By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Adam Booth says that Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (18-0, 12 KO’s) has been bragging about how he thinks he can beat all the super middleweights in the division and he’s going to let him attempt to do that in the future once Groves actually starts facing quality opponents.
Groves is still pretty much facing 3rd tier fighter, which kind of makes the whole idea of him thinking he can beat all the other guys at 168 laughable.
Booth said to ESPN “George is 18-0 now. Doing the business on May 25, he’ll be 19-0. For quite a while with George he’s been looking at every single middleweight and he’s been saying ‘I can beat him, I can beat him.'” Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: Boxing is one sport that has many aspects and levels attached to it. Boxers, promoters, trainers, managers, sanctioning bodies and television networks all have a role to play in keeping the sport thriving. On the most part, it works very well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver and British light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) says he doesn’t want to defend his British 175 pound strap on May 25th against Bob Ajisafe (11-2, 3 KO’s), who Bellew already beat by a convincing 12 round unanimous decision three years ago in September 2010 and instead Bellew wants to face #3 WBC Isaac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO’s) in a rematch or #2 IBF, #10 WBO Karo Murat on the 5/25 card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Bellew and Chilemba fought to a 12 round draw last Saturday night in a fight where many boxing fans felt that Chilemba won. Bellew maintains that he should have won the fight, and that the only reason the fight was close is because he says he let off the gas in the 6th or 7th rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
(PHOTO CREDIT: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: Showing a big hint of favoritism to his young fighter WBC junior middleweight Saul “Canelo Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) at today’s media workout to promote Canelo’s fight with WBA 154 lb. champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) this month on April 20th at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya said “Canelo is on the fight path and April 20th is going to show is if he’s able to make that jump.”
I have a strong feeling that Canelo’s path is about to get blocked in a major way by the 27-year-old Trout in this fight. There honestly hasn’t been much of a path for Canelo aside from a bunch of easy fights against washed up smaller fighters and tiny handful of guys at 154 that were well past their best by the time Canelo fought them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With Floyd Mayweather Jr. now fighting on Showtime instead of HBO, Sampson Lewcowicz, the manager for WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, says that a fight between Martinez and Mayweather is now out of the realm of possibilities due to the two fighters being on different networks.
Lewcowicz said to ESPNDeportes.com “No chance, absolutely none. He (Mayweather) is on Showtime and HBO us.”
It probably doesn’t matter what network Mayweather fights on, he’s not going to move up to middleweight to fight the 38-year-old Martinez and he’s not going to fight Gennady Golovkin either. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Negotiations are reportedly underway for a fight between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) and #2 WBC, #14 WBA Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) for June 29th at a still to be determined venue in New York.
Macklin, 30, won’t be getting the fight that he wanted against former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. so he’s going to have to settle for facing the hard hitting 30-year-old Golovkin instead. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 IBF Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s) is reportedly one of the fighters that has been contacted by David Haye’s team for a fight on June 29th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
The 6’4 ½” Pulev is waiting for Tyson Fury to face Steve Cunningham this month on April 20th so that he can face the winner of that fight in an IBF heavyweight eliminator bout, but I’m sure that the 31-year-old Pulev would take the fight with Haye if it were offered to him.
Besides Pulev being under consideration for the Haye fight on June 29th, there is also Jovar Pudar, Vyacheslav Glazkow, Manuel Charr, Robert Helenius and Denis Boytsov. Charr, 28, is considered to be the #1 leading candidate to get the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: American boxing fans won’t get the opportunity to see the April 27th fight between American heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) and Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) on Showtime because they’re only going to be showing highlights of the fight, according to Dan Rafael.
This has got to hurt the U.S. boxing fans that were hoping to see the fight in full because it would give the American boxing fans a glimpse of what could be a future heavyweight champion in Deontay Wilder. Just getting to see highlights isn’t good enough for the U.S fans because they want to see the entire fight.
The reason why the Wilder-Audley fight won’t be shown in it’s entirety is because Showtime’s boxing telecast that night will start off with the Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia and Peter Quillin vs. Fernando Guerrero fights at the Barclays Center in Brookly, New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) says he’s hungry to accomplish a lot in the heavyweight division and snatch his first world title. Standing in the way of the 6’7” Wilder from accomplishing his goals is the 6’6” British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) and Wilder intends on knocking him out of the way on April 27th in their fight at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Wilder said to Sky Sports “I’m a starving lion that’s ready to eat. On April 27 in Sheffield, England my next meal will be served; on the menu: Audley Harrison…Bon appetite…I can’t wait to show you guys why I am the light and the way for this dark division.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach sees light flyweight Zou Shiming possibly becoming a world champion within a year. At 32, Shiming, a former 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist for China, doesn’t have a lot of time in looking to capture a world title.
The good news is the light flyweight division is a weak one. The bad news is Shiming can’t punch and will have to be carefully maneuvered because if Top Rank matches him against the best champion at light flyweight Roman Gonzalez, he could have problems. Read the rest of this entry »