By Paul Richardson: This Saturday night two time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist #4 WBO Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) takes on flashy American #1 WBO Gary Russell Jr (24-0, 14 KO’s) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The fight is for the vacant WBO featherweight title which Orlando Salido lost on the scales before controversially outpointing Lomachenko by a 12 round split decision last March at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas in his previous fight.
Gary Russell j has been whining about Lomachenko getting two title shots in only three professional fights, but of course he conveniently ignores the fact that he has not exactly done anything to warrant a shot at the title either having never beaten a significant opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After his impressive 7th round demolition job on #1 WBO Brian Rose (25-2-1, 7 KO’s) last Saturday night, WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KO’s) sees himself as the best fighter in the 154-pound division bar none. With the way the 6’1” Andrade looked against Rose and his previous opponent Vanes Martirosyan, it’s hard to disagree that Andrade isn’t the best guy in the division.
Erislandy Lara, the WBA junior middleweight champ, is seen by many boxing fans to be the best fighter in the 154lb division, but Andrade did a better job of beating Martirosyan than Lara did, and that kind of tells you that Andrade could be No.1. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) wants to lure #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) over to the UK so that he can try and beat him this year. Fury, 25, is going to have a lot of time on his hands after his fight against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) on July 26th before he finally gets a crack at IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion for a world title shot.
So instead of sitting around and doing nothing, Fury wants to try and take the hard hitting Deontay’s scalp in a fight in the UK. Not surprisingly, Fury isn’t mentioning wanting to get a fight against David Haye after the two bad experiences he had in trying to line up a fight against him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I want to the network war to end. Notice I didn’t say promoters. I want to see good fights just like everyone else. But here’s a harsh reality. Promoters can sit and be buddies all they want they want. But if the networks don’t play nice, then the fight doesn’t happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It seems that #1 WBC, #3 WBA, #6 WBO Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) can’t make up his mind about who he wants to fight next, and he’s now to the point where he’s asking the fans who he should fight next later in this year in November or December. Khan, 27, has made no secrets about wanting to get in the ring with WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in what would be a big payday fight against Mayweather, but the problem is Khan can’t fight on Mayweather’s next date on September 13th due to Ramadan.
Khan has eliminated himself from that fight, so it seems kind of pointless for him to include Mayweather’s name on the list for his next fight because Mayweather isn’t budging from this September 13th date to make things easier for Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If trainer Freddie Roach gets his way, WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) will need to prove himself for a second time by beating Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) again before he feels that he’s earned the right to fight Roach’s No.1 fighter Manny Pacquiao in the future.
Roach thinks that Algieri was given a 12 round split decision that he didn’t deserve last Saturday night in Algieri’s win over Provodnikov at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. What’s interesting about this fight is that Roach is saying that Provodnikov clearly won the fight, and yet Roach was heard telling him that he needed a knockout to win after the 10th round. Roach said in an interview after the fight that he had told Provodnikov to go for a knockout just to motivate him, not because he felt that he was losing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: #13 WBO Chris Algieri (20-0, (8 KO’s), overcame not just a torrid first round to claim the WBO light-welterweight title from champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) by beating him by a 12 round split decision in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center on Saturday night.
The Algieri story is a fascinating one with him being a former kick boxer turned pro boxer. He’s really has bucked the system in many, many ways. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: Over the years, athletes have benefited from improvements in facets of training such as nutrition and exercise. In some ways, it improves athletes physically, and this leads to a perception that today’s athletes as a whole are superior. Some say that an old school boxer compared to one today would be like comparing automobiles of Henry Ford’s day to those of today. That is a terrible analogy. The boxers of the old school are a force that can’t be compared to any firepower, for it’s mind-power shared. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach is having a hard time coming to terms with his fighter Ruslan Provodnikov’s loss to Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) from last Saturday night, as he’s insisting that Provodnikov should have been given the decision by the judges at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Roach thinks that Algieri, who lives in New York, was given a hometown decision by the two judges that scored it 114-112, 114-112 in his favor. For this reason, Roach wants a rematch between Provodnikov and Algieri in a neutral venue like Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Four time super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler has recently said that he would like to return to the ring. The last time we saw him in the ring was in May 2013 against WBA and IBF world champion Carl Froch at the O2 arena London.
The fight was a unification fight where Kessler was then the WBA champion and Froch was the IBF world champion. Carl Froch won the fight on points in what a all out war. Let’s not forget that Mikkel Kessler won the first fight in Denmark as part of the super six tournament eventually won by American Andre Ward. This left the two fighters with one win a piece. Read the rest of this entry »