By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao could wind up defending his WBO welterweight title against unbeaten contender Jeff Horn (15-0-1, 10 Kos) in 2017 if Horn wins his next fight against 38-year-old Ali Funeka (39-5-3, 31 KOs) on December 10, according to Fight News. Horn is ranked #2 by the World Boxing Organization at 147, and right behind #1 Tim Bradley.
It’s doubtful that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is going to make a fight between Pacquiao and Bradley in 2017, because the two fighters recently fought each other for the third time in April of this year. A fourth fight between Pacquiao and Bradley would likely draw no interest at all from the boxing public if Arum made this match-up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez saw last Saturday’s fight between IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward, and he feels that the three judges gave the victory to the wrong fighter. As far as Sanchez is concerned, Kovalev won that fight. Ward’s win over Kovalev has moved him from No.4 to No.2 in the pound-for-pound ratings.
Ward is still behind #1 Roman Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) despite his fight with Kovalev being labeled ‘pound for pound’ by the promoters for the card. It looks like Ring Magazine didn’t buy into it to give the top spot to Ward his less than stellar showing against Kovalev. Golovkin got demoted from No.3 to No.4 after last Saturday’s Kovalev-Ward fight instead of being pushed up the ratings like he probably should have. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: True champions have to go to hell sometimes, as we saw in last Saturday’s match between light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward on HBO PPV. This may have been the most important fight of the year. Ward and Kovalev gave it their all.
The Kovalev vs. Ward fight alone didn’t let anybody down. Unfortunately, the night was spoiled by a controversial judge’s decision with Ward being given a 12 round unanimous victory by the scores 114-113, 114-113 and 114-113. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former light welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu saw former IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s loss to Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) last Saturday night, and he feels that Kovalev failed to do what he needed to do in order to get the victory.
Kovalev was fighting an American Olympic gold medalist in his own country and he should have done what he needed to in order to get the victory. Tszyu says that instead of blaming the judges for not getting the victory, Kovalev needs to look at what he failed to do right so that he can learn from it rather than repeating the same mistakes in the rematch.
One thing that Kovalev failed to do was fight on the inside. Once Ward realized that Kovalev had no intentions of trying to fight him in close, he made it a point to force him to fight in that manner. This meant that Kovalev had to waste valuable energy grabbing Ward to keep him from getting his shots off. It’s harder to hold someone down than it is for a fighter who is trying to get his shots off. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg has a nice little mismatch scheduled for early next month against #10 WBC fringe contender Jose Cayetano on December 10 on the undercard of the heavyweight clash between IBF champion Anthony Joshua and American Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Quigg vs. Cayetano (20-4, 9 KOs) will be featherweight. The two fighters will battle for the vacant WBA International 126lb title. Quigg (31-1-2, 23 KOs) is moving up in weight to go after bigger fights against Frampton and Lee Selby.
This is the first fight for Quigg since his loss to Carl Frampton last February. Quigg, 28, suffered a broken jaw in the 4th round, but he was able to continue fighting the rest of the way to lose a 12 round split decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: This Saturday night on November 26, WBO super featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (W6-L-0-D0) will fight against former WBA feather Champion dangerous puncher Axe Man Nicholas Walter (W26-L0-D1) on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hopefully this great match up does ends up in an epic battle, instead of a dirty war due the ineptitude of the referee. Last week there was a controversial ruling by the judges, but to be fair, we should admit that the Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward bout was far from being easy to score. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) came up short last Saturday night in losing to unbeaten Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision defeat at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kovalev and quite a few boxing fans believe that he was robbed of a decision by the three judges that were assigned to the fight. All three of them scored the fight to Ward by the identical scores of 114-113, 114-113, and 114-113. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) is coming into this Saturday’s fight against WBO upper featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) as the undercard and in a tough situation in facing one of Top Rank’s rising stars.
Walters is kind of in a bad situation in taking on the 28-year-old Lomachenko, because he’s the clear B-side in this fight, and that’s not a good position for him. Walters, 30, is not accustomed to being the underdog in his fights, so it’s interesting that he’s now in position where he’s expected to lose the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: UFC star Conor McGregor is still very much interested in facing former six-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match when/if he returns to the ring in the near future. McGregor and Mayweather would need to work out the money split for the fight to become a reality.
The 28-year-old McGregor reportedly wants $100 million for the Mayweather fight, which might be a realistic number if the fight creates the kind of interest that the Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight created last year in their ‘Fight of the Century’ in May 2015. For the Mayweather-McGregor fight to bring in that many fans, it would require a lot of boxing fans to purchase the fight. They would have to believe that it was a fair fight in which McGregor had a chance of winning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Liborio Solis (25-5-1, 11 KOs) has filed a protest to the World Boxing Association about his controversial 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs) from earlier this month on November 12 at the Salle des Etoilles in Monte Carlo.
McDonnell appeared to lose the fight in the eyes of a lot of the fans, but the three judges working the fight gave it to McDonnell as follows: 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111. However, even the WBA orders a rematch between McDonnell and Solis, it doesn’t mean the fight will take place. Read the rest of this entry »