(Photo credit: Sauerland) By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KO’s) defends his title against Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO’s) this Saturday night at the BOXEN, in Herning, Denmark. Magee will be looking to beat his third Dane in this fight after having beaten Rudy Markussen and Mads Larsen, both of which are from the same country as Kessler. Magee seems be fighting on a really high level right now, and he’s going to be pretty hard to beat.
Kessler would be wise to cover up well because Magee is punching with a lot of power right now, and he’s the same fighter that loss to Carl Froch and Lucian Bute in the past. Magee has improved and he’s become a better puncher now that he’s sitting down on his shots a lot more than in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves figures that his win over James DeGale (13-1, 9 KO’s) took something away from him in terms of his confidence because he hasn’t looked like the same fighter since then. DeGale has fight coming up this Saturday night against Fulgencio Zuniga (25-6-1, 22 KO’s) for the vacant WBC Silver super middleweight title at the Bonus Arena, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Groves said to thesun.co.uk “Since fighting me he [DeGale] hasn’t impressed much. He’s confidence fighter and I took away all of his confidence. He also hasn’t been fighting the right opponents.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios came out in an interview with Radio Raheem and said he’s already been told by his promoter Bob Arum that he will indeed be fighting the winner of this Saturday night’s fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.
Here’s some of what Rios said in the interview with Radio Raheem: Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: There’s really not much to look forward to this Saturday night on the undercard of the $59.99 HBO televised pay per view card headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO’s) will be finally returning to the ring after more than a year off and will be facing #8 WBA super featherweight contender Michael Farenas (34-3-4, 26 KO’s), IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazauez (32-3, 13 KO’s) will be defending his title against Top Rank fighter Mercito Gesta (26-0, 14 KO’s), unbeaten featherweight contender Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KO’s) has a mismatch against Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KO’s). Read the rest of this entry »
By Hector Gonzalez: If there were a fighter who has had to go threw the trenches to be recognized it would have to be Juan Manuel Marquez. When I think about Juan Manuel Marquez, I think of him as greatness that was not allowed to shine. Pacquiao will always overshadow Marquez’s greatness, but fans need to remember that the first time Marquez and Pacquiao met in the ring, Marquez was already 30 years old.
Already a veteran of the sport who, for the larger part of his career, was overshadowed by Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. The best analogy to encapsulate Marquez is; a fighter who you could hear think in the ring, a true chess player in the sport of boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) injured his right shoulder during training this week in getting ready for his January 26th title defense against Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s), according to RingTV. Ward had an MRI done on his shoulder to see the extent of the injuries, but thankfully no tears where found.
However, Ward does have swelling on the shoulder, and his fight with Pavlik will need to be pushing back a month into late February at the earliest. Ward’s promoter Dan Goosen says that he wants to make the Ward-Pavlik fight in late February. Read the rest of this entry »
If this fight gets put together as is being reported I see Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Robert Guerrero as a very intriguing fight because Guerrero has been calling for this fight for a long time and even jumped 2 weight classes to try to force the fight to happen. Everyone knows Mayweather (43-0) is probably the best pound for pound fighter on the planet but Guerrero (31-1-1) obviously sees something that can be taken advantage of.
Guerrero, “The Ghost” is a come forward fighter with a great chin and a great heart. “Money” Mayweather is arguably the best defensive boxer in the game and extremely hard to hit. Guerrero’s last fight against Andre Berto was a slugfest and a type of war that Mayweather tries best to avoid. Read the rest of this entry »
By John F. McKenna (McJack): In the lead up to the 4th fight between eight division champion Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO’s) the hype machine is in full swing. What we have been hearing from the training camps of both fighters is that they are going to alter their styles for this specific fight. Pacquiao claims that he will revert back to his old form of when he was in his mid 20’s.
The word coming out of Manny’s camp is also that he will throw more punches, use more lateral movement and fight at a higher work rate than he did for the Trilogy fight in November 2011. The way the storyline goes is that instead of throwing two or three punch combinations Pacquiao will throw punches in bunches. There will too many enemy missiles coming in for “Dinamita” to defend against. It all sounds good in theory, but will it work in the ring against the master tactician Marquez”? Read the rest of this entry »
By Mike Stafford: The very first Shadow Box Film Festival drew interest from the world of boxing and entertainment at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan last weekend. Perhaps it’s the savagery, or perhaps its the perputal underdog story, but there is something so compelling about the sport of boxing that inspires great movies. This festival celebrated that genre.
“I think a boxing film festival is a great idea,” said Ray Mancini, the former lightweight champion of the world. “I am really looking forward to coming to New York City for this festival. This I know for sure. More films have been made on boxing than all the other sports combined. Boxing parallels life and people understand that. That’s why there are so many well received boxing films. You get knocked down, you get back up. The idea of an all boxing film festival is long overdue.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Rusty Nate: Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves has recently stuck the knife into James Degale again for no real reason just before Degale attempts to capture the WBC Silver Title.
This is a comment that has either been taken out of context when Groves was being interviewed and was asked about Degale (as they always are) or Groves thought he would try and throw Degale off his game before his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »