By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his World Boxing Organization 147 pound title on December 15th at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York. There is still no opponent picked out for the fight, but RingTV is reporting that 140 pound contender Ruslan Provodnikov is one of the leading candidates to get the fight.
Provodnikov is ranked #2 by the WBO at light welterweight, but doesn’t have a ranking in the welterweight division and is a very average fighter. It’s starting to become old hat for champions to defend their titles against guys that fight a division below them but who are ranked high by the same sanctioning body. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: 31-year-old former WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (41-2, 27 KO’s) reportedly says he thinks he can make it back into the ring within two to three years. Williams is still partially paralyzed from a terrible motorcycle accident on May 27th this year.
Williams has not walked since the accident. He was at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada today to be at the weigh-in for the Saul Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez fight tomorrow night. Read the rest of this entry »
Weigh-in: Canelo Alvarez looking very good; Josesito Alvarez looks slightly pudgy around the midsection
(Photo Credit: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KO’s) looked incredibly sharp and in top shape during Friday’s weigh-in with Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KO’s) for their fight tomorrow night on Showtime at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo weighed in at a healthy looking 154 pounds at the weigh-in, and showed absolutely no signs of being weigh-drained.
For his part, the 28-year-old Lopez looked kind of flabby around the middle in weighing in at 153 lbs. My guess is Lopez wasn’t able to pack on pure muscle in moving up in weight from 147 and had to settle for putting on some flab. It’s not easy putting a muscle weight in three months. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO’s) surprisingly made weight with room to spare on Friday during his weigh-in for his fight tomorrow night against former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Chavez Jr. weighed in at 158 pounds, although he terribly drawn and almost sickly. This is the worst I’ve ever seen Chavez Jr. look before. He took off way too much weight and looks physically ill.
For his part, Martinez came in at 159 lbs and looked as if he could step inside the ring right then and there and fight Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KO’s) has finally confirmed what had been rumored for months when he made the announcement Friday that he would be returning to the ring on November 24. An opponent has not yet been named for Hatton’s comeback bid.
Hatton won The Ring and IBF light welterweight title when he TKO’d Kostya Tszyyu in the 12th round in June 2005. Hatton followed that victory with a 9th round KO win over Carlos Maussa in November 2005, winning the WBA light welterweight title in the process. For his efforts “The Hitman” as Hatton’ is known to his fans was awarded “Fighter of the Year” by Ring Magazine in 2005. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBO, #3 WBA, #3 WBC, Martin Murray (24-0-1, 10 KO’s) will be fighting for the interim WBA World middleweight title on November 24th against an opponent still be to determined at the M.E.N Arena, in Manchester, England. This is the same card that Ricky Hatton will be making his comeback on, and that’s going to be bizarre to see him fighting. I hope they don’t pick someone too good for Ricky. Hate to see him get knocked cold again.
As far as Murray getting the chance to fight for the interim WBA 160 lb title goes, I think that’s so wrong. Murray, 29, needs to actually beat someone and he’s not done that. All his victories are against obscure guys that I’ve never heard of. Yeah, Murray got a 12 round draw in his fight with WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm last December, but I had Sturm winning that fight and no way did I see that as being a draw. Sturm must be really slipping for him to have struggled against the likes of Murray. A younger Sturm would have likely done a number on Murray, but he’s gotten kind of old lately. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Friday’s heavyweight fight between big German heavyweights Timo Hoffmann (40-7-2, 23 KO’s) and Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KO’s) had to be halted due to rain that started up in the 6th round making the canvas too slippy for Kretschmann and Hoffmann to fight at the TABEA-Areal, Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
During the press conference, questions were asked, some answered and some we as the public have to wait for. Richard Poxon the matchmaker of Hatton Promotions, claimed in an interview the possible opponent for Hatton’s return is the not the typical rumoured names that have been thrown around freely by the media, Twitter and online boxing publications. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas sees this Saturday’s fight between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KO’s) and Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, as being a cut dried case of the 22-year-old Alvarez having simply too much power and size for the welterweight Lopez.
However, Atlas doesn’t just think that Alvarez’s power and weight will be major factors in him winning this Saturday. Atlas also points to Alvarez’s boxing skills and speed as being huge factors for him in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas is predicting a knockout win for former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s) on Saturday night against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO’s) in their grudge match on HBO pay per view at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Atlas, a former trainer, sees Martinez’s hand speed, foot speed, experience and boxing ability being way too much for the inexperienced and slower Chavez Jr. Atlas thinks that Martinez’s overall talent will negate the size, youth and the inside fighting skills that Chavez Jr’s possesses in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t think that WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has his legs anymore under him due to old age starting to set in for the 35-year-old champion. Mayweather took a lot of heavy shots in his last fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto last May in winning that fight.
Roach believes the punishment that Mayweather took was because he couldn’t move around to avoid Cotto’s shots because of his legs not working like they once did. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Virgil Hunter, the trainer for WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) revealed in an interview today what I already knew in my mind that Joe Calzaghe would have been an easy fight for Ward had he fought him in his prime. Calzaghe was too sloppy and horribly flawed to beat a fighter like Ward All that useless bouncing that Calzaghe did when fighting. So awful to look at. Ward would have taken advantage of that in a second.
Hunter told Eastsideboxing.com “The fact of the matter is Joe Calzaghe would have been tailor made for us. There are just certain things that he did that we could have chewed him up, like bouncing in place. You know, we would have threw that completely off…He would have a problem.” Read the rest of this entry »