By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF welterweight contender Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) won’t be able to make the May 18th fight against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Brook, 26, has a stress fracture in his right foot and the injury won’t be healed by the time the fight was scheduled to take place. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to have the fight re-scheduled but it remains to be seen whether the International Boxing Federation will let the fight take place of it they’ll insert the next ranked contender to get a shot against Alexander.
This is Brook’s second injury while getting ready for the fight. Previously, Brook injured his ankle last January, causing his scheduled fight against Alexander to be postponed. Now, Brook has another injury and it remains unclear whether the IBF will keep giving Brook chances. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc: Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Nonito Donaire. As someone from the Bay Area I make it a point to follow all boxers that come from that area. I also must say I was very disappointed with Nonito’s performance but if you are a fan of boxing and you have a number of favorite fighters, soon enough you will see them lose. What bothered me the most regarding this past weekend’s bout at New York’s Radio City Music Hall was the post fight interview and since.
A number of excuses came out of either Nonito’s mouth or his promoter’s mouth which ranged from trouble making weight, shoulder injury, overlooking Rigo, not watching tape on Rigo, not adjusting mid fight, and most importantly not using the jab. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum wasn’t exactly pouring compliments over the head of WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 9 KO’s) after he beat WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) last Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York.
Arum is usually all over his fighters when they win and smothering them with compliments. This time, Arum seemed subdued and was talking about how difficult it’s going to be to find fights for Rigondeaux and how he thought the fight was a close one. Arum didn’t look happy at all with Donaire losing the fight and Rigondeaux winning, even though he promotes both fighters. It almost seemed like he was making excuses for Donaire’s loss. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) will be facing each other at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
A crowd of close to 40,000 fans is expected to attend the fight and very, very few of them are going to be rooting for the 27-year-old Trout. However, Trout doesn’t care because he realizes the crowd has no bearing to what happens in the ring and he’s not going to fall apart just because the fans are cheering for the 22-year-old Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Juan dela Cruz: When Nonito Donaire was about to face the Cuban defector Guillermo Rigondeaux for WBO/WBA junior featherweight title unification bout, people all over the boxing world became elated as two scientific and exciting boxers will face each other to determine who the best 122-pounder there is. Finally, the best fighters in 122-pound division will finally square off.
But on April 13, 2013 at the Radio Music Hall in New York City, the much anticipated bout became a very boring one. Thanks to Guillermo Rigondeaux’s different notion of “hit, but don’t get hit” principle of the sweet science. Gone are the days when fighters will slug it out, dodging punches by moving their heads and body without back-pedaling. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: Amir Khan thrived under the tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach. Before he joined Roach he had just been knocked out in 52 seconds to a unknown fighter. The world famous Wildcard gym was what he felt he needed. Roach turned the former Olympian into a multiple world champion and PPV star. But things turned sour after Amir Khan was brutally knocked out by the confident Danny Garcia.
That is the case in most gyms. There are times when in training when it’s better to lose in Sparring. You work on defense and don’t really throw punches. Other times you work on certain punches or combinations. Amir should have ignored the thoughts on how other see him and focused on what was best for him. looking good in the gym is great but how much does in matter if you look bad in a fight. And getting knocked out after you have talked a good fight, looks bad. Read the rest of this entry »
By Oral Ofori: On March 22, 2013, Joseph Agbeko dethroned Colombian born Luis Melendez in a 12 round unanimous decision fight at the Accra sports stadium in Ghana to become the new International Boxing Organization Bantamweight Champion of the world. I had the opportunity of chatting with Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Agbeko a few weeks after the Ghanaian fighter became a champion.
Sometime in April of 2013, I called Agbeko to talk about his comeback fight that saw him enter the ring for the first time in over a year. The fight was also his first fight in Ghana in over 5 years. Agbeko told me he was really happy to have defeated Melendez after being inactive for about 15 months and he looked forward to getting busy this year by taking on more big name. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Making his first fight in over three years, former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz (36-4, 18 KO’s) stopped 33-year-old journeyman Pipino Cuevas Jr. (16-10, 14 KO’s) in the 6th round on Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round bout at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.
The fight was halted after the 29-year-old Diaz landed a flurry of shots to the head of Cuevas Jr. as he was backed up against the ropes in the 6th. Cuevas Jr. didn’t really look all that hurt but he’d taken nonstop punishment from the 1st round and the referee had seen enough of the mismatch and halted the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Sunday’s fight between WBA featherweight champion Chris John 48-0-3, 22 KO’s) and challenger Satoshi Hosono (23-2-1, 17 KO’s) ended in a 3rd round technical draw after the 33-year-old John and Satoshi collided heads in the third round, opening up a huge cut over John’s right eye in their fight at the Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire may be out of action for some time, as he plans on having shoulder surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left shoulder that he says occurred around three years ago and it bothering him a lot.
In addition to that, Donaire will be spending time with his pregnant wife who is expecting their first child together. When Donaire does return to the ring in 2013, he plans on moving up to 126 to campaign as a featherweight due to him having problems making weight for the super bantamweight division.
Donaire was beaten by WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux last Saturday night by a close 12 round unanimous decision at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. Read the rest of this entry »