By Scott Gilfoid: Despite having lost 3 out of his last 6 fights, #6 WBC Matthew Macklin (31-5, 20 KOs) will be fighting #4 WBC Jorge Sebastian Heiland (24-4-2, 12 KOs) in a World Boxing Council 160 middleweight eliminator bout next month on November 15th at the 3Arena, in Dublin, Ireland.
It’s obvious that Macklin has been blessed with good fortune to be fighting in an eliminator for the WBC 160 pound title, because he’s fought for world titles at 160 three times in the past three years in losses to Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin, and yet here Macklin is on the verge of getting a fourth world title shot if he can get past the little known Heiland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: On Tuesday, World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Paco Valcarcel revealed that the WBO has made Orlando Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) the new WBO super featherweight champion. Valcarcel also said that the current WBO 130 pound champion Mikey Garcia is moving up to light welterweight .
In other words, Mikey will be skipping the lightweight  pound division completely. Presumably, Valcarcel had previously spoken with Mikey to find out what his plans are before making this announcement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) says he’ll be making a decision about his boxing career in early 2015, whether to continue or retire. Marquez hasn’t fought since last May when he defeated Mike Alvarado by a 12 round unanimous decision.
That’s going to be the only fight for the 41-year-old Marquez in 2014 unfortunately. Marquez also fought once in 2013 when he was beaten by former WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley by a 12 round split decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) sees his upcoming match against 49-year-old IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) as being a potentially easy fight for him when he steps inside the ring next month on November 8th on HBO Championship Boxing from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Kovalev feels that as long as he does what he’s done before in his fights and in terms of preparation, then this could very well be as easy fight for him as it’s been in the past.
Kovalev hasn’t had a fight go to decision since 2011, and it’s going to be tough for Hopkins to try and go the distance with him.
“If everything is the same, it will be an easy fight,” Kovalev said to the nypost.com.
Kovalev will likely start off fighting in a relaxed manner like he does against a lot of his opponents, but once Hopkins tried to push the pace then Kovalev will start to unload on him with his ammunition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) will be back in the ring making his first defense of his International Boxing Federation 147lb strap in the next four months against an opponent still to be determined.
Brook wanted to fight Amir Khan, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Khan wants to fight WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, and even if he doesn’t get that fight, which would seem likely, Khan probably won’t be fighting Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be facing a tough decision in the near future, as the winner of this Saturday’s boxing clash between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) and Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) will be the mandatory challenger for the WBA middleweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: British welterweight Amir Khan has reportedly agreed to facing American Robert Guerrero in his next fight in December over in America at the Barclays Centre, in New York for the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight title and WBA international title.
Khan was rumored to face Josesito Lopez as a stay busy fight for a potential mega fight with unbeaten American welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. You have to feel this fight against Guerrero is a much better fight because Guerrero is a much more bigger name in boxing than Lopez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: The main focus this weekend will of course be on the main event at the Stubhub Center, in Carson, California, USA, will be Gennady Golovkin against Marco Antonio Rubio in a middleweight match up that will no doubt produce entertainment however long it lasts.
Many boxing sites, forums and column inches of course looking forward to seeing the brutal technician Golovkin in action in a fight against the tough, rugged Rubio a Mexican fighter that doesn’t buck the stereotype of fighters from that fighting nation. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: As 2014 draws to an end I thought I would take a look at an undefeated prospect from each division and study their chances of becoming a world champion in the new year. Many undefeated fighters are heavily protected and sometimes prospects who have suffered loss early and moved on become champions quicker.
It takes a brave fighter and promoter to risk those ‘O’s by pitting them at world level but without that bravery their records mean nothing. Some fighters are better known and further along in their careers than others and which will become champions and when is open for debate.
Bryant Jennings 19-0 (10)
Title Shot: 90% likely
New Champion: Yes Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach says that his fighter World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will be moving down to 140 after his catch-weight fight at 144 pounds against unbeaten Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, in Macao S.A.R., China.
Roach says there are a lot of different guys that the 35-year-old Pacquiao can fight in that weight class, and he thinks that some of the fighters will follow him down to that weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) says he’s not sufficiently motivated right now to get out of bed and start training hard for a title defense against #1 International Boxing Federation challenger James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs), but that could change if DeGale shines next month against #10 WBC Marco Antonio Periban (20-2-1, 13 KOs) in their fight on November 22nd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
If DeGale looks good in beating Periban, a fighter who was recently beaten by J’Leon Love and Sakio Bika, then Froch says he might change his mind. The fact that J’Leon Love looked good in beating Periban suggests that Froch is making it awfully easy for DeGale to get a fight against him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) will be taking a slight step up in competition against 39-year-old journeyman Michael Sprott (42-22, 17 KOs) next month on November 22nd on the Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellew 2 card. Read the rest of this entry »