by Tony Crooks: Everything changes in life; we all get older, technology transpires at a rapid rate and the world is in constant motion. I often ask myself would Ali have beaten either of the Klitscho’s, would Lennox Lewis have beaten George Foreman, how would Joe Frazier fared against Mike Tyson or Larry Holmes? Would Joe Louis have beaten Evander Holyfield?
I am just throwing names around, I know there are lots of other great heavyweights that I could mention, and I am sure that I will be corrected at one point or another, having said that, there is a way that you can make comparisons. It is not how hard that you are hit; it is the speed of the punch that you are hit with. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s looking more and more like WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) will get passed over by WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) if his promoter Bob Arum accepts the $3 million offer made to him by Golden Boy Promotions.
There’s no question that Donaire will take the Mares fight if Arum gives him the green light on the deal instead of facing the dangerous Rigondeaux. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if Rigondeaux was going to get a guaranteed shot at Donaire after the Mares fight, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Cowan: Last week, British heavyweight David Haye claimed Vitali Klitschko needs to fight him to secure his status of an all time great because he’s only ever had one big fight and he lost. Everyone knows Haye doesn’t care about Vitali’s status and just wants the title shot and the big payday but he does raise an interesting point. Here’s how I see the top 10 heavyweights of all time.
.#10 – Vitali Klitschko
Vitali just scrapes into my list of top 10 heavyweights of all time because of the lack of top quality opposition he has faced. However, he does deserve a place on the list because he has certainly earned his nickname, Dr Ironfist, by having a KO percentage of just other 87% as champion and he has also never been knocked down in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye sees British/Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price as being the better fighter compared to Tyson Fury, and he’s not sure how good Fury really is after seeing him struggle against John McDermott in the past. Haye believes Price would knock Fury out if they were to fight right now.
Haye said to the Manchester Evenings News “I think David Price is No 1, ahead of Tyson Fury. The way he handled him comfortably in the amateurs…The fact that Fury relinquished his titles rather than fight Price shows what the pecking order is…I think Price would stop him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn believes he’s got all figured out how his inexperienced fighter Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) can beat IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) in their fight on February 23rd in Detroit, Michigan.
Hearn thinks that all Brook needs to do is rough Alexander up in the same way that the head-butting Timothy Bradley did in beating Alexander by a 10th round technical decision victory in January 2010. Nevermind the fact that the Alexander-Bradley fight was halted after Bradley collided heads with Alexander in the 10th, hurting him. Hearn still thinks this is the way to go for Brook to beat Alexander on February 23rd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Zab Judah isn’t buying the excuse WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia made for not being able to fight him on February 9th. Garcia reportedly injured his ribs in a sparring session with DeMarcus Corley, and that’s why he can’t fight Judah until April 27th.
When Corley was asked about the injury in an interview from the Koncrete Jungle, Corley said it’s not Garcia’s ribs that are injured, it’s his right thumb. Corley said Garcia had went to the doctor for this problem. What’s unclear is why the thumb wasn’t mentioned as the reason for Garcia postponing the fight? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A fight between WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) and former WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KO’s) has been tentatively penciled in for the undercard of the Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia fight card on April 27th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Malignaggi-Maidana hasn’t been confirmed as of yet because there’s still a chance that Malignaggi might decide to defend his title against the World Boxing Association ordered #1 WBA challenger Diego Chavez or Malignaggi could still opt for a title-milking fight against the past his best 41-year-old Shane Mosley. Malignaggi sounded unsure when asked if he was still planning on fighting Mosley when asked last Saturday night by Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: I really hope the judges get the decision right for the March 16th fight between WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) and IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) because they won’t be doing anyone any favors if they mess up the scoring and give the loser the victory.
The fight will be taking place at the Wembley Arena in London, England, and that means the 29-year-old Burns will have the hometown advantage. Yes, I know he’s from Scotland, but that’s the UK, and Scotland is just a stone’s throw away from London, so you can pretty much call Burns the hometown fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A month from now this will all seem like a bad dream for Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) after he faces WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in the United States on February 16th, and takes his knockout loss, and then flies back to his home city of Newbridge, Wales, in the UK.
Honestly, it’s not going to end good for Rees. But right now Rees is still hopeful, and still believes he has a chance to pull off a huge upset when they meet at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Reality will set in quickly once February 16th arrives, and Rees takes a one-sided beat down from the most talented fighter by far in the lightweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Oscar De La Hoya says that Golden Boy Promotions’ offer of $3 million to WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire and his promoters at Top Rank for a unification bout against WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares is totally legit.
The $3 million is for Donaire and Bob Arum of Top Rank to split among themselves depending on what percentage of a cut Top Rank takes out of Donaire’s purses when he fights.
De La Hoya said to thaboxingvoice.com “They [Donaire & Arum] can split it up the way they want to. I don’t know what type of deal they have with Bob Arum and Nonito. Maybe it’s a 60/40 deal, maybe it’s a 50/50 deal. Read the rest of this entry »