By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Tyson Fury’s trainer Peter Fury doesn’t think that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s usual jab and grab technique will work against the 6’9” Fury, when their fight takes place sometime in the future.
Peter says that Fury will be fighting in an unpredictable manner, and that it’s going to take more than Wladimir’s normal manner of fighting for him to get the victory against the British fighter. The Klitschko-Fury fight still needs to be rescheduled after Wladimir suffered a calf injury a week ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It seems that IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) didn’t take too kindly Amir Khan’s recent career advice to him when he told Brook that he needs to “up his game” by fighting better opposition if he wants to face him in 2016.
Brook should have seen this as a helpful bit of advice from Khan, because it’s painfully obvious to many boxing fans that Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has been putting him in with a lot of weak opposition since he took over as his promoter back in early 2011. Let’s be real about this; Brook has only been matched against one quality fighter in Shawn Porter in my view since Hearn took over as his promoter back in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Allan Fox: This Saturday night fans will get a chance to see a fighter whose career is in freefall in Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) being given a gift opportunity to win a paper title by the World Boxing Association against Russian Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) on Showtime at the U.S. Bank Arena, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The WBA is letting Broner fight #4 WBA Allakhverdiev for their vacant WBA 140lb title rather than a higher ranked fighter like #1 Jose Benavidez or #3 Amir Iman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s well known that IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) tends to gas out and lose power on his shots by the 6th or 7th rounds of his fights. We saw that in his defeats against Joachim Acline and Marco Antonio Rubio, as well as his recent win over Hassan N’Dam last June.
In each of those fights, the 26-year-old Lemieux faded badly by the 6th round. There hasn’t been much improvement in Lemieux’s conditioning since 2011, when he was beaten in back to back fights by Rubio and Alcine. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is expecting an exciting fight between his fighter #2 WBC Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) and #1 WBC Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight on HBO Championship Boxing.
De La Hoya thinks that the 5’6 ½” Matthysse will really need to force the action against the taller 5’11” Postol in order to make it a war, because he suspects that Postol will be moving all over the ring to avoid Matthysse’s hard power shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Last Saturday’s fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) and #11 WBC Johann Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs) averaged just 2.2 million viewers with a peak of 3 million viewers on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
The numbers were obviously better than what you’d normally see on an average Showtime or HBO boxing event, but the fact that the fight was on free television on NBC during primetime means that not many fans were interested in this particular fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Tim Fletcher: Former WBA light welterweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) doesn’t expect to get caught up in Adrien Broner’s games this Saturday night when the two of the fight each other in the 26-year-old Broner’s hometown at the U.S. Bank Arena, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Allakhverdiev, 32, thinks that Broner will be playing his usual games when he gets inside the ring with him on October 3rd on Showtime Championship Boxing, but he’s going to be ready for the fight with his own games to play that will offset the tricks that Broner is playing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says he can definitely whip Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), which is why he wants to fight the Filipino fighter so badly. Khan says he’s sparred with Pacquiao a ton in the past when the two of them were trained side by side by Freddie Roach, and he feels that he’s got what it takes to hand the 36-year-old Pacquiao another loss on his record.
Khan’s people are trying to set up the fight with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, and he’s really hoping he can get Pacquiao in the ring in early 2016 so that he can add his name to his resume in the win column. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: After having been out of the ring since last June in his mismatch against Daniel Geale, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) has started his training camp with trainer Freddie Roach to get him ready to face the tough Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 34-year-old Cotto is taking his toughest fight since losing to Austin Trout in 2012. Cotto is going to need to prove once and for all in the Canelo fight whether Roach has rejuvenated him with his training techniques or if he’s merely been playing a trick on himself by thinking he has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: I’m debunking writer Dan Rafael´s Wladimir Klitschko pound-for-pound number 1 spot claim. Days ago there was a fun argument battle on twitter between ESPN´s analysts Dan Rafael and Brian Campbell; about why Dan thinks Wladimir Klitschko should be number one on the ESPN pound for pound list, but just as Brian many agree that Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez is the righteous number one.
Others such as The Ring Magazine and Boxingnews24 also have Roman on the number one spot, but it seems like the savvy Dan Rafael might be overlooking Chocolatito´s talent and achievements. Read the rest of this entry »