By Jason Kim: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) will be defending his title against Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) this Saturday night on HBO from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
Golovkin has a fighter on his hands who seems to believe firmly that he’s going to win the fight and not only win it but dominate the action. That kind of fighter can be dangerous because they for Golovkin and he can’t afford to let Rosado have any kind of success early in the fight.
Rosado had some problems with his career in 2009 and 2010 in suffering losses to Alfredo Angulo and Derek Ennis, but he’s really turned things around by rattling off seven consecutive victories over quality opposition. You can see the difference in Rosado’s performances against Ennis and Angulo from the way he’s fighting now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: I’ve been researching the obscure fighter #1 WBO Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KO’s) like mad in the last couple of weeks and I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s not a bad fighter, he’s got some skills going for him. I really do think he’s going to present some problems for the 25-year-old Cleverly on March 16th in their fight at a still to be determined venue in the UK.
I don’t think Krasniqi will likely win or anything like that, but I think he’s good enough to make Cleverly look like a clumsy oaf on March 16th. Krasniqi is faster, moves better, looks more athletic, and appears to be a better puncher than Cleverly. The only thing Krasniqi doesn’t have going for him that Cleverly has is in the size department. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: According to a source close to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO’s), there’s a strong chance Vitali will fight again and his likely opponent will be former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye due to the huge money he can generate from the UK pay per view.
The source said to gorodokboxing.com “There is a 90% chance that we will see Vitali in the ring one more time. His opponent could be David Haye, but Haye would have to agree to our terms…I think that he shouldn’t expect any more than 30%. If he agrees to the new deal, than the fight might take place in Germany at one of the indoor stadiums.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tired of the constant bellyaching from fans that will likely never accomplish as much as him, the unbeaten heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KO’s) unleashed the dogs of war briefly in sending a message to his critics today on twitter.
Wilder said “Why do people that will never do or accomplish half the stuff you’ve [I’ve] done in a lifetime have the biggest mouths?”
Yes, it’s very true, Mr. Wilder. There’s so much jealousy coming from some of these fans that they don’t how to properly process their hateful emotions and so they open their yaps to lash out. Of course it doesn’t change anything because Wilder keeps having great success with his promising career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao could be fighting in the Philippines in Manila on April 13th, according to the Manilastandardtoday.com. The names of the options are different from the ones that were floated earlier today. Having the fight in Manila would save Pacquiao on taxes. The guys that Pacquiao could fight are former WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (59-8-2, 34 KO’s) or former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s).
For obvious reasons, Rios would be the guy that Bob Arum would likely be interested in seeing Pacquiao fight because he’s one of Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters and he was the one that Arum wanted to see Pacquiao fighting in April before Pacquiao shockingly was stopped in the 6th round by Juan Manuel Marquez last month on December 8th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s really difficult to take seriously the upcoming February 9th fight between WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) and 35-year-old Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s). It seems like the only reason Judah was picked for this fight was as a marketing gimmick because he’s well known to casual fans, and he’s popular in the Brooklyn, New York area, which is where the fight will be staged.
That’s pretty much the only reason I can see why Judah was given the fight by Golden Boy Promotions, that and because he’s arguably much less of a threat than the guy Garcia should be fighting right now interim WBC light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a sign that Golden Boy Promotions might be looking elsewhere for easier marks for their Golden One, WBA World junior middleweight Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) says he hasn’t even been contacted by the promoters of WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) for a fight on May 4th. Trout says he’s hoping they’ll contact him about the fight but he’s not going to just sit around waiting.
Trout said to ESPN.com “You’re going to have to ask Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo because Team Trout is ready and waiting on the call to say Canelo is ready to do it as well. If it doesn’t happen, we’re not going to wait though. Sooner or later he [Canelo] is going to have to fight me. I’m a champion. I’m going to take the other belts that are not his belt, and there will be nothing left to do but to get in and fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: On January 19th, undefeated Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KO’s) says he plans on fighting WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KO’s) in the same calm manner that he’s been fighting his other opponents during his six-year pro career when the two of them meet up at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA.
Garcia said “I know that I have to be very smart and very patient in the ring.”
In other words, Mikey plans on fighting in the same slow, robotic manner that he’s been fighting. It looks like Mikey doesn’t plan on throwing any more punches than he usually does and that’s going to be a problem because Salido isn’t the type of fighter that you can sit back against and throw pot shots every 10 to 20 seconds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch is counting on a lot of Brits to show interest in his rematch against WBA champ Mikkel Kessler if Froch and his promoter Eddie Hearn can successfully negotiate the fight with the Dane. Right now it’s up in the air whether that fight will take place, but Froch thinks it will do really well if it does.
Froch said to thisisnottingham.co.uk “Everything is in place for what will be the biggest fight in Britain in the last 10 years. It’s the fight everybody wants. The television companies are happy and we have a couple of venues.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank is reportedly looking at matching their #1 fighter Manny Pacquiao against either former WBA World welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KO’s) or unbeaten welterweight contender Jessie Vargas (21-0, 9 KO’s) next on April 13th, according to the Manila Bulletin.
Both Senchenko and Vargas are also being considered for a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on April 20th, so it’s possible that whoever is left over after Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum make their selection will end up facing Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »