By Dan Ambrose: Promoter Lou Dibella is excited at the thought of his fighter #8 WBO Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) potentially ending up as the next opponent for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) next December.
Cotto reportedly doesn’t want to take a risky fight against someone that is good enough to potentially beat him and mess up his plans for a mega payday against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next May on Cinco de Mayo. And that’s where 30-year-old Andy Lee comes in. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO’s triple-header last Saturday night with Diego Chaves facing Brandon Rios, Sergey Kovalev fighting Blake Caparello and Antonio Novkov battling Jessie Vargas, brought in decent ratings for HBO, but far from the number of viewers they’ve seen in past fight cards.
The Rios vs. Chaves fight averaged 936 thousand viewers, making it the 13th most watched fight in 2014, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Being the 13th most watched fight on U.S television this year isn’t a good thing. It tells you that Top Rank should have placed the Rios-Chaves fight on an undercard instead of having it as a main event. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) has never faced Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao, but he figures that Pacquiao would be the tougher fight for him because of his aggressiveness.
Khan thinks that the two fighters are getting older and will need to be replaced soon. While Khan doesn’t mention himself as the guy that will ultimately replacing them, it seems that’s something he’s hoping for.
Khan can’t really test his theory about Pacquiao being tougher than Mayweather, because he’s not had any luck in getting either of them in the ring to face him. It could be that Khan hasn’t done enough since his back to back losses to Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson, or it just might his style of fighting that is keeping him from getting those fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 35-year-old former WBA 175 pound champion Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs) is a possibility for WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson’s next title defense on September 27th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, according to RingTV.
Campillo is coming off of a big win over previously unbeaten contender Thomas Williams Jr last Friday night. Campillo was able to take some monstrous shots from Williams Jr in the first 4 rounds to get a cut stoppage in the 5th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: This Saturday night #4 WBA Daniel Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) will be facing #2 WBA Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) in a fight for the vacant WBA World middleweight title on Showtime at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The WBO wants WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) to fight the Top Rank promoted #1 WBO Chris Avalos (24-2, 18 KOs) next, but Rigondeaux is busy calling out WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz for a unification fight.
That’s the match that Rigondeaux would prefer to get if he can get the fight. On Monday, the WBO ordered Rigondeaux and Avalos to start negotiations for a fight between them. Rigondeaux is no longer with Top Rank, and it’s not probable that HBO will televise the fight given that they opted not to televise Rigondeaux’s last fight against Sod Kokietgym. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) has a nice little mismatch coming up in his next fight on September 13th when he faces fringe contender #15 IBF Paulus Ambunda (21-1, 10 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
This is a case of Quigg being matched against a beatable guy in 33-year-old Ambunda, who was recently beaten last September by Tomoki Kameda by a lopsided 12 round decision. The logical question is why is Quigg fighting a guy that was recently beaten? Who knows? Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: WBA, WBC, Ring weltweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) has been granted permission to defend his WBC 154 junior middleweight title along with his welterweight belts against Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) in their rematch on September 13th at the MGM Grand.
This is down to the fact Mayweather hasn’t defended the title since winning it against Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last September. That’s nearly a year of not defending the belt and you can bet there is a few hungry fighters after the belt, and Floyd knows he has to defend it in some manor or risk being stripped of the title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: There is a fight that never ends in boxing. It’s a fight between two complete different styles, two complete different schools. It’s a fire vs ice kind of thing, raw power vs high intelligence. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The August 16th Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook Showtime fight card just got a lot better with #1 WBC heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, KOs) added to it to beef it up. Lightweight contender Jorge Linares (36-3, 23 KOs) has also been added to the card against an opponent still to be determined, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. It’s unknown if the Deontay and Linares fights will make it onto the Showtime broadcast. They already have three good fights on the card that are scheduled to be televised.
Deontay, 6’7″, is waiting for a title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne for later on this year, but now that Stiverne has a hand injury, it’s unknown when that fight will happen. Deontay, his adviser Al Haymon and Golden Boy Promotions don’t want to let him sit back and get rusty waiting for Stiverne’s injured hand to heal. Read the rest of this entry »