By Gerardo Granados: There has been talk around the internet regarding Tim Bradley as a deserving option for the undisputed, undefeated WBC – WBA – WBO Welterweight Champion of the World Floyd Money Mayweather Jr. for his next fight on September 12th, but to be honest, Bradley, former WBC welterweight belt holder Andre Berto or little known Karim Mayfield deserve a shot at Money more than the undefeated young lion and current “regular” (that means he is not the true organization champion) WBA welterweight belt holder Keith One Time Thurman.
Andre Berto once was perceived as potentially as a welterweight boxer who could have done great things at the division but he slowly faded away after his epic battle against Victor Ortiz back in April 2011 which he lost, having a record of 3 loses one by knockout and 3 wins on his last six. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) is going to have to live with his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) from last month on June 27th, as the World Boxing Organization has made the decision not to have the two fighters face each other again to clear up the controversy surrounding the premature ending of their fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The referee working the fight Pat Russell mistakenly stopped the fight with four seconds remaining after he thought he heard the final bell. Not only has the WBO ruled against a rematch, the California State Athletic Commission has decided not to change the results of the fight to a no contest, according to the Review Journal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia is hoping that #2 WBC, #3 WBA welterweight contender Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) will be back in training camp late in 2015 to get ready to fight someone. Garcia says Maidana has put on a lot of weight since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September, and says he’s got to take the weight off before he returns to the ring.
In a recent video of Maidana with Adrien Broner, Maidana looked like he was over 200lbs. Maidana is going to need to burn that fat off if he wants to be effective when he gets back in the ring. It wouldn’t work well if Maidana came back as a pudgy junior middleweight against guys like the 175+ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) is taking seriously his title defense next month on August 1st against former WBA junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Mora, 34, is ranked only #11 by the WBA, and is clearly not the same fighter he once was seven years ago when he was the WBA 154lb champ, but he’s easily one of the better fighters than Jacobs has fought during his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is really counting on unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) beating IBF/IBO/WBAWBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) in their fight later this year.
Hearn would like to match his fighter undefeated No.2 WBC Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) up with Fury, because he feels it’s a fight that would be big enough to stage at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 fans in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks his fighter Manny Pacquiao deserved at least a 12 round draw in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2nd. Pacquiao didn’t get a draw though. He got a 12 round unanimous decision loss.
Arum says Pacquiao thinks he won the fight, and with two good arms, he would have made it easy. We don’t know what Pacquiao would have done with two good arms because he went through with the fight with an injured right shoulder. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) is the touchy one today after ESPN writer Dan Rafael told him to keep his gob shut if he’s not interested in really fighting WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs). Rafael blasted Froch over the Tweet that he sent out yesterday in which he said “Too big & too strong for GGG.”
The tweet was no big deal, but it became a big deal when Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler called Froch on his words by telling him to back it up in the ring against Golovkin in saying “Carl, there’s only one way to find out @eddieHearn @GGGBoxing.” Loeffler basically lobbed an underhand pitch to Froch and all he had to do was hit it out of the park by saying ‘Anytime, anywhere,’ as far as when he would face Golovkin. But did Froch do that? Nope! Froch clammed up entirely and said nothing for the rest of the day. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Brandon Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia has some major doubts whether the September 12th fight between Rios (33-2, 24 KOs) and unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) will take place. The negotiations between the two promoters at Top Rank and Matchroom Sport are locked up over the rematch clause Brook wants for the fight to go ahead.
Additionally, we’re already hearing about Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn having a plan-B in which he’ll have Brook fight against someone else in October instead of September. In the meantime, Rios will have nothing to show for all the time he’s spent in waiting around for the fight against the 29-year-old Brook, which was supposed to have taken place at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The recently beaten former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) says he’s going to be focusing on using his boxing skills in order to get hit from now on in his fights. Chavez Jr., 29, was stopped after the 9th round after he quit in his corner last April against light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara in their fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Chavez Jr. says he got tired in that fight after the 5th round, as he didn’t train right. He says Fonfara’s bigger size was also a problem. For Chavez Jr’s next fight against little known Marcos Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) on July 18th, Chavez Jr. will be going back to the basics by using his jab, movement, and focusing on not getting hit as much. Chavez Jr. doesn’t want to be a “Rocky” type fighter any longer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) can pretty much forget about fighting IBF featherweight champ Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) in a unification fight anytime soon. Selby is saying that he won’t be looking to fight a unification fight for several more years. I think Selby realizes now that if he were to take a unification fight with Lomachenko or someone like WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr., both of those guys would easily beat him. It probably wouldn’t even be competitive. So instead of taking a beating against those guys and likely losing his title, Selby will be milking his IBF strap against the IBF contenders.
Selby, 28, says he wants to get in a lot of title defenses of his newly won IBF featherweight strap that he picked up on May 30th in getting an 8th round cut stoppage win over champion Evgeny Gradovich in a fight that took place at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »