Saturday’s HBO Boxing telecast airs at 4:45 p.m. (ET/PT). The live HBO telecast begins early from the O2 Arena in Hamburg Germany with a special presentation featuring reigning world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, seeking his 17th consecutive successful heavyweight title defense, against undefeated challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Official Weights from Germany:
Wladimir Klitschko: 245.82 lbs.
Kubrat Pulev: 246.92 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: For American boxing fans interested in seeing the November 29th rematch between British heavyweights Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs), they can see the fight on ESPN3.com in the United States.
It’s unclear just how much interest there would be in a fight between Chisora and Fury for casual boxing fans in the U.S, but I’m sure hardcore fans might want to see the fight just for the sake of finding out which of these two guys will Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: With his one-sided 12 round decision win over Bernard Hopkins last Saturday night, Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) is now in possession of three of the four light heavyweight world titles.
The only belt that Kovalev doesn’t have is the WBC strap held by Adonis Stevenson, a fighter who previously had the opportunity to fight Kovalev, but instead he moved on to Showtime.
Kovalev would like to get a shot at stevenson’s WBC title if possible, but he’s not going to make a big deal if the fight fails to take place. At this point Kovalev is well aware that he could find it difficult to get Stevenson in the ring despite Stevenson saying he’s interested in unifying the titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Morris: With news that Al Haymon is taking his entourage of fighters off Premium Cable TV (Showtime, HBO, etc.) and onto Network TV (NBC) in early 2015, how do we see boxing panning out in the New Year?
Well, with Bernard Hopkins’ heroic performance against Sergey Kovalev last weekend and rumours of Canelo Alvarez potentially facing Miguel Cotto next year; it would seem the cracks are beginning to show in boxing’s proverbial ‘Cold War’ (Golden Boy/Showtime vs. Top Rank/HBO)! Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) isn’t ready to retire from boxing just yet after his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) last Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Hopkins was knocked down in the 1st round, and ended up losing the fight by the scores of 120-106, 120-107 and 120-107.
De La Hoya thinks that Hopkins would have won last Saturday night had he been in the ring with any other top light heavyweight or even against some of the top super middleweights like Carl Froch or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a disturbing bout, former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) will be fighting 40-year-old former IBF lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds in Moscow, Russia.
Provodnikov, 31, was hoping to take on a more relevant opponent than Castillo, but his management was unable to get any of the top guys to face him. Castillo is 10 years past his prime, but is someone who is recognizable to the Russian hardcore boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) isn’t too concerned with all the trash talking that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has been making recently as they head in to the November 22nd fight in Macao, China.
Roach has talked trash since day one, but recently he’s increased his trash talking to another level in taking more verbal shots at the 30-year-old Algieri. You can’t blame Roach for wanting to talk more trash at this point in the game, because he’s got to be generally concerned about his aging 35-year-old fighter Pacquiao losing to Algieri. Read the rest of this entry »
Jacob Cullen: I can still remember clearly the first fight between Nathan Cleverly, 27 and Tony Bellew, 31, admittedly I did not know a great deal about either fighter at the time other than Bellew had come off the back of an exciting fight with Ovill McKenzie where he got up from two heavy knockdowns to score a TKO victory, he also gave McKenzie and immediate rematch and won a lop sided points decision. Nathan went into the fight as the WBO light heavyweight champion, a title he won vacant due to Jürgen Braehmer being unable to defend it due to injury. He had beaten two world ranked fighters in Karo Murat (who went on to fight Bernard Hopkins) and the now IBF number 1 contender Nadjib Mohammedi.
Both fighters were part of Frank Warren’s stable and each with ambitions of being recognised as the UKs best Light Heavyweight, neither fighter had bags of experience going into the fight, but Cleverly was the definite favourite being the world champion and former British, Commonwealth and European champion. The press conference and weigh in served as mere appetisers for things to come, with both fighters exchanging various insults and threats. Read the rest of this entry »
Nick Hagan: PPV in boxing is not a new phenomenon. It was first introduced in 1975 to the US market by Don King for the fight between Ali V Frazier “Thriller in Manila”. Following this, during the 1980’s and 1990’s we saw the superstar’s of Boxing, such as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Oscar De La Hoya fight on PPV, for Championship Fights.
By Jesse James: Last Saturday Sergey Kovalev beat the great and legendary Bernard Hopkins. It was a complete shutout with Kovalev winning every round while also dropping Hopkins in the first round and hurting him a few other times. Credit to Hopkins for taking the fight and fighting the best in his division and showing good defense as well. In the process Kovalev added three of the four major world titles in his possession making him the unified WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight champion of the world. What’s missing is the lineal title which would make him #1 in the division and the prestigious WBC title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Wilmar Patino: On Saturday night despite a late start on the eastcoast (midnight) the light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev drew in the 2nd highest numbers of views this year for HBO. A highly anticipated match of an established star in Hopkins and a fast rising star in Kovalev.
According to Nielsen Media Research the bout averaged a viewership of 1.328 million! With a peak of 1.397 million views. This makes it the 2nd most viewed fight in the United States for 2014. Only behind the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Brian Vera rematch. Which average 1.390 views on HBO for the fight on March 1. Read the rest of this entry »
Gav Duthie: Many boxers fail to get the timing right when it comes to avoiding losing to their most dangerous opponent “father time” . Everyone is always looking for that one last payday, one more title shot, they move up or down in weight and convince themselves they still have something left. By normal standards Bernard Hopkins has laughed in the face of father time he is now on ‘grandfather time’ only a couple of months shy of his 50th birthday. Despite this I think you have to look at a fighters longevity on a case by case basis and for me ‘The Alien’ still has a sequel left in him. Read the rest of this entry »