By Tim Fletcher: Last night, IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev called out WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in an embarrassing way after Kovalev’s 7th round stoppage win over Jean Pascal in their rematch on HBO at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. It’s unclear whether Kovalev realized that the 38-year-old Stevenson was in the ring at the time.
Whatever the case, Kovalev said “I want to unify all four titles. I want to fight Adonis Chickenson.” Kovalev made things worse by imitating a chicken, and making it seem like Stevenson is a coward for not accepting a fight with him. Stevenson immediately walked up on Kovalev at that moment and had to be restrained after saying “I am the champion.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Bernard Hopkins believes that it wouldn’t be a good thing for former WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) to get inside the ring and face IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) right now due to Ward’s inactivity.
Hopkins notes that Ward hasn’t been fighting on a regular basis for some time, and because of that, he feels that it would be bad management to let Ward face the hard hitting Kovalev. Hopkins doesn’t say how long he thinks that Ward’s promoters at Roc Nation Sports should wait before they put him in with Kovalev. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Premier Boxing Champions) By Allan Fox: Unbeaten #14 WBC junior middleweight contender Erickson Lubin (13-0, 10 KOs) will be back in action tonight in a scheduled 10 round fight against 24-year-old Jose De Jesus Macias (18-4-2, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV from the Seminole Casino, in Immokalee, Florida.
The 20-year-old Lubin was an outstanding amateur who decided to turn pro early rather than grind it out at that level. At 5’11”, Lubin has the frame to fight in the welterweight division, and would likely do better in that weight class right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev may have closed the door finally on his rivalry with Canadian based fighter with his dominating 7th round knockout win last Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
While the 32-year-old Kovalev never officially put Pascal down on the canvas, he gave him enough of a beating to cause his trainer Freddie Roach to keep him on his stool following the 7th round of the fight. It was a wise decision for Roach to have stopped the contest because Pascal was no longer throwing punches after the 3rd round, and he was just out there soaking up punishment needlessly against the hard hitting Russian fighter Kovalev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Fresh off his 5th round stoppage victory over second tier fighter Andrea Di Luisa (18-4, 14 KOs) last night at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK, George Groves (22-3, 17 KOs) crowed about his win, saying that he feels he’s on the door for yet another world title fight after this victory.
Groves has failed three times in world title fights, and yet he’s loading up for another world title try. It seems that his win over the over-matched, undersized and underpowered 33-year-old Di Luisa has put ideas into Groves’ head, because he’s already chomping at the bit to get back into the ring with another world champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: We heard how trainer Freddie Roach was going to change his fighter Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KOs) to make him a better fighter than he was before he took over as his trainer. Unfortunately for Pascal, we found out tonight how much Roach had improved his talent, which was clearly not at all. Pascal was stopped in the 7th round by IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Kovalev, 32, says he didn’t see any change at all in Pascal’s ability. It was the same Pascal, as far as Kovalev was concerned. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In an easy one-sided fight, IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) gave challenger Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KOs) in a slow beat down in stopping him in the 7th round on Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Pascal’s new trainer Freddie Roach stopped the fight after the 7th round in order to protect Pascal due to the punishment he was taking. Pascal looked like he had a nose injury. His nose was badly swollen up and it looked really bad. His left eye was swollen as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten #11 WBO, #13 IBF welterweight contender Dmitry Mikhaylenko (21-0, 9 KOs) easily defeated the smaller 5’7″ replacement opponent Karim Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal fight card on HBO Championship Boxing from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Interim WBA heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) will be facing former heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on March 5 on HBO Boxing After Dark at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C, according to Dan Rafael.
Ortiz’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions had problems finding an opponent for the 36-year-old Ortiz, as many heavyweights were said to have turned down a fight with them. The 33-year-old Dimitrenko was accepted by HBO, which is kind of surprising because Dimitrenko’s career has tanked since he was stopped in the 11th round four years ago by Kubrat Pulev in 2012.
Since that loss, Dimitrenko has fought mainly poor journeyman in beating Drazan Janjanin, Milos Dovedan, Zoltan Csala, Patryk Kowoll, Ivica Perkovic and Samir Kurtagic. The 6’7” Dimitrenko was a fighter that was groomed for a long time to be an eventual world champion, but he never panned out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a sick mismatch, former three-time world title challenger George Groves (22-3, 17 KOs) defeated 33-year-old Italian Andrea Di Luisa (18-4, 14 KOs) by a 5th round stoppage in super middleweight action at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK.
The fight was halted by Di Luisa’s corner after they threw in the towel in the 5th round after he was knocked down twice in the round. Groves also dropped Di Luisa in the 4th round when he touched his knee to the canvas.
In the 5th, Groves dropped Di Luisa with a right hand body shot. Moments later, Groves landed a chopping right hand that put Di Luisa on one knee again. When Di Luisa got to his feet, his corner threw in the white towel, causing the fight to be halted by Ian John-Lewis. The official time of the stoppage was at 1:55 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »