By Eric Thomas: The World Boxing Organization has made #8 WBO Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) the mandatory challenger for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s). The WBO made voted to make the 34-year-old Leapai the WBO mandatory for Wladimir based on Leapai’s 10 round unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Russian Denis Boytsov last month on November 23rd in Bamberg, Germany.
Wladimir and Leapai have 30 days to put the fight together. Wladimir probably doesn’t mind this title defense too much Leapai looked nothing special in beating Boytsov. He’s very slow on his feet and his hand speed is also incredibly slow. Leapai is somewhat similar to Paea Wolfgramm, a fighter who Wladimir knocked out in the 1st round in 2000. Wladimir came out and threw a flurry of shots against the much slower Wolfgram and the fight was halted. Leapai is about as fast as Wolfgram and he’ll be knocked out by Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Last Saturday’s card headlined by WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) vs. Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) vs. Ismayl Sillakh (21-2, 17 KO’s) in the co-feature, reportedly drew 1.305 million viewers on HBO, according to Dan Rafael. These are big numbers and it proves that Stevenson is becoming a draw in the United States on HBO.
Having Kovalev on the undercard obviously helped because he’s picking up a lot of fans too with the way that he’s knocking out everyone he faces. However, most of the fans that tuned in were likely watching to see Stevenson fight because he’s better known than Kovalev in the U.S. from his previous fights against Chad Dawson and Chad Dawson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank says negotiations between his company and Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a mega fight against Manny Pacquiao can begin as soon as one of Mayweather’s representatives contact him or one of his people from Top Rank. Arum says he wants to make the fight, but he’s still waiting on a call from Mayweather’s people to start the ball in motion to put the fight together.
Arum told USA Today “What, is Mayweather going to fight Amir Khan? Who gives a (expletive)? We’ve announced we’re willing to make anything happen. Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down and explore how it can happen. We’re ready to sit down and see if a deal can be reached. Floyd or his representatives, of course.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will be bringing back his fighter Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) to fight in the United States at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12th against one of three of his stables fighters – Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez or Ruslan Provodnikov, according to Fightnews.
This is a big turnaround for Arum, because he’s been talking about having Pacquiao fight outside of the U.S from now on due to the heavy taxes he has to pay from the money he gets from U.S fans through pay-per-view. But it looks like something has caused Arum to change his mind about that for some reason. Could it be that the U.S PPV sales for his recent Macao, China card was less than Earth-shattering? Who knows? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) responded back nicely to Britain’s Dereck Chisora’s open letter today with his own plans of where he’s heading with his career. Instead of dissecting Chisora’s talent and trash talking him, Deontay basically said that he’ll fight Chisora as a last resort.
Deontay said that if WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko doesn’t retire and then if Tyson Fury chooses to not fight him, then he’ll fight Chisora. So Chisora is the number #3 option for Deontay instead the #1, but that’s where Chisora had Deontay so it’s kind of even. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a move that was long overdue, British heavyweight David Price (15-2, 13 KO’s) is vacating his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles in order to focus on fighting world level competition rather than being dragged down having to defend those titles over and over again against lesser opposition. Price has a new promoter in Sauerland Events, and they’re taking over with the rebuilding of his career. His German handlers will try and make all the right moves to steer him towards a heavyweight world title the fight way.
The 6’8″ Price has been stopped a couple of times by Tony Thompson this year, so it’s imperative that he focus on fighting the right guys to get his career back on track.
Thompson obviously isn’t a domestic level fighter, which is why Price was destroyed so easily by him. That’s the whole problem with holding down domestic level straps. Read the rest of this entry »
By by James Le Blanc: The stage was set, the moment couldn’t be any more perfect, Manny Pacquiao had just given Brandon Rios the lesson of a life time which is ‘Boxer beats tough guy’ 99% of the time. HBO’s Max Kellerman had the microphone, and asked the probing question that every fighter gets once they dish out a beating, “and who are you looking forward to Manny, what are you looking forward to?” This is the part where Manny says ‘Bring on Floyd Mayweather, let’s give the fans what they want to see!!”
But that didn’t happen. Instead Manny deferred to his promoter Bob Arum once again who is already giving us a glimpse of the possibility of this fight by stating Manny would return in April knowing good and well Floyd has set his dates in May and September of 2014. We know the players; we know the rules to the game have changed and that it is very unlikely for Golden Boy to work with Top Rank. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With Dereck Chisora’s hoped for fight against British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price now up in smoke due to Price vacating his straps, it leaves Chisora empty handed. He had hoped to get the fight against Price and have it take place at the Copper Box in London, UK, but that sure as heck isn’t going to happen now.
Chisora also wanted to fight his former conqueror Tyson Fury, but he’s totally ignored him without even gracing him with a reply. I guess it might have something to do with the fact that Fury already beat the brakes off of Chisora two years ago. It might not be appealing for Fury to fight someone who has lost 4 out of his last 8 fights, like Chisora has. Now Chisora is calling out the talented American Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) for a fight. Deontay, it seems, is the third option for Chisora after Price and Fury chose not to fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO’s) has what should be a really tough fight on his hands this Saturday night against Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KO’s) at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. This is a toss up fight where Malignaggi could very well lose if Judah brings his best ‘A’ game to the fight.
Malignaggi is looking past the Judah fight already towards a rematch he wants against WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner, who defeated him last June to take his title by a 12 round split decision. Malignaggi also is interested in facing Marcos Maidana, Broner’s December 14th opponent, if Maidana defeats Broner. Malignaggi wants his WBA title back, in other words.
“I want that Broner vs. Maidana winner,” Malignaggi said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KO’s) expects to retire the 34-year-old Felix Sturm (38-3-2, 17 KO’s) this Saturday night. Barker feels that he’s going to give Sturm such a beating that he’ll choose retirement rather than continuing on with his 12-year pro career.
Barker’s goal of retiring Sturm could be difficult given that the fight will be taking place in Sturm’s home country at the Porsche Arena, in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Sturm is nearly invincible in Germany, and he’s only been beaten once there during his career in losing by a 12 round split decision to Daniel Geale last year in September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) isn’t too worried about his opponent Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) being a big puncher for their fight in less than two weeks on December 14th at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Broner doesn’t care that Maidana has shown good power in his past fights. Broner doubts that Maidana will be in the position to land his big punches because he intends on making him miss all night.
Broner said today in his conference call with Maidana “I can’t really trash talk with someone who doesn’t speak English. All I can say is that I hope he is at 100%. I never get the credit I deserve. And when I win this fight Dec 14, which I will, I don’t want any excuses. The guys Maidana has fought, he’s been able to hit; he’s got to hit me first.” Read the rest of this entry »