By Mark Havey: Every Boxing fan can remember seeing a fight with a result that left them shell shocked. Boxing is such an unpredictable sport and every expert is left red faced from time to time. One punch can change a fight around and leave the favorite out cold on the canvas.
this week it will be 26 years since the biggest upset in Boxing, in my opinion. 11th Feb 1990 saw the unbeatable Mike Tyson face off against the man most felt didn’t have a chance, Buster Douglas. Some bookmakers had the odds at 50/1 in Iron Mike Tyson’s favor.
It seemed like fair odds. Tyson had destroyed the best fighters in the division, men far above the ability of Douglas. Less than a month before the fight, Douglas lost his Mother to a stroke. His frame of mind was questioned. None expected it to serve as inspiration in the most daunting of challenges. However, Reports were rife that Tyson hadn’t trained very much and was busy partying. Read the rest of this entry »
NEW YORK, NY (February 9, 2016) – Roc Nation Sports is pleased to announce that Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, March 26, to begin his assault on the light heavyweight division when he takes on undefeated and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 5:00 PM PT and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #5 IBF, #12 WBA, Anthony Joshua 15-0, 15 KOs) could be facing unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) in April. According to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, they could know within the next 48 hours if that fight or another one will be taking place for Joshua.
Hearn has three to four different guys that they’re looking at for Joshua’s next fight on April 9 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Hearn says that Martin’s management approached them about a fight, but asked for a lot of money. Hearn says he’s looking at whether the numbers will work for that fight.
It’s a little early in Joshua’s pro career to be fighting for a world title. But if he’s going to fight for a title, Martin would be the one that makes the most sense. Martin doesn’t punch with major power, and he’s not tricky to deal with. Martin just recently won the vacant IBF title last January when he stopped Vyacheslav Glazkov in the 3rd round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) says he needs to get back in action for his fans. GGG is scheduled to fight #3 IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) in two months from now on April 23 at the Forum, in Inglewood, California.
The fight against the 25-year-old serves two purposes. First of all, it’s a mandatory defense of Golovkin’s IBF belt that he needs to take care of if he wants to continue to be the International Boxing Federation 160lb champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) agreed to move up in weight to face the much heavier and stronger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) because he believes he can do what he did in his fight against Canelo in 2013.
Mayweather out-boxed the larger Canelo by using his speed, quick jabs and movement to win a 12 round majority decision. Mayweather thinks that Khan is going to try and do the same thing that he did in out-boxing Canelo.
The Khan vs. Canelo fight will take place on HBO PPV at a catch-weight of 155lbs. Canelo’s WBC middleweight title belt will be on the line for the fight, which suits Khan just fine because he wants a chance to win the title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: The date is set but we are no closer to learning the next step in the Anthony Joshua journey. The O2 Arena is booked for April 9 but no undercard or opponent has been mentioned for Joshua 15-0 (15). A couple of weeks ago Eddie discussed 8 potential opponents for the date but as time passes many of these have made other arrangements.
What Eddie said:
Eddie Hearn told IFL TV that the main 3 opponents they were looking at were
– Bryant Jennings
– Bermane Stiverne
– Johann Duhaupas Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Erik Morales sees the Amir Khan vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight going no more than four rounds with Khan getting blasted out on May 7 in their fight on HBO PPV.
Morales likes Khan’s speed, but he thinks he’s got problems with his ability handle shots. Morales also sees Khan as having a problem with the weight. He’s moving up from welterweight to middleweight to take the fight against the 25-year-old Canelo at a catch-weight of 155lbs. That’s going to be an issue right off the bat, but with Canelo rehydrating up in weight, it’s going to be a problem for Khan.
The fact that Khan is moving up in weight will be a problem for him because he’s going to be facing a very, very big middleweight. Canelo might like to fight at 155, but he’s clearly a large middleweight in terms of weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye has been vocal lately in saying that Tyson Fury will easily beat the 39-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in their rematch this year. Haye’s comments about Fury doing a better job against Wladimir in the rematch could be construed by some to mean that Haye is on good terms with the 6’9” Fury.
That would be the furthest thing from the truth though. Haye doesn’t seem to care too much for Fury, and he doesn’t respect how he openly has commented that he doesn’t want to fight him or WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. To Haye, he sees Fury’s reluctance to fight him and Wilder as an indication of what kind of person he is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks that Amir Khan should have agreed to face IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook next in a fight in the summer. Mayweather wanted Khan to face Brook in order to give the British fans wanted to see.
Mayweather thinks the two fighters could have worked out a venue for the fight by having it take place in London rather than in Khan’s neck of the woods in Bolton or Brook’s favorite spot in Sheffield. Khan chose instead to take a bigger fight against WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez rather than a smaller one against Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Al Classico: The proposed mega fight earmarked for September 2016 between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (34-0, 31) took a step backwards last week when it was announced that Canelo would opt to defend his ‘middleweight title’ against a welterweight fighter in Amir ‘King’ Khan.
While this announcement of Khan as an opponent for Canelo was a shock to the boxing world in itself, the bigger implication of this announcement is that the Canelo-GGG now looks less likely to happen anytime soon. Most fans and people in the know were expecting Canelo to defend his title in May against a lesser risk middleweight such as a Gabe Rosado in order to test the waters at the full 160 weight limit and to prepare for GGG in September. Read the rest of this entry »