(Referee Terry O’Connor showing fine form in half carrying Nathan Cleverly back to his corner following a knockdown) By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly’s debut at cruiserweight will be a little delayed as Cleverly suffered a back injury in training that has wiped out his scheduled fight this Saturday night against Daniel Ammann on the Dereck Chisora vs. Ondrej Pala card at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom. Cleverly, 26, wants to start his career with fresh start after he was blasted apart by the unbeaten Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev last August in Wales.
Cleverly was beaten badly by Kovalev when Cleverly made the mistake of trying to punch with him rather than using his boxing skills. Rather than stay at light heavyweight and work his way back to title shot, Cleverly abandoned the division and moved up to cruiserweight where he thinks he’ll find the same kind of success he had at 175. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) has finally cracked the top ten in the Ring Magazine heavyweight ratings. Deontay, 6’7”, had been excluded from the ratings up until now for some odd reason despite his impressive performances in his last handful of fights, but the staff at Ring magazine has finally figured out that his talent is too hard to ignore because they’ve got him on the list now.
Here are the current Ring ratings for heavyweight
Champion: Wladimir Klitschko Read the rest of this entry »
By JVance: On the lead up to Saturday’s all-British clash between George Groves and Carl Froch, I wrote an article predicting a George Groves victory. The piece outlined that, in his fights leading up to Saturday Night, Groves had displayed the necessary attributes to capitalize on the many technical flaws and shortcomings that Froch had shown in his long and illustrious careers.
From round one it seemed that the underdog was well on his way to an emphatic victory, however the controversial circumstances in which the fight ended and the poor officiating ringside, has left a far from definitive outcome to the ‘Battle of Britain’. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Roger Mayweather was happy to see Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) finally end his two-fight losing streak last Saturday night against Brandon Rios in Macao, China, although it was disappointing that Pacquiao’s win came against a fighter who was coming off of a loss. Roger wants Pacquiao to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. so that he can finally get this fight out of the way after all these years.
Roger thinks that boxing fans will want to see the fight because they think that Pacquiao has turned his career around. Unfortunately, Roger doesn’t speak for Floyd Jr., so whether he wants the fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. or not, it’s not going to change things unless the two fighters both want it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s) wants to put on a little more weight before he faces Manny Pacquiao for a fight that he believes he’s capable of winning. Garcia said last Saturday night that he believes he can KO Pacquiao, and he’s very confident about his chances of making that happen. Mikey saw his friend Brandon Rios lose to Pacquiao, and he feels that wouldn’t happen to him if given the chance to fight the 34-year-old Pacquiao.
Mikey said to Ellie Sechbach “I’ve got to get a little bigger first, move to 140, and catch him somewhere around there. But why not?”
Mikey’s promoter Bob Arum is probably not going to let him fight Pacquiao because it might end badly for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) says he’s not sure whether he’ll give George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) a rematch now due to some of things that Groves has been saying in the media since his controversial 9th round TKO loss last Saturday night, according to Boxing News. Froch also says that there’s less of a reason for him to give Groves a rematch because most fans are changing their minds about the fight stoppage being unfair.
They now believe that it was a fair stoppage, Froch says. The only reason why Froch had been contemplating giving Groves a rematch was due to the controversy surrounding the stoppage, but now that fans see it as a fair stoppage, Froch doesn’t see it necessary to give Groves a second chance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: EBU Heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (18-4, 12 KO’s) isn’t bothered that he’s facing Ondrej Pala (32-3, 22 KO’s) this Saturday night instead of his previously scheduled opponent Matteo Modugno.
Palo was brought in to replace the injured Modugno, who suffered a rib injury while getting ready for the soon to be 30-year-old Chisora. But Chisora is taking the change in stride, and is focusing on just trying to lose weight and get prepared for the fight on Saturday at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom.
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) is dead certain that he’s going to be knocking out challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) this Saturday night in their fight at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. To Stevenson, it’s a given that he’s going to KO the stork-like Bellew and leave him on the canvas in a pile on Saturday night.
The only thing that Stevenson isn’t certain about is which round he’ll do the Liverpool native in. Stevenson feels that he’ll catch up to Bellew in the 4th or 5th round to drop one of his big bombs on him to get him out of there, but it could happen sooner if Bellew actually comes to fight and doesn’t run or clinch like mad to try and survive. Read the rest of this entry »
by Jordan Capobianco: I’m probably one stupid American to be putting myself in the middle of this mess. But as an American watching 2 British boxers, I didn’t really have a proverbial horse in the race. I haven’t seriously rooted for a boxer from the U.K. since Lennox Lewis. Of course, I had heard of Carl Froch. Everyone has. He’s been around long enough. Fought enough names. Had more than enough championship bouts. I saw him lose to Ward, I saw him return to glory by beating Kessler, Mack, and Bute. Before the Groves fight was announced, I was even telling people I thought Froch deserved a rematch with Ward. I had respect for Froch.
But I had respect for George Groves, also. I watched Groves beat every opponent he’s fought since Glen Johnson. I was impressed by his stuff. I agreed that he was one of, if not the, most promising prospects in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: This Saturday night unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KO’s) will be taking a decent test in his first title defense of his World Boxing Organization title against #15 WBO Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KO’s) on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs.Tony Bellew card at the Colisee de Quebeck, Quebec City, Canada.
Sillakh, 6’1″, has good size and excellent skills. He’s a very mobile fighter and reminds one of a shorter, lighter version of Wladimir Klitschko, but without his power and size. The 28-year-old Sillakh’s career hit a speed bump last year when he was stopped by Russian Denis Grachev in the 8th round in a fight that Sillakh was dominating at the time of the stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) seemed to get upset with the questioning from HBO’s Max Kellerman last Saturday night moments after Rios had been beaten badly by Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Rios lost about as bad as a fighter can lose when it comes to a decision, and he wasn’t a happy camper moments after the fight when the judges scores revealed that he had lost by the scores 119-109, 120-108 and 118-110.
Rios’ face was badly swollen to where both sides of his eyes and the sides of his face were swollen outwards, and it looked painful. He had taken a vicious beating in a fight that probably should have been stopped by the 8th round when it was evident that Rios was not going to win and was just taking a one-way beating. Read the rest of this entry »