(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO) By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO mandatory contender Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KO’s) says he’s going to take unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade’s strap from him on Saturday night in their long-awaited clash at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Rose has been pining away for that WBO strap for ages now, and he doesn’t like the idea that much of the boxing world sees him as little more than a sacrificial lamb being brought in for Andrade to slaughter in front of a large crowd at the Barclays Center. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight contender George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) hasn’t lost his confidence after betting blown to smithereens by IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch in their rematch last month. Groves sees himself coming back from the knockouts and going on to become one of the world champs at 168. At 26, Groves has time on his side because he can wait out all the good fighters in the super middleweight division, and then try to take over once they’re all gone.
With the way that Froch knocked Groves out in their second fight there has to be some concerns about whether Groves has the punch resistance needed for him to fight at the top echelons of the super middleweight and/or light heavyweight division. I mean, I’m sure he can hang around as a contender in either of those divisions, but in order to be a real champion and not just a short term paper belt holder, you’ve got to have a chin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s trainer Jose “Chepo” Reynosa wants the 23-year-old Canelo to punish WBA 154l-pound champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) in their fight on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. He wants Canelo to give the Cuban Lara a prolonged beating in this fight for some reason.
The only thing that Lara did was badger the red-haired Canelo to try and get him to fight him, because he’d seen Canelo fighting guys that are arguably below his own talent in Matthew Hatton, Alfredo Angulo, Shane Mosley, Alfonso Gomez, Austin Trout, Josesito Lopez, Kermit Cintron and Ryan Rhodes. Lara basically just called Canelo out on him facing a lot of weak guys instead of stepping it up to fight him. The one good opponent Canelo has fought during his career, Floyd Mayweather Jr, soundly beat him last year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Sebastian Contursi, the adviser for former WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s), says that the rumors that have been floating around recently about a Maidana vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr rematch are totally untrue, as there’s been no contact from Mayweather’s management about putting together a rematch for September 13th.
Maidana and his team are obviously interested in that fight very much, because they feel that they beat Mayweather last May in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. They want to prove for a second time they’re better than Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Sampson Lewkowicz, the adviser former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s), says that the 39-year-old Martinez likely won’t be retiring from the sport just yet following his 10th round stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto last Saturday night. Lewkowicz says that if Martinez does retire, it won’t be a sudden thing where he just stops completely following a loss. Instead he’ll have a farewell fight in front of his fans in Argentina before stepping away from boxing.
“Having been the best, he will want to make a farewell fight for his fans,” said Lewkowicz to Primera Hora. “If he is to continue, it will be to make a fight in Argentina. Sergio is smart, and he’ll have no problems doing other things.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Copyright Ed Mulholland/HBO) By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) successfully made weight on Friday in coming in at 139.8 pounds for his title defense against Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) tomorrow night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Agieri weighed in at 140lbs. The fight card will be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, along with the co-feature bout between WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade and Brian Rose.
Andrade weighed in at 153.8lbs, whereas challenger Brian Rose came in at 153.4.
The Provodnikov-Algieri fight should be an interesting match-up due to the contrast in styles, and due to what’s at stake potentially for the Russian born Provodnikov should he win. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paul Richardson: After Miguel Cotto’s very impressive 10th round stoppage victory over a clearly injured WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, a lot of talk has centered around a potential Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) match up. This would probably be a great fight, but in fact is quite unlikely to happen as Alvarez is very likely to be on the wrong end of a beat-down from the Cuban amateur stand-out Erislandy Lara in their fight next month on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alvarez’s strengths lie mainly in his punching power, which works well when facing come-forward swarmers like Alfredo Angulo, who are going to allow you to find a home for your big punches on a regular basis, but against a slick boxer like Lara Alvarez is likely to be made to look silly. This happened in September of last year when he lost a 12 round wide decision against a clearly faded Floyd Mayweather Jr, who went on to struggle badly with barely B-level Marcos Maidana in their recent fight last May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s), the WBO light-welterweight titleholder, will be meeting New York native and former successful kick boxer Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) in a title defense at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Algieri stands on his way of signing a possible lucrative deal with the people’s favorite WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao next November. Provodnikov was previously a sparring partner for Pacquiao in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach is clear that he won’t be working his fighter WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov’s corner if he faces Manny Pacquiao later this year on November 22nd in Macao, China. Roach says he’ll definitely be with the 35-year-old Filipino star. It’s obvious move by Roach because Pacquiao is paying him big, big cash for each fight that Roach works in his corner.
Provodnikov, 30, has a very real chance of winding up as Pacquiao’s opponent in November unless Bob Arum of Top Rank can get 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez to back off his request of a 50-50 purse split for the fight. Marquez wants to make the same kind of money that Pacquiao is getting because Marquez will bring in a lot of Mexican fans to purchase the fight on pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Rey Sanchez) By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO’s) has no worries at all bout the technical skills of WBO featherweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KO’s) for their fight this month on June 28th at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Gamboa, 32, grew up fighting nothing but technical fighters in Cuba and while fighting in the Olympics in 2004 in winning a gold medal for Cuba. Gamboa isn’t worried at all about what the 26-year-old Crawford brings to the table on June 28th.
“Coming from Cuba, the guys were technical and had size, and I fought them a lot. Me, I’ve perfected my strategy to fighting these type of fighters,” Gamboa said. “I think this will be a counter-vs-counter match. Objective is to get him to the middle range where I can use my speed.” Read the rest of this entry »