By Scott Gilfoid: Making her debut as a pro, 2012 Olympic Irish gold medalist Katie Taylor (1-0, 1 KOs) obliterated a badly over-matched journeyman Karina Kopinska (7-15-3, 2 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Taylor, 30, caught the Polish fighter Kopinska against the ropes and flurries on her until referee Robert Williams stepped in and halted the massacre. The official time of the stoppage was at 0:58 of the 3rd.
Taylor was just teeing off from the 1st round in nailing Kopinska with hurtful looking combinations to the head and body. Taylor didn’t seem to need to worry about using any kind of finesse, because Kopinska wasn’t talented enough to throw anything back at her. It was just Taylor throwing and Kopinska catching shots to the head and body. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: If Floyd Mayweather Jr. decides to return to the ring, Manny Pacquiao is very interested in facing him in a rematch. Pacquiao just recently made a comeback to boxing earlier this month in taking the WBO welterweight title off of fellow Top Rank stable-mate Jessie Vargas by a 12 round unanimous decision on pay-per-view.
Now the 37-year-old Pacquiao is looking bigger fish to fry by letting the media know that he’s interested in facing Mayweather Jr. in a rematch. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather a year ago by a 12 round unanimous decision in May 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) remained undefeated with an easy 8th round knockout win against 35-year-old fringe contender Orlando Cruz (25-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in winning his fourth consecutive title defense at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. This was a dreadful mismatch of the first order. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Abel Sanchez is quite confident that his fighter IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is going to make easy work in knocking out Golden Boy Promotions star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September next year. Sanchez feels there’s no question in his mind that Golovkin is going to obliterate the 26-year-old Canelo when he gets him inside the ring next year.
Before the fight can happen though, Golovkin will be fighting in March possibly against Daniel Jacobs. That match has been ordered by the World Boxing Association. That doesn’t mean it will take place. Sanchez says if the fight fails to happen, then Golovkin will fight somebody else. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Vasyl Lomachenko will be defending his WBO super featherweight title tonight in an all-Top Rank Promotions fight against the powerful Nicholas Walters on HBO Championship Boxing at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With all the talking that Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum has been doing about him in the lead up to tonight’s fight, you would think that he’ll be able to breeze past the 30-year-old Walters without any problems whatsoever. Unfortunately, if things don’t work out well for the 28-year-old Lomachenko, then Arum could be crying big crocodile tears with his would be star exposed – again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) has officially retained his No.1 pound-for-pound spot despite a heavy push by the promoters of last Saturday’s fight between Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward. Ring Magazine reports that Gonzalez, 28, has kept his No.1 pound-for-pound spot with Ward moving up from No.4 to No.2.
Apparently, Ward’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Kovalev wasn’t “conclusive enough,” according to RingTV for Ward to be given the No.1 spot in the pound for pound ratings. It’s not surprising though. There are clearly too many boing fans out there who think that Kovalev deserved the win for Ward to be given the No.1 spot just yet. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) weighed in successfully at 130 pounds on Friday for his fight former WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. Walters weighed in at 129.5lbs.
Their fight will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing on Saturday. Walters will likely rehydrate a great deal by the time he steps foot inside the ring on Saturday night. In his fight against Miguel Marriaga last year, Walters rehydrated to 145lbs. That’s quite a bit of weight for a fight that previously held the WBA featherweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Andre Ward believes that his win over IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev last Saturday night put himself in position to be considered for the No.1 pound for pound spot in boxing. Ward notes that the buildup to the Kovalev fight was all about the winner being the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
Now that the fight is over and he’s won it by a narrow 12 round unanimous decision, he feel he should be considered for the sport. Ring Magazine updated their ratings after the Kovalev vs. Ward fight, and they now have Ward moved from the No.4 to No.2 spot behind No.1 Roman Gonzalez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (31-0, 12 KOs) successfully weighed in on Friday in coming in at 134.8 pounds for his voluntary title defense against #13 WBO Orlando Cruz (25-4-1, 13 KOs) this Saturday night on November 26 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight David Haye and Tony Bellew are signed for a fight on March 4th at the O2 Arena in London, England. The match-up between Haye and Bellew will be taking place at heavyweight rather than Haye’s old division at cruiserweight, because there is little chance that he could still make weight for the division at 36.
Haye notes that the 33-year-old Bellew was talking boldly about him before they signed for the fight, but now that the fight is signed, he sees him as cowering because he knows what’s in store for him on March 4. Read the rest of this entry »