By Chris Williams: Joel Diaz, the trainer for Tim Bradley, thinks the featherweight division is too tough for former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) after watching him get taken apart by World Boxing Association (WBA) World featherweight Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) last night in 6 rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Donaire, 31, was knocked down twice in the fight, and stopped in the 6th after he was dropped by a right hand from the stronger Walters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #6 IBF, #14 WBA heavyweight contender Steve Cunningham (28-6, 12 KOs) easily defeated the very slow and hulking 278 pound Nate Visinia (10-1, 8 KOs) by a 7th round stoppage on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
The fight was halted after the 7th round by the advice of the ringside doctor due the 30-year-old Visinia having taken too much punishment. Visinia was bleeding from the mouth the last several rounds, and getting hit far too much. His lack of hand speed and his slow foot movement made him an easy target for the 38-year-old Cunningham. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) is ready to vacate his IBF title rather than face his IBF mandatory challenger James DeGale next January in the UK.
Froch wants a fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas, Nevada. Froch says his promoter Eddie Hearn has been talking to Chavez Jr’s promoter about putting a fight together. I’m not sure if Froch is aware that Chavez Jr has said recently that nothing has been said to him about a fight against Froch, and that he’s a free agent now and no longer with Top Rank. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) will be back in action in the next four months in February in a fight that will be staged in Europe, says Golovkins’ promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. Golovkin will be fighting only three times in 2014 instead of four times. But the plan is for Golokvin to fight four times in 2015.
Golovkin could possibly fight in the United States if Julio Cesar Chavez Jr agrees to fight him. However, the odds of that happening are slim and none, because Chavez Jr hasn’t been talking about wanting to fight Golovkin lately. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Undefeated Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) was a visitor on HBO last night during the “Mexican Style” telecast on HBO Championship Boxing. HBO commentator Jim Lampley pointed out to the boxing viewers that Algieri defeated WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) already in one-on-one basketball, pool and in bowling.
Algieri then calmly told Lampley that he also beat Pacquiao in batting practice with the San Francisco Giants. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: HBO commentator Jim Lampley says he was contacted by the lawyer for WBA Super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) who told him that Ward is willing to fight WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) for a fight.
Presumably, Golovkin would have to move up to super middleweight to face Ward at either a catch-weight or at the full weight in order for the fight to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) wasted little time of dispatching challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) last Saturday night in taking him out in two blistering rounds in front of 9,323 boxing fans at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Golovkin hit Rubio with a left hook to the head that dropped him for the 10 count. The stoppage was so sudden and unexpected that it led to many of the StubHub Center fans booing the end, because they wanted to see the fight continued. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 31-year-old Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) took a beating tonight in losing by a 6th round knockout to WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Donaire was on the canvas twice in the fight. He came into the fight having never been knocked down before, but he’d never faced a guy as big and as powerful as Walters. Donaire was knocked down by a hard right uppercut in the 3rd. In the 6th, Donaire was flattened by a right hand by Walters.
Walters did a job on Donaire’s face, as both eyes were swollen up and he was cut over his right eye. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) put World Boxing Council 160 pound champion Miguel Cotto on notice that he wants to fight him next following Golovin’s impressive 2nd round knockout victory over the usually strong-chinned Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 9,323 fans at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Rubio went down in the 2nd from a left to the head by Golovkin. The fight was then stopped at 1:19 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: Like many Americans, I was ignorant of a virtually unknown middleweight titlist for all of the 2000s, and all the way into late 2012. Back then, the two major fights were Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez, and both were great and even electrifying fights.
On you tube in early 2013, I saw a tremendous victory of this nearly unknown fighter against Gregory Proksa, a fighter who fights in a style quite similar to Sergio Martinez and who was a top 20 middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) scored his 18th consecutive knockout in stopping Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) in the 2nd round on Saturday night at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California.
Referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the fight at 1:19 of the 2nd. Rubio tried to protest the stoppage, but Reiss was having none of it. Rubio made a mistake of staying down too long.
Golovkin hurt Rubio with a big right uppercut followed by a big left hook to the head that sent Rubio down on his back. Rubio seemed to misjudge the count, as he stayed down until the count of 9 and failed to beat the count in getting back up to his feet. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Dan Ambrose: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) needs at least one big victory over a named opponent for him to become a mega-star, according to his trainer Abel Sanchez. He feels that the casual boxing fans are starting to recognize who Golovkin is after seeing him a number of times on HBO.
The hardcore boxing fans have known about Golovkin for a considerable amount of time. But what Golovkin needs is a victory over one of the big names like Floyd Mayweather Jr, Miguel Cotto, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for him to get to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »