By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will be defending his title in a rematch tomorrow night against his old nemesis 38-year-old Anthony Mundine at the Entertainment Center in Sydney, Australia. Geale chose this fight rather than facing the much more dangerous WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin to fight. By choosing Mundine to fight again, it cost Geale his WBA Super World middleweight title, but then it was a bad match-up for Geale and he would have likely lost not only his WBA strap, but also his IBF title had he taken the fight.
The rematch with Mundine isn’t a match that registers with the world wide boxing public because Mundine has been out of the loop for so long that it’s not a fight that boxing fans outside of Australia really care about but the Australians like the fight and it’ll give Geale a good payday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) will be getting a good long rest after absorbing a lot of punishment in consecutive losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout in 2012. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says the 32-year-old Cotto will be resting up until the fall (September, October and November) before he fights again.
In other words, Cotto will only be fighting once in 2013 unless he somehow gets selected by WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to fight on May 4th. That’s not likely because Trout has been mentioned as a strong possibility to fight Alvarez on that date, and if not him then Alfredo Angulo will be a strong candidate to be fighting Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) recently signed a contract with Golden Boy Promotions to put himself in position to get important big money fights against the likes of Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia and Amir Khan, the big three in the light welterweight division.
For the 31-year-old Peterson to take advantage of his new status as a Golden Boy fighter and to get those important fights, he’s going to have to get past former WBO light welterweight champion Kendall Holt (28-5, 16 KO’s) next month on February 22nd in their fight at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a battle of aging Polish heavyweights, the 45-year-old Andrew Golota (41-8-1, 33 KO’s) will return to the ring next month to fight 44-year-old Przemyslaw Saleta (43-7, 21 KO’s) in a Polish clash at the Ergo Arena, Plac Dwoch Miast 1, 8—344 Gdansk, Poland.
The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds, but it’ll be a miracle if it makes it to the 6th. One of the these bog heavyweights are going down early in this fight, and he couldn’t be surprised in the least if it were Golota, although I would think that he would be the favorite just based on his superior talent during his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: After watching Jesus Soto-Karass (27-8-3, 17 KO’s) easily beat Selcuk Aydin (23-2, 17 KO’s) last Saturday night in a 12 round majority decision victory, suddenly Robert Guerrero’s 12 round unanimous decision victory over Aydin isn’t looking so special now.
In watching those two fights, it’s clear that Soto-Karass has a much easier time against Aydin compared to Guerrero. Forget about the fact that Guerrero beat Aydin by a 12 round unanimous decision compared to the 12 round majority decision victory that Soto-Karass earned against Aydin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: We’ve seen unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) experience serious stamina issues in his fights with Matthew Hatton and Carson Jones in 2012, and we’ve heard the excuses about Brook’s diet being the cause of it.
We’ve heard Brook’ promoter Eddie Hearn crowing about how Brook’s stamina problems were solved once and for all following his 3rd round TKO of Hector David Saldivia in October of last year in their IBF welterweight eliminator bout. I’m not buying it for an instance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Newly crowned WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) will be having surgery to repair his broken nose from his fight with former WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido on January 19th of this month at Madison Square Garden, New York. Garcia clashed heads with Salido in the 8th round, and suffered a broken nose from it.
It was an accidental head-butt and the fight was quickly stopped after the 8th round due to Mikey saying he couldn’t breathe through his nose. Salido suffered an arguably much worse injury of a fractured right orbital bone in the same fight, but he wanted to keep fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is unhappy with the quite generous $3 million contract that Golden Boy Promotions sent over to his team for a unification fight against Golden Boy fighter WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares.
Donaire specifically is unhappy that the contract didn’t include a date for the fight, no site, no gloves, no rounds, and without the liability information. In other words, it was a skeleton contract with a straight $3 million offer for the fight. I don’t see what the big deal is. Either Donaire agrees to take the fight or he doesn’t. They can work with Golden Boy to fill in the other areas. Read the rest of this entry »
There has been a lot of talk recently about May 4th and who Floyd “Money” Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO’s) will be fighting, and before you say it I know there has been a lot of articles posted on boxingnews24 about this matter but I’m just throwing my view in the mix as a boxing fan.
So, as far as who he should fight next and who there is to fight, it’s a pretty talent rich division but Robert Guerrero has been the name on everybody’s lips, along with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and even Tim Bradley. As far as who deserves the shot, I got to go with Guerrero; he’s come off some good wins against top fighters lately, and seems to have put himself in the position to earn a shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko won’t be Amir Khan’s next opponent in April due to Senchenko failing to agree to the catchweight of 144 pounds that Khan was asking for, according to the Daily Star.
Senchenko, a big welterweight at 5’10”, wanted to go no longer than 146 lbs. for the fight with Khan, but that wasn’t agreeable to Khan. So instead of Khan fighting Senchenko in the UK and possibly avenging Ricky Hatton’s 9th round knockout loss to Senchenko, Khan is going to have to look at the other two possibilities that his promoters at Golden Boy have for him.
The only two fighters left are the recently beat Cesar Pablo Cano and Humberto Soto. Those aren’t very good choices if Khan’s idea is to try and prove himself. He already took on a light hitting lightweight in Carlos Molina in his last fight last December. Read the rest of this entry »