By Chris Williams: The betting establishment has installed WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) as a 2 to 1 favorite to defeat WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) this Saturday night in their HBO televised fight from the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York.
What that means is exactly nothing because it’s all guesswork when you’re dealing with an unbeaten fighter that has won two gold medals like Rigondeaux has. There’s nothing in his past to go on that would make you think he’s going to lose.
The only thing the bettors have to go on is that Donaire has looked good in beating over-the-hill fighters like Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka, as well as much smaller guys than him like Fernando Montiel and Omar Narvaez. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Sexton: A lot of writers and personal friends are split on this topic, and for good reason. At first look, it is very impressive with an undefeated 6’7 American Heavyweight Deontay Wiler, who picked up a bronze medal at the 2008 olympic games, and has since amassed a professional record of 27-0 including 27 knockouts.
On paper, Wilder is a real star in the making. However, his critics like to point to the fact that in his time as a professional he has not defeated a single legitimate opponent, yet has still been knocked down by these lesser foes.
I am not here to knock his accomplishments as a boxer. From watching him it is immediately apparent that he has an incredible amount of power in his shots. It just seems that when you describe someone like Audley Harrison as a ‘step-up’ in competition, you have to wonder what he has been matched with up until this point. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan: I read an article from another writer on this site about British fighter Amir Khan and the possibility of him taking on soon to be 3 weight world champ Adrien Broner.
First of all I would like to commend our esteemed friend for his first non Brit bash article and secondly for bringing up this story as it would be a superb match up.
The talk , if this fight is made will be about whether Amir Khans chin will hold out against the big punching Broner. Let’s look at facts. When Khan got ko’ed in the first round off Breidis Prescott, he was caught with a punch that could have taken out many a larger fighter. Okay, Khan should have been smarter and avoided it but even the best get put down. Prescott had just beaten Richard Abril in his previous fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Sexton: After reading through several articles on boxing websites and the twitter feeds of several boxing fans, I find it hard to believe how little of a chance people are giving Guillermo Rigondeaux in his upcoming fight with 2012 fighter of the year Nonito Donaire.
I have heard a lot about how the main factor in the fight will be the powerful left hook of Donaire which has given so many other fighters problems in the past, but what I am not reading about, is the left hand which Rigondeaux possesses. Numerous times in his campaign as a professional he has dropped opponents with perfectly timed straight left hands to the head or even the body of his opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: John Filo/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is anxious to get back in the ring after having sat out of action for a year now since beating Miguel Cotto last May. Floyd will be facing Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mayweather says he’s ready to punish Guerrero and do what he has to do to get the ‘W’ in this Showtime pay per view bout.
Mayweather Jr. said as quoted by fightnews.com “I am going to dish it out against Robert Guerrero on this one. I am going to be the Mayweather that is active…I am not really worried about what he can do. He needs to worry about what I can do.”
Guerrero is like an open book. You know exactly what the guy is going to do because he fights the same way each time he fights. He’s not someone that can box and he definitely doesn’t adapt to changing situations in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: On May 18th, IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) will be defending his title in one of his toughest fights of his 9-year pro career against Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Interestingly enough, the fight will take place at a catch-weight of 141 pounds. Presumably this is a move to accommodate Matthysse because he looked pretty big after rehydrating in his last fight against Mike Dallas Jr. last January. Matthysse ran Dallas Jr. down in stopping him in the 1st round. Read the rest of this entry »
“Audley is a great person and a friend. He had me in camp sparring last year and I appreciate that he had confidence I could help him. But in boxing, if you say you’re not going to fight because you’re friends then you won’t ever fight anyone! A lot of us are friends from sparring and camps and all, but Audley stands in the way of what I’m trying to do. He’s reinvented himself many times and you can never count him out. He’s on a high right now from winning the Prizefighter, but he’s in my way and I’m starving. I’m so hungry I’m like a guy in front of Burger King with a sign that reads, “Will Fight For Food!” I’m starving to be champion.
Starving to be great. So yes, I’m looking for a knockout, because getting through this door leads to all the things I want. I have a lot of fans in England and a lot of people that don’t like me too. That’s okay. The ones that like me, it’s because of the knockouts. The ones that don’t wonder if I really hit that hard. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KO’s) finds himself very much in demand with WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KO’s) and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) both wanting to fight him next, according to fightnews.com.
The 6’5” Wawrzyk will likely agree to face whichever fighter gives him the bigger offer. You would assume that it might be Povetkin given that he’s a world champion, but Wawrzyk, #7 WBA, #14 WBC, isn’t a mandatory challenger, so the money that he would get for a title shot against Povetkin wouldn’t be nearly as good as it would be if he were the mandatory challenger. Haye might be able to get Wawrzyk if he can guarantee him a bigger payday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) hasn’t fought WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s), yet Donaire believes that Fernando Montiel and Abner Mares are tougher opponents than him.
At this point, Donaire is guessing because he doesn’t have any idea what it’s going to be like to face Rigondeaux until they meet up this Saturday night at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York.
Donaire said to espn “I think Montiel is a much tougher fight. There are a lot of guys out there. I think [Abner] Mares is a tougher fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum, the promoter for Manny Pacquiao, will reportedly be making an announcement this week about who the Filipino will be fighting in his next bout for September, according to Steve Kim. It’s not looking like it’s going to be Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez, which is probably why Arum is ready to make an announcement.
The options for Pacquiao are Juan Manuel Marquez, Arum’s first choice, or WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley. Last week, Marquez repeated for what seems like the hundredth time that he’s not interested in facing Pacquiao again. Read the rest of this entry »