By Rusty Nat: Being a British writer I probably tend to show more interest in the little known British fighters as well as the big names of the sport.
Today for me was a sad day to hear that Kieran Farrell has been forced to retire from the sport due to severe brain damage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A big fight between unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) and David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) is being planned for June. Price’s promoter Frank Maloney is reportedly offering the 24-year-old Fury £1 million to take the fight, which is pretty absurd money for a guy that hasn’t yet won a world title.
Maloney said to thesun.co.uk “I have met with people who will finance the show to good numbers. We will stage the bout where the best deal is available at Anfield or London. They are the only places the fight can go.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: Abel Sanchez, the trainer for WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s), sees him having a short night on January 19th if the stubborn brawler Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) elects to slug with him when they meet in an HBO televised fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Sanchez hasn’t seen a puncher like Golovkin before and he thinks he can quickly become a huge star in the sport if he can get the other top fighters to agree to fight him. Golovkin is willing to do anything to make the big fights happen. He wants Sergio Martinez, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Mikkel Kessler, Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Sanchez said to the latimes.com “If a guy wants to stand in front of him and fight, no one hits like that. It’ll be a short fight, and it’ll be entertaining…I’ve always trained my guy to hurt somebody.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBA World flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (34-3, 24 KO’s) will be returning to the ring on March 23rd against an opponent still to be determined in Hermosillo, Mexico, according to RingTV.
Marquez, 24, was stopped in the 10th round in his last fight against WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria last November in a fight where Marque was knocked down three times, once in the 1st, another time in the 5th and a final time in the 10th round.
Marquez was simply over-matched in that fight and there wasn’t anything he could to make himself competitive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward expects to have a full recovery from his recent shoulder surgery on his right shoulder to repair torn shoulder tissue in his socket. Ward should be back in the ring by June at the earliest if his rehab goes well.
Ward said “I am confident that I will return to the ring even better than I was prior to the injury. The best is yet to come.”
That’s downright scary to imagine Ward coming back even better than he was before because he was clearly the best fighter in the super middleweight division before the injury. Ward wants to beat up on Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler again after he comes back and he wants to beat them even worse than he did last time. Read the rest of this entry »
By John Dimeck: It is becoming increasingly clear that WBA super middleweight titlist Mikel Kessler wants nothing to do with a rematch with Carl Froch.
Froch, the IBF beltholder, lost a narrow and controversial decision to Kessler in the Dane’s home country during the super six tournament a couple of years ago, and has been looking to put the record straight as his stellar career has flourished on both sides of the Atlantic.
In their first encounter, Kessler’s windmilling style had the home crowd making a lot of noise, but if you watch the fight again you can see that a very high percentage of those swings did not land, and even ones that did were often ineffective due to Froch’s slippy, elusive defense. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer doesn’t think believe that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will want to sit down and workout a fight between his fighter WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 21 KO’s) and Golden Boy’s fighter WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (25-0, 13 KO’s).
Schaefer said to Steve Kim at maxboxing.com “It’s pretty obvious that Top Rank doesn’t want to work with us. I mean, I think [Bob] Arum can’t be clearer in that regard and so, unfortunately, I don’t see that fight happening.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 41-year-old heavyweight Martin Rogan (14-3, 7 KO’s) has been added to the Carl Frampton vs. Kiko Martinez fight card on February 9th at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Rogan hasn’t fought since losing to Tyson Fury by a 5th round knockout last year in April. Rogan still doesn’t have an opponent yet, but I’m not expecting anyone with a pulse. Someone will be dragged out for him to beat up I suppose.
Fury toyed with Rogan, fighting the entire fight from the southpaw stance to capture the vacant Irish heavyweight title. Rogan hasn’t beaten a decent domestic level fighter since defeating Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison back in 2009 and 2008. I’m not talking about quality world class opposition, because Rogan has never done that. I’m talking local level opposition and it’s been ages since Rogan beat any of those guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: Tony Bellew (19-1, 12 KO’s) is set to fight in Liverpool’s Echo Arena on March 30th. This man can certainly punch, and he’s also demonstrated a boxing brain. Bellew proved both of these things individually in his two outings with Ovil McKenzie a couple of years back. The first fight was an absolute slugfest, seeing Bellew dropped in the first two rounds by McKenzie’s vicious right hand, before he showed his own power to force a stoppage in the 8th. The rematch was a big surprise, as Bellew pumped out his jab for 12 rounds to show his ability to follow a game plan and not get caught up in a war (Amir Khan, take note!).
However, Bellew’s one loss came against the one world-class fighter he has faced. He leapt from fighting poor records on the domestic scene straight into a world title fight with unbeaten Welshman Nathan Cleverly. Read the rest of this entry »
Canelo possibly won’t fight on May 4th against Trout unless he gets guarantee of Mayweather fight on September 14th
By Dan Ambrose: According to fightnews.com, a source is saying that WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) won’t agree to fight WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout on May 4th on Golden Boy’s pay per view card on HBO unless Golden Boy can guarantee him that he’ll get a fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on September 14th later on in the year. If Golden Boy can’t guarantee Canelo that, he’ll fight on another date and possibly in Mexico instead of the USA.
I think Canelo might have to go looking for another fight card because I don’t know if Golden Boy can guarantee a Mayweather fight for Canelo just because he feels he wants it. It’s not easy to get Mayweather to agree to anything unless he himself has decided he wants a particular fight. Read the rest of this entry »