by Jordan Capobianco: I’m probably one stupid American to be putting myself in the middle of this mess. But as an American watching 2 British boxers, I didn’t really have a proverbial horse in the race. I haven’t seriously rooted for a boxer from the U.K. since Lennox Lewis. Of course, I had heard of Carl Froch. Everyone has. He’s been around long enough. Fought enough names. Had more than enough championship bouts. I saw him lose to Ward, I saw him return to glory by beating Kessler, Mack, and Bute. Before the Groves fight was announced, I was even telling people I thought Froch deserved a rematch with Ward. I had respect for Froch.
But I had respect for George Groves, also. I watched Groves beat every opponent he’s fought since Glen Johnson. I was impressed by his stuff. I agreed that he was one of, if not the, most promising prospects in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: This Saturday night unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KO’s) will be taking a decent test in his first title defense of his World Boxing Organization title against #15 WBO Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KO’s) on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs.Tony Bellew card at the Colisee de Quebeck, Quebec City, Canada.
Sillakh, 6’1″, has good size and excellent skills. He’s a very mobile fighter and reminds one of a shorter, lighter version of Wladimir Klitschko, but without his power and size. The 28-year-old Sillakh’s career hit a speed bump last year when he was stopped by Russian Denis Grachev in the 8th round in a fight that Sillakh was dominating at the time of the stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) seemed to get upset with the questioning from HBO’s Max Kellerman last Saturday night moments after Rios had been beaten badly by Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Rios lost about as bad as a fighter can lose when it comes to a decision, and he wasn’t a happy camper moments after the fight when the judges scores revealed that he had lost by the scores 119-109, 120-108 and 118-110.
Rios’ face was badly swollen to where both sides of his eyes and the sides of his face were swollen outwards, and it looked painful. He had taken a vicious beating in a fight that probably should have been stopped by the 8th round when it was evident that Rios was not going to win and was just taking a one-way beating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel James: After watching another truly great domestic dust up between the British legend Carl Froch and one of the best up and coming prospects George Groves, the controversial stoppage almost immediately had me wondering, “what about a rematch?”. Perhaps this was naive of me, seeing as how unlikely such a rematch would be.
Carl Froch in particular, still has a lot of options to consider, a mandatory defense of his IBF title against Lucian Bute in Canada, a big money fight with the Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, an opportunity to avenge his only other loss to the Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, the power punching sensation Gennady Golovkin or even a catch weight fight with light heavy weight IBF champ Bernard Hopkins. However, if a rematch were to happen, who would be at the advantage? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) believes that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) fought like someone without a clue last Saturday night for long stretches in their controversial fight at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. Groves thinks he dominated the 36-year-old Froch in every way you could think of until the referee Howard John Foster jumped in between them and prematurely stopped the fight.
Groves doesn’t know what to think of with Foster other than he made a huge blunder in stopping the bout.
Groves said to Sky Sports “I could bully him whenever I wanted to. He was clueless for large portions of the fight. Carl sat down post-fight at ringside and said ‘Let’s have a rematch.’ Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank says he’ll be deciding on who Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent will be for his next fight on April 12th within two weeks. Arum isn’t naming any of the guys that are in the running for the fight, but it’s the usual suspects – Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov. Mayweather Jr. is at the top of the food chain, but he’s also the least likely of the bunch to take the fight due to the fight not being appealing enough for him.
Pacquiao has lost 2 out of his last three fights, he doesn’t have a major title, and he hasn’t fought a top welterweight since last year when he was beaten by Tim Bradly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night #7 WBC, #11 IBF Dereck Chisora (18-4, 12 KO’s) will be facing 29-year-old Ondrej Pala (32-3, 22 KO’s) at the Copper Box Arena, in London, United Kingdom. Pala is from the Czech Republic and he’s been stopped by Konstantin Airich, and Denis Boytsov in the past and beaten on points by German heavyweight Rene Dettweiler. Chisora will be defending his EBU heavyweight strap in this fight, which I guess explains the choice of Pala as his opponent rather than a world level fighter.
The downside of Chisora fighting another easy mark like Pala is that if Chisora looks bad or gets beaten, which is a definite possibility given his limited skills, then it would probably signal the end of Chisora’s hopes and dreams of getting another world title shot. As it is, it’s going to take Chisora ages before he becomes a mandatory for one of the Klitschko brothers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Al Hmiel: Obviously George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) fought a great fight against the WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch last Saturday night. Groves stunned the boxing world with his quickness and speed in beating down Froch in the first 8 rounds of their title fight in Manchester, UK. The shocking knockdown of Froch in the first round quieted the Froch fan filled arena.
Groves proved his meddle and worthiness in beating the extremely slow Froch consistently till the hasty stoppage of questionable merit by the Referee in the 9th round. Froch at 36 looked 56 the first 8 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach is ecstatic over the performance of his fighter Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) after his 12 round unanimous decision win over tune-up fighter Brandon Rios last Saturday night in the tax-friendly Macao, China. Pacquiao won the fight easily, and it’s got Roach thinking that he’s good enough to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr., if he could only get him to agree to fight Pacquiao.
Roach thinks Mayweather Jr. has gotten slower recently, and he sees Pacquiao using the the previously tested Roach strategy of trying to overwhelm Mayweather with punches to beat him. It’s a failure of a strategy because all of Mayweather’s try the same thing against him and it always fails, but Roach thinks it’ll work. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) will be facing the music this Saturday night in his title challenge of WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Given that the fight is taking place in Canada, I have a feeling that we won’t have to worry about in early controversial stoppages in this fight where a referee opts to step in and stop the fight while both guys are still alert and fighting.
Bellew is really taking a huge step up from the guys that he’s been facing his entire career. We’re talking about a fighter that was beaten by Nathan Cleverly and who arguably should have two defeats on his resume from his fights against Isaac Chilemba. It doesn’t look for Bellew that he couldn’t even beat those two guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Turturice: Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2 with 38KO’s) dominating show over Brandon Rios (31-2-1 with 23KO’s) has shown the sports writers that he is back atop the boxing world. Is this really the case? I see this in a whole different light. Rios is a good solid blood and guts fighter but also tailored made for the speedy Pacquiao.
This fight was just a replay of the Margarito fight. The same straight forward, slow footed style that Pacquiao destroyed before. Now I am confident that this fight was made to build Manny’s confidence since his string of loses and the KO served up by Marquez. At the end of the night it looked to me that the Pacquiao camp was riding high. Read the rest of this entry »
By Al Hmiel: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) was robbed in what should hav been a 1st round KO of IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) last Saturday night in Manchester, UK. Granted, Froch is probably the UK’s greatest fighter of all time, but Groves showed little respect for Froch and just wouldn’t bow down to the king of British boxing. Groves did not fear or respect Froch.
Groves started out fast and stunned the 36-year-old slow as frozen molasses Froch. Not since Andre Ward showed how slow Froch actually was has the slowness of Carl been so apparent until meeting up with the 25 year old Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Juan dela Cruz: After teaching Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios a boxing lesson at The Venetian Hotel in Macau, China last Saturday, the world in now asking, “Who’s next for Manny Pacquiao?” Several names cropped up during an interview with Bob Arum, Top Rank big boss, right after the fight. They were Floyd Mayweather Jr, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, and Ruslan Provodnikov.
Despite Arum saying Mayweather fight is still a possibility, we all knew it won’t happen simply because Floyd doesn’t want it for many ridiculous reasons only he can make. So the names can be trimmed down to only three, Marquez, Bradley, and Provodnikov. We all knew Pacquiao is always ready to face anyone of them. But he needs to determine who’s gonna be first. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: It was great to see Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) back in the ring last night in beating Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision in Macao, China. His performance was really good but I won’t let myself to be influenced by his loyal fans and fellow writers who believe he is already ready to face Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Manny did clearly win his fight against Brandon Rios, and I had it 120-108. But let us not forget that the “Bam Bam” Rios’ boxing style was tailor-made for Pacquiao, and still was not able to knock him out. It was not a surprise to see that Manny still has power, mobility and speed; what did surprise me is that Brandon Rios was able to land a couple of good shots on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rav: Having watched the Carl Froch vs. George Groves fight last night, I saw two completely different scenarios which we didn’t think would happen; Froch was pushed back by Groves and at times looked amateurish and crude and didn’t know what to do, took way too many shots and looked punch drunk at times from heavy shots from Groves.
Due to this condition, chin and punch resistance being so good, Froch was able to fight on. Groves showed excellent technical skills with movement, stunning one punch power and the ability to exploit his opponents weaknesses with his strengths. Read the rest of this entry »
By Timothy Medina: Last December, all boxing fans were anticipating the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Marquez. The fourth fight seemed like it would put an end to the Pacquiao versus Marquez saga. It was a fight surrounded by controversy and Marquez was hoping to have his arms raised in victory to end the saga.
The fight ended sooner than anyone had expected, and it ended in the most surprising way. A right hand by Marquez at the end of the sixth round snapped Pacquiao’s head back and down to the canvas he went. It was thrilling while terrifying due to the fact that Pacquiao was laid out for a few minutes until finally sitting up completely unaware of what hit him. Many boxing fans including myself asked the same question that Larry Merchant asked after the knockout. “Will Manny Pacquiao ever be seen in the ring again?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With the news that WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s) is interested in facing Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s), trainer Freddie Roach says that he’d gladly take that match-up between Pacquiao and Mikey.
Roach said to Radio Raheem “I hear Mikey Garcia is calling him out. We’ll fight him.”
This would be an easy fight for Bob Arum of Top Rank to make because Mikey is one of his fighters in his Top Rank stable, so putting the fight together would be an easy one for Arum. Read the rest of this entry »
By Florin: I have decided to write this article after witnessing the huge controversy in the aftermath of Saturday’s night grudge match between fellow Brits Carl Froch and George Groves.
Groves started off well and immediately dropped Froch by way of a huge right hand. To his credit Froch picked himself off the canvas and survived the round but he was staggered and could not get his shots flowing until later in the fight. Groves clearly dominated the fight and in my opinion he clearly won most of the rounds by scoring the cleaner shots and showing the better skill. Read the rest of this entry »