By Jim Dower: IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KO’s) successfully defended his title on Saturday night in beating #1 IBF Alexander Alekseev (24-3-1, 20 KO’s) by a 10th round knockout at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany.
Hernandez, 29, nailed Alekseev with a right hook to the head in the 10th round that put him down on his back. Referee Lindsey Page then immediately stepped in and immediately called a halt to the bout at 1:35 of the round due to Alekseev being too hurt to continue.
Hernandez also knocked Alekseev down in the 2nd and 5th rounds with left hands to the head. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a card filled with mismatches from top to bottom, 34-year-old Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) defeated fellow Top Rank stable fighter Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. The final judges scores were 120-108, 119-109, 118-110.
Pacquiao was able to hit the much slower Rios by at will with shots and make him miss when he would attempt to land his own power shots. Pacquiao’s movement and fast hands proved to be way too much for the slow-footed, slow-handed Rios. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Amir Khan, David Haye and Glen McCrory were greatly disappointed with the referee Howard John Foster’s performance in stopping tonight’s fight between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) in what they felt was a premature stoppage in the 9th round in Manchester, UK.
They all thought that Groves was still game and fighting back a the time that Foster lassoed Groves by the neck and called a halt to the bout.
What Haye and McCrory also had a problem with was the referee grabbing Groves by a headlock and putting him in a defenseless position to where Froch was then given the chance to nail Groves with two shots while he was being held. They felt that if the referee wanted to halt the fight prematurely, then he should have grabbed Froch rather than Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a total blow it move by the referee, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) was given credit for a 9th round TKO win over George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) in one of the worst stoppages that you’ll ever see tonight at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
The referee Howard Foster totally blew it by halting the fight while Groves was still fighting back. Words can’t describe how badly the referee screwed up in stopping this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a stunning upset tonight, the hard hitting Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) defeated #1 WBO heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (33-1, 26 KO’s) to give the previously undefeated Russian fighter his first loss of his career in beating him by a 10 round unanimous decision to become the WBO mandatory challenger for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it didn’t take David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) long to start mentioning Wladimir Klitschko’s name following Haye pulling out of his previously scheduled fight against Tyson Fury due to Haye having shoulder surgery.
Rather than talking about healing up his shoulder to try and face Fury, Haye says he wants to heal up his shoulder and face Wladimir in a rematch. In other words, Haye would be skipping the fight with Fury, which was supposed to be a bout that would partially redeem Haye after his lopsided 12 round unanimous decision loss to Wladimir in July 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tonight, George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) will be facing IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) will be meeting up in the battle of Britain in Manchester, UK. Groves is the underdog in this fight, but guys like James DeGale, Ricky Hatton and Glenn McCrory all are giving him a chance to beat Froch. I also see Groves beating Froch and exposing him the same way that Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward did in the past.
Groves has two excellent blueprints to follow in how to whip Glenn McCrory of Sky Sports thinks that Groves will be better off using Ward’s blueprint by going after Froch and putting pressure on him for 12 rounds. I’m not sure if that’s the best strategy for Groves to use, because Ward needed to fight Froch in close in order to dominate him, and I’ve never see Groves do a lot of inside work in any of his fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Harrison: Our most recent memory of Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO) in the ring is of a face-down and unconscious fighter– frozen at the hands of arch-rival, Juan Manuel Marquez. There are experts and fans equally paralyzed in this moment that give him little chance of a return to “greatness” because of it.
However, there is evidence suggesting that Pacquiao is not as bad-off as many think. A stylistic analysis explains why we’ve seen such contrast in recent bouts and why he’ll be victorious against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO) on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: The WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov has challenged the veteran lion Juan Manuel Marquez via his twitter account to fight him if the WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley doesn´t wants to give him a rematch; Ruslan is even willing to fight Marquez in Mexico. It is quite a risk for the Siberian Rocky to go to Mexico instead of fighting in the United States but if he is willing then Marquez should take his word.
This one could be the perfect fight for fight fans being one a pressure fighter and the other a counter puncher. The only problem is that Juan Manuel Marquez has insisted that the only fight that will keep him active is a rematch against Bradley but hopefully he will reconsider and take the challenge. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Football is my first love, but my affection and passion for the sport of boxing is genuine and authentic.
Football fans are a fickle bunch, yet they are nowhere as cynical as boxing enthusiasts. When much loved football players grow old, fans tend to gracefully acknowledge the aging process and concede that the player can no longer perform to their prime capacity. Read the rest of this entry »