By Jim Dower: In something of a surprise result, 41-year-old #1 IBF Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) defeated International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-6-2, 6 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight at the Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: The light heavyweight division has been without a unified champion for some time now. As the alphabet soup of world titles swirl about the sea of competitors, changing hands readily, the fans have been left unfulfilled.
Recently though, Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2-2, 32 KO’s), owner of the WBA and IBF titles has made arrangements to fight Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KO’s), owner of the WBO title on November 8th, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Next Saturday night on October 18th, WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) will be in the ring hoping to put on a good performance in his “Mexican Style” fight against WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on HBO World Championship Boxing from increasingly popular venue at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The Golovkin-Rubio fight will likely be overshadowed by the co-feature bout pitting WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) against power house Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs). For me, this is the real headliner fight because it matches a young up and coming star in Walters against the heavily hyped former three division world champion Donaire.
It was only two years ago when Donaire was awarded the 2012 Fighter of the Year award by boxing writers for his victories over Jorge Arce, Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaki Nishioka and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Things have changed for Donaire since then. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a totally predictable outcome, Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) destroyed 34-year-old journeyman Denis Bakhtov (38-10, 25 KOs) by a 2nd round knockout to capture the World Boxing Council International heavyweight title at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Joshua hurt the aging veteran Bakhtov with some single power shots while he was foolishly perched against the ropes.
Joshua then flurried on the bleeding Bakhtov until referee Ian John-Lewis halted the fight at 1:00 of the 2nd round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao insisting on playing for the PBA, it puts him at risk for injury and it could jeopardize his November 22nd fight against unbeaten Chris Algieri in this fight at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China.
Pacquiao wants to play basketball and says he’ll only be playing a few minutes, but when you’ve got an important fight like his upcoming fight against Algieri then the last thing you want to do is play a game like basketball. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (8-0, 8 KOs) will be in the ring tonight looking to pick up his 9th victory against Russian journeyman Denis Bakhtov (38-9, 25 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has picked out a guy that Joshua will surely beat without him having to worry about taking much punishment. Bakhtov is a guy that was recently knocked out by Manuel Charr in 5 rounds, so that kind of tells you what Joshua is up against tonight. This fight should be over fairly quickly unless Bakhtov can test Joshua’s chin.
Bakhtov has decent punching power, but not huge power. I mean, the knockouts that he’s scored during his career have come against largely C level opposition that he’s been able to knockout with an accumulation of blows in fights that generally went deep. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Reynaldo Sanchez) By Ed Hernandez: “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.” Translation: “Tell me with whom you walk and I’ll tell you who you are.”
This pearl of wisdom is often expressed from the lips of nurturing Hispanic parents concerned over the well-being of their children who find themselves trapped in a hostile environment. It’s a reminder that life is rarely a journey in which we brave alone the obstacles placed on our path. Instead, one’s ability to succeed is influenced by those individuals who surround and support you. Sometimes those who accompany you are physically present but other times, they live within you. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver super featherweight champion Robinson Castellanos (20-10, 13 KOs) made easy work of Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KOs) last night in halting him in the 5th round of a one-sided fight at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
Castellanos, 32, knocked Rios down in the 2nd round. In the 5th, Castellanos hurt Rios with a right hand to the head. Castellanos unloaded with a flurry of shots until Rios turned his back on him, causing the referee Ray Corona to halt the fight at 0:11 of the 5th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The World Boxing Council reported earlier today that WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and unbeaten #1 WBC Viktor Postol (26-0, 11 KOs) have agreed to a fight.
The purse bid which had been scheduled for October 20th has now been cancelled. The fight date and the venue for the Garcia-Postol fight still have yet to be determined at this time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBO, #4 WBC, #8 IBF, #12 WBA middleweight contender Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) says he’s going to retire from boxing if he loses to #15 WBO Chris Eubank Jr (17-0, 12 KOs) in their grudge match next month on November 29th at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, in London, United Kingdom.
Saunders, 25, seems to take it as insult if he gets beaten by Eubank Jr for some reason. It’s hard to understand why though because Saunders has yet to cut his teeth on the true top tier of the middleweight division so it shouldn’t be a surprise if he gets beaten by one of the fringe level contenders like Eubank Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) will be defending his title against unbeaten #2 IBF, #2 WBO, #3 WBC Jermell Charlo (24-0, 11 KOs) on December 13th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. The Andrade-Charlo fight will be televised on Showtime.
This is a tough night for Showtime to be televising the Andrade vs. Charlo fight, because HBO will have former two division world champion Timothy Bradley facing Diego Chaves on the same night in a fight that will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »