By Dan Ambrose: 33-year-old Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) is reportedly considering an offer of $15 million to face 38-year-old WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2, 28 KO’s) on June 7th in a pay-per-view fight in Madison Square Garden, in New York, according to espndeportes.
The offer of $15 million, if it’s a legit one, from Top Rank, beats the the $10 million offer made by Golden Boy Promotions for Cotto to fight former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) on March 8th on Showtime PPV. It’s still unknown if Golden Boy will choose to top the offer made by Top Rank to set up the Canelo-Cotto fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Liverpool’s Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) is talking about moving up to the cruiserweight division following his humiliating 6th round knockout loss last night against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Despite weeks of boastful trash talking from Bellew in saying how he was going to KO Stevenson and take his WBC title back to Liverpool to parade it around, Bellew ended up being just a punching bag for Stevenson to pound for 6 rounds until knocking Bellew out. The referee Michael Griffin had to step in and halt the bout at 1:50 of the 6th round as Bellew was getting worked over in the corner by Stevenson following a knockdown. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The World Boxing Council has given WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO’s) another extension to decide on when he’ll be fighting again or if he’ll be fighting again. Vitali needs until December 15th to make a decision and the WBC has granted him permission for the second extension.
The WBC was asked by Vitali to give him until November 30th originally for him to tell them what his plans are for this WBC title, which he hasn’t defended in the past 15 months since September 2012 when he defeated Manuel Charr of Germany for his 2nd consecutive optional title defense. Vitali hasn’t defended against a mandatory challenger for over 2 years since he beat Tomasz Adamek in September 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) wasted no time in calling out IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch for his next fight after making easy work of a painfully over-matched and incredibly slow Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) in a 6th round knockout on Saturday night at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Moments after knocking Bellew out, Stevenson said “I want Carl Froch and Bernard Hopkins.”
Froch had an opportunity to fight Stevenson earlier this year, but he decided to fight Mikkel Kessler again rather than take what would have been a very dangerous fight against Stevenson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) stopped challenger Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) in the 6th round on Saturday night at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Stevenson knocked Bellew down with a left hand to the head in the 6th round. After a badly hurt Bellew got back to his feet, Stevenson tagged Bellew with a solid left hand to the head that had Bellew do a chicken dance with his legs. Stevenson then tagged Bellew one more time with a big left than snapped his head back violently. The referee then waived off the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: It wasn’t too long ago that the world witnessed the Filipino legend tear his way through numerous weight divisions. Along the way he accumulated many belts and big name scalps on his record. However, times catches up with us all. Manny Pacquiao was eventually knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. Fans and writers predicted the end of a great champion.
Last weekend we saw the former pound 4 pound king, Manny Pacquiao, return to winning ways. The Iron jawed Brandon Rios made it to the final bell but was dominated. In fact it was hard to give him a single round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: Already people are in uproar about about British heavyweight Derekc Chisora’s third-round stoppage win tonight over Ondrej Pala. Chisora, a few feet away from the corner with his back to it, beat Pala into the corner with hard combinations, leaving Pala slumped over the corner, and his arms over the ropes. Chisora then proceeded to rabbit punch him flush in the back of the head, and throw another hook around the head, before the ref stepped in and waved it off without counting or consulting Pala. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA International heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (19-4, 13 KO’s) defeated Ondrej Pala (32-4, 22 KO’s) by a 3rd round TKO on a beautiful rabbit punch to the back of the head when Pala turned his back after falling into the ropes at the Copper Box Arena, in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A mini-mega fight between Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) and former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) is expected to be announced this week for March 8th, according to Husleboss. The fight will be on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This fight pits two former victims of Floyd Mayweather Jr. to face off. The winner could find himself back in with Mayweather, as it would be the most appealing option for them.
Golden Boy Promotions recently offered Cotto $10 million+ to take the fight with Canelo, and it seemed pretty obvious that was going to take it. He said he wanted to think it over, because he was also considering a fight against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez for his 160 lb. belt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Roger Mayweather believes that Manny Pacquiao has a real chance at creating a huge drumbeat for a bout against his nephew Floyd Mayweather Jr. if Pacquiao faces WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley next and proves that he can beat him this time. Roger thinks that a win for Pacquiao over Bradley will result in a huge amount of fan excitement about a potential mega fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
Roger is only guessing, of course. Fans might not be excited as much as he thinks, and it could go really bad if Pacquiao gets beaten again by Bradley. Pacquiao lost a 12 round split decision to Bradley last year in June in a fight that could have gone either way. Neither fighter looked good, and if you think Pacquiao shined in that fight, you’re kidding yourself. He seemed capable of fighting only one minute of every three minute round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) has himself all worked up for tonight’s fight against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s), and with the way that he’s been talking, it almost feels like it’s a do or die type of a fight for the 31-year-old Bellew at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Bellew said to the Liverpool Echo “Come Saturday night, there’s only going to be one winner. He’s got to understand that I’m not coming here to lose. People have no idea what is at stake and how far I’m willing to go. He can’t beat me. I’m 6’3″ and he is so small. He looks like he’s fallen off my key ring. He is not getting to me. I was getting to him towards the end of the press conference.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: EBU heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora’s latest mismatch is tonight when he defends his strap against Ondrej Pala (32-3, 22 KO’s) at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK. I’ve lost track of all the guys that pulled out of this fight. Don’t expect much in terms of a fight.
