By Tom Berridge: British Heavyweight superstar Anthony Joshua to fight German Konstantine Airich on the British WBA super bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg’s undercard in Manchester on 13th September. This will be yet again another step up in class for the Olympic champion Joshua, facing Airich who has a very respectable 21 wins from 35 fights. Having destroyed former European champion Matt Skelton in his last bout, the Brit is definitely starting to climb the rankings and get well into his stride.
Joshua has great pedigree in winning the gold medal at the London Olympics and being a fantastic athlete with fantastic boxing ability and immense power and it’s clearly just a matter of time before he is challenging for a world title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: Reading between the lines you all know what the title is insinuating. For those who still don’t understand let me put it in simpler terms. Boxing is more profitable when an African American holds the heavyweight title.
Race is as taboo of a subject in an open forum as they come but it is also the subconscious force that drives boxing’s revenue. Let’s not forget boxing is the sport that gave us terms such as “the great white hope”.
Ironically boxing is the first professional sport in American that allowed people of color to participate. While Jack Johnson could not use a public restroom of his choice in 1910, he would participate in the one of the largest gates in boxing history. Johnson, the first black man to hold the heavyweight title, defeated Jim Jeffries in front of 30,000 boxing fans. The fight itself was billed as Jeffries being the hope of the entire white race to regain the title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) has made a career out of getting the better of guys that were supposed to have more talent than him. We saw that in his fights against Joe Calzaghe, Winky Wright, Antonio Tarver, Roy Jones Jr, Jermain Taylor, Jean Pascal, Kelly Pavlik any many, many more fighters.
I know Hopkins lost to Calzaghe and Taylor, but a lot of boxing fans feel that Hopkins was robbed in those fights and deserved a decision. The same goes for his first fight against Pascal.
Hopkins will be looking to prove himself once again when he faces WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) on November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The 49-year-old Hopkins is going to be looking to out-smart the 31-year-old Kovalev and put him in his place. Kovalev is much younger, but he doesn’t have the experience, boxing skills, or the knowledge that Hopkins has going for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 WBC Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) is a possibility for the October 8th card at the Beau Rivage waterfront resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. This is the card that is tentatively head-lined by Sam Soliman vs. Jermain Taylor.
It’s unknown now if that fight will happen due to Taylor’s recent shooting incident. The facts are still be learned about the Taylor shooting case, so there’s a chance that he could still be fighting in the main event against Soliman on October 8th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Although former welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) hails from Argentina, the ferocity he displays in the ring has drawn praise from the legendary Mexican boxers of the sport who see Marcos as possessing the spirit of a Mexican warrior.
Mexican ring legends Julio Cesar Chavez and Erik Morales have spoken out concerning their admiration for Maidana as he tries for the second time to knock Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) off the pound for pound throne. Below is what Chavez and Morales had to say about Maidana:
Juilo Cesar Chavez: “We all know Marcos Maidana is not a technical fighter, but nobody can deny he is a very dangerous one, perhaps one of the most dangerous fighters Mayweather has ever faced. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum would like nothing better than to match his money fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in 2015 in what would be far the biggest payday of the 35-year-old Pacquiao’s career.
Since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight obviously isn’t going to happen for many reasons, Arum wants to set Pacquiao up for a 5th fight against aging warrior Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) in what could be a big enough fight to bring Pacquiao’s deteriorating pay-per-view numbers back up to the 1 million mark that he used to hit every time he fought for a span of two years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Nate Jones, an assistant trainer for WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs), says a clash between IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) and Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs), should help Brook earn a fight against Mayweather.
Jones says that Brook still has a lot of learning to do before he’s ready to fight against a talent like Mayweather, but if he beats Khan, then he would be ready possibly. Jones says he believes that Khan would beat Brook if/when that fight takes place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin” Neds” O’Connor: September the 6th is the date for the eagerly awaited rematch between Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (18-0, 13 KOs) and Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs) at the Titanic Quarter, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Frampton will challenge the tough Spaniard Martinez for his International Boxing Federation super bantamweight world title in his hometown of Belfast the bout will be contested in the Titanic Quarter in a 16,000 seat capacity arena temporarily constructed for the bout situated next to the launch site of the SS Titanic in 1912. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ech: I’m back BN24 reader fans with more disappointing news but first let me say thank you to everyone that has posted and re-posted, tweeted, shared this week in regards to BN24’s articles on Keith “One Time” Thurman aka Keith “Thunder” Thurman. Let me give you guys some quick numbers to show you guys what type of interest there was for Floyd Mayweather Jr: Thurman is too “Green” here at BN24.
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These numbers don’t lie and they show their truly is a real interest in Floyd Mayweather along with other top 10 fighters stepping in the ring with Keith Thurman. Some stand out comments on Mayweather: Thurman is too “Green” were. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In what has to be taken as a warning for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), what 160 pound champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) said that he thinks the tiny 5’7” Cotto is too small to be fighting in the middleweight division.
Golovkin says he believes that Cotto is just doesn’t have the size to be fighting in the 160 pound weight class, and believes that Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) is the toughest challenge he has I the division, not Cotto.
Cotto is the exact same size at the 5’7” Curtis Stevens, a fighter that Golovkin bludgeoned for 8 one-sided rounds last November until the fight was finally halted in the 8th. Stevens has the same kind of punching power that Cotto has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: During a recent media workout to promote the rematch between Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s), Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe openly discussed Mayweather’s motivation for the fight and Floyd’s intent of ensuring Maidana does not make the final bell.
“Floyd is very prepared for this fight and is extremely motivated in his preparation,” Ellerbe stated via Fightype.com, “He has some added incentive because Chino (Maidana) has been talking a lot of trash and Floyd finds that very disrespectful. Floyd is very determined to stop Chino.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KO’s) has earned some praise from pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) following his upset defeat over ex-champion Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KO’s).
“The guy Kell Brook came to my boxing gym I think 5 days before the fight and watched me spar a little bit,” Mayweather said to fighthype.com, “Cool guy. A true gentleman. He earned it the hard way.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) will be defending his title against WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) in the co-feature bout on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio card on October 18th in a fight televised by HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Donaire-Walters is arguably the best co-feature bout on a major fight card since the Lucas Matthysse vs. Danny Garcia fight last year in September when that fight was the co-feature on the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF Carl Frampton will be taking on the monstrous punching IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez on September 6th at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. Frampton sees himself as one of the top fighters in the 122 pound division, but he’s going to have to prove that he belongs up there by showing that he can beat the tough as nails Martinez.
Frampton wants to take on the bigger names in the division like Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton hasn’t shown a great deal of interest as of yet facing what many boxing fans see as the legitimate overall champion at 122 in Guillermo Rigondeaux. That guy is obviously a step too far for Frampton to take. Read the rest of this entry »