By Chris Williams: It’s no secret that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t been matched against too many mobile fighters during his long 19-year pro career.
It’s also no secret that Pacquiao struggled badly in a recent fight where he had to deal with the mobile Tim Bradley two years ago. Perhaps for that reason, Pacquiao is concerned about how he’s going to deal with his next opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 41-year-old former 4 division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) says he’s been offered a ton of loot to face WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) for a fifth time, but Marquez doesn’t see the point in continuing to fight the aging Filipino fighter since he defeated him decisively by a 6th round knockout in their last meeting two years ago.
Marquez figures that he’s already beaten Pacquiao four times already, and been robbed on three of the occasions. Fighting Pacquiao a fifth time would be totally redundant because it’s something Marquez has already done so many times previously. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBO, #5 IBF, #11 WBC heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) is promising that his rematch against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) on November 29th will be a war when the two of them meet up at the ExCel Arena in London, UK.
The Chisora-Fury 2 fight will be a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout despite the fact that neither guy has beaten anyone of note during their careers. Fury’s biggest win of his 6-year pro career was against a 260 pound Chisora, which isn’t much of a win given how out of shape Chisora was for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The soon to be 41-year-old Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) is hoping to get an immediate rematch against IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs), who beat him by a 12 round unanimous decision last October to capture his International boxing Federation 160lb title at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
Soliman suffered a knee injury in the 6th round, which led to him getting knocked down four times in the fight in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th rounds. Soliman is rehabbing the injury and he’d like to face Taylor in his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) will be fighting two weeks from now against super featherweight Joel Montes de Oca (18-3, 10 KOs) on November 15th in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Gamboa, 32, hasn’t fought since being stopped in the 9th round by WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford last June in Omaha, Nebraska. Gamboa, 5’5”, fought surprisingly well against the bigger and heavier Crawford until the 5th round when he was dropped. Read the rest of this entry »
By Diarmuid Sherry: Anyone who has mattered at 168lbs, Andre Ward has beaten. Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Sakio Bika and recent challenger Edwin Rodriguez were all outfoxed by the superior Ward. Former Light Heavyweight Champion, Chad Dawson found that dropping the 7lbs to fight at Super Middleweight too difficult to cope with, and lost to a rare Ward knockout.
Ward was left with a choice, either stay at Super Middleweight and churn over any remaining challengers, or move a division north, and chase the big names in Light Heavyweight. He chose the former. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KOs) will be returning to the ring on December 13th after 10 months of inactivity to face an opponent still to be determined on the Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander card on Showtime from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Ortiz, 27, will be fighting an opponent still to be determined in a 10 round bout. Ortiz last fought in January of this year when he was quickly knocked out in 2 rounds by Luis Collazo. Ortiz made Collazo look like a great fighter, and this led to Collazo getting ranked highly by the WBA despite the fact that Collazo hadn’t beaten anyone of quality in years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a horrible mismatch, 42-year-old former World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KOs) an out of shape looking Richard Carmack (12-6, 10 KOs) in a 1st round knockout last Saturday night at the Isle of Capri Casino, in Lula, Mississippi, USA. Carmack weighed 300 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #6 WBC light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) had to struggle hard on Saturday night to defeat little known 32-year-old Doudou Ngumbu (33-6, 12 KOs) by an unimpressive 10 round unanimous decision at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Fonfara was hit constantly by the quicker Ngumbu, and he was fortunate that the France-based fighter ran out of gas. As it was, Fonfara took a lot of punishment, and ended up with a reddened face a bloody nose. The final judges’ scores were 98-92, 97-93, and 97-93. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Amir Khan’s former trainer Freddie Roach thinks he has a good chance of beating WBA/WBC 147 pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) next year in May if Khan gets selected for the fight.
Roach likes Khan’s hand speed and fighting style, as he believes he’s got the kind of style that will give Mayweather problems if the two of them face each other.
Khan is fighting former two-time world champion Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) on December 13th in a fight that many boxing fans believe will lead to Khan getting a title shot against Mayweather if he comes out victorious. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: For boxing fans worried about the December 13th fight between Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) and Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) possibly not taking place, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is saying that the fight will indeed be taking place on this date at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The contract for the fight has already been signed by Chaves, so the fight is good to go, according to Steve Kim.
There had been rumors floating around that Chaves, 28, holding out for more money. But luckily for fans the fight will still be going ahead as previously planned. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) thinks that IBF/WBA champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) sometimes reverts to acting if things aren’t going well for him in his fights.
Kovalev specifically mentions Hopkins’ first fight against Chad Dawson in October 2011, a fight in which Hopkins complained that he suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd round. The fight bout was then halted, and the fight was ultimately ruled as a no contest. Read the rest of this entry »