By Allan Fox: WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KO’s) is hoping that a victory over WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) on Saturday night will give his career a big shot in the arm with him picking up a lot of fans. Dawson, 30, and Ward meet up at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California in a fight that will be aired by HBO, along with a fight between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Manuel Charr in a split site telecast.
Dawson said as quoted by Yahoo Sports News “A victory over Andre Ward would mean a lot for my career. We’re talking about somebody who is rated very high on the pound-for-pound list, and somebody who has a lot of recognition.”
A victory for Dawson may not turn him into a star over night, but it he were able to take that victory and follow it up with victories over the likes of Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, and Arthur Abraham, Dawson will be well on his way to becoming a big star. Sadly, Dawson would be lucky if he can even one of those fighters to face him in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) says he’ll be back in the ring in November against a still to be determined opponent. However, Berto says he could be fighting for a title at that time. The only real option he has to fight for a title against at that time would be WBC interim champion Robert Guerrero.
Berto said on his twitter page “Looks like early Nov. I can’t tell you but I will say it might be for a title.”
The welterweight champions are all booked up at that time except for the WBC interim champ Guerrero, who is looking for a big money fight against a popular fighter. Berto would be the ideal opponent for Guerrero to face, because if he can beat Berto, a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. could become a very real possibility for him. Guerrero won’t get a fight against Manny Pacquiao no matter who Guerrero beats, because Pacquiao fights for Top Rank, and they would likely not be interested in a Pacquiao-Guerrero fight. Read the rest of this entry »
Khan: Me and Pacquiao are the best offensive fighters in the world, but defensively we have problems
By William Mackay: Amir Khan has lost his last two fights and his career on the brink of failure. He’s at the point now where if he loses his next fight, he could find it very tough to crawl out of the hole that he’s put himself into. For this reason it was more than a little amusing to see Khan lumping himself in the same boat at Manny Pacquiao when talking about his own offensive skills.
Khan told the Manchester Evening News “If we had the defense we should have had we would be the best fighter in the world.”
It’s unclear who Khan is referring to when he says “We”. It could be a way of talking about himself. It does seem a little odd, though. The way Khan walks about “we” it reminds me of how politicians talk after they get caught screwing up. One of their standard lines are “Mistakes were made.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Edison Miranda (35-7, 30 KO’s) is going to be looking to knock Tony Bellew (17-1, 11 KO’s) on Saturday night in front of all of Bellew’s British boxing fans at the Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom. Miranda, 31, is going to put some hard leather on the 29-year-old Bellew, and get him out of there so that Miranda doesn’t have to worry about possibly getting jobbed by the judges.
Miranda told EPSN “What I do to Bellew. It’s going to be ugly. I am not putting that decision in the hands of the judges. You can…keep the judges at home…Carl Froch would be No.1 on my radar…If Froch has other plans then Nathan Cleverly.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO’s) came in #3 in a RingTV poll for who the best middleweight is in the world with 12%. Former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2. 28 KO’s) came in #1 in the boxing fan voting at 68.1%, and WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) took #2 at 14.9% of the vote.
Here is the current poll results:
Sergio Martinez 68.1%
Gennady Golovkin 14.9%
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 12%
This is a bad sign for the 26-year-old Chavez Jr., because he’s about to face Martinez on September 15th in Las Vegas, and with boxing fans not seeing him as legit as the number #1 fighter in the division, it’s looking bad for him. Chavez Jr. could be about to get exposed and finally beaten. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Well, it looks like former WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will be fighting on December 8th against somebody, as his promoters at Top Rank officially put in a request to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to do a fight between Pacquiao vs. an opponent still to be determined.
Now that the obvious is out of the way, Top Rank can continue working on putting together a fourth fight between Pacquiao and now 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 8th. It’s pretty much academic at this point that Marquez will be the guy that’s facing Pacquiao yet again in another expensive pay per view bout with a likely price tag of something in the neighborhood of $49.99. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ian Aldous: Bryant Jennings (14-0) continues his journey towards to the top of the heavyweight division when he faces Chris Koval (25-9) on September 8th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The fight will be a co-main event on an afternoon card featuring former world cruiserweight champions, Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham in heavyweight action. This past week Bryant took the time to talk with me ahead of fight night.
You’ve already fought on a Tomasz Adamek undercard. What’s it like fighting in a big sold-out arena with a great atmosphere? It’s something that not too many fighters experience in modern-day boxing.
BJ “Well, you get to showcase in front of a live audience. The intensity level is kind of higher and you get a little excited but at the same time it may bring some nervousness or some calmness, you need a balanced level and you just try to feel comfortable.” Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) hasn’t decided whether to fight next in the UK or the United States for his upcoming December 15th fight date. However, does say he won’t be taking on 36-year-old Joan Guzman, as he’s looking for a better name. Khan also says he’ll be traveling to New York to look for a new trainer – to presumably replace Freddie Roach. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: 35-year-old former British light middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes (46-6, 31 KO’s) is reportedly retiring from boxing after having thought long and hard about whether he should continue on with the sport. Rhodes has lost two out of his last three fights with both losses coming by knockout against Saul Alvarez and Sergiy Rabchenko.
Rhodes said to Sky Sports News “It’s the right time to bow out of boxing.”
Rhodes figures it would take him a year and half just to get a shot at a European title, and he would be almost 38. At this point it’s questionable whether Rhodes can even win at the British level, let alone the European level. It wasn’t a good sign seeing Rabchenko chop Rhodes down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: There is little doubt in my mind that Floyd Mayweather jnr is headed for an all- time great status. This status does not have to be conferred to him by any single person, but surely history will. I was watching thriller in Manila and realized just how hated or disliked Mohamed Ali was.
You could hear the boos against Ali and the cheering for ‘Smoking’ Joe whenever he landed. This is not any different from what happens when Floyd is fighting. Floyd is hated, for the very same reason Ali was…confident, brash and full of skill. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: Former world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (54-6-1, 47 KO’s) will be facing 41-year-old journeyman and former WBC welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (49-14-6, 15 KO’s) on Saturday night in a fight for the vacant World Boxing Federation super middleweight title at the Gimnasio Miguel Aleman Valdez, in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Rubio, #4 WBO, #6 WBC, is working his way back up towards another title shot after failing in his fight against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last February in a 12 round decision loss. Rubio was never hurt against Chavez Jr. and fought well but didn’t have the size to compete with the 180 pounder. The 6’0″ height of Chavez Jr wasn’t the problem for the 5’10” Rubio. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach shockingly revealed that his fighter WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO’s) sets his own agenda when he wants to work out with him instead of there being a set schedule as the 26-year-old Chavez Jr gets ready for his September 15th fight against Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roach said on Chavez Jr-Martinez 24/7 on HBO, “He [Chavez Jr] works out when he wants to. I’ve got calls at 2 o’clock in the morning to come into the gym. It bugs me a little bit, but overall it’s okay as long as we get the work done I’m happy. He’s definitely got an instinct as a fighter. He’s not a natural like his father [Julio Cesar Chavez Sr]. He has to work at it a little bit harder.” Read the rest of this entry »