By J Caldwell: Caveat emptor: If you’re not a serious diehard fan of the pugilist sport, then paying to watch Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) do his thing in the ring might be hazardous to your health.
Conversely, to the average diehard fan of the sport of boxing, what Rigondeaux does in the ring isn’t that hard to understand: Mainly what the Cuban star has mastered in the ring appears to be more along the lines of boxing with a bit too much caution, (aka, a tactician of sort) “the Jackal” understands the sweet science at its purest level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) gave it his best shot at trying to get IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) to face him at super middleweight for what would have been a big fight on HBO pay-per-view, but the Kazakhstan fighter failed to accept Ward’s offer to meet him in the ring.
Ward says he still has the texts from Golovkin’s management. Ward just thinks that Golovkin doesn’t want any part of fighting him. However, Ward isn’t too worried about it, because he’s moving up to light heavyweight and will be facing IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) later on in 2016 if Kovalev beats Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) in their rematch on January 30th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Dillian Whyte sees Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) as having a tough task ahead of him on Saturday night in trying to pull off a big upset of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) in their fight at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Whyte feels that Klitschko has more ways of winning, and that Fury will need to really take the fight to him in order to win. Whyte knows full well how good Klitschko is because the two of them share the same trainer in Johnathon Banks, so that he can see how good Klitschko is in his training camps. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: There will be two Fury’s on Saturday’s fight card at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Besides Tyson Fury, who will be battling IBF/IBO/WBA/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (17-0, 9 KOs) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line against 38-year-old Adnan Redzovic (16-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight.
Hughie, 21, had previously been talked about fighting 36-year-old journeyman Nicolai Firtha, but that fight won’t be happening for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) made a lot of fans happy last Saturday night when he announced that he’s ready and willing to fight WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) to show fans that he’s not afraid to fight anybody. Well, now it looks like Canelo is setting up conditions for Golovkin to meet in order to fight him.
If Golovkin wants the fight with him, he might need to fight Canelo at 155lbs, the weight class that Canelo has created recently in his last four fights. It seems that he likes to fight at 155lbs, and he doesn’t see any reason why he should change that, even though he’s now the WBC middleweight champion. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions) By Tim Fletcher: WBA World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) successfully made weight on Tuesday for his title defense against 39-year-old #8 WBA Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) on Wednesday night on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Hialeah Park Race Track, in Hialeah, Florida.
The 32-year-old Lara weighed in at 153.6 pounds for his third and possible final defense of his WBA title. Lara has made noise recently about wanting to move up to the middleweight division to campaign as a 160lb fighter and go after the top names in the division like Gennady Golovkin, Peter Quillin, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders and Andy Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rob Blakeman: It has always been my understanding that in boxing, to take a Champions crown you must do so decisively. There must be no question, no doubt, a true beating by the better man must be witnessed and acknowledged if not quite by all then by the vast majority.
Otherwise the Champion should keep the title he usually worked and battled so hard to win. The scorecards for Miguel Cotto against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez did appear to attest to such a drubbing, reading as follows: 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya made mention before last Saturday’s mega-fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) that the fight would bring in between 1.5 million and 2.5 million buys on HBO pay-per-view.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be bringing in anywhere close to that number of buys. According to early estimates, the Cotto vs. Canelo fight will do at least 900,000 PPV buys, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. 900,000 is a respectable number, but nowhere near the huge amount of buys that De La Hoya was predicting for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Age is a definitive factor and there are fighters who age overnight. Tyson Fury is correct when he says that the mind might order but the body won’t obey when you age. There are few exceptions to the rule but just as many fighters punching power is the last thing to go. Talking about boxers I think reflexes erode first and after that legs will turn to wood.
But I don’t expect IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to age overnight, even though in his last outing against Bryant Jennings he looked more vulnerable than usual. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) says he got near enough to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) today to smell that he was wearing women’s perfume at their final press conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. Fury says he has absolutely no fear of Klitschko, because he’s seen a lot of his fights and discovered that he has a ton of flaws in his game that he believes he can take advantage of on Saturday in their fight at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »