By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) is in a situation where he not only needs to beat former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s) in their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, but Golovkin needs to win an impressive manner by knocking the 33-year-old Geale out.
Golovkin needs to look good because he doesn’t have the built in fan base that more popular fighters like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr all have. Those are the guys that Golovkin would like to fight in the near future, but if he fails to keep winning in an overpowering way each time he fights, he’ll give them an excuse to avoid fighting him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Last night on Showtime ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara epilogue, it was interesting to see former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) speaking about what he had accomplished last week in beating Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) by a highly contested 12 round split decision.
Instead of accepting responsibility for failing to adapt to Lara’s style, Canelo could only grumble afterwards, blaming Lara for not standing and fighting him in the way that he wanted to, and the way that he’d been accustomed to fighting his entire career. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) hasn’t even closed the chapter on Marcos Maidana (35-4, 34 KOs) and already fans are talking about whether he’ll face WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto again. Mayweather soundly beat Cotto by a 12 round unanimous decision in 2012 by the scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
Cotto was seen as a shot fighter after that bout and especially after losing his next fight to Austin Tour in December of 2012. But with Cotto having beaten Delvin Rodriguez and 39-year-old Sergio Martinez, Cotto is now seen as a new fighter and completely rejuvenated now that he’s being trained by Freddie Roach. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) will be getting a title shot against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) on September 27th in Kiel, Germany. This is an optional title defense in which Abraham’s promoters at Sauerland Events have handpicked the 31-year-old Smith.
Abraham hasn’t shown much interest in taking on any dangerous opponents like Andre Ward and some of the other top fighters. He’s kind of been locked into back and forth fights against Robert Stieglitz. When the two of them aren’t facing each other, they’re facing little known fringe contenders. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: The current WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo “Chacal” Rigondeaux (W14(9)-L0-D0) knocked out in only one round contender Sod Kokietgym (W63(28)-L3-D1); in a fight that I will admit did not care to watch live, but after finally seen it I was pleased with what I saw. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) plans on taking advantage of his youth, size and boxing ability to beat the 35-year-old WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) in their fight on November 22nd at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Algieri thinks Pacquiao isn’t the same fighter anymore for whatever reason. He doesn’t know if it’s because he’s fighting in the wrong weight division or if it’s the ravages of time showing it’s ill effects on the Filipino star. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 7-foot heavyweight Taishan Dong (1-0, 1 KO’s) won his pro debut last Friday night in stopping Alex Rozman (2-7, 1 KOs) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 4 round bout at the Longshoremen’s Hall, in San Francisco, California, USA.
The huge 287 pound Taishan knocked Rozman down three times in the fight before the fight was halted in the 2nd round after the third knockdown.
Taishan dropped Rozman once in the 1st round from a stiff jab that was the equivalent of a power punch. In the round, Taishan connected with another stiff jab that dropped Rozman. Moments later, Taishan flattened Rozman with a hard right hand to the head. The referee Edward Collantes had seen enough at this point and halted the fight at 1:58 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 O’s) hinted this week that he may opt to continue to fight on after his remaining 3 fights of his 6-fight contract is through next year. Mayweather will be 49-0 at that time if he continues winning, and he says he’d be willing to stick around to pick up win No.50 if Showtime wants to offer him another contract.
Mayweather’s current deal is said to be a 6-fight, $200 million contract. But if Showtime wants to offer him some additional loot to keep him around for another contract, he says he’d be interested in that.
Mayweather said “If the price is right for number 50, then it’s possible. Everyone knows I have a certain deal [with Showtime/CBS], but if Stephen [Espinoza] gives me another deal.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) says he wants to unify all the belts in the super bantamweight division by going after champions Leo Santa Cruz and Kiko Martinez. Rigondeaux is also interested in facing unbeaten top contender Carl Frampton. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Showtime will be televising the replay of last Saturday’s controversial bout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) at 9 p.m ET/PT. This was a fight that the 24-year-old Canelo won by a 12 round split decision by the scores 115-113 and 117-111 for Canelo, and 115-113 for Lara.
Many people in the boxing industry feel that Lara did enough to get the win, but the more popular Canelo ended up getting the nod.
After the replay of the Canelo vs. Lara fight, Showtime will be televising Canelo vs. Lara ALL ACCESS epilogue. It’s going to be a night of Canelo and Lara on Showtime for fans who didn’t purchase their fight on Showtime pay-per-view last Saturday, and for fans who want to see the rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: On July 26 four heavyweight title prospects will lock horns. In an all British affair Dereck Chisora 20-4 (13) will take on Tyson Fury 22-0 (16) in Manchester and a few hours later Cuban Mike Perez 20-0-1 (12) will face American Bryant Jennings 18-0 (10) in New York. For the winners of both fights imminent title challenges await.
The winner of Chisora-Fury will become Wladimir Klitschko’s mandatory WBO challenger and although less is at stake for Jennings and Perez they are ranked #2 and #3 respectively with the WBC behind Deontay Wilder so a challenge against the winner of Wilder-Stiverne is highly probable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: #6 WBA flyweight contender Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KOs) won a harder than expected 10 round unanimous victory over 2nd tier fighter Luis De La Rosa (23-4-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In an expected mismatch, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) destroyed #5 WBO Sod Kokietgym (63-3-1, 28 KOs) in stopping him in the 1st round in what could be Rigondeaux’s last fight with Top Rank on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. It’s disappointing that they matched him up against this 37-year-old fighter because it was such a sorry mismatch that it wasn’t even worth Rigondeaux’s time.
No wonder HBO chose to pass on televising this fight because it just poor match-making to say the least. Rigondeaux and Kokietgym came together for a head-clash late in the 1st round that sent Kokietgym down on the canvas where he looked to be in pain. After he got back up, Kokietgym continued to grab his head, looking both hurt and not particularly interested in continuing the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: What if there were no “Cold War” between Top Rank and Golden Boy and the best fighters in each division would fight? This is one fan’s wish list for fights to happen during the next 12 months or so, division by division, along with my take on who would win.
Heavyweight: Fury vs. Wilder – two very big and tall heavyweights, each with moderate boxing skill, though Fury has better technique and Wilder better power. If Fury can apply his boxing skills to negate Wilder’s power he should be able to win a straightforward UD. But, that is a big IF. Honorable mention: Klitschko vs. any worthy opponent before he turns 40. I’d have to favor Klitscko in this one, as I don’t see a worthy opponent on the horizon. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Lightweight Mercito Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs) won his second fight of his comeback on Friday night in stopping 35-year-old journeyman Luis Arceo (28-13-4, 19 KOs) by a 7th round stoppage at the Longshoremen’s Hall, in San Francisco, California, USA.
The fight was stopped in between the 7th and 8th rounds. Arceo’s face and nose was reddened and he looked pretty well beaten up by the time the plugged was pulled after the 7th.
Gesta did a good job of moving around the ring and throwing combinations. He had to move a lot because Arceo was putting pressure on him constantly, and trying to hurt Gesta with his power shots. Arceo may not have been the best fighter in terms of defense and hand speed, but he did have decent power that bothered Gesta when he would stand still for any length of time. Read the rest of this entry »