By Dan Ambrose: #3 WBO light welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) squeaked out a narrow 12 round majority decision over #4 WBO Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA. The final judges’ scores were 114-114, 115-113, and 115-113.
Matthysse turned Provodnikov’s face into hamburger in the fight after starting off quickly in the first two rounds. Provodnikov came back and fought well in rounds 3-4, 8-9 and 11-12. I thought he fought well enough to get a draw out of the fight, but two of the judges felt otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) stayed unbeaten in stopping #5 WBO Thomas Dulorme (22-2, 14 KOs) in the 6th round in a three knockdown performance on Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing from the University of Texas, in Arlington, Texas, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s quite common for fighters to appear overawed by the experience of getting in the ring with superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the first time, and this causes them to fight below their potential.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe feels that Manny Pacquiao will be a little overwhelmed by the impact of sharing the same ring with the world famous Mayweather in their fight on May 2nd next month, and he feels that Pacquioao us going to underperform instead of over perform. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Undefeated World Boxing Organization #3 contender Oleksandr Usyk (7-0, 7 KOs) put on a good performance tonight in beating WBO #15 Andrey Knyazev (11-2, 6 KOs) by an 8th round stoppage to keep pressure on WBO champion Marco Huck at the Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a controversial fight, #4 WBA lightweight contender Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 29 KOs) defeated #9 WBA Tony Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) by a very, very questionable decision on Saturday night to capture the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight title a the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Friday on April 24th, WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) will be performing on Spike TV on Premier Boxing Champions against the eager #8 WBC challenger Badou Jack (18-1-1, 12 KOs) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.
This fight has the makings of an exciting affair as long as it lasts. Jack, 31, is getting his first and possibly his last shot at a title, and he wants to make sure that he makes the most of it. If Dirrell knocks Jack out like a lot of boxing fans see happening, then it’s possible that Jack will never get another world title shot. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Emily Harney – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Daniel Reed: Tonight, on the day of Saturday, April 18th, only mere hours away, boxing fans across the world could possibly be treated to something special and unique taking place in the Turning Stone Arena, Verona, New York. Two fighters in the Super-Lightweight division who prefer to talk with their fists and are old-school warriors to the core will be laying it all on the line tonight.
From different corners of the world but with the same attitude, you may come close to being able to predict what may happen but the truth is nobody knows exactly what will transpire tonight, that is because this fight is a true 50/50 fight, and the number of possible outcomes leave only one thing certain, there will be fireworks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Many boxing fans do not like it. They hate it. They loathe it. And whatever boxer proposes it, that fighter is going to get attacked. Catch weight simply means that a fighter must weigh a certain weight the night before the fight.
For example, Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale are fighting at a catch weight of 157 pounds. This means both fighters must get on the scale at 157 or under the night before the fight. On fight night, unless there is a rehydration clause, then both fighters are allowed to weigh whatever they want. But does the catch weight give an advantage or disadvantage? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) plans on welcoming WBC 160 pound champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) to the middleweight division when they face each other two months from now in a catch-weight fight at 157 pounds on June 6th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
If Geale can use his mobility to bounce around the ring for 12 rounds against Cotto then he’ll have a good chance of out-boxing him the way that Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr. did in their victories over the Puerto Rican star in 2012. They used movement to get the better of Cotto and limit the amount of power shots he was able to land. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks it’s comical to hear talk of Manny Pacquiao being able to possibly score a knockout over Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their fight in two weeks from now on 5/2. Floyd Sr., like a lot of boxing fans, has noticed that Pacquiao hasn’t knocked anyone out since 2009 when he defeated Miguel Cotto in a strength-draining catch-weight at 145 pounds.
With zero knockouts ever since in Pacquiao’s last nine fights, Floyd Sr. doesn’t see him as having any chance at all of scoring a knockout when his power seemingly has abandoned him since that catch-weight fight against Cotto six long years ago. Read the rest of this entry »