By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KO’s) expects to return to the ring next July provided that his rehab for his injured shoulder goes smooth. Berto, 30, suffered a torn right tendon in his shoulder in his last fight against Jesus Soto Karass last July. The injury required surgery to repair the problem, and Berto has been out of action ever since. By the time he returns to the ring in July, he’ll have been out of action for an entire year.
Unfortunately for Berto, this isn’t the first time he’s suffered bad injuries, as he’s twice suffered torn bicep injuries that has consumed a lot of time while he recovered from the injuries. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank) By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) was talking like a real tough guy today in his press conference with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) to discuss his title challenge against him on June 7th. Their fight will be televised by HBO pay-per-view. It’s difficult to see the Cotto-Martinez fight as being worthy of being on PPV simply because Cotto has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights.
Cotto’s won 1 out of his last 3 fights, and that’s a pretty low standard to be asking fans to have to pay to see him fight. HBO might as well be picking out some of the other fighters that have lost 2 out of their last 3 fights and asking for fans to pay to see them, because frankly I don’t see the Cotto-Martinez fight being worthy of paying even a dime to see. It’s more regular HBO or ESPN than s a fight that fans should have to pay to see. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s) is facing yet another tune-up this Saturday night against Alvarado Robles (17-2, 15 KO’s) to get ready for a possible world title shot in the Summer against IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter. Brook must beat Alvarado to get to get his title shot against Porter. Brook has looked poor at times against some of the weak opposition that he’s been matched against, so you can’t really say for sure whether he can even beat a 2nd tier fighter like the little known Robles.
Certainly Brook’s controversial win over Carson Jones in 2012 showed the ceiling of his talent, and how he can be beaten against fringe level fighters. You can say that Brook has been taking nothing but tune-up fights for his entire 10-year pro career, because there’s not been one risky fight among the 31 on his resume. Sadly, Brook was said to have been stepping up in his last fight when he fought former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko last October. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: On April 12th, trainer Freddie Roach expects to see an aggression and non-compassionate Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) coming out on fire in his rematch against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach believes Pacquiao will show the type of ferociousness that he’s not displayed since his 12th round TKO win over Miguel Cotto in 2009, which just happens to be the last time that the Filipino fighter last scored a stoppage.
Pacquiao’s aggressiveness and knockout string disappeared after that fight almost as if water was turned of from the faucet. He’s shown little aggressiveness from that point, and he’s not come close to stopping any of his last 7 opponents despite having some guys that he should have been able to stop. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is looking setup a fight between #7 IBF Kevin Mitchell (36-2, 26 KO’s) and IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (34-3, 13 KO’s) on the undercard of the Carl Froch vs. George Groves rematch on May 3rd at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Hearn is making an offer to Vazquez for him to defend his title against the 29-year-old Mitchell.
For the fight to go through, Mitchell will have to beat journeyman Mikheil Avakyan (21-11-4, 8 KO’s) this Saturday night in their scheduled 8 round bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. This is a mismatch, so it’s pretty much a given that Mitchell will beat this guy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) will be trying to accomplish two tasks this Saturday night when he faces Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KO’s) on Showtime at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Deontay’s first goal is to get the win to become the mandatory WBC heavyweight challenger in order to face the winner of the Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola bout later this year.
Deontay’s second goal is to win by a stoppage to give him his 31st consecutive knockout. That goal is obviously secondary to Deontay winning the fight to become the WBC mandatory challenger. Deontay mainly wants to get a win over Scott so that he can lock himself in as the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. feels there’s a problem with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in terms of his conditioning after he failed to make weight for his fight against Alfredo Angulo last Saturday night. Canelo would lose to WBA interim junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara, Mayweather Sr. says. He feels he’s not ready for a skilled fighter like Lara.
Floyd Sr. notes that Canelo stopped throwing combinations after the first few rounds and was just looking to land one shot at a time. Mayweather Sr. thinks he could help Canelo improve, but he’s not going to do it even if he asked him to. Canelo will need to improve on his own without Mayweather’s help if possible. Read the rest of this entry »
Marco Huck suffered a fracture. The March 29 show in Berlin is cancelled. All fights including @DavidPrice_1 will be rescheduled v shortly.
— Kalle+NisseSauerland (@SauerlandBros) March 11, 2014
By Allan Fox: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KO’s) suffered a thumb injury while training for his March 29th title defense against little known challenger Mirko Larghetti (20-0, 12 Ko’s), and the fight will now need to be rescheduled. The same goes for the co-feature bout between British heavyweight David Price (16-2, 14 KO’s) and Ondrej Pala (334, 23 KO’s). The card was supposed to take place at the Velodrom, Berlin, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA interim junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) will likely be making his first defense of his interim WBA title against former IBF 154 lb champion Ishe Smith (25-6, 11 KO’s) on May 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. This is the fight that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is talking about making next for Lara.
It’s clearly not the big fight that Smith was hoping to get in taking on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but the red-haired Mexican fighter told him point blank last Saturday night that “you’ll have to wait.” It doesn’t matter that Canelo doesn’t have anyone better than Lara to fight next on July 26th. He’ll likely fight someone like Carlos Molina, who is clearly a couple of steps below Lara in terms of talent. Read the rest of this entry »
Even though I look bigger + thicker the SPEED is still there but with POWER. Iv been working on strength, stability and on my core.
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) March 11, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) has bulked up a little in the last 11 months in putting on muscle while sitting idle and wasting a year of his prime for nothing. Khan feels that the extra muscle that he’s put on has increased his punching power, and he thinks it’ll equate to him having success at welterweight. As of now, Khan still doesn’t have an opponent picked out for his April or May comeback fight, but he’s going to need to take on someone with a pulse for a change if he wants to make a case for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Read the rest of this entry »