By Gav Duthie: There are some fighters who are so revered that they can have their opponent beaten before they even step in the ring. FEAR can be a boxers greatest weapon but it can also be a major obstacle. Some of our major talents today like Sergey Kovalev and Gennady Golovkin are struggling to get the fights they deserve as a result.
The obvious example is Mike Tyson. When all the promoters, managers and ring girls stepped out of the ring you are faced with an opponent who has nothing on his mind but destroying you. Mike Tyson was powerful but it was his stare, the thought that he could kill you, destroy you in the ring. Michael Spinks is considered one of the top 3 light heavyweights of all time alongside Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore but the day he stepped into the ring with Iron Mike you could tell he didn’t want to be there. It takes an extremely brave man to beat someone like this and if you can eliminate the fear its half the battle. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, the promoter for Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs), says that visiting fighter Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) was disqualified last night by referee Vic Drakulich for having thrown an elbow before a head-lock in the 9th rather than for having allegedly gauged the eyes of Rios, which is what Rios was complaining about.
“It was an elbow that he was disqualified for and not a gauge of the eye,” Arum said at the post-fight press conference. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In re-watching last night’s controversial fight between Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) and Argentinian Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), it seemed to me that referee Vic Drakulich took Rios’ word that he’d been thumbed in the eye during a head-lock in the 9th round rather than having seen it himself in their fight at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Drakulich then disqualified Chaves on the spot. Rios’ complaining to Drakulich appears to have been the catalyst for him disqualifying Chaves. There was no way that Drakulich would have seen Chaves thumbing Rios during a head-lock because he was bent over with Chaves’ hard around his head. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Last night we saw IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) show flashes of what appeared to be irritation when he was interviewed by HBO commentator Max Kellerman about his chances of beating WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (25-1, 23 KOs) about their fight in November.
Kellerman merely said to Hopkins that it would be a major accomplishment if he were to beat the hard hitting Kovalev, but the fact that Kellerman used the word ‘if’ seemed to upset Hopkins, as he went into a little speech immediately after, saying that Kellerman should have known better than to say what he said. Hopkins then walked out on the interview. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) suffered a shoulder and eye injury on Saturday night in winning a 9th round disqualification victory over Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rios was unable to attend the post-fight press conference due to an injured shoulder or collarbone, as well as eye injury.
“Rios is dizzy and may have a separated shoulder or broken collarbone in addition to the eye injury, per his manager Mickey Felix,” Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports said. “Bob Arum just said Rios isn’t coming to the press conference. He is concerned he has a corneal abrasion.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a fight that was filled by fouling by both fighters, Brandon Rios (32-2, 23 KOs) defeated Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) by a 9th round disqualification tonight at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The fight was halted by referee Vic Drakulich in the 9th round following a head lock. Rios said he was pocked in the eye by Chaves.
Drakulich won the fight for Rios, because he was on his to his third consecutive defeat if not for the ref disqualifying Chaves. At the time of the stoppage, Chaves was ahead on the judges’ scorecards by a 75-74 and 75-74, while the third judge had it 75-74 for Rios. If not for Drakulich taking two points away from Chaves, Rios would have been trailing on all three judges’ scorecards. Rios should be thanking Drakulich for saving his career tonight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Rich Graessle/Main Events) By Jim Dower: In a predictable outcome, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) destroyed the light hitting fringe contender Blake Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KOs) in defeating him by an easy 2nd round knockout tonight at the Ovation Hall at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Kovalev was dropped in the 1st round when his foot was stepped on while he was being hit by Caparello.
In the 2nd round, Kovalev came out on fire in knocking Caparello down three times with huge power shots. The fight was then halted after the third knockdown. The official time of the stoppage was 1:47. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Goossen Tutor Promotions) By Scott Gilfoid: Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) put the super middleweight division on notice last night in taking apart a guy with a nearly unbreakable chin in Vladine Biosse (15-5-2, 7 KOs) in getting a 5th round TKO at the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA.
Dirrell’s hand speed was the same as it was when he was at his best in the Super Six tournament four years ago when he arguably went 2-0 in his two fights, although he did lose a fight to Carl Froch that pretty much the entire world saw Dirrell winning.
Dirrell said he wants to work his way to a title shot against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, but that’s not a realistic option. Froch has made a small fortune in his recent fights against George Groves and Mikkel Kessler, and he’s pretty much at the end stage of his career. Froch is going to fight once or twice more in cash out fights and then retire rather than taking on a guy like Dirrell, who could spoil it for him by sending him into retirement with a big fat loss. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO) By Chris Williams: The winner of tonight’s fight between Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) and Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) won’t be getting a world title shot, of course, but they could face former WBO light welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs). Top Rank is interested in matching Provodnikov against the winner of the Chaves-Rios fight.
It’s unclear whether the winner of that fight would get another crack at Manny Pacquiao, but I wouldn’t be surprised. There’s not much else for Bob Arum to match Pacquiao up against, so we could see Rios get a second shot at him if he runs the table and beats both Chaves and Provodnikov. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: The heavyweight division has been dominated in one way or another by a single individual for 15 years since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999. From the invention of boxing in the late 1800s to the Millennium HW has always been the pinnacle of boxing with the exception of the fab 4 (Leonard, Hagler, Herns, Duran) in the 80s.
Since the dominant reign of Lewis began the interest in the division has declined at a rapid rate. Today Wladimir Klitschko rules the roost after he took over from his brother Vitaly during his 4 year absence due to knee surgery. Is it as simple as the heavyweight division will be more entertaining again post Klitschko dominance. Read the rest of this entry »