By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated super middleweight contender George Groves (18-0, 14 KO’s) came in a half pound under the limit at 167.5 pounds for his fight tomorrow night against #11 WBC, Noe Gonzalez (30-2, 22 KO’s) at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Gonzalez weighed in at 167 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sevak Sarkisian: Jr. Middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan will be making his return to the ring on June 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas Texas against journeyman Ryan Davis. This will be Martirosyan’s first fight after his draw with Erislandy Lara on HBO in November of last year.
As most fight fans already know, Martirosyan was and Olympian in Athens Greece and turned pro in 2005. In the beginning of his career Top Rank was bringing him up slowly. However, since 2009 Vanes has stepped up his level of opposition by facing and defeating guys like Kassim Ouma, Joe Greene, Saul Roman, and Erislandy Lara. Martirosyan is know a top ten Jr. Middleweight and should be within the reach of a title shot very soon. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If you were to pick a winner at today’s stare down at the weigh-in between WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) and IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) without a doubt it would have to be Kessler. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Top Rank’s rich vein of form for producing Fight of the Year candidates in 2013 looks certain to continue with the announcement that Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will face off – in what is sure to be an explosive encounter – on the 23rd November, in Macau, China.
Stylistically – and financially – speaking the fight makes perfect sense, as the collision of these two forces of nature will surely attract more than the 1 million plus pay-per-viewers that usually tune in to see the “Fighting Pride of the Philippines”. The bout will provide the perfect platform for both men to release their inner warriors and engage in the type of give-and-take battle that has defined their careers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Juan Manuel Marquez, a future hall of famer, will face Timothy Bradley on September 14th in a bid to claim the WBO welterweight title and become the first Mexican boxer in history to claim 5 world titles in 5 different weight classes.
It seems fitting that Marquez will be aiming to write his name into Mexican history on the anniversary of a truly historic date in his country’s calendar- 14th September is Mexican Independence Day. The venue for his date with destiny – the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas – will add yet more glamour to an occasion that’s already hotly anticipated in his boxing-obsessed homeland. The fiercely patriotic Marquez is acutely conscious of his standing in Mexican ring history and the chance to achieve something that has eluded a lengthy list of his illustrious compatriots has made him more motivated than ever before. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: In the build up to his lightweight title bout against Jose Gonzalez, Ricky Burns bemoaned the fact that he didn’t get a proper chance to see his opponent in action. One thing that became apparent after their fight on Saturday was that the WBO Champion will hope he never sees this 29 year old Puerto Rican ever again.
Despite stating in the post-match interview that he thought – “some the rounds were close” – he will know in his heart of hearts that he would almost certainly have lost his title had Gonzalez not inexplicably retired on his stool, citing a dubious wrist injury – as opposed to his lack of heart and stamina – as the reason for his refusal to come out for round 10 at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) plans on using his fight with Lucian Bute as a template in how to defeat WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) this Saturday night in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) and WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) weighed in today for their fight on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Froch came in at 167.9 lbs, looking more muscular than usual on his upper body. Kessler weighed in at a pound less at 166.74 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Siler light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) made weight today in coming in at 174.75 pounds for his rematch against Isaac Chilemba (20-1-2, 9 KO’s) this Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Chilemba weighed in at 174.25 lbs. Both fighters look to be in excellent shape for this fight and it should be a compelling fight from start to finish. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: As it stands now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights are beautiful in that the viewer gets to see him display his defense, quick attacks and counter-punches, and also speed and power but are “boring” in the sense that he completely dominates anyone that he fights. This has been the story for several years now, and even though he is 36, amazingly, this continues.
I honestly don’t see a fighter today that could cause Mayweather problems, much less defeat him, Some say that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would be a good match for Mayweather, but the resume of Alvarez is weak, and though he did show significant improvement in his fight versus Austin Trout, anything remotely resembling a catchweight will negate the major advantage of the punching power of Alvarez, and Mayweather will insist on something that approximates a catchweight. Read the rest of this entry »