By Scott Gilfoid: After having taking a thrashing from WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last Saturday night in Quebec, Canada, Britain’s Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) has decided it’s too much trouble for him to struggle to make the 175 lb. weight division, and that he instead thinks he’ll be better off fighting as a cruiserweight.
The 6’3″ Bellew doesn’t want to take on the two champions – Marco Huck and Yoan Pablo Hernandez – first, but he intends on going after WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KO’s) first, and if successful, to fight Huck and Hernandez in unification bouts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KO’s) and Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO’s) have been playing it nice with one another in the build up to their fight for weeks, but now they’re finally ready to battle it out on Saturday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Judah says he’s going to KO Malignaggi and finish his career as an active fighter. Judah wants to send Malignaggi back to Showtime where he works as a boxing analyst.
Judah said “These are the old Roman days. Only thing different is I can’t behead him, so I’m going to knock him out. After this, he’s going to be a full-time announcer.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) doesn’t plan on changing his fighting style to look more entertaining for his fight this Saturday night against Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
After his victory over Noniton Donaire last April, Rigondeaux’s promoter Bob Arum said it would be hard to get him fights on HBObecause of his less than crowd-pleasing fighting style had turne off some of the HBO executives. But Rigondeaux doesn’t want to change the way he fights to become a slugger that gets hit a lot like some other fighters do, because that’s not who he is. Rigondeaux has good power, but he doesn’t want get in the trenches with his opponents for primitive fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) says he’s thinking of coming out of retirement in 2014 in order to fight the top heavyweights. He’s got a list of 12 heavyweights he’d like to fight with the Klitschkos being at the top spot followed by Deontay Wilder.
Unfortunately, Fury’s chances of getting a title shot straightaway against one of the Klitschkos are about nil right now with him having been out of the ring for the past 8 months since his last fight against Steve Cunningham in April. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) expects to look strong on Saturday night in making his second defense of his title against the unbeaten Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 4 KO’s) at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Alexander, 26, has seen some of Porter’s fights and he’s not been overly impressed with what he’s seen of his skills. He feels that Porter is definitely a level below him in the talent department. Those thoughts are echoed by a lot of other boxing fans as well.
Alexander said this via Sky Sports “His [Porter] skills are limited. You can expect me to win and be explosive. I’m going to be smart and get the win. After this fight we can expect bigger and better things. I’ll be a major player at 147.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: The World Boxing Organization gave IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) a huge gift last Wednesday by making 34-year-old #8 Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) his WBO his mandatory challenger for his WBO title rather than an arguably better heavyweight with a chance to beat him. The WBO ordered that the two sides have 30 days to negotiate the fight with a minimum bid of $1 million.
For a mandatory challenger, this is one of Wladimir’s weakest opponents, and more like an easy optional title defense than anything close to being a mandatory defense. Wladimir isn’t looking to bypass the fight for something else. He’s going to defend against Leapai next, and it’s pretty easy to see why. It’s virtually a non-risk fight for Wladimir, and another easy payday for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While most boxing experts are picking Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) to positively clown Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Showtime analyst Steve Farhood isn’t one of them. He feels that Khan has the hand speed and the fighting style to give the 36-year-old Mayweather a great deal of problems in this fight. Farhood sees Khan as using the same fighting style that Oscar De La Hoya used in his loss to Mayweather back in 2007.
“I think Khan has a style, being tall, being rangy, and being very fast, that could give Floyd a lot of trouble,” Farhood said via hustleboss. “The blueprint for how to fight Floyd was created by Oscar De La Hoya years ago. Rangy, tall guy with a good jab. That’s the way Khan will fight. I don’t think Floyd’s a big enough puncher anymore. I don’t think it’s as easy fight as many people think.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix is reporting that the much talked about fight between Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) is basically a done deal, and that it should be announced by next week. That fight, of course, will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 3rd, the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.
A good fight, this is not. This is more like a good mismatch, and I think it’s going to do really poorly until Khan go show more personality to overcome his recent lack of success in the ring. Golden Boy Promotions won’t be able to sell this mismatch to the U.S public unless Khan can go on a medial blitz to where he has the casual boxing fans believing that he’ll be able to give Mayweather a good fight. But just based on how Khan has looked in his last four fights, he stands no chance against Mayweather and a lot of fans could feel upset at how one-sided this fight will be. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is giving 33-year-old Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) another week to decide whether he’ll accept the $10 million+ offer that he made to him to face former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) in March or not.
If Cotto doesn’t get back to him by then, Schaefer will move on and look to match Canelo against either IBF 154 lb. champion Carlos Molina or the winner of this Saturday’s fight between Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara.
Cotto reportedly was given a big money offer by Top Rank for him to fight WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) on June 7th at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York. Cotto might end up taking that fight rather than facing Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jamie Eskdale: With it seemingly being easy to avoid threats in boxing I decided to have a look through the divisions and see who is being avoided. While looking 3 names quickly popped up. Sergey Kovalev seems to be avoided like the plague. It would seem no one in the light heavyweight division wants anything to do with the Russian. Kudos must go to Nathan Cleverly for making a voluntary WBO title defense against the heavy handed Kovalev though it turned out to be a mistake as Cleverly was decimated in a 4 round destruction.
Kovalev made it clear he was ready and willing to fight anyone in the division and unification fights against the other champions were his priority. Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: Manny Pacquiao looked sensational against Brandon Rios. He really taught Rios a boxing lesson from round one to the last. Looking at that fight, Pacquiao looked great and a lot of relief for the Pacquiao die-hard fans. As good as that fight looked, it was a boxing travesty of the first order. Notwithstanding the fact that Rios was coming off a loss and fighting for the first time at welterweight, he was tailor made for Pacquiao in every little sense. Just like Mayweather senior said before the fight, Rios is not only dumb slow, has no head movement, terrible footwork and never possessed a single attribute that could have caused Pacquiao any luck of sleep.
Thumbs up for Bob Arum, this was a well thought-of match-making. There was literally nothing Pacquiao was risking other than testing if all was still intact inside. Now I see a lot of tails up. I have no problems with the tails, but I have every problem for Arum to say he is waiting for the Mayweathers to contact him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: To many boxing fans they think that the main reason why Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) had such an easy time beating former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) last month was because Rios was never a good fighter to begin with, and was perfect for Pacquiao to get an empty win against. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Junior middleweight James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KO’s) will be fighting this Saturday night in a very risky fight for him against the unbeaten Glen Tapia (20-0, 12 KO’s) in a 10 round fight on HBO at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Kirkland hasn’t fought in a year a half and he’s taking a big risk in getting back in the ring without a tune-up to fight someone as good as the 23-year-old Tapia. A loss for Kirkland in this fight will be a huge blow to his career because he’s hoping to get himself ranked high in the 154 lb. division to get a world title shot. Getting beaten by Tapia would temporarily derail those plans. Read the rest of this entry »