By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like Anthony Joshua is out of luck for a fight against Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) for his next fight. Chisora, 32, will be fighting former world title challenger Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant EBU heavyweight title, according to the latest boxing news.
Instead of Joshua fighting Chisora, he could possibly be fighting in an IBF heavyweight eliminator bout against Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) in April. The winner of that fight would become the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Charles Martin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jonathon Fell: Last Saturday night saw the much anticipated return of “The Saint” George Groves as he seeks to re-establish himself in the elite 168lb mix following 3 damaging world title tilts (2 vs. Carl Froch and most recently vs. Badou Jack) all ended in defeat for the Londoner. Under new stewardship of Jake McGuigan who is rapidly developing his reputation as one of the best young trainers in the UK and can no doubt develop his name globally with an ever-increasing number of fighters in his stable.
I was ringside for the fight which took place at The Copper Box arena situated on the Olympic Park in London’s East End. It’s the first time I’ve been to the venue and it is definitely a good venue for boxing events. The arena, although only around 75% full created a good atmosphere for the arrival of Groves, supported by a slightly odd brass band belting out traditional English march songs to get the crowd going. Groves looked very businesslike throughout his entrance and to the first bell, almost snarling that he has had to step back down to this size of venue and level of opposition when he feels passionately that he should be holding a version of the 168lb strap. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #3 WBC super middleweight contender George Groves (22-3, 17 KOs) defeated Andrea Di Luisa (18-4, 14 KOs) last Saturday night by a 5th round knockout at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK. Groves, 27, says he wants to go after a rematch with WBC 168lb champion Badou Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs) to avenge his 12 round split decision loss to him from last September in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Groves lost that fight by the scores of 115-112, 116-111 for Badou, and 114-113 for Groves. I personally thought the 116-111 was the more accurate score of the three for that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Barry McGuigan sees unbeaten #2 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) as still a very flawed fighter at this point in his young pro career, and he thinks that former two division world champion David Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) would have the potential of knocking out the easy to hit 26-year-old Joshua.
It’s hard to argue with that notion because Joshua makes it easy for his opponents to nail him with his bad habit of bum rushing his opponents and mindless throwing flurries. I think Joshua’s bad habits are a product of the terrible opposition that he was being fed in his first 14 fights as a pro by his promoter Eddie Hearn. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) says he’s interested in facing either IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin or #1 WBA Chris Eubank Jr. for his next fight. It’s unclear which of the two of them the 26-year-old Saunders will be facing.
Saunders already beat Eubank Jr. in 2014, and Eubank Jr. has done very little since then in terms of beating quality opposition to redeem himself unless you consider fringe contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, 40-year-old Tony Jeter and Dmitry Chudinov as quality opposition. Saunders would want his next fight to take place in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #14 WBC junior middleweight fringe contender Erickson Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact by beating 24-year-old Mexican fighter Jose De Jesus Macias (18-6-2, 9 KOs0 by a 10 round unanimous decision on Sunday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV from the Seminole Casino in Immokalee, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley expects to be fully prepared for everything that his opponent Manny Pacquiao could even think of doing in their fight on April 9 at the MGM Gradn in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bradley, 32, says his trainer Teddy Atlas is going to think of everything that Pacquiao could possibly come up with in the ring, and they then plan on working to negate all of those things one by one. Bradley doesn’t want to be unprepared for the things that he’s going to see when he gets inside the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) is interested in facing WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) by June of this year rather than fighting fellow Brit IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in a big money fight on June 4 at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. According to Fight News, Khan wants to take a tune-up bout in the first two weeks of March against a still to be determined opponent.
The guys that Khan’s management are looking at are well-known fighters in former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs), former WBA 140lb champ Brandon Rios (33-3-1, 24 KOs) and former world title challenger Jo Jo Dan (35-3, 18 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Paul Wood: My immediate impression following the spirited defeat against Carl Froch in their first fight back in 2013 was that if George Groves can recover and if he can learn from that setback he could become a real threat to all fighters in the 168lb division.
What we have seen since is a fighter struggling to recapture that threat, that intent, and that sharpness to make him a genuine contender at the top level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paul Lam: In the lead-up to his Saturday night rematch against WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev, Jean Pascal had talked trash incessantly, accusing Kovalev, amongst other things, of being a racist. Such charges are not new to Kovalev’s ears, but the Haitian Canadian challenger and former light heavyweight world champion was hell-bent on turning them into a personal issue during an increasingly ugly fight promotion, culminating in a press conference in which Pascal symbolically handed out bananas to black members of the audience and notably to Kovalev’s trainer, John David Jackson, who himself is black, nearly sparking a physical altercation. Kovalev himself remained relatively unperturbed throughout the whole spectacle. He did however make one thing clear to the media and public; this time he wanted to end Pascal’s career for good.
Kovalev and Pascal met for the first time in March last year, a fight which Kovalev knocked down Pascal for the first time in his career in round three, hurt him repeatedly with heavy shots and compelled the referee to intervene in the eighth when Pascal was trapped in a corner, out on his feet and taking tremendous punishment. Read the rest of this entry »