By Scott Gilfoid: Don Charles, the trainer for Dereck Chisora, believes that unbeaten #1 WBO Kubrut Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) could pull off a huge upset this Saturday night when he gets in the ring against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) in their fight at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Charles thinks the 6’4 ½” Pulev’s size, strength and intelligence will be keys to him beating the 6’6” Wladimir, who hasn’t lost a fight in a decade since his loss to Lamon Brewster in 2004. Charles points out that Pulev easily handled Alexander Ustimov several years ago in his 11th round knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Calzaghe sees Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KOs) tasting defeat for a second time when he faces former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14 KOs) on November 22nd at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, UK.
Calzaghe thinks the Bellew-Cleverly 2 fight will ultimately come down to Cleverly’s superior hand speed and conditioning. Like their first fight in 2011, Calzaghe sees the two fighters fighting each other to a standstill in the first half of the fight. But once the bout goes into the second half, Calzaghe thinks Cleverly will take over and wear Bellew out with his superior conditioning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Unbeaten Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) has dominated Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) in the four sports they completed in while on their press tour. Algieri sees their November 22nd fight this month as being more of a continuation of that, as he feels he’s a better athlete than Pacquiao.
Algieri beat Pacquiao in basketball, bowing, pool and batting practice. Being a better fighter than Pacquiao in four separate sports says a lot about Algieri. It tells you that he’s the better athlete and it also suggests that he has the better IQ, because it takes intelligence to beat your opponent in so many different sports. Whether Algieri’s superior talent in those sports will transfer over to boxing is the big question. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: John David Jackson, the trainer for IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs), thinks one of the biggest reasons why Kovalev was able to beat the 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) in their recent fight on November 8th was due to Kovalev keeping his head and not getting frustrated easily when he was unable to score a knockout over Hopkins at some point in their fight.
Kovalev put Hopkins on the floor in the 1st round, and he also hurt him in the 12th. However, Hopkins did a good job of taking Kovalev’s best shots to continue fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday’s HBO Boxing telecast airs at 4:45 p.m. (ET/PT). The live HBO telecast begins early from the O2 Arena in Hamburg Germany with a special presentation featuring reigning world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, seeking his 17th consecutive successful heavyweight title defense, against undefeated challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Official Weights from Germany:
Wladimir Klitschko: 245.82 lbs.
Kubrat Pulev: 246.92 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: For American boxing fans interested in seeing the November 29th rematch between British heavyweights Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs), they can see the fight on ESPN3.com in the United States.
It’s unclear just how much interest there would be in a fight between Chisora and Fury for casual boxing fans in the U.S, but I’m sure hardcore fans might want to see the fight just for the sake of finding out which of these two guys will Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: With his one-sided 12 round decision win over Bernard Hopkins last Saturday night, Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) is now in possession of three of the four light heavyweight world titles.
The only belt that Kovalev doesn’t have is the WBC strap held by Adonis Stevenson, a fighter who previously had the opportunity to fight Kovalev, but instead he moved on to Showtime.
Kovalev would like to get a shot at stevenson’s WBC title if possible, but he’s not going to make a big deal if the fight fails to take place. At this point Kovalev is well aware that he could find it difficult to get Stevenson in the ring despite Stevenson saying he’s interested in unifying the titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Morris: With news that Al Haymon is taking his entourage of fighters off Premium Cable TV (Showtime, HBO, etc.) and onto Network TV (NBC) in early 2015, how do we see boxing panning out in the New Year?
Well, with Bernard Hopkins’ heroic performance against Sergey Kovalev last weekend and rumours of Canelo Alvarez potentially facing Miguel Cotto next year; it would seem the cracks are beginning to show in boxing’s proverbial ‘Cold War’ (Golden Boy/Showtime vs. Top Rank/HBO)! Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) isn’t ready to retire from boxing just yet after his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) last Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Hopkins was knocked down in the 1st round, and ended up losing the fight by the scores of 120-106, 120-107 and 120-107.
De La Hoya thinks that Hopkins would have won last Saturday night had he been in the ring with any other top light heavyweight or even against some of the top super middleweights like Carl Froch or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a disturbing bout, former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) will be fighting 40-year-old former IBF lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds in Moscow, Russia.
Provodnikov, 31, was hoping to take on a more relevant opponent than Castillo, but his management was unable to get any of the top guys to face him. Castillo is 10 years past his prime, but is someone who is recognizable to the Russian hardcore boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) isn’t too concerned with all the trash talking that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has been making recently as they head in to the November 22nd fight in Macao, China.
Roach has talked trash since day one, but recently he’s increased his trash talking to another level in taking more verbal shots at the 30-year-old Algieri. You can’t blame Roach for wanting to talk more trash at this point in the game, because he’s got to be generally concerned about his aging 35-year-old fighter Pacquiao losing to Algieri. Read the rest of this entry »
Jacob Cullen: I can still remember clearly the first fight between Nathan Cleverly, 27 and Tony Bellew, 31, admittedly I did not know a great deal about either fighter at the time other than Bellew had come off the back of an exciting fight with Ovill McKenzie where he got up from two heavy knockdowns to score a TKO victory, he also gave McKenzie and immediate rematch and won a lop sided points decision. Nathan went into the fight as the WBO light heavyweight champion, a title he won vacant due to Jürgen Braehmer being unable to defend it due to injury. He had beaten two world ranked fighters in Karo Murat (who went on to fight Bernard Hopkins) and the now IBF number 1 contender Nadjib Mohammedi.
Both fighters were part of Frank Warren’s stable and each with ambitions of being recognised as the UKs best Light Heavyweight, neither fighter had bags of experience going into the fight, but Cleverly was the definite favourite being the world champion and former British, Commonwealth and European champion. The press conference and weigh in served as mere appetisers for things to come, with both fighters exchanging various insults and threats. Read the rest of this entry »