By Allan Fox: According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, the huge match-up between IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) and Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) is official for May 18th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The fight, which will be televised on Showtime, will also be paired with the IBF welterweight match-up between IBF champion Devon Alexander and challenger Kell Brook.
Schaefer told RingTV “Peterson is in. He wants the fight, and so does Lucas Matthysse.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) believes the Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout fight last December was a close one with very little difference between the winner and the loser of the fight. Trout won the fight by a fairly lopsided 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 117-111, 117-111, and 119-109.
Canelo said to esnewsreporting.com “It was very close. There wasn’t much difference between them.”
I’m not sure which fight Canelo was watching but the one that I saw was pretty one-sided after the fourth round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) will be taking his first test in many years when he faces WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) on April 13th at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA.
Donaire’s promoters at Top Rank have been steering him around Rigondeaux and Abner Mares, and he’s been taking the safe route against guys like Jorge Arce, Jeffrey Mathebula and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Rigondeaux is perhaps the most dangerous guy that Donaire has faced since he took on Rafael Concepcion in 2009, and took a beating in that fight and had to run around the ring to survive. What made Conception so tough were his power and his aggression. He had no fear Donaire at all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten super middleweight champion George Groves (18-0, 14 KO’s) is saying his next fight on the Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler undercard on May 25th will be an official eliminator for the WBO 168 lb. title held by Robert Stieglitz.
Groves now has finally gotten a clue that he’s going to be likely bypassed by Stieglitz for his next fight, which is looking like it’s going to be a third fight with Arthur Abraham. And who knows whether the winner of that fight will bother fighting Groves.
If the title changes hands yet again, that’s another excuse to bypass Groves. It’s kind of funny actually, but also pretty sad that the WBO will likely let it happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Ducco Events, the promoters for 40-year-old David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KO’s), have reportedly made a verbal offer to 41-year-old American heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) for Tua’s comeback in August, according to stuff.co.uk.
The 6’5” Thompson is one of the top names that Tua’s promoter is hoping to get for the August fight. There’s no word whether Thompson has accepted or not.
It’s doubtful he’ll say yes unless it’s a really good offer because Golden Boy Promotions is interested in matching Thompson against their unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s), and British heavyweight David Price is also interested in facing Thompson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Fighting for the first time since his loss to Jorge Paez Jr. last July, junior middleweight Omar Chavez (29-2, 22 KO’s) defeated Pablo Vasquez (22-5, 19 KO’s) by a 2nd round TKO on Saturday night at the Arena Foro Tecate, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #2WBO middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio (57-6-1, 49 KO’s) pounded out a 12 round unanimous over Marcus Upshaw (15-9-2, 7 KO’s) to capture the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) middleweight title at the Centro de Espectáculos “La Macarena”, Uruapan, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’s got four guys – Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley and Mike Alvarado – as potential opponents for the 34-year-old Pacquiao’s next fight in September. Arum says he’s four guys, but really there’s only three – Rios, Bradley and Marquez – that he seems to be looking at because he seems to leave out Alvarado’s name for some reason as a potential Manny foe if Alvarado beats Rios on March 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Arum said to Manila Standard “I’ve got four guys and after the March 30 rematch between Rios and Mike Alvarado they will sit down with me and we’ll figure this thing out. Manny might fight Rios if he beats Alvarado or he might fight Bradley in a rematch or Marquez in a fifth fight. I’ve got four attractive fighters and we’ll mix and match them.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) feels it’s his destiny to defeat the 36-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) on May 4th on Showtime/CBS.
Guerrero said to Yahoo “It’s going down and I won’t be denied on May 4th.”
I wonder if Guerrero felt the same when he was beaten by Orlando Salido in the past. I have a feeling that he will be denied victory on May 4th when him and Mayweather square off, but I just hope Guerrero isn’t one of those guys that denies the reality of what happened to him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: #3 WBO Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) has reportedly officially moved up to the welterweight division following his 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBO welterweight champion on March 16th of this month at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Steve Kim is reporting that the 29-year-old Provodnikov has moved up in weight from 140.
The move makes a lot of sense for Provodnikov because he had been said to be struggling to make the weight for the light welterweight class. At least this way he doesn’t have to worry about draining himself each time he fights to get down to 140. But more important than that, Provodnikov is now fighting in the weight class where he has the most opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »