By Scott Gilfoid: While former IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch has gotten a ton of credit for selling out the 80,000 seat Wembley Stadium a year ago against George Groves, trainer Virgil Hunter believes that it was Groves who brought the fans in, not Froch.
Groves is the one that worked his backside off building the second fight with Froch by giving countless interviews, and by showing a marketing ability that few fighters are able to do. Hunter says Froch wasn’t even talking during the weeks before the fight. It was Groves that drove the process and made it a huge fight. Hunter feels that Froch didn’t want the rematch with Groves and had to be pushed into the fight, even though there was a ton of money to be made due to Groves’ hard work in creating interest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A purse bid is scheduled this Thursday [July 2nd] for an IBF eliminator bout between Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) and Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) at the International Boxing Federation headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey, according to Dan Rafael.
The Chaves-Alexander winner will become the IBF 147lb mandatory challenger to champion Kell Brook. However, it’s unclear whether the two fighters will even face each other because Chaves is promoted by Top Rank, and Alexander has Al Haymon as his adviser. The two generally don’t work together. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: It looks like boxing fans could soon be seeing a rematch between newly crowned WBO interim welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) and Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs), even though the outcome will likely be just the same with Bradley winning another easy 12 round unanimous decision like we saw last night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
After last night’s controversial ending in which the referee Pat Russell mistakenly stopped the fight 10 seconds early, Bradley has agreed to give Vargas a rematch. However, whether we see a rematch or not will depend largely on Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum and on the World Boxing Organization. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Referee Pat Russell may have saved Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) from getting knocked out by halting the fight 10 seconds early to preserve Bradley’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Russell thought that the bell to end the fight had rung, which is why he halted the fight early. The stoppage by Russell was a life saver for Bradley, because moments before that, Vargas had badly hurt Bradley with a big right hand and had him out on his feet. With the 10 seconds to go in the fight, Vargas would have had a decent chance of finishing off Bradley because he literally out on his feet.
The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-112. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Allan Fox: In what could be signs that WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 K0s) is interested in facing Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs), Golovkin attended tonight’s Bradley vs. Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) fight to watch the action at the live at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Golovkin likely wasn’t too worried about what he saw from Bradley, who was badly hurt in the 12th round by a right hand from the light hitting Vargas. Bradley was able to survive the 12th round when the referee Pat Russell made a huge blunder in stopping it early with 10 seconds to go in the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) recently tweeted that a fight between him and former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) will be taking place in September. However, Porter’s father/trainer Ken Porter says that there’s been no contact about a rematch between Shawn and Broner.
Besides that, he said that Broner isn’t the one that decides who he’s going to fight. That’s done by his management. So even if he wanted a rematch with Porter, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Tim Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) expects his greater experience to be too much for world champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) when the two fighters go at it tonight on HBO Championship Boxing.
Bradley has been fighting against major competition since 2006, and he’s got a huge start of the 26-year-old Vargas, who is fighting his first tough foe of his career. Bradley has put on a lot of muscle for this fight, and he’s hoping to use his new power to score a stoppage tonight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says his fighter #2 WBO, #8 IBF, #10 WBA cruiserweight contender Tony Bellew (24-2-1, 15 KOs) will be fighting for a world title this year in October or November against the winner of the July 25th fight between IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) and Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2, 17 KOs).
Hearn specifically wants Bellew to fight Hernandez for his IBF title, even though Bellew has a much higher ranked with the World Boxing Organization at No.2. Hearn didn’t come right out and say it, but obviously he sees Hernandez as the most vulnerable of the four cruiserweight champions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Tonight’s clash between Timothy Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) and unbeaten Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) will see both fighters make good money for their fight on HBO from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It’s especially good money for the 31-year-old Bradley because he hasn’t produced a victory in two year. Bradley will be making $1.5 million, which isn’t bad for a non-title holder to be getting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Fresh off his win over fellow Matchroom Sport stablemate Frankie Gavin, IBF 147lb belt holder Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) appears to be resigned to the reality that he’ll be facing #4 WBO, #6 WBC Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) on September 12th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Brook is still waiting to hear from Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs), who has yet to name his opponent for 9/12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn aren’t likely to put the ink on the contract for the Rios fight until they hear Mayweather make his choice, because if he does have intentions of fighting Brook, he might not make it known for many weeks now. Read the rest of this entry »