By Cameron Gillon: Four time super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler has recently said that he would like to return to the ring. The last time we saw him in the ring was in May 2013 against WBA and IBF world champion Carl Froch at the O2 arena London.
The fight was a unification fight where Kessler was then the WBA champion and Froch was the IBF world champion. Carl Froch won the fight on points in what a all out war. Let’s not forget that Mikkel Kessler won the first fight in Denmark as part of the super six tournament eventually won by American Andre Ward. This left the two fighters with one win a piece. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Joe Deguardia, the promoter for newly crowned WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s), says that he’s open to giving the beaten Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) a rematch for later this year if they don’t get a big fight against Manny Pacquiao in November.
That’s the first choice that Deguardia wants for Algieri, and he feels confident that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank will agree to put together a fight between the Filipino star and Algieri. DeGuardia believes that a fight between the two of them would be a huge fight due in part to Algieri’s background.
“That’s the fight [Algieri-Pacquiao] that’s out there. Bob Arum spoke about it,” Deguardia said. “He [Arum] saw the potential of a Pacquiao-Algieri fight. Huge…I’d love to see a rematch [between Provodnikov and Algieri] take place. Obviously, I’d like to see the Pacquiao fight take place first. I think Chris beats him easier the next time.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last night was WBO light middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade’s coming out party on HBO with him giving a beat down to challenger Brian Rose (25-2-1, 7 KO’s) in stopping him in 7 rounds on the undercard of the Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
We saw the 6’1” Andrade showcase his talents with him opening up his toolbox of weaponry and unloading on an over-matched Rose with everything he had. Credit Rose for being able to soak up sickening punishment until his corner pulled the plug on the fight in the 7th round and had it stopped at 1:19 by referee Michael Griffin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO commentator Max Kellerman brought up a good point about WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) perhaps needing guys that are tailor-made for him in order for him to win following his 12 round split decision defeat last night to Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Provodnikov complained bitterly after the fight saying “I like guys that are in front of me fighting me.”
Kellerman thought that Provodnikov was partially exposed last night by saying “Does he feel that he needs a guy right in front of him in order to win? It seems like he wants to move on and doesn’t want to fight the guy again.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 34-year-old former 4-division world champion Jorge Arce (64-7-2, 49 KO’s) continued his progress towards a title shot against WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez by stopping 35-year-old former three-time world title challenger Jorge Lacierva (41-10-6, 27 KO’s) by stopping him in the 8th round on Saturday night at the Arena Jorge Cuesy Serrano, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: There has been much talk about Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) potentially working with Golden Boy Promotions once more if it is to make a deal for a rematch with Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s). To me this fight doesn’t make much sense for it to happen, especially after Floyd exposed Canelo in September of 2013, some people could argue that Alvarez faced the pound for pound king to early in his career.
This I agree with, I think Canelo didn’t face good enough opposition to get a fight with Mayweather. Canelo has beaten the likes of Shane Mosley, Matthew Hatton, Austin Trout, Carlos Baldomir and Josesito Lopez, But you can argue also that Austin Trout beat Canelo in a close fight, many thought Trout won that fight, it was of course after this bout that Canelo then went on to face Mayweather and lost. However, I think Canelo should of faced Floyd in 2014 or 2015 to really make a better fight of it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) still hasn’t come to terms with the fact that he was out-boxed by a master boxer last night in his 12 round split decision defeat to Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Brandon Rios, a fighter with a very similar style as Provodnikov, predicted a head of time that Algieri would beat him last night because he saw him as being too skilled for Provodnikov to deal with. As long as Algieri stayed on the move, he’d beat Provodnikov, Rios said. And he turned out to be correct, because that’s what happened last night.
“To me it just seemed like he was running all night and grabbing,” Provodnikov said at the post-fight press conference. You see how he looks and how I look. I don’t see how you can win a fight running all night.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn thinks that his fighter #1 WBO Brian Rose (25-2-1, 7 KO’s) will learn from his defeat at the hands of WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KO’s) and return back to the top in the future.
Rose was knocked down twice by Andrade last night and stopped on his feet in the 7th round in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Rose had talked about having earned his No.1 ranking and his title shot.
Rose had said that he wasn’t impressed with Andrade beforehand and that it was him with all the pressure on his shoulder. But unfortunately for Rose, he failed to prove that he belonged in the same ring with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: HBO commentator Jim Lampley and unofficial HBO judge Steve Weisfeld both had WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) easily beating Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision last night by the score of 117-109 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. However, two of the three judges disagreed with them in giving Algieri the win by the scores 114-112 and 114-112. The third judge had it scored the same as Weisfeld in giving Provodnikov the win by a 117-109 score.
Lampley said “I personally agree with Steve Weisfeld that Provodnikov was the deserving winner of the fight.
“As much as I admire Algieri’s performance, I still have to go with Provodnikov’s harder shots and more effective shots,” said Weisfeld. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) lost something much bigger than his WBO light welterweight title last night in his 12 round split decision defeat to New Yorker Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in New York; Provodikov’s defeat erased any chance that he had of getting matched up against Manny Pacquiao for a huge money fight for November.
That was a fight that was possible for him had he won last night, because he absolutely needed a win in order to get that fight. But with the way that Provodnikov looked last night, with him looking limited, confused and very much like Brandon Rios 2.0, there’s no way that Bob Arum of Top Rank will give him a Pacquiao fight. Read the rest of this entry »