By Scott Gilfoid: With little more than a month to go for his big unification fight against his old nemesis WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) on May 25th, IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) says he feels ready to face Kessler and that he’s in good condition for their fight.
I hope that’s the case because I’d hate to hear excuses from Froch afterwards if things don’t right for him like the last time he faced Kessler in 2010.
Froch said to thesun.co.uk “I am getting that tingle in my hands and down my spine now, I know that feeling well and it means that I’m ready to fight…I feel like everything is clicking in training and sparring has been fantastic. I couldn’t ask to be in a better place than I am right now.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a sign of total arrogance, WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) wants Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) to fight him later on this year on the Mexican holiday on September 14th. Canelo wants that fight badly because it would bring him huge money, and big time fame overnight.
It would be a fight that could turn Canelo into a pay-per-view star just as the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather fight turned Mayweather into a PPV star from that point forward. Unfortunately for Canelo, he made a major miscalculation recently by pulling out of Mayweather’s May 4th fight card after his attempts at pressuring him for a September 14th fight failed to work. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 35-year-old former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) has a dangerous fight this Saturday night against WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Judah and Garcia were supposed to have fought last February but Garcia suffered a rib and thumb injury that made it necessary for him to postpone the fight. There are rumors that Garcia was too heavy and wouldn’t have been able to make the 140 lb. weight limit even by dehydrating.
Garcia is one of those light welterweights that are really heavy for the division and it gives him a good advantage over his lighter opponents. Judah could have problems in this fight if Garcia rehydrates up to 160+ because he’s more of a true light welterweight compared to Garcia, who is more of a junior middleweight in size. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Fresh off his poor performance against Steven Cunningham last Saturday night in a fight where Fury knocked Cunningham out while holding him in place with his left arm, Fury is now saying he’s ready to step up several levels and knockout IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko when he gets the chance at some point in the future.
Fury said to thesun.co.uk “When Wladimir fights me I will know him out just like I KO’d Steve Cunningham. If I have to go through [Kubrat] Pulev first then fine. I will knock him out too.”
Fury will have to go through Pulev if he wants to fight Wladimir because he’s not going to pick him out and give him a title shot based on Fury’s poor performance against Cunningham. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) will be fighting this Saturday night against Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) in what should be Khan’s last tune-up fight before he’s thrown back in with the sharks of the light welterweight division.
If Khan gets past the 33-year-old Diaz then he will have had two easy fights to build up his confidence to get him ready to start fighting the quality fighters in the 140 lb. division. If Khan can’t cut the mustard again then Golden Boy Promotions is going to have to seriously consider cutting him loose unless they’re okay with him being a gate keeper/Euro level fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: In a sign of what former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout was up against last Saturday night in his fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, one judge, Stanley Christodoulou, had Canelo up 80-71 after eight rounds.
In other words, the judge hadn’t given Trout a single round. This judge had given Canelo every round of the fight. That’s pretty sad and it just showed what Trout was facing in terms of judging at the fight because anyone with two eyes could see that Trout had won at least seven of the first eight rounds of the fight easily against a tiring, red-faced Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
Nurten Sen: If you were fortunate enough to have switched over from the circus at Madison Square garden and watched Nathan Cleverly vs. Robin Krasniqi, you might already know what I’m goıng to talk about. I noticed that some writers have suddenly become very quiet about Cleverly (26-0, 12kos), more specifically the ones who doubted him.
Had they tuned in, or later watched online even (as I’m certain they have, if they actually like boxing), then they couldn’t look you in the eye and honestly say that the young Brit hasn’t sent a major message to the boxing world. One might say the lack of analysis of his performance by naysayers indicates to how much of a degree they are concerned, and if they have a racial or nationalistic axe to grind then I think this is how they should feel. Concerned, very concerned. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: The 172 lb. WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) is still calling out 147 lb. welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) for him to face him on September 14th, which is the Mexican Independence Day. Mayweather fights at right at 147-150 for his fights, sow why should be fight a guy like Canelo who comes into his fights weighing over 170 lbs?
If Mayweather were to take that fight he’d be out-weighed by 25 lbs. Some of Canelo’s boxing fans think 25 pounds is nothing that Mayweather should take the fight anyway if he’s a courageous fighter.
Canelo said to the LA Times “How many times do I have to say it? Mayweather is who I want.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, so much for George Groves (18-0, 14 KO’s) fighting a top 10 contender for his May 25th fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Groves’ promoter Eddie Hearn had talked about him fighting a highly ranked contender for his next fight to lock him in as the mandatory for WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz.
Instead, Groves will be fighting the recently knocked out fringe contender Noe Gonzalez Alcoba (30-2, 22 KO’s). If you remember it was only last year that Alcoba was knocked out in the 2nd round by Adonis Stevenson in Montreal, Canada. Stevenson came out fast, cornered Alcoba and blasted him out in one of the easiest fights of Stevenson’s career. And now we’ve got Hearn hand-picking Alcoba for Groves. It’s hilarious, predictable and just so, so sad. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose; This may go over the heads of some boxing fans but here is what I believe: WBC junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez likely would have been jabbed silly and easily beaten by WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout last Saturday night if not for the semi-open scoring at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The World Boxing Association unknowingly gave the red-haired Canelo a huge advantage by having the open scoring system in place for this fight because it seems to favor guys with more power than the lighter punching guys. Canelo was out-punched in every round of the fight, and even in the round where he knocked Trout down in the 7th. Read the rest of this entry »