By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (46-5, 27 KO’s) will be in the ring next week on Wednesday, April 9th against former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KO’s) at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Mundine must win this fight in order to keep in position to get an eventual title shot against WBA 154lb champion Erislandy Lara. This should be a fairly safe fight for the 38-year-old Mundine, as long as he doesn’t get caught by one of Clottey’s triple hooks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF mandatory heavyweight challenger Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KO’s) finally has an opponent for his scheduled 8-round fight on Saturday night on the undercard of the Enzo Maccarinelli vs. Jurgen Braehmer card at the Stadhalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Pulev will be fighting the 23-year-old Joey Dawejko (9-3-2, 3 KO’s). Pulev was rumored to be fighting Ellijah McCall, but he chose not to take the fight against him. Pulev’s promoters were then forced to hunt down Dawejko and have him fill in at the last second. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: According to his trainer Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be taking risks against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) on April 12th because they don’t see him as having the kind of power that they need to be all that concerned about. So instead of playing it cautiously, Pacquiao will likely be spending more time staying in the pocket against Bradley than he normally would.
“We’re not worried about his [Bradley] punching power,” Roach said to the Boxing Channel. “We can take risks and chances. I told Manny that he wasn’t busy enough in the first fight when he was fighting only one minute of every round. I told Manny he has to fight three minutes of every round to be dominant in the fight. The first fight was so easy that he began to fight just one minute of every round. He was content that he was getting the rounds, but the judges didn’t see it that way.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #2 WBO 160lb contender Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KO’s) feels he’s got what it takes to pull off a huge upset on April 19th in his title challenge against WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (30-0, 22 KO’s) at the DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. The 35-year-old Konecny is quite fortunate to be getting a world title shot at all, because the other three sanctioning bodies don’t even have him ranked in their top 15 after his lopsided 12 round decision loss against former WBO 154lb champion Zaurbek Baysangurov.
The World Boxing Organization, however, have Konecny as their No.2 contender at 160 and have him ranked above a number of fighters who would likely beat him like Curtis Stevens, Matthew Macklin, Andy Lee, and Daniel Jacobs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) is hoping to get past WBA champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) on April 19th so that he can face the winner of the May 24th fight between WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara to ultimately decide who the No.1 light heavyweight is for Showtime televised 175 pounders. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: Recently there was a post on this website, featuring the top ten greatest Mexican fighters to ever set foot inside a boxing ring. I found the discussion, especially from the Facebook users to be extremely intriguing. In essence it made me want to be bolder and evaluate the top 15 of all time. I thought doing a top 10 would be too easy hence why I’m doing overtime. Also I will only consider retired fighters, so active fighters are a no go area simply because their legacies are yet to be finalized.
First things first allow me to qualify my parameters. When I hear the term best “P4p” I immediately comprehend it to mean that if all the fighters were the same size yet had their own skill sets, then which skill set was the most impressive? Also I have to take into account the level of competition one has faced; the win loss record is not important to me at all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: When some boxing fans take a look at the little 5’5” Carl Frampton (17-0, 12 KO’s), they see a guy who lacks the major power and skills to hang with the best fighters in the super bantamweight division like WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz and WBA/WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Indeed, it’s hard to look at any of Frampton’s fights and see him being able to compete with either of those talents, but former two division world champion Ricky Hatton believes that Frampton has world class skills of the highest type.
Hatton thinks that Frampton will prove that this Friday night when he faces 35-year-old Hugo Fidel Cazares (40-7-2, 27 KO’s) in a WBC 122lb eliminator bout at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) has a lot on his plate in the form of WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) coming up in less than two weeks from now on April 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada. But while the fight is incredibly important for Pacquiao, it’s one that his trainer Freddie Roach is already looking past it towards a much bigger fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
That’s a fight that Roach can’t seem to get out of his mind, and he confesses he’s even had dreams of the fight. In Roach’s mind, Mayweather doesn’t have much of a choice about the Pacquiao fight. He pretty much has to take it due to there not being enough big fights to finish out the remaining fights on his 6-fight contract with Showtime/CBS. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Challenger George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) is amused that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) has gotten to the point where he’s unwilling or unable to make eye contact when the two of them get together for press conferences and other activities where they’re contractually expected to be with each other to help hype their May 31st rematch on pay per view from the Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
Groves believes that Froch is totally psyched out from the bad experience he had with Groves during the build-up for their fight last November, and he also thinks that the grueling fight that it turned out to be also has gotten into his head. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Ricky Hatton sees Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) potentially having a really tough time against former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) on May 3rd if Khan elects to get in the trenches and punch with Collazo like he’s done in his other fights during his career.
Hatton sees that as a recipe for disaster for Khan if he tries to get even with Collazo each time he takes a big shot from him. Instead of punching with him, Hatton sees Khan as having a better chance if he boxes and uses his hand speed. Read the rest of this entry »