By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KO’s), questions whether the 30-year-old Bellew is ready to challenge for the title against WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson when and if the opportunity presents itself.
Bellew fought to an unimpressive 12 round draw with #3 WBC Isaac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO’s) last Saturday night at the Echo Arena.
Hearn said to the dailystar.co.uk “On that performance, maybe he [Bellew] is not ready for a Chad Dawson, so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. Maybe he needs to build again, learn more and come back better because I don’t think on that performance he may have been able to deal with Dawson.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) may have lost the fight last night and fought less than a smart fight in losing by a 12 round unanimous decision to Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) in Las Vegas, Nevada, but you can’t say Rios didn’t do a great job of interrupting and taking over Alvarado’s post fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman.
Rios did a great job of cutting into the interview, and stepping all over Alvarado in his moment of glory.
While Alvarado was trying to give his comments to Kellerman post-fight, Rios rushed forward and said “I gave you [Alvarado] a rematch.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions posed a question to his twitter followers last night by asking them if anyone would be interested in seeing unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) face the Top Rank promoted Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s).
De La Hoya said “Alvarado vs. Broner anybody?”
I’m sure De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions would jump at the chance to make that fight if Alvarado’s promoters at Top Rank were to say yes to the idea of that fight being made. However, Arum likely wouldn’t say yes to such a fight unless Golden Boy was to loan Broner to him for one fight, and ev even then it might not be possible. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-, 14 KO’s) gets his way he’ll face former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1, 32 KO’s) this year as soon as Ward’s surgically operated on right shoulder heals up.
Ward said to RingTV “A fight between me and Chavez Jr. is more interesting. I think it’s what fans want to see more than a [Sergio] Martinez right now.”
I think Ward needs to look other options because Chavez Jr. will likely never face Ward in a million years. Even if Chavez Jr. wanted the fight with him, and I seriously doubt that he does, Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum would very likely nix the idea of the fight happening for a number of reasons. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Jeff Mayweather believes that WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) is in a tough situation facing the much more popular and big time money maker WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) next month on April 20th at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Mayweather thinks Trout is going to have to really dominate Canelo if he wants to escape from the Alamodome with a decision in this fight because of Canelo’s popularity, and because of the huge money he brings to the sport of boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) may have looked too good in defeating Nobuhiro Ishida (24-9-2, 9 KO’s) by a 3rd round knockout last Saturday night at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Golovkin knocked out a guy that had never been knocked out before, and did it in an impressive fashion by flattening Ishida with a single right hand in the 3rd round that left him knocked clean out. It’s not just that punch that had Ishida hurt. He was hurt at the end of the 2nd round when Golovkin nailed him with two huge right hands to the head that had Ishida looking shaken as he walked back to his corner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) is going to need to change his mind frame about taking pride in going to war with his opponents, and taking punishment because he might not last too much longer as a top fighter unless he starts learning how to keep from getting hit as much.
Last night, the 26-year-old Rios took a terrible beating in losing to his nemesis Mike Alvarado by a 12 round unanimous decision. Granted, it was a close fight, as we saw with the scores [115-113, 115-113, 114-113] handed down by the judges, but Rios took a lot of really hard head shots from Alvarado.
Some of the punches were unavoidable, but there were a lot of punches that Rios could have avoided taking had he used more head movement, and used distance. Rios has a great jab as we saw in the fight, and he seemed to be doing his best work when he was on the outside remembering to use his jab. But he kept following Alvarado around and walking into big right hand shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) thinks WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) is worried about their fight on April 13th, and is giving him too much respect going into their unification bout at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA.
Donaire said “I think Rigondeaux is nervous; he has too much respect for me.”
Donaire doesn’t say what leads him to believe this because Rigondeaux hasn’t really shown any signs of being nervous about the fight aside from going back and forth with him over which organization will do the drug testing for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) is reportedly at the top of the list for David Haye’s comeback fight on June 29th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Haye’s manager/trainer Adam Booth had been talking about there being five unbeaten top contenders that they were looking at to pick from for Haye’s next fight, but it’s looking like the once-beaten 28-year-old Charr could be the guy that gets the fight, according to the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: HBO broadcaster Max Kellerman was dreaming out loud last night in watching Top Rank fighter lightweight/light welterweight Terrence Crawford (20-0, 15 KO’s) box his way to a 10 round unanimous decision over Breidis Prescott (26-5, 20 KO’s) by saying he’d like to see the 25-year-old Crawford face WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) in a fight. Roy Jones Jr. of HBO also liked the idea.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s ever going to be a possibility due to the Top Rank – Golden Boy Promotions rivalry. Read the rest of this entry »