By Eric Thomas: Unbeaten Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KO’s) will be playing it safe this Saturday night in a scheduled defense of his IBF International heavyweight title against replacement opponent Joey Abell (29-6, 28 KO’s) Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Pulev, 32, was supposed to be fighting journeyman Sherman Williams but he suffered an injury while training and had to be replaced by Abell. There’s really not much difference between Williams and Abell. Pulev’s handlers didn’t pick a really good opponent for him because they don’t risk him getting beaten and losing out on his payday fight against IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s0 will be making his first defense of his title this Saturday on December 14th against #2 WBA Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) in a fight that could tell us a lot about whether Broner has the talent to become a huge star in the sport. If Broner fails this test then he’ll need to go back down to 135 if wants to continue to find success in the sport.
Broner isn’t the type that would be satisfied with just being a contender in the welterweight division. He fancies himself as following in the footsteps of his idol Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he’s someone that would never fail a test against the likes of Marcos Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) says he’s he seems himself as having a “60 percent” chance of getting the May 3rd fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., according to RingTV. Khan is leaving the negotiations up with his promoters at Golden Boy, and they want to keep it under wraps until they make an announcement in a week or so. Golden Boy wants to be the ones that reveals the information so they can start marketing the fight.
Mayweather will receive a great deal of criticism if he faces the 27-year-old Khan, because he’s not the “solid” fighter that Mayweather said he wants to fight next. If anything, you can say that Khan is a rather fragile opponent considering that he’s been knocked out twice and beaten in two out of his last four fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After being stopped in the 2nd round last Saturday night in his loss to Felix Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KO’s) in Stuttgart, Germany, Britain’s Darren Barker (26-2, 16 KO’s) is thinking about possibly hanging up the gloves due to a hip injury he suffered in the fight. Barker doesn’t want to have to go through the hassle of surgery again given that he’s already gone that route before.
Having his hip operated on will likely shelf Barker a number of months, and that will make it difficult for him to be able to fight a rematch against Sturm by next Summer. Barker has a rematch clause in his contract with Sturm, but in order to use he would have to face him by next Summer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (46-3, 26 KO’s) will be meeting up with his constant foe Arthur Abraham (38-4, 28 KO’s) in a third fight on March 3rd at the Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.
The two German based fighters have already fought twice in the past the last year, but without the World Boxing Organization forcing Abraham and Stieglitz to fight tough opposition after their defeats, they keep facing each other. Stieglitz lost his WBO 168 lb. title last year in a 12 round decision defeat to Abraham in August of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The heavily muscled undefeated British heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KO’s) won’t be able to make it to his scheduled December 14th fight against Dorian Darch 7-2, 1 KO’) due to a shoulder injury suffered in training. The fight has been rescheduled for February 1st at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.
The shoulder problem could be a lingering thing for the 24-year-old Joshua, who captured a gold medal in the London Olympics in 2012. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn might want to put the 6’6″ Joshua on the shelf for as long as possible because he doesn’t appear to be very flexible with his heavy muscles, and this kind of injury could linger on and on. When watching Joshua fight, he appears very tight with his upper body, and he seems to lack the snap on his shots due to all the muscles he’s carrying. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KO’s) lost a disappointing 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. For Trout, this was his second consecutive loss after having been beaten by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez earlier this year. But what makes this defeat so much tougher on Trout was how easily he was beaten by Lara.
Trout didn’t take a bad beating or anything close to that, but he was definitely out-boxed by Lara. The judges scores showed that pretty clearly with Lara getting the victory by the scores of 118-109, 117-110, 117-110. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The World Boxing Council has pushed Manny Pacquiao to their No.1 spot in the welterweight rankings this month despite the fact that Pacquiao wasn’t even ranked in WBC’s top 15 before that. It looks like the WBC is trying to set it up to where Mayweather will have to fight Pacquiao if he wants to keep the WBC 147 lb. title. By pushing Pacquiao to the top spot, it’s going to give Mayweather a choice – either to fight Pacquiao or vacate the WBC’s 147 lb. title.
Pacquiao replaced Luis Carlos Abregu at #1. He was ranked at the top for a while, but Mayweather showed zero interest in fighting him. It’s unclear why the WBC ranked Abregu at the number 1 because he doesn’t have any wins over really quality opponents on his resume, and when he did step it up a little against Tim Bradley, he was beaten in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO’s) dealt Top Rank a crushing blow on Saturday night in stopping their fighter #10 IBF Glen Tapia (20-1, 12 KO’s) in the 6th round at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kirkland gave Tapia a terrible beating in this fight. Tapia was no match for Kirkland’s high volume punch onslaught, and he couldn’t deal with his nonstop pressure.
Kirkland, who is promoted by SMS Promotions, came into the card as the opponent for Tapia. Kirkland hadn’t fought in close to 2 years, and it looks like they were counting on the rust being enough for him to lose the fight to their young would be star.
However, Kirkland showed that even in his rusty state, he was still far too good for the likes of Tapia. Kirkland went after Tapia early, taking some big shots in the 1st round in chasing him around the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sevak Sarkisian-Ringside: Matt Korobov improves to (22-0 -13Ko’s) via TKO 28 seconds going into the 9th round against Derek Edwards who drops to (26-3-13Ko’s).
Mathew Macklin v Lamar Russ
Macklin improves to (30-5-20Ko’s) while Russ drops to (14-1-7Ko’s). Russ would have good moments when he didn’t stay in one spot and used movement. Macklin landed the harder shots throughout the fight and displayed a nice hard jab to help close the distance. However, Russ proved that Macklin can be out boxed by a good enough boxer. Russ was able to do it for a few rounds throughout the fight by using his jab to maintain distance and lateral movement. It was an entertaining contest and I wouldn’t mind seeing ether fighter again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has reportedly reached agreement with Top Rank, the promoter for #1 WBO Tererence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s), for Match between Crawford ans Hearn’s fighter WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) for next year in February in Glasgow, Scotland, the home city of Burns. This is where Burns recently was given A gift draw in his fight against challenger Raymundo Beltran last September.
The interesting thing about that fight was that Beltran totally dominated the fight from the 2nd round on and appeared to win 11 of the 12 rounds of the fight, yet the three judges scored the fight a draw. Now it’s Crawford’s turn to travel over to Scotland and try his hand at unseating Burns in his own hometown. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KO’s) had to battle hard last night to defeat little known middleweight Lamar Russ (14-1, 7 KO’s) in winning a 10 round unanimous decision at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
If you wanted to know how things went for Macklin then all you had to do was take one look at his bruised and reddened face to know the full story.
You didn’t even need to hear him utter a word to see that this had been a very tough struggle for the 31-year-old Macklin. The judges scored the fight 96-94, 97-93, 98-92. I think the 96-94 was the most accurate score of the three for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Eric Thomas: Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) says he used the blueprint from Devon Alexander’s loss to Tim Bradley from 2011 to defeat Alexander (25-2, 14 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision and take his IBF welterweight title last night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Porter’s father felt that the blueprint that Bradley created would be perfect to beat Alexander a second time by using a lot of aggression and smothering him. It worked well with the judges giving Porter the win by the scores 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »