By Chris Williams: In what has to be seen as a huge reach on Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s part, he’s now comparing Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) to former heavyweight champion of the world Gene Tunney (65-1-1, 48 KOs) with his boxing skills and the way he fights. Algieri is facing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) on November 22nd at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
With Algieri hardly a household name in the U.S, Arum really has his work cut out for him to try and attract interest in this fight. Arum quite rightly believes that the pay-per-view numbers in the U.S likely won’t be tremendous, but he expects for the difference to be made up by him selling the Pacquiao-Algieri fight to Chinese audiences on pay-per-view at $4. Read the rest of this entry »
Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev possible for November 8th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) is ready for what could be the final stages of his career with him facing WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s) followed by WBC champ Adonis Stevenson. Hopkins wants to fight Kovalev on November 8th in a fight that could take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Kovalev has a title defense coming up next month against unbeaten Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) on August 2nd at the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. This fight is expected to be a mismatch though with Kovalev likely knocking Caparello out within 6 one-sided rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) says he’s weighing on 164 pounds with exactly 9 days to go before his title defense against wily veteran Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) on July 26th on HBO from Madison Square Garden in New York.
The interesting thing about Golovkin’s weight is he hasn’t even started to cut weight for the fight yet. He weighs only 4 pounds away from the 160 pound limit without even cutting weight. He’s not someone that is cutting from the 170s to squeeze down to 160 or worse, 154. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Gavin “Neds” O’Connor: I found it interesting to watch the war of words and antics between former welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) and current WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KOs) in their press tour in San Antonio Texas on the latest leg of their 5-city media tour.
Both fighters are building up much anticipated rematch on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. During the San Antonio press tour, both fighters confronted each other for the usual round of interviews and the time honored and manly art of the stare down with Maidana appearing to take exception to Mayweather’s trash talking the mercury levels in the thermometer shot sky high and a bout of pushing and chest pumping ensued with bodyguards on both sides stepping in to separate both fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: After hitting the jackpot with his surprising victory over the heavy hitter Ruslan Provodnikov, Chris Algieri became a known fighter from virtually an unknown one. Suddenly many people in boxing know who Chris Algieri is.
So the question that automatically now surfaces is how much of a bad news is this new opponent for the people’s favorite champ and now WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao?
Pacquiao has to wait until the 22nd of November to fight. That’s for me the first bad news. All fans around the world with me included after that convincing victory over Timothy Bradley last April were expecting from Manny to fight more often than almost once a year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: Floyd Mayweather Sr. wants the fight to happen between Manny Pacquiao and his son in May next year. This is due to lack of PPV numbers from the boxing fans to see Mayweather Jr. fight opponents who are not at the same level of the Filipino boxing champ.
Although Freddie Roach and his new trainee Miguel Cotto are interested for a rematch, they prefer that Mayweather-Pacquiao saga would come to an end since the world is impatiently waiting for them. That is the fight that everyone loves to watch; therefore, expect for the boycott in the rematch between Mayweather and Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By DA: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) has been in talks with his promoter Oscar De la Hoya and hinted Alvarez will return in November against an opponent still to be determined. Chepo Reynoso the manager of Canelo Alvarez also stated after the Lara fight his team is interested in James Kirkland next.
The reported venue could be in San Antonio at the Alamadome where its capacity is 40,000 seats. Due to the cheap tickets and huge fan base Alvarez and Kirkland would pull it’s not a surprise the fight would take place in Texas, because Alvarez has a large Hispanic following there and James Kirkland is from Texas himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBC Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) realizes the mistakes he made the last time he fought WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) in their fight last December when the two of them fought to a 12 round draw.
Dirrell, 29, doesn’t plan on making those same mistakes when he faces the 35-year-old Bika in their rematch next month on August 16th at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. Dirrell found Bika too easy to hit the last time he fought him, and he went overboard after knocking him down in the 8th round with a huge left to the head. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Council (WBC) has agreed to reinstate former three division world champion Adrien Broner in their ratings after they voted in favor of accepting his public apology over the comments he made after his win over Carlos Molina last May.
During an interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, Broner said “I just beat the [expletive] out of a Mexican.”
Broner claimed afterwards that he didn’t mean it as a racial statement, but some fans still weren’t too pleased about him making that remark. What Broner said was out of line and the WBC reacted swiftly by suspending him in their ranking. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) is getting nearer to a world title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and he expects to take his title when the two of them meet later this year. Stiverne won the WBC title last May with a 6th round stoppage victory over Chris Arreola, and since then he’s been enjoying his title as the new WBC heavyweight champion.
Deontay isn’t going to let Stiverne enjoy his moment in the spotlight for very much longer, because he plans on taking the title from him by the end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: Catch-weights, questionable judging and unworthy rankings are huge problems plaguing the sport of boxing and we saw some of that last Saturday night in the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislany Lara fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Catch-weights: Saturday’s night showdown was to determine who the number guy at junior middleweight was. The only problem was that the contracted weight was 155 lbs and junior middleweight has a maximum weight of 154 lbs. This was technically a middleweight fight to see who should be number 1 at junior middleweight. Catch-weights are a source of handicapping your opponent and Team Canelo took full advantage knowing Canelo would be at an advantage not having to shed the extra pound. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) is already looking past his opponent for this Saturday night against 37-year-old Sod Looknongyangtoy (63-2-1, 28 KOs) towards some much, much bigger fights in the near future.
Rigondeaux wants to get rid of Looknongyangtoy, and then look to fight unification matches against IBF champion Kiko Martinez and WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz in the near future before moving up in weight to featherweight where there are a number of big named fighters for him to face such as Nonito Donaire, Vasyl Lomachenko, Jhonny Gonzalez, Abner Mares, Evgeny Gradovich and Nicholas Walters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KO’s) saw Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) struggle his way to a controversial 12 round split decision over Erislandy Lara last Saturday night in their fight at middleweight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Andrade is ready to give Canelo a beating in order to add his scalp to his growing resume.
Canelo is ranked at #2 by the WBO behind Andrade’s recent knockout victim Brian Rose. Andrade is more than willing to give Canelo a shot at his title if he’s up to the task. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Allan Fox: Challenger Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) sees himself in a situation where he’s going to need a knockout to beat WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in their rematch on September 13th.
Maidana doesn’t see himself being given a decision due to Mayweather having too good of defensive skills for him to beat him that way. Maidana obviously knows that Mayweather will be concentrating more on his defense for the rematch than he did the previous time they fought each other in May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: You might be wondering who Shawn Porter and Chris Algieri are. They are actual boxers. Moreover, these are those fighters that no one knows and really don’t give them a chance to win going into a major title fight. Porter upset Devon Alexander and took his IBF title as well.
Chris Algieri beat Ruslan Provodnikov in a WBO junior welterweight title bout. If one were to closely comb through our favorite fighters resume we would find more than a few Shawn and Chris’s on there. While many people dismiss these fighters, these are the most dangerous fighters one can face. Read the rest of this entry »