By Gavin Duthie: One more chance is all I would give Eddie Hearn to deliver a tile shot for Kell Brook 32-0(22). He has been the mandatory IBF challenger for what seems like an eternity yet has never managed a crack at the belt.
During this time Brook has seen three separate dates for fights with then champion Devon Alexander 25-2(14) fall through, twice due to mysterious injuries to Brook and one for Alexander. Then he had to watch British level fighter Lee Purdy 20-5-1(13) bravely but poorly attempt to dethrone Alexander. After this he witnessed the title change hands from Alexander to Shawn Porter 24-0-1(15) followed by a snub for a shot in favour of Paulie Malignaggi. Trolling through the news sights and forums there is more talk of Porter next fighting Amir Khan or Keith Thurman, enough is enough. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: In a statement by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, Bermane Stiverne must fight his mandatory challenger next, who happens to be Deontay Wilder. Contrary to this statement, Don King released last week that Bermane has an optional defense available to him.
Just 3 days ago Pulev was listed as Wladimir Klitschko’s next fight on boxrec, and that is gone now, and it looks like Wlad is going to attempt to get Stiverne in the ring with him in September and pay some step aside money to Wilder, and maybe even Kubrat Pulev, which Pulev would be crazy to take. If Wlad DOES get Wilder to step aside and fights Stiverne, he will have to fight Wilder next, which leaves Pulev in the cold again. Wilder wants 10 million to step aside which is absolutely insane and he will never get it. My feelings are either Pulev or Wilder are not going to allow this unification.
In an attempt to clarify, I sent a letter to the WBC asking for clarification. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s) and IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO’s) have reportedly said no to a fight against the recently beaten but very tough Mauricio Herrera (20-4, 7 KO’s), according to Steve Kim. It’s unclear why they turned down Herrera, but given how tough of a time he gave WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia in their fight last March, it’s not surprising that they didn’t want anything to do with him.
Herrera lost to Danny Garcia by a 12 round majority decision, but a lot of boxing fans felt that he did more than enough to deserve a victory. Danny thinks he deserved an 8 rounds to 4 win over Herrera. But the fight that I saw, I had Herrera beating Garcia by a couple of rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Ricky Hatton believes that Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have overlooked Marcos Maidana and that was one of the reasons why Mayweather failed to perform at his usual high level. Hatton thinks that Mayweather might be having a hard time getting motivated for his opponents because he’s been at the top for so long, and because he’s beaten so many good fighters in the past.
It’s possible that Mayweather overlooked Maidana, because if he was generally concerned about whether he could beat him or not, he wouldn’t have fought in a stationary manner the way he did. Mayweather fought with his back against the ropes in many rounds, and that’s not the way he fought against Canelo, Robert Guerrero and Miguel Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) is at the point in his career where he no longer needs to waste his time fighting opposition that have already been exposed by other fighters in the past, as there’s no gain for him. Mayweather should focus entirely on legacy building fights against the unbeaten fighters in the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions rather than wasting time on guys that will give him nothing.
Mayweather’s father Floyd Sr. doesn’t want him to bother giving Marcos Maidana a rematch because of the fouling that Maidana did in the fight. Floyd Sr. is right, but not just because of the fouling. Maidana has already been beaten 4 times in his career, so there’s no real upside in Mayweather fighting him again, because he already beaten him once and three other guys did it as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: In many contests, the ultimate winner is the one who fights anybody, and is not afraid to lose in a competitive fight. Not so for Marquez and Mayweather Jr. despite the fact that they have the defensive styles that would make the fight difficult for Pacquiao. I don’t know, but these boxers have big worries that they might not have enough strength and determination to beat the Filipino congressman.
They have displayed their vulnerabilities when Marquez did not win against Bradley and Mayweather was having a tough fight against the brawler Marcos Maidana, which brought panics to their fans in their respective countries. Read the rest of this entry »
By Damien Dennis: With less than 3 weeks left until the most eagerly anticipated global boxing event of the year, fans worldwide are reaching fever pitch in anticipation for an epic pugilistic match up between the rugged and determined Carl ‘the cobra’ Froch (32-2) and the young and athletic Saint George Groves (19-1).
To say that this IBF and WBA super middleweight world title fight is a big deal would be an understatement. Both fighters and particularly Froch will be making ridiculous amounts of wonga in the process of cementing their status as easily the two biggest draws in the division right now. But, what we really wanted to know is what has happened to the most talented fighter in the division and why is he not involved in the biggest fight in the division’s relatively short history. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO’s Max Kellerman is giving Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) a decent chance of pulling off an upset on Saturday night in his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Kellerman thinks that Alvarado’s size and youth could be a factor in him beating the 40-year-old Marquez.
Kellerman acknowledges that Alvarado was stopped in his last fight by slugger Ruslan Provodnikov last October, but he sees Provodnikov as being a much different fighter than Marquez. The things that Provodnikov was able to do to Alvarado are things that Marquez will have problems trying to duplicate because he’s a much different fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The World Boxing Association has reportedly ordered WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) to start the negotiation process with #2 WBA Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KO’s), according to Fightnews.com. Golovkin had been hoping to get a fight against former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but the negotiations fell apart due to various reasons.
By ordering Golovkin to start negotiations with the 30-year-old Australian Fletcher, they’re giving Golovkin would appears to be one of his more easier title defenses. Fletcher is a fighter who hasn’t beaten anyone that you can call a really good fighter during his 5-year pro career. When he attempted to step it up slightly against Billy Joe Saunders, who is far from a great fighter, Fletcher was stopped in the 2nd round two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is already thinking about putting his Filipino star Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) back in Macao, China despite the fact that his previous fight over there against Brandon Rios did poorly in terms of pay-per-view numbers last year.
The numbers were such a huge drop off from Pacquiao’s previous fight against Juan Manuel Marquez that Arum went ahead and brought Pacquiao back to the United States for an ill advised rematch against Tim Bradley last April. That fight also failed to bring in the big numbers that Pacquiao was once accustomed to, so now Arum is looking to bring him back to Macao.