By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Some boxing fans crack me up when they post something that reads “if fighter A does not fight fighter C then fighter A legacy is tarnished”. Really? Since when did this rule come into effect? If this is this case then boxing is full of tarnished legacies. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #4 WBO, #5 IBF, #11 WBC heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) is targeting unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) for a fight after Fury takes care of business against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) on November 29th at the ExCel Arena in London, UK.
Fury obviously has heard Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn opening his yap about how he thinks Joshua will be ready to beat Fury by next year, and Fury looks like he wants to take Hearn on his word by pushing for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Rather than face Guillermo Rigondeaux, who badly wants to fight him, WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (29-0-2, 22 KOs) will be defending his title against little known Hidenori Otake (22-1-3, 9 KOs) of Japana on the Tony Bellew vs. Nathan Cleverly 2 fight card next month on November 22nd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
#3 IBF, #11 WBO has a record that is filled with wins over largely mediocre opposition, and it’s kind of mind-boggling that the International Boxing Federation and WBO has him ranked in their top 15. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) will be fighting the hard hitting super middleweight Don George (26-4-2, 22 KOs) on December 6th on the undercard of the Lucian Bute vs. Roberto Bolonti fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
It’s not a particularly great fight, but neither is the Bute-Bolonti fight. Both of them stack up to be mismatches. If you’re into seeing mismatches then this is the fight card for you, because I can’t see either of these fights as being competitive. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Jim Dower: In a one-sided fight, unbeaten 32-year-old World Boxing Council bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs) stayed undefeated with a 12 round unanimous decision win over #1 WBC Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-6-1, 16 KOs) of Thailand on Wednesday night at the Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan.
The southpaw Yamanaka knocked Rungvisai down three times in the fight in dropping him in the 7th, 8th and 9th rounds with hard left hands. In the 9th, Rungvisai was docked a point for attempting to throw Yamanaka to the canvas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, wanting to cover his bases, says he inserted a rematch clause in the contract for the November 22nd fight between his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his non-Top Rank opponent Chris Algieri.
Arum wanted to make sure that if the 35-year-old Pacquiao gets beaten by Algieri, he’ll be able to get him a rematch so that he can try and avenge the loss and win back his WBO title. But if Pacquiao does lose to Algieri by getting out-boxed, Arum might not be doing the Filipino star any favors by having him fight Algieri a second time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) says he doesn’t plan on running from WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) in their fight on November 8th on HBO Championship Boxing at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The 49-year-old Hopkins says he’ll take away Kovalev’s offensive weapons. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Rather than Gennady Golovkin getting the winner of next year’s mega fight between Saul “Canel” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that his fighter Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) could very well be the one that faces the winner of Cotto-Canelo instead of the hard hitting Golovkin. Arum says that Bradley wants that fight, and he feels it’s an easy one to make.
The big question is how would the tiny 5’6” Bradley be able to compete against sluggers as big and as powerful as Cotto or Canelo? There’s also the question of whether Bradley would even deserve the fight. Unless the Canelo-Cotto winner is going to vacate the WBC middleweight title, they’d be defending it against a welterweight instead of a middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Marc Livitz: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. hasn’t fought in an entire month, yet he still has managed to jump back into the boxing forefront just a bit. Last week, the pound for pound, dollar for dollar and chit for chat king sounded off in regard to a certain television and radio host’s opinion of his fighting exploits.
We’ve all heard at one time or another of the notion of flying pigs, however it’s all too familiar when a particular feeling is valued as much as a flying F bomb. “Listen, I don’t give two flying (expletive) what Stephen A. Smith says”, proclaimed the Michigan native to the first boxing writer who would actually publish the champ’s profanity laden tirade. It was as if the lucky fight scribbler had found the last shiny penny on the planet. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: If Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez needed the motivation to fight WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) then all they need do is look at the huge ratings his fight against Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) generated last Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The Golovkin-Rubio fight averaged 1,304 million viewers, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, which makes it the 2nd most viewed fight of the year. That’s not bad for a fighter who can’t get Canelo and Cotto to fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says his fighter Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) will be looking to put on a show and make a statement on December 13th against former two division world title holder Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) when they face each other on Showtime Boxing at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
De La Hoya points out that they both want to get a fight against superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr, and they’ll need to prove themselves if they want to get that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver middleweight champion Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) is hoping to get a victory over #7 WBC Domenico Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) this Saturday night to potentially get a fight against World Boxing Association Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Murray still isn’t sure if he’s going to be facing Golovkin or going in another direction, which is kind of interesting because everyone is saying he’ll be facing Golovkin next February if he can get past the 34-year-old Spada in their fight on Saturday at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Read the rest of this entry »