By Scott Gilfoid: It’s really difficult to get truly excited about the May 25th rematch between IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) and WBA champ Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) because I’ve already seen Froch beaten in the past three times and that’s way too much for my tastes. The talented ones don’t taste defeat left and right when they step it up, and I saw Froch struggle big time when he stepped it up in the Super Six tournament.
Froch was beaten by Kessler, almost beaten by Jermain Taylor, beaten by Andre Ward and he was clearly beaten by Andre Dirrell, although he wasn’t given the decision but he definitely beat Froch. Indeed, Dirrell beat Froch better than Kessler did but he wasn’t fighting at home like Kessler was when he fought Froch. It was clear domination by Dirrell in that fight and it’s so funny to see people talking about Kessler. It’s Dirrell and Ward who really schooled Froch and exposed his defensive flaws. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit/K2) By Dan Ambrose: Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) will be moving up in weight this Saturday night to fight for the WBA middleweight world title against Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) on HBO at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rosado is the undercard but he’s convinced he’ll stop the Kazakhstan born Golovkin in the 9th round and he doesn’t see it even be close. Rosado has seen a lot of Golovkin and he feels it’s an easy fight for him.
Speaking with Greg Leon at boxingtalk.com, Rosado said “I want to dominate him. I think we can get a stoppage in the later rounds, about the 9th round.”
Perhaps more boxing fans would buy into what Rosado is saying if he’d at least say it was going to be a competitive fight and that he’d maybe grit out a decision or try to wear Golovkin down to stop him late. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) is hoping to get a unification bout against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in June of this year, if Burns can get past his March 16th unification bout against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) first.
That’s a big ‘if’ because Vazquez is SO much better than the guys that Burns has been fighting it’s not even funny. Burns says he thinks he can win but it’s going to be tough because his style is build more for guys that stand in front of him for 12 rounds looking to slug, and I’m not talking about talents like Adrien Broner. Burns isn’t built for that. He’s built for guys like Kevin Mitchell, Nicky Cook and Andreas Evensen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: If Manny Pacquiao is going to be fighting in April then his promoters at Top Rank are going to need to act very quickly because there isn’t an opponent and there’s still not a venue for the fight. It’s really late in the game for a fight that soon to be taking place. Sports Illustrated doesn’t believe the fight will take place in April, as they see the desire for that date is not realistic because Top Rank isn’t pushing to make it happen.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t want Pacquiao coming back in April, according to Sports Illustrated. He prefers that Pacquiao rest up until September to recover from his knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez. Also, a problem with Pacquiao’s next fight is that a huge site fee that would be involved with getting a site on short notice. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) will be fighting for the IBF welterweight world title on February 23rd against champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) at the Joe Louis Arena, in Detroit, Michigan. Brook sees a victory for himself as his destiny.
Brook said to Sky Sports News “I’m going to show him – and the world – why people call me the Special One. it’s destiny, it’s just meant to be…I’ve got to do whatever it takes to win, whether that’s make it a dogfight or a technical fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 48-year-old former two division world champion Steve Collins (36-3, 21 KO’s) says a fight between him and 43-year-old Roy Jones Jr. (56-8, 40 KO’s) is possible in 2013. He says both him and Jones Jr. have agreed on the fight and will split the money down the middle. Collins just needs to train hard and get ready for the fight. They also need a venue and date of course.
Collins hasn’t fought in 15 years since beating Craig Cummings by a 3rd round knockout in July 1997. Collins looks like he’s in good shape for an ex-fighter that is nearing 50. He’ll be turning 49 in July, and that’s pretty old to be still fighting. However, Jones Jr. will be turning 44 tomorrow, January 16th, and he appears to be totally shot now and has been for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO’s) turned a ripe 48-years-old today, January 15th, and he’s scheduled to fight for the IBF light heavyweight world title against champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KO’s) on March 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Hopkins will have been out of the ring for over a year when he steps inside the ring to face the unbeaten 31-year-old Cloud on 3/9, and there are now a lot of questions about whether Hopkins still has it. Hopkins is hoping to become the oldest fighter to ever win a world title. No ones ever done it at 48, so it would be a big deal if Hopkins can wrestle the IBF title away from the much younger Cloud.
It’s been two years since Hopkins last won a fight in defeating WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal in May 2011, and that’s a long time for a fighter Hopkins’ age to be going between victories. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s interesting to see all the hype that’s now being done about the May 25th Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch II rematch right now because what we’re really looking at here is a kind of consolation bracket of sorts where the losers from fights against the talented American Andre Ward will now face each other with the chance of getting another fight against Ward for the winner.
Froch was whipped by Ward in December 2011 in the finals of the Super Six tournament, whereas Kessler was totally dominated by Ward in 2009 in an 11th round technical decision win. What’s interesting about Ward’s win over Froch is that Ward did it fighting with a fractured left hand for the entire fight and yet he was still able to school Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan: On March 16th at Wembley stadium we can look forward to an outstanding match-up between current WBO lightweight Champion Ricky Burns from Scotland and the Mexican IBF champ Miguel Vazquez.
It’s a good match-up between the two as they both stand 5’10” with Vasquez having the slightly longer reach. Both fighters don’t seam to have 1 punch KO power but Burns has started to show more grit and strength in his last few fights.
Vasquez at 33-3 with 13 stoppages is on a 12 fight win streak, only losing to Saul Alvarez (twice) and Tim Bradley. Two very good fighters. At the same time he has struggled against mediocre opposition against the likes of Quintero and Daniel Attah, nevertheless still won both fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s), thinks Froch has improved since he was beaten by Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) three years ago in the Super Six tournament in Herning, Denmark.
Froch lost the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111. However, Hearn thinks Froch has gotten better in winning four out of his last five fights.
Hearn said as quoted by ringtv “I really feel Carl is a different fighter now, especially in the United Kingdom. These are the kinds of fights and nights that can cement the legacy of Carl Froch.” Read the rest of this entry »