By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes that there is a high demand from boxing fans to see two of Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters former WBA World lightweight champion (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) go back and fight Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) again rather than seeing Rios move forward with his career and fight WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s).
Arum said to the Boxingsocialist.com “It would be really stupid if I did that fight [Matthysse vs. Rios]. The fight everyone wants to see is Rios and Alvarado. Why would I want to put Rios in with a guy that lost to Zab Judah? He’s [Matthysse] not a draw. The fight is not a draw. Matthysse doesn’t sell 10 tickets.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) sees himself taking over the heavyweight division. Fury, 24, said on his twitter “I will rule the heavyweight division.” Fury didn’t give a timeline for when he’s going to accomplish this task and how he would actually go about doing it. I guess it’s kind of easier said than done for the British Fury, who seems to talk much better than he fights.
We’re still waiting on when Fury will face his first quality opponent of his career. So far the closest thing you can come to Fury fighting a quality opponent was a badly out of shape Dereck Chisora that Fury beat last year in July. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be back in the ring on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada but it won’t be against his desired opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr, because he’s going to be facing Robert “The Ghost”Guerrero in the main event on that card.
Alvarez will be the co-main event against an opponent still to be determined. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says that this could be the biggest pay per view fight in the history of the sport, meaning that he must have someone really good that he’ll be matching Canelo with because it’ll take more than just putting Canelo on the undercard against some unknown fighter for the card to break records. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire has been given the ESPN Boxer of the Year, which isn’t the same as the Fighter of The Year. That one hasn’t been determined yet. Donaire was selected for the Boxer of the Year award by ESPN for Donaire’s victories over aging past their best fighters Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka, as well as a win over a recently knocked out Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and the little known former IBF champ Jeffrey Mathebula.
According to ESPN, big factors in Donaire getting the award were his moving up in weight and dominating the guys that he fought. Also the drug testing that Donaire volunteered to take. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s common sense that you don’t take a fighter that has been knocked out cold the way that Manny Pacquiao was against Juan Manuel Marquez and look to put him back in with the same fighter in their next fight. This isn’t like drinking alcohol the morning after a binge to try and recover from a hangover.
It’s just not smart to place a fighter like Pacquiao back in with the source of his hurt because Marquez is going to be the equivalent of a hungry wolf the next time he gets the Filipino in the ring with him next year if Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum chooses to throw Pacquiao back in the ring with Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO’s) better enjoy his controversial 12 round split decision win over Steven Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) for as long as possible because the party will be over for Adamek in his next fight when he faces unbeaten #1 IBF Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s) in the final International Boxing Federation heavyweight eliminator bout in early 2013 to determine who will become the mandatory challenger for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Adamek, 36, is starting to show serious signs of aging in his last three fights against Eddie Chambers, Travis Walker and Steve Cunningham. A lot of boxing fans think that Adamek lost to both Chambers and Cunningham, and I’m in full agreement with them. I thought Adamek looked slow in those fights and was beaten to the punch all night long. Read the rest of this entry »
Notice the beautiful punching form from Nathan Cleverly – By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO’s) is kicking around the idea of taking his next training camp to the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, California to get ready for his next fight against #1 challenger Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KO’s) on March 16th in the UK.
Cleverly did a tiny bit of training at Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Gym before Cleverly’s massacre of 2nd tier fighter Shawn Hawk last month and Cleverly seemed to like the atmosphere in addition to the good sparring he got in the gym. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye BADLY wants to get a final fight in against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitshko before hanging up the gloves next year and he thinks the World Boxing Council wants this fight to happen as well.
Haye said in a Christmas video to boxing fans “I’m hoping for a more explosive 2013 if Vitali Klitschko will allow me to challenge his WBC title. I know the WBC wants it to happen. I know British and World boxing want that to happen. If it doesn’t, I’ve got other things going on. I’ve got my fitness DVD.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: German news is reporting that #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (22-1, 12 KO’s) will be facing the UK’s Dereck Chisora (15-4, 9 KO’s) in a bout that will take place in March next year sometime in Germany. There still isn’t a specific date or venue for the fight yet, but we’ll learn more in the coming weeks.
It’s an intriguing fight because Chisora and Charr are seriously made for each other. Both guys have good power and both like to go toe-to-toe in fighting. Chisora is obviously having major problems with his career right now after having lost four out of his last five fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: A lot of boxing fans are picking WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire as the 2012 Fighter of the Year for his victories over Toshiaki Nishioka, Jorge Arce, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jeffrey Mathebula. I don’t see those victories as being enough to give Donaire the 2012 award. In fact, I have Donaire at number #6 on my list behind #1 Juan Manuel Marquez, #2 Danny Garcia, #3 Robert Guerrero, #4 Andre Ward, #5 Carl Froch.
Juan Manuel Marquez’s victory over Manny Pacquiao was more than enough for him to earn the Fighter of the Year for 2012, because that victory was so stunning. The way he knocked Pacquiao out cold in the 6th was just incredible. He also knocked Pacquiao down in the 3rd round with a beautiful right hand. I believe that Marquez absolutely deserves the top spot from that victory. It was too huge of a victory for him not to get the award. Read the rest of this entry »