By Eric Baldwin: Former three division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) has reportedly passed his California medical exams, and he’s reportedly ready for his title shot against WBA World featherweight champion Jesus Andres Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) as soon as Premier Boxing Champions can give him a date to fight.
The 30-year-old Mares has had eye problems that has slowed his progress making it back into the ring. But with Mares passing his California eye exam, according to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, he can move ahead and take the fight with the hard hitting 29-year-old Argentinian Cuellar. Read the rest of this entry »
By Adam Godfrey: Middleweight legend Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins will draw the curtain on an illustrious and lengthy career on December 16th when he faces off against 27 year-old New York Light Heavyweight Joe Smith Junior at The Forum, California. A destroyer of records and opponents alike, Hopkins holds the distinction of being the oldest man to ever win a World Championship strap, achieved for a third time when he defeated Tavoris Cloud in March 2013 at the ripe old age of 48 years.
Hopkins also defended his Middleweight crown an incredible and record-breaking 20 times, an accolade which is currently under threat from Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, but which, for now at least, stands as a symbol of Hopkins’s complete dominance of that division for an entire decade. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned British heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) is volunteering to face the talented #1 WBA heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs), who is facing a good friend of his American Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) on November 12 at the Salle des Etoiles, in Monaco.
Whyte, 28, believes that Scott has the ability to pull off the upset over the 6’4” Cuban Ortiz. Logic would say otherwise. The southpaw Ortiz is expected to obliterate Malik in one or two rounds in the eyes of some fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s been three years since Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) tasted defeat for the only time in his 11-year pro career in losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by a 12 round majority decision in 2013. For boxing fans that saw the fight, it was a clear win for Mayweather.
The fight results showed how hard it is to beat a popular fighter like Canelo, because he just seems to have something about him that keeps him winning. For many boxing fans that saw Canelo’s fight against Erislandy Lara in 2014, they felt that Lara should have been given the win. Indeed, Canelo won the fight by a 12 round split decision despite landing only 31 head shots in the entire fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A nice little domestic level scrap will be taking place this Saturday night between former welterweight world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-2, 14 KOs) and Sam Egginton (18-3, 10 KOs) on October 22 in a fight for the vacant World Boxing Council International welterweight title at the Barclaycard Arena.
It’s a decent fight between two second tier fighters that are battling hard to get into the top tier to challenge the bigger names. Gavin, 31, already fought for a world title in May of 2015 in losing a 6th round knockout to IBF 147lb champion Kell Brook.
There was nothing in that performance from Gavin that would suggest that he can come again and have better results against Brook or one of the other champions in the welterweight division, but you can’t blame Gavin for wanting to try. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: IBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) will be defending his title against #6 WBC, #9 IBF, #9 WBO Dmytro Kucher (24-1-1, 18 KOs) in a 12 round fight on November 19 at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany.
Kucher, 32, is coming off of a big 1st round knockout victory over former World Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli last June in London, England. That win was by far the biggest victory of Kucher’s seven-year pro career, even if it wasn’t necessarily against a prime version of Maccarinelli. Kucher’s win over Maccarinelli sent him into retirement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua was hoping to fight the talented but against 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in a fight that would have taken place in December at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. There’s no word yet about who Klitschko and Joshua will fight if they don’t face each other.
Both want to fight in December. It’s especially important for Wladimir to fight in December, because he hasn’t fought in an entire year since last November in his 12 round decision loss to Tyson Fury. Wladimir isn’t going to waste more time. A good plan B for Joshua would be David Haye; although that’s a fight that wouldn’t be made quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight IS NOT happening now, according to Dan Rafael. There are some issues that are holding up their December 10 fight, and Wladimir (64-4, 53 KOs) is now looking in another direction for a different opponent for December. There’s no word about what has caused Wladimir to lose interest in the fight with Joshua. I wouldn’t be surprised if the sanctioning bodies won’t have the WBA or WBO title on the line in addition to Joshua’s IBF strap. I don’t think it was a great deal for Wladimir anyway as far as him having to fight in Joshua’s country rather than someplace else.
“I’m told by a good source there are issues closing Joshua vs. Klitschko so Klitschko is now also looking at another possible December fight,” said Dan Rafael on his Twitter.
Wladimir wanted to fight for at least two of the belts. If all he’s going to get is to fight for Joshua’s IBF strap, then that’s not worth it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Malik Scott isn’t impressed with unbeaten #1 WBA heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz like many of the casual boxing fans who follow the sport. Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) sees a lot of weaknesses that he believes he can exploit when the two heavyweights fight each other next month on November 12 on HBO Boxing After Dark at the Sailes des Etoiles, in Monte Carlo. Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) clearly isn’t as good as many fans and writers believe him to be.
Ortiz’s fighting style is made to order for a big heavyweight with right hand power, speed and stamina. Ortiz is slow, and he walks into shots. He also looks a lot older than his 37-years in this writer’s opinion. Ortiz’s power isn’t as good many of the other heavyweights in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Bernard Hopkins’s fight against light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs) is now officially set for December 17 on HBO World Championship Boxing at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) says his goal is to knockout the 27-year-old Smith Jr., who is 24 years younger than the 51-year-old.
That’s got to be one of the biggest age differences in recent times between two fighters in fighting at the upper levels of the sport. The good news for Hopkins is that Smith Jr. has been knocked out in the past six years ago by little known Eddie Caminero (7-9, 7 KOs) by a 4th round knockout in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »