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title Will Lucian Bute’s chin withstand Pascal’s power tonight?

froch3232By Allan Fox: A rusty NABF light heavyweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) will be taking a very dangerous fight for him tonight against former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Bute is the underdog in this fight, but not because Pascal is a great fighter or anything close to that.

Bute’s mainly the underdog because of his stoppage loss to Carl Froch in 2012, and then his shaky performance in his last fight in beating Denis Grachev. Some boxing fans are saying that Bute has lost a lot and is a shot fighter while others see it as a case that he was never that good to begin with and well-protected by his Canadian promoters. Read the rest of this entry »

title Great Brits #3: Joe Calzaghe

calzaghe56736735By Olly Campbell: Joe Calzaghe has long divided public opinion among fight fans. Not brash, loud, obnoxious or self promoting, he has always had something to prove. Especially to the American audience who long doubted the boy from Newbridge, South Wales had what it took to become their idea of a pay-per-view star.

For those who have followed the epic career of Joe closely, they will know that such pre-occupations were never really a consideration of his. The longest reigning British world champion in history, his incredible tenure as top of the super middleweights, cemented his place in the record books for those who really mattered. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather says he’ll be retiring in September 2015

floyd09000By Chris Williams Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) says he plans on retiring next year in September. In a dinner event in South Africa on Friday, Mayweather said this via AP “September 2015 will be my last.” Mayweather is expected to finish out the remaining 4 fights on his Showtime/CBS 6-fight contract next year, and September is obviously his cutoff for when he feels he’ll be finished with the contract.

But just because Mayweather is saying he’ll be retiring in September 2015 doesn’t mean he actually will. If he runs the table and finishes the remaining 4 fights on his Showtime contract looking good and winning all 4 fights, it’s very likely that Showtime or maybe even HBO will offer Mayweather another huge contract. Read the rest of this entry »

title Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo added to Canelo-Angulo PPV undercard

molina3By Dan Ambrose: There’s been a change to the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo undercard on Showtime pay-per-view on March 8th. The Jorge Linares vs. Nihito Arakawa fight won’t be on the PPV portion of the broadcast, according to Dan Rafael.

The fight will now be on regular Showtime before the PPV portion of the broadcast starts. In place of the Linares-Arakawa fight, Golden Boy has added the Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO’s) vs. Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KO’s) to the PPV section of the card. Read the rest of this entry »

title Carl Frampton targeting Leo Santa Cruz

frampton80By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated #2 IBF, #2 WBC, #10 WBO, Carl Frampton (17-0, 12 KO’s) says he wants WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KO’s) and he expects to be able to get a fight against him in the next 4-5 months. Frampton fancies himself to be up to the task of beating Santa Cruz, as he thinks his style is beatable for him.

“We’re going after Leo Santa Cruz now, and I think the fight can be realistically made,” Frampton said to Sky Sports. “I think I can get Santa Cruz in 4-5 months.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Brook wants Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter winner in June

thurman11By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBA, Kell Brook (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) says he’ll be fighting the winner of the proposed Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter fight by next June at the latest. The Thurman-Porter fight is being talked about by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer for next April, and the chances are very high that Thurman will emerge as the winner of that fight unless he can somehow mug Thurman in the same way he did to Devon Alexander last December.

“Shawn Porter vs. Keith Thurman. The winner I get before June.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Adonis Stevenson to fight Andrzej Fonfara next

stevenson56By Allan Fox: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) will be having an easy title defense in his next fight against #4 Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO’s) in a still to be determined date, according to Fightnews. This isn’t unexpected that Stevenson would be fighting the 26-year-old Fonfara next, but it’s still a little jarring to hear the news because it’s a step down from Stevenson’s last fight against Tony Bellew from last November.

Stevenson easily beat Bellew by a 6th round TKO. But Fonfara isn’t even at the same level as Bellew, and this could be over quickly with Stevenson stopping Fonfara in 2 or 3 rounds at the most. Read the rest of this entry »

title Canelo-Angulo undercard takes shape

canelo665By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions has stacked the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo undercard with smaller fighters for their March 8th pay-per-view bout on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a risky thing for Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer to do in putting little super featherweights and lightweights as Canelo’s chief support on the card, because the Canelo vs. Angulo fight is a mismatch and it likely will be about as entertaining as Canelo’s fight with Josesito Lopez. Read the rest of this entry »

title Froch vs. Chavez Jr. possible for July, says Hearn

froch83By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says that a fight between his fighter IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) is possible for July.

George Groves is also a possibility for Froch’s next fight, but Hearn seems to be really excited about the idea of matching Froch against the 27-year-old Chavez Jr. next, provided that he wins his scheduled rematch against Brian Vera on March 1st in San Antonio, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

title Bellew sees Bute as damaged goods

bute3446By Scott Gilfoid: Having been obliterated recently by Adonis Stevenson, former 175 lb. contender Tony Bellew says he sees Canada’s Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) as not being the same fighter after his loss to Carl Froch two years ago in Nottingham, UK, and he thinks that Bute will lose this Saturday night in his clash with fellow Canadian Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Bellow thinks it’ll come down to Pascal’s youth and experience in leading him to victory over the 33-year-old Bute. Pascal is two years younger at 31. Read the rest of this entry »

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