By Gav Duthie: As 2014 draws to an end I thought I would take a look at an undefeated prospect from each division and study their chances of becoming a world champion in the new year. Many undefeated fighters are heavily protected and sometimes prospects who have suffered loss early and moved on become champions quicker.
It takes a brave fighter and promoter to risk those ‘O’s by pitting them at world level but without that bravery their records mean nothing. Some fighters are better known and further along in their careers than others and which will become champions and when is open for debate.
Bryant Jennings 19-0 (10)
Title Shot: 90% likely
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By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach says that his fighter World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will be moving down to 140 after his catch-weight fight at 144 pounds against unbeaten Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, in Macao S.A.R., China.
Roach says there are a lot of different guys that the 35-year-old Pacquiao can fight in that weight class, and he thinks that some of the fighters will follow him down to that weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) says he’s not sufficiently motivated right now to get out of bed and start training hard for a title defense against #1 International Boxing Federation challenger James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs), but that could change if DeGale shines next month against #10 WBC Marco Antonio Periban (20-2-1, 13 KOs) in their fight on November 22nd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
If DeGale looks good in beating Periban, a fighter who was recently beaten by J’Leon Love and Sakio Bika, then Froch says he might change his mind. The fact that J’Leon Love looked good in beating Periban suggests that Froch is making it awfully easy for DeGale to get a fight against him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) will be taking a slight step up in competition against 39-year-old journeyman Michael Sprott (42-22, 17 KOs) next month on November 22nd on the Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellew 2 card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) will be looking for his 18th consecutive knockout this Saturday night against the tough as nails Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #1 WBC Viktor Postol (26-0, 11 KOs) has reportedly received a bonus to step aside so that WBC/WBA light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) can fight another opponent within the next 4 months. Postol can fight whoever he wishes during that time, but after that Garcia has within 90 days to fight Postol, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
If Garcia doesn’t face Postol within that 90 days then presumably he’ll be stripped by the World Boxing Council if Garcia doesn’t vacate his WBC title first, which is highly likely. It’s unknown how much money Postol received in order to step aside but it’s likely a significant amount of money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Hector Gonzalez: I’ve read a couple of new articles on BN24 on speculations that Mayweather would beat Pacquiao if and when the fight takes place. I thought that I’d write a counter argument since I don’t agree with these articles. If they fought Pacquiao would win and it really comes down to one thing and one thing only. In order to beat Pacquiao or at the very least be competitive against him there is only one tool that is not only an essential but a key ingredient in being victories, a granite chin. In order to be effective against Pacquiao the opponent will have to at the very least be able to be willing to engage from time to time.
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By Allan Fox: Former WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Leon Spinks (24-17-3, 134 KOs) has reportedly been hospitalized in Las Vegas, Nevada following surgery to correct an abdominal problem. This was the second operation for the 61-year-old Spinks on the problem. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) expects to make it easy when he finally gets World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (34-1-1, 21 KOs) for his mandated title shot in the near future.
Deontay had originally estimated that he’d face the soon to be 36-year-old Stiverne in November, but that obviously isn’t happening. December is likely out as well. We’re probably looking at the fight taking place in the first half of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) says he’s ready for war this Saturday night in his tough title challenge against World Boxing Association Super World middleweight title holder Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
While Rubio is a huge underdog in this fight, you have to consider him a threat to beat Golovkin due to his punching power and his aggressive style of fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Edgar Solorzano: Pablo Picasso once stressed, “Everything you can imagine is real.” Lucky Picasso, the boxing politics never touched his heart with the forceless jab that knocks fighters down while still standing on there feet. Politics is a mental battle that not many fighters can avoid.
No jab, hook, or shoulder roll can defeat the politics in boxing. Different battles require different tools, and to defeat the politics, one must start the battle with the pen and paper. While Picasso was an artist that painted the canvas with fresh paint; he could teach a few things to these modern artist that paint the canvas with fresh blood one jab at a time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jamie Fairclough: Last night Anthony Joshua (9-9-0) absolutely destroyed a tough and durable fighter in Denis Bakthov (36-24-10) from the first bell of the fight to the moment referee Ian-John Lewis stepped in and stopped the fight Joshua had Bakhtovs number nailing him with a a lot of big shots.
What was truly scary was the power Joshua was putting into these shots, he looked fast and speed plus power is a frightening combination, add into that the fact Joshua seemed to be timing his shots nicely all adds up into an impressive performance. Read the rest of this entry »