By Scott Gilfoid: High level journeyman heavyweight Michael Sprott (40-21, 17 KO’s) is very interested in facing the young and totally untested heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (5-0, 5 KO’s) if his promoter Eddie Hearn will let the 6’6″ Joshua fight him. Sprott, 39, already pulled off an upset Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Audley Harrison in 2007 in halting him in 3 rounds, and he’d like to add Joshua’s scalp to his resume as well.
Joshua captured a gold medal in the super heavyweight class in the 2012 London Olympics, although Joshua’s gold medal win was high controversial due to many boxing fans feeling like he’d lost most if not all of his contests in the Olympics. Read the rest of this entry »
By Isaac Brodie: A large number of the sport’s most talented and popular fighters compete between 140 and 147, but as of late it is getting harder to think of the junior middle weight division as anything more than a stepping stone, a mechanism for creating interest for future fights in its big brother division.
Since the like of Miguel Cotto, Manny Paquaio and Floyd Mayweather have moved on from the division, so too has the money and fanfare. So now when any standouts appear at 140 we immediately ask when they plan to move up and face our respective favourite. This has been exactly the case for Danny Garcia. As the undisputed king at 140he is still seen as a challenger, because in the eyes of many fans he is simply and opponent in waiting for the pound for pound champ. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #7 WBC Manuel Charr (25-1, 15 KO’s) will be facing Kevin Johnson (29-5-1, 14 KO’s) next month in a scheduled 12 round bout at the elekom Dome, in Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Charr will be defending a number of his minor level heavyweight title straps in the fight. This is a fight between two of the former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s previous title challengers. Both Charr and Johnson were easily beaten by Vitali in the past, and both of them have seen their careers stuck in quicksand since then.
Charr has won his last four fights since his 4th round TKO loss to Vitali in 2012, but he also also hasn’t been fighting quality opposition and you’ll still be able to say this after April 12th. In his last four fights, Charr has beaten Konstantin Airich, Yakup Saglam, Oleksiy Maksim and Denis Baktov. Those are weak opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) thinks British heavyweight David Haye’s recent shoulder injury is a result of the punishment that he’s taken since moving up to the heavyweight division in 2008. The 6’7″ Deontay sees Haye as a cruiserweight fighting in the wrong division, and he thinks Haye should stay retired rather than try to make a come back. But with that said, Deontay would be more than willing to fight Haye if he’s up for it. He’d also like to face British heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury as well.
Deontay has a big fight this Saturday night against Malik Scott (36-1-1-, 13 KO’s) in their WBC heavyweight title eliminator bout at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Rob McCracken, the trainer for IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s), doesn’t see another repeat of Froch shoving challenger George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) before they face each other in the ring on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, United Kingdom.
McCracken thinks Froch used that tactic as a way of motivating himself for the fight, and that he doesn’t see him using that tactic again. Besides, he feels that the two fighters will be kept separated from now on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: Shawn Porter has arranged a voluntary defence of his new IBF 147lb title with the biggest available name, Paulie Malignaggi, but the IBF have stated that the winner must fight mandatory challenger Kell Brook within 90 days. This is great news all round. Porter gets to fight another big name after springing onto the big stage with his upset victory over Devon Alexander.
Malignaggi didn’t get his rematch with Broner, nor a fight with Maidana to get his belt back, but now he gets a chance to become a three-time world champion. And Kell Brook, after challenging Gary Russell Jr. for the award for the most consecutive tune-up fights ever, will finally fight for a title (assuming it isn’t repeatedly cancelled through injuries again, as was the case with his proposed fight with Alexander). Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A bearded and out of shape-looking Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) announced in a video posted on his twitter site that he’ll be fighting on May 3rd against an opponent to be determined. Broner, 24, sounded like he didn’t care who he faces in the ring on May 3rd on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Broner could face John Molina or a similar opponent. He’s not going to fight Amir Khan.
“This is the first day of training camp,” Broner said. “It’s going down on May 3rd. I don’t know who I’ll fight.”
The way that Broner make the announcement, you would think that he’s facing a quality opponent on May 3rd, but that’s probably not going to happen. He had the chance to fight Amir Khan, but it looks like he passed up on the idea of taking that fight. Showtime Sports vice president Stephen Espinoza says that Broner will be moving down in weight for his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Since stopping by a way of knockout Miguel Cotto in November of 2009, Manny Pacquiao hasn’t be able to win the same way again. A controversial defeat by Tim Bradley that only the judges saw, a close victory by points against Juan Manuel Marquez and a famous knockout defeat by the same opponent in December of 2012.
Coming back almost a year later against Brandon Rios it was obvious that Pacquiao didn’t want to take big risks. He just out-boxed cleverly his opponent in each round and that was enough.
Facing for a second time Bradley, nobody can expect again a controversial decision but then again you can never be sure in boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has given IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) an exception to take on former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) in an optional title defense with the stipulation that the winner of the Porter-Malignaggi fight must face #1 IBF Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s) by this Summer, according to Fightnews.
Porter, 26, was supposed to be fighting Brook next, but he got permission from the IBF to take the fight against #2 WBA, #3 WBC, #4 WBO, #5 IBF, Malignaggi next. However, the fight must be staged by April 19th at the latest, otherwise Porter will have to fight Brook next, and not Malignaggi. Read the rest of this entry »
(Tony Bellew seen here doing a good job of taking Adonis Stevenson’s best power shots) By Scott Gilfoid: Liverpool fighter Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) will be moving up in weight from the light heavyweight division to the cruiserweight division this Saturday night to face a ring rusty 37-year-old Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KO’s) in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. While this is technically Bellew’s first fight at cruiserweight, he’s fighting a light heavyweight for this one.
Brudov used to fight at cruiserweight, but he’s now a light heavyweight, so Bellew has picked an odd opponent for his first fight in the cruiserweight division. Brudov has fought only 5 times in the past 4 years. In other words, just a little over 1 fight a year a year. That always helps a guy when you pick out an old rusty fighter who doesn’t fight in the same weight class as you. Read the rest of this entry »