By Scott Gilfoid: #3 WBC, #14 IBF light heavyweight contender Tony Bellew (19-1, 12 KO’s) will be fighting on March 3rd against an opponent still to be determined at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Bellew, 30, is hoping to get a title shot against WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in 2013. Bellew got a huge boost in the World Boxing Council rankings when he beat little known contender Roberto Feliciano Bolonti by a 12 round unanimous decision last month to capture the WBC Silver light heavyweight title.
I’d never seen or heard of Bolonti before but after seeing him fight; I now know why I never heard of the guy. He looked absolutely terrible and I have no clue why the WBC had this ranked in their top 10. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions wants to get a fighter with a name for their young star in the making WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to impress boxing fans against on May 4th when he fights again. Alvarez is being talked about as fighting on the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Robert Guerrero pay per view undercard on HBO at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto, 32, is coming off back to back defeats against Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout, and he’s not in the greatest position career-wise.
Cotto appears to have lost a few steps and he’s at the stage of his career where he needs to either be matched carefully against guys that are beatable for him or against the biggest name possible so he can maximize his paydays with what little time he’s got left. Cotto had mentioned not too long go the idea of him moving in weight to the middleweight division so that he could attempt to capture a fourth world title, but that’s kind of a silly notion now after his loss to Trout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner believes that his friend former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) can rise up again and snatch one or more of the world titles from one of the champions in 2013. Broner thinks Khan has speed, heart and loads of talent that will enable him to do that in 2013.
Broner said to Sky Ringside “I’m a big fan of Amir Khan, and I believe he can step up and become a world champion again. He’s very elusive, he has a big heart, and he’s a fighter. I would love to [fight in the UK one of these days].” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Bax: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) has come in for a lot of criticism for taking on WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) instead of WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) on may 4th, 2013. This criticism I believe is pretty unfair.
Robert Guerrero has stepped up and beaten two credible welterweights in Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto in the last year and his last performance against Berto was probably the best off his career. Saul Alvarez in his last fight beat up a beefed up light welterweight in Josesito Lopez, and the fight before that beat up a well past his prime, old aging 40-year-old Shane Mosley in a 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The talented WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) plans on having a really busy 2013 by fighting three times in the year starting with a fight against former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in February or March. Ward is really hoping that IBF champ Carl Froch and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler will finally want to get off their backsides and face him so he can whip them again, but Ward doubts they’ll accept his challenge.
Ward said to Sky Ringside “We’re looking to fight three times this year if everything goes well. Hopefully my first fight will be in February or March and I’m looking for big things this year. Kelly Pavlik is first. I think Froch and Kessler are made for each other.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) isn’t too happy about being on the receiving end of a controversial 12 round split decision loss to Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO’s) last night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The decision by two of the judges to give Adamek the fight by the scores of 115-113 and 116-112, has really shaken up the boxing world because few people saw Adamek winning that fight and it’s pretty bad when you have judges that go against the mainstream opinion like in this fight. One of the judges gave Cunningham the fight by a 115-113 score, but his pick was cancelled out by the other two judges. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Dean: There’s a lot of injustice in this world, and it always infuriates people. When you think of the most memorable moment of this year’s NFL season, it has to be the end-zone play in the Seattle-Green Bay game, that cost all the replacement refs their jobs. Even people who don’t watch football were talking about it the next day. This was all because the NFL was too cheap to hire good referees. Without superb refereeing, the results of the sport lose their legitimacy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Piotr Slabonski: I am really disappointed and discussed after reading all negative comments after last night verdict in the Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO’s) vs. Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) at the Sands Casino Resort, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Adamek won the fight by a 12 round split decisions by the scores of 115-113, 116-112 for Adamek, and 115-113 for Cunningham. I am not surprised because its comes mainly from American ‘experts.’
It was Tomasz Adamek’s first fight where he wasn’t fighting from back foot He was aggressor. He was the one cutting corners and dictating the pace and doing a good job. I have to admit Cunningham effectively used his left jab, but you can not win the fight that way, especially if you are a challenger like he was. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Bax: James DeGale (14-1, 9 KO’s) last week gave up his European crown. I believe he has made the correct choice in his career path to pursue with the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver super middleweight strap that he won this month. This strap will give Degale a much higher ranking and also give him opportunity to fight some of the better and higher ranked opponents in the division.
DeGale has outgrown European level in his last couple of fights and is now looking at fights against the likes of Edwin Rodriguez, Anthony Direll, Sakio Bika and even current World Boxing Organization (WBO)champion Arthur Abraham. I think fighting these top contenders will stand DeGale in good stead for a real world title assault toward the end of 2013 or early 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 41-year-old heavyweight Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KO’s) has worked out a deal to face unbeaten British heavyweight David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) on February 23rd at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, UK, according to Dan Rafael. Thompson reportedly wasn’t happy with the $40,000 that was offered to him and he felt that he deserved more than this to take on the 29-year-old Price.
The Echo arena has a seating capacity of 11,000 and if Price can sell out the arena that’s a pretty healthy gate. I don’t blame Thompson for wanting more money. He deserves a good payday for this fight if Price is a big ticket seller. Read the rest of this entry »