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title Hopkins hoping for Mayweather bout if he gets past Murat

003 Hopkins and Murat IMG_0124(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Allan Fox: 48-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s) he was approached by some “powerful people” about him facing 36-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2014. The fight would involve Hopkins coming down two divisions in weight to face Mayweather at middleweight.

Nothing was said from Hopkins about whose these powerful people are, and whether there would be a rehydration clause in the contract to keep Hopkins from ballooning up to the 190s after he makes the 160 lb. weight limit, if he even could make the weight.

Hopkins said in a press release “It was a conversation said to me, and that’s why I responded…when I realized that there is a fight that they owe him in May of next year, and whether I’m willing or can I make 160, and I said, well, if I have that much time…They didn’t act like they were joking, and we’re talking powerful people. So I’m sitting back saying, ‘Okay.'” Read the rest of this entry »



title Matchroom Boxing’s Saturday Card: Predictions

brook20By Dean Bain: Saturday night sees the return of another stacked card from Matchroom Boxing. Kell Brook, Brian Rose, Anthony Joshua, Callum Smith and Kai Yafai are all part of the main show along with local fighters Adam Etches, scott Jenkins and Sam O’Maison.

Matchroom are continuing to put together cards which makes fans want to get to the arena before the main event. I watch BoxNation as well as Sky Sports and to be honest any promoter who has had shows on BoxNation the cards are normally paper thin in my view. Matchroom have the main attraction, a solid chief support fight and then lots of prospects which normally include the Olympic kids. If you compare this coming Saturdays card to the Carl Frampton card last Saturday they are on different levels. Read the rest of this entry »



title Predatory Provodnikov makes Mike Alvarado his Prey

provodnikov83By Robbie Bannatyne: Styles make Fights.

This is the truest cliché of all in boxing. And it was perfectly applicable to the hellacious battle between Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov, in Denver, Colorado, last Saturday night.

The fight, which was valid for Alvarado’s WBO Light Welterweight title, had been billed as a bone fide fight of the year candidate ever since it was announced by Top Rank promotions. Those predictions proved to be spot on as it was a war of attrition from the beginning to the brutal end. Read the rest of this entry »



title IBF pours Golden Boys plans down the drain for Molina-Ortiz fight

ortiz23By AJ Betancourt: I submitted an article last week talking about the December 14th fight between WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana card and how Victor Ortiz was getting an immediate title shot on the undercard with newly crowned IBF junior middleweight champ Carlos Molina. I thought it was fishy that Ortiz was getting a title shot after a long layoff.

No disrespect to Ortiz but I think we can all agree a fighter with 2 consecutive losses, both by knockout, does not deserve a title shot, especially from being laid back for awhile from a 18 months of inactivity. Ortiz was originally supposed to be fighting this September, but instead he chose to be starred in the New “Expendables 3” movie. Well, the IBF was on the same page as me and others and refused to sanction the bout, referring to Ortiz inactivity and losses. Read the rest of this entry »



title Alvarado-Provodnikov fight draws 1.2 million views on HBO

provodnikov999By Dan Ambrose: Last Saturday night’s bout bout between former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) and Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) drew an impressive 1.2 million viewers on HBO. The totals equals the amount of viewers that tuned in to watch Alvarado’s previous fight against Brandon Rios last March on HBO.

What this means is that there’s a good possibility that HBO will be televising an Alvarado-Provodnikov rematch in the future or they’ll at least continue to televise Alvarado’s fights despite him quitting after the 10th round.

There’s no question that HBO will continue to show Provodnikov’s fights because he’s really impressed the network with his performances in the Tim Bradley and now the Alvarado fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title The week in Boxing

provodnikov518By Rachel Aylett: On revisiting the big fight of the week, I would like to give enormous credit to new WBO light-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov. I noted whilst watching his fight against Mike Alvarado that the Siberian Rocky is almost unrecognizable from the fighter that was soundly outpointed on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in January 2011 by Mauricio Herrera. That was a fan friendly fight, as are all of Ruslan’s engagements, but the Russian lost clearly and was out-skilled by the fringe contender from the US.

After seeing that fight it was hard to imagine that Provodnikov, just over two years later, would be able to give Timothy Bradley 12 rounds of hell and then batter renowned tough guy Alvarado to defeat on his home patch. In those days the Siberian looked like just another tough guy brawler. However, Ruslan’s transfer to the Freddie Roach stable in January 2012 along with the associated invaluable sparring he has done with Manny Pacquiao during that period, looks to have benefited him immeasurably. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hopkins wants KO win over Murat

By Dan Ambrose: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s) is hoping to end his nine-year knockout drought this Saturday night by knocking out German-based challenger Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO’s) on Showtime at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. The 48-year-old Hopkins hasn’t recorded a knockout since his 9th round KO win over Oscar De La Hoya in September 2004. Read the rest of this entry »



title Austin Trout plans on moving to middleweight soon

By Chris Williams: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) says he’ll be moving up to the 160 lb. division in the near future to campaign as a middleweight as soon as he finishes up some of his personal goals at 154 that he has set for himself. Trout, 28, has a scheduled fight against Cuban Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) on December 7th in a fight for the vacant WBA 154 lb. title at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Read the rest of this entry »



title Rios: Pacquiao is getting old

By Chris Williams: Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) says he’s noticed that Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) isn’t the young fighter he once was and that he’s hearing how Pacquiao is having leg cramp problems. Rios attributes Pacquiao’s leg problems due to his advancing age, and he believes he’s going to take advantage of it on November 23rd in their fight on HBO pay-per-view from Macao, China. Read the rest of this entry »



title Froch: I’ll catch Groves with a big shot sooner or later

froch7By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) thinks he’s going to connect with a big shot on the chin of unbeaten challenger George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) and knock him out once that happens in their fight on November 23rd.

Froch feels this way because of a sparring session he had with Groves three years ago in which Froch knocked Groves down with a glancing shot. Froch says he was only in 2nd gear during the sparring session and holding back the entire time. However, Groves has improved a lot since that time and he’s a much different fighter now compared to when he was just a 22-year-old youngster sparring with the then 33-year-old Froch. There’s a big difference in sparring against a fighter only 22 and one that’s in his mid 20s like Groves is now. You can say that Groves is now hitting his prime. Read the rest of this entry »



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