By Dan Ambrose: Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) made weight today for his fight this Saturday night against Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Rios weighed in at 147 pounds.
Surprisingly, Rios didn’t look nearly as weight-drained as he normally does for his weigh-ins. He still looked a little weight drained, but not to the extent for his recent fights.
Rios has been talking about having gone back to the basics for this fight and worked extra hard without the help of a strength and conditioning coach to help him shed the excess weight. Rios feels that he was drained from his workouts with his strength coach for his last two fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: To view a version of this article with photographs and corresponding discussion, please visit the page on my blog: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/08/rocky-marciano-crude-phenomenon.html
Rocky Marciano retired in 1956, and walked away from the sport as an undefeated heavyweight champion of the world – something no one else has ever done in the history of the sport. Only two men have come close to Marciano in this regard: Gene Tunney and Lennox Lewis. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Earlier today former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) interrupted IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) while he was eating at a restaurant in Hollywood, Florida.
Briggs said “I told you champ, wherever you go I go. What you do I do, champ. Let’s fight, champ. What you do I do. What you eat I eat. This is my [expletive], yeah. I told you everything you do I do. Thanks, champ.”
Briggs sat down across from Wladimir and snatched his food and started eating from it. Wladimir then poured what appeared to be a glass of water over the head of Briggs. At that point Briggs knocked the glass out of Wladimir’s hand, causing it to shatter. Briggs also knocked all the food from the table lost his footing, causing him to slip to the floor.
Briggs said “You pour water on my head. You poor water on my head.”
Briggs was then grabbed by a burly man and pushed out of the restaurant. Briggs lost one of his shoes while being escorted out of the restaurant. According to Fightnews.com, Briggs suffered a cut hand and foot. He later had stitches for the cuts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: In an incredibly entertaining and close run fight Frankie Gavin 19-1 (12) failed in his attempt to dethrone European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu 31-0-2 (11) by split decision. Two judges scored the fight 114-113 to Bundu with the other 115-112 to Gavin. The energy put into the contest by a 39 year old Leonard Bundu was incredible. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a fight a lot more one-sided than the scores that were handed down by the three judges, EBU welterweight champion Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KOs) stayed unbeaten in defeating previously unbeaten British challenger Frankie Gavin (19-1, 12 KOs) by a 12 round split decision on Friday night at the Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 114-113 for Bundu and 115-112 for Gavin.
Gavin spent much of the fight running, shoving, and holding. When he would throw punches it was weak jabs and left hands without any power on them. Gavin rarely sat down on his punches because he was always on his book foot and looking to escape the pressure that Bundu was putting on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: A unification match between IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) will be taking place in November on HBO, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
The fight hinges on Kovalev getting past #10 WBO Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night on HBO from the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) successfully made weight on Friday for his title defense against #10 WBO Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night at the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Kovalev and Caparello both weighed in at 174 pounds. The 6’0” Kovalev looked taller than Caparello, even though the Australian fighter is listed at 6’1 ½” in height.
Kovalev wasn’t too impressed in watching Caparello fight on video, as he sees him as someone that does a lot running and he doesn’t want to have to chase him around the ring on Saturday night. Caparello says he’s going to box Kovalev for the entire fight because he knows he can’t stand in front of him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios’ career may be on the brink of implosion on Saturday night if he gets beaten by Argentinian slugger Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), but he’s still getting paid very well by his promoters at Top Rank.
For his fight against Chaves, Rios will be getting $925,000, which is by far the biggest purse for all the fighters on the card at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By B.G.B: The attention of the boxing world has indeed spun towards WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) after witnessing his 18th straight KO last Saturday night in his 3rd round knockout victory over Daniel Geale (30-3, 6 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Despite having steadily improved his opposition quality it appears that GGG is simply far beyond the level he’s currently competed at which is no disrespect to his opponents and is not intended to discredit his victories. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit/Goossen Promotions) By Scott Gilfoid: Andre Dirrell (21-1, 14 KOs) will be fighting tonight against Vladine Biosse (15-4-2, 7 KOs) on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA.
The fight, which is scheduled for 10 rounds, will bring Dirrell out of his hibernation mode to where he’ll be looking to fight on a frequent basis in going after one or more of the world titles. Biosse is just the first stop for Dirrell, as he wants to go after the big names in the 168 pound division to show what he can do against those types of fighters. Read the rest of this entry »