(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Philip Anthony: Finally, following a rollercoaster 18 months of injuries, accusations and cancellations, Kell ‘The Special One’ Brook will get to live out his childhood dream by contesting for the World welterweight title against ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter on August 16th at the StubHub Centre in Carson, California.
It’s been nearly two years since the Sheffield boxer was first named mandatory challenger for the IBF title. During that spell three scheduled bouts against former champ Devon Alexander failed to materialise due to injuries to both men. Following Brooks latest setback (a fractured metatarsal), Alexander ‘the Great’ moved on and subsequently lost his title to up and coming Ohio native Shawn Porter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) will be facing the always tough Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout next week on the undercard of the Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook fight on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Deontay was just added to the card last season, so you can understand why he’s not facing a top 5 guy for this fight.
This fight isn’t official yet. It’s still possible that Deontay could wind up facing someone else. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Ricky Burns (36-4-1, 11 KOs) will be making his comeback on October 4th in Leeds against an opponent still to be determined, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Burns, 31, suffered an elbow injury in his upset 12 round split decision loss in his last fight to fringe contender Dejan Zlaticanin last June. Burns had planned on fighting on September 13th in Manchester on the Scott Quigg card, but his elbow won’t be ready to go by then. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBC George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) believes he’s going to be capturing the WBC super middleweight world title in the near future by beating little known #3 WBC Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) in their fight on September 20th, and then beating the winner of the August 16th fight between WBC 175 pound champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) and unbeaten #6 WBC Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) to capture the strap.
Oddly enough, the WBC still have Groves ranked highly despite the fact that he’s been knocked out in his last two fights. Obviously, the WBC has been kind of slow in changing their rankings because Groves should have been moved downwards towards the #15 spot after those two KO defeats. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn says that the negotiations are moving slowly for a fight he’s trying to put together with Top Rank for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Carl Froch fight on January 24th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hearn says he’s got other options for Froch in case the Chaves Jr fight doesn’t get made by putting him in with Mikkel Kessler for a third fight between them, and James DeGale. I’m sure Hearn would look to make the Froch-DeGale fight in a second, same with the Kessler match-up. Hearn promotes DeGale and Froch, so he’d be killing two birds with one stone if he were to make a fight between them.
“I’m continuing talks with Bob Arum over a fight between Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr on January 24 in Las Vegas,” Hearn said to the Dailymail.co.uk. “It’s going slowly. We still have the same options of Chavez, James DeGale and Mikkel Kessler.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch has said he will consider calling it a day on his boxing career if a long awaited fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas falls through. Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom recently stated that talks with Chavez promoter Bob Arum at Top Rank had recently re-opened to see if they can put together a fight for January 25th 2015.
Hearn said if the fight was to be made that it wouldn’t be this year it would most definitely be in early next year. Carl Froch isn’t thinking to much about it, as he knows putting his last fight on hold for Chavez is risky due to how unreliable he has been before in pulling out of a fight with Gennady Golovkin earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Courtesy of Showtime/Amanda Kwok) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) has thought about his upcoming fight against unbeaten #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) a lot in the past month, and no matter how hard he tries, he just doesn’t see him being better than the guys he’s faced in the past.
Porter’s studied Brook’s fights in great detail and he doesn’t see the great talent that some of Brook’s loyal fans have been talking about. Porter rates Devon Alexander as being a better than Brook. He also rates some of his other opponents as better than him too, but he didn’t mention who those guys are. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Daniel Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) wants to pick up the vacant WBA middleweight title this Saturday night in his fight against #2 WBA Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) of Australia, and then move onto unification fights against WBO 160 pound champion Peter Quillin and WBA champion Gennady Golovkin.
The Jacobs vs. Fletcher fight will be taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on the undercard of the Rod Salka vs. Danny Garcia fight.
Jacobs says he wants the Golovkin fight, but it’s hard to know if he’s just namedropping or if he’s serious about wanting to fight him. A match between him and Golovkin could prove to be a real tough one to try and put together given that Golovkin fights on HBO, and Jacobs on Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Allan Fox: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) is going to be getting a decent payday for his non-title fight against lightweight Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia will be getting $700,000 for the fight, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Salka, a fighter that few fans are familiar with, is getting $125,000.
Garcia could likely make a lot more money if he were to face Lucas Matthysse in a rematch. That’s a fight that would draw a lot of interest in big ratings on Showtime, even though Garcia did beat Matthysse past September. Garcia vs. Viktor Postol would also have been a better fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: As Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) prepares for his looming showdown with Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s), many in the boxing world are wondering what exactly is the “big surprise” that Floyd mentioned will take place in his next fight after Maidana.
While Marcos gave Mayweather a great battle in May, the consensus opinion is that Mayweather will make the right adjustments for the rematch and take home a victory. Maidana is a huge puncher and while it’s never wise to totally write off such a heavy handed fighter in any fight, let’s take a look at some of the options available for Floyd’s big surprise for May of next year if he pulls off the win over Marcos once again. Read the rest of this entry »