By Scott Gilfoid: Gavin Rees (37-2, 18 KO’s) took a beating last Saturday night in a 5th round TKO loss to the talented WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Now that Rees is out of the way, Broner is targeting another UK fighter, this one WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s).
Rees has spent time sparing with Burns in the past, and after facing Broner last Saturday night, Rees doesn’t give Burns any chance of beating Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16 KO’s) wants revenge against Darnell Boone (19-20-3, 8 KO’s) so badly that he’s willing to risk his mandatory title shot in order to try avenge his loss when he faces Boone on March 22nd at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Stevenson has one thing going in his favor for this rematch, and that’s time. It’s been three years since the 33-year-old Boone knocked Stevenson out in the 2nd round, and with that much time that has gone by there’s a chance that Boone has lost enough of his skills or power to where Stevenson can win this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: WBC president Jose Sulaiman is advising that the 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) should be tempted by an offer for fifth fight against the younger 34-year-old Manny Pacquiao, and instead should choose to retire.
Speaking with centraldeportiva.com, Sulaiman said “For me, he [Marquez] should hang up his gloves. If Juan Manuel Marquez retires then he can take his knockout win over what some people were calling ‘the best fighter in the world.’” Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: Looking at WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) fight, you will not miss the semblance to Floyd Mayweather junior’s style. So far, he is the only fighter that has come close, style-wise to the great P4P king. Not only is he talented like Floyd, he is proving to be a mouth-full as well. While I find nothing wrong with the kind of brush-talk that Broner engages in, I hope that just like Floyd, he also lives up to his hype each time he fights and so far, so good.
There is no doubt that Broner is a budding star. It is going to be very difficult to steal his shine just like that. This is now the moment for haters who have no regard for talent. The usual sadism has quickly shown its ugly face in the face of Broner’s recent and impressive successes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Promoter Ricky Hatton believes unbeaten Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) is facing WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) at the right time to pick him off and grab his WBC strap when they face each other in two months on April 27th at the Estadio Jose Amalfitani, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hatton said to hattonboxing.com “Any great champion has to come to an end at some point. Martinez is 38, plus he’s had a couple of injuries. In his last fight he was hanging on for dear life against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. So it’s come at the right time and the right fight with Martin.”
While the 30-year-old Murray is younger than the soon to be 38-year-old Martinez, Murray is still the underdog in this fight. There are not too many boxing experts picking Murray to win this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Eddie Hearn realized early on last Saturday night that his boy Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) was in a hopeless situation in his unwinnable fight against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s).
Hearn saw that Broner was just going to be too strong, too talent, and too fast for his fighter Rees, and he was happy when Rees’ trainer Gary Lockett made the decision to have the fight stopped in the 5th round shortly after Rees had been dropped by a vicious left hand body shot by Broner.
Lockett could have kept Rees out there, but the way that Broner was dominating him there really wasn’t any point in leaving him out any longer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Some people have weird ways of predicting who will win a particular fight. Eddie Hearn, the promoter for unbeaten #1 IBF welterweight contender Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s), says he knows Brook will beat IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) after he met him and looked at him.
Hearn could see it all from a glance at Alexander that he didn’t stand a chance against his guy Brook. I’m not sure what it was that has Hearn so sure of Brook winning. Perhaps it was Alexander’s mild mannered ways; he’s very polite and soft spoken to listen to him talk. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) was literally in awe of the amazing power of WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) after being knocked out by him in the 5th round on Saturday night. Rees later said he’d never been hit like that before in a fight, and he was impressed and hurt at the same time.
Rees said “I knew he hit hard, but his power just stunned me…He’s the best I’ve ever been in with.”
Just so people know, Rees has sparred with WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns several times in the past, so when Rees is saying that Broner is the best fighter he’s ever been in with, he’s obviously referring to even in his training as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If you wonder why it has taken WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) so long to get around to fighting unbeaten WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s), you only have to look at Rigondeaux’s amazing hand speed, counter-punching ability, defensive prowess and power as four pretty good reasons why Donaire hasn’t been in a hurry to fight Rigondeaux.
Donaire and Rigondeaux will be meeting up on HBO on April 13th at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA. For the 30-year-old Donaire, this must be something like going to the dentist to have a mouth full of fillings put in without Novocain because Rigondeaux has the potential of creating a lot of pain, and a lot of problems for Donaire unlike no one else he’s ever faced in his 12 year pro career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas thinks WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will have too much speed for #2 WBO 140 pound contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) in their fight next month on March 16th at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA. This will be Bradley’s first defense of his World Boxing Organization title, and he’s picked out a guy he thinks he can beat in 29-year-old Provodnikov.
Atlas said on ESPN, “Provodnikov – he’s going come forward, he’s going to try and get in your wheelhouse, he’s going to try and go to your body, but he’s also predictable. He’s also not the hardest guy to find in the world. Provodnikov is right there. I think Bradley is too fast for him. I think Bradley is too versatile for him. If Provodnikov is going to pull off an upset, and it has to be a huge upset, he’s going to have to find a way to impose his physicality, and impose his will on Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »