(Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Allan Fox: As expected, WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) had an easy time defeating #4 WBC Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO’s) by a 5th round TKO on Saturday night on Showtime at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez knocked Lopez down in rounds 2,3 and 4. In the 5th, referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight. Lopez couldn’t handle Alvarez’s power.
This fight was just too easy for Alvarez, and it never really get interesting because Lopez, who recently moved up from welterweight, just didn’t have the size to compete with Alvarez in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Brown: The sport of boxing is in desperate need of a shot in the arm. Not a steroid, or a testosterone, but perhaps a Vitamin B-12 shot to get it back on its feet. There were whispers of that when half-dollar (50 cent) threw in his hat as a promoter. With 50cent ability to make money and live lavishly, I believe his influence would be a net positive.
Competition is a good thing anywhere, as boxing fans we should welcome in anyone that changes the power structure of boxing. More promoters would lend to the idea of more customer choices. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Tonight WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO’s) has a good chance of being knocked out cold by the better conditioned Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s) when they meet up at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The indications are already there that Chavez Jr. is going to lose for the first official time in his career.
Chavez Jr. has got several questionable decisions on his record, so it’s hard to look at his resume and see it as a legitimate 46-0.
Martinez is a 2 to 1 favorite to win tonight by the betters, as they see how his power, speed and mobility make him incredibly hard to beat. But what makes this an even more ironclad win for Martinez is how much weight Chavez Jr. has had to take off for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Eric Thomas: Freddie Roach says that his fighter WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is well prepared for his fight tonight against Sergio Martinez despite it appearing that Chavez Jr. was slacking off with his training while video-taped on the Chavez Jr-Martinez 24/7 episodes.
Roach said to the LA Times “He [Chavez Jr] feels he’s going to be in this guy’s face and beat him up. I can tell you he’s hitting harder than ever.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Golden Boy Promotions has put #6 WBA welterweight contender Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KO’s) in a situation where he can succeed tonight agaisnt B level fighter Jesus Soto-Karass (26-7-3, 17 KO’s) in their 12 round bout for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental welterweight title.
If Maidana, 29, can’t succeed against Soto-Karass then Golden Boy is going to need to convince Maidana to move back down in weight to the light welterweight division where has a better chance of winning against good competition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is hoping to match IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KO’s) against his fighter unbeaten lightweight contender Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4 fight on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The December 1st fight between Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) and WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) will be televised by Showtime in a non-pay per view fight at the Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States. This is definitely good news for boxing fans because it’s hard to imagine getting excited about having to pay to see Cotto fight Trout on PPV. Trout isn’t a star and isn’t well known to casual boxing fans yet.
LA Times writer Lance Pugmire said on his twitter page “Appears that Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout’s fight [on] December 1 will be on regular Showtime, not ppv.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO’s) will be fighting each other for the fourth time in their careers when they meet on December 8th at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1m 13 KO’s) won a very controversial 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night against 37-year-old challenger Troy Ross (25-3, 16 KO’s) at the Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 115-112 and 116-112, all for Hernandez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) won’t be able to defend his title for the first time at Madison Square Garden this December 15th, because that venue is already booked for that date. Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum is now looking at putting him some place else for the same date.
Bradley is still deeply disappointed that Manny Pacquiao didn’t want to fight him again. Bradley had waited around hoping that the Filipino’s pride would get him to take the fight to try and avenge his 12 round decision loss to Bradley from last June but that’s not going to be the case. Pacquiao chose instead to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th, and that’s who Arum wanted Pacquiao to fight instead of Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: One of the dangers in draining down 20 pounds to make weight to gain an edge by smaller guys in lower divisions is that it quite often leaves the fighter too weight drained to capitalize on doing it. Sometimes it’s possible for a fighter to get away with this, but it’s not something that works consistently over time. WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO’s) could be about to find out that his ability to drain down and still win won’t work for him tonight against Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s) in their battle in Las Vegas, Nevada.
There’s a point where a fighter that boils down suffers diminishing returns and can no longer do it. I think we may see a clear example of that tonight with Chavez Jr. being too weak to gain an advantage against Martinez. The lack of energy and strength from having drained down 20+ pounds will very likely be the cause of Chavez Jr. losing his World Boxing Council 160 pound title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Former WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KO’s) will be moving up in weight to challenge WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KO’s) on November 17th, according to Fightnews.com. The fight will be televised by HBO, possibly in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
DeMarco, 26, is coming off of a 1st round knockout victory over fringe contender John Molina last Saturday night on September 8th. DeMarco hurt Molina with a straight left to the head and then flurried on him until the referee stopped the fight with Molina hung up on the ropes like a giant fly stuck in a spiderweb. That was DeMarco’s second defense of his World Boxing Council 135 pound title. Read the rest of this entry »