By Dan Ambrose: In a predictable outcome, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) stopped a badly overmatched 35-year-old Jorge Arce (62-8-2, 49 KOs) in the 11th round last Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Arce reportedly retired after the fight.
You have to wonder how long this retirement will last before he comes out of retirement again, because this isn’t the first time Arce has retired.
The stoppage was anticlimactic though with referee Johnny Callas stopping the fight in the 11th due to Arce not doing much other than circling the ring and taking occasional shots. It was a very strange stoppage because Arce was fine. He just wasn’t competitive. But the referee really could have stopped the fight after the 9th round when Arce was knocked down, because after that knockdown, Arce was playing it safe and not doing much. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok / SHOWTIME) By Allan Fox: IBF World super featherweight champion Rances Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) remained unbeaten in easily defeating #3 IBF Fernando David Saucedo (52-6-3, 8 KOs) by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The final judges’ scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 120-108.
Barthelemy, 32, hurt Saucedo in the 5th round after hitting him hard with a left hand to the head. But he was unable to finish Saucedo off despite hitting him with everything he had. The round ran out before Barthelemy could get him out of there. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Oleksandr Usyk (5-0, 5 KOs) defeated South African Daniel Bruwer (24-6-1, 21 KOs) in the 7th round of a scheduled 12 round fight on Saturday night to win the interim WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title at the Arena Lviv Stadium, in Lviv, Ukraine.
In the 7th, Usyk knocked Bruwer down with a right hand. Bruwer stayed down flat on his face and the fight was halted at that point. Moments before the stoppage, Bruwer had dropped his hands and was challenging Usyk to engage with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten Josh Warrington (19-0, 3 KOs) picked up a rare knockout win in defeated 35-year-old Davide Dieli (15-4, 5 KOs) by a 4th round stoppage on Saturday night to capture the vacant European featherweight title at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »
By TFF: A lot of comparisons have been made as to who’s the best of all times. In this article I will mainly compare Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran, Thomas “The Hit Man” Hearns and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Before any one starts talking why I included Hagler in the comparison, the answer is those four guys fought each other so realistically it would be the equivalent of Mayweather Jr vs Gennady Golovkin.
So I’m going to start the comparison from weakest match up to the hardest vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
1) Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran vs, Mayweather Jr is the close equivalent to the Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana first fight with the difference that Duran was way more skilled and slightly faster than Maidana and had real movement. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: World Boxing Council) By Dan Ambrose: #10 WBC Jorge Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) says he’s ready to sacrifice his life in the ring tonight against WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) to try and capture his WBC title at the Cancha de Usos Multiples Praderas de Villa, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Arce, 35, had retired from boxing following his 3rd round blowout loss to WBO World super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in November 2012. Arce stayed retired for exactly 11 months before returning to the ring in December of 2013 to try and capture a 5th division world title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The 31-year-old Ricky Burns (36-4-1, 11 KOs) says he has no plans of retiring from boxing in the near future, but at the same time he admits that his career will be in bad shape if he loses tonight against little known Alexandre Lepelley (17-1-1, 3 KOs) in their fight at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Burns has lost his last two fights, and not looked good in a fight since his win over Kevin Mitchell in 2012. That’s two years ago, and he’s just been plain awful since then. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBC light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) fights tonight on a Showtime televised fight card against Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KOs) at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
The 32-year-old Dawson has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights, and he’s in a situation here where he cannot afford to lose if he wants to try and bring his career back to it’s former level. Dawson’s career has taken a major hit with knockout losses to Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson. Dawson is ranked at #14 by the World Boxing Council, and he’s got a long ways to go if his goal is to try and fight Stevenson a second time to try and avenge his loss to him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walkers (24-0, 20 KOs) plans on making quick work of WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) this month in their fight on October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Walters, 28, doesn’t want to let the soon to be 32-year-old Donaire to hang around too long. He wants to get Donaire out of there as quick as possible. Considering what happened the last time Donaire fought, Walters might want to score as quick a knockout as possible to avoid finding himself on the receiving end of a controversial decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is saying that 41-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) could possibly be facing one of his Top Rank fighters in WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao or Tim Bradley in April of 2015, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Arum says that Marquez will be sitting out the last two months of 2014 to wait for a fight in the first quarter of 2015.
Arum would obviously love to put Marquez in with the 35-year-old Pacquiao for a 5th fight between them, because Pacquiao hasn’t had a fight that drew 1 million pay-per-view buys since his last fight against Marquez in 2012. Having Marquez as Pacquiao’s opponent in early 2015 will pretty much guarantee at least 1 million PPV buys. Read the rest of this entry »