By Scott Gilfoid: It kind of goes without saying that the UK’s Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 Kos) is badly over his head against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in their scheduled February 16th fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rees is older, slower, weaker, less skilled defensively, and fighting away from the UK in the United States.
I mean, there is nothing at all that Rees has in his favor for this fight. I would give Rees an advantage in experience but I really can’t because he’s only faced one halfway decent fighter in his entire 15 year pro career and that was Andriy Kotelnick, who stopped Rees in the 12th round in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: You got to love the timing for IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch to start opening his yap about his #1 IBF mandatory challenger Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16 KO’s) after Stevenson said he was okay with coming over the UK and beating Froch in front of his own British fans in Nottingham.
Froch then got up in arms about it and talking bold about how he’d easily take care of the hard hitting Stevenson. But what’s interesting is the timing for all of Froch’s crowing. His promoter Eddie Hearn is wrapping up a fight with Mikkel Kessler, so there’s really pretty much zero chance of Froch fighting Stevenson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) says he’s interested in facing American heavyweights Deontay Wilder, Bryant Jennings or Johnathon Banks soon in the United States. Fury, 24, doesn’t say when he plans on fighting one or all of them, only that he wants to fight one. It’s no secret that the talented knockout artist Wilder (26-0, 26 KO’s) tried calling Fury only last year but was only ignored. It kind of reminded me how Adrien Broner tried to get a fight with Ricky Burns and had no luck as well.
Wilder had this to say about Fury at Uk.fighthype.com, saying “I would like a fight with him [Fury] as soon as possible, but he’s a coward. He won’t fight anyone he knows he has a high chance of losing against.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In trying to figure out why Manny Pacquiao was blasted out so viciously by Juan Manuel Marquez last month I’m kind of torn between wondering whether the 39-year-old Marquez was hitting harder in this fight than he had in the three prior fights the Filipino star or if Pacquiao simply can’t take hard shots anymore.
Pacquiao was hit by two hard punches from Marquez last December and both shots put Pacquiao down flat on the canvas. We hadn’t seen that in the last 8 years in their previous fights. Pacquiao had always been able to take Marquez’s best shots without getting close to falling down from the impact. Marquez didn’t hit Pacquiao any more than he had in the previous three fights. The only difference I could see is that Pacquiao couldn’t take the shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO’s) is being trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr to get ready for a fight coming up in the next few months. The talented Dirrell was rumored to be fighting Rowland Bryant but that fight doesn’t appear to be on the plate for Dirrell.
Dirrell told Chris Robinson at hustleboss.com “He’s a great trainer and the work is nothing less than perfect so I’m enjoying it. I’m just sharpening up my skills to give a more crowd pleasing performance.”
Dirrell hasn’t fought since blowing out Darryl Cunningham by a 2nd round knockout in December 2011. Dirrell is being promoted by 50 Cent now and hopefully he can get this amazing talent some fights because Dirrell is too good for him to be wasting away like this while lesser talents hold titles in the super middleweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc IV: I’ve read countless articles making various suggestions for Manny Pacquiao and what his next move should be. Should he retire, or fight Marquez right away, or have a tune up fight before having a 5th fight with Marquez. What I have read very little about is the decline of trainer Freddie Roach and the terrible year he had in the year of 2012. Let’s reflect for a moment on the 2012 year of the Hall of Fame trainer who has won multiple Trainer of the Year awards by ESPN and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Manny Pacquiao UD Loss to Timothy Bradley June 9th 2012-Title bout
Amir Khan KO Loss to Danny Garcia July 15th 2012-Title bout
Julio Chavez UD Loss to Sergio Martinez September 15th 2012-Title bout
Manny Pacquiao KO Loss to Juan Manuel Marquez December 8th 2012 Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former 1968 U.S Olympic heavyweight Gold medalist and former IBF/WBA/WBC World heavyweight champion George Foreman (76-5, 68 KO’s) turns 64 today. Also, former three division world champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad (42-3, 35 KO’s) turns 40 today.
Trinidad was one of the best welterweights in boxing in the 1990s, beating the likes of Hector Camacho, Oba Carr, Freddie Pendleton, Maurice Blocker, Pernell Whitaker, David Reid, Fernando Vargas, Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas. In 2000, Trinidad moved up to light middleweight and captured the WBA World light middleweight title with a win over David Reid. He then beat Marmadou Thiam, Vargas, and William Joppy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Inactive heavyweight prospect Mike Perez (18-0, 12 KO’s) will be fighting on the undercard of the David Price vs. Tony Thompson fight card against an opponent still to be determined on February 23rd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is at the point where he’s going to have to make a quick decision for his fighter IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch about what he wants to do. Hearn and Froch want to fight WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler and Hearn has set this week as the deadline for when Froch and he will have to make a decision.
The IBF expects Froch to make a deal with his mandatory challenger Adonis Stevenson by January 15th or else they’ll strip Froch of his IBF strap. Froch is good with being stripped of the belt if he can get the Kessler fight, but obviously he’s not so eager to have it stripped if the Kessler fight can’t be made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions has done a good job of building up red-headed WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by making the right fights for him at the right time in his career. In other words, Canelo hasn’t been put in with the best at 154, such as Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout, and Vanes Martirosyan.
In fact, Canelo has only been in with one legit 154 pound fighter in Ryan Rhodes, and that guy was at the end of his career. Boxing fans want to see Canelo step it up against a guy from his own division in WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout, but that might not happen for reasons that are still unknown. Read the rest of this entry »