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title Cotto hints he’ll vacate title if WBC forces Golovkin fight

1-CottoBy Dan Ambrose: The World Boxing Council had better think twice about trying to force WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) into facing someone like Gennady Golokvin, his WBC mandatory challenger, because Cotto says he’ll save his three percent from the sanctioning fees he gives the WBC and go ahead and face the guys he wants to face.

Cotto would vacate the WBC title if they push the issue of trying to force him to face the guys they want him to face instead of the fighters he prefers. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao only interested in Mayweather rematch

1-MAYPAC-FIGHTNIGHT-TRAPPFOTOS-5568By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) is said to be only interested in coming back for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and no one else, according to an insider for Philstar.

Pacquiao is still recovering from shoulder surgery on a torn rotator cuff injury that he aggravated in his last fight against Mayweather on May 2nd. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is interested in bringing him back next year in a fight in Dubai against possibly someone like Amir Khan or Kell Brook. However, the insider says that Pacquiao isn’t interested in fighting in a Middle Eastern country. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto not worried about Daniel Geale rehydrating to 170+

1-Cotto5By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) isn’t worried in the slightest in the potential of his opponent Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs), who is a legitimate middleweight, rehydrating from the 157lb catch-weight all the way into the mid-170s by the time the two fighters face each other this Saturday, June 6th, on HBO Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Cotto feels that his experience will negative whatever weight advantage that the 34-year-old Geale has in this fight. Cotto will likely be no heavier than 160, which means he could be giving away 10-15 pounds against a 170+ pound Geale in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina to be shown on Sky Sports
By Scott Gilfoid: British boxing fans will get the opportunity to see the June 13th title defense by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) against his #9 WBC challenger Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) in a fight that will be televised by Sky Sports in the UK.

The Wilder-Milina fight will be taking place at the Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. It’s a fight that is also being televised in the United States on Showtime Boxing. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kevin Johnson says he’s retiring from boxing after loss to Anthony Joshua

johnson4444By Scott Gilfoid: Following his 2nd round knockout loss to undefeated heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (13-, 13 KOs) last Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK, 35-year-old American Kevin Johnson (29-7-1, 14 KOs) has decided to call it a career and retire from the game.

Johnson dropped a big hint that he may have come into the fight with some kind of injury that effected his right arm because he said he was helpless to block Joshua’s left hooks. As it turns out, it was Joshua’s right hand that did the most damage in the form of rabbit punches while he was flurrying on him in the 1st round after Johnson made the mistake of retreating to the ropes. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hearn bellyaching about how difficult it is to match Anthony Joshua

joshua56777By Scott Gilfoid: With the latest success in #6 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) obliterating another old timer in Kevin Johnson (29-7-1, 14 KOs) in two rounds last Saturday night, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is now bellyaching about how difficult it is for him to find decent opponents for the 25-year-old Brit to fight.

Of course, it would help if Hearn would open up his pocket book to find some nice cash to help lure some of these so-called reluctant heavyweights to take on the 6’6” Joshua. I mean, you’re not going to get quality opponents if you’re not willing to pay the kind of cash that the better fighters want. Read the rest of this entry »

title If Khan doesn’t get Mayweather fight, then what?

khan02222(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) just passed what he hoped was his audition last Friday in beating Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to try and get a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September. If Khan gets the Mayweather fight, he’d be getting a good payday on top of the honor of being the last opponent of his 19-year pro career.

Khan more than anything wants to hand Mayweather his first defeat because he feels it would validate his own career if he could be the guy that beat Mayweather. But if Khan doesn’t get the fight against Mayweather, then where does Khan go next? Khan has just beaten five soft opponents in a row in defeating Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and now Chris Algieri. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kell Brook: A fight against Brandon Rios excites me

chaves66661122By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it’s looking more and more like IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) will be facin Top Rank fighter Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) in August. Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn said repeatedly after his fight against Frankie Gavin that they like the idea of facing Rios next in August.

It’s a nice little mismatch for Brook, who has been complaining a lot about being ignored by Amir Khan for a fight. In turn, Khan is saying that he’s not interested in fighting Brook because the guy faces little known opposition and doesn’t take risks with his career. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lee Selby wants unification fight “in a year or two”

selby044By Scott Gilfoid: After winning the IBF featherweight title last Saturday in beating champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-1-1, 9 KOs) by an 8 round technical decision, Britain’s Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) says he’s going to focus on defending the IBF title for the next year or two before he starts looking to fight the other featherweight champions in unification fights.

Selby beat Gradovich by the scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 79-73. This came after Gradovich had been cut over his right eye from a head clash. He’d also been cut over his left eye. Read the rest of this entry »

title Does Khan have a chance against Mayweather?

EW5G6706By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) may not have looked too good in beating Chris Algieri last Friday night in winning a tougher than expected 12 round unanimous decision, but he did his job and kept his career on the right tracks to move forward to whatever the future will bring him.

Khan, 28, is hoping that the fight he gets next is against superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. next September on the Mexican Independence Day holiday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather almost has to face Khan if he wants to fend off the Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight from taking his date in September. Read the rest of this entry »

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