By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is saying that 41-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) could possibly be facing one of his Top Rank fighters in WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao or Tim Bradley in April of 2015, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Arum says that Marquez will be sitting out the last two months of 2014 to wait for a fight in the first quarter of 2015.
Arum would obviously love to put Marquez in with the 35-year-old Pacquiao for a 5th fight between them, because Pacquiao hasn’t had a fight that drew 1 million pay-per-view buys since his last fight against Marquez in 2012. Having Marquez as Pacquiao’s opponent in early 2015 will pretty much guarantee at least 1 million PPV buys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sky Sports commentator Jim Watt is hoping that former two division world champion Ricky Burns’ problems will be solved with his move up in weight from 135 to 140 for his fight this Saturday night against Alexandre Lepelley (17-1-1, 3 KOs) at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Burns had been complaining about having problems making weight for the lightweight division, so he’s moved up in weight to light welterweight in hopes that he’ll be a more effective fighter in this division. But we’re only talking about just 5 pounds, and that’s actually not that much weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By RMC: When IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins gets in that ring on November 8th we’ll be seeing history in the making in his unification match against WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. Hopkins is almost a half of a century years old and still at the top of the game. He said once that he wants to unify the whole light heavyweight division, and for the record, he is not too far from that.
Hopkins has the IBF and WBA titles in his possession, and on November 8th, he will be facing the hard-hitter Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KO) and challenging him for his WBO belt. So that night we are going to have on the line three of the four titles in the light heavyweight division up for grabs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) believes his contract with Top Rank promotions has expired and that he’s now a free agent, according to ESPN Deportes. However, Top Rank still believes that Chavez Jr is still under contract until April of 2016.
At this point it’s unclear who is right. It’s going to have to be determined in court obviously. How long that will take is anyone’s guess. Hopefully Chavez Jr and Top Rank can find out sooner rather than later so that Chavez Jr isn’t sitting out of action for an extended period of time like we’re seeing with WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who has legal issues with his own promoter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says he’s losing patience waiting for a mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao to happen. De La Hoya says he’s been waiting for ages for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to happen, but he’s now no longer looking forward to that fight.
Instead, De La Hoya is looking towards a fight that his company Golden Boy will be putting together with Top Rank in early next year between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: World Boxing Council) By Dan Ambrose: WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) made weight on Friday for his title defense against 35-year-old Jorge Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) for this Saturday night at the Cancha de Usos Multiples Praderas de Villa, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Both Gonzalez and Arcen both weighed 126 pounds.
It’s going to take a miracle for Arce to have a chance of winning this fight, because Gonzalez is a big, big puncher, and he’s already got a healthy size advantage over Arce. This match-up could very well be similar to Arce’s 3rd round blowout loss to Nonito Donaire 2 years ago in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Br: I remember watching Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight in 2008 against Larry Mosley, and I was amazed at his skill. He displayed incredible power and good body movement. If you go and analyze the rounds where round 2 by far caught my attention.
Many would say ‘well, who is that nobody he fought?’ Well regardless if the opponent, Canelo’s skill was on display and he continued to amuse us all by trucking through many opponents. It wasn’t until Canelo met real competition in Austin Trout, Floyd Mayweather Jr and contrary to belief Erislandy Lara (Even though I was appalled with the way Lara fought given the talk he stirred up). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: For boxing fans interested in a domestic level scrap, the grudge match between #2 WBO middleweight contender Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) and #15 WBO Chris Eubank Jr (17-0, 12 KOs) has reportedly been signed by both fighters for a fight that will take place next month on November 29th at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, in London, United Kingdom.
It recently looked like the fight wasn’t going to happen after Eubank Jr failed to sign the contract for the fight after it was sent out. Saunders then was looking to move on to challenge for the vacant WBO middleweight title against Matt Korobov.
That fight would have likely taken place if not for Eubank Jr having a change of mind, because Demetrius Andrade, the fighter that was supposed to be fighting Korobov, opted not to take the fight. That left the spot available to Saunders if he wanted to take the shot. But Saunders will still get a crack at the WBO title if he can get past Eubank Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: One of the first things I’ve learned when talking about Floyd Mayweather is I had to support my opinion with facts. Especially when trying to prove a point about why a certain fight did not go down.
I had to take it a step further and provide where the reader could find these facts. But even when I presented facts most of the responses were “Floyd’s a coward and ducker”. I could live with that knowing that was the best that critics could come up with. Floyd has a big personality and he sure knows how to sell a fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night former IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) will be fighting former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KOs) in a 10 round bout at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA. This is a tune-up fight for the 32-year-old Dawson.
This fight should give a good indication how much Dawson has left in the tank, because Karpency has a pretty good chin. Dawson may have to go the full 12 rounds with him if he wants to get the victory. Hopefully for Dawson’s sake, he’s not blubbery like he was in his last fight against George Blades last June. Read the rest of this entry »