By Bradley Dee: Almost one year ago, Miguel Cotto won the true middleweight crown from WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez last year in June. The version of Sergio Martinez that he won the crown from was a shopworn, injured Sergio Martinez as was evident from his immediate inability to slip and move away from punches.
Not taking anything away from the victory, this would have still been a decent win, however instead of defending the middleweight crown, Cotto has chosen to sit on the belt and price himself out of major fights and fight lesser opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA 168lb champion Carl Froch says he’ll possibly give #1 IBF James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) a fight if DeGale defeats #2 IBF Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) next month in their fight for Froch’s old IBF super middleweight title on May 23rd at the Agganis Arena, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The only thing the 29-year-old DeGale has to do is beat Dirrell and look good doing so. It’s easier said than done. The fact of the matter is that DeGale’s chances of beating Dirrell are slim, and his chances of looking good in doing so are even slimmer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: In just about two weeks, we are going know the truth about Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao. It is either Mayweather cements his status as an All-Time Great (ATG), or Pacquiao assumes the undisputed P4P status that Floyd has held for years and years. It is very true that the unbeaten status of Floyd Mayweather junior draws the line on how history will look at these two fighters.
If Mayweather beats Pacquiao, naturally all the accusations of picking soft opposition should then fade away, and his critics should understand why he carries that ‘O’. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: The ring rusty James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) is definitely going to need to adapt to some of the things that former WBA/WBC 154lb champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) is doing in the ring next month in their battle on May 9th on HBO Championship Boxing at the Minute Maid Park, in Houston, Texas, USA.
Kirkland, 31, has never been a particularly skillful fighter. He’s always been someone who got the better of his opposition with his power and his nonstop pressure. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated #10 WBA heavyweight contender Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KOs) has been helping out IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) with his sparring to get him ready for his fight against unbeaten #2 WBA, #3 WBO, #5 IBF Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) on April 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Angel Olguin: From strawweight greats like Donnie Nietes (5’ 3” 105 lbs) to heavyweight titans such as Wladimir Klitschko (6’ 6” 246 lbs), boxing consists of professional fighters scattered throughout 16 different divisions. Each division holds their share of elite fighters and top prospects, as well as their number of “paper champs” or “risk vs reward” mentalities. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Last Saturday’s fight between WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) and IBF 140lb champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) was a huge success on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. The fight brought a peak of 3.4 million viewers on NBC, according to Fight news.
The fight averaged 2.9 million. That figure makes the Garcia vs. Peterson fight the second highest watched fight in the last 17 years. That’s pretty impressive to say the least.
The Garcia-Peterson fight took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia won the fight by a somewhat controversial 12 round majority decision by the scores 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113. Even if you agreed with the decision, and there were many boxing fans who didn’t, you have to agree that Garcia did not shine in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: According to the latest boxing news, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) will reportedly be defending his WBC title for the first and perhaps the last time in two months from now on June 6th against 34-year-old former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to Fight News. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 32-year-old former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (34-3, 22 KOs) will be back in the ring on July 18th against an opponent still to be determined in Macau, China. Donaire, #3 WBC, #5 WBO, had talked about wanting to fight a big name in his next fight after he wiped out a badly over-matched William Prado in 2 rounds on March 28th in a fight that took place in the Philippines.
It would be great news for a lot of boxing fans if Donaire were to take on a dangerous contender at super bantamweight instead of another 2nd tier fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: The 29-year-old Mexican star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) says he’s fighting light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) at a catch-weight of 172 pounds rather than Chavez Jr fighting someone from his own division at super middleweight because he likes to fight bigger fighters. Chavez Jr doesn’t care that Fonfara isn’t well known.The Chavez Jr vs. Fonfara fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday.
Chavez Jr still sees the 27-year-old Fonfara as a great opponent for his fight this Saturday on April 18th at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. Chavez Jr says he likes to fight at a heavier weight because he feels stronger, but he still feels like the 168 pound division is the right weight class for him. Interestingly enough, Chavez Jr still has yet to fight his first super middleweight opponent since moving up to the 168 pound division in 2013. In his last two fights, Chavez Jr has fought middleweight journeyman Brian Vera instead of a super middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »