By Scott Gilfoid: After learning that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns’ fight with IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez was experiencing some difficulties, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer made one last attempt to try and set up a unification bout between Burns and the Golden Boy promoted WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner, but the HUGE offer made to Burns was reportedly turned down by his manager.
Schaefer said to Dan Rafael of ESPN “I offered Frank [Warren] a lot of money for Burns to come over. It’s a VERY big number…At least Ricky is going to make double or triple what he can make in this fight with Vazquez. Frank said, ‘I’m on board, but the manager doesn’t want to fight Broner.’ He said there’s nothing he can do.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 32-year-old Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis (18-1, 12 KO’s) returns to the ring on March 22nd against the hard hitting unbeaten prospect/project Leif Larsen (17-0, 14 KO’s) at the Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany. Solis is currently the IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion, so he’ll have that little known strap on the line for his fight against the 6’4” Larsen.
Larsen, 37, previously played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills in 2000 and 2001 as a defensive tackle. He also played college football at the University of Texas-El Paso. Larsen is getting up there in age, but he’s still a really big puncher. That’s the whole attraction about the guy. Larsen is terribly flawed in terms of boxing skills, but he’s got very real power, and if he’s able to connect with his big power shots against Solis, we could see a knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (21-1, 14 KO’s) will be returning to the ring next month against 35-year-old journeyman Ossie Duran (28-10-2, 11 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California.
Dirrell fought last month in beating the hard hitting Michael Gbenga by a 10 round unanimous decision after having missed over a year of action.
Duran is a tough test for Dirrell, as he’s got huge power and a number of solid wins during his career. Duran has victories over Matt Vanda, Latif Mundy, Jamie Moore, Joshua Okine and Jonathan Reid. Duran has losses to Bradley Pryce, James Kirkland, Fernando Guerrero, Brandon Gonzales, David Lopez and Avtandil Khurtsidze. He also fought to a 12 round draw against Eromosele Albert. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0 12 KO’s) was blown away after he beat boxing icon Manny Pacquiao last year in June by a 12 round split decision in Las Vegas, Nevada. Instead of being greeted with a positive reaction from boxing fans, Bradley says he got very little in the way of praise for his accomplishment, and he was even received death threats from angry fans after he unseated the Filipino from his WBO 147 lb. strap.
Bradley said to USA Today “I didn’t get any credit after the Pacquiao fight whatsoever. People talked about me and my style, how boring [it is]. I’ve had some people send me death threats because I won. I had a lot of people say I should give the belt back.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) says he’s considering a bout on September 14th against one of the following opponents: Sergio Martinez, Alfredo Angulo or Miguel Cotto. According to Steve Kim, Canelo would have to move to 160 if he plans on fighting Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s), at least that’s what Martinez’s adviser Sampson Lewkowicz is saying.
Would Canelo be interested in moving up six pounds to face someone slightly bigger than him in Sergio Martinez or would Canelo flat out say no, that he prefers to fight guys in his own weight class or smaller? It’s unknown, but what is known is that Canelo has fought an awful lot of fighters in the division below him since he picked up the WBC junior middleweight title against welterweight Matthew Hatton in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: HBO will be televising a “Road to Rios-Alvarado 2” countdown show on March 16th in order to attract attention to the Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) vs. Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) rematch scheduled for March 30th on HBO at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In addition to that, HBO will be doing the same for Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux to advertise their April 13th fight, according to Steve Kim.
The Rios-Alvarado fight is sure to be exciting while it lasts, which likely won’t be more than five or six rounds at best. Rios stopped Alvarado in the 7th round last October in a WBO light welterweight title eliminator in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If Adrien Broner’s trainer Mike Stafford has his way, Broner will be facing WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) in June at welterweight rather than having Broner waste time trying to chase WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns, who Stafford believes doesn’t want any part of Broner.
Stafford said to Nyfightblog at ESPN “If Paulie think Adrien’s not a welterweight…Adrien spars with middleweights. That fight [Malignaggi vs. Broner] sounds good…Adrien would come in around 141, 142. I’d rather have it in Brooklyn than in Abu Dhabi…I say June.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight Malik Scott believes undefeated knockout artist Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) is ready to go after the big time after getting a look at him when the heavyweights assisted heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek in sparring.
Scott said on his social media site “I believe BronzeBomber [Deontay Wilder] is ready now as well, bro. No risk, no reward.”
Scott’s thoughts pretty much echo those of the late great trainer Emanuel Steward, who last year around this time said that Wilder is about a year away from challenging the top heavyweights in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s), who WBA champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) sees as a slightly larger version of Miguel Cotto, plans on using some of Cotto’s ideas to try and beat Trout in their fight on April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Specifically, Canelo thinks Trout is vulnerable to left hooks because Cotto was able to land those kinds of shots from time to time early in the fight before Trout adapted to what he was doing and dominated him badly for the last six rounds of the fight.
Canelo said to RingTV “I think it’s [throwing left hook’s] going to be one of the main points as I train for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: September 14th looks to be a really busy night with Floyd Mayweather Jr, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao all planning on fighting on that date. It’s the Mexican Independence day holiday, and it looks all three huge stars have booked that date and thus far none of them appear to be budging from that date.
Mayweather was the first to put dibs on the date earlier in the year, and Canelo and Pacquiao quickly followed up with their own plans on fighting on that date as well. Read the rest of this entry »