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title Tony Weeks to referee Stiverne vs. Wilder fight

wilder555555By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Weeks will be the referee for this Saturday’s title fight between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Weeks has never worked one of Deontay’s fights before, but it’s not important because referees are mainly used for counting out Deontay’s opposition rather than playing any huge part in the fight.

The judges for the Stiverne-Wilder fight are as follows: Adalaide Byrd and Jerry Roth, both of Nevada, and Craig Metcalfe of Canada. The judges will likely be equally unimportant in this fight because this is a match-up that is heading for a knockout either way. One of these guys going to get knocked out in this fight.

Stiverne, 36, is hinting that he won’t be pulling back against the ropes in this fight like he always does in his past fights. Stiverne is giving the impression that he’s going to stay off the ropes and fight in a much different way than he has in the past. Read the rest of this entry »



title Marquez probably won’t fight again if his knee doesn’t recover, says Beristain

marquez000005By Dan Ambrose: Manny Pacquiao conqueror Juan Manuel Marquez’s future is in doubt right now due to a knee injury he suffered in his last fight a year ago against Mike Alvarado in May of 2014.

Marquez easily won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision, but the win came at a high cost with Marquez injuring his knee. The injury still hasn’t healed and it’s unclear when it will.

In the meantime, Marquez will be turning 42-years-old in August and he doesn’t have a lot of time to sit around waiting for his knee to heal up. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mayweather has edge over Pacquiao, says De La Hoya

floyd002By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar de La Hoya is giving the edge to Floyd Mayweather Jr in a fight against Manny Pacquiao if the two of them face each other in the next few months. De La Hoya thinks that Mayweather has more left of his skills right now compared to the 36-year-old Pacquiao, who has looked stationary since his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.

De La Hoya thinks that Pacquiao would have given Mayweather a run for his money and possibly beaten him three years ago, but right now he doesn’t see that Pacquiao as capable of beating Mayweather, even though Pacquiao is two years younger than him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Geale doesn’t like Martin Murray’s chances against Golovkin

murray53By Scott Gilfoid: Britain’s Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) has a high #1 ranking with the World Boxing Council, but former world champion Daniel Geale doesn’t believe it’s going to ultimately help him next month when Murray gets inside the ring with the talented and hard hitting WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) in their fight on February 21st at the Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Geale, a recent knockout victim of Golovkin’s, doesn’t rule out a victory for the 32-year-old Murray in this clash, but he doesn’t have high hopes for the big middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Lucas Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov in the works for March or April

matthysse233By Dan Ambrose: A clash between #2 WBO light welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and former WBO 140 pound champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) is in the works for March or April this year.

Both fighters are up for the clash, and their promoters are on board for the fight as well. Provodnikov’s promoter Artie Pelullo wants to make the fight happen. However, if he’s unable to negotiate the fight, he’ll look to match the 30-year-old Provodnikov up against either Manny Pacquiao or Brandon Rios, according to RingTV. Read the rest of this entry »



title Signs of hope from the WBC

By Gav Duthie: In the past I have often criticized the various boxing authorities for playing their part in the bureaucracy that stops big fights from happening. To their credit the WBC have been actively looking to help give the fans what they want in the coming years with respect to the bouts we all want to see by avoiding some of these obstacles.  Read the rest of this entry »



title Anthony Joshua pulls out of Kevin Johnson fight due to back injury

joshua67By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #8 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) was forced to pull out of his previously scheduled fight against 35-year-old journeyman Kevin Johnson (29-6-1, 14 KOs) today due to a lingering pars stress fracture in Joshua’s back from his last fight against journeyman Michael Sprott last November.

The Joshua-Johnson fight was supposed to take place on January 31st at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »



title Deontay Wilder: Stiverne won’t get close enough to land a punch

deontay533By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight sensation Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) has heard a lot about how his opponent this Saturday WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) will be looking to counter him with left hooks and right hands each time Deontay comes within punching distance in their Showtime televised fight, and Deontay doesn’t see how the 36-year-old Stiverne will be able to connect with his shorter punches.

Deontay doesn’t plan on letting Stiverne get close enough to connect on any of his power shots in this fight because he’s going to keep him at arm’s length by fighting smart. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin’s promoter compares him to Mike Tyson

golovkin44By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler is comparing the hard hitting Golovkin to another Mike Tyson with the way that he’s been knocking out all of his opponents and quickly building up a huge fan base in a short period of time the same way Tyson did during his career.

Golovkin has stopped his last 18 opponents over a 7-year period. The last guy to go the distance with Golovkin was back in 2008 when Amar Amari was able to make it through 8 rounds in losing a one-sided unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mikey Garcia moving up to 140 pound division

mikey8By Dan Ambrose: After sitting out of the ring for an entire year, former two division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) says he plans on moving up two divisions to campaign as a light welterweight at 140 pounds.

Garcia, 27, wants to take a catch-weight fight under the full 140 pound limit for his first fight back, and then after that fight for a world title against one of the light welterweight champions.

Garcia hasn’t fought since beating Juan Carlos Burgos by a 12 round unanimous decision last year in January when he defended his WBO super featherweight title for the last time. Read the rest of this entry »



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