By Scott Gilfoid: With there now being only one day before their mega-fight in Dusseldorf, Germany, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) has noticed how nice Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) has suddenly become now that they’re close to the fight.
At today’s weigh-in, Fury was as meek as a lamb, barely talking at all, and looking unsure of himself during the long minute and a half stare down after the weigh-in. What also was interesting is how Wladimir and Fury appeared to be the exact same height, which makes you wonder whether the claims of Fury being 6’9” all this time was pumped up stats invented to make him sound more menacing than he actually is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: I commend Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) burning off a lot of lard during his training camp for his fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) on Saturday night. However, I hate to say it but Fury still looks flabby around the midsection despite coming in at 247lbs during his weigh-in today.
Officially, Fury weighed in at 246.4lbs, but you round that off to 247. In looking at that stubborn flab around Fury’s belly area, I have to say he didn’t take off enough lard from during the camp. When you see saddlebags like the ones Fury has around his sides, it tells you that he didn’t work hard enough to take that blubber off. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a real surprise, Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) came in at an extremely light 246.4 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for his title fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) for their fight on Ssturday night on Sky Box Office and HBO World Championship Boxing from the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Premier Boxing champions) By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night’s fight between #10 IBF welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (18-0, 15 KOs) and #13 IBF Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs) will be an IBF eliminator bout at the Bomb Factory in Dallas.
It won’t be a final eliminator though, as the winner of the Spence-Barrera fight will need to fight the top leading contender in a final eliminator to get a crack at the IBF title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a disappointing fight, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (17-0, 9 KOs) will be facing 37-year-old war horse Konstantin Airich (22-14-2, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight on Saturday night in the chief support of the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury fight at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Hughie, 21, says his team has had problems finding an opponent to face him, as there have been fighters that have pulled out of the fight such as Nichola Firtha. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Eddy Reynoso, the trainer for new WBC middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs), thinks that Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach has warped the mind of Cotto by making him think that he won the fight against Canelo last Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roach and Cotto surprised a lot of boxing fans after the fight by saying that they felt that they had won the contest. Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks that Roach didn’t do a good job working Cotto’s corner in the fight by failing to realize how dire the situation was for the 35-year-old Puerto Rican fighter and by not telling him to step up the pace in the last half of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If WBO 140 pound champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) thinks it’s going to be easy for him to beat former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), super star Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. wants to wake Crawford up to reality that it won’t be an easy fight for him.
Mayweather points out that he made it look easy beating Pacquiao because of his incredible boxing skills. Mayweather sees it as being a much more difficult task for the 28-year-old Crawford. Mayweather notes that Crawford’s best win of his career was against a smaller Yuriorkis Gamboa last year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso says that they’re not looking to create a new weight division by staking out 155 pounds for their fights nowadays, but he says that Canelo will continue to fight at 155 because that’s a weight that he’s comfortable at.
Reynoso says that it’s a weight that is good for the 25-year-old Canelo, and that if anyone wants to fight him, they’ll need to agree to fight at 155. It’s unclear whether the World Boxing Council will agree to let Canelo force his challengers to his WBC title fight at the 155lb catch-weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF 168lb champion Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) says he’s changed his fighting style for his match this Saturday night against British fighter James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) to be more aggressive, throw more combinations, and to take the fight to him. Bute, 35, obviously watched DeGale’s last fight against Andre Dirrell and noted how much success Dirrell had in that fight when he was putting pressure on DeGale.
Dirrell did really good when he was cutting off the ring and forcing DeGale to fight hard for three minutes of every round by putting him in situations where he had to expend energy and not allow him to do his usual pot shotting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: Last Saturday night, Miguel Cotto was beaten by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Whilst the judging was frustratingly, and perhaps suspiciously wide, the decision was definitely correct. Already in the twilight of his career, fighting only for money and with no clear weight class, what does the drawing board have to offer Miguel Cotto?
The most obvious point is that he must drop back down in weight. He won the lineal Middleweight crown, but he hasn’t fooled anyone; he’s not a Middleweight and he never will be. In fact, this may be the only reason he found himself beaten on Saturday night. Cotto out-boxed Canelo for the majority of the bout, but his punches had no impact. On the other hand, every punch Canelo landed thudded into Cotto’s head or body and forced him backwards. It seems pretty clear that this was the difference; he lost the fight because he was fighting a bigger man. Read the rest of this entry »