By Peter Wells (twitter- @boxingbrains): For Ajose Olusegun last night was far, far from the way himself and his team had envisioned the fight going. Ajose wasn’t the only one surprised, as almost all boxing fans believed that Ajose would come out on top, but what took place was far too similar to the beating Ajose took at the hands of Lucas Matthysse rather than the beatings Ajose was offering out to his opponents at a lower level.
While Lundy’s performance was exceptional, Ajose’s lacked in almost all departments. There was little snap in his punches and it seemed after the 5th round he lost all confidence in his ability to keep Lundy off him. Sadly it seems that inactivity and the beating at the hands of Lucas Matthysse has finally caught up with the 33 year old boxer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: Hype, Hype, and Hype; that is what surrounds WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s). The hype is now over and the time has come to see if Saul Alvarez is as “special” as the boxing world believes. Alvarez in my opinion is not special. However, he is a world class fighter. Nothing in Alvarez’s style or career has made me or many boxing enthusiasts believe he is the guy to dethrone Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s). Josesito Lopez, Austin Trout, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes are not the kind of opposition that prepare you for a fight against greatness (Mayweather).
Another point I will make; Mayweather beat Shane Mosley and Manny Paquiao beat Shane Mosley. Canelo’s job was not to beat Shane Mosley but to beat him by doing something they couldn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
By Peter Wells (twitter- @boxingbrains): The ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ story continues for Derek ‘DelBoy’ Chisora tonight as the Londoner known more for his out of the ring madness than his in the ring serenity, takes on unbeaten heavyweight prospect Malik Scott.
Three defeats in a row may have broken the sanest of fighters, but Chisora’s dual personality has ensured through it all he’s remained calm. Like Nate Robinson on the basketball court, Chisora never lacks self confidence and always insists to himself that he is on fire, no matter how bad things get.
While Chisora’s career has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride, Malik Scott’s better resembles that of a merry-go-round. Apart from one draw on his record – when Scott looked the clear winner – in his last bout, the Philadelphian boxer has had everything go his way – albeit against very poor opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: The dust has now well and truly settled after David Price’s stoppage defeat at the hands of American Tony Thompson. David Price is a prime example of how hard boxing as a sport is, size and physical strength alone are not nearly enough to succeed in this sport. I do not agree with the people who said it was not a good idea to put Price straight back in there with Thompson. Thompson is a “C” level fighter at best and without question is over the hill.
Price not so long ago was tipped to go on and achieve Heavyweight success, how wrong were those who voiced that opinion, not just fans but experts, trainers and fighters. Price in my opinion was never destined for big things, he doesn’t move well, his hands are slow and he doesn’t have many punches in his arsenal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #6 IBF lightweight contender John Molina (26-3, 21 KO’s) came from behind to get a 10th round stoppage win over the much faster Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KO’s) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Things were looking pretty bleak for Molina going into the 10th round, but he was able to hurt Bey with a big left hand bomb. After Molina had Bey hurt, he flurried on him until the fight was halted by the referee at 2:01 of the round. Bey needed to play it safe in the 10th, but instead of elected to trade with Molina and it cost him the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KO’s) ended a two-fight losing streak by dominating Ajose Olusegun (31-2, 14 KO’s) in beating him by a surprising lopsided 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Rockingham Park, in Salem, New Hampshire, USA. The final judges’ scores were 100-90, 98-92 and 98-92.
The 100-90 score wasn’t realistic to what happened in the ring tonight. It was a closer than that. Lundy definitely won, but he certainly didn’t win every round of the fight either.
After the fight, Lundy said “I want [Lucas] Matthysse.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Gary Webster: The biggest prize in world sport has been lost, undervalued and under appreciated for as long as any casual fan of the ”the sweet science” can care to remember. Heavyweight boxing was a prestige, a mantle in which all tradesman, of all courses aspired to test or regard themselves against.
II was at benchmark not only of a persons talent, but their desire to test themselves to the limit in what is ”the hurt game”.
The heavyweight division in Britain, once again has the boxing purists and carefree fans buzzing with the eagerly anticipated dust up of David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) vs Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) pitched in a battle of what we would call a dire straights. All credit to Mark Knofler for his supreme gift. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If you were hoping to see former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout vs. Erislandy Lara on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight card on September 14th, you can forget it. It’s not happening, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. He’s saying that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer isn’t considering that fight for the Mayweather-Canelo undercard.
Rafael said in his chat today, “That fight [Trout-Lara] is not being added to the card, according to Richard Schaefer. He told me it is not even a fight for which he has any discussion for whatsoever with either side. He said it merely one fight that was thought up at the office but there has been no real conversation about making it at this point.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner was in the mood to kick sand in the faces of Argentinian fighters Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana earlier today by pointing out how both of them have been beaten in the past, and saying that he’ll take care of one of them [Maidana], while WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia takes care of the other one in his fight with Matthysse on September 14th on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight card.
Speaking on his social media site, Broner said:
“@DannySwift a bro f*** that dude up then I’m go handle the other Argentine!!! Mfs don’t know s**t bout boxing y’all praising these two Argentines but they both been beat plenty of times!!!! F*** out of here !!!!” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) gave Filipino Manny Pacquiao a small glimmer of hope on Friday for a potential future mega bout between them by giving him the criteria that he must accept in order to face him. Mayweather said that all Pacquiao has to get a fight with him is to sign with Mayweather Promotions and he’ll agree to fight him.
Pacquiao recently said that he wanted to fight Mayweather after hearing that he called him a “Has-been” during his press tour. Mayweather had called Pacquiao a “has been” because he’d lost his last two fights and was brutally knocked out in his last fight by Juan Manuel Marquez last December. If you remember, Marquez was a fighter that Mayweather easily beat four years ago by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »