By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBA heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) scored a 7th round knockout victory over domestic level fighter Dave Allen (9-2-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Fighting on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina card, the 37-year-old Ortiz came on strong in the 7th round to flurry on the 24-year-old Allen until the referee stopped the contest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Once again boxing has been snubbed as a sports by Britains BBC ‘Sports personality of the year awards’. Pound for pound the UK is probably more successful with boxing than any other sport yet rarely gets a mention. Carl Frampton recently unleashed a tirade against the BBC branding it ‘anti-boxing’ and ‘anti Northern Irish’. As for the boxing comment I can’t disagree, Frampton achieved super stardom this year yet has no nomination for the award. As a result I thought I would give my own UK Boxing personality award for the year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Fighting in front of large crowd in his own hometown, unbeaten Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) won a highly controversial 12 round majority decision victory over previously unbeaten Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-1, 19 KOs) to capture the vacant WBO heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and his management need to focus only fighting guys that are prepared to get inside the ring with him when asked. Golovkin has wasted too much time in his career with trying to get fights against Saul Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs and Billy Joe Saunders.
That’s time wasted. Golovkin has got to give his promoter Tom Loeffler marching orders to forget about guys that aren’t willing to fight him within three to four months, because he doesn’t have enough time left in his career for him to be spending time trying to get fights against Jacobs, Saunders or especially Canelo if they’re not ready to get inside the ring with him pronto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) is saying that for him to fight former IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) again, it’s got to make sense. Ward says that Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva is not the A-side now after Kovalev’s controversial 12 round unanimous decision loss to Ward last month on November 19 on HBO PPV.
Duva reportedly has a rematch clause in the contract with Ward. So for Ward to say it’s got to make sense for him to fight Kovalev or anyone for that matter; it makes it unclear whether Ward would vacate his titles or simply dig in his heels and not fight Kovalev? For Ward to keep the titles he won, you would think that he would need to fight Kovalev again unless there’s a way of getting around the contract. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: WBA World featherweight champion Jesus Andres Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) successfully weighed in at 124lbs at today’s weigh-in for his title defense this Saturday night against Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) for their fight on Showtime Championship Boxing at the USC Galen Center, in Los Angeles, California.
Premier Boxing Champions is promoting the show. Mares weighed in at 126lbs. This is going to be a really tough fight for the 31-year-old Mares, because he’s been out of the ring for over a year since his loss to Leo Santa Cruz in August 2015. That was a grueling fight that saw Mares worn down and beaten by a 12 round majority decision by the scores 114-114, 117-111 and 117-111. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) weighed in successfully on Friday in coming in 139.6 pounds for his title defense against an emaciated looking challenger John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The Crawford-Molina fight will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing.
Also being televised by HBO on the same night is heavyweights Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr. fighting for the vacant WBO heavyweight title. That fight will be taking place at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) and former IBF 168lb champ Lucian Bute (32-1, 25 KOs) will fight each other on February 24 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City in Canada. The winner of the Bute-Alvarez fight will be getting a shot at WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson on April 29.
That might not be a good thing if the soon to be 37-year-old Bute wins, because he might not be much competition for a puncher like Stevenson. Bute will have been out of the ring for 10 months by the time he faces the 32-year-old Alvarez on Feb.24. That’s not good news for Bute, because he’s not the young fighter that he was when he held the International Boxing Federation super middleweight title from 2007 to 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Froch believes that IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will take care of Eric Molina this Saturday night and stop him at some point in the fight. Froch thinks that Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) should focus on his boxing and keeping the hard hitting 34-year-old Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) so that he doesn’t get hit by one of his powerful right hands.
Froch isn’t quite sure how well the 6’6” Joshua will take the big right hand shots from Molina, but he suspects he’ll be fine. Froch points out that Molina staggered WBC champion Deontay Wilder with a right hand in their fight in 2015. Molina eventually was stopped in the 9th round after Deontay hit him with some right hands of his own. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua weighed in on Friday at 249 pounds for his title defense on Saturday night against American Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Molina weighed in at 237 ½ pounds, which is more or less in the same ballpark that he usually weighs in.
Joshua’s weight was within one-half pound of his career high of 249 ½ pounds that he weighed in for his fight against Gary Cornish in September 2015. If you remember that fight, Joshua bum rushed the 6’7” Cornish in the 1st round and blasted him out immediately. Read the rest of this entry »