By Scott Gilfoid: The undercard fights on tonight’s Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler card in London could possibly steal the show with unbeaten super middleweight contender George Groves (18-0, 14 KO’s) facing puncher Noe Gonzalez (30-2, 22 KO’s), and WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) facing the highly skilled #3 WBC, Isaac Chilemba (20-1-2, 9 KO’s) in a rematch at the O2 Arena.
The Groves-Gonzalez fight looks to be another mismatch put together by Groves’ promoter Eddie Hearn, but there’d a slight possibility the fight could be interesting if Groves goes right after Gonzalez and runs into something big. I mean, I kind of doubt it, but there’s a lottery type chance that Gonzalez can drop Groves a few times and make the fight competitive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 18-year-old heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (4-0, 3 KO’s) scored a 2nd round TKO win over winless Janos Finfera (0-5) on Friday night in Timisoara, Romania. The 6’6” Fury unloaded an avalanche of shots that ended with the 29-year-old Finfera getting stopped. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mohummad Humza Elahi: Twitter – @MHE_1985 – Tonight, I’ll be sitting in the cheap seats at a packed O2 Arena in London to witness the biggest fight (on these shores) of the year so far. Carl “The Cobra” Froch (30-2-22 KO’s) the hometown favourite will square off against “The Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 32 KO’s0).
There’s anticipation of a real classic in the making; I’ve been following the opinions out there and it seems that the majority are going for Froch in a home decision win whereas the rest think Kessler will take the victory and if that happens, I can imagine his hand being raised in a sea of boos (and probably booze) from the crowd. Atmospheres here (and in other parts of Europe) can be very intimidating for boxers not used to fighting on the road, however, this isn’t a factor for Kessler. Read the rest of this entry »
By Peter Wells (twitter – @boxingpeter): Just over an hour after the whole of Europe witnesses an all German affair at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League Final, their gaze will switch in the same direction as the rest of the world to watch the second installment of the enticing Carl Froch vs Mikkel Kessler thrill ride.
At 11:15pm the two fighters will make the daunting walk to the ring at the O2 Arena. For the final time they will feel the presence of those closest to them, and feel the range of emotions all rolled up into one. Nerves. But once these two warriors step inside the ropes into what that they call home, all those emotions are drained from them, and they evaporate into the ring mat. Suddenly these two men, are alone, emotionless. This is the dangerous combination that brings out such violence in men that are so cool and loving beyond the ropes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nick Reynolds: On November 23rd, in Macau, China, Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) will make his much anticipated return to the ring — anticipated because most are eager to see what long term impact Juan Manuel Marquez’s devastating knockout had on Pacquiao’s once upon a time granite chin — as he will be stepping into the ring with fellow Top Rank stablemate Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s).
On the surface for Pacquiao? Decent idea, right? A solid name opponent to add to the resume in Rios who appears to be made to order for Pacquiao due to Rios’ plodding, come forward, and not so difficult to hit style. I’ve heard some even refer to this as a tune-up bout of sorts for Pacquiao — although I fail to see how a 31-1-1 fighter with 23 KO’s to his credit, and who has never been stopped before professionally, qualifies as a “tune-up”. But that’s another topic for another day. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan is saying that Golden Boy Promotions are trying to negotiate a fight between him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. right now. How serious negotiations are is unclear because Golden Boy is pushing hard to try and get Mayweather to fight their future cash cow WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and they need that fight badly for the Mexican fighter to gain a wide audience in the U.S.
Khan said to I Film London “Negotiations are underway. It’s a fight that Floyd Mayweather wants, and it a fight I’d want to take. I’d love to be in the same ring with Mayweather. I know he has flaws. I think my speed will make a difference in this fight. I think I can make a very tough fight for him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach says his fighter Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) is about at the end of his career now with a mere three fights left in his estimation as he approaches his fight on November 23rd against fellow Top Rank fighter Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Pacquiao turns 35 in December, and Roach wants him to fight Juan Manuel Marquez before he retires and whoever else promoter Bob Arum can dig up for him before he calls it quits.
Roach said to Fighthubtv.com “I want Manny in an all-out fight. It’s the young vs. the old and it’s very dangerous, but that’s why I was looking for the Marquez rematch. But unfortunately we’ll continue until that fight comes around again. Win or lose, Manny only has a couple fights left in him after this one.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 25-year-old super middleweight contender George Groves (18-0, 14 KO’s) thinks IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) is dodging a fight against him because he’s worried about how it’ll look if he gets beaten by the still inexperienced and unaccomplished Groves and exposed again.
Groves thinks Froch doesn’t mind risking getting whipped by Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler because both have beaten him before and they’re well known fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like if IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch ever wants to try and avenge his loss to WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s), he’s going to have to come to the USA to try and get the job done because Ward doesn’t see the point of him traveling to the UK to face a guy that he already licked two years ago in the Super Six tournament.
The way Ward sees it, Froch is the one that has something to prove, not him.
Ward said to the BBC Sport “The reality is that I don’t have to fight in the UK to become a star in the world of boxing, but Froch has to come and stake his claim in the United States in order to be recognized domestically and worldwide.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) has no worries about the power of his next opponent Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) on June 22nd next month despite Broner having a knockout percentage of 84.62.
Malignaggi feels that Broner has collected those knockouts over smaller fighters without much talent, and he doesn’t think he’ll be able to duplicate those efforts at welterweight against him and other better welterweights in the division. Read the rest of this entry »