By Scott Gilfoid: In a big surprise, unbeaten Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is saying he wants to fight for the #1 IBF mandatory spot if he gets past former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) in their fight on April 20th for the #2 IBF spot at Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, New York, USA.
Many boxing fans thought Fury, #4 WBC, #6 WBO, #9 IBF, was just fighting the 6’2” Cunningham just to stay busy while waiting to find out what WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko would do with his career.
Few people believes that Fury was actually interested in trying to become the IBF mandatory challenger because it would require that he beat #1 IBF Kubrat Pulev, a really tough fighter with more than enough skills to beat Fury, but it looks like Fury is willing to take that risk. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KO’s) looked flabby today in weighing in at a career high of 262 pounds for his fight against unbeaten David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) for Saturday’s fight at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Price looked solid at 247, and looks like he trained hard for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Jim Lampley, an HBO boxing analyst, is wondering whether Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take on top quality opposition with his new six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS.
Lampley has been watching Mayweather fight for HBO for years, but just this week Mayweather left HBO after receiving a huge money offer from Showtime for six-fights covering 30 months. Lampley questions Floyd Jr. will complete the six fights in the 30 months given his tendency to fight just once a year, if that.
Speaking with sportsradiointerviews.com, Lampley said “It’s a number that I don’t believe is going to take place. This is a guy that’s fighting once every year and a half for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It was thought that welterweight Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO’s) was out of the running for a bout against former IBF/WBO light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) for the end of April, but Lopez’s promoter Ken Thompson is saying that he’s still looking to make fight with Khan.
Thompson told esnewsreporting.com “It’s on its way right now. I’ll be put together.”
I’ve got a couple of thoughts here on this. Khan reportedly wants Lopez to drain down to 140 or near 140 to make that fight. Lopez is now a welterweight, and not a particularly strong one at that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, feels there’s no one from 140 to 160 that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn’t beat during his six-fight deal with Showtime/CBS. Ellerbe believes Mayweather can beat anyone in those divisions.
However, that doesn’t mean he’s going to be fighting guys in all of those weight classes, he says. It’s just that he thinks Mayweather in theory COULD beat all of them. Mayweather will be fighting a welterweight in his first fight with Showtime on May 4th against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cutman’s Stool: This Friday night on ESPN, IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) makes his return against Kendall Holt (28-5, 16 KO’s) to the ring in an effort to prove that he is the fighter who defeated Amir Khan back in December 2011. The win against Khan was the biggest night of Peterson career, but what followed the fight soon ended the creditably of the win.
Peterson failed a drugs test in the build-up for Khan Peterson 1 and this became public knowledge in the build-up to the rematch. Peterson later admitted he had taken synthetic testosterone for a medical condition but didn’t inform the Nevada Athletic Commission. The WBA belt stripped Peterson’s belt however he retained the IBF belt. Read the rest of this entry »
World championship boxing makes its 2013 debut on EPIX next month with an exciting quadruple-header! World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion RICKY “Rickster” BURNS and International Boxing Federation (IBF) titlist MIGUEL “Titere” VAZQUEZ will collide in a world title unification to determine the division’s top dog in the main event of a blockbuster four-bout card.
“Best of Britain” will be televised live ringside from Wembley Arena in London, Saturday, March 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, exclusively on EPIX, the premium entertainment service. EPIX will stream the fights live on EpixHD.com and on the EPIX app on Xbox consoles and Roku players as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) was pleased that Gavin Rees’ trainer Gary Lockett decided to stop the fight last Saturday night after Broner had knocked the Welsh fighter to the canvas in the 5th and was teeing off on him.
Lockett decided he didn’t want to let Broner annihilate the badly hurt Rees, so he threw in the towel to have the fight stopped.
Broner said to ESPN “They stopped it at the right time because I would have had to hurt him bad.”
It’s really good that Lockett stopped the fight. I know a lot of boxing fans thought it was a quick stoppage, and I know some boxing fans wondered if Rees even came to win. I agreed with the move by Lockett because it would have gotten much worse had Rees been able to make it out of that round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has just been given a huge $250 million six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS, but now he’s going to have to earn it by fighting the six fights within a 30 month period time starting with the tough Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4th.
Mayweather recognizes the kind of fighter that Guerrero is with his nonstop Antonio Margarito type of fighting style, and he plans on getting in the best condition possible in order to beat him.
Mayweather said this as quoted by RingTV “Guerrero is a very aggressive fighter. I am starting to train. As a matter of fact, this week I was out on the basketball court with some young kinds working on my cardio. I have to build my cardio up to beat Guerrero. I will not overlook him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Coming off of an embarrassing knockout defeat from last October, Thomas Dulorme (17-1, 13 KO’s) destroyed a badly over-matched Eddie Brooks (9-4, 3 KO’s) in a 1st round TKO in a scheduled 8 round bout on Thursday night at the Roseland Ballroom, in New York, New York, USA. Read the rest of this entry »