By Yannis Mihanos: Just a few days before the big fight between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The knives have already gone out from both sides. Eight time division world champion Pacquiao seems as ready as ever and as aggressive as ever for this fight.
Welterweight champion Bradley appears ready and confident too. In their sparring sessions both looked in tip top shape. Bradley seems overly muscular, and it is obvious to me that his increased body mass index was a main target for the preparation. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 IBF James DeGale (18-1, 12 KO’s) inked a contract with Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn earlier today. DeGale will now be looking to set himself up to potentially face the winner of the Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2 fight by battling #3 IBF Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) in an IBF super middleweight eliminator bout on the undercard of Froch-Groves 2 on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
If DeGale wins that fight than he’ll be locked in as the mandatory challenger for Froch’s IBF belt. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll get a chance at Froch, because he could choose to vacate the belt if the IBF tries to force him to take the fight. There are better paying fights out there for Froch than a fight against DeGale, and it’s a bad style match-up for the aging 36-year-old Froch. The last thing he needs is to be fighting another Andre Dirrell type of opponent at this late stage in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KO’s) will be fighting his second consecutive fight in the 126lb division when he faces WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (23-0, 19 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Walters is the guy that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had wanted to match against Nonito Donaire, but he changed his mind for some reason after Donaire had his faced fractured in his last fight against Darchinyan last November. Donaire won the fight by a 9th round TKO, but he suffered a hairline fracture in his face in that fight.
Darchinyan did such a good job in that fight that they decided to let him fight on HBO again in the featherweight division, even though he’s someone who hasn’t been a really effective fighter since he left the super flyweight division years ago. Darchinyan was nearly unbeatable at flyweight and super flyweight, but there was no money in those divisions, so he kept moving up in weight to chase the bigger fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a disappointing match-up, WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) will be defending his title against #13 Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) on HBO on June 14th from the Nassau Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York, USA. It’s surprising that HBO said yes to this fight, because it’s an awful one.
According to ESPN, Provodnikov’s trainer Freddie Roach turned down Hank Lundy for Provodnikov. Roach didn’t like the match-up for some reason. Thomas Dulorme was turned down by HBO because of his recent fight against Karim Mayfield, which wasn’t all that entertaining to watch. However, HBO must have skipped over Algieri’s boring win over Emmanuel Taylor last February, and his equally dull wins over Mike Arnaoutis and Wilfredo Acuna. Those performances made Dulorme’s fight against Mayfield seem thrilling in comparison. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he wants to match the winner of the May 31st IBF super middleweight eliminator bout between James DeGale (18-1, 12 KO’s) and the unbeaten Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) with the winner of the Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2 fight in their next fight. Both DeGale-Gonzales and Froch-Groves 2 fights will be taking place on the same fight card on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Marc Livitz: It’s fight week in Las Vegas and the grand arrivals (at the Grand) have officially begun. What’s at stake this coming Saturday evening, as if they have not already been spun in countless directions? In some ways, the spinning is good, inasmuch as the angles of righting the wrongs and proving the rights can possibly go.
Why is it that if Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met in a rematch in say, October 2012 (as Tim so famously predicted with a giant novelty ticket at the final press conference before their June 2012 bout) that so many ardent and casual boxing fans alike would quite possibly have said, “hogwash and rubbish” or any other applicable jargon, yet this Saturday’s contest is projected to surpass the previous outing? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) will get a slight bump up in pay for his fight against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) from the $5 million that he fought Pacquiao for in 2012 to $6 million for his fight this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao is taking a considerable pay cut from the $26 million that he got for the first Bradley fight to $20 million for his rematch with him on Saturday.
They’re not saying why Pacquiao is taking a cut in pay, but it certainly can’t be due to the undercard costing a fortune because there’s not much there in terms of well-known fighters. What it likely means is that due to Pacquiao’s low pay-per-view totals in his last fight against Brandon Rios, which drew only 475,000 PPV buys, their estimating that the interest might not be high enough for Pacquiao to get a huge payday. As low as the numbers were for the Rios fight, you can’t assume that Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight will do better than 500,000 buys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a confusing fight, #3 WBC 126lb contender Lee Selby (18-1, 7 KO’s) will be fighting #14 WBC Romulo Koasicha (21-3, 12 KO’s) on May 17th in a WBC featherweight title eliminator bout at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, in Wales, United Kingdom. What’s hard to understand is why Selby is being given such a soft touch for this fight in Koasicha. This guy lost last year to Jesus Galicia by a 12 round decision.
Koasicha lost in 2012 to Isaac Torres. We’re not talking about great fighters. Heck, Torres has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights since beating Koasicha in 2012. Galicia was recently beaten by Miguel Marriaga last year. So why are the World Boxing Council letting Selby face a weak opponent like Koasicha? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #5 IBF, super middleweight contender James DeGale (18-1, 12 KO’s) will reportedly be signing with Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn this Thursday, as DeGale has already left his promoter Mick Hennessy and Hearn is talking about a “Major new signing,” according to The Guardian.
By signing with Hearn, DeGale will be putting himself in position to fight Hearn’s top two fighters Carl Froch and George Groves at some point in the future. Hearn obviously knows he can make a ton of money by matching DeGale with either of these fighters, so it’s quite possible we’ll see DeGale fighting one or both of them very soon. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Joel Diaz, the trainer for WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s), believes that Bradley will be officially putting the 35-year-old Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) out of his misery this Satruday night in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Both Diaz and Bradley see Pacquiao one loss away from being put out to pasture, and they see this fight on Saturday as the tipping point that will send him skittering into a permanent retirement.
Pacquiao has already lost 2 out of his last 3 fights, so it’s not as if what they’d be doing to him would be anything really new. The end has been approaching for quite some time for the Filipino star. Read the rest of this entry »