By Gari Jones: As we get closer to the sequel of Groves v Froch the final week of promoting gets into full gear. It’s going to be great atmosphere where 80,000 fans will fill up Wembley stadium and be anticipating a great fight. Having watched the interviews and studied the first encounter I think Groves is taking Froch just a bit too lightly for me.
Groves believes that in every department he has Froch beat. What about toughness? He can’t possibly expect the fight to go the same way again. Any fighter preparing for a rematch should know where he needs to improve and Froch has stated that it was the mental side of his game that let him down the last time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 IBF Ghislain Maduma (16-0, 10 KO’s) is ready for this Saturday’s IBF lightweight title eliminator bout against #5 IBF Kevin Mitchell (37-2, 27 KO’s) for their fight at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. The winner of the fight becomes the IBF mandatory challenger to IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez. Having seen Maduma fight a number of times, I think Mitchell, 29, really has his work cut out for him in this fight, as Maduma is a lot faster than him and a much bigger puncher.
The difference in hand speed alone is going to make it all but impossible for Mitchell to win on Saturday unless perhaps by a decision, albeit a controversial one. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) sees too many holes in IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) for him to beat him this Saturday night in their rematch. Groves seems Froch as being overmatched in every department – speed, power and skills – and he feels there’s really nothing he can do but accept his defeat and surrender nobly. His WBA and IBF straps will change hands on Saturday night in an official changing of the guard that will be witnessed by 80,000 fans.
Groves sees the worry all over Froch’s face each time he’s with him. He’s got the 1000 yard stare of someone who knows they’re going to lose and lose badly in front of a lot of people. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Kathy Duva of Main Events, the promoter for WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0, 22 KO’s), says she’s not surprised that WBC 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20 KO’s) almost lost his fight last Saturday night against Andrzej Fonfara in Montreal, Canada.
She felt that Stevenson would falter as soon as he fought someone that could punch hard, and that’s she was trying to set up a fight between Kovalev and Stevenson when the two were with HBO. Stevenson moved over to Showtime before she could set that fight up, and he’s now no longer able to fight Kovalev because of the Showtime-HBO barrier. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: As we edge closer and closer to the second coming Carl Froch vs George Groves, next Saturday, in front of 80,000 fanatical fans at Wembley Stadium, it is nearly time for all the talking to stop and the action to begin.
Although the build up to the much anticipated second fight has been fascinating and full of intrigue- the intensity between the two men seems to have increased since the first fight!- as a boxing fan, who places more merit on action than words, I am delighted that both men will soon get down to business in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: A hungry young lion versus a proud veteran lion king will battle to claim who the leader of the pack is. Past November of 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom, referee Howard John Foster halted the bout between the WBA Super World – IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch and contender George Groves. And many fight fans believe the stoppage was premature. I also believe so, but the referee must protect a fighter and if he thinks a prizefighter has had enough then he has the authority to stop the fight.
I strongly believe it is better to stop a fight early than one punch late. As a fight fan I look up to this kind of fights. Yes, strategic boxing matches are entertaining but nothing can be compared to what we could get to see next May 31 at the Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom; this is a real fight and frankly I doubt it will be necessary to score it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: While Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team work on finding a high quality opponent for his next fight on September 13th, former pro Tony Jeffries, who now operates a couple of gyms, believes that Mayweather doesn’t want any part of WBC Silver welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s).
Jeffries, who is from the UK, thinks that Khan has improved his game with his last fight against Luis Collazo, and he sees Khan as being polished enough now to where he would never have lost to the guys that beat him before in Breidis Prescott, Lamont Peterson, and Danny Garcia. But more importantly, Jeffries feels that Khan would give Mayweather a problems with his hand speed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are poised for a 5th fight between them in November, and for a lot of boxing fans they’ve grown tired of seeing these two fighters face each other again and again. It’s not that they haven’t had some exciting fights over the year, because they’ve had some good fights. But fans want to see the two of them face other people and not be stuck on an endless rematch cycle.
One of the people that are tired of see Pacquiao and Marquez fight each other is Jeff Mayweather. He sees a 5th fight between them as redundant and proving little at this point. Jeff thinks that Marquez has won 3 of the 4 fights with Pacquiao already, and that he put an exclamation point on who the better fighter is with his 6th round knockout win 2 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: With all the recent Froch-Groves hype its easy to forget that Alexander Povetkin 26-1 (18) takes on Manuel Charr 26-1 (15) in Moscow, Russia this Friday night.
In order to avoid fighting for any of Wladimir Klitschko’s titles these two evenly matched heavyweights are adding their names to the long line targeting the WBC belt currently held by Bermaine Stiverne. The WBC international gong is on the line for the winner and would significantly move either fighter up the pecking order for a mandatory position with Stiverne. Manuel Charr is currently rated no. 6 and Povetkin is not yet rated as he was recently the WBA champ. However big bookies favourite Povetkin (1/6) would move right near the top with a win over Charr. Read the rest of this entry »
by Peter Broderick: It’s difficult to believe that nearly 6 months have elapsed since George Groves shocked the world by flooring Carl Froch in round one of their much anticipated first clash. The four time world champion had only been dropped once previously and although the fight was stopped controversially in the 9th round, It was one of the most exciting fights in recent history; what should have been a four round blow-out by the defending champion was turned into a grueling war, when Groves decided to ignore the script and meet Froch in the center of the ring and beat him at his own game.