By Dan Ambrose: It took WBC featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KO’s) four years to finally capture another world title after having lost his WBO super bantamweight title to a young Juan Manuel Lopez in June 2008 in a 1st round knockout loss.
Last September, De Leon defeated WBC featherweight champ Jhonny Gonzalez by an 8th round technical decision to capture the WBC title. Instead of being able to enjoy the title, De Leon’s brief time as the champion may end in his very first title defense against unbeaten #5 WBC Jayson Velez (20-0, 15 KO’s) on March 2nd in New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After all the talking that unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) has done about the Klitschko brothers being bad for boxing, Fury will be facing 36-year-old former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) on April 20th at a venue still to be determined in New York.
This is Fury’s big named opponent. I can’t say impressed at all. Cunningham, #12 IBF, has lost three out of his last four fights, and not looked impressively offensively.
There are some boxing fans who think Cunningham should have gotten a decision win over 36-year-old Tomasz Adamek in their fight last December, but I’m not one of them. Cunningham just ran around the ring all night, throwing jabs and getting out-worked. Cunningham didn’t throw enough punches in that fight and he deserved to lose the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 kO’s) will be facing the hard hitting Nigerian knockout artist Michael Gbenga (14-6, 14 KO’s) in a fight scheduled for 8 rounds on Saturday night, February 2nd, at the Convention Center, in McAllen, Texas, USA.
The 29-year-old Dirrell was supposed to be fighting Milton Nunez, but he was switched out for the 33-year-old light heavyweight Gbenga for some reason. It really doesn’t matter much because Gbenga will out of his class in the same way that Nunez would have been, but it’s going to be a little more interesting due to Gbenga’s big power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley’s next fight on March 16th will be done with testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association [VADA], according to Steve Kim. Bradley still doesn’t have an opponent after he and super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa couldn’t agree on a catchweight for the fight.
At this point it’s not looking good for the 29-year-old Bradley if he doesn’t still fight on that date. It’s hard to imagine his promoter Bob Arum getting anyone remotely good, but that’s a good thing because Bradley will stay unbeaten for a little while longer. It’s no secret that Bradley wants a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, and by staying unbeaten he’ll be improving his chances of a second fight with Manny taking place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr, thinks WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) will have to changed his fighting strategy completely when and if he gets the May 4th fight with Floyd Jr. because he thinks the aggressiveness that Guerrero showed against Andre Berto recently would get him knocked out quick if he tries that against Floyd Jr.
Jeff said to fighthubtv.com “Floyd is too smart for either one of them [Saul “Canelo” Alvarez & Guerrero]. With Groves being aggressive, he’s going to have to change that or he’s going to get knocked out because Floyd will run him into something. If he fights Floyd the same way he fought Andre Berto.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The drug tests for last Saturday’s fight on Showtime between WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 30 KO’s) and Mike Dallas Jr. (19-3-1, 8 KO’s) have come out negative for performance enhancing drugs.
This takes the heat out of suspicions of Dallas Jr’s trainer Virgil Hunter, who made a big production about spotting Matthysse drinking an amino acid beverage before his fight with Dallas Jr. ast Saturday. Matthysse was surprised by the fuss that Hunter was making out of it, and he predicted that his drug test results would be negative.
As for the fight, it really wasn’t much of a contest because Dallas Jr. was planked in the 1st round by a solid right hand from Matthysse that put Dallas Jr. down on his face on the canvas. The real question about the fight is why the light hitting Dallas Jr. made the decision to right after the hard hitting Matthysse in the 1st round instead of playing it safe to keep out of harm’s until later in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two time WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) is blaming his weight for him losing to WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward in a 10th round TKO defeat last year in September.
Dawson claims the process of draining down from his natural weight class of 175 to 168 left him without his usual energy that he normally has. He says that’s one of the reasons why Ward kept knocking him down in that fight. Dawson hit the deck three times in the fight, once in the 3rd, 4th and 10th round.
Dawson said to Chris Byrd at Byrd’s Eye View “We [Ward] definitely got to do it again at 175. Eventually he’ll come to 175 and I’ll be right there.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum recently said that Manny Pacquiao will be fighting outside of the United States now because of the high taxes inside the country, and they want to avoid those taxes by having his fights staged in Asia and Mexico.
The sudden decision by Pacquiao and Arum to take his Manny’s fights outside of the country leaves fans wondering what’s really at the heart of this decision. It gives the sense that Pacquiao doesn’t have much time left, and that he wants to make sure he can get of the sport with as much money as possible before the ride is over. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) is hoping he can get one of the champions to face him this year, and he’s got several fighters on his list that he’d like to take on in the near future if they’re game.
Golovkin says he’d be interested in fighting former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm, IBF champ Daniel Geale or WBO champion Peter Quillin. Golovin is scheduled for a tune-up bout against Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KO’s) on March 30th, in Monaco, but after that Golovkin is free, and he’s be willing to fight Sturm, Geale or Quillin if they’re looking for a big fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) may not be fighting on the April 27th fight card at the Barclays Center in Brookly, New York, according to ESPN.
There’s no word about why he won’t be fighting on the card, but in recent interviews Malignaggi has been saying that he has it in his contract with Golden Boy Promotions that he should be a main event fighter. If Malignaggi were to fight on the April 27th card, he would likely be the co-main event given that the main event is Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia. The only way Malignaggi wound unseat that fight as the main event is if he were to face Amir Khan.
Malignaggi told RingTV that he’s interested in facing Amir Khan, Andre Berto or Marcos Maidana next. Read the rest of this entry »