By Chris Williams: There’s little question that the hulking 5’7” WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) will have a huge height and weight advantage over WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) in their fight a month from now on April 13th on HBO at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA.
If being the bigger guy was all that Donaire needed to win this fight then he’d have no problems winning it because he’s three inches taller and will likely be close to 15 pounds heavier than Rigondeaux when they set inside the ring on April 13th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: HBO analyst Max Kellerman is picking unbeaten former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) to beat Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) in their rematch this month on March 30th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, in Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Kellerman believes their first fight should have been Fight of the Year for 2012 instead of the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao fourth fight.
Kellerman said to HBO “The combustion took place when they [Rios & Alvarado] put their names on the contract. There’s no way these guys can show up and not make a great fight. I don’t care how disciplined Alvarado tries to come out for the rematch; this is how Alvarado is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The 6’9” unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is banking on his huge size advantage over the 6’2” Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) as being enough of an advantage for him to win an easy victory next month on April 20th in their fight shown by NBC at the Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, New York, USA.
Their fight will be an IBF eliminator for the #2 spot. The winner of the Fury-Cunningham fight will have to face unbeaten #1 IBF Kubrat Pulev for the final IBF eliminator. Fury doesn’t like the fact that he has to jump through two hoops instead of one to get to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for a title shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero fight will be reportedly televised on BoxNation on May 4th, according to the Dailysport.co.uk. This is a big a deal because it could help increase subscribers at a time where Frank Warren has lost two of his biggest fighters in George Groves and Ricky Burns.
Warren expects the subscriber numbers to get back up over 200,000. The Mayweather-Guerrero fight could help in a big way.
Anmir Khan’s fight against Julio Diaz scheduled for April 27th will a shown as well. That fight will be taking place at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, and it’ll be Khan’s first fight in the UK in three years since his mismatch against Paul McCloskey in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch wasn’t in exactly the friendliest mood in describing George Groves (17-0, 13 KO’s), one of Eddie Hearns’ recent signees. Groves has made it public that he’d like to fight Froch as soon as possible and that he believes that he can beat him. Froch isn’t too thrilled at the idea of facing the young Groves, as he feels he needs more fights under his belt before he’ll be ready to face him.
Froch said to Sky Sports “He needs to sight someone of decent caliber before you can say George Groves beat him, now he’s ready. He’s still very much a domestic level fighter. When he fights an Arthur Abraham or Lucian Bute or someone of that sort of level and wins, then you can start to take him seriously for a fight against me, but not yet. He’s two or three, maybe four fighting someone like me. I’d happily fight him, but I’d ruin him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) battles WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) in a little over two month on May 25th in London.
Last time Froch and Kessler fought three years ago, Kessler was simply too much for Froch when the two fighters went toe-to-toe, but this time Froch believes that Kessler can’t stand in front of him without getting hurt.
Froch believes this because he’s won his last two fights against Lucian Bute and Yusaf Mack, and neither of which did well when they made the mistake of standing in front of Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (25-0, 22 KO’s) he might want to look in the direction of unbeaten WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s), who says he’s willing to fight Hopkins in June, according to Steve Kim. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says Golovkin will face Hopkins in June at 175 without a catchweight.
Golovkin, 30, has to get through his fight at the end of the month against Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KO’s) on March 30th at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco. If Golovkin can get past Ishida with a win and without any injuries then there’s no reason why Golovkin couldn’t be ready to face the 48-year-old Hopkins for his IBF light heavyweight title in June at the full weight for the 175 lb. class. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) thinks one of the problems that Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) will be having with him in their fight on June 22nd is Malignaggi’s heavier size compared to the lightweights that Broner has been fighting up until now. Malignaggi believes this is going to be just one area where he’ll have an edge over the 23-year-old Broner.
Malignaggi said to RingTV “I’m very confident in my ability to beat him [Broner]. I think there are weight classes for a reason. That’s one of the reasons why he’s going to have problems with me…I don’t think he’s been forced to think in there yet. He’s won based on talent alone…he’s going to have to think his way through.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Ben Walton: Breaking news from the UK, is that Scottish WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns has left promoter Frank Warren and has signed for up and coming young gun, Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom sports.
It is thought to be a three fight deal, with Burns making his first defence on the 11th may in his native Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) this Saturday night on HBO at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA. Despite boxing fans seeing this as a mismatch due to Provodnikov’s lack of experience against quality opposition, Bradley feels that Provodnikov is an excellent opponent and he sees him giving him a great fight.
Bradley specifically selected Provodnikov because of the Russian fighters’ tendency to brawl with his opposition.
Bradley said to HBO, “Provodnikov is a tough cookie. He comes to bring the fight. Read the rest of this entry »