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title Brian Rose vs. Carson Jones tonight in Blackpool

andrade777By Scott Gilfoid: Former junior middleweight world title challenger Brian Rose (26-2-1, 8 KOs) will be back in the ring tonight to face journeyman Carson Jones (36-10-3, 26 KOs) in a scheduled 12 roundn bout for the vacant WBC International super welterweight strap at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

Rose, 29, is hoping to get another crack at a world title after he was badly beaten by WBO World junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade by a 7th round knockout last year in June in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, Rose was ranked #1 by the WBO despite the fact that he’d arguably never beaten anyone of quality. Read the rest of this entry »



title Heavyweight fighters who never fulfilled their potential Part 2 – Ike Ibeabuchi

ibeabuchi_tua464644By John Stevens: Mention the name of Ike Ibeabuchi and everyone, from established boxing writers in the media to internet trolls on boxing forums to whom everyone, from Ali and Tyson and all points in-between, is referred to as a ‘bum’ – and they all seem to be in agreement that this guy was a definite world champion in the making before his slide into crime and prison. But how good was he really and is the legend that’s built up around his name a worthy one?

Ibeabuchi came onto the scene in 1994 and for the next three years went through the usual array of journeymen fighters, beating them all with relative ease and scoring most by knockout. One name that sticks out from those early fights is Marion Wilson who took him the distance over 8 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Golovkin overrated?

golovkinBy Niall Kaye: Ever since our sports official inception around the year 1691 and through subsequent centuries, fans have had a voyeuristic obsession with power punchers. Think Jack Dempsey, Ernie Shavers and most notably Tyson, these men were amongst the most exciting, exhilarating and enigmatic figures the sport has seen, and their attraction was impelled exclusively by the devastating power they possessed in their fists.

But there was always a problem with pure power punchers: they are historically one dimensional, and so are beatable. In the case of WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs), the aforementioned theory stands to be proven. But I must speak directly. I fear this theory will be proven sooner rather than later.

I hope you don’t construe my directness as unkindness, nor bias. Golovkin, is of yet, untested. He is able to emphatically beat fighters who are fearful of his power, who freeze on the night and who are caught up in the hype which he has induced. These fighters have expected to be beaten, and so were dispatched accordingly. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pacquiao says fight with Mayweather is a done deal; others say announcement this weekend is imminent

pac671By Sizzle JKD: It’s Friday the 13th and there’s an unexplainably spooky and scary feeling among those who don’t want to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight Manny Pacquiao (and vice versa) that the fight of the century is on.

Although the mega fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather wasn’t announced on Super Bowl Sunday as everyone had hoped, the announcement of boxing’s own super bowl was never in question. It’s going to happen. And the flying fists of Pacquiao will meet the high-guard defense of Mayweather on May 2nd in Las Vegas.

On January 29, I wrote that last minute complications during the negotiations would be the only thing that can delay the announcement during Super Bowl weekend, and as it turned out there were indeed unforeseen impediments that resulted in the talks hitting a minor snag. Read the rest of this entry »



title Paul Smith not worried about Arthur Abraham rematch

smithBy Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBO Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) isn’t worried about his rematch next Saturday night on February 21st against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany.

Smith feels confident that he’ll be able to go into Berlin and take Abraham’s WBO title from him despite the fact that he feels that he was robbed last September in his fight against Abraham in Germany. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya: Canelo vs. Kirkland could draw 60,000 fans in Texas

canelo99By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya is expecting a huge crowd for the May 2nd or 9th fight between former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and James Kirkland (32-1-1, 28 KOs) in Texas.

De La Hoya thinks that as many as 60,000 boxing fans could show up for the fight, which De La Hoya doesn’t quite know where the fight will be taking place. I doubt that many fans will turn out for the Canelo-Kirkland fight. I hope De La Hoya isn’t pinning his hopes in the fight drawing that much, because it might blow his world if only 10,000 to 15,000 boxing fans shown up to purchase what will likely be heavily discounted tickets. Read the rest of this entry »



title James DeGale will make history on April 25th [against Andre Dirrell], says Hearn

degale546By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Eddie Hearn is expecting his fighter James DeGale to make history on April 25th when he battles American Andre Dirrell in a fight for the vacant IBF super middleweight title.

Hearn thinks DeGale will be the talented Dirrell to win the IBF title, and in the process become the first British Olympian to win a world title. Oddly enough, it’s never been done before by one of the British Olympic fighters for some reason, and Hearn thinks that out of all the British fighters that have tried and failed, DeGale will be the one guy to accomplish it. Read the rest of this entry »



title Artur Beterbiev vs. Gabriel Campillo on April 4th in Quebec

beterbiev67By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated #11 WBA, #15 WBO light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) will be facing former WBa 175lb champion Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs) on April 4th on the Adonis Stevenson card in Quebec, Canada, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.

This is a decent test for the 30-year-old Beterbiev, a Russian Olympian from the 2012 Olympics. However, this isn’t as big a deal as some boxing fans might think it is because Campillo is now 36-years-old and not the fighter he was back in 2009 when he briefly held the WBA title before losing it to Beibut Shumenov by a very controversial decision in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »



title Khan is just looking for a big payday against Cotto, says Mayweather Sr.

cotto552By Scott Gilfoid: Recently, British welterweight contender Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) said he’s be willing to fight WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto at a catch-weight of 155 pounds. Khan added the 34-year-old Cotto to the long list of guys that he’s interested in facing in his next fight.

Khan’s attempts at getting Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao to agree to fight him have been met with failure, as both of them have shown no interest in using up one of their valuable fights to face a guy who doesn’t have a large fan base in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »



title Maidana wants Danny Garcia fight

maidana52By Dan Ambrose: If WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) is able to get past his catch-weight fight against Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) on April 11th, he might want to look in the direction of former WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) for a fight in the summer, because that’s a fight that Maidana and his manager Sebastian Contursi are interested in making.

It’s a bout that’s in Garcia’s best interest to take unless he wants to continue to take catch-weight fights in order to slowly work his way into the division. Read the rest of this entry »



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