By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury says he plans on restarting training camp next week for his rematch against former world champion Wladimir Klitschko on October 29. The fight is supposed to be taking place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) suffered an ankle injury while training for his previously scheduled fight against Wladimir on July 9.
Fury, 28, apparently has finished licking his wounds from his ankle injury and is ready to restart the camp. Some boxing fans think that Fury’s injury was a way for him to give him more time to lose some of the tonnage that he’d put on after beating Wladimir last November.
Whatever the case, Fury is restarting training camp this week, and he looks considerably thinner than he did when he first started his last training camp. You no longer can see Fury’s double-chin that he was sporting, and his jowls around his face don’t look puffy with fat like they were before he started his previous training camp. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Alexander Povetkin continues to be the #1 mandatory challenger to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder in the World Boxing Council’s new ratings for August. This means that the WBC still hasn’t made up their mind what they’re going to do with the 36-year-old Povetkin after his positive drug test for a banned substance.
Wilder, 30, appears to be getting tired of the WBC taking their time, and he’s talking now of wanting to get it over with and facing Povetkin because he feels confident that he can beat him.
The WBC is still investigating Povetkin’s case. Just when they’ll make their ultimate decision is anyone’s guess. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is watching his career fly by with him being inactive for long stretches at a time. The now 30-year-old Chavez Jr. says he wants to get back inside the ring in September against an opponent still to be determined. Chavez Jr. says the fight will be at light heavyweight at 170lbs. That would make it Chavez Jr’s fourth fight in the light heavyweight division since moving up to super middleweight three years ago.
It seems like the smarter move for Chavez Jr. would be for him to simply move up to the 175lb division and have it done with. At least that way, he wouldn’t have to fight making 168, which I don’t think that’s an easy weight for him. Chavez Jr. had to battle hard to make 160 during his time fighting in that division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) turned down a fight against Gabriel Rosado for the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Liam Smith card for September 17. By doing so, Saunders appears to have been taken out of the running for a fight against Canelo for December. Golden Boy Promotions was interested in matching Saunders against their Golden Boy fighter Rosado on the Canelo-Smith card in order to possibly build up a fight between Canelo and Saunders for December.
Golden Boy still hasn’t given up on the idea of matching Rosado against Saunders for December if he’s willing to take the fight then. If not, then it’s unclear whether Saunders will ever get a fight against the popular Mexican star Canelo.
I’m not sure if it’s a conditional thing with Golden Boy that Saunders faces their fighter Rosado first in order to earn the fight against Canelo, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After beating Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (23-5-2, 15 KOs) by a 10 round split decision, former IBF/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) called out Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto for fights. Margarito, 38, feels he rates a fight against one of these two stars despite the fact that he barely beat the 30-year-old Ramon Alvarez last night in their 10 round fight at the Baja California Center in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
Alvarez wants a rematch with Margarito because he feels he should have been given the decision. However, it doesn’t look like Margarito is particularly interested in giving the 5’8” Alvarez a second fight. Margarito knocked Alvarez down in the 8th round and won the fight by the scores 97-92, 97-92 for Margarito and 95-94 for Alvarez. Margarito appeared to win five to six rounds of the fight. His knockdown of Alvarez in the 8th was the clincher.
Alvarez rallied hard in the 9th and 10th rounds to make the final results close, but it wasn’t enough. The boxing fans at ringside were cheering Margarito all night long, and they seemed to be satisfied with the decision at the end of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Roy Jones Jr. pot-shotted his way to a dull 10 round unanimous decision over 40-year-old journeyman Rodney Moore (17-12-2, 7 KOs) last Saturday night at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. Like in all of his fights, the 47-year-old Jones (64-9, 46 KOs) fought with his hands down by his sides and did a lot of showboating and taunting of the badly over-matched Moore. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Antonio Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) proved that he still has a little left of his once impressive boxing skills tonight in defeating #12 WBC 154lb contender Ramon “Incocente” Alvarez (23-5-2, 15 KOs) by a 10 round split decision on Saturday night to capture the WBO Continental junior middleweight title at the Baja California Center in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
The final judges’ scores were 97-92, 97-92 for Margarito, and 95-94 for Alvarez. Margarito dropped Alvarez in round eight with a right hand to the head that caused him to fall stumbling to the canvas. Before the knockdown, Margarito had landed a number of hard shots that drop a hurt Alvarez to the corner where he was knocked down.
Margarito initially had problems in round one, as he was getting countered by Alvarez each time he would attempt to throw one of his painfully slow punches. Alvarez was able to hit Margarito with some nice left hooks and right hands. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford took some shots at WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia this week on Twitter for some unknown reason. Garcia took the high road by not firing back on the 28-year-old Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) Crawford the way he would have if he had wanted to. Crawford’s trash talking won’t lead to him getting a fight against Garcia.
They’re both with separate management, and it’s just not realistic that they’re face each other. Garcia is with Al Haymon and Crawford is with Bob Arum of Top Rank. Need I say more? This means that Crawford’s career will likely involve him fighting Jessie Vargas, Viktor Postol [again], Ruslan Provodnikov, and Jessie Vargas. I see Crawford fighting those guys, but definitely not Danny Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Conor McGregor, one of the best fighters in UFC, says he’s still interested in fighting boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he comes up with the money to make the fight happen. McGregor, 27, reportedly wants a 50-50 deal to fight Mayweather, and he says he would go into the match confident that he would beat him in a boxing ring.
The one sticking point that could prevent the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight from ever taking place is the money that Mayweather would want for the fight to happen.
Mayweather wants $100 million, and that’s not going to happen if McGregor is getting a 50-50 deal. as popular as the fight between them might be, it’s not likely going to bring in $200 million. Mayweather has been gone too long from the sport, and his last two fights against Andre Berto and Manny Pacquiao were disappointing affairs with Mayweather not taking any chances to entertain the paying fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: There’s a lot of confusion among boxing fans in who are the very best welterweights in the division right. The ratings that we see from the four sanctioning bodies and Ring Magazine almost appear to some fans be senseless without reason. For example, Ring Magazine has Kell Brook rated No.1, and that’s not someone that the average boxing fans would agree as being good enough to deserve that rating.
This is why I’ve decided to make my own list, which I personally feel is a lot better than the sanctioning bodies and Ring Magazine’s bizarre rankings systems. It’s nice to remove politics from the ranking systems and just go with who the actual best fighters are. That’s why I feel that my list of welterweights is far better than we could ever hope to get from the alphabet sanctioning bodies or Ring Magazine. Read the rest of this entry »