By Scott Gilfoid: In what has been billed as a competitive fight between Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and Britain’s James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) could turn out to be little more than a sick mismatch when these two guys go at it 37 days from now on May 23rd in their fight for the vacant IBF super middleweight title at the Agganis Arena, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach sees a scenario where Floyd Mayweather Jr. could pull out of the Pacquiao fight that is scheduled for May 2nd. Why exactly Mayweather would pull out of the fight with Pacquiao is unclear, but Roach seems to think it’s possible. Needless to say, this is a horrible way for Roach to be building up the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. If his idea is to get boxing fans excited about purchasing the fight on pay-per-view, then the last thing he should be doing is saying that Mayweather might pull out of the fight. When casual boxing fans hear about stuff like that, they’re not going to want to dump $100 on purchasing the fight on PPV and wind up seeing only the undercard fighters. Roach needs to think carefully before he speaks because he’s going to turn off the fans if he keeps talking like that.
He feels that Mayweather never wanted the fight against Pacquiao in the first place, and now that he’s scheduled to fight him on 5/2, he might look to get out of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Golden Boy Promotions) By Gerardo Granados: A friend of mine asked me if there is any good fight to watch this weekend, so I told him he better not miss the Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Lucas Matthysse fight this Saturday night on April 18th at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA. He replied that if I knew if the Terence Crawford fight against Thomas Dulorme was going to be aired on Saturday, then he said that he saw a great highlight video of Terence so he was going to watch him fight against a guy he couldn’t recall his name but the announcer said was a great boxer.
Both Provodnikov and Matthysse have a fan friendly boxing style to please the crowd and it is very difficult that this bout will disappoint fight fans around the world. Do the readers think that the Murphy laws can disagree when the Ruslan Provodnikov vs Tim Bradley fight was awarded the fight of the year by both Boxingnews24 and The Ring Magazine in 2013; and the Lucas Matthysse vs John Molina was a nominee by Boxingnews24 and the winner for The Ring Magazine in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sean Ness: IBF World Super Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton this week had a public workout session which included sparring with former three weight division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. There has been some video footage of the sparring which you can check out below with credit going to Be Real TV. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is saying that the winner of this Saturday’s two fights between former WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) vs. Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs) and Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) could face each other. Both fights will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing as a split site double-header this Saturday night.
Crawford and Dulorme will be fighting for the vacant WBO 140 pound title at the University of Texas, in Arlington, Texas, USA. The Matthysse-Provodnikov fight will be taking place at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA. Both fights will be 12 rounds.
There’s been a bit of controversy surrounding the news that Crawford-Dulorme will be fighting for the vacant WBO 140 pound title because the World Boxing Organization immediately elevated Crawford to the No.1 spot in the WBO’s 140 pound rankings recently after Crawford vacated his WBO 135 pound title. Crawford didn’t have to face anyone at 140 in order to pick up rank to get into position to fight for the vacant WBO light welterweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao victim Ricky Hatton is picking Mayweather Jr. to win the mega-fight between him and Pacquiao on May 2nd. Hatton was soundly beaten by both fighters in the past.
In fact, Pacquiao did a better job beating Hatton than Mayweather Jr. did, but of course Mayweather Jr. already softened Hatton up previously by knocking him out before Pacquiao got to him. Hatton thinks that Mayweather’s ability to adapt to any fighter will give him an edge against the 36-year-old Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By B.G.B: 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years for boxing since the turn of the millennium. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Manny Pacquiao will steal all the headlines but do we really know what to expect? It may be an action packed slug fest that will live in the memory of fight fans for generations. It may be a game of chess where one wrong move ends it all. Or (let’s hope not!) it could be a 12 round snooze fest.
The simple answer is we don’t know but thankfully we will find out and we can’t wait. Danny Garcia – Lamont Peterson may not have been as spectacular as we’d hoped but it was still a fight the fans were hoping to see. Saul “Canelo” – James Kirkland is not Canelo vs. Miguel Cotto or Canelo vs. Gennady Golovkin, but it’s a fight that will likely be fan friendly. Read the rest of this entry »
It was Manny Media Mania at Wednesday’s media workout for Fighter of the Decade, eight-division world champion and boxing superhero Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO. Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), who represents the Sarangani province in the Philippines, hosted a Hollywood Media Workout with his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Promoter Bob Arum.
Over 300 media from around the globe flocked to Wild Card Boxing Club to ask the trio about Pacquiao’s May 2 welterweight world championship unification battle against undefeated FLOYD “Money” MAYWEATHER JR. (47-0, 26 KOs), at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) will be facing former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) in a fight that will take place in the Fall if both guys get past their next opponents beforehand, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. This still hasn’t been confirmed by either Cotto or Canelo though, so you have to take this boxing news with a grain of salt.
It’s unclear though if Cotto will still be in possession of his WBC 160 pound title or not. That’ll be up to the World Boxing Council, who previously said that Cotto will need to face his WBC mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin after Cotto’s next voluntary defense. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: #3 WBA, #3 WBC super middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) will be making his first fight in 13 months this Saturday night against #4 WBA, #4 WBC, #8 WBO, #10 IBF light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in their catch-weight fight at 172 pounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The Chavez Jr-Fonfara fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing at 10:00 ET. This will be Chavez Jr’s first fight under the guidance of new trainer Joe Goosen, who he is hoping will take him to a world title at 168. Chavez Jr. wants to fight at super middleweight rather than light heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »