By Scott Gilfoid: It was funny listening to some of WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns’ comments about his next opponent IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s), who Burns will be facing next month on March 16th at the Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom.
Burns is very concerned about this fight because he could lose his World Boxing Organization strap if Vazquez schools him like he’s been doing against other opponents recently.
Burns said to Sky Sports “I believe Miguel Vazquez style-wise will be a trickier fight than Adrien Broner. He’s going to be the toughest fight of my career.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) says he’s going to move up to light welterweight next if he can’t get WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) to agree to fight him. That’s the last fight that Broner wants at 135, as there’s no one else for him to really compete against if Burns beats IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez next month in their fight on March 16th in London.
Broner said to Sky Sport “If Ricky Burns don’t fight me then I’m just going to go up in weight. That’s the fight I’ve been wanting. Ricky Burns, fight me. You was supposed to fight me this time. You ran again. You were supposed to fight me at 130 at first. You ran.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns thinks WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) is going to have a lot tougher time with Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) tonight than he realizes. Burns says he’s sparred with Rees three times in the past, and he found him to be a tricky opponent to figure out.
Burns said to Sky Sports “People have been saying Gavin doesn’t have a chance. I’ve actually sparred with Gavin a few times. He’s a real nice guy. He’s very underestimated. When you see him fight, he’s got a good work rate, he likes to come and put it on you. He’s actually got a good boxing brain as well. He’s going to be a trickier fight than people think, and what Broner thinks as well.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Steven Ocallaghan: On 27th September 1986 a young Jamaican born Englishman who went by the name of Lloyd Honeyghan went on to shock unbeaten American superstar Donald The Lone Star Cobra Curry. Not only did he shock the Cobra he shook the world.
Curry , from Texas was probably the pound for pound king at that time and with a record of 25-0 with 20 KOs, was the overwhelming favourite. The bookies even stopped taking bets.
In the build up to the fight Curry was heard saying “who is this ragamuffin” hence the reason Honeyghan called himself the ragamuffin man. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In one of ESPN2’s poorer cards, junior middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (27-6-3, 15 KO’s) pounded his hapless opponent George “Camanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) at will before the referee Eddie Cotton wisely stepped in to halt the beating at 2:41 of the 6th round on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
Rodriguez, 32, was just too good for the previously unbeaten Tahdooahnippah right off the bat, and he gave him a really bad beating in this fight. You can make a strong argument that the fight should have been halted earlier in the fight because Tahdooahnippah was in trouble from the 2nd round and just taking punishment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is saying the May 4th unification bout between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA 154 lb. champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) still isn’t a done deal, according to Dan Rafael.
However, the fact that Canelo is tweeting that the fight is happening on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las, Nevada, is good enough for me to know that it WILL be happening.
It’s unclear what loose ends Schaefer still has to tie up in order for the Canelo-Trout to be official, but it can’t be that big of a deal for Canelo to already be letting the cat out of the bag by leaking the news ahead of Schaefer and Golden Boy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC Sakio Bika (30-5-2, 21 KO’s) made weight today for his critical fight on Saturday against #1 WBC Nikola Sjekloca (25-0, 7 KO’s) in their World Boxing Council super middleweight eliminator bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winner of this fight will be facing Lucian Bute for the vacant WBC super middleweight title.
Bika, 33, has got the power to beat Sjekloca if he’s able to get in close and force him to fight on the inside where Sjekloca has only minimal skills. Sjekloca is strictly an outside fighter like a lot of European fighters are, and he’s not going to handle Bika’s pressure too well if Bika is able to stay on top of him for the full 12 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a telling sign for what we’ll be seeing tomorrow night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) flat out refused to look WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in the eyes when the two came together for a face off at the weigh-in.
Not only did Rees refuse to look at Broner, but he didn’t even face him in the traditional sense. Rees turned sideways, as if to escape the menacing stares from the intimidating Broner. To say that Rees looked scared was putting it mildly. He looked downright frightened to the extreme. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Coming off of a long 10 month layoff, unbeaten heavyweight #5 WBO Denis Boytsov (32-0, 25 KO’s) kept his unbeaten record intact on Friday night in beating 36-year-old journeyman Samir Kurtagic (11-6, 8 KO’s) by an eight round unanimous decision at the Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. The final judge’ scores were 80-73, 79-74 and 78-74. Kurtagic has now lost 5 out of his last seven fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank had better start looking for alternative opponent for his fighter Manny Pacquiao to face in September because Marquez told ESPN this week he’s not going to fight Pacquiao again. He’s already fought him four times, and his KO of Pacquiao in their fourth fight last December finished their series.
It looks like Arum is going to have to find someone for Pacquiao to fight instead if he wants to keep him busy. This actually might be beneficial for Arum in the long run because if he put Pacquiao back in with Marquez, there would be a good chance that Marquez would only KO the Filipino again. Read the rest of this entry »