By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) will be fighting #7 WBC Domenico Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) tonight to try and get a title shot against WBA middleweight title holder Gennady Golokvin in 2015.
Murray, 32, says he wants that fight against the Kazakhstan fighter. Murray is kind of in a situation where he’s going to need to take the fight against Golovkin, because if he chooses not to fight him for the title, Murray could then wind up sitting and waiting for ages before any of the other champions will fight him. I mean, Murray sure as heck isn’t going to get a title shot against WBC champion Miguel Cotto in this lifetime, even though Murray is ranked #1 by the WBC. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson has been saying that Kovalev will prove that the 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) is an old man and will beat him with pressure when they get inside the ring on November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Jackson has been teaching Kovalev things he learned from his own fight against Hopkins back in 1997 when Jackson was knocked out in the 7th round.
“John David Jackson definitely can’t fight for him. John David Jackson had his chance. John David Jackson got knocked out, I believe, in the ninth round,” Hopkins said. “So, to me how can a teacher teach a student and the teacher flunked the test too?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With his fight against unbeaten challenger less than one month away, World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) is already on target for the fight weight of 144 pounds for their catch-weight fight at 144 on November 22nd in Macao, China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF International lightweight strap holder Tommy Coyle (19-2, 8 KOs) will be defending his title against 34-year-old former world title challenger Michael Katsidis (30-6, 24 KOs) in a 12 round fight tonight at the Hull Arena, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
This isn’t much of a fight in terms of quality, because neither of these guys are world level. Katsidis used to be a world level guy 4 years ago, but he’s far removed from that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KOs) will be defending his title against 32-year-old Pawel Glazewski (23-2, 5 KOs) on December 6th at the EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany.
This is a title milking fight for the 36-year-old Braehmer, because he could face much better opposition if he wished to. Glazewski isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies, and he was recently knocked out last year by Hadillah Mohoumadi in 7 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a surprise stoppage, former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povektin (28-1, 20 KOs) defeated the much heavier #5 WBC Carlos Takam (30-2-1, 23 KOs) by a 10th round stoppage on Friday night to capture the World Boxing Council Silver heavyweight title at the Luzhniki Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia.
Povetkin struggled through much of the fight with the high work rate by the 33-year-old Takam. However, Povetkin hurt Takam in the 9th and put him down on the canvas.
In the 10th, Povetkin knocked Takam down for the second time in the fight in connecting with a hard left hook to the head. Takam was too hurt for the fight to go on. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, PHILIPPINES (October 24, 2014) – Fighter of the Decade and boxing’s only eight-division world champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO put on an awesome display at his Media Workout on Friday. Members of the press from all over the Philippines crammed into his General Santos City gym to watch him work out with Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous Freddie Roach. Pacquiao, in his second reign as World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, has been in intense training for his title defense against New York’s undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERI. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) says he’s going to kick IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins’ backside on November 8th in their fight on HBO and then give his win over the 49-year-old Hopkins to his young son Alexander.
Kovalev is coming into the fight with no real battle plan other than going to war, and fighting as he’s always fought. He plans on attacking Hopkins and looking to hurt him. Kovalev will push the pace and try to KO the nearly 50-year-old Hopkins with every shot he throws. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British super middleweight contender James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) believes WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) isn’t the fighter that many boxing fans and writers have built him up to be.
DeGale feels that Golovkin is a guy that has been beaten before in the past in the amateur ranks, and can be beaten again in the pros if he faces a slick boxer that can use his boxing skills to out-slick him. DeGale doesn’t say who that particular fighter is at 160, so it’s kind of one of those things where he’s talking but not backing it up with some facts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The long awaited third fight between #4 WBO Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) and former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) has been moved from December 20th to January, according to Steve Kim.
There’s some issues on Alvarado’s side slowing the fight down from getting made. There’s also a question of where the fight will take place. Bob Arum of Top Rank doesn’t want the fight to be staged in Alvarado’s home city of Denver, Colorado, due to the cold weather than boxing fans would have to deal with in trying to get to the fight in the middle of the winter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In what has become a tireless ritual for Manny Pacquiao’s fights, his trainer Freddie Roach is predicting a knockout in his next fight on November 22nd. Roach has been predicting knockouts for Pacquiao (20-0, 8 KOs) for the past four years, but he’s come up short each time without him being able to score a KO. In one case, it was Pacquiao who was knocked out.
Despite the long knockout dry spell, Roach still thinks he’ll be able to score a knockout in his fight against the 5’10” Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, in Macao S.A.R., China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) vs. #3 WBO Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) has been added to the December 13th fight between Tim Bradley and Diego Chaves, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
The Korobov-Lee fight will be part of a triple-header on HBO Championship Boxing from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Also on the card is Mauricio Herrera vs. Jose Benavidez, and Denis Shafikov vs. TBA. Read the rest of this entry »