By Scott Gilfoid: Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KOs) and heavyweight Anthony Joshua (6-0, 6 KOs) will be looking to impress in their respective fights tonight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Joshua, 6’6”, wants to show more mobility and speed to his game than what he’s shown in his first six tonight, as he’s looked somewhat of a flat-footed plodder thus far. Joshua will be fighting 47-year-old Matt Skelton (28-8, 23 KO’s) in a fight that promises to end quickly. It’s obviously not a good match-up, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn doesn’t want to take any chances with the 24-year-old despite him winning a gold medal in controversial fashion in the 2012 London Olympics. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Showtime commentator Paulie Malignaggi believes that the 23-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) will remain a popular and championship level fighter even if he gets clowned tonight by WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) in Canelo’s requested catch-weight of 155 pounds, but as far as him being a marquee name, he’s going to take a hit in that area.
Malignaggi doesn’t see it possible for Canelo to continue to be a marquee fighter with him taking losses left and right each time he steps up against the very best. While Malignaggi gives Canelo a pat on the back for beating slow as molasses fighters like Alfredo Angulo, he notes that Angulo was perfect for Canelo due to his very, very slow style of fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Gav Duthie: The last thing boxing needs tonight is another controversial decision. Apart from the boxers themselves the three most important people in a fight like this are the judges. When Saul Alvarez 43-1-1 (31) fights Erislandy Lara 19-1-2 (12) it is highly likely that they will be needed. We would all like to think that the best fighter will win the fight but history tells us this is not often the case.
Unfortunately in the murky world of boxing a fighters marketability often dictates who wins a close decision. The judges for the fight this evening are seasoned veterans Dave Moretti, Jerry Roth and Levi Martinez. These men have judged over 2000 fights between them and I am extremely hopeful that they will ensure the best man will win. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Allan Fox: #5 WBA Mauricio Herrera (20-4, 7 KOs) will be facing #1 WBA Johan Perez (19-1-1, 13 KOs) in a fight for the interim WBA World light welterweight title on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for Erislandy Lara pay-per-view card on Showtime at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
This is a fight where Herrera, 34, can partially make up for the controversial 12 round majority decision he lost to WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia last March in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: In fight involving questionable match-making, IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KOs) will be defending his title against 43-year-old Firat Arslan (34-7-2, 21 KOs) on August 16th at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany. Arslan is a former WBA cruiserweight title holder, but he lost his strap 6 years ago in a loss to Guillermo Jones.
Recently, Arslan has lost 2 out of his last 4 fights in the past two years, and he hardly should be given another world title shot based on two defeats at the hands of WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck.
This fight just kind of an indication how the better known fighters get title shots at the expense of the lesser known guys with a higher ranking. Arslan isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies at this time in the cruiserweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: HBO will be televising a preview of the July 26th fight between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin vs. former IBF/WBA strap holder Daniel Geale tonight, called “Road to Golovkin/Geale” at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT on HBO. The special will cover the preparation of the two fighters as they get ready for their clash on 7/26 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
It’s not really what I would consider a “highly anticipated fight,” unless you’re a huge fan of the 33-year-old Geale. If you’re just a regular fan of the sport, you’re probably going to be mildly interested in the Geale-Golovkin fight because it’s basically a mismatch.
Geale was already beaten last year by Darren Barker, a fighter who would have had little chance of beating Golovkin himself. Geale has struggled against the likes of Felix Sturm and Anthony Mundine during his career. These are guys that would likely be easy pickings for Golovkin.
Geale needs more power to make a fight against Golovkin a competitive, fan-friendly one, but at 33, that power won’t be there on July 26th for the Australian fighter. As such, we’re talking mismatch 100 percent in this fight unless Golovkin has a really, really bad night. Considering that Golovkin never has bad nights, I’d have to say that Geale has next to no chance of winning this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Tureano Johnson (15-1, 10 KO’s) rebounded from a loss to Curtis Stevenson in his last fight to defeat an over-matched Mike Gavronski (14-1-1, 10 KO’s) in a tougher than expected 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night to win the vacnt WBC Continental Americas middleweight title at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. The final judges scores were 99-91, 99-91 and 99-91. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) was booed heavily by the pro-Canelo crowd in successfully weighing in at 155 pounds on Friday at the weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for his fight on Saturday at a 155 pound catch-weight against former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs).
Lara looked almost in fighting weight and in excellent shape. He didn’t have the look of a fighter who had drained himself of water weight in order to make weight.
There was a quick stare down which was broken up by Lara, as he just shook his head in a way that suggested that Canelo doesn’t have what it takes to compete with him. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KO’s) must be commended for taking this fight with Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KO’s). Lara, the Cuban defector, is as slick a southpaw as there is and stylistically looks to be a nightmare for the 23 year old Canelo who is looking to maintain the momentum he gained against Alfredo Angulo in March earlier this year.
Lara is himself coming off a convincing display against fellow left-hander Austin Trout in December 2013. Both Trout and Angulo are common opponents of Canelo and Lara, so we have two instances where they are directly comparable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KOs) and Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KO’s) both weighed on Friday for their respective fights for their card dubbed “Collision Course” on Saturday at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Cleverly and Bellew will be facing each other later this year in a domestic level scrap, so their promoter Eddie Hearn set them up with what he hopes will be tune-up fights on Saturday. Whether that’ll be the case or not remains to be seen, because neither Cleverly nor Bellew looked good in their initial fights in the cruiserweight division earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »