By Scott Gilfoid: 25-year-old Carl Frampton (15-0, 10 KO’s) figures all he needs is one more year and he’ll be ready to take on WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire and WBA champ Guillermo Rigondeaux for their titles. I’m not sure what precisely will change in a years’ time for the 5’5” Frampton but he seems to believe he’s going to be good enough to compete with them at that time.
Frampton said to the Sportsmole.co.uk “I’m about a year away from challenging one of those guys [Rigondeaux and Donaire], but anyone else I can take on straight away.”
I think it would be scary to imagine Frampton wondering into the ring with either Rigondeaux or Donaire. Heck, I think Abner Mares, Vic Darchinyan, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Ricardo Cardoba, and Victor Terrazaz would all do a number on Frampton. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former EBU middleweight champion Darren Barker (24-1, 15 KO’s) is hoping to get a shot against Ireland’s Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KO’s) this year if possible. Barker says he’s willing to even travel to Ireland in order to fight the 28-year-old Lee.
Barker said to Sky Sports News “I’d go to Ireland to fight him [Lee]. Not a problem…I believe I’ve got his number. I’ve got the style to beat him…I’m sure he wants the fight as much as I do.”
It’s possible Lee may say yes to a fight with Barker. I mean, look at who Lee is fighting on February 9th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) will be fighting in March or April, according to Steve Kim. There still isn’t an opponent picked out for his next fight but his promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions has some possibilities he’s looking at. Golovkin’s next fight might not be televised on HBO due on account of them possibly not having an open date for him during those months.
Golovkin defeated Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KO’s) by a 7th round TKO last Saturday night in Madison Square Garden in New York. It was pretty much a one-sided fight considering Rosado chose to circle the ring for most of the fight rather than attempting to engage Golovkin.
Rosado was able to land some nice shots in the 5th round when he attempted to engage Golovkin for the first time in the fight in a sustained manner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dominic Sauboorah: Wow, this is starting to annoy me. After unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (27-0. 27 KO’s) was criticized for fighting journeyman Matt Greer last Saturday night in Mexico, he doesn’t end up being the bigger man and admitting that he hasn’t been fighting good enough opposition and that he needs stepping up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kwame Cinquez: Let me begin by declaring my admiration for the ability of Floyd Mayweather. He has been the most dedicated professional in preparation to all 43 of his fights, and his been decisive with each fight he has participated in, perhaps with the exception of Jose Luis Castillo in the first fight. I have thoroughly enjoyed the majority of his fights and can appreciate how his marketability has also brought in new fans to the sport. I am not part of the anti-Mayweather brigade, in any way, shape or form. But as an objective lover of the sport, I feel compelled to undertake this piece on one of my favourite fighters of all time.
Father Time however, can be cruel for the pugilist. Mayweather’s defensive abilities are not only world renown and have allowed him to sustain very little wear and tear since his debut in October 1996. Mayweather’s skill set is also so technically sound he is almost a smaller hybrid of two of the best fighters of the past twenty years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sky Sports analyst Glen McCrory has serious doubts that #1 IBF Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) will be able to beat IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) in their fight on February 23rd at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. McCrory feels that Alexander, 25, just has too much talent and experience for the underdog Brook to win this fight.
McCroy said to Sky Sports “I think Kell’s great. He’s going into the lion’s den against a tough fighter in Devon Alexander. When you’ve got guys like Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana you’ve beat…at times he doesn’t look good, but he’s got fast hands and he punches hard. When you look at the way he did Maidana, he’s class and it’s a big step up for Kell. I hope he [Brook] does it, but it’s going to be tough.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten knockout artist Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) isn’t paying attention to his many critics who are jealous of his accomplishments in boxing. Wilder just says he’s going to keep dominating and let the haters stew on their own vicious hate.
Wilder said on his twitter page “Haters always get mad at stuff. They’ll never achieve in life. Your life sucks; mine is the bomb! I’m loving it. The haters will always hate, but the Bronze Bombers will dominate!”
It’s so true, Deontay. There so many bitter boxing fans about seeing you accomplish with your career that they’ll never be able to do nor their heros in many cases. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia says he’s hoping that Brandon Rios can fight Juan Manuel Marquez after Rios’s March 30th rematch with Mike Alvarado. However, Robert is wisest enough to see that as impossible due to Marquez facing Manny Pacquiao in a huge money rematch in September
Robert said to RingTV “We [Rios] would like a fight with Marquez, but we know he’s got a rematch with Manny Pacquiao in September and he’s a businessman.”
Rios should be trying to fight Richard Abril again instead of Marquez because too many boxing fans saw Rios’ controversial decision over Abril and they mostly saw him losing badly. Rios shouldn’t have walked away from that fight without facing Abril again, because it looks bad that Rios moved on without clearing up the controversy. . Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Robert Garcia, the trainer for newly crowned WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s), told RingTV he’s hoping that Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KO’s) will agree to accept the challenge made by Mikey to either come down to featherweight and fight him or fight him at a catch in 2013. Robert Garcia believes Mikey can beat Gamboa.
Whether Gamboa accepts the offer made by Mikey is unknown at this point but it likely will be determined by what happens with Gamboa’s negotiations for a fight with WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley.
If Gamboa can get that fight then he won’t need the smaller payday fighters like Mikey. Even though is technically a world champion now, he’s a champion in a division that’s not a real big draw in boxing in the United States. Gamboa is doing the smart thing in trying to move up in weight to get the bigger money fights at welterweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: You knew it was probably not going to be a permanent retirement when former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s) told ESPN recently that he was hanging up the gloves to protect his heath. It didn’t take too long for Pavlik to start having second thoughts about his retirement, as he’s now saying to RingTV that there’s a 5% chance he’ll fight again if a big fight is offered to him, but short of that then he’ll stay retired.
The chances of Pavlik being offered a big fight will drop dramatically if he doesn’t get anything offered to him in the next 12 months. The problem for Pavlik is he’s already missed so much time in the past three years due to a staph infection on his right hand and due to his alcohol related problems. Read the rest of this entry »