By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) will be defending his WBC title in three months from now against possibly one of these names according to Showtime vice president of Sports Stephen Espinoza: Bryant Jennings, Vyacheslav Glazkov, Tony Thompson, or Alexander Povetkin.
Wilder, 6’7”, wants to get back into the ring in a hurray after his brilliant performance last month in stopping France’s Johann Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs) in the 11th round on September 26th on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) might only have one more shot at getting a big money rematch against Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) now that Pacquiao is talking about possibly retiring in early 2016. Pacquiao wants to put his concentration on being a senator in the Philippines.
Pacquiao, 36, still has win a seat in the senate in the upcoming May elections in the Philippines in 2016, but given his huge popularity, the chances are good that he’ll win the position. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) is on the verge of being stripped of his WBO 122lb title by the World Boxing Organization for failing to defend his title in more than nine months since his last title defense against Japan’s Hisashi Amagasa on December 31st 2014.
Rigondeaux has 10 days to explain to the WBO why he hasn’t defended his title during the last nine months. Given the WBO’s past history in dealing with fighters that fail to defend their WBO titles in a timely fashion, Rigondeaux will likely be stripped of his title in the next 10 days unless he can come up with a really good explanation. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment) By Tim Fletcher: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) has sized up his unbeaten opponent former WBO 160lb champ Peter Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs), and he knows what he’s getting himself into in their fight on December 5th on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Jacobs sees flaws in the 32-year-old Quillin’s game that he feels that are areas that he can take advantage of when the two of them start trading shots for real. Jacobs notes that Quillin is slow on his feet, and focuses too much on loading up on his shots with everything he has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: It looks like IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) had better plan on boxing IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) in their fight on October 17th, because Golovkin is saying that Lemieux won’t be able to go more than 3 to 4 rounds with him if he only brings his power game with him in their HBO pay-per-view fight at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Golovkin thinks that for Lemieux to go the entire 12 round distance with him in this fight, he’s going to need to plan on boxing him for 12 rounds instead of slugging it out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #9 WBC heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) will be fighting 34-year-old Malik Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight in what shapes up to be a mismatch later this month on 10/30 on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV in a fight that will take place at the Venue at UCF in Orlando, Florida.
The Thompson-Scott fight will be the main event on a card with unbeaten light welterweight Lydell Rhodes (23-0-1, 11 KOs) facing little known Sergey Lipinets (7-0, 6 KOs). Also on the card is a 147lb match between Javontae Starks (13-0, 7 KOs) and Samuel Figueroa (9-0, 4 KOs). Thompson vs. Scott isn’t exactly a great fight because there’s a difference in talent between them, and we’re still not talking about two heavyweights that appear to be going in anywhere in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: #8 IBF heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs) will be looking to rebound from his 5th round knockout loss at the hands of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko when he gets back inside the ring this month in less than two weeks from now on October 17th to face 41-year-old Brazilian journeyman George Arias (56-13, 42 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round fight at the DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Pulev, 34, has been out of action for the past 11 months since his loss to Klitschko almost a year ago. At Pulev’s age, it’s not the best thing to do in staying out of the ring for an entire year rather than getting back in there and fighting hard to get a high enough ranking for another world title shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Paulie Malignaggi (34-7, 7 KOs) is interested in challenging 45-year-old EBU welterweight champion Gianluca Branco (49-3-1, 24 KOs) for his title before the end of this year. It’s a title that the 34-year-old Malignaggi would like to add to his collection of belts that he’s won during his 14-year pro career.
Despite having lost 3 out of his last 5 fights, Malignaggi is plugging forward with his career in picking off some of the lower hanging fruit to start winning again. By staying active and beating whoever he can, Malignaggi is keeping his name alive and increasing the chances that he’ll eventually get another nice paying fight like the one he got against former WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia last August. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) says he’s totally not worried in the least about being the underdog in his fight against IBO/WBA 160lb champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) in their fight in a week and a half from now on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lemieux says being the underdog will make it that much better when he wins the fight against the 33-year-old Kazakhstan fighter. Besides not being worried about being the underdog, Lemieux says he’s not afraid of Golovkin’s punching power. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) will be defending his WBA 147lb title against former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on December 12th on Showtime Championship Boxing at a still to be determined venue, according to Dan Rafael.
This is a very big fight and easily the biggest of the 26-year-old Thurman’s career. It’s what you would call a proving fight for Thurman, because he’s had it pretty easy in his eight year pro career with all the soft opponents that his adviser Al Haymon has put him in with thus far. Read the rest of this entry »