By Chris Williams: If former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-6-2, 38 KOs) wants a second shot at getting the green against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) next year, Pacquiao will need to agree to the right purse split of the revenue in order to make that fight happen.
While Mayweather has said that he’s not giving the Filipino fighter a second chance at fighting him because he’s a “coward” and a “sore loser,” Mayweather might change his mind about the subject for the fight split of the loot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After fighting well enough to deserve the victory last Saturday night against James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs), super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) finds himself with another controversial decision loss on his record, and it’s unclear where he goes from here.
At 31, Dirrell can’t afford to rebuild for three to four years like some fighters do after they suffer losses. Dirrell must get back in the ring and continue fighting. The question is should he continue along the same path in trying to win the IBF strap, or should he go in another direction to look for fights against either the WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham or WBC champion Badou Jack. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF challenger Lee Selby (20-1, 8 KOs) will be attempting to snatch the title from unbeaten IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Selby, 28, will have the hometown advantage over the 28-year-old Russian Gradovich, but I’m afraid that might not be enough for Selby. In the past, Selby, 5’8 ½”, has generally been the taller fighter in his bouts by a considerable margin.
Selby’s tall for a featherweight, and he’s used his height advantage to defeat a mix of B and C level fighters. There hasn’t been anyone good that Selby has faced, and that makes it impossible to tell whether he’s got the goods to mix it up with the best in the division. But for this fight, Selby and the 5’8” Gradovich are going to be roughly the same height with pretty the same reach. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Ring Magazine has elevated newly crowned IBF super middleweight James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) to No.3 in their 168lb rankings after his narrow and controversial 12 round unanimous win over Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) last Saturday night at the Agganis Arena, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
DeGale is ranked below No.2 Arthur Abraham and No.1 Carl Froch. There currently isn’t a Ring Magazine champion at this moment due to Andre Ward having been inactive for over one year due to promotional problems, otherwise he’d likely be the champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stewart J Lawrence: What a night for British Boxing, another champion to add to the growing ranks. Makes the question I asked ‘Is Britain the pound for pound country of the world?’ seem like a forgone conclusion!
For a fan and spectator (like me) it was a fantastic fight. Having a non-biased view, both fighters made this fight. James DeGale stepped up to prove that he is in the mix of the best Super Middle Weight fighters and Andre Dirrell put to bed the questions on his heart and determination.
Seems like a question that’s a bit early to ask, but DeGale’s promoter Eddie Hearn is already looking at getting Degale out in September, so who will he fight next? Degale has already been out slating Froch (‘He’s scared of me’), but I don’t think Degale needs to be thinking Carl about Froch and I don’t believe Froch will be interested, not if the rumors about the Gennady Golovkin fight being close to being finalized are true! Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) could be giving away as much as 15 pounds against challenger Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) in their catch-weight fight at 157 pounds on June 6th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Geale’s promoter Gary Shaw expects him to rehydrate to 175 after he makes weight for Cotto’s requested catch-weight fight.
It’s kind of sad to see the WBC middleweight champion reduced to asking for a catch-weight for him to defend his title. This is Cotto’s first defense of his WBC 160lb title that he won a year ago in June against 40-year-old Sergio Martinez, who came into the fight with a bum right knee after having had two surgeries on it in an attempt to fix the problem. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (12-0, 12 KOs) will continue his slow climb up the heavyweight ladder this Saturday night when he gets inside the ring with 35-year-old former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-6-1, 14 KOs) in a 12 round bout at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
This is a fight that would have been interesting six years ago when Johnson was 29-years-old and still in his prime, but he’s clearly no longer the same fighter that fought former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2009 in losing a 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 24, 2015
By Scott Gilfoid: There are only 20 days to go before WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) makes his first defense of his WBC title against a very good contender in #11 WBC Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) on June 13th on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. This match-up is expected to be only the beginning of what should be some very interesting fights involving the 6’7” Deontay against the likes of Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, David Price and Anthony Joshua in the future. But first, Deontay must get the 6’4” Molina out of the way before he can move on to the bigger and better fights in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: To show you how badly James DeGale’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to make the DeGale vs. George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) next year in May at Wembley Stadium, Hearn says he’d be still willing to make the DeGale-Groves fight even if Groves loses his next fight against WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) this summer.
Hearn says he’d still make the DeGale-Jack fight, but he obviously knows the money that the fight would make would be much less than it would be if Groves beat Badou Jack to capture his WBC 168lb title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After his win over Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs), James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs), who is now the IBF super middleweight champion, said that he’d be interested in facing Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) next when he gets in the ring in the next four months.
Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler at K2 Promotions are interested in a much bigger fight against British star Carl Froch. However, it still isn’t clear whether Froch fancies the job. Read the rest of this entry »