By Jim Dower: 39-year-old Sam Soliman (37-4-2, 17 KO’s) bounced back from a 2nd round knockdown to come back and defeat former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 17 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision in their International Boxing Federation 160 pound eliminator bout at the ISS Dome, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing light welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) on March 16th at a still to be determined venue in the United States, according to ffboxe.com.
This isn’t the big name that the 29-year-old Bradley was hoping to get, as he wanted to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. But it looks like Bradley’s promoters at Top Rank aren’t taking any chances with him getting beaten by a contender from the welterweight division, so he’s being matched against 140 pound contender.
Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum had been saying that there’s a possibility of Bradley facing a big name on March 16th. I hope Provodnikov isn’t Arum’s idea of a big name because I see him as an ESPN2 type fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBA, #5 WBO Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) isn’t pleased to learn that he’s a monstrous underdog going into his February 16th fight this month against unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Rees was expecting the odds to be a lot closer, but he was reportedly shocked to hear that he’s an underdog by as much as 80-1 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rees told thesun.co.uk “I understand Broner being a firm favorite, but I can’t believe my ability is being treated with such contempt. To regard me as an 80-1 chance is simply absurd. Do they think I’m some wet behind the ears novice?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The rematch between IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) is now official for May 25th at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), London, UK.
Recently there had been talk of the Froch-Kessler 2 fight taking place on April 27th, but that date would have never worked because Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants the fight to be pay per view for the Brits, so the May 25th date gives them more time to market the fight to fans.
We’re still waiting to find out how much the fight will go for on PPV. The likely number will be 15 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) says he’ll be back in the ring in May in New York City, USA. Macklin, 30, is hoping that IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will be interested in fighting him in that month. I can’t see that happening.
Geale just finished beating Anthony Mundine in a tough 12 round fight, and he plans on facing tonight’s Felix Sturm vs. Sam Soliman winner next. If not one of them, Geale has already mentioned wanting to fight a unification bout against WBA champ Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Elmore: It’s funny when a fighter who isn’t a household name, doesn’t fill arenas every time they fight, doesn’t give his opponent at least a satisfying pay day, tells his opponent that he needs to get all these for a fight to happen when they don’t even have these things themselves. But these are the legs that WBO champion Peter Quillin and WBC champion Sergio Martinez are standing on. Earlier last week Sergio’s promoter told espn.go that Gennady doesn’t bring in a dime.
But what money or crowd does Quillin or Martinez pull in? Let’s start with Martinez.
Simply put, Sergio is trying to cash out before he retires. But as of late is looks like Lou Di Bella is cutting off every options that could probably bring in some good cash? That problem can be solved by unifying the division or move up to the super middleweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) won’t be fighting on HBO for his next bout on March 30th against 37-year-old Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KO’s) at the Chapiteau de Fontvielle, in Monte Carlos. With the fight not being televised on HBO, there’s not as much money to find a bigger name to fight the 30-year-old Golovkin, and there’s not as much pressure for Golovkin to fight anyone good.
Golovkin would be more than happy to fight a top quality fighter, but at this short notice it’s just not going to be possible to find anyone worthwhile.
Golovkin vs. Ishida is a good stay busy fight due to Ishida having good skills, and a lot of experience. He’s not a pushover despite his recent problems in his last two fights in losses to Paul Williams and Dmitriy Pirog. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Promoter Kalle Sauerland is expecting the worst from IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in terms of his next opponent on April 6th. Sauerland isn’t happy that the 36-year-old Wladimir chose to get permission by the World Boxing Association (WBA) to slip an optional defense of his title on April 6th rather than face his mandatory against WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin.
After all these years, Povetkin is finally ready to fight Wladimir, but he’s going to have to wait a little while longer before he gets that shot because Wladimir will likely be taking a soft opponent like Odlanier Solis for his next title defense. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) prefers to brawl with his opponents much in the fighting style as WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero in that Burns take the fight to his opponents, and then gets physical with them once he gets in close.
That’s what makes Burns so good is that he roughs up his opponents in close with a variety of tactics, some of which aren’t within the boxing rules. Burns has been blessed thus far during his career with most of his opponents being stationary fighters that allow him to slug and rough them up at close quarters.
However, on May 16th, Burns will be fighting IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Fighting the elusive Vazquez is like trying to punch water. Read the rest of this entry »