By Allan Fox: The big hitting New Zealand knockout artist Joseph Parker (12-0, 10 KOs) will be sparring with IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Austria to get him ready for his next fight. The sparring will take place in April, according to Nzcity.
Wladimir doesn’t have an opponent signed yet, but he’s in negotiations with #2 WBA, #3 WBC Bryant Jennings. The 22-year-old Parker is a much different type of heavyweight than the 6’3” Jennings, starting with the 6’4” Parker’s bigger size. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Despite being in limbo due to promotional problems with Top Rank, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) believes he’s not only going to fight IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch this year but also Gennady Golovkin.
Chavez Jr wants both fights. His promoter Bob Arum though says that the Froch fight won’t happen. Arum is happy to make the fight but it would be under Top Rank, and that’s something that Chavez Jr may or may not be willing to do. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr isn’t letting the stress of his tough negotiations with Team Pacquiao get to him for their proposed mega-fight on May 2nd. Mayweather is still enjoying himself with his expensive cars, houses and in this case his plane. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #7 WBC Kevin Mitchell (38-2, 28 KOs) will be facing #6 WBC Daniel Estrada (32-3-1, 24 KOs) in a WBC lightweight title eliminator on January 31st on the Anthony Joshua vs. Kevin Mitchell card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Mitchell and his promoter Eddie Hearn believe that the 29-year-old Estrada, who was recently knocked out in his last fight by Omar Figueroa, is the best path to a title shot. Mitchell thinks he’s got what it takes to beat WBO lightweight champion Jorge Linares if given the chance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury will be fighting late next month against fringe contender Christian Hammer on February 28th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
While this is supposed to be a fairly cut and dried mismatch for Fury it’s still possible that he could lose the fight if Hammer can get to his fragile chin with one of his shots. Hammer may not be the biggest puncher in the heavyweight division, but he’s got better power than Steve Cunningham, a fighter who had Fury hurt and on his backside when the two faced each other in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia thinks that WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is fighting at a really high level now with the help of his trainer Freddie Roach. Cotto has a potential fight against Mexico’s young star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez if the fight can get put together.
Cotto appears to be waiting right now to see what happens with the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao negotiations, because he could very well be the plan-B for Mayweather if Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum asks for too much money for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank plans on keeping their star money maker Manny Pacquiao busy in 2015 by putting him in action in two fights. Pacquiao’s contract ends in 2016, and they’re going to want to have him fight a couple of times next year as well in order to maximize the amount of money he can make.
Pacquiao has said that he would retire in a couple of years, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll step away before he’s 40-years-old. You can expect Pacquiao to re-sign with Top Rank when his contract is up at the end of 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) isn’t content with just going out and looking to get a decision win in his next fight on February 28th against Christian Hammer (17-3, 10 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK. The 6’9” Fury wants to score a knockout so that he can increase his popularity with the boxing fans worldwide if possible.
Fury’s management team have picked out the right guy for him to knockout, and now it’s just up to Fury to show that he can accomplish that task. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) is coming off of a disappointing loss to WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) last November in a fight that was one-sided from start to finish.
It was supposed to have been a fight that was going to lead to other big fights for Hopkins, who envisioned himself unifying all the titles in the 175 pound division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) is eagerly counting off the days until his huge fight on Showtime Championship Boxing against his nemesis WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be taking place in 12 days on January 17th.
Wilder has no love for Stiverne and its personnel for him. Deontay wants to beat Stiverne because he doesn’t like the guy, and of course he also wants to bring the title back to the United States and to his own state of Alabama. Read the rest of this entry »