By Jim Dower: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO’s) easily defeated WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KO’s) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. The final judges scores were 116-111, 116-111 for Hopkins, and 114-113 for Shumenov. Hopkins now has the IBF and WBA light heavyweight titles. The only belts he doesn’t possess is the WBC title held by Adonis Stevenson and the WBO belt held by Sergey Kovalev.
Those fighters are much, much better than Shumenov, and Hopkins will have a hard time beating them by pot shotting like he did tonight. To beat Stevenson and Kovalev, Hopkins would have to let his hands go in a way that he doesn’t seem capable of doing any longer. Hopkins’ trainer Naazim Richardson was practically begging him to let his hands go and throw combinations, but Hopkins couldn’t do it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0, 15 KO’s) destroyed former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KO’s) by a 4th round TKO on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Malignaggi took a real beating in this fight, and was cut in the 1st round from a jab.
Porter knocked a bloodied Malignagi down in the 4th round with a chopping right hand to the head. After Malignaggi got back up, Porter mowed Malignaggi down with a flurry of shots to put him down on his back for the second time in the round. However, it looked like Porter bumped Malignaggi to the canvas after hitting him with a hard right hand to the head. The referee then stepped in and halted the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In an interview with Showtime tonight, former three division world champion Adrien Broner says he’s picking IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) to defeat WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) in their unification bout tonight at the DC Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
“B-Hop for sure,” said Broner. “I saw him at the gym the other day and he looks great.”
This could be a lot tougher fight for the 49-year-old Hopkins than many boxing fans suspect it will be, as it’s been two years since Hopkins fought a really good light heavyweight in his loss to Chad Dawson in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KO’s) successfully defended his title against 35-year-old #2 WBO Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KO’s) on Saturday night at the DC Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. The final judges scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109. The crowd booed the fight frequently from the 9th round on due to Quillin’s safety first manner of fighting.
He had a small punching bag in front of him in the form of the short 5’8″ Konecny, but Quillin chose not to take any risks in the fight. The fight resembled a sparring session for the most part due to the slow pace. Quillin treated Konecny like he was a huge puncher like Gennady Golovkin. Konecny landed some nice shots in close, but his power shouldn’t have worried Quillin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBO lightweight contender Anthony Crolla (28-4-1, 11 KO’s) defeated a badly gassed out John Murray (33-3, 20 KO’s) by a 10th round TKO on Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. Crolla knocked down a badly bruised up Murray with a left hook to the head in the 10th round. A stumbling Murray got back up, and he was hit with a brief burst of punches from Crolla.
The referee then stepped in and halted the fight with Murray still on his feet but looking tired and hurt. Murray’s conditioning and defense betrayed him in this fight because this was a winnable fight for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KO’s) destroyed replacement opponent Tshifhiwa Munyai (24-3-1, 12 KO’s) in the 2nd round tonight at the Phones 4u Arena, in Manchester, United Kingdom. Quigg knocked Munyai down twice in the fight.
Quigg knocked Munyai down with a chopping right hand in the 2nd round. Munyai somehow staggered to his feet and was finished off with a flurry of shots while he was up against the ropes. Referee Howard John Foster then stepped in and halted it before Quigg had a chance to put Munyai down again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) is making slow progress with his shoulder rehab after having had shoulder surgery last year. The 33-year-old Haye has been rehabbing his right shoulder for the past five months, but he’s still not able to throw any punches, which is pretty normal. Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy took an entire year off after tearing up his left shoulder in a win over Vitaliy Tsypko in 2006. Lacy didn’t come back until a year later, but without the huge power that he once had in his left hook.
If Haye isn’t able to throw his right hand without a lot of power, he’ll still have his left hook to rely on, which is more than what a lot of fighters have. However, it won’t bode well for him when he takes on talents like Deontay Wilder, because if all Haye has is a left hook, Deontay will tee off on him without any worry. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: Recently, I published – www.boxingnews24.com/2014/04/does-floyd-mayweather-jr-belong-with-the-all-time-greats – an article analyzing Floyd Mayweather’s career, and I thought it would only be fair to do the same for Manny Pacquiao. As is the case with Floyd Mayweather, I believe that only irrational fans will place Pacquiao in the league of all-time great status. Pacquiao is certainly a great boxer and one of the best of his era, but not near the highest ranks in boxing history.
There is no shame in being a good but not all-time great boxer. Boxing has a very deep history so it should not be considered a huge shock to place Mayweather or Pacquiao outside the league of the all-time greats. Let’s look at Pacquiao’s best opponents, starting with Barrera. Before Barrera, Pacquiao was not considered an elite boxer, and he had not fought any elite fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Yannis Mihanos: This Saturday night a special fight takes place between the ageless IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) and WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Each age sets limits first in our mind and then in our hearts and bodies. For example, how many Hopkins type fighters do I know in boxing? None. There were maybe few in the past. Why is that?
It is obvious that it comes a time when people in boxing want to retire. They have lost part of their focus, part of their energy, and they feel and look old. Then it is right time to retire, Bernard doesn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) may have a much tougher fight than he expected tonight in his important unification bout against WBA champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) in this Showtime televised fight at the DC Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Hopkins, 49, has been talking about wanting to school Shumenov like he’s done recently to his last two opponents Karo Murat and Tavoris Cloud. But Shumenov feels he’s going to take the fight to Hopkins tonight and make him look every bit his age.
“I have no doubts I’ll be the winner,” said Shumenov. “I’m going to show the world what I’m capable of. I’m going to show I’m the best one in our division.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Lightweight John Murray (33-2, 20 KO’s) will be looking to score a knockout tonight against the light-hitting Anthony Crolla (27-4-1, 10 KO’s) to add his scalp to his growing collection at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. Murray plans on knocking Crolla out in order to make sure he gets his hand raised tonight. Murray doesn’t want to wind up losing a controversial decision if the fight goes to the scorecards.
The outcome of this fight has huge ramifications, as they’re likely to face former WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns next in a nice payday fight in Glasgow, Scotland. Murray vs. Burns would be a great contest, because Burns looks like he’s on his last legs at this point in his career and Murray could be the one that sends him packing.
Crolla will be trying to jab his way to a win tonight, and I suspect we’re going to see a lot of movement from him like we did in his rematch against Derry Mathews. If Murray is on his job he’ll make sure that he cuts off the ring on Crolla to force him to fight for a full three minutes of every round instead of just a small fraction. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) says he wants a piece of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and he doesn’t care which weight it takes place. Broner feels he’ll beat the 35-year-old Pacquiao if given the chance. Would Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum let him fight Broner or would this be another fight that won’t happen? It would be nice for a change to see Pacquiao fighting someone else not named Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley.
“S***, I aint scared to fight that mother f*****. Tell him to come on, I’ll fight him. I don’t care where the fight would be. We can fight at 115,” Broner said to the Boxing Socialist. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: In two weeks’ time from today the number 1 pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KO’s) will face WBA welterweight title holder Marcos “El Chino Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) on May 3rd at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on a fight televised on pay per view by Showtime TV channel.
The 37-year-old Mayweather is a heavy favorite for the fight to defeat the 31-year-old Maidana and do it in a convince fashion. Maidana’s recent winning streak (4 victories, 3 by way of KO) has brought him to this big stage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) has a mandatory title defense coming up this Saturday night against his WBO mandatory Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) in Germany. Wladimir is already apologetic about the fight, saying he doesn’t want to be blamed if it turns out to be a mismatch.
The people who need to be blamed is the World Boxing Organization, as they’re the ones that ordered for Leapai and Denis Boytsov to fight it out in a WBO heavyweight eliminator but to pick out a mandatory challenger for Wladimir to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao has failed to reach 1 million pay-per-view buys in his last three fights, and it’s quite possible that his fight last Saturday night against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley also will fail to bring in 1 million buys. Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole estimates that the Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight will bring in around 800,000 PPV buys, will make it his 4th fight in a row where the Filipino star has failed to reach 1 million buys.
In the past it was almost a given that Pacquiao would hit over 1 million buys, but something is changed. It could be that fans are turned off by the losses to Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, or they’re simply losing interest in watching Pacquiao because he’s not fighting Floyd Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »