By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is interested in matching the winner of this Saturday’s fight between WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) and Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) against WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KOs).
This would be an excellent fight, but it would be awfully tough on Walters and Donaire, because neither of those guys are in the same league as Lomachenko in my view.
“Arum told me today he’d like to match Saturday’s Donaire-Walters winner with Lomachenko if V-Lom wins 11/22. LOVE IT! #boxing,” said Dan Rafael of ESPN. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With both of the careers of Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) and Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) heading for skid row with each additional loss, their promoters at Top Rank are planning on putting them together for a third fight between them.
The date that they’re looking at is December 20th, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Alvarado has lost his last two fights against Juan Manuel Marquez and Ruslan Provodnikov. Rios has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights, but you can make an argument that he would have lost his last fight against Diego Chaves if not for referee Vic Drakulich disqualifying Chaves in the 9th round for an unseen elbow. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 31-year-old WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) knows his fight against Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) will end by knockout this Saturday night HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA.
Donaire knows that one of them will be getting knocked out. He just doesn’t if it’ll be him or Walters. This is a truly tossup fight and Donaire is the first to admit it. He acknowledges that he’s not as hungry as the 28-year-old Walters because he’s already accomplished more than him, but he still wants the win to keep his career moving forward. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn is saying that Top Rank Promotions and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr are back in talks about a fight between Froch and Chavez Jr for 2015.
Froch wants to fight Chavez Jr in Las Vegas, Nevada because it’s a place where he’s never fought before, and he rightly or wrongly thinks that Chavez Jr is a big enough star for a fight between them to be a pay-per-view bout in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The fight negotiations between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and unbeaten #1 WBC Deontay Wilder got some good news on Wednesday with Stiverne’s manager Camille Estephan reporting to ESPN.com that they’ve agreed with promoter Don King for the financial side of the negotiations.
Now the only thing they need is a date and a venue, and of course the 6’7” Deontay to sign on for the fight. Getting Deontay and Golden Boy Promotions to agree to the terms shouldn’t be all that hard considering that Deontay has been pushing for the fight for months now ever since he wiped out Malik Scott in one round last March in the World Boxing Council heavyweight title eliminator bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sky Sports commentator Glenn McCrory believes #1 IBF James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) will fail the test next January against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) if he winds up getting selected by the 37-year-old Froch and his promoter Eddie Hearn for the fight.
DeGale badly wants to fight Froch because he believes he’s got the talent to beat the aging champion. Froch isn’t sure whether he’ll fight DeGale or not, as he’s not motivated for the fight. He could change his mind though if DeGale impresses next month against #10 WBC Marco Antonio Periban on November 22nd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: There is a high demand for newly crowned WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto to fight fellow champ middleweight champ Gennady Golovikin (GGG). For starters, Cotto doesn’t owe GGG a fight. And this is no knock on GGG.
Cotto has been through numerous wars, built himself into the third highest pay per view attraction in North America, and most importantly, he’s paid his dues. He’s won titles in four different weight classes with his forth coming against Sergio Martinez. Beating Martinez gave Cotto the breakthrough he had been searching for. He tried twice against Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio and came up short. But now he’s “the man”. He’s calling the shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) will be returning to the ring in the next two months to face fellow Australian 8 WBA Jarrod Fletcher (18-2, 10 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round boxing match-up on December 3rd at the Horden Pavilion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia.
Both Geale and Fletcher are coming off of knockout losses. Fletcher, 30, was stopped in the 5th round last August by Daniel Jacobs in a fight that was mostly one-sided from start to finish. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Newly crowned IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) is hoping to get a fight against former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) in the near future.
Bundrage, 41, thinks that Golden Boy Promotions will now allow Canelo to take a fight against him because of his recent wins over Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout. In the past, Bundrage felt that Golden Boy was protecting the red-haired Canelo due to him being such a valuable investment for their promotional company, but now that he’s showed them that he’s capable of beating the top fighters are 154, they’re more willing to take chances with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: So far Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) during his career has remained unmatched and of course very, very rich.
For many boxers this would have been an amazing feat if of course no cherry picking was ever involved. Because someone cherry picks not only with whom he selects but also with whom he avoids and this is what hurts Floyd’s otherwise infallible career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) plans on spoiling WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trip to California this Saturday by knocking him out in their fight on HBO Championship Boxing at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Rubio believes he’s the hardest puncher that Golovkin has ever fought before in his 7-year pro career, and he could very well be correct about that. The biggest puncher that Golovkin is Curtis Stevens, and he failed to make it past the 8th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) is hoping that a fight between him and World Boxing Council middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) can be negotiated for Cinco de Mayo next May in 2015.
It’s not going to be easy for Team Canelo to try and put a fight together against the 33-year-old Cotto, because the chances are high that Cotto will want to be the A-side in the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »