going to erase Mike Tyson’s record for being the youngest heavyweight world champion. Mike Tyson captured a world title for the first time at the age of 20-years-old in defeating WBC heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick by a 2nd round TKO on November 22nd, 1986.
Hughie said to Channel 5 last Saturday night “I will do it. I will beat Mike Tyson’s record. I’ll be the youngest heavyweight world champion.”
Well, Hughie better get a start on it then because he turns 19 this September. Mike Tyson was 20 years, 5 months when he beat Berbick in 1986 and he was 27-0. Tyson had faced MUCH better opposition in his first 27 fights than Hughie is being matched up against thus far. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KO’s) beat Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KO’s) last Saturday night by a 12 round majority decision in their third fight. Like their other two fights together, it was close from start to finish, but Huck ended up prevailing by the scores 117-111, 115-113, 114-114. With this win, Huck will likely face 42-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KO’s) in a rematch for later this year. Huck beat Arslan by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision last November.
That fight was controversial because Arslan dominated Huck and out-landed him and out-worked him. Arslan forced Huck to fight on the inside where Huck is much less skilled and he gave him a real beating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza gets his way, Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) will be back to his old strength and conditioning program for his next fight against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Ariza has been trying to get Pacquiao back to the old condition regiment that he had him under for his fight with Miguel Cotto in 2009 and before.
Pacquiao stopped working on Ariza’s full program starting with his fight against Joshua Clottey because the extra strength and size he was putting on was slowing him down during training sessions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) was knocked out for the second straight fight last Saturday night by Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s), and in the process of losing the fight, Dawson lost his WBC light heavyweight title. Dawson, 30, didn’t even make out of the 1st round against Stevenson, as he knocked out with the third punch of the fight by Stevenson.
Dawson only connected on two punches of his own during the fight, but to see him knocked out so quickly was rather alarming considering he’d been knocked out in his previous fight by Andre Ward last September. Read the rest of this entry »