By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) will be fighting in two months from now on April 29 against an opponent still to be determined. Salido, 36, is interested in facing former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miura, who is coming off of an impressive 12th round knockout win over Miguel “Mickey” Roman on January 28. Salido wanted to fight a rematch against Francisco Vargas, but he was stopped in the 11th round on January 28 by Miguel Berchelt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) has his weight on target to easily make the 164 ½ pound catch-weight for his mega-fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) on May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chavez Jr. says he’s already down to 180 pounds, and is just 15 ½ pounds above the limit for his fight against Canelo. With that kind of weight, it’s quite possible that Chavez Jr. will be outweighed by Canelo on the night of the fight, because he might be in the 180s on the night of the fight.
Chavez Jr. needs to make sure that he doesn’t take too much weight off for the fight, because the potential is there for him to overdo it during the nearly three months that he has before the fight on May 6. Getting too low might work against Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Joseph Hirsch: It’s getting to be a rarer and rare sight these days: two undefeated guys in their prime and in the top of the rankings, squaring off against each other in the boxing ring. After the disappointment of getting our collective hopes up for the Golovkin-Alvarez showdown that may or may not materialize in 2018, hardcore fans at least got to see a high-speed chess match between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward in 2016.
A similar matchup between two unbeatens at the top of the heap is slated for March 4th at Barclays between Keith “One Time” Thurman and Danny “Swift” Garcia. Like most people trying to figure the odds and the angles on this one, I have Thurman picked to win. Unlike a lot of people, though, I’m having trouble forgetting how many times Danny Garcia has been the B-side of boxing cards, and the underdog who over-performed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: After losing a disappointing 12 round split decision to Zhanat Zhakiyanov last Friday night, former WBA World bantamweight champion Rau-shee Warren (14-2, 4 KOs) says he wants a rematch to get even with the Kazakhstan fighter. Warren thinks he should have been given the victory by the three judges.
One judge felt that the 29-year-old Warren had done enough to win the fight, as he scored it 115-111 for Warren. Unfortunately, the other two judges gave it to Zhakiyanov by the scores 116-110 and 115-111 in their fight at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: #4 WBC light welterweight contender Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) will be fighting next Saturday night on February 18 against #4 WBA, #7 WBC Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) in what shapes up to be a competitive match-up on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Cintas Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Broner-Granados fight was originally supposed to be a catch-weight at 142lbs, but the weight has reportedly been moved up to 147 at the request of Team Broner. He needed to weight to be increased. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: #8 WBC Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) expects to knockout WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) in their fight in two weeks from now on February 25 on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Washington, 250lbs, says he’s 20 pounds heavier than the 225lb Wilder, and he’s going to use that weight advantage to KO him.
Washington, 34, points out that he’s seen Wilder hurt in his fights with little shots, and he says his legs are little and he’s seen them wobble when he’s hit. Washington expects to clip Wilder with one of his shots, and hurt him. Once he has Wilder hurt, he plans on knocking him out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s promoters at Duco Events are hoping to match him against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua after they take care of mandatory challenger Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) in April. Joshua will need to win his April 29 fight against Wladimir Klitschko for the Parker-Joshua fight to take place.
There had been talk of Parker possibly facing WBC champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder in a unification fight next, but it looks like Parker’s management are keen on the Joshua fight after they take care of young Hughie. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Going against the grain former cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson believes that IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) will defeat unbeaten 2012 U.S Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) when the two of them face each other, which could take place in May.
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in having Brook face Spence in late May at Bramall Lane in Sheffield. Nelson believes that Brook will beat the 26-year-old Spence, and then become a more popular fighter than Amir Khan is. Nelson isn’t saying HOW Brook will defeat Spence. He just thinks he will. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF World lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (19-0, 14 KOs) put on a punching display last Friday night in beating contender Luis Cruz (22-5-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Easter Jr. gave the 31-year-old Cruz a methodical beating in knocking him down twice and winning by the scores 119-106 118-107 ad 117-108.
After the fight, Easter Jr. said that he has WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) and WBO champion Terry Flanagan on his hit list. Easter Jr. says he wants all the superstars in the lightweight division. There are really no superstars in the division other than Mikey. Flanagan and WBA champion Jorge Linares are both flawed champions that have a lot of holes in their games. You can’t call Flanagan and Linares superstars. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: #1 WBC Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1 21 KOs) has turned up his nose at the idea of him sharing the ring with #2 WBC heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) in what would be a World Boxing Council eliminator bout.
Stiverne, 38, says he has other options on the agenda for his near future. He’s not interested in fighting the soon to be 38-year-old Ortiz. It’s unclear what big fight Stiverne has on his plate. He’s not fought in over a year since beating Derric Rossy by a 10 round unanimous decision on November 14, 2015. Stiverne lost his WBC title to Deontay Wilder in January 2015 in a 12 round decision loss. Since that defeat, Stiverne has rarely fought. Read the rest of this entry »