By Scott Gilfoid: If Tony Bellew (18-1, 12 KO’s) can get past his opponent tonight Roberto Bolonti (30-1, 19 KO’s) in their fight for the vacant WBC Silver light heavyweight title in Nottingham, Bellew wants to go after a fight against WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s). Bellew thinks he knows how to beat Dawson after watching Andre Ward take him apart last September.
Bellew said to Sky Sports Ringside “I still feel Chad Dawson is the best light heavyweight in the world, even with the Andre Ward defeat. But I want to force him into fighting me because I don’t believe that he will choose me. I’ve seen the blueprint in how to beat him. I want to get into the ring with Chad Dawson. I believe I can beat Chad Dawson.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Marcus Stewart: The incredible fighting machine which is Carl Froch will be defending his IBF title against little known American Yusaf Mack. It’s a fight that Froch should win with ease against the predictable and untalented American.
Carl Froch is a proven warrior and has beaten some of the best super middleweight in the world. From Andre Dirrell to the over hyped Canadian Lucian Bute. He’s a beast and definitely a force to be reckoned with. Technically Froch should still be undefeated after battering Mikkel Kessler and dominating Andre Ward. This fight is more of a warm up bout for the rematch in Montreal against Bute, whereby he’ll be able to expose the Romanian based Canadian in front of his home fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Marcus Stewart: Legendary British fighter Ricky Hatton is looking in tremendous shape for his upcoming fight against former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24th at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England. Hatton looks lean, mean and ready to rumble. His hand speed’s looking once again fantastic along with his awesome power. Hatton’s under the tuition of Bob Shannon and is therefore going to learn a lot from the talented British trainer. He’s been slated off weirdly enough for losing “too much weight” by certain writers, one in particular, yet what else is he supposed to do? Fight with all that weight, unhealthy, etc. Pretty laughable for someone to state that if you ask me.
Senchenko does bring a fair bit to the table when it comes to power. He does possess a solid straight right which is his main weapon. Nevertheless I’m sure that Hatton will be wary of that and make sure that he’s able to get his punches off first. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo: Naoki Fakuda) By Marcus Stewart: Reigning WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco faces fringe lightweight contender Adrien Broner. Broner has been hyped up by many American journalists to be the next Floyd Mayweather. How? The fact that he’s fought no one credible and he claims to be one of the best is laughable and outright stupid if you ask me. One journalist in particular states that he’ll be the next pound for pound king. Irrational and ridiculous for someone to state something like that.
Antonio DeMarco is a very talented south paw and without a doubt the best lightweight in the world, bar Ricky Burns of course. DeMarco recently won his last fight by a destructive TKO victory over John Molina whereby it only took one straight left hand to end the bout. That’s the kind of power that DeMarco possess. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: The Heavyweight division sadly has been on the decline for many years now. Since the times of Rocky Marciano, Jack Dempsey, Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazer, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson just to name a few. Today the Heavyweight division is dominated by two brothers based in Germany born in the Ukraine namely Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. The Klitschko brothers are two of the most underrated heavyweights in the history of boxing in my opinion, victims of circumstance and the level of fellow heavyweights in the division.
Many fans have the opinion that the Klitschko brothers are boring and have a robotic fighting style this is not true. I will concentrate on Wladimir as he is the better fighter of the two brothers in my opinion. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo: Naoki Fakuda) By Eamon Mcdonald: Tonight we are going to see the first true test of young Adrien Broner’s career against the tough WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco. Broner has been built up by HBO to be the next superstar in America mainly by fighting unknown, over-matched or naturally smaller guys. Antonio DeMarco on the other hand has been brought along tougher and notably got threw into the deep end against the undefeated knockout artist Edwin Valero and suffered a beating in the process.
DeMarco has noticeably improved since that fight and won the WBC title with a terrific stoppage of Jorge Linares after losing near every round. Broner has his work cut out for him in this fight and won’t have as much of a size advantage as he is used to and he also isn’t as fast as valero or linares so his speed won’t shock DeMarco as much as he would like. This is the fight Broner needs to show why he has been hyped as much as he has. The smart money is on Broner to win and look good doing it but who could ever count out a guy like DeMarco? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KO’s) may be talking about fighting to his 40th birthday, but American Yusaf Mack (31-4-2, 17 KO’s) is ready to kick his duff off the hill and take over as the IBF champion on Saturday night in their meeting in Nottingham. Mack figures that Froch is ready to picked off and he feels he’s just the man to do the job on him.
Mack said to thesun.co.uk “Froch has had his time, he had his world title shot. Now it’s my time.”
I agree. Froch had his time and is now 35, and in the position after a lot of grueling fights to where he’s vulnerable. Mack could be the guy to do it. That’s not to say that he will, but it’s possible. Mack is a little younger than Froch at 32, and he doesn’t have a lot of hard miles on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a boxing club type move, WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) is reportedly being offered the recently beaten light welterweight Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) for his next fight in 2013, according to Examiner.com. However, Bradley has no interest in fighting a guy that is coming off of a 7th round TKO defeat to Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) last October, and instead he wants Rios. Alvarado, Rios and Bradley all fight for Top Rank promotions.
You can’t blame Bradley for not being pleased at the thought of fighting Alvarado, a guy that just lost instead of Rios. There’s no gain in fighting Alvarado, and I don’t know of too many boxing fans that would want to see Alvarado fighting for a world title off of a knockout loss. How do you do that? That’s not a good product for fans of the sport to be seeing a guy like Alvarado get a world title fight off of a defeat. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank has lined up a title shot for his fighter Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KO’s) on December 8th on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV on HBO pay per view.
Gesta, 25, no doubt was picked out for the card because it makes a second Filipino vs. Mexico fight to go along with the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight. There’s going to be a a lot of both Mexican and Filipino fight fans watching this card on PPV, and it looks Arum is giving them what they want by putting another rivalry type fight on the card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Despite WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) holding down a world title and being considered one of the best fighters at super bantamweight by hardcore boxing fans it’s still enough to impress WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KO’s) in being excited about fighting him. Donaire doesn’t feel like Rigondeaux has earned the right to fight him even though he’s a world champion and a two-time former Olympic gold medalist. That’s not enough.
Donaire said to the thekoncretejungle.com “In my opinion, I don’t feel he’s worth it to fight…he needs to do more.” Read the rest of this entry »