By Daniel Mcglinchey: On the undercard of the April 27th fight between Amir Khan and Julio Diaz is the perhaps more intriguing 10 rounder between veteran Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) and undefeated American Deontay Wilder (27-0 27 KO’s).
Statistically this fight looks like a mismatch. First glimpse at Deontay’s record, unbeaten and knocking out every opponent he has faced certainly looks impressive, but if we delve a little deeper into that record it becomes apparent that Deontay has not once fought a live opponent. His most notable win was an outing against Kelvin Price (13-1, 6 KO’s), a soft hitting aging American who only had 1 amateur bout before turning professional. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten American heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) says he’s only been in training camp for 2 weeks in getting ready for his fight this month against Britain’s Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, UK.
The incredibly powerful Wilder doesn’t see it as being a problem because he keeps himself in tip top shape and his training camps are merely used to fine tune his skills to get him ready for whoever he’s facing. He doesn’t need a ton of time to go over and over the game plan he’s going to use against the 6’6” Audley because he plans on going out there and running him over as fast as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank stable fighter interim WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) is being mentioned as a strong candidate for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight in October in Macao, China. Alvarado, 33, has reportedly agreed to the fight, but Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz is saying that there isn’t an opponent that they’ve decided on as of yet, according to Steve Kim.
Alvarado would seem like an odd choice for Pacquiao because there wouldn’t be much of a payoff for the Filipino to fight Alvarado because the guy doesn’t have a large fan base. It would be an incredibly risky fight for someone coming off a bad knockout loss like Pacquiao has because Alvarado can really punch and he’d be testing Pacquiao’s chin from round one until the bitter end. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Showtime analyst Al Bernstein wonders whether WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) will be able to rough up, smother and take the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) out of his game in their fight in two weeks in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Guerrero is coming off of a fight where he roughed up former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto all night and was able to successfully get away with it with a referee failing to do anything other than warn Guerrero. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Mcglinchey: Outspoken heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) faces off against two time world champion Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) this Saturday night at MSG, New York. During the press conference between the two heavyweights, a Cunningham fan in the crowd made the comment of “Who have you fought? Bums” Tyson’s reply was quite interesting “Everyone is a bum after Tyson Fury has beaten them, when I beat Steve is he then a bum too?”
Tyson’s last 10 opponents include 4 undefeated fighter’s when he went up against them, 2 world title challengers and the current English Heavyweight title holder (not bad for someone of only 24). Fury was a big underdog in the Derek Chisora battle. Chisora was respected and the clear favorite before the fight, but after Fury came out victorious winning virtually every round. Derek is then automatically a bum in many people’s eyes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yoel Carratala: This is a question I continue to ask myself weekend after weekend. You’d think that with women’s boxing pioneers like Christy Martin, Mia St. John, Lucia Rijker and Laila Ali all receiving mainstream attention in the 1990’s; the sport would have achieved more glory than it has in recent years. Their was even a major movie produced, “Million Dollar Baby” which featured Lucia Rijker. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) isn’t worried about the flat-footed fighting style of his opponent WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) for their fight this Saturday night.
Trout is more concerned with the skills that the 22-year-old Canelo has than his plodding style of fighting because he understands completely the type of fighter Canelo is because he’s been in with his types many, many times in the past. It’s the Chavez Jr. style of fighting, and he knows how to defeat that style. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Mcglinchey: Here is a list of the top 5 boxers in the Heavyweight division-
1. Wladimir Klitschko 59- 3 (50)
Number 1 in my opinion has to be Wladimir, with an outstanding record of 59/3 with a staggering 50 knockouts, undefeated in over 9 years, taking on the best in the division, and still going strong as a world champion at 37 has him top of the list for me. His boxing stance and style seems to be working very well as a few years ago Wlad ate the mat a few times due to a suspect chin. His ability to avoid taking big shots is highly impressive. Notable wins over David Haye, Calvin Brock and Chris Byrd have him top of my list. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) may have been beaten soundly by WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) last Saturday night in New York, but at least Donaire can say he beat Rigondeaux in their stare downs in the week of the fight.
Donaire took great pride in out-staring Rigondeaux during the final press conference with him followed by the weigh-in the day before the fight. Indeed, I’ve never seen a fighter take as much satisfaction of winning a stare down as Donaire did because he was really blowing his own horn about it. I got the sense that he felt the fight was won after the stare down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Ricky Hatton thinks WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) is ready to be beaten by his fighter #3 WBC Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) on April 27th at Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hatton said to BoxNation “I think this is the right fight at the right time. Sergio is 38. He was holding on for dear life against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the last round. We’re not going in there to be second best. We’re going in there to take the title. I think Martin takes it on points or a late stoppage.”
Martin said “I’m just focused at getting in the ring and getting the job done. One way or another, I’ll find a way to beat him.” Read the rest of this entry »