The heavily tattooed Pala has faced extremely limited opposition during his career. He’s got victories over a 43-year-old Henry Akinwande, Konstantin Airich, Robert Hawkins, Darnell Wilson, Arthur Cook, and Oleksiy Mazikin. Those are the only recognizable wins I can see on his resume, and I’m not impressed with any of them. Pala also has losses to Rene Dettweiler, Denis Boytsov and Airich. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: The sheer volume of articles which have inevitably surfaced about a Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao super fight since the Filipino announced his comeback, with a ruthlessly efficient performance against Brandon Rios, last Saturday at the Cotai Arena, in Macao, China, have been pretty limited in scope, despite their proliferation.
The vast majority of them have only really catered for the two main topics of; who would win and will the fight happen.
However, I have read some fascinating articles which have covered the contentious issue of why the fight has yet to materialize, despite it being the most anticipated match up in decades. Read the rest of this entry »
by Scott Gilfoid: Sky Sports analyst Glenn McCrory believes that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) has the speed and the style to give Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) his first defeat of his career on May 3rd when/if this fight is put together. McCrory already said that Khan has him believing that he’ll be Mayweather’s next opponent, but he also has him under the impression that he’s going to beat the 36-year-old Mayweather in this fight.
“He’s [Khan] the one man who’s faster than Mayweather,” McCrory said to Sky Sports. “Mayweather isn’t the kind of hunt-you-down lethal finisher either, so Khan definitely has a chance. He will give him problems because he’s got speed. The other thing is that Khan’s usual weakness of getting hit won’t be as much of a problem because Mayweather is more of a counter-puncher. He could be the busier man and maybe nick a decision. He’s got the style to do it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Reni M. Valenzuela: Great boxers have common trademarks. Most distinct among them is their ability to make a fellow “great” boxer look like amateurish. Who would ever conceive that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios would end up to be teddy bears for Floydie and Pac to toy around?
Manny Pacquiao’s easy win versus the hard-hitting pressure fighter last weekend was awesome. The same “old” Pacman is not only back, he is back smarter and stronger. He did not knockout Rios not because he could not. After round ten, I knew he would not. Not that Pacman didn’t have the power to execute a knockout to a durable boxer, he just had the “courage” to refuse doing it to an apparently losing, hurting and helpless opponent. Though, blood-thirsty, nape-sucking fans craved for more and they meant savagery, forgetting that boxing is a sport, not barbarism. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It still burns trainer Freddie Roach that his fighter Manny Pacquiao was knocked cold by Juan Manuel Marquez almost a year ago when Pacquiao made the mistake of following Roach’s less than brilliant game plan to attack Marquez, resulting with Pacquiao getting stopped in the 6th. It was Roach’s mistake for telling Pacquiao to fight aggressively against a fighter with superior skills like Marquez.
Instead of forgetting about Pacquiao’s loss and realizing that he made the mistake of telling him to fight like he was still 25 against the counter-punching Marquez, Roach has been stewing about the loss for months and he now wants Pacquiao to fight Marquez again in what would be the 5th time between them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: A rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) and WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) is in the works for 2014, according to Marquez’s adviser Fernando Beltran. Marquez lost a 12 round split decision to Bradley last month in Las Vegas, Nevada in a fight where Bradley used constant movement to keep from getting hit by the 40-year-old Marquez.
Bradley is expected to be Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent for April of 2014, so it’s difficult to tell how a loss for Bradley would impact a potential Marquez rematch. It could be that Marquez will lose interest in facing Bradley if Pacquiao defeats him because his record will no longer be unbeaten and there won’t be as much praise for Marquez if he beats him after that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) needed a reason to whip Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) on Saturday night in Quebec, Canada, he found it at today’s weigh-in, when Bellew reportedly called Stevenson “A pimp” while the two were standing for the face off, according to RDS.
Stevenson said this via RDS “I approached and he put his head forward before pushing me. I thought I’d rip his head off right then and **** there. This guy is really desperate . He’s scared, I saw in his eyes. That’s why he does it all. He’s nervous and tries to show that he is confident. Soon he will make a mistake. I’ll knock him out.”
Bellew weighed in at 175 lbs., whereas Stevenson came in at 174.4. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Organization recently ordered WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) to start negotiations for a title defense against #1 WBO, Terence Crawford. But instead of doing that, Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to put him in a unification bout against either WBA champion Richard Abril or IBF champion Miguel Vazquez.
This would enable Burns to bypass Crawford and avoid a likely one-sided loss to the talented fighter. Burns stands a better chance against Abril or Vazquez then he does against Crawford. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: James DeGale thinks IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch was pretty well exposed by George Groves last Saturday night in their clash in Manchester, UK, and DeGale thinks that Froch should look to retire from the sport after he takes on whichever big money fights he wants to get out of the way before he hangs up his gloves. DeGale doesn’t see the point in Froch giving Groves a rematch, because he doesn’t need to and there bigger fights out there for him.
DeGale said to IFL TV “He [Froch] was getting beaten well. He was getting exposed. Froch was poor, he was poor. I expected so much more from from him. Groves looked like the 2-world champion, not him. He needs to give it up, because it’s not his time no more. Froch was eating right hands, getting caught with solid right hands. He looked fragile and weak. Groves looked faster than Froch. Even when they were exchanging punches, he was too fast for Froch.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) already has someone in mind for his next fight after be takes care of business on Saturday night against his mandatory challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Stevenson wants 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins next in a unification bout, as he sees this as a good business decision due to Hopkins’ popularity.
Stevenson, of course, also is interested in fighting WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, because that’s the whole reason his title defense against Ismayl Sillakh has been made as the co-feature on Stevenson’s card. But Stevenson wants Hopkins next. Read the rest of this entry »