By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) is expecting a huge crowd showing up on Saturday night to see him fight unbeaten American Bryan Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Wladimir, 39, hasn’t spent much time fighting in the United States during his career, and he’s not really become a household name in the U.S because of that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya believes that today’s selection of referee Kenny Bayless will work in Floyd Mayweather Jr’s favor in his fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd. De La Hoya notes that Bayless sometimes broke up the action in Mayweather’s second fight against Marcos Maidana when the Argentinian attempted to work in close last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Negotiations for a fight between WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) and former two time world title challenger Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) are reportedly close to being completed this week for a fight that will be taking place on June 20th.
The Ward-Smith fight is expected to be announced very soon, according to the Daily Mail. The fight will take place in beautiful Oakland, California at the Oracle Arena. The bout will be 12 rounds, but it’s not likely to go more than six unless Ward carries Smith in order to get in some rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 32-year-old former two division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) will be back inside the ring 18 days from now against former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr. (24-0-1, 18 KOs) on May 9th at the State Farm Arena, in Hidalgo, Texas, USA.
This is a crossroads fight for Burns, as he’s lost two out of his last three fights and he’s looked absolutely terrible. Burns went from being one of the best fighters in the lightweight division to being a fringe level guy almost overnight. One second he’s beating the likes of Jose Gonzalez and then next he’s losing to some obscure bottom dweller named Dejan Zlaticanin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With just 11 days to go before the huge mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, the contract for the fight to be staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas still hasn’t been signed, according to Darren Rovell from ESPN.com. They’re reporting that Pacquiao’s Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that the contract is different now from the draft of the contract that he saw previously. He reportedly signed a term sheet two months ago, but not the contract.
It’s unclear what happens if the contract for the fight doesn’t get signed by Arum for it to be staged at the MGM Grand. It would be very, very interesting if Arum chooses to dig his heels into the sand and refuses to sign the contract. Read the rest of this entry »
Undisputed Heavyweight World Champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO will defend his 10-year title reign against top rated challenger BRYANT JENNINGS
on Sat., April 25 from “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden and televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (46-0, 32 KOs) will have the pleasure to be working this Friday’s fight card on Spike TV on Premier Boxing Champions headlined by WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) defending his title against #8 WBC Badou Jack (18-1-1, 12 KOs) from the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
A press conference was held today at Foro Mazaryk in Mexico City to unveil the Emerald Belt that will be presented to the winner of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2nd. Over 200 journalists were in attendance.
Former WBC heavyweight world champion Larry Holmes was on hand as a representative for former WBC champions, and current WBC champions were represented by WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In what could be the fight of the year for 2015, #2 WBC, #3 WBO light welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) and #4 WBO Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) saw their exciting fight draw a peak of 1.380 million viewers in their fight on HBO Championship Boxing last Saturday night from the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Last Saturday’s match-up between former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) and #4 WBC light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) failed to bring in the huge ratings that Chavez Jr. previously was accustomed to in the past when he held down the World Boxing Council 160 pound title from 2011 to 2012.
The Chavez Jr-Fonfara fight brought in a peak of 836 thousand viewers with an average of just 618 thousand on Showtime Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Read the rest of this entry »