By Chris Williams: If Golden Boy Promotions is still interested in putting together the Abner Mares vs. Nonito Donaire bout then they’ll have to wait until Donaire fights on April 13th on HBO because they’re receiving resistance from Donaire’s promoters. Bob Arum, Donaire’s promoter, told Steve Kim and Maxoxing.com that Donaire is committed to that fight date, and he can’t fight Mares on in June. However, Arum is clear that the fight will need to be on HBO rather than Showtime, the network that Mares fights on.
Mares’ promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions is open to making the Mares-Donaire fight on April 13th if that’s the date that Arum wants. However, Schaefer does have a problem with Arum just sticking to HBO without considering Showtime since Schaefer wants to first see which network will pay the most money for the Mares-Donaire fight rather than locking the fight into a network that may not pay as much as the other. Being a businessman, Schaefer wants to maximize revenue by seeing what the market will bring for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Crooks: When you get a ranking in the top ten, there are no more excuses. You simply have to fight someone above you in the rankings to move up. So who is Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) going to fight next? So which one of the 8, 7,6,5,4,3,2,1 fighters is he going to fight?
You can’t go backwards if you want to move forwards. Wilder is not ranked highly with any the other boxing bodies, where does he go from here? I can’t see how he can get out of this situation, if he fights another 3rd or 4th tier fighter he will be the subject of hilarious laughter.
If he steps up, then, the true test of his mantle will be either confirmed or denied. There is nowhere to hide anymore! As far as I am concerned, Wilder has proved only one thing, he can knock out fighters that do not have the boxing skills to defend themselves or are not in good enough shape to take his punches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Cowan: British super middleweight contender James DeGale has announced he will be fighting on March 23, hopefully against a world class oppenent. DeGale is highly ranked with 3 out of the 4 major sanctioning bodies and needs to fight a world class fighter if he wants a title shot in 2013 or early 2014. Here’s how I see his options.
Thomas Oosthuizen looks like the best option for DeGale. The young South African is very highly-rated as a super-middleweight prospect and also holds the lightly regarded IBO title. Oosthuizen is unbeaten but hasn’t faced any opposition of great quality and I was disappointed to see him pass up a shot at IBF champion Carl Froch in 2012. DeGale has said he wants to fight in London and I think Oosthuizen could be willing to that this fight if the money is right because he’ll see the Brit as a beatable opponent who could boost his ranking and take him closer to a title shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) sounds like a man that’s possessed as the time gets nearer for him to step inside the ring and face IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) on February 23rd at the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
Brook said “There’s no way that I am coming home without that world title. This is my destiny, it’s just meant to be and there’s nothing Devon Alexander can do to stop me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) figures he deserves a shot at the title against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale after watching Geale successfully defend his title earlier tonight against Anthony Mundine. Macklin, who has lost two out of his last three fights, feels he’s got a title shot coming to him despite his almost complete lack of success in his last three fights.
Macklin, #2 WBC, #11 WBA, #14 IBF, said on his twitter “Geale doesn’t fancy it!! Fight makes sense to everyone. Only reason it doesn’t happen is if. I beat Sturm, didn’t get decision, he did get decision..let’s get it on! realdealgeale I’m ready & waiting if he is!!? FOTY written all over it!” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) will be back in the ring in March or April and looking for his 28th consecutive knockout in a fight that could be televised by Showtime in the United States.
Wilder still plans on fighting for a world title in 2013, and his new #9 WBA ranking puts him in line for a title shot against either Wladimir Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin this year.
As for Wilder facing Britain’s Dereck Chisora, Wilder says he doesn’t have any plans on facing him next. I mean, it wouldn’t be fair to Chisora to have him thrown in the ring with a super heavyweight like the 6’7” Wilder. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum reportedly will be revealing who his fighter WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire will be facing on April 13th by the end of this week. There’s talk that Arum will be finally giving WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux a chance at fighting Donaire by letting him have the shot rather than the 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan.
As for the Donaire vs. WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares fight negotiations that have been talked about, Arum says that fight can’t happen because the contract Golden Boy Promotions sent over has a number of items that Arum isn’t happy with. According to the Manila Standard, Arum isn’t happy with the date that Golden Boy wants for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Making his 4th defense of his IBF middleweight title, champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KO’s) avenged his previous loss to the 37-year-old Anthony Mundine (44-5, 26 KO’s) from four years ago by beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, in Sydney, Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KO’s) is still a possibility for his fighter WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire’s next fight on April 13th on HBO. Arum said to 8countnews.com that he and Donaire will decide in the next day or two whether to go with Darchinyan, whose career is really sagging in a major way, or the unbeaten and clearly more dangerous WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s).
Donaire says he’s still very much interested in the Darchinyan fight for some reason. Why he’s still interested is really the big question because Darchinyan has lost two out of his last three fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With Vyacheslav Sencheko and Humberto Soto scratched off the list for Amir Khan’s next fight on April 20th, it’s now down to only one candidate in 2nd tier welterweight Pablo Cesar Cano (25-2-1, 19 KO’s) to fill the bill. Cano just lost his last fight against WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi by a questionable 12 round split decision last October, and he was also was stopped by Erik Morales the year before in the 10th round in September 2011.
Cano vs. Khan is a tune-up type fight, maybe a shade better than Khan’s last mismatch against the unranked lightweight Carlos Molina, but not much. I’d really be surprised if Showtime said yes to a Khan-Cano fight because that’s not a quality fight, and I don’t think for a second that HBO would have said yes to a fight like this. Read the rest of this entry »