(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Amir Khan (29-4, 19 KOs) and Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) both weighed in right at the limit at 147 pounds on Friday at their weight in for their fight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The two fighters had a long stare down with both of them jawing at each other. Alexander seemed to be the more relaxed of the two, and didn’t appear to take the stare down nearly as serious as Khan, who looked like he was trying to stare holes through Alexander for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas skewered unbeaten #1 WBC heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) last night on the Austin Trout vs. Luis Grajeda card from Temecula, California. Atlas said that 46-year-old #10 WBA Antonio Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) would match up with the 6’7” Deontay, and feels that it would be a competitive fight that he’d like to see.
Tarver defeated Johnathon Banks by a 7th round knockout last night in a very boring fight with little action until the final round. Tarver showed an incredibly low work rate in the fight, and it’s hard to understand where Atlas was coming from in comparing him with a splendid puncher like Deontay. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: American Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) says there are a lot of British boxing fans that are pulling for him to beat Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) in their head to head match-up this Saturday night on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is kind of a surprise to some fans of the sport, because Khan is seen as someone with a large fan base in the UK. It’s news that there are people from the UK who are actually rooting against him rather than for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) tasted defeat for the first time in his career in his last fight in April of this year against Manny Pacquiao, but Bradley doesn’t believe that he’ll come up on the short end of the stick in his fight this Saturday night against Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs).
Bradley believes 100 percent that he’s going to triumph over the 28-year-old Chaves and then move on to bigger and better things in the future. Bradley is helped in the fact that Chaves has never shown himself to be a particularly good fighter in the past, and that he’s just someone who is pretty much being brought in as an opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) is talking about all kinds of difference scenarios for potential big fights in 2015. He’s interested in fighting Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
You can now add IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) to that list, as Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti is saying that Brook is someone that they’d like to match the 31-year-old Bradley up against next year if they can get that fight made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has granted Main Event fighter IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) an exception to bypass his IBF mandatory challenger #1 IBF Nadjib Mohammedi (36-3, 22 KOs) in order for Kovalev to face former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) on March 14th at a venue still to be determined.
This is good news because Kovalev vs. Mohammedi is a total mismatch, and it would be too easy of a fight for Kovalev. Mohammedi has been blown out twice during his career in early knockout losses to Dmitry Sukhotsky and Thierry Karl. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Bob Arum, the promoter for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, isn’t quite sure if a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr can be made.
Arum says that Pacquiao would take the fight if it were offered to him, but the silence that he’s been getting from Mayweather’s side doesn’t instill him with confidence that the fight can be made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Boxing fans can begin purchasing tickets for the January 24th rematch between Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) and Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) for their fight at the 1stBank Center, Bloomfield, in Colorado, USA.
This is the third but likely not the last fight between the two fighters. Both of them appear to be heading downhill in terms of their careers, but it’s still a fight that casual boxing fans will want to watch due to their lack of defensive skills and the tendency of their fights turning into brawls. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With his prospects for a big fight in the future not looking good right now, former two division world champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) says he’d like to face Amir Khan in the future. Bradley has pretty much run out of opponents to fight in his promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank stable.
He’s twice fought Manny Pacquiao, and that’s not a fight that Arum can put together anytime soon due to the fight having already been overplayed. That leaves mostly little known fighters in Arum’s stable for Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After failing in his previous attempt to capture a world title in 2012, #4 WBO Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) will be getting another chance to grab a strap this Saturday night in his bout against the hard-hitting Russian talent Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) in their clash at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The vacant WBO middleweight title will be on the line in the fight, and this is easily the best chance that the 6’2” Lee has to try and win a world title. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Amir Khan believes his ex-trainer Freddie Roach is trying to get in the way of a potential mega fight between Khan and WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr with Roach’s recent comments about Khan supposedly having been knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in sparring.
Khan denies having been knocked out by Pacquiao, and he says he gave the Filipino fighter all kinds of problems. Khan believes that Roach is making these comments because he wants his fighter Pacquiao to get the Mayweather fight in 2015 instead of him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) will be looking to finish off Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) in their rematch on February 21st at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany.
Abraham, 34, doesn’t want another case of Smith complaining afterwards about being robbed and then jockeying for a third fight. Abraham wants to make sure that Smith has no argument for a third fight by beating him in a convincing manner that leaves him – and his loyal fans – with no case for a third fight. Read the rest of this entry »