By Alon Calinao Dy: Juan “Dinamita” Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) is not going to fight Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) even though he will win the rematch against American Timothy Bradley.
In an interview with RingTV, Marquez said, “With Bradley, I don’t see that as a loss. It was a close fight and I thought I did enough to win. If I decided to retire right now, I would be satisfied. I always said I wanted to fight Pacquiao and beat him and I did. I do want that [welterweight] title, but I’m not obsessed with it, though it would be a great achievement.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KO’s) will be making his first title defense of his WBA 175 lb title on April 5th against 33-year-old former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KO’s) at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Brahmer, 35, recently captured the vacant WBA title in beating little known fighter Marcus Oliveira by a dull 12 round unanimous decision last December. Oliveira, 34, had gotten ranked high enough to fight for the title based on a resume filled with less than stellar opposition.
I really don’t rate Maccarinelli. I still see him as a fighter who is pretty much past it. He still has good power, but he’s someone that is a knockout waiting to happen anytime he’s in with someone halfway good. Maccarinelli might actually win this fight if he can put his punches together, and throw enough shots to get a decision or maybe a stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former Floyd Mayweather Jr. knockout victim Ricky Hatton has a strong opinion that the 27-year-old struggling Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) will be the one that Mayweather will ultimately select for his May 3rd fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Mayweather has asked boxing fans to select his next opponent from Khan and Marcos Maidana, Hatton sees it as Khan getting the fight all the way due to his large fan base in the UK.
If Mayweather chooses Khan to fight on May 3rd, there’s going to be a lot of unhappy campers. Maybe Khan’s British fans might like the fight, but the U.S fans who have seen Khan struggle in the last three years won’t be happy at all with Mayweather selecting him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Since beating 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez last October by a 12 round split decision, WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) has renewed confidence that he’ll be victorius in his rematch with Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) on April 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bradley feels that his win over Marquez was an easy fight for him. Bradley sees his win over Marquez translating to another big victory over the 35-year-old Pacquiao; at least that’s how he has it worked out in his mind.
Bradley’s win over Marquez wasn’t one of the more interesting fights to watch due to Bradley’s constant circling of the ring. He mixed it up with Marquez from time to time, but for the most part, Bradley stayed on his bike and focused on not getting hit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Amir Khan should have thought carefully before choosing sit out his fight with former IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander last December. Khan chose to not take that fight because he didn’t want to risk losing and messing up a career high payday against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 3rd. But with Mayweather now putting his next bout up for vote in asking fans to select between Khan and Marcos Maidana, it potentially leaves Khan with nothing to show for sitting idle for 10 months. Khan last fought in April of last year in squeaking by with a 12 round decision over Julio Diaz.
If the best that Golden Boy Promotions can do for Khan is put him in with one of their fighters like Alexander, Lucas Matthysse or Lamont Peterson for his next fight, then it’s going to be a really bad deal for Khan to have sat and waited all that time for Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: In light of the WBC announcing that Omar Figueroa Jnr. has being anointed as their new Lightweight champion- after they stripped Adrien Broner of the title- a few ringside observers voiced their displeasure that he wasn’t forced to fight for the right to claim his first world title.
Whilst some may feel that Figueroa Jnr. should have earned the title by virtue of facing a similarly ranked opponent for the vacant title, the vast majority of people who witnessed his thrilling 12 round victory over the game and gutsy Nihito Arakawa will agree he earned the title on merit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight contender George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) is appealing to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBB of C) to try and have his 9th round stoppage loss to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch overturned and ruled a no contest due to the referee Howard John Foster halting the fight in what he feels was prematurely. Groves and Froch fought last November 23rd in Manchester, UK.
Groves dominated the first 7 rounds, but he was slightly hurt from a wild right hand from Froch in the 9th. At that point, Froch bum rushed him and threw a flurry of shots with almost every punch missing. Referee Howard John Foster then jumped on Groves, putting him in a head lock and stopping the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (17-1, 11 KO’s) will be defending his WBC Silver strap against little known prospect Gevorg Khatchikian (20-0, 8 KO’s) on March 1st at the City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, United Kingdom. This is actually a step down for DeGale from his last fight against Dyah Davis, even though the 25-year-old Khatchikian is unbeaten.
Khatchikian, a fighter from Netherlands, has faced only weak journeyman level opposition during his 6-year pro career. There is zero opponents on his resume that are recognizable, and his resume is totally inflated to the extreme. You might as well classify Khatchikian as having a 0-0 resume, because there’s no one good enough to really count as an actual fight on his resume. Read the rest of this entry »
Somebody lied to you all. If I was going to bet, I would have bet on the Seattle Seahawks…. http://t.co/9GIt1IVx7e
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 3, 2014
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has finally come out to quash the vicious rumors that he’d made a huge bet of $10 million on the Denver Broncos beating the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Mayweather says it’s absolutely not true. It’s a good thing for Mayweather that he didn’t bet on the Broncos, because they were totally destroyed by the Seahawks 43-8 in a one-sided game from start to finish. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: It’s now official: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) will be facing his WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) on April 26th at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Leapai earned his spot at the title by beating the previously unbeaten and untested Denis Boytsov, who the WBO had ranked as their No.1 contender despite Boytsov never having faced a credible opponent during his 10-year pro career.
Leapai, 34, didn’t have to face a dangerous heavyweight contender like Chris Arreola or Bermane Stiverne to get his shot at Wladimir, and that’s fortunate for him. There’s a big difference between beating Boytsov, who didn’t deserve to be ranked #1 by the WBO, and beating contenders in the class of Arreola and Stiverne. Read the rest of this entry »