By Jim Dower: In a very hotly contested bout, IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) bad to struggle hard to defeat former WBA 154lb champion Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. The judges’ scores were 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: #1 WBC Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over #2 WBC John Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs) to capture the vacant WBC junior middleweight title on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. Charlo, 26, was trailing in the fight going into the 8th round, when he badly hurt Jackson with a right hand to the head that caused him to turn his back. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) showed that he’s a real threat tonight to any heavyweight champion in the division with his 2nd round knockout win over the big 6’5″ Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBA World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-1, 22 KOs) proved to be too powerful for IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-3-1, 17 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round on Saturday night in their unification match at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.
Lebedev, 36, knocked Ramirez down with a flurry of head shots in the 2nd round. After Ramirez got back up, Lebedev unloaded on him with a blizzard of power shots that resulted in referee Steve Smoger stepping in to halt the fight at 1:57 of the round. It appeared that Ramirez had gone down a second time when he reached down with both gloves and touched the canvas to keep from falling. Smoger didn’t count it as a knockdown, but he did stop the fight moments later. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: In an impressive display of raw punching power, former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannnon” Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) stopped journeyman Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-17-3, 11 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled 10 round bout on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) was not impressed with what he saw of unbeaten #4 IBF Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) in his 12 round unanimous decision win over #3 IBF Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) in their IBF heavyweight eliminator bout on Saturday night at the Vodafone Events Center, in Manukau City, New Zealand.
Parker, 24, won the fight to become the IBF mandatory to IBF champion Anthony Joshua. Whyte was watching the fight as a commentator for Sky Sports, and he saw a lot of flaws in both Parker and Takam’s game that he wasn’t impressed with. Whyte, 28, thinks he would beat Parker if it had been him that was fighting him.
Unfortunately for Whyte, he didn’t fight Parker and he’s not the one who will be getting a payday against Joshua. Whyte will be fighting on Joshua’s undercard on June 25 against an opponent still to be determined at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) says he’ll gladly give IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) the fight he wants if he’s paid rightly, and if he has a say so on the venue for the fight. Saunders, 26, says he would even come to the United States to fight Golovkin if he’s paid well enough.
Saunders says he was contacted by Golovkin’s management after he won the WBO title last December in beating champion Andy Lee. However, Saunders says all he was offered for the Golovkin fight was $1 million to 1.5 million. Saunders didn’t see that as a lot of money for a unification fight against a popular fighter like Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: If nothing else, #4 IBF Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) proved that he had the better engine than the 35-year-old Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) in outworking him to win an unimpressive 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in their IBF heavyweight eliminator bout at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand.
The win for the 24-year-old Parker makes him the IBF mandatory challenger to champion Anthony Joshua. Never the less, Parker is going to need to have much better stamina if he wants to beat Joshua because he looked lacking in that department tonight in his win over Takam.
The judges’ scores for the Parker-Takam fight were 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113. Those were pretty fair scores for Takam. I had Parker winning 9 rounds to 3. The only rounds I could give Takam were rounds 1, 5 and 9. Takam was simply outworked in the other rounds by Parker. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Boxing is a business, a sport where financial imperatives take precedence over the principles of elite athletic competition where the best should be duty bound to face the best.
The murky waters of the boxing world were muddied further with the news that Canelo has vacated his WBC middleweight title, in what seems to many, a naked attempt to navigate his way around a fight with mandatory challenger, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: We’ve got a couple of mismatches tonight involving former two division world champion David Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) in his fight against bottom dweller #14 WBO Arnold Gjergjaj (29-0, 21 KOs) and former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) and 34-year-old Argentinian journeyman Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-16-3, 11 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
On paper, the Haye-Gjergjaj and Briggs-Zarate fights are dreadful mismatches in fights that arguably should never even have been made for the top of a card. I mean, I’m still kind of dumbfounded that Haye vs. Gjergjaj could be a headliner fight because it’s such a terrible mismatch.
Forget for a second that the World Boxing Organization has the unknown 31-year-old Gjergjaj ranked #14 with their organization. This just a bad match-up in my view. Gjergjaj has no experience against upper level heavyweights. Read the rest of this entry »