By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Council has come to the rescue for the May 3rd fight between Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) and Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) by having the two fighters battle over their vacant WBC Silver welterweight strap on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The idea of #2 WBC Khan and the #15 WBC Collazo fighting for the Silver strap loses any meaning that it otherwise would have when you look at how low the WBC has Collazo ranked. I mean, if they’re going to put up their WBC Silver strap, they should at least make sure that it’s two highly ranked fighters rather than one guy with an inflated ranking like Khan and another guy who is a bottom dweller. I could understand Khan and #1 WBC Luis Carlos Abregu fighting for the WBC Silver strap, but definitely not Khan and Collazo. That doesn’t make any sense at all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks that WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) has been purposely trying to ramp Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) into a wild fighting frenzy to where he’ll come on like a mad dog on Saturday night and will run up on one of Bradley’s right hand shots that will do the work for Bradley by generating most of the power.
Arum doesn’t think Pacquiao is falling for it, as he expects him to fight under control when his two Top Rank fighters meet each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Euan Gilchrist: As I sat down earlier this week to watch Buncies Boxing Hour (which is a low budget TV show screened in the UK on Boxnation), I expected the usual fare of boxing banter, and world boxing news and a recap of the weekends action. I was surprised and delighted when Steve Bunce was joined on the phone by former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6, 45 KO’s).
With the farcical YouTube video doing the rounds at the moment of Briggs losing his mind and throwing his shoes at an unresponsive Wladimir Klitschko, it’s easy to view him as a clown and to forget that he has fought some of the best heavyweights from the last 50 years in George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko. For that reason alone I think that the man shouldn’t be treated as a joke. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 WBC, #11 WBA, #12 WBO, Andy Lee (31-2, 22 KO’s) will be continuing with his trend of fighting journeyman when he faces 33-year-old journeyman Frank Haroche Horta (34-12-5, 13 KO’s) of France in a scheduled 8-round bout this Saturday night, April 12th from the Blue Water Dokken, in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Lee, 29, has basically lost two years of his career following his 7th round stoppage loss to WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June of 2012 in Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach still seems bothered that Floyd Mayweather Jr. never bothered to face his fighter Manny Pacquiao, and he’s now lashing out at Mayweather by saying he’s just trying to avoid taking risky fights so that he can retire undefeated. Roach says that Pacquiao accepted a 64-40 split to face Mayweather, but then the fight still didn’t happen. He thinks that Mayweather doesn’t want to face the 35-year-old Pacquiao for fear of being beaten.
Roach doesn’t say anything about Mayweather having agreed to a 50-50 deal to fight Pacquiao in 2010, only to see the fight fail to happen after the fight fell apart over Mayweather wanting random blood testing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Showtime All Access episode 1 of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) vs. Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) fight preview is coming up in nine days from now on 4/19 at 9:00 PM E/T. After having sat through two of the Manny Pacquiao – Tim Bradley 24/7 episodes on HBO, I’m really looking forward to seeing Mayweather and Maidana show fans how it’s done by bringing some excitement and energy into their fight preview. This should be really compelling TV for fans of the sweet science. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) has a big fight this Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s), and the chances are Bradley will come up short and wind up losing this fight on way or another. He’s giving up a lot of speed and power to Pacquiao, and the only thing he has going for him is his heart and his supreme confidence But Bradley feels he’s definitely going to beat Pacquiao, and he’d like to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. so that he can prove who the No.1 fighter is in boxing.
To Bradley, he thinks a win over Pacquiao will prove without a doubt that he’s the No.2 two fighter, but he’d still need to fight Mayweather for the No.1 spot to show fans who the better fighter is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Just a few days before the big fight between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The knives have already gone out from both sides. Eight time division world champion Pacquiao seems as ready as ever and as aggressive as ever for this fight.
Welterweight champion Bradley appears ready and confident too. In their sparring sessions both looked in tip top shape. Bradley seems overly muscular, and it is obvious to me that his increased body mass index was a main target for the preparation. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 IBF James DeGale (18-1, 12 KO’s) inked a contract with Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn earlier today. DeGale will now be looking to set himself up to potentially face the winner of the Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2 fight by battling #3 IBF Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) in an IBF super middleweight eliminator bout on the undercard of Froch-Groves 2 on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
If DeGale wins that fight than he’ll be locked in as the mandatory challenger for Froch’s IBF belt. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll get a chance at Froch, because he could choose to vacate the belt if the IBF tries to force him to take the fight. There are better paying fights out there for Froch than a fight against DeGale, and it’s a bad style match-up for the aging 36-year-old Froch. The last thing he needs is to be fighting another Andre Dirrell type of opponent at this late stage in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KO’s) will be fighting his second consecutive fight in the 126lb division when he faces WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (23-0, 19 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Walters is the guy that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had wanted to match against Nonito Donaire, but he changed his mind for some reason after Donaire had his faced fractured in his last fight against Darchinyan last November. Donaire won the fight by a 9th round TKO, but he suffered a hairline fracture in his face in that fight.
Darchinyan did such a good job in that fight that they decided to let him fight on HBO again in the featherweight division, even though he’s someone who hasn’t been a really effective fighter since he left the super flyweight division years ago. Darchinyan was nearly unbeatable at flyweight and super flyweight, but there was no money in those divisions, so he kept moving up in weight to chase the bigger fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a disappointing match-up, WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) will be defending his title against #13 Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) on HBO on June 14th from the Nassau Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York, USA. It’s surprising that HBO said yes to this fight, because it’s an awful one.
According to ESPN, Provodnikov’s trainer Freddie Roach turned down Hank Lundy for Provodnikov. Roach didn’t like the match-up for some reason. Thomas Dulorme was turned down by HBO because of his recent fight against Karim Mayfield, which wasn’t all that entertaining to watch. However, HBO must have skipped over Algieri’s boring win over Emmanuel Taylor last February, and his equally dull wins over Mike Arnaoutis and Wilfredo Acuna. Those performances made Dulorme’s fight against Mayfield seem thrilling in comparison. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he wants to match the winner of the May 31st IBF super middleweight eliminator bout between James DeGale (18-1, 12 KO’s) and the unbeaten Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) with the winner of the Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2 fight in their next fight. Both DeGale-Gonzales and Froch-Groves 2 fights will be taking place on the same fight card on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Marc Livitz: It’s fight week in Las Vegas and the grand arrivals (at the Grand) have officially begun. What’s at stake this coming Saturday evening, as if they have not already been spun in countless directions? In some ways, the spinning is good, inasmuch as the angles of righting the wrongs and proving the rights can possibly go.
Why is it that if Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met in a rematch in say, October 2012 (as Tim so famously predicted with a giant novelty ticket at the final press conference before their June 2012 bout) that so many ardent and casual boxing fans alike would quite possibly have said, “hogwash and rubbish” or any other applicable jargon, yet this Saturday’s contest is projected to surpass the previous outing? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) will get a slight bump up in pay for his fight against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) from the $5 million that he fought Pacquiao for in 2012 to $6 million for his fight this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao is taking a considerable pay cut from the $26 million that he got for the first Bradley fight to $20 million for his rematch with him on Saturday.
They’re not saying why Pacquiao is taking a cut in pay, but it certainly can’t be due to the undercard costing a fortune because there’s not much there in terms of well-known fighters. What it likely means is that due to Pacquiao’s low pay-per-view totals in his last fight against Brandon Rios, which drew only 475,000 PPV buys, their estimating that the interest might not be high enough for Pacquiao to get a huge payday. As low as the numbers were for the Rios fight, you can’t assume that Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight will do better than 500,000 buys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a confusing fight, #3 WBC 126lb contender Lee Selby (18-1, 7 KO’s) will be fighting #14 WBC Romulo Koasicha (21-3, 12 KO’s) on May 17th in a WBC featherweight title eliminator bout at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, in Wales, United Kingdom. What’s hard to understand is why Selby is being given such a soft touch for this fight in Koasicha. This guy lost last year to Jesus Galicia by a 12 round decision.
Koasicha lost in 2012 to Isaac Torres. We’re not talking about great fighters. Heck, Torres has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights since beating Koasicha in 2012. Galicia was recently beaten by Miguel Marriaga last year. So why are the World Boxing Council letting Selby face a weak opponent like Koasicha? Read the rest of this entry »