By Cameron Gillon: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) says he wants to unify all the belts in the super bantamweight division by going after champions Leo Santa Cruz and Kiko Martinez. Rigondeaux is also interested in facing unbeaten top contender Carl Frampton. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Showtime will be televising the replay of last Saturday’s controversial bout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) at 9 p.m ET/PT. This was a fight that the 24-year-old Canelo won by a 12 round split decision by the scores 115-113 and 117-111 for Canelo, and 115-113 for Lara.
Many people in the boxing industry feel that Lara did enough to get the win, but the more popular Canelo ended up getting the nod.
After the replay of the Canelo vs. Lara fight, Showtime will be televising Canelo vs. Lara ALL ACCESS epilogue. It’s going to be a night of Canelo and Lara on Showtime for fans who didn’t purchase their fight on Showtime pay-per-view last Saturday, and for fans who want to see the rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: On July 26 four heavyweight title prospects will lock horns. In an all British affair Dereck Chisora 20-4 (13) will take on Tyson Fury 22-0 (16) in Manchester and a few hours later Cuban Mike Perez 20-0-1 (12) will face American Bryant Jennings 18-0 (10) in New York. For the winners of both fights imminent title challenges await.
The winner of Chisora-Fury will become Wladimir Klitschko’s mandatory WBO challenger and although less is at stake for Jennings and Perez they are ranked #2 and #3 respectively with the WBC behind Deontay Wilder so a challenge against the winner of Wilder-Stiverne is highly probable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: #6 WBA flyweight contender Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KOs) won a harder than expected 10 round unanimous victory over 2nd tier fighter Luis De La Rosa (23-4-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In an expected mismatch, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) destroyed #5 WBO Sod Kokietgym (63-3-1, 28 KOs) in stopping him in the 1st round in what could be Rigondeaux’s last fight with Top Rank on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. It’s disappointing that they matched him up against this 37-year-old fighter because it was such a sorry mismatch that it wasn’t even worth Rigondeaux’s time.
No wonder HBO chose to pass on televising this fight because it just poor match-making to say the least. Rigondeaux and Kokietgym came together for a head-clash late in the 1st round that sent Kokietgym down on the canvas where he looked to be in pain. After he got back up, Kokietgym continued to grab his head, looking both hurt and not particularly interested in continuing the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: What if there were no “Cold War” between Top Rank and Golden Boy and the best fighters in each division would fight? This is one fan’s wish list for fights to happen during the next 12 months or so, division by division, along with my take on who would win.
Heavyweight: Fury vs. Wilder – two very big and tall heavyweights, each with moderate boxing skill, though Fury has better technique and Wilder better power. If Fury can apply his boxing skills to negate Wilder’s power he should be able to win a straightforward UD. But, that is a big IF. Honorable mention: Klitschko vs. any worthy opponent before he turns 40. I’d have to favor Klitscko in this one, as I don’t see a worthy opponent on the horizon. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Lightweight Mercito Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs) won his second fight of his comeback on Friday night in stopping 35-year-old journeyman Luis Arceo (28-13-4, 19 KOs) by a 7th round stoppage at the Longshoremen’s Hall, in San Francisco, California, USA.
The fight was stopped in between the 7th and 8th rounds. Arceo’s face and nose was reddened and he looked pretty well beaten up by the time the plugged was pulled after the 7th.
Gesta did a good job of moving around the ring and throwing combinations. He had to move a lot because Arceo was putting pressure on him constantly, and trying to hurt Gesta with his power shots. Arceo may not have been the best fighter in terms of defense and hand speed, but he did have decent power that bothered Gesta when he would stand still for any length of time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Billy Bogan: Two complicated characters, two tough fighters, but there will be only one winner in this fight… Tyson Fury.
He has not proven himself in any way at world level yet, but Fury has certainly proven to be extremely strong domestically. For this reason he will surely be too good for Dereck Chisora once again on the 26th July.
Chisora has yet to defeat anybody of note himself and has been soundly beaten a few times now. Although he’s much wiser than he was the last time these two men faced off, the fact is that his reach hasn’t grown by 7 or 8 inches- which is what he needs to stand any real chance in this bout. His only real hope is that Fury chooses to open up and brawl, but in reality that’s very unlikely to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) successfully made weight on Friday in his weigh-in for his title defense against 37-year-old Sod Looknongyantoy (63-2-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Rigondeaux weighed in at 121.5 pounds. His opponent Looknongyantoy weighed in right at the super bantamweight limit at 122.
In the other fight involving a recognizable name on the card, two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KOs) weighed in at 111.5 pounds for his fight against little known 2nd tier fighter Luis De la Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By MM (Matt McKinney): Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri are set to go head to head on November 22nd in the gambling Mecca of Macau China. Pacquiao’s title will be on the line since Algieri is moving up in weight to face him.
The Good: There is not much good I can say about this fight if I am honest with myself. I do believe that Algieri is showing a lot of guts to take this fight. Fresh off a shocking win over Ruslan Provodnikov, not many young fighters would want to face Manny Pacquiao in their very next fight. So my hat goes off to Algieri for challenging Manny, and challenging himself. I also like the fact that Manny is willing to give an up and comer, like Algieri a shot at his belt. Manny is not making outrageous demands such as; beat Adrien Broner, or beat Andre Berto, or defend your title three times and then you can fight me. Algieri, after all is a champion, and I do believe champions should fight champions no matter how much of a mismatch people think it is. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Allan Fox: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) says he’s working hard on his conditioning for his rematch against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) to make sure that he doesn’t fade late in the fight like he did the last time they fought.
Maidana fought effectively in the first six rounds of the bout, but then kind of fell apart in the last half of action due in part to him having rehydrated to 165 after making weight at 147 the day before the fight. Putting on close to 20 pounds obviously didn’t help Maidana in the stretch run of the fight, but the extra weight likely was one of the main reasons why he was able to bully Mayweather during the first part of the action. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) faces 24-years-old today, and his future is still very uncertain after a narrow, disappointing 12 round split decision win over Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo’s win left a lot of questions that will remain unanswered perhaps permanently because Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya closed the door on a second fight with the Cuban Lara.
The 24-year-old Canelo is going to need to make a decision about whether he wants to fight at junior middleweight or middleweight, because his last two fights have been at middleweight at 155 with him using his power and fame to pull junior middleweights – Alfredo Angulo and Lara – up to the weight class rather than him simply making weight at 154 to fight them the way normal fighters due in junior middleweight fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) says he’ll be back in the ring in December against possibly Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KO’s), Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) or another opponent.
Khan says that his adviser Al Haymon is working on the date for the fight to be televised in the United States on Showtime in December. Khan says he wants a big name that will get him a fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Khan also says he’s open to fighting Manny Pacquiao in the future now that Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions are willing to work with each other now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight David Price is picking WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) to beat mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) when/if they face each other in 2014. Price doesn’t say exactly why he’s picking Stiverne to defeat the 6’7” Deontay.
He just feels that Stiverne will beat him, perhaps based on his two recent wins over Chris Arreola. Of course, there’s a world of difference in the height, power, speed and arm length between Arreola and Deontay, but you can’t expect Price to know that because he’s never been in the ring with either of these guys, so he’s just making a wild guess. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Every year I hope that the biggest fights in boxing will happen. I’m pretty much always disappointed but it doesn’t stop me dreaming. I am not a fan of MMA/UFC at all, never watch it but in some ways boxing could learn from it.
With all their fighters centrally contracted the best fights always happen. Boxing has been going on so long and has become such a monster we feel lucky if any big fights happen year on year. The mafia were the ones who ran the sport in the 30s through the 50s. These days the problems are more covert but no less awkward. Read the rest of this entry »