By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez has come out and revealed Pacquiao’s secret plans for how he’s going to try and defeat unbeaten American Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Fernandez says Pacquiao is going to try and overwhelm Algieri with combinations, and he’s going to be looking to cut the ring off at every opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) is back in training camp and getting ready for his November 15th title defense next month against #1 IBF Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany.
Klitschko suffered an arm injury last August, causing him to postpone his fight against the 33-year-old Pulev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: #1 WBC light welterweight contender Viktor Postol (26-0, 11 KOs) and lightweight Stan Martyniouk (13-2, 2 KOs) will reportedly be flying out to the Philippines to work as sparring partners for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s November 22nd fight against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs).
Postol, 5’11”, and Martyniouk, 5’10”, are of similar height as the 5’10” Algieri, and Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach obviously wants to try and get Pacquiao as ready as possible for the height and reach that Algieri will be bringing to this fight on 11/22 at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan is one of many possibilities for WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight on May 2nd in 2015. Khan possesses top speed with super quick mobility that you don’t see from other welterweights in the division.
It would seem that Khan would be potentially the most difficult opponent for Mayweather to face at this point in his career in the 147lb division. Trainer Robert Garcia thinks that Khan isn’t the toughest opponent that Mayweather can face at welterweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says that former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) is a possibility for IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s next fight on January 31st in 2015 at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
This would obviously have to be a voluntary defense for the 37-year-old Froch, because the 35-year-old Kessler hasn’t fought in a year and half since his loss to Froch in May of 2013. With Kessler being out of the ring for close to 2 years, all four sanctioning bodies have dropped him from their top 15. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Next month #10 WBC super middleweight contender Callum Smith (14-0, 11 KOs) will be facing #14 WBC former world title challenger Nikola Sjekloca (27-2, 8 KOs) in a WBC super middleweight title eliminator on the Nathan Cleverly – Tony Bellew 2 fight card on November 22nd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Smith, 24, has dreams of fighting #4 WBC George Groves next year if Groves is able to beat WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell in their fight at some point in the near future. Smith, 6’3”, thinks that a win over Sjekloca will lead him to a shot against Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After his horrible performance last night in beating Alexandre Lepelley (17-2-1, 3 KOs) by an unimpressive 8 round decision, Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) says he has some decisions to make about whether he should move back down to lightweight to try and make the best of things in that weight class. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok / SHOWTIME) By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBC 175 pound champion Chad Dawson (32-4, 18 KOs) is convinced that the powers that be are looking to throw him out of the sport of boxing following his close 10 round split decision loss to Tommy Karpency (24-4-1, 14 KOs) last night in Dawson’s fight on Showtime from the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
Dawson was a huge favorite to win the fight coming in. Indeed, he was a 25:1 favorite to defeat Karpency, who had never beaten anyone remotely talented before in his 8 year pro career. But Dawson failed to fight as hard as he needed to in order to impress the three judges, especially late in the fight when he was outworked by Karpency. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten #9 WBA lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (15-0, 11 KOs) made easy work of Mexican fighter Sergio Villanueva (26-5-2, 13 KOs) in stopping him with a big right hand last Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Temple, in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Verdejo, 21, connected with a big right hook to the head that sent the 23-year-old Villanueva down face first on the canvas with his head sticking outside of the ropes. The referee then immediately halted the fight at 1:57 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against the unbeaten young fighter Chris Algieri on November 22nd in Macao, China, but is Pacquiao underestimating his next opponent? In my opinion, yes.
Since the fight has been announced the only subject Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum have spoke about is a possible mega-fight with long time rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. The whole saga started at the city press tour to build the fight between Pacquiao and Algieri, and through each event they would talk about the Pacquiao-Algieri fight. But as soon as Pacquiao, Roach and Arum were interviewed away from the press tour, they would talk about Mayweather and Mayweather only. Read the rest of this entry »