(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By G. Cooper: (If you like my opinions so much you can’t wait for my next long-winded rant, you can catch my 140 character verbal jabs @Fight_Whisperer on twitter.)
Here is my breakdown of the Shawn Porter-Kell Brook fight. The analysis below mixes those sources with buzz and opinions I expect boxingnews24 readers will be familiar with.
Reach: Did you know Shawn Porter has a longer reach than Kell Brook? According to The Bleacher Report, Porter’s reach is actually 1/2 inch longer than Brook’s, despite his listed height being two inches shorter, and his actual height being 3 1/2 inches shorter. A half inch is basically a wash, but I bring it up because I think most fans assume Porter is at a reach disadvantage. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Francis: Having watched the available tapes of both Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne, I have come to a conclusion that if they face each other, I favor Stiverne to win most likely by knockout. The reasons for my prediction are:
1. Stiverne seems to have more technical skill and boxing IQ than Wilder.
2. Stiverne has better defence.
3. Stiverne has faced far better opposition than Wilder, thus has more elite experience. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says that #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) is ready to unveil himself as the next star in the 147 pound division by beating IIBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Hearn is hoping that Brook will capture the IBF title and strike gold for him so that he can match him against Amir Khan and some of the other fighters in the 147 pound division. Brook his eyes on fighting Khan, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao. He believes those fights are possible for him if he gets past Porter.
“It’s time for Kell Brook to establish himself as the next big star in the welterweight division,” Hearn said at the final press conference earlier today. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Humberto Soto (64-8-2, 35 KOs) vs. John Molina (27-4, 22 KOs) has been added to the September 13th Mayhem card headlined by WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Of all the undercard fights on the Mayweather-Maidana 2 fight card this has got to be considered to the best one on paper at least. Soto, 33, was one of the best fighters in the super featherweight and lightweight divisions when he held titles in those weight classes, but he hasn’t been the same fighter since he moved up to 140. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to show that he belongs at the very top of the super middleweight division on Saturday night when he faces the rough and tumble WBC 168 pound champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) in their second and one would hope their last fight.
They faced each other last December in a fight that was really impossible to pick a winner in. I had Dirrell up by a couple of points, but I could see how the judges might have seen it as a draw.
Dirrell only has himself to blame for the fight turning out to be a tougher one than it should have been. Had he used his boxing skills to dominate Bika, he likely would have won without being touched. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) says his foremost plan for Saturday night is to try and box IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) in an effort to take his title by that method.
If that fails to work, then Brooks says he’s going to get in the trenches and slug it out with him to see if he can beat him at his own game at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
“I’m more of a boxer, and that’s how I want it to say,” Brook said via Skysports.com. “But I’m not afraid to make it a dogfight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) will be looking to overwhelm WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) next month by throwing over 100 punches per round for 12 rounds.
That’s Maidana’s goal for the fight, according to El Sig Glo. He wants to keep Mayweather so busy covering up and trying to block punches that he never gets a chance to get his own offense in gear. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) will be defending his title on September 20th in what shapes up to be a title milking fight against 35-year-old former four division world champion Jorge Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Arce isn’t ranked in the top 15 at featherweight, and he’s clearly way too small to be fighting in this division. Arce want’s to try and win a 5th division world title, but he’s picking the wrong guy to be trying to accomplish that goal against. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) will be back in the ring in two months to face #8 WBC Domenico Spada (38-5, 19 KOs) on October 25th at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
The soon to be 32-year-old Murray will have his WBC Silver middleweight strap on the line for the fight. Murray will be defending the strap for the first time since winning it last June in beating Max Bursak by a 12 round decision.
It’s hard to know what Murray’s end game is in defending the Silver belt. Is this the ultimate achievement for him? Murray’s ranked at #1 WBC, #3 IBF, and he should have gone for a fight against WBA champion Gennady Golovkin last year when he was interested in fighting him. But instead of fighting Golovkin, Murray fought Sergey Khomitsky, Ishmael Tetteh and Bursak. Great fights, those were not. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: American heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) foresees himself meeting up with British heavyweight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) next year in a fight that Wilder believes will be a huge fight that would make promoters unnecessary.
Presumably, Wilder believes that Fury will win his next fight against Dereck Chisora on November 22nd, and then beat IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko after that. The Fury-Chisora fight is a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout with the winner becoming Wladimir’s WBO mandatory challenger. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Carl Froch is giving fans the chance to have their say on who his next opponent should be.
I implore anyone who loves boxing to vote on The Cobra’s facebook page. As fans we love to analyze, praise and criticize but its not often we get a real chance to do something productive. Carl’s entire legacy and reputation has been based on giving the fans the fights they want so he will listen to what we say.
(voting as of 10:30am UK time August 14)
Gennady Golovkin, 12,524 votes
Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr,11,786 votes Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Pending if both fighters keep winning. Many fans, trainers, fighters have tipped Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman to be the next stars of the welterweight division once Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao hang the gloves up and retire. These two young fighters have plenty of boxing ability, power and defensive use. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Rich Graessle/Main Events) By Ian Aldous: Last Saturday night, another weekend passed and as sure as the sun goes down at night – we saw another baffling decision that put yet another black mark against the sport. Derric Rossy (29-9) went into the fight as a huge underdog, but gave No. 2 ranked IBF contender, Vyacheslav Glazkov (18-0-1) the toughest fight of his fledgling career. A couple of days ago I spoke with Derric’s promoter, Sal Musumeci, to reflect on the events of the weekend.
A couple of weeks before the fight, I spoke at length with Derric about his career and his thoughts on the impending bout with Glazkov. Afterwards, I felt that I’d spoken to a man who wouldn’t simply be picking up his money and getting out of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem as soon as he could. I sensed a man who had quit his ‘real’ job to concentrate on doing everything in his power to fully realize his in-ring potential. After taking up boxing at a much later age than many professionals – it would be logical to speculate that his prime will arrive later than most. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dominic Ingle, the trainer for Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs), sees his match on Saturday against IBF 147 pound champ Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), as a toss-up bout. He says that Porter has never fought anyone good, and that Brook has been working out for 16 weeks to get ready for this fight.
Ingle thinks he’s got the goods to take it. Ingle doesn’t rate Porter as being in the same league as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he feels he’s ready to be beaten on Saturday.
Ingle made a remark that seemed a little odd when he said if the fight were to be staged in the UK, Kell would win. It shouldn’t make any difference where the fight is staged. I don’t understand how it would be any different in the UK. If Porter is the better fighter, it shouldn’t be any different no matter where the fight takes place.
If Ingle is talking about Brook getting the benefit of the doubt if the fight went to the card just because he’s fighting at home in the UK, then that’s pretty sad. Of course, I’m sure if Porter had agreed to fight Kell in the UK, he’d have taken his own judges with him in the form of his fists in order to make sure the judges played no part in the outcome of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »