By Allan Fox: #1 WBO middleweight contender Brian Vera (22-6, 13 KO’s) will be back in the ring against Donatas Bondorovas (17-3-1, 6 KO’s) this Friday night on ESPN2 in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA.
Vera, 31, is making a quick turnaround as he recently was on ESPN2 in his 10th round TKO victory over former WBO junior middleweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk in mostly one-sided fight that ended with Vera sending a beaten Dzinziruk to the canvas in the 10th after having trapped him in the corner.
Vera needs to win this fight this Saturday night against the 33-year-old Lithuanian Bondorovas to keep in line for a big fight against either former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in June. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) and his promoter Eddie Hearn had no other choice but to agree to face #1 WBO Jose Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KO’s) on May 11th at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, in Scotland, United Kingdom.
It was either face the hard hitting Gonzalez or give up the WBO title because the World Boxing Organization ordered Burns to take this fight, and he had no other choice unless he was up for vacating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated #4 WBC, #5 WBO, #8 IBF, heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is still up in arms that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is making him earn his title shot against him by working his way to a title shot instead of just having one plopped in his lap based on his victories over journeyman competition.
Fury said to the Dailymail.co.uk “A b****,” is how Fury sees the 37-year-old Wladimir. “He doesn’t want to fight back and he doesn’t want to fight anybody dangerous. So that, to me, is a b****.”
You have to wonder why Fury has been facing guys like Martin Rogan, Vinny Maddalone and Kevin Johnson instead of the likes of Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev.
If Fury’s idea is that Wladimir has been avoiding dangerous heavyweights, then what does that say about Fury that he’s fighting guys like Rogan, Maddalone and Johnson? Wilder and Pulev would love to get their hands on Fury so that they could smash his fragile chin, but he’s not fighting them for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) was really slathering on the compliments over the head of the talented 6’7” heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) after the hard-hitting American gave Audley some valuable sparring last year while helping him get ready for his ill-fated fight against British/Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price.
Audley said to the dailymail.co.uk “Deontay Wilder punches like a mule, and he’s fast. I had four weeks of him.”
Some boxing fans think that the punishment that Audley took in the sparring sessions Wilder depleted Audley to where Price could have knocked him out by just blowing on him in their October 2012 fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) believes God picked him out of all the fighters in boxing to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) in their fight on May 4th. Guerrero sees it as one of those destiny type of things where he specifically was picked out for this purpose.
Guerrero said “I believe God put me here to humble Floyd Mayweather, and it is going to happen.”
I hope Guerrero doesn’t get himself too worked up on the God angle because you’d hate to see him to go to pieces if he doesn’t step in and give him this gift that he feels that he’s bestowed upon him. Guerrero has talent, but I’m sure he’s got the kind of talent needed for him to beat Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: Two young warriors then, both looking for glory fought a close but gruesome battle. They battered and tangled in a battle dance that left no clear victor. What they did not realize was that they would meet again in the squared circle for a fourth painful time, all in the quest to set the record straight.
With a cry of injustice and desire to settle for supremacy, the war horns were sounded again and this time, the result was again painfully similar to the first.
Clearly, the cloth was of the same kind, woven with the same expertise and of the same quality. Attempts were made to draw the difference but alas, it could only be by the colour. The war mongers were at it again baying for blood…more blood. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) will be fighting in June and October as part of a two-fight plan to get in position to become the mandatory challenger for one of the Klitschko brothers, according to the telegraph.co.uk.
Haye plans on fighting top 10 contenders for both fights so that he can lock himself in as the mandatory. The purpose by becoming the mandatory is to force one of the Klitschkos to fight him while at the same time getting a bigger purse split when the time comes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan: On May 11 at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland’s Ricky Burns defends his WBO Lightweight title against arguably his toughest opponent since he first won a world title in beating Roman Martinez back in September 2010.
Puerto Rican Jose Chelo Gonzalez, who comes to the ring with an impressive 22-0 with 17 stoppages is arguably taking a big step up in facing Burns but as the mandatory , deserves his chance.
Gonzalez is a huge puncher who moves really well and likes to keep a tight guard. He doesn’t waste many punches and he likes to walk opponents down. He is similar shape to Burns, big for the weight and very physically strong. It’s a good match-up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Steven Ocallaghan: If the rumors are true, then it looks like we will have an interesting match up between the American prospect Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 kO’s) and a resurgent 2-time Prizefighter champ Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) on April 27th at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
It’s an interesting match-up as the 2 heavy’s had some good sparring last year in the run up to Audley’s fight with David Price. Both guys have got KO power, are big with a very long reach.
Deontay at 27-years-old has a perfect 27-0 with all by KO. Ok some of his opponents have been questionable but you have to respect the fact that he has stopped all before him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: You can make a good argument that WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1, 12 KO’s) is facing the best opponent of his six-year career on Saturday night against #3 WBC Isaac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Bellew, 30, is the older fighter in this bout against the still young 25-year-old Chilemba, and he’s facing someone with a better work rate, better stamina, and clearly a better chin. Chilemba can take any kind of shot and keep coming, which is more than I can say about Bellew.
We’ve already see him down on the canvas in his first fight against Ovill McKenzie in December 2010. Read the rest of this entry »