By Scott Gilfoid: 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua has signed a pro contract with Matchroom Sport, and he’s expected to make his pro debut in three months on October 5th at the O2 Arena in London, UK in a fight that will be televised by Sky, according to Live Fight.
Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is snatching up a lot of the top fighters in the UK, thanks in part with his contract to have his fighters’ televised on Sky. It’s like a magnet to attract the best fighters in the UK to his stable.
The 6’6” Joshua had talked about wanting to take part in the 2016 Olympics to try and capture a second super heavyweight Olympic gold medal, but it looks like he’s seen the light and figured he’s be better off turning pro. Joshua is only 23, so in theory it would have been possible for him to fight for another Olympic Gold medal and still be only 26 or 27 when he would turn pro. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF, Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) will reportedly be facing former WBA World welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KO’s) in his next fight, according to Boxing News. I hope this is wrong, because I honestly don’t consider the 36-year-old Senchenko as a big name or even close to being a big name.
Senchenko was BADLY exposed last year in April in getting stopped in the 9th round by the feather-fisted Paulie Malignaggi. I don’t care that Senchenko beat a rusty, WAY past his best Ricky Hatton in his last fight in November of last year. I still see Senchenko, #11 WBA, #12 IBF, #13 WBC, as not being a big name at 147. He’s a fringe contender and that’s it.
Why is it that we keep hearing that Brook will be fighting a big name fight after fight and instead we see him fighting guys like Matthew Hatton, Hector Saldivia, and Carson Jones? Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Have the reader ever seen a fight in which one of the fighters uses at least one dirty trick, or at least have you seen the referee allowing it? Well not only at a championship bout but at any tournament or sparring session you will see that the dirty tricks are part of a boxing fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) was in fine form in telling Sky Sports why he can’t fight WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s). Froch says he can’t fight Ward because he says he won’t come to the UK to fight him.
This would sound believable except for the fact that Ward told a nationwide U.S audience on HBO last May on the Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler II telecast that he’s open to traveling to the UK to fight Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios press tour well be getting underway this coming Saturday, July 27th in Macao, China to build up their November 23rd fight at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum wants Pacquiao and Rios to start out the press tour in China in order to try and drum up interest in the fight in that country first before heading over to the U.S start a media tour there. The Pacquiao-Rio will be selling for $5 in the Chinese market on pay per view. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With the possibility that his next fight could be ignored by HBO, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) could be fighting on the November 23rd undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios in Macao, China, according to Dan Rafael.
Bob Arum of Top Rank said recently that HBO was cool to the idea of televising Rigondeaux’s next fight.
Rafael said on his social media site “Assuming HBO doesn’t change its stance on Rigondeaux, he likely will fight on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard.”
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By Dan Ambrose: Another popular boxing figure is picking Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) to beat WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 26 KO’s) in their fight on September 14th. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson believes Mayweather will come out on top in his match-up with the young but still very green 23-year-old Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tyson told Dan Rafael of ESPN “It’s gonna be tough…I gotta go towards Floyd a little bit…we don’t know because Floyd is older. This guy [Canelo] is gonna hit him, but it’s just difficult to bet against Floyd…he’s been so superior over all the fighters during the duration of his career.” Read the rest of this entry »
Here we go! RT @BrandonSpano The deal is done. Mike Alvarado will face Ruslan Provodnikov at the First Bank Center in Denver on October 19th
— Mike Alvarado (@MileHighMike303) July 23, 2013
By Chris Williams: Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) is now a done deal for October 19th at the First Bank Center, in Denver, Colorado, USA. The fight will take place at 140 and they’ll be battling for the WBO light welterweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Boxing Muse: According to Dan Rafael of ESPN Dan Goosen the promoter of heavyweight contender Malik Scott has conducted an official inquest with British boxing board of control in order to review ‘Del-Boy’ Chisora’s ‘controversial’ knockout of then unbeaten Malik Scott on Saturday in London. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: Floyd Mayweather Jr, a phenomenon, pugilistic master, marketing genius, P4P best, undefeated and future hall of fame boxer. Time and time again I find myself defending the skills and prowess of a man who does not need defending.
Once again a recent article on this site wrote by lets say a devoted boxing follower to say the least, the article claims Floyd Mayweather is realizing his own fighting style is “boring” and he was pressured into fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez due to poor pay per view numbers in his last fight. Read the rest of this entry »