By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’s got four guys – Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley and Mike Alvarado – as potential opponents for the 34-year-old Pacquiao’s next fight in September. Arum says he’s four guys, but really there’s only three – Rios, Bradley and Marquez – that he seems to be looking at because he seems to leave out Alvarado’s name for some reason as a potential Manny foe if Alvarado beats Rios on March 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Arum said to Manila Standard “I’ve got four guys and after the March 30 rematch between Rios and Mike Alvarado they will sit down with me and we’ll figure this thing out. Manny might fight Rios if he beats Alvarado or he might fight Bradley in a rematch or Marquez in a fifth fight. I’ve got four attractive fighters and we’ll mix and match them.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) feels it’s his destiny to defeat the 36-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) on May 4th on Showtime/CBS.
Guerrero said to Yahoo “It’s going down and I won’t be denied on May 4th.”
I wonder if Guerrero felt the same when he was beaten by Orlando Salido in the past. I have a feeling that he will be denied victory on May 4th when him and Mayweather square off, but I just hope Guerrero isn’t one of those guys that denies the reality of what happened to him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: #3 WBO Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) has reportedly officially moved up to the welterweight division following his 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBO welterweight champion on March 16th of this month at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Steve Kim is reporting that the 29-year-old Provodnikov has moved up in weight from 140.
The move makes a lot of sense for Provodnikov because he had been said to be struggling to make the weight for the light welterweight class. At least this way he doesn’t have to worry about draining himself each time he fights to get down to 140. But more important than that, Provodnikov is now fighting in the weight class where he has the most opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion Odlanier Solis (19-1, 12 KO’s) came out on top on Friday night in defeating the 6’4”, 275 pound Leif Larsen (17-1, 14 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Universal Hall, in Berlin, Germany. Although Solis won the fight by the scores of 116-112, 115-114 and 117-111, he came away from the fight with a lot of respect for the power and the chin of the 37-year-old Larsen.
Solis said afterwards “He hit me with some of the hardest hands that ever hit me.”
Solis’ face showed the effects of Larsen’s hard punches after the fight with right eye swollen up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Yvon Michel, the promoter for Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO’s), says he’ll have a fight between Stevenson and WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) finalized this weekend for their June 8th clash at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Stevenson destroyed journeyman Darnell Boone (19-21-3, 8 KO’s) by a 6th round knockout last Friday night in Montreal in avenging an earlier knockout loss to Boone.
Michel said to Journaldequebeck.com “It was an emotional fight [Stevenson’s fight with Boone] for him and he made a real demolition work. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KO’s) defeated WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KO’s) tonight by an injured related 4th round stoppage in Magdeburg, Germany, and already Stieglitz – and Abraham – are talking about a third fight with one another rather than looking to fight other guys.
I can understand it from Abraham’s point of view because he was really pounded tonight in getting his left eye closed and beaten up. But for Stieglitz, you’d think he would want to fight someone else for a change instead of just Abraham, but it looks like that’s the safest fight for him and the biggest money fight he can make given that Stieglitz is a German based fighter like him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If you were hoping the co-main event would be a good one involving well known fighters on the undercard of the WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Austin Trout fight card on April 20th on Showtime, I have some bad news for you. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Undefeated #1 WBO welterweight contender Keith Thurman (20-0, 18 KO’s) and former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KO’s) are expected back in the ring in July against separate opponents in a doubleheader on Showtime, according to RingTV.
Thurman, 24, needs to stay busy while he waits for his shot against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley or whoever holds the bout by the time the WBO forces the issue. Bob Arum of Top Rank will have to make a decision at some point in the future whether he’d rather have the WBO champion defend his title against Thurman or vacate it altogether to avoid fighting the Golden Boy promoted Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO super middleweight contender George Groves (18-0, 14 KO’s) is moving ahead to his May 25th spot on the undercard of the Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler fight after beating the unknown fighter Baker Barakat earlier tonight by a 2nd round knockout in Magdeburg, Germany. That was Groves’ second easy fight under the guidance of promoter Eddie Hearn. Groves is now supposed to be fighting a well-known fighter on the Froch-Kessler card.
Hearn says he’s getting a big name for Groves to fight on May 25th, but I pretty much see it as Brian Magee and no one else. That’s not a big fight, but I guess it’s a big fight for UK fans just by the virtue of them knowing who Magee is. But as far as Magee being a big name, he’s not. That won’t keep Hearn from trumpeting that Magee is a big name, as if boxing fans will believe him if he says it often enough. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) weighed in today for his 30-day weigh-in at 166.5, a mere 12.5 pounds over the 154 pound weight limit for his April 20th fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s). Canelo weighed in at exactly the same weight at 166.5.
Trout, 27, will likely hold his weight around the mid-160 region, as he’ll have no problem stripping down 10 to 12 pounds of water weight when it comes time to dehydrate the week of his fight with Canelo at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Trout, 5’10”, is a big junior middleweight, but he’s very agile for the weight that he carries. He’s not like a tank with the weight carries. He’s able to glide around the ring effortlessly to shoot out his jab, right hook and left hand. Read the rest of this entry »