By Scott Gilfoid: It’s been six years since Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) lost a highly controversial fight against Carl Froch in October of 2009 in Froch’s home city of Nottingham, UK. Despite losing that fight, Dirrell is still very much interested in getting the 37-year-old Froch back into the ring to show who the better fighter is.
To Dirrell, if Froch retires now, he’ll have to live with his questionable victory over him for the remainder of his life. Dirrell thinks it is better that Froch faces him to try and erase the taint of his controversial win. Dirrell notes that Froch gave his fellow British fighter George Groves a rematch in order to clear the controversy up surrounding their first fight in November of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) has made it abundantly clear that he’s not too interested in facing fellow Brit James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) right now unless he’s well paid for the fight.
If not, then Groves will go ahead and face WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (29-0-1, 22 KOs) this spring while DeGale faces Andre Dirrell on April 25th for the vacant IBF title. Provided that Groves and DeGale both win their fights against the talented Dirrell brothers, Groves is interested in facing DeGale during the summer in a big all-British clash.
“This is a big fight. If James is clever and thinks to him ‘I can’t beat Groves, it’s my chance to win a few quid,’ why cash out in April? Let’s do it in the summer and make some real money,” Groves said via Skysports.com. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Gaby Penagaricano, the adviser for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, says the Puerto Rican fighter could wind up fighting in May possibly.
It’s a potentially crowded month with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Maweather Jr, and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez all planning in fighting this month. But the 34-year-old Cotto could still wind up seeing action during the month against one of three potential opponents they’re currently looking at.
Tim Bradley’s name has been mentioned as a potential opponent for Cotto in a fight that would likely take place at a catch-weight of 155 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) has been talking a lot lately about a big announcement coming for his next fight. Supposedly, Burns was supposed to be fighting a big-named opponent. Well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
Instead of Burns facing a big name, it looks like he’s going to be fighting former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (24-0, 18 KOs), a fighter who some boxing fans saw as a paper champion before he was stripped of his title last November due to an injury he sustained in his harder than expected fight against Daniel Estrada last August. Read the rest of this entry »
By Shaun La: Amir Khan (30-3 with 19 knockouts) has a name in boxing that backs up a solid amateur record, experience in the Olympics and a professional career that has had momentum, pitfalls and a couple of comebacks. Flat out, Khan has the speed and power that can catch any given opponent to the point that it can offer them problems throughout any given round.
Aside from this, Khan has a skeptical chin and during moments within some of his bouts, he has lost focus that can be attributed to his lack of defense that can sway, because he becomes comfortable with being speedier than his opposition. When you hear him speak, his platform of confidence is often progressively developed, that he believes that he should be matched up against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and his latest suggestion has been that he would meet Miguel Cotto at a catch-weight of 155 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Everest Castaneda: WBO super featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido’s (42-12-2, 29 KOs) first title defense will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 11 against tough, former WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs). Although Salido had “two offers on the table” since being elevated to full WBO champion, his manager, Sean Gibbons, in an interview by ESPN.com, decided that Martinez “…will be there mixing it up with Orlando. They can both crack.”
Since losing his title to former WBO super featherweight champion, Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (34-0, 24 KOs), Martinez has had one win by knockout over journeyman Herbert “Sensational” Quartey (12-11, 9 KOs). Although Quartey was riding a 2 fight win streak at the time, we’ve seen him get completely dismantled in his last fight by up-and-coming prospect Lamont Roach Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs); thereby, making Martinez’s most recent victory rather lackluster. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: If you can tear yourself away from the wife for 12 rounds on Saturday night there is an intriguing light middleweight match up taking place between outside contenders Brian Rose 26-2-1 (8) and Carson Jones 36-10-3 (26). Rose comes in off the back of a spirited performance against champion Demetrius Andrade where he was completely outclassed. Jones retired late last year only to make a u-turn one week later. Both fighters are having one last crack at the big time and Rose has already admitted he will retire if he loses.
I was disappointed when Jones decided to retire. I wrote a piece on it and predictably there wasn’t a huge amount of interest as he isn’t a huge name. My feeling is though guys like him have a huge role in the sport as gatekeeper to the top level. Understandably he wants to be a world champion rather than a stepping stone. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Sr, the father/trainer for WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs), believes that the Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will get made. He sees it being a situation where the huge money involved will make it impossible for the fight not to get made.
It goes without saying that he thinks his son Mayweather Jr will have no problems beating the 36-year-old Filipino fighter and sending him down to defeat once again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) is challenging 50-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) to fight knockout artist Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) on his proposed fight against WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch this summer with the winner of those two fights facing each other.
Hopkins recently called Froch a fake on his Twitter account on Monday after Froch said he wasn’t interested in facing Hopkins due to the fight due to the criticism he’d receive from boxing fans if he were to lose to Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao negotiations are going well at this moment, according to Steve Kim. He’s saying that he’s hearing good thing.
This is great news that the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao negotiations are going well right now, because there was less than positive news coming from the boxing world lately. Having something good to say is step in the right direction. Read the rest of this entry »