By Aaron Cooper: James DeGale will finally get his shot at the vacant IBF World Super-Middleweight title against Andre Dirrell on May 23rd in Boston, Massachusetts.
James is hoping to make history by coming the first boxer from Great Britain to win Olympic Gold and a professional world title.
The fight is taking place in Boston due to Roc Nation winning the purse bid. DeGale had hoped to have the fight in his home town of London at the O2 arena in what would have clearly been a bigger event than the fight being held stateside. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: UFC woman’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is giving her friend Manny Pacquiao a good chance of upsetting Floyd Mayweather Jr in their mega-money fight in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Chris Williams: Robert Garcia, the trainer for Marcos Maidana and a number of well-known fighters, was very impressed with video he saw of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s recent sparring for his fight against Manny Pacquiao. Garcia saw video of Mayweather manhandling one of his highly skilled sparring partners.
What struck Garcia about Mayweather’s sparring was the power, counter-punching and the aggressiveness that he was showing during the session. Mayweather was showing more power than what Garcia is used to seeing, and he was impressed with the aggressiveness that he showed during the sparring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) will be back in ring in July against an opponent still to be determined. Stiverne, 36, lost his WBC title to the 6’7” Deontay Wilder last January in losing a 12 round unanimous decision.
Stiverne went to the hospital after the fight where it was learned that he was severely dehydrated. Apparently he’d over-trained for the fight, and hadn’t drank enough fluids beforehand. It’s unfortunate because it was a tough way to lose the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: While trainer Freddie Roach has been closely guarding the so-called secret game plan he’s going to have his fighter Manny Pacquiao use on May 2nd against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Roach finally opened his mouth and spilled the beans if you will by revealing the strategy in an interview.
Not surprisingly, the strategy that Roach will have the 36-year-old Pacquiao use in the fight is the exact same one he’s been using for the past 18 years of his career.
Roach says Pacquiao will be using the in and out style of fighting when he gets in there with Mayweather. The difference is that Pacquiao will only be throwing two punches before getting out of the pocket in order to keep from getting nailed by Mayweather’s counter shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #1 IBF middleweight contender Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) and #4 IBF David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant IBF middleweight title at a still to be determined date. The two fighters’ management are currently trying to negotiate the fight.
If they can’t do it then the fight will go to a purse bid on April 7th in Springfield, New Jersey, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. This is the IBF title that the International Boxing Federation recently stripped from Jermain Taylor last February due to him being unable to defend the title because of legal issues. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) turns 39-years-old today as he gets ready for his fight next month on April 25th against the talented #3 WBO, #5 IBF Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Wladimir, who started his career 19 years ago in 1996, is looking to make his 18th successful title defense.
He’s zooming in on the record of 25 successful title defenses set by Joe Louis. It’s not likely that Wladimir will be able to break that record, though, because he’ll have to get past WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a unification bout, and I don’t think Wladimir is going to win that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe says that there is absolutely no truth to the ridiculous rumors that have been circulating around lately about Zab Judah having knocked out Floyd Mayweather Jr with a body shot during a recent sparring session.
This so called incident has spread like wildfire after starting up somewhere on the internet. First Judah himself denied that it ever happened, and no Ellberbe is saying it’s not true.
“False…nothing like that. It never happened,” Ellerbe told Skysports.com when asked whether Judah had knocked Mayweather down during one of their sparring sessions. Zab is in camp. He’s helping with the preparations along with several other sparring partners. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: For boxing fans dying to know when the James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) vs. Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) will be taking place, it looks like the fight will be taking place in May, according to DeGale’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
Hearn says the DeGale-Dirrell fight will be taking place in mid to late May on the East Coast of the United States. Hearn says he’ll know in the next 24 hours when and where the fight will be taking place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With the World Boxing Association ordering WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) to begin negotiations with WBA Super World super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs), Froch is digging in for what could be a last stand as he tries to hold onto his last remaining world title.
Froch already vacated his IBF 168 pound title after the IBF ordered him to face James DeGale. After the WBA ordered Froch to fight Ward next, Froch decided he didn’t want to give up his last belt without putting up a fight. Read the rest of this entry »