By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC Carl Frampton (17-0, 12 KO’s) has an important WBC 122lb eliminator bout tonight against #1 WBC Hugo Fidel Cazares (40-7-2, 27 KO’s) at the Odyssey Arena, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Frampton, 27, needs to win this fight to become the mandatory challenger to WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton has a decent chance of beating the 35-year-old Cazares, because this is an older fighter who is fighting a two divisions above his best weight class.
Cazares is also someone who has been given a very, very generous No.1 ranking by the World Boxing Council. While I think Cazares is a halfway decent super bantamweight, I don’t for a second see him as a top 15 contender, and certainly not a No.1 contender like the WBC has him ranked. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While many boxing fans think heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) looks to be going downhill recently in almost getting knocked out by small heavyweight Steve Cunningham and thought he looked fat and slow in his recent win over C level fighter Joey Abell, Fury’s trainer Peter Fury thinks he’s looking great.
Peter sees Tyson as having improved from his previous fight against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) from three years ago, and he believes that he’s ready to be taken off the leash right now to tear Chisora apart in their rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Allan Fox: Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach for WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s), feels that Maidana is ahead of schedule for this fight in terms of conditioning compared to his previous fight against Adrien Broner last December. With precisely one month to go before Maidana’s huge clash on May 3rd against Mayweather, Maidana is looking in excellent shape for this fight and ready to take the fight to Mayweather.
“Maidana’s been here for going on our third week now. I think that he’s ahead of schedule from where he was before the Broner fight. We’ve had three solid weeks,” Ariza said via RingTV. “He looks great. He came in in relatively good shape from Argentina, and we got to hit the ground running right away. Robert’s really pleased, and I’m really pleased, and the weight is great.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It looks like WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) will be facing undefeated Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) in his first defense of his WBO 140lb title on June 14th instead of someone more interesting like Brandon Rios. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Thomas Dulorme, Antonio DeMarco, and Hank Lundy were all ruled out as a possible opponent for Provodnikov. Algieri was the guy that was approved.
Provodnikov’s promoter Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, wasn’t impressed with Dulorme’s recent win over Karim Mayfield, said Rafael. Dulorme did a lot of holding in the fight en route to winning a 10 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Freddie Roach, the trainer for Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s), is having him bulk up for his June 7th title challenge against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto is already a big fighter who weighs in for his junior middleweight fights in the 160s, but Roach wants Cotto, 5’7”, to add more muscle so that he can compete better against the 5’10” Martinez for the fight.
“Miguel began preparing on Sunday,” said Bryan Perez, the executive director of Miguel Cotto Promotions to ESPN Deportes. “Originally we were going to start on April 14. That was the date, but when we met Freddie, he decided that he wanted us to start on March 30th for the preparation to get a base, and that’s what we’re doing. Miguel obeyed the order. Freddie has a plan well designed to increase muscle mass, and Miguel is already working on it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Simon Allen: Cheat – Act dishonestly or unfairly to gain an advantage.
Cheating in sport is frowned upon by all societies around the world. Fans watch sport to see fair competition and the best man win. Knowing a person has cheated to gain an advantage is unacceptable and derided, rightly so. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (46-5, 27 KO’s) will be in the ring next week on Wednesday, April 9th against former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KO’s) at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Mundine must win this fight in order to keep in position to get an eventual title shot against WBA 154lb champion Erislandy Lara. This should be a fairly safe fight for the 38-year-old Mundine, as long as he doesn’t get caught by one of Clottey’s triple hooks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF mandatory heavyweight challenger Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KO’s) finally has an opponent for his scheduled 8-round fight on Saturday night on the undercard of the Enzo Maccarinelli vs. Jurgen Braehmer card at the Stadhalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Pulev will be fighting the 23-year-old Joey Dawejko (9-3-2, 3 KO’s). Pulev was rumored to be fighting Ellijah McCall, but he chose not to take the fight against him. Pulev’s promoters were then forced to hunt down Dawejko and have him fill in at the last second. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: According to his trainer Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be taking risks against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) on April 12th because they don’t see him as having the kind of power that they need to be all that concerned about. So instead of playing it cautiously, Pacquiao will likely be spending more time staying in the pocket against Bradley than he normally would.
“We’re not worried about his [Bradley] punching power,” Roach said to the Boxing Channel. “We can take risks and chances. I told Manny that he wasn’t busy enough in the first fight when he was fighting only one minute of every round. I told Manny he has to fight three minutes of every round to be dominant in the fight. The first fight was so easy that he began to fight just one minute of every round. He was content that he was getting the rounds, but the judges didn’t see it that way.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #2 WBO 160lb contender Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KO’s) feels he’s got what it takes to pull off a huge upset on April 19th in his title challenge against WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (30-0, 22 KO’s) at the DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. The 35-year-old Konecny is quite fortunate to be getting a world title shot at all, because the other three sanctioning bodies don’t even have him ranked in their top 15 after his lopsided 12 round decision loss against former WBO 154lb champion Zaurbek Baysangurov.
The World Boxing Organization, however, have Konecny as their No.2 contender at 160 and have him ranked above a number of fighters who would likely beat him like Curtis Stevens, Matthew Macklin, Andy Lee, and Daniel Jacobs. Read the rest of this entry »