By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion David Haye has serious doubts whether fellow Brit Tyson Fury will ever make it into the ring to challenge IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Haye suspects that the 6’9” Fury won’t go through with the fight.
Haye ultimately sees Fury instead going in another direction by facing another opponent rather than stepping good in the ring against a guy he can’t beat. Haye feels that Fury hasn’t been fighting guys that actually hit back, and he’s not fought someone as big as the 6’6” Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) is really up against it in his next fight against the younger 24-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) next September in their fight in November on HBO Championship Boxing.
Cotto will be facing his first quality opponent in three years since his loss to Austin Trout in 2012. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks that Canelo is the favorite in this fight due to his youth and the fact that he hasn’t been involved in as many wars as the 34-year-old Cotto. However, Arum sees Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach as being a huge asset for him, because if Roach’s ability to put together good game plans for his fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach says that Cotto’s fight against former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) will be taking place in November, according to ESPN.
The contracts for the fight haven’t been completed as of yet, but Roach is still confident that the remaining items that need to be agreed on will get done so that the fight can go ahead as planned in November. The fight could take place at catch-weight of 156 of 157 instead of 155, which was the original number that Cotto was talking about wanting to do the fight at. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO interim welterweight champion Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) says he’ll face WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) next if that’s a fight that his team wants. Bradley, 31, says he’s not the one who makes the decision for his fights.
It’s a team effort involving his trainer Joel Diaz, his father, and of course his promoter Bob Arum. It’s unclear what Diaz and his father want for Bradley next, but it’s clear that Arum is very interested in Bradley facing Golovkin this year in September because he feels that it’s a fight that could be shown on pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum isn’t sure yet whether he’ll make the effort of putting together a rematch between interim WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) and Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs).
Arum promotes both guys, so it wouldn’t be a big deal for him to put them back together again. But it might not work out well for Arum if he stages another fight again because it likely won’t draw big ratings due to the one-sided nature of their fight last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While former IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch has gotten a ton of credit for selling out the 80,000 seat Wembley Stadium a year ago against George Groves, trainer Virgil Hunter believes that it was Groves who brought the fans in, not Froch.
Groves is the one that worked his backside off building the second fight with Froch by giving countless interviews, and by showing a marketing ability that few fighters are able to do. Hunter says Froch wasn’t even talking during the weeks before the fight. It was Groves that drove the process and made it a huge fight. Hunter feels that Froch didn’t want the rematch with Groves and had to be pushed into the fight, even though there was a ton of money to be made due to Groves’ hard work in creating interest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A purse bid is scheduled this Thursday [July 2nd] for an IBF eliminator bout between Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) and Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) at the International Boxing Federation headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey, according to Dan Rafael.
The Chaves-Alexander winner will become the IBF 147lb mandatory challenger to champion Kell Brook. However, it’s unclear whether the two fighters will even face each other because Chaves is promoted by Top Rank, and Alexander has Al Haymon as his adviser. The two generally don’t work together. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: It looks like boxing fans could soon be seeing a rematch between newly crowned WBO interim welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) and Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs), even though the outcome will likely be just the same with Bradley winning another easy 12 round unanimous decision like we saw last night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
After last night’s controversial ending in which the referee Pat Russell mistakenly stopped the fight 10 seconds early, Bradley has agreed to give Vargas a rematch. However, whether we see a rematch or not will depend largely on Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum and on the World Boxing Organization. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Referee Pat Russell may have saved Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) from getting knocked out by halting the fight 10 seconds early to preserve Bradley’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Russell thought that the bell to end the fight had rung, which is why he halted the fight early. The stoppage by Russell was a life saver for Bradley, because moments before that, Vargas had badly hurt Bradley with a big right hand and had him out on his feet. With the 10 seconds to go in the fight, Vargas would have had a decent chance of finishing off Bradley because he literally out on his feet.
The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-112. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Allan Fox: In what could be signs that WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 K0s) is interested in facing Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs), Golovkin attended tonight’s Bradley vs. Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) fight to watch the action at the live at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Golovkin likely wasn’t too worried about what he saw from Bradley, who was badly hurt in the 12th round by a right hand from the light hitting Vargas. Bradley was able to survive the 12th round when the referee Pat Russell made a huge blunder in stopping it early with 10 seconds to go in the round. Read the rest of this entry »