By Jim Dower: Marco Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) is coming off of consecutive decision losses to WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, but that isn’t keeping the 31-year-old Maidana from wanting to get another big money fight.
Maidana has his sights set on getting a fight against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, according to his trainer Robert Garcia. Whether Maidana has a chance of getting that fight with Pacquiao straightaway is another question altogether.
It seems reasonable to assume that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum won’t bother matching him against Maidana due to his recent defeats. Arum would have to know that it wouldn’t be a marketable fight if he matched Pacquiao against Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) is feeling pretty good about himself right now after his 6th round knockout victory this month against previously unbeaten Matt Korobov on December 13th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) feels that WBO champ Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) understands that he would be beaten if he gets in the ring with him next year for a mega-fight.
Mayweather doesn’t sit down on his shots and swing for the fences like most of the guys that have fought the 36-year-old Filipino fighter in the past, so this would be a much different fight for Pacquiao than any other fight he’s had before. Mayweather would be looking to out-box Pacquiao rather than looking to take his head off. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Whether WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) wants to fight IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) or not, he’s going to find himself forced to face the winner of the March 14th fight between Kovalev and former WBC 175lb champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs).
The World Boxing Council has agreed to a proposal from Kovalev’s promoters for the winner of the Kovalev-Pascal fight to become the WBC mandatory challenger. If Stevenson gets past Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-2, 16 KOs) tonight in their fight in Quebec, Stevenson will be looking at facing either Kovalev or Pascal in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Abbas Dadhiwala: Amir Khan dazzled Vegas on his way to a convincing points victory over highly rated challenger Devon Alexander who is a former world champion who’s only losses have come against Pacquaio conqueror Timothy Bradley and Shawn Porter.
It was a amazing performance from Khan and a near shut out win as the final points total told the story, all 3 judges unanimous in their reading of the fight. The official cards were 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.
From the first bell Khan started connecting with his trademark quick combinations and moving out of reach for Alexander to land cleanly. As the fight wore on Khan did tire and Alexander found some success with a few shots but never managed to stamp his authority on the fight and it was Khan who changed his game plan and paced himself better , still landing clean shots all throughout the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid: Speedy super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) is hoping that a win over Derek Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs) tonight in their 12 round fight will ultimately lead to a rematch against Carl Froch in the future.
Dirrell lost to Froch five years ago by a very questionable decision in Froch’s home city, and ever since then Dirrell has longed for a rematch against the British fighter.
Dirrell’s fight against Edwards tonight will be an IBF super middleweight eliminator bout, so this in theory should put Dirrell on a crash course with Froch, who holds the IBF and WBA 168 pound titles. However, Froch has talked about wanting only a fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr next year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: While many boxing fans see the January 24th rubber match between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado as little more than a simple slugfest between two sloppy fighters going nowhere with what’s left of their careers, HBO thinks enough of the fight to put together a “Road to Alvarado-Rios 3” preview episode that they plan on televising next month on January 10th at midnight ET/PT. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: For bordering on three years now Kell Brook and Eddie Hearn have been calling out Amir Khan, while feasting on the blood of second and even third tier fighters. With Brook having problems earlier in the year, one wonders how long he’ll remain a ‘champion.’
I use the term because he’s beaten nobody to warrant such a title, if anything his bout with Porter was a draw, not a 117-11 victory. Amir ‘King’ Khan is trying to establish a solid fan base in America right now and doesn’t feel the need to fight in little old Sheffield in contrast to Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 46-year-old former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) has no interest in having to toil away slowly to try and get a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the future.
Instead, Tarver is hoping that if he can get a big name like David Haye to fight him, he’ll quickly get a fight against Wladimir if he can knock Haye out. Tarver is confident that he’ll beat the British heavyweight if he can just get him to agree to a fight with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After pining away for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr for years, Amir Khan is trying to come to terms with the latest news that Mayweather doesn’t see him as a big enough name in the United States for him to bother fighting.
Mayweather only has a couple fights left on his six-fight Showtime/CBS contract and he’s being very selective in the opponents he faces because he wants to maximize the amount of money he makes with his remaining fights on his contract. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF World super bantamweight belt holder Carl Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) will be making his first title defense in the next two months against #1 IBF, #1 WBO, #4 WBA Chris Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) on February 25th at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Avalos feels confident that he’ll be whipping Frampton in front of his own fans on 2/25, as he said “I am going to win, and it will be by knockout,” as quoted by Skysports.com. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A win for WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) in his next fight against #1 WBC Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) on February 21st will set Golovkin up as the WBC mandatory challenger to the winner of the proposed fight between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) on May 2nd.
This would then put the Cotto-Canelo winner in a situation where they’ll need to decide whether it’s worth it or not to be the WBC 160 pound champion when they would soon be forced to defend their strap against a real middleweight in Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »