By Scott Gilfoid: After hanging around for seven years as a pro and failing twice in two previous world title shots, Britain’s Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) will be getting a third title shot two months from now against what many boxing fans see as the best fighter in the 160 pound division in WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) on February 21st at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Some fans would say that the 32-year-old Murray doesn’t deserve another world title shot. After all, he was beaten just last year by former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, and since then Murray has three wins over pedestrian opposition in Ishmael Tetteh, Max Bursak and Domenico Spada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) has a new excuse for why he doesn’t plan on fighting IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs). Khan is now saying he doesn’t want to fight Brook because he’s been disrespectful to him.
In other words, Khan is pulling out the same excuse that Ricky Hatton used many years ago to not face Junior Witter. It’s not a great excuse, but it’s different from the ones that Khan used in the past. Khan used to say that he didn’t want to fight Brook because he didn’t have enough experience for him to fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum, the promoter for Manny Pacquiao, recently suggested that Floyd Mayweather Jr forget about fighting on May 2nd next year and instead fight on two dates that are convenient for them in April or June of 2015. Arum thinks it’s an insult to the Mexican people that Mayweather wants to try and take the May 2nd date, which falls on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo.
Mayweather hasn’t said yet whether he’ll give in to Arum’s wishes and fight in either April or June next year against Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #2 WBA Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) defeated Poland’s Dariusz Sek (21-2-1, 7 KOs) last Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Ballhaus Forum, Munich, Bayern, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 115-113, and 116-112.
More important than the win over the little known Sek, the 27-year-old Krasniqi will now likely be the next opponent for WBA World light heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) in his next title defense on March 21st at the Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Jean Pascal wasn’t too impressed with the level of opposition for WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in his mismatch last Friday night against a badly over-matched Dmitry Sukhotsky.
This was Stevenson’s fourth stay busy level opponent since he won the WBC title in June of 2013. Since then, Stevenson has beaten the following challengers: Tavoris Cloud, Tony Bellew, Andrzej Fonfara and Sukhotskiy. You can make a strong argument that all four of them were stay busy type opponents rather than challengers that had a real chance of beating Stevenson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #3 WBO, #8 WBC, #13 IBF heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr (23-0, 17 KOs) put in a workmanlike performance last Saturday night in defeating former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich (26-6, 16 KOs) in beating him by a 10 round unanimous decision at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
The fight was a lot closer than it was expected to be, as Liakhovich had no problems taking the slow power shots thrown by the flabby looking Ruiz Jr. The final judges’ scores were 98-92, 96-94 and 99-91. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Interim WBA featherweight champion Jesus Andres Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) of Argentina made easy work of an over-matched Ruben Tamayo (23-5-4, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in stopping him in the 5th round at the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA.
Cuellar, 27, knocked Tamayo down twice with body shots in the 4th round, and then dropped him again with another body shot in the 5th. Referee Mark Nelson halted the fight at 1:48 of the 5th.
Cuellar had previously destroyed former two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez in his previous fight last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By BP: Bob Arum has yet again come up with another excuse to block the Mayweather vs Pacquiao Fight from happening.
Mayweather was to begin a 90-day sentence on Jan. 6, 2012.
Bob Arum said he would go to the Philippines to meet with Pacquiao and present him with the names of four possible opponents for May or June: Miguel Cotto, Marquez, Lamont Peterson and Timothy Bradley Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is counting on Amir Khan facing his fighter IBF welterweight champion if Khan gets passed over by Floyd Mayweather Jr for a fight in early 2015. Mayweather has pretty much already ruled out a fight against Khan in early 2015 anyway, but Khan appears to be stubbornly holding out hope that he’ll still get the fight against Mayweather if he doesn’t wind up facing Pacquiao.
Hearn is also holding out hope that Khan will wind up facing his guy Brook if he can’t get the Mayweather fight, which would seem like it’s going to be the case. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook may have learned who his next opponent will be last night after #2 IBF Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) defeated Canada’s Kevin Bizier (23-2, 16 KOs) by a 12 round split decision at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The judges scored the fight 115-112, 114-113 for Dan and 114-113 for Bizier.
Dan is a light puncher with not much in the way of defense and hand speed. In other words, he’s the perfect stay busy fight for Brook for his next fight in March. Read the rest of this entry »