By Scott Gilfoid: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) could have #4 WBC James DeGale (14-1, 9 KO’s) breathing down his neck by the end of the year if DeGale’s promoter Mick Hennessey has his way. Hennessey is hoping DeGale, who now holds the WBC Silver super middleweight strap, will be Ward’s mandatory challenger this year so that DeGale can get a title shot.
Hennessey said to the Dailymail.com “By the end of this year, we are looking to become the mandatory challenger for WBC world champion Andre Ward.”
I’m frankly shocked that Hennessey is positioning DeGale to try and fight Ward because DeGale would stand no chance at all of beating him. The only thing DeGale hope for is to go the full 12 rounds without getting knocked out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 41-year-old struggling heavyweight Audley Harrison (28-6, 21 KO’s) says he wouldn’t mind getting a rematch against unbeaten David Price, who knocked him out in the 1st round last October in another fight where Harrison threw almost no punches before getting taken out. Harrison did the same thing in his 3rd round knockout loss to former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in November 2010 in this pay per view fiasco.
Harrison said to the dailystar.co.uk “I’m back, and I would love to fight David Price. He took me out and I would like the opportunity to avenge that…It made me look bad…It’s not over yet. I was too hyped up for the Price fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Looks like promoter Eddie Hearn wasn’t able to scratch up the big name that he wanted to find for his fighter former EBU middleweight champion Darren Barker (24-1, 15 KO’s) to fight on March 9th at the Wembley Arena, in London, United Kingdom.
Instead of getting a big name for Barker, Hearn found 37-year-old Italian Simone Rotolo (35-3, 15 KO’s). Barker and Rotolo will be fighting for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental middleweight title.
Needless to say, this has got to be a big disappointment for the 30-year-old Barker because he was hoping to get a shot against Andy Lee, Matthew Macklin or one of the other top middleweights in the division. Facing Rotlo has got to be a tremendous letdown. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (14-1, 9 KO’s) has finally picked out his next opponent and will be facing 2nd tier fighter Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (24-2, 16 KO’s) on March 23rd at the Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent, UK. DeGale, #2 WBO, #4 WBC, #6 IBF, appears to be taking a step down in class from his last fight against Fulgencio Zuniga, which DeGale won easily by a 12 round unanimous decision last December.
This isn’t exactly the world’s most dangerous opponent, and if DeGale was going to be facing easy opposition like this he’d have been better off keeping his EBU super middleweight title instead of getting rid of it and keeping the WBC Silver 168 lb. strap. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: A bout between former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KO’s) and former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) has reportedly been put together for May 25th, according to TVA Sports.
There’s no word what will happen with the 30-year-old Pascal’s planned title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, which had previously been penciled in for the same date at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.
The venue for the Bute-Pascal fight will be at one of three spots: Bell Centre, Olympic Stadium or PEPS Laval University. This is going to be a huge fight because both Bute and Pascal routinely fight in front of sold out audiences in Montreal, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) still hasn’t officially announced his May 4th fight with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) yet, but he’s expected to any day now, possibly this week. They need to get the fight announced so they can start building interest with fans to sell it on pay per view.
Mayweather has lost a lot of his ability to move around the ring in the last three years. Starting with his fight with Shane Mosley in 2010, Mayweather has become almost entirely a stationary fighter. He does move, but he walks now instead of moving around quickly on his toes the way he did in his prime. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-3, 18 KO’s) made it clear today that he’s not in the least interested in facing former heavyweight world title challenger Eddie Chambers (35-2-1, 25 KO’s) in a fight in the near future. Chambers, 30, tried to call Huck out on twitter today, and it got kind of ugly with both guys trash talking each other.
Huck said on his twitter “You [Chambers] are and remain a zero. I’m the world champion… You’re a janitor. You’re too weak, you have to prove yourself first. Dog whom thou wilt go ko come to me.”
Chambers responded: “Why don’t these cruiserweight champs ever unify?.. Because they all p**** hiding in the homeland! Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Gavin Rees, is under the impression that Rees wowed HBO and the American boxing fans with his 5th round TKO loss to WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner last Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Hearn believes HBO and the U.S fans came away impressed with Rees’ performance in getting dropped twice by Broner, and having his trainer pull him out quickly in the 5th round when things were looking bleak for Rees.
Hearn said to I Film London “Already we’re hearing HBO and American fans ‘Oh, we love Gavin Rees. We’d love to have him back. So that opens plenty of doors. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It seems that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is starting to have second thoughts about staging his fighter Manny Pacquiao’s next fight in September outside of the United States in order to dodge the high 39% tax rate Pacquiao would receive for fighting in the U.S.
Arum says that money Pacquiao will get for fighting in the U.S might be so good that it would still leave him with more cash than if he were to fight outside of the U.S in one of the Asian countries.
Arum told the Manila Standard, Pacquiao’s next fight in September “will not necessarily be held outside the United States. We’ll run the numbers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Gavin Rees’ promoter Eddie Hearn is confident that Rees will be getting another world title shot by the end of 2013 against one of the lightweight champions. Hearn says Rees will be back in the United States fighting because they were so impressed with his performance in getting stopped in the 5th round last Saturday night by WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner on HBO television.
Hearn said to Sky Sports “Gavin’s performance won him many admirers in America. He is a true warrior and we have already been approached about further fights in the U.S in early summer…the plan is to pick up another world title shot before the end of 2013.” Read the rest of this entry »