By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) is saying he’ll retire if he loses his next fight. Rios, 28, will likely be facing former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) in a rubber match next January.
The two fighters have already fought twice with Rios winning the first one in 2012, and Alvarado winning the second fight last year in March. Rios has since lost to Manny Pacquiao last year, and then won a controversial 9th round disqualification victory over Diego Chaves last August. Read the rest of this entry »
By E. Martinez: Last Saturday evening the next opponent for WBA/IBO/WBC (Interim) Middle Weight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (31-0, 28 KO’s) was finalized. Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12KO’s) of England was selected to face Golovkin this coming February in Monte Carlo. Murray was chosen after a 7 round technical decision victory over Domenico Spada, in a fight that was a less than exciting affair.
Murray is a durable opponent whose popularity is probably not what it should be at this point in his career due to his inability to fight in the United States for legal reasons. Nonetheless, Murray is best known for two fights, neither of which he won. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC George Groves (20-2, 15 KOs) will be putting his mandatory title shot against World Boxing Council super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell on the line next month when he faces Denis Douglin (17-3, 10 KOs) on 11/22 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Groves is taking a considerable risk in taking the fight, even though Douglin isn’t considered to be a 1st tier fighter. It’s still a considerable risk for Groves, because in his last fight against Christopher Rebrasse last September, Groves fought poorly and looked to have lost something from his game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 5’10” challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) says he tried to have the weight for his title shot against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) to be at the full weight of 147 pounds for their November 22nd fight, but he was turned down.
Pacquiao’s management wouldn’t agree to fight at the full weight for the welterweight class even though their fighter was the WBO 147lb champion. Instead, the Pacquiao-Algieri fight will take place at a catch-weight of 144 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum plans on taking WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) to Macau, China once per year for him to fight. Arum sees it as a great place for the 35-year-old Pacquiao to fight, even though his previous fight over there against Brandon Rios brought in just 450,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO.
Arum still thinks it’s a great place for Pacquiao to fight despite the likely lower PPV numbers his fights will generate each time he fights there. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Thomas Cowan: It’s now 8 days since Gennady Golovkin annihilated Marco Antonio Rubio in 2 rounds. Golovkin has now signed to fight Martin Murray in early February in Europe. Murray is a credible opponent, a top 10 middleweight who could be the lineal champion if he hadn’t have been on the end of what some felt was a hometown decision against Sergio Martinez last year.
However, it’s not the big fight Golovkin craves. Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez can make more money fighting each other in a easier fight and Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr are in the same position.
The Cotto, Canelo and Chavez fights are all HBO PPV worthy and fighting Froch in the UK also brings a big payday for Golovkin. With those options unavailable, should he fight Andre Ward, whose lawyer sent a letter to HBO saying Ward wants to fight Golovkin? If he doesn’t, is he ducking? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC, #3 IBF Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) earned a title shot against WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) last night with a 7 round technical decision win over #7 WBC Domenico Spada at the Salle des etoiles, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Murray will be facing Golovkin on February 21st in a fight that will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Murray says he’s not afraid of Golovkin, as he feels he’s got the skills to stand up to him. Murray sees himself as being good enough to beat the other middleweights in the division, and he thinks he’ll be able to pull off an upset on 2/21. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #9 WBO Chris Eubank Jr (18-0, 13 KOs) plans on giving #2 WBO Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) a beating on November 29th to take his British and European middleweight straps when they face each other at the ExCel Arena in London, UK. Eubank Jr, 25, wants to shut Saunders’ trap, because he’s been talking a lot of trash about him, and he wants to expose him and make him eat his words.
Eubank Jr also wants to send Saunders into a permanent retirement, because Saunders has been talking about retiring if he loses the fight. No one knows for sure if Saunders is just blabbering just to get attention or if he’s indeed serious about retiring if he tastes defeat for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) says that Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) doesn’t want to fight him again due to the tough time he gave him in losing to Maidana last year in December.
Broner, #3 WBA, #3 WBC, #10 IBF, says he gave Maidana a lot of problems on his worst night. Broner thinks Maidana doesn’t want any part of getting back in the ring with him after that experience. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) says he’s not too worried about the jabs that his taller 5’10” opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) will be looking to land in their fight on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, in Macao S.A.R., China.
Pacquiao thinks he’s going to take Algieri’s jab away from him by using fast movements around the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: It is great for a couple of boxers to have all the support from the media and it is even better when you are able to search for great boxers and fights. But sadly on times we get saturated on the news and reviews of only a couple of the so called big names.
Do this means that we have become hostages of media information; is it possible that we the fight fans can get deluded to follow Big Names which are backed up only by a huge hype but little substance? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach believes that he can resurrect former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) and turn him into world champion again in the near future at 175.
Roach thinks he can turn the 35-year-old Bute’s career in the same way that he turned around Miguel Cotto’s career. However, there’s no telling whether Roach actually did anything to improve Cotto other than recommend he fight certain opponents like Delvin Rodriguez and Sergio Martinez rather than Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »