By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya is already planning out former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next two fights and working on the basis that he beats Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
De La Hoya told ESPN that he wants the soon to be 24-year-old Canelo to fight #5 IBF, #5 WBO, #11 WBC James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) and then WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) next year, possibly on Cinco de Mayo on May 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KOs’) will be back in the ring this Saturday night for made to order opponent Alejandro Emilio Valori (15-4m, 11 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
This will be the second fight for the 27-year-old Cleverly at cruiserweight, and he realizes that he can’t make a mistake in this fight or else it’ll be bad for his career. At stake is a big money rematch against Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KOs) for later on this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #4 WBO heavyweight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) was bragging today about hearing the news from someone about 13,000 tickets having been sold for his scheduled July 26th rematch against European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK.
Chisora and Fury will be fighting in a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout with the winner getting a title shot one of these days against WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch is going to need to make a decision about whether he values his IBF title enough to defend it, because he has until the end of February to face James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs), his mandatory, or else he’ll risk having the title stripped from him.
DeGale sees the 37-year-old Froch as being at the end of the road with nowhere else to go but retirement. He expects to either get Froch’s IBF strap by beating him or by picking it up once the title is vacated by him or stripped by the IBF.
DeGale defeated Brandon Gonzales on May 31st in an IBF super middleweight eliminator bout to become Froch’s mandatory. DeGale initially was hopeful that Froch would turn around and fight him, but it’s now looking like Froch may choose to go in another direction by facing someone else like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or possibly Mikkel Kessler. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Ronnie Shields, the trainer for Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) isn’t impressed with the boxing skills or the stamina of former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s), and Shields just sees Canelo as a one-dimensional fighter who has taken advantage of his power and size advantage over his smaller opposition during his short pro career.
Shields notes that Canelo fades quickly in his fights, and he stops throwing combinations once he starts gassing out in the second half of his fights. Canelo can still punch with major power, but he become a punch at a time fighter from the 6th round on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 47-year-old Matt Skelton (28-8, 23 KO’s) will be the next opponent for 2012 London Olympics super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (6-0, 6 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Their fight is scheduled for 6 rounds, but it’s not expected to go more than 3 rounds due to the clever match-making by Joshua’s promoter.
Skelton compares the 6’6” Joshua with 6’5” Audley Harrison, a British heavyweight who captured an Olympic gold medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Indeed, Harrison did a better job and was far more dominating than Joshua in winning his gold medal. But unfortunately for Harrison (31-7, 23 KOs) his boxing career failed to pan out the way some thought it would be, as he never captured a world heavyweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado 34-3, 23 KOs) and #2 WBC, #4 WBO Luis Carlos Abregu (36-1, 29 KO’s) on standby as a backup plan for one of them to fight WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) if the negotiations with WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) fail to work out for the 35-year-old Pacquiao’s November 22nd fight in Macao, China, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Both Abregu and Alvarado are promoted by Arum, and would be easy for him to match up with Pacquiao in the event that things don’t work out with Algieri in trying to put the fight together. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Fighting for the first time in two years, former two-time world title challenger Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KO’s) defeated the stronger but less busier Ed Paredes (35-4-1, 23 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Paredes, 29, was given credit for two knockdowns, one in the 4th and the other in the 6th, but neither of them seemed legitimate.
Gomez’s win snaps a 13-fight win streak by the 29-year-old Paredes that stretches all the way back to 2009. Unfortunately, all of the wins came against weaker opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) is taking about bring back in the ring on September 6th instead on the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Marcos Maidana II card a week later on September 13th.
There’s still no word about who he’ll be facing, but Lucas Latthysse also reportedly will be fighting on the same date, so it’s quite possible that the rumors are true about Broner and Matthysse facing each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KO’s) hasn’t gotten past his opponent Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-2 23 KOs) scheduled for this Saturday night, and yet Bellew is already talking about his planned rematch against former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KO’s) for later this year.
Bellew is still bothered about being outworked by Cleverly three years ago in losing a 12 round majority decision in 2011. Bellew now feels that he’s going to beat Cleverly so badly in their rematch that Cleverly will choose to retire. Read the rest of this entry »