By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco’s team has reportedly turned down a fight against super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KO’s) for a fight that would have been televised by HBO.
Dan Rafael says that the fight was offered to DeMarco for the Spring, as HBO still owes DeMarco a fight from his deal to fight Adrien Broner last November, but DeMarco’s team wasn’t interested in taking the fight.
DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KO’s) hasn’t fought since being stopped by Broner in that fight, and he still doesn’t have anything scheduled now four months later. Granted, DeMarco, #3 WBC, #13 WBO, took a real beating by Broner in that fight, but he should at least be looking to get back in the ring soon, shouldn’t he? You don’t want to see DeMarco losing a year of his career just because he got beaten up by Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World junior middleweight champ Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) says he already knows what WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) will be attempting to do when they face each other on April 20th at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Trout sees Canelo attempting to blast him out like he’s done against the mostly fodder that Golden Boy Promotions has put in the ring with the young 22-year-old Canelo.
Trout said to Fighthype.com “He is going to try and overpower me, and I feel like I have more than one way to skin a cat.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) appears to be bored by the idea of facing WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3, 8 KO’s) after watching his 12 round unanimous decision win over Sharif Bogere last Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Abril hugged and ran his way to a decision by the scores of 116-110, 115-111 and 116-110, and this totally turned off Broner from wanting to fight him.
Broner said to esnewsreporting.com “I’m Mr. HBO. No, no no [in response to the question of whether he’s interested in facing Abril]. You know where they [Abril-Bogere] just fought? They fought in my basement. If I had a party, that’s how many people that would come out.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Lance Lank: Just a couple years ago it seemed that after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao retired from the sport of boxing that there would be no new stars. That there would be no one that the public would be interested in, let alone pay money to see fight on PPV cards.
The only rising star seemed to be Andre Ward, but having already easily beaten every top contender at 168 and the best at 175 there were no opponents left that might pose the slightest problem to the super middleweight king. That much has stayed true. Sure, Ward can move up to 175 and fight Tavoris Cloud, but that might not seem so good if Cloud gets beat by the ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Ever since the Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) fight was first put together the focus by many people, including Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia, is on how much power Donaire has and how he’ll be too strong for the Cuban. However, I think people are forgetting how hard Rigondeaux hits as well.
This isn’t like anyone Donaire has ever faced before, especially lately with the old guys that Donaire’s promoter has been matching him against. Donaire is going to be pasting some serious power from Rigondeaux on April 13th, and it’s not going to be the typical shots that Donaire has been hit with.
Rigondeaux is mostly a body puncher, and those kinds of shots are ones that you really can’t prepare for. Either you have to ability to take body shots or you don’t. Rigondeaux has stopped five out of his last seven opponents, and these guys were no different than Donaire in their ability to take shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has already met with Juan Manuel Marquez about putting a fight together between him and Arum’s #1 money fighter Manny Pacquiao. Arum knows what the ballpark figure is that Marquez wants, and he’s going to see if he can make that happen for September.
Arum said to the Manila Standard “we’ve had conversations but these things take time and they are delicate…compensation is what I’m working on…I don’t make alternate plans. I’m confident both will agree to fight each other.”
The last fight between Pacquiao and Marquez last December generated $29 million for the two fighters with Pacquiao getting the lion’s share of the dough with a split of $23 million to Marquez’s mere $6 million. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (14-1, 9 KO’s) will now be facing #10 WBC Alexander Brand (19-1, 15 KO’s) on March 23rd instead of his originally scheduled opponent Pablo Oscar Natilio Farias at the Glow, Bluewater, Kent, UK.
There were some problems that came up that made it necessary for Farias to be switched out for the 36-year-old Colombian Brand for DeGale’s defense of his WBC Silver strap. However, if DeGale gets nailed by one of Brand’s big right hands and knocked cold, he may be wishing he were facing Farias instead because Brand has real big power in his right hand. This guy may be getting up there in age, but he’s definitely dangerous if he can land that right hand. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: When Juan Manuel Marquez landed the bomb that knocked out the long reigning Pound 4 Pound king Manny Pacquiao, the world seemed in shock. The two men had been rivals for so long and had faced each other 3 times. Each time Marquez closely fell short of getting his hand raised. But whilst some were shocked, others were suspicious way before the bell rang.
Boxers, MMA fighters and fans have since come out to say that the skills and physique of Marquez were unfeasible. His coach has also raised eye brows as a well known steroid pusher. Marco Antonio Barrera is one of those people. He has fought and lost to both Marquez and Pacquiao. Philboxing.com quoted him saying “when Marquez dropped Pacquiao I said it’s terrible because he (Marquez) has no good punch. When he dropped Pacquiao in the 3rd round I said what happened?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I guess it really doesn’t matter that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) is still interested in facing IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) instead of the more lucrative fight against WBC lightweight champion. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer reached out to Burns’ promoter Frank Warren about a fight on June 15th, but the answer was no, according to Dan Rafael.
Rafael said on his twitter “Schaefer told me he reached out to Warren about @ricksterko facing @AdrienBroner in June sted [instead] of resked [rescheduled] Vazquez. Said Burns manager [Alex Morrison] declined.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) will be attempting to end his two-fight losing streak when he returns to the ring in November against a still to be determined opponent. There are rumors that Cotto will be looking to fight the winner of the April 20th unification bout between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout.
Cotto likely would prefer the bout against Canelo because it’s the bigger money fight, and he has a fighting style that is more suited towards Cotto’s brawling style compared to the elusive Trout, who easily beat Cotto by a 12 round unanimous decision last December. Read the rest of this entry »