By Jim Dower: #3 WBO, #10 WBC heavyweight knockout artist Andy Ruiz Jr (23-0, 17 KOs) will be fighting 38-year-old former WBO heavyweight title holder Siarhei Liakhovich (26-6, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout on December 20th at the Celebrity Theater, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Ruiz’s promoters at Top Rank are taking their time with the 25-year-old Ruiz by matching him slowly against guys that can build up his skill-set and confidence. However, they’re going to need to do something about his weight, because he’s far too heavy to compete against the top tier guys unless he drops a good 30-40 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) is being talked about defending his title against former IBF 154 pound champion Ishe Smith (26-6, 12 KOs) in less than two months on December 12th in a fight that will be televised by Showtime Championship Boxing, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
There isn’t a venue for the Lara-Smith fight, but it could take place in San Antonio, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Oliver Norager: Former IBF Super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2,24KOs) faces tough Argentinean Roberto Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs) at the Bell Centre, Montreal on December 6. This fight will prove if the 34-year old Bute has something left in the tank. Bute has decided to team up with Hall of Fame-trainer Freddie Roach for the Bolonti fight.
Bute has, of course, seen what turnaround has done with Miguel Cotto’s career and wants to try do the same thing with his own career. Bute hasn’t looked as himself since he was beat by Carl Froch, in devastating fashion. Read the rest of this entry »
by Oliver Norager – IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) faces the durable, but limited Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) on the 21 of February in Monte Carlo. This is actually a decent fight for the hard punching Golovkin. Murray is a decent operator with a tight defense, so getting Murray out of his misery early will prove something to the public, because neither Felix Sturm or Sergio Martinez were able to get him out of there, but they don’t have the power that Golovkin has.
Once Murray starts feeling Golovkin punches he will get into survival mode, so expect a blowout in the middle rounds once Murray feels that he can’t compete with the likes of Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) will be back in action in the next four months against former two time world title challenger Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) on February 21st in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Murray, #1 WBC, has the rankings to make this a potentially good fight, but it’s unclear if he has the power, hand speed and talent to make this a competitive fight. Golovkin seems to think he does, as he rates Murray as the best of the European middleweights right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #6 WBA Austin Trout (27-2, 14 KOs) will be back in the ring on December 11th in a 10 round bout against Luis Grajeda (17-3-2, 13 KOs) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California, USA.
Trout, 29, wants to make a move for a world title shot if he can get past the 27-year-old Grajeda on 12/11. However, Trout has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights, and looked poor in each of them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) thinks he’s going to make history next week in his unification fight against WBO champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Hopkins, 49, thinks his years of clean living will help him beat back the younger and stronger 31-year-old Kovalev in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that the fight that boxing fans are craving to see right now is a clash between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) rather than Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
De La Hoya thinks that the Canelo-Cotto fight can bring in over 2 million pay-per-view buys despite the fact that neither Canelo or Cotto have proven themselves capable of drawing above 300,000 PPV buys when they were the A-side of a PPV card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Oliver Norager: Former WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) is expected to make an announcement about his upcoming fight soon. Kessler hasn´t fought since his close decision loss to IBF/WBA champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) in May of 2013 in London, England. In that fight Kessler chose not to come out and fight Froch for the first 3 rounds and that cost him the entire fight. When Kessler chose to mix it up with Froch he always connected on Froch’s chin and Froch looked badly hurt at times, especially in the 11 round. The former champion Kessler didn’t fight Froch like in their first fight in Herning, Denmark in 2010. In that fight Kessler was the aggressor and was walking Froch down. Froch’s bravery and good chin held him up in that fight Read the rest of this entry »
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 light heavyweight unification bout with Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
Question: How do you study Hopkins?
Sergey Kovalev: “I don’t study anybody. It is better to go to the gym to do some work for my shape or spend time to cook my breakfast or sleep in my bed. Why I need to spend the time?”
Q: Other than your power, what could be your strength against Hopkins? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) is putting on the finishing touches for his training camp to get ready for his November 22nd fight against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) in their catch-weight fight at 144 pounds at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, in Macao S.A.R., China.
Roach is saying that this is one of the best training camps the 35-year-old Pacquiao has had before in his many years of training the Filipino star. Roach feels that Pacquiao has been doing everything that he’s asked for, and has done well against the three sparring partners Viktor Postol, Mike Jones and Stan Martyniouk that he brought along with him to the Philippines to help Pacquiao get ready. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Taking a good look at the boxing landscape I think next year is pivotal for the future popularity of the sport.
It is a make or break year for some of the decades biggest fights and is likely to see many high profile retirements. 2015 could finally see big changes in the heavyweight scene as well as a Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao scrap which is long overdue. We will also be looking for prospects like Gennady Golovkin to have a career defining fight. Read the rest of this entry »