By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says he and his trainer Virgil Hunter are both working on a special game plan that they will be perfecting to defeat the bigger, stronger, “flat-footed” WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in their fight on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan says he’s not going to just stand in front of Canelo in this fight, and he’s not going to try and trade with him. More than any fight that he’s ever had, Khan says he’ll be fighting in a smart manner by boxing Canelo and not look to take chances like he’s done before. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Tim Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) has vacated his WBO welterweight title as of Tuesday.
Bradley, 33, had little choice but to give up his WBO 147lb title because he chose to bypass his #1 WBO mandatory challenger Sadam Ali in favor of fighting Manny Pacquiao on April 9. If Bradley had taken the Ali fight, which has to be seen as a 50-50 fight, he wouldn’t have gotten the third fight against Pacquiao. The money for the Pacquiao fight is obviously much more than what Bradley would have received for facing Ali. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Rich Graessle/Main Events) By Dan Ambrose: 39-year-old former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek (50-4, 30 KOs) will be trying to turn his sagging career around on April 2 when he faces 33-year-old former world title challenger Eric Molina (24-3, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round fight at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland. Adamek and Molina will be fighting for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title. That’s a big step down for Adamek, who has become accustomed to fighting for major belts in his long 17-year-old pro career.
Adamek could really stand to get a victory right now, as he’s lost two out of his last three fights in defeats to Vyacheslav Glazkov and Artur Szpilka. There’s no shame in losing to those guys because those are both top 10 heavyweight contenders, but the fact that Adamek was beaten by both guys tells you were he’s at in the division right now in terms of talent.
Molina gave WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder a tough time in their fight last year in June of 2015 before getting stoppage in the 9th. At one point in the fight, Molina staggered Wilder with a big left hook to the head. Deontay was able to come back and dominate the action in getting knock downs in the 4th, 5th and 9th rounds. Molina did show good power when he was getting his shots off, and he’s got the kind of power that would give anyone problems in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: Every Boxing fan can remember seeing a fight with a result that left them shell shocked. Boxing is such an unpredictable sport and every expert is left red faced from time to time. One punch can change a fight around and leave the favorite out cold on the canvas.
this week it will be 26 years since the biggest upset in Boxing, in my opinion. 11th Feb 1990 saw the unbeatable Mike Tyson face off against the man most felt didn’t have a chance, Buster Douglas. Some bookmakers had the odds at 50/1 in Iron Mike Tyson’s favor.
It seemed like fair odds. Tyson had destroyed the best fighters in the division, men far above the ability of Douglas. Less than a month before the fight, Douglas lost his Mother to a stroke. His frame of mind was questioned. None expected it to serve as inspiration in the most daunting of challenges. However, Reports were rife that Tyson hadn’t trained very much and was busy partying. Read the rest of this entry »
NEW YORK, NY (February 9, 2016) – Roc Nation Sports is pleased to announce that Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, March 26, to begin his assault on the light heavyweight division when he takes on undefeated and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 5:00 PM PT and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #5 IBF, #12 WBA, Anthony Joshua 15-0, 15 KOs) could be facing unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) in April. According to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, they could know within the next 48 hours if that fight or another one will be taking place for Joshua.
Hearn has three to four different guys that they’re looking at for Joshua’s next fight on April 9 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Hearn says that Martin’s management approached them about a fight, but asked for a lot of money. Hearn says he’s looking at whether the numbers will work for that fight.
It’s a little early in Joshua’s pro career to be fighting for a world title. But if he’s going to fight for a title, Martin would be the one that makes the most sense. Martin doesn’t punch with major power, and he’s not tricky to deal with. Martin just recently won the vacant IBF title last January when he stopped Vyacheslav Glazkov in the 3rd round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) says he needs to get back in action for his fans. GGG is scheduled to fight #3 IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) in two months from now on April 23 at the Forum, in Inglewood, California.
The fight against the 25-year-old serves two purposes. First of all, it’s a mandatory defense of Golovkin’s IBF belt that he needs to take care of if he wants to continue to be the International Boxing Federation 160lb champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) agreed to move up in weight to face the much heavier and stronger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) because he believes he can do what he did in his fight against Canelo in 2013.
Mayweather out-boxed the larger Canelo by using his speed, quick jabs and movement to win a 12 round majority decision. Mayweather thinks that Khan is going to try and do the same thing that he did in out-boxing Canelo.
The Khan vs. Canelo fight will take place on HBO PPV at a catch-weight of 155lbs. Canelo’s WBC middleweight title belt will be on the line for the fight, which suits Khan just fine because he wants a chance to win the title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: The date is set but we are no closer to learning the next step in the Anthony Joshua journey. The O2 Arena is booked for April 9 but no undercard or opponent has been mentioned for Joshua 15-0 (15). A couple of weeks ago Eddie discussed 8 potential opponents for the date but as time passes many of these have made other arrangements.
What Eddie said:
Eddie Hearn told IFL TV that the main 3 opponents they were looking at were
– Bryant Jennings
– Bermane Stiverne
– Johann Duhaupas Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Erik Morales sees the Amir Khan vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight going no more than four rounds with Khan getting blasted out on May 7 in their fight on HBO PPV.
Morales likes Khan’s speed, but he thinks he’s got problems with his ability handle shots. Morales also sees Khan as having a problem with the weight. He’s moving up from welterweight to middleweight to take the fight against the 25-year-old Canelo at a catch-weight of 155lbs. That’s going to be an issue right off the bat, but with Canelo rehydrating up in weight, it’s going to be a problem for Khan.
The fact that Khan is moving up in weight will be a problem for him because he’s going to be facing a very, very big middleweight. Canelo might like to fight at 155, but he’s clearly a large middleweight in terms of weight. Read the rest of this entry »