By Allan Fox: Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KO’s) will be facing Argentina’s Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13 KO’s) and former two division world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KO’s) will be taking on Dennis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KO’s) in a four-fighter light heavyweight tournament on March 30th at the Chapiteau de Fontvielle, Monte Carlo.
Both fights are scheduled for 10 rounds, and the two winners of the fights will meet on July 13th with a $1 million purse.
In the co-main event on the card will be unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defending his title in a tune-up bout against Nobuhiro Ishida in a fight that promises to be one-sided from the start to the bitter finish. Ishida has a good chin and he might be able to go the full 12 rounds, but it’s going to be dramatically one-sided because Ishida doesn’t have the power to compete. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc: This Saturday, Juan Manuel Lopez has an up-hill battle to begin in a 10 round tune-up fight in trying to restore his image against Aldimar Silva Santo at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. As a very fan friendly fighter, Lopez was making a big name for himself having been featured on the Showtime telecast several times. Like many other exciting fighters to watch it was his ability to overcome adversity within the ring that made watching him so special. Juanma is a heavy hitter, yet extremely vulnerable at times, and it was this vulnerability that got him Knocked out twice by veteran Orlando Salido.
But after the second KO loss to Salido, Juanma demonstrated one of the most classless post fight interviews of all time, accusing the referee of having a gambling problems insinuating that the fight was stopped because the referee needed to ensure it was stopped. Of course this accusation surprised everyone because we all saw a guy that was getting pummeled to his defeat and a referee that had no other alternative than to end the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 39-year-old Sam Soliman (37-4-2, 17 KO’s) bounced back from a 2nd round knockdown to come back and defeat former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 17 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision in their International Boxing Federation 160 pound eliminator bout at the ISS Dome, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing light welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) on March 16th at a still to be determined venue in the United States, according to ffboxe.com.
This isn’t the big name that the 29-year-old Bradley was hoping to get, as he wanted to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. But it looks like Bradley’s promoters at Top Rank aren’t taking any chances with him getting beaten by a contender from the welterweight division, so he’s being matched against 140 pound contender.
Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum had been saying that there’s a possibility of Bradley facing a big name on March 16th. I hope Provodnikov isn’t Arum’s idea of a big name because I see him as an ESPN2 type fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBA, #5 WBO Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) isn’t pleased to learn that he’s a monstrous underdog going into his February 16th fight this month against unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Rees was expecting the odds to be a lot closer, but he was reportedly shocked to hear that he’s an underdog by as much as 80-1 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rees told thesun.co.uk “I understand Broner being a firm favorite, but I can’t believe my ability is being treated with such contempt. To regard me as an 80-1 chance is simply absurd. Do they think I’m some wet behind the ears novice?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The rematch between IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) is now official for May 25th at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), London, UK.
Recently there had been talk of the Froch-Kessler 2 fight taking place on April 27th, but that date would have never worked because Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants the fight to be pay per view for the Brits, so the May 25th date gives them more time to market the fight to fans.
We’re still waiting to find out how much the fight will go for on PPV. The likely number will be 15 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) says he’ll be back in the ring in May in New York City, USA. Macklin, 30, is hoping that IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will be interested in fighting him in that month. I can’t see that happening.
Geale just finished beating Anthony Mundine in a tough 12 round fight, and he plans on facing tonight’s Felix Sturm vs. Sam Soliman winner next. If not one of them, Geale has already mentioned wanting to fight a unification bout against WBA champ Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Elmore: It’s funny when a fighter who isn’t a household name, doesn’t fill arenas every time they fight, doesn’t give his opponent at least a satisfying pay day, tells his opponent that he needs to get all these for a fight to happen when they don’t even have these things themselves. But these are the legs that WBO champion Peter Quillin and WBC champion Sergio Martinez are standing on. Earlier last week Sergio’s promoter told espn.go that Gennady doesn’t bring in a dime.
But what money or crowd does Quillin or Martinez pull in? Let’s start with Martinez.
Simply put, Sergio is trying to cash out before he retires. But as of late is looks like Lou Di Bella is cutting off every options that could probably bring in some good cash? That problem can be solved by unifying the division or move up to the super middleweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) won’t be fighting on HBO for his next bout on March 30th against 37-year-old Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KO’s) at the Chapiteau de Fontvielle, in Monte Carlos. With the fight not being televised on HBO, there’s not as much money to find a bigger name to fight the 30-year-old Golovkin, and there’s not as much pressure for Golovkin to fight anyone good.
Golovkin would be more than happy to fight a top quality fighter, but at this short notice it’s just not going to be possible to find anyone worthwhile.
Golovkin vs. Ishida is a good stay busy fight due to Ishida having good skills, and a lot of experience. He’s not a pushover despite his recent problems in his last two fights in losses to Paul Williams and Dmitriy Pirog. Read the rest of this entry »