By Dan Ambrose: The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has granted Main Event fighter IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) an exception to bypass his IBF mandatory challenger #1 IBF Nadjib Mohammedi (36-3, 22 KOs) in order for Kovalev to face former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) on March 14th at a venue still to be determined.
This is good news because Kovalev vs. Mohammedi is a total mismatch, and it would be too easy of a fight for Kovalev. Mohammedi has been blown out twice during his career in early knockout losses to Dmitry Sukhotsky and Thierry Karl. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Bob Arum, the promoter for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, isn’t quite sure if a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr can be made.
Arum says that Pacquiao would take the fight if it were offered to him, but the silence that he’s been getting from Mayweather’s side doesn’t instill him with confidence that the fight can be made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Boxing fans can begin purchasing tickets for the January 24th rematch between Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) and Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) for their fight at the 1stBank Center, Bloomfield, in Colorado, USA.
This is the third but likely not the last fight between the two fighters. Both of them appear to be heading downhill in terms of their careers, but it’s still a fight that casual boxing fans will want to watch due to their lack of defensive skills and the tendency of their fights turning into brawls. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With his prospects for a big fight in the future not looking good right now, former two division world champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) says he’d like to face Amir Khan in the future. Bradley has pretty much run out of opponents to fight in his promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank stable.
He’s twice fought Manny Pacquiao, and that’s not a fight that Arum can put together anytime soon due to the fight having already been overplayed. That leaves mostly little known fighters in Arum’s stable for Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After failing in his previous attempt to capture a world title in 2012, #4 WBO Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) will be getting another chance to grab a strap this Saturday night in his bout against the hard-hitting Russian talent Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) in their clash at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The vacant WBO middleweight title will be on the line in the fight, and this is easily the best chance that the 6’2” Lee has to try and win a world title. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Amir Khan believes his ex-trainer Freddie Roach is trying to get in the way of a potential mega fight between Khan and WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr with Roach’s recent comments about Khan supposedly having been knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in sparring.
Khan denies having been knocked out by Pacquiao, and he says he gave the Filipino fighter all kinds of problems. Khan believes that Roach is making these comments because he wants his fighter Pacquiao to get the Mayweather fight in 2015 instead of him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) will be looking to finish off Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) in their rematch on February 21st at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany.
Abraham, 34, doesn’t want another case of Smith complaining afterwards about being robbed and then jockeying for a third fight. Abraham wants to make sure that Smith has no argument for a third fight by beating him in a convincing manner that leaves him – and his loyal fans – with no case for a third fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn is working on a fight between Froch and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) for March of 2014 for Las Vegas, Nevada.
Froch, 37, badly wants the Chavez Jr fight in Vegas for some reason. He says he’s always wanted to fight in Vegas. It’s unclear why he’s dialed into the inactive Chavez Jr, because this is a fighter who was badly exposed by Sergio Martinez a couple of years ago, and Chavez Jr has done precious little since that fight other than beating a middleweight fringe contender named Brian Vera. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a dull fight former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (28-2, 15 KOs) scored a 7th round stoppage win over a badly over-matched Luis Grajeda (17-4-2, 13 KOs) on Thursday night in their scheduled 10 round bout at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California, USA.
Trout worked Grajeda over with body shots, left hands to the head and right hooks through seven rounds. After the 7th, Grajeda quit on his stool rather than coming out for the 8th. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) will be receiving a $950,000 for his fight against Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) this Saturday night as the headline bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight will be televised on Showtime. Khan will likely receive additional money from the UK as part of the fight being televised on Sky. Alexander will be receiving $500,000 as the B-side in that fight.
In what’s really surprising is that former WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) will be receiving $2 million purse for his fight against Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) on HBO on the same night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a little over a week from now, #7 IBF, #7 WBC, #14 WBA super middleweight talent Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) will be in the ring to face the hard hitting #10 WBO, #12 IBF Derek Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs) in a 12 round IBF eliminator fight at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The Dirrell-Edwards fight will take place on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs. Dmitry Sukhotsky fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: WBA World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) successfully weighed in on Thursday for his title defense against challenger Ishe Smith (26-6, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Illusions Theater, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Lara, 31, weighed in right at the junior middleweight limit at 154 pounds. For his part, the 36-year-old Smith weighed in at a half pound under at 153.5 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